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Re: To Ryan Naraine
From: mrx <mrx () propergander org uk>
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 19:54:25 +0000

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Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
On Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:33:59 +0100, Son of Ram said:

ZDNet and Cnet?
...
i can't think of a single thing of value that has came from layman websites like that.

You do have to admit - when you see something mentioned on those sites,
it's the penultimate indicator that it's been played out already.

All that's left at that point is for Gartner to mention it.


Most if not all "laypeople" are behind the curve.
And although Cnet and ZDnet are the last place I would look for contemporary information,
they do help some layfolk actually realise there is a curve.
My own attempts at creating an informative and helpful website wrt security are also behind the curve,
but if the information provided stops one person clicking on that link that will turn their box into a zombie...

Yes for security professionals at the cutting edge ZDNet and Cnet are lacking.


On an entirely different tack.
I wonder how many of those subscribed to this list had a mentor during their development.
Are your skills honed from reading and associating disparate information sources, analysing
the provided information and recreating those scenarios using a lab, devised through trail and error,
on your own hardware. Or did someone hold your hand and guide you through setting up your working environment
whilst indicating the must not and must do? Or did you just learn to use metasploit and consider yourself a hacker?

Sometimes I wish I had a mentor, only because I can take it so far alone before I need a rest to allow may brain
to comprehend what I have been feeding it. It would be nice now and again to be able to take something for granted,
a trusted source of info I didn't have to double check.

Then again there is fun to be had tapping a white stick against a wall.

My apologies too much wine and too few friends ;-)

Take care


- --
Mankind's systems are white sticks tapping walls.

http://www.propergander.org.uk
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