Displaced Geek

Just a city geek and father coming to terms with being replanted in farm country

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DG on Krebs (on Security)

As I was cleaning up a machine today, I was reminded of a Krebs on Security post from a few months ago, that did an excellent post distilling the basics of online security into three simple rules. For those of you too lazy to click that link and actually read the article, I’ll save you the trouble:

  1. “If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it!”
  2. “If you installed it, update it.”
  3. “If you no longer need it, remove it.”

I cannot tell you how many boxes I’ve fixed that wouldn’t have needed fixing in the first place if these three very simple rules had been followed.


Written by Peter

July 23, 2011 at 1526

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Things I’ve learned about gardening:

About a month ago I saw a post on r/gardening that addressed pretty much everything I was planning on writing in a first post.
Rather than recreate the wheel, I stole it:

  • It gives you another sense of time that spans past months and gives you a real appreciation for the seasons that other people won’t have.
  • You will actually take notice of the weather. You’ll notice when it rains and can remember off the top of your head when it last rained. You’ll even be able to recall how much or how hard.
  • When you get up in the morning to have your coffee, you will go outside and check all your plants in turn, and gradually you’ll begin to get a feel for the minute details that indicate that the plant needs more water, needs more shade, or what stage it’s at in terms of fruition, all like some kind of biological twitter feed. This will be immensely satisfying for you.
  • It gives you a personal relationship with food; and you will actually pay attention to the taste of what you’re eating rather than just shovelling it into your mouth.
  • Gives you the unique insight that freshly picked anything is 1000x more tasty and interesting than store bought anything; you will truly taste tomato for the first time in your life.
  • You get to see the world from a new point of view (a plants point of view). You’ll see them adapt to the local environmental conditions in ingenious ways; for instance my chilli plants form more
    aerodynamically shaped leaves compared to those grown inside and are far more bushy.
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Written by Peter

June 12, 2011 at 1856

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