Some basic certifications

I was at Borders the other day looking for some interesting books, and I happened upon the certification preps for Security+ etc from Sybex. I started reading that one and it was so good that I bought it and a couple others from Sybex.

Frankly I have no clue whether these certifications have any meaning in the real world, but I think they’ll be kinda fun to get.

Sweet deal on PCI 802.11g cards

So I’ve been looking around for a wireless card for my desktops to reduce the wire mess behind the desk. On a whim, I stopped by RadioShack this afternoon. They had a sign for the D-Link DWL-G510 for $39 after a $10 mail-in rebate. I thought, “OK, that seems pretty reasonable, since it was running $50 at OfficeMax and Staples.” But then I noticed the fine print that said it was only valid through 6/22, and today is 6/23.

I asked an employee whether I could still get the discount, and he said no but he could check the new price. He checks, and it’s now selling for $39 plus a $10 mail-in rebate, which ends up running $29.

The box also includes a low-profile bracket, so I bought an extra for the Pegasos.

One vital note: Make sure you pick up a “B” revision card, not “A.” The “B” cards are Atheros, but the “A” cards are Broadcom. Look on the barcodes; there’s a section that says H/W Ver. Also, the boxes have a huge red stripe across them instead of being solid blue.

Vacation (sort of)

I’m heading back to Minnesota for a few days to take care of some business. I’ll be back Monday night. It’s going to be a crazy few days, packed with meetings, family, etc.

If you’re looking for me, I won’t be around. If you’re in the Minneapolis area and want to get together for a beer or whatever, drop me an e-mail at <my IRC nick> at I’ll try to check it over the next few days, although I usually don’t. If you desperately need to get in touch with whoever’s covering for me, check the devaway chain of delegation.