Malware And The Ways It Will Effect You

Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in

Malware is something that was coded with a bad intent. So malware can effect you life in many different ways in today's world. Being able to identify and have the correct behavior in this day and age is the best way to combat and avoid malware. Malware can be on many different devices and networks in your daily life, including your phone, power plant near your house, game accessory, social network, windows computer, and mac computer.

A story recently published on infonet about a 15 year old creating a virus called "gawde" which uses Microsoft's Kinect game accessory to take pictures of the victim's surroundings. This software can even be triggered based on voice recognition trigger the camera capture. This is interesting in how it can be triggered.

Another story on the rise of viruses on smartphones is on the rise. It states that in the last four months viruses on smartphones has risen 800% in the last four months. One way that this virus is spread is by applications from the store. The appications insert malicious code in the application. When the virus is on the phone things like identity fraud can be done, SMS, browsing, and downloading content.

A virus called Stuxnet is something that was designed to gain control of systems made by the manufacturer Siemens and also other common control systems. There was speculation about the virus being directed toward Iran and it's nuclear facilities.

On a social network like facebook, users can be lured into clicking on links in emails that have a Trojan in the link instead of accepting a friend request. People nto knowing how to identify what is an email from facebook and what is not needs to be known by the user.

How to protect against a computer virus on a windows machine is something that will hinder your experience and may result in your identity being stolen. Having the correct idea of how malware writers attack users and how to protect against that is a must. By keeping your computer updated and having a software that is known to have a good record of protecting the users is also a must.

On the Mac currently having good usage patterns is the only thing that you need to do right now. The anti-virus programs on the mac are not really ever updated. The reason being the mac is not used widely enough to be a target for someone to write a virus that will spread. If a mac becomes more widely used than maybe one day this will not be the case.

So in today's world you need to be able to have the correct behavior in order to prevent a successful attack. Not having the correct behavior mean that your computing experience will be diminished. This is how mal-ware can effect you in this day and age.

What is the most common type of mal-ware?

Answer: Trojan (see above graph)


My Own Ringtone

Published on Sunday, November 20, 2011 in , , ,

I wanted to make a ringtone that I actually wanted to use. Looking though creative commons music I found one track that was interesting and also pleasant to have in everyday life. We don't really call much in Japan, but it still needed be to pleasant.

Tortue Super Sonic - "The Price 12" - Ringtone by user5811304
From Production Music from TSS Tortue Super Sonic

Having lost my phone recently this feel odd making a ringtone for something I no longer have, but I enjoyed it.

I created this with GarageBand on the mac.


Screen Capture

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I know there is a better one for the mac, but I wanted a free one.

Use CamStudio, Fraps, or another screen capturing software to get footage of something you do on your computer. A few minutes of gameplay is a good example.

So I wanted to just show some of the things Lightroom can do briefly. I tried to stay with the things that were visually interesting and not the more technical aspects.

Excuse the ad in the on the video in the bottom left.


Common Everyday Object

Published on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in , , ,

The assingment:

Take a picture of a common ever day object and manipulate the colors.

First to start off with an image I shot for the daily shoot of a mechanical pencil with an eraser:
The Daily Shoot - Mundane & Ordinary

Here is one I shot just a few minutes ago and edited in Lightroom:

Starbucks Mug from Seattle, WA

If anyone was curious about Lightroom here is a screenshot of me editing this image.

Lightroom editing

All of my images that I upload to Flickr go though Lightroom.

Here is what the original image looks like in Lightroom:

Original - Lightroom editing


Triple Troll Attack - "Inventor of the internet"

Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in , , ,

The assignment that this is for is called "Triple Troll Attack, GO!" The purpose of the assignment is to confuse the viewer and possibly even to make them think it is true.

Here is the exact details of the assignment:

The assignment is to take a photo, a quote from a different character than the one in the picture, and a name from a third character different from the other two, place the quote in the picture, and "sign" it with the third person's name. The three characters are to be from three different, but similar in genre, series. It's known as "troll quoting". For an "official" definition, go here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/troll-quotes

So my direction for this was to create the most misdirecting and deceiving "triple troll attack". I feel like I met that accomplishment as much as I could by using a rumor that many people still believe. So by doing this I catch people's attention and they want to know what the reason for what I used.

Quote Source: Rumor - Here is the interview that the idea came from.
Image: Al Gore
Attribution: Tim Berners-Lee - The most accurate claim to being the inventor of the WWW


Response to Timmmmyboy's "We Are All Artists"

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in

In Timmmmyboy's post about "We are all artists" he goes into the idea that when you practice anything you get better. Therefore, if an environment is created to help you get surrounded by people and ideas that are creative will in turn help you become more creative. The idea comes from in sports when people practice there is a better outcome is achieved out of this activity. When you can make something complex into something simple an idea can become powerful. Inspiration is all around you, so take those ideas and make a new one.

My response to his position on that during this time "we are all artists" is that I agree with it. I think that this is true, since now everyone can afford to create 90% (if not much more, just a guess) of the art work out there. Also the money for the art is spread out far more than it was in the past. During the past in human civilization the time for creativity could only be afforded by the elite of society.

The time for creativity has since spread much more out to anyone that can sacrifice the time for it One of the classic examples of in history were the elite of society were defined by how good they were at art was the Heian period in japan. The art in this time is some of the best in the world. The art in japan after this did not innovate, but tried to mimic. The economy was not doing good enough to match this time. Even though the times after this there was many more artist, they were not original like they were during the Heian period.

Heian Temple by bradlby, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  bradlby 

So my point is that everyone can do art if they push themselves, but the level of quality is really low. There is no benifit to being as good as the artist were during the Heian period, but the push is to be "good enough". During the Heian period there was a push to be "god like" top keep their elite status. People that were elite meant they were good at art and if you were not the top a master you were not an elite. So during this time we just have a lot of really low quality art in general.


"Haiku it up" - Fall

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     The DS106 assignment called "haiku it up" struck my interest, since I have always enjoyed this type of poem. Also it was interesting to join my fellow classmates in making a haiku. Furthermore, I haven't made a haiku in a long time, so it was time that I put my hand at it.

Now to the assignment's instructions the author writes:
     For the writing assignment, take a random Dailyshoot photograph and create a haiku using that image. Let the image inspire you to create a poetic haiku. Don't know what a haiku is? The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn't rhyme.

"Fall Has Come"

The mud is seen less
Arriving after summer
Now fall is here