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So you want to be a cyber-security analyst

I want to throw out there, that I am by no means the defining expert in my field. I've got ~10 Years of Experience in what the CISSP considers qualifying fields. I have approximately two years of experience in physical security, four years in cybersecurity, and around ten years in IT. So you can take everything I'm about to say with a grain of salt. I wanted to address a common theme that I'm seeing come out of new individuals in the field.
I've had a lot of people come up to me as of recent telling me that they are pursuing their degree in cybersecurity. I suppose this struck me as odd? I don't mean to be dismissive of someone who's willing to hoof it through 4 years of college. It strikes me as odd that anyone could go through 4 years of college and have the skills required for this field. 
I've worked with a lot of different folks who are chasing their careers in IT. Right now cybersecurity is the big thing; because let's face it, we're good at …
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Classy Powershell

Using classes in PowerShell So I've recently come to fall in love with PowerShell, despite all its strange quirks and odd behaviors. For those not in the know, some time ago, Microsoft decided that they needed a more fully functional scripting language then the command line syntax that existed. So they spent a bit, and before you know it they had spun up PowerShell. So, being one of those programmers who aren't just satisfied with if/then loops in my languages, I wondered if given its object-oriented nature, PowerShell supported classes. It turns out, that with the introduction of PowerShell 5.0, they had actually introduced the concept of classes; however, as I was searching around for how to use them, the documentation was a bit more... sparse.
More than one file?  If you're like me, your programming is usually organized with handy dandy folders, I usually have something like this
main.ps1 - The actual "Executable" code that the user runs
- \lib\ - A series of…

An Online Identity Crisis

As I start to put together what will at some point hopefully be a more cohesive online identity it becomes increasingly apparent that ultimately my problem becomes one of "What do I want that online identity to be". I began to consider and weigh if there were parts of my identity that I wished to whitewash or attempt to clean in an attempt to better market myself to the public at large. This is weighed against my fear that in doing so I will ultimately become disingenuous and thus a poor representation of self.

The fundamental question of if I sacrifice who I am in favor of making a more presentable self. It's a notion that weighs heavy on me as I prepare to try and make a more cohesive presentation of self here on the internet as a whole. Do I talk about my depression? Do I talk about my issues with sexuality? Do I talk about my political stances? Where do I draw the line of what is publically alright to disclose, what is kosher to discuss, and what should be held back?

World of Warcaft's Fundamental Flaws

Preamble  I've mentioned on my twitter a few times that there are some problems with World of Warcraft. That for all intents and purposes I just can't just look beyond at this point. I'm not going to say any MMO honestly does things in a better way, but I think it would be foolish to believe that the formula that blizzard has applied is working at the moment. That having been said, I feel it's also a bit of a stretch to pretend like there isn't any valid and active competition to WoW these days. No longer is it simply WoW, Everquest, and Ultima. We've had nearly 20 years to work on this formula and see what we can get out of it.

To start, lets acknowledge what World of Warcraft has done well, as well as what it got known for.  WoW came out during the height of the Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies days, and defined itself quickly thanks to a number of factors. First, WoW has and always will be "The Casual MMO", despite beliefs to the contrary. When co…