How I Hacked into a Bank

In the early days of online banking, it wasn’t done through the internet. It was done though dial-up networking. There were very few banks willing to try online banking because it was expensive to implement, fraught with risks, and the demand for this capability was in its infancy. One bank in Texas decided to launch … Read more

How I Caught the Payroll Hacker

My client was a major company with offices in every major city in the world. They have tens of thousands of employees system-wide and we had implemented a new electronic time-card system for their staff. We had time-card servers in all the major cities and attached modern badging and fingerprint recognition systems for punching in/out. … Read more

Catching the AT&T Hacker

The bulk of my career wasn’t directly related to security. I’ve been a software developer, database administrator, and Linux administrator. But security fits into these roles. Everyone participate in the security process. I8My “adventures” began the first day I was introduced to AT&T UNIX, SYSTEM V. It’s an old UNIX platform from before Linux. But … Read more

System on a Chip (SoC) Architecture

Computer hardware typically consists of a motherboard, processor, IO boards, graphic cards, and hard drives. Every now and then we see some evolution to this, but the overall concept is the same. A computer is as fast as it’s slowest component. As certain components speed up, other components become the slowest part. The most recent … Read more

Getting to Know WordPress

Most articles that I find get into advanced topics for WordPress pretty fast. They forget that when you’re brand new, you need to be spoonfed every little thing and given time to become familiar with WordPress basics first. Why WordPress WordPress is a very powerful website system that lets you focus on content more than … Read more

Machine Learning Introduction

Let’s teach a computer to play Rock Paper Scissors using a camera and machine learning. This video is a fantastic overview of how programming works for machine learning. It’s not easy. But you can learn what is Machine Learning and how it works. Google has a machine learning platform called TensorFlow. This is what is … Read more

Introduction to Google Colab

The following video is a quick tour of Google Colab. Google Colab is an online Jupyter notebook system that lets you access tons of data and packages in order to create Python notebooks from your web browser. This is the easiest way to begin your journey into data science and machine learning with Python, all … Read more

Kaggle.com – You gotta see this!!!

Data science is exploding and who knows more about data science than Google itself? Google has a site called kaggle.com. Kaggle.com has tutorials, data sets, sample code, and competitions that give beginners the opportunity to learn and experts the opportunity to cash in on some big money prizes. They call themselves an “Online community of … Read more

Preparing Your eCommerce Catalog

Building an online store, aka eCommerce site, is a potentially huge endeavor. You’ll be faced with organizing your online catalog, choosing an eCommerce platform, and setting up a payment gateway. You’ll also want to consider your fulfillment and support system because things will go wrong and you will want to be prepared. Organizing your catalog … Read more

Popular eCommerce Platforms

There are a lot of eCommerce software products that you can install and use. But which one is best? If you choose one, how do you know it will be supported several years from now? If you build a site, will you be able to update it? Will it break whenever they update the server … Read more