The Unexpected


Just now my hotel room filled with a smoke smell. I couldn’t nail down the source any more than the hotel staff could. It was apparent by the focused approach of the technician that this wasn’t unique. His response after finding nothing and the security guard’s response let me know it was unique. It’s a lovely room they moved me to. I think I retrieved all my tech before relocating.


People like to look at my Every Day Carry (EDC), the stuff I keep with me on a regular basis in certain contexts.
Sure, I’m a tasty treat. We all know that. This isn’t about me.
My kit, my EDC, is too expansive and varied for a single post. I’ll document it in several posts.
My colleagues and I just returned from another day touring Amsterdam. I’m in the hotel restaurant. I have (all photos post inventory; all links refer to revenue generating links unless they don’t):

Good Works

My good friend, colleague, and Project Manager extraordinaire Gabriela Iannaccone is in Nairobi, Kenya. She’s participating in @IBM‘s Corporate Service Corps. Gabi blogs here at Medium. Her story and pictures might prove infectious. I know Kenya is creeping up my list of must-see destinations. Gabi’s engagement in Africa comes to an end this week. As regular readers know, IBM cuts my checks. Gabi’s, too. IBM sponsored and paid for her trip (as far as I know). This post is not sponsored or paid for by IBM.

Developer Awareness Training

Almost as if reading my mind from the PVC Security Podcast and my review of @InfoSystir post about Security Awareness Education Programs, SANS’ “Securing The Human” came out with a post titled “Developer Awareness Training“, which also highlights metrics.

Now let’s talk about the metrics we can collect to help improve our program.

That simple sentence should be mandatory in any security program.

More Time With the Surface Pro 3

No doubt you saw my earlier post titled “Microsoft Surface Pro 3 After 2 Weeks“.
This just in: I posted that article many weeks after I wrote it.
I’ve had the Surface Pro 3 (SP3) for six weeks now. Here are more thoughts:

  • The track pad on the keyboard cover is poorly constructed. I use an external mouse when possible & practical.
  • When sliding the SP3 backwards (away from), the kickstand collapses quickly & with slight resistance
  • The Windows button on the side of the SP3 is inconveniently placed. I’d prefer a recessed button like the iPad.
  • No external battery pack
  • Running VMWare workstation with a Windows 7 guest works ok, but for the tiny resolution

That’s pretty much it. If Microsoft fixes the keyboard cover issues (failing track pad, proper keys) yet keeps the overall build, I’ll recommend this to others.
Toss in some of my other mentioned areas of opportunity and I’ll sing praises from the rooftops.
If you have a SP3, let me know how it’s working for you.
DISCLAIMER: I bought & paid for my SP3. I am not a Microsoft employee. I do not accept nor has anyone paid me for my reviews. My opinions are mine and mine alone. YMMV.