Arduino Digital Temperature Sensor

December 30, 2012

For Christmas I got an Arduino open-source electronic prototyping platform. After working through some tutorials, I was able to build this digital thermometer.


Minecraft Tower of Doom

January 15, 2012

Here are some images of a tower I created in Minecraft. You can download the schematic file here:


Google Music Troubleshooting: Stops Uploading

January 15, 2012

This blog post is based on Music Manager version and Windows 7 64-bit. I want to share my experiences with Google Music. I started out just trying to upload all of my music without preparing any of it. This turned out to be a big mistake. First, Google Music Manager stopped uploading my songs […]


Simple Text Converter

July 25, 2011

This is a simple wordlist converter. I wanted to try out argparse and continue learning about python. This is the result. I really liked working with argparse and think this is a good example. Convert wordlist text files to various formats. optional arguments: -h, –help show this help message and exit -v, –verbose Increases messages […]


Custom pfSense Firewall Log Analyzer

April 18, 2011
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UPDATE: Just use Splunk! Preamble: This was setup using a pfSense machine and a Debian based LAMP. pfSense is an amazing open source firewall capable of protecting a network ranging from a home network to a large corporate network. The one thing I could not get it to do was show me statistics on blocked […]


Panorama of Pine Valley Mountain

April 15, 2011

Home or Small Office SIEM with OSSIM

March 30, 2011
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For the past couple of weeks, I have been working with OSSIM (Open Source Security Information Management). OSSIM is a collection of tools, which provide a detailed view of the network. These tools include IDS, vulnerability scanner, up-time monitor, and more. I installed the 32-bit version of OSSIM (the 64-bit did not work on my […]


Caffinated vs Non-Caffinated Barq’s Root Beer Taste Test

June 12, 2010

Thesis: Caffeinated Barq’s Root Beer tastes better than non-caffeinated Barq’s Root Beer because it has caffeine in it. Materials: One 20oz non-caffeinated Barq’s Root Beer from Utah, One 20oz caffeinated Barq’s Root Beer from Texas, and a bunch of plastic cups. Conclusion: After three separate taste tests by both Brad and Tyler, we both concluded […]


Mobile Tags

May 24, 2010

I recently discovered mobile tags (yes, I know they have been around for a while). They are the strange bar codes on some packages. I found a web page ( that will allow you to create new tags. I was really interested in the ability to “hide” a message.  Try to discover the hidden text […]


Honeypot Update

April 21, 2010

On april 19th, the day after my last honeypot post and two days after the honeypot was started, the server was logged into by two new IPs. The two new IPs were from Italy and Romania. The Italian IP did the brute forcing and the Romanian IP logged in after the brute force was finished. […]