Breaking out of your comfort zone using photography

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Did you know photography can be used as a vehicle to help you to overcome the fear of interacting with people that you may not otherwise communicate with? Yes, it can be an ice breaker and it can also be stressful depending upon your type of personality and the subject of your photograph. For example, street photography can land you with some very frustrated looks of your subject. The lady in the center of this example photo does not look frustrated, in fact, she looks disgusted that someone is taking her photo. It is times like this that you may …

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Photography around Auburn, AL

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Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2013 population of 58,582. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. The Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA with a population of 150,933, along with the Columbus, GA-AL MSA and Tuskegee, Alabama, comprises the greater Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, GA-AL CSA, a region home to 501,649 residents. Auburn is a college town and is the home of Auburn University. Auburn has been marked in recent years by rapid growth, and is currently the fastest growing metropolitan area in Alabama and the nineteenth-fastest growing …

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Photography at Chewacla State Park, Auburn, AL

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Chewacla State Park’s 696 scenic acres is a quick stop right off interstate 85 at Auburn, AL. The facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins. If you have the opportunity to visit in Fall or early Winter, I am sure that you will find the colors amazing. This park is not as large as other State Parks that I have visited over the years, but it is a great place to spend the day with the family or taking photos. …

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Security via obfuscation: MAC Address

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Every network interface card has a unique 48 bit identifier known as a MAC address. This address is burned into the EEPROM on the card, and often is used by networking equipment to track users as they come and go, frequently associating MAC address to a hotel, credit card, credentials, and so on. In fact, even most consumer gear will record the MAC addresses of all computers that have ever issued DHCP requests to them, and these logs usually cannot be purged. When you combine this with the fact that most Cable/DSL service providers will also record your MAC address …

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Using the web application attack and audit framework known as w3af to test your security

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w3af is a Web Application Attack and Audit Framework is an amazing tool that is written in Python and has the capability to find more than 200 defined vulnerabilities. Not only does it look for the usual suspects such as SQL injection, it also handles crawling, bruteforce, authentication, and so much more. There are a number of vulnerability scanners both commercial and open source, but it all comes down to what you prefer. I tend to lean toward the open source community because of transparency, community involvement, and the fact there is zero cost. Unfortunately web applications pose one of …

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