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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1066: Epoch Bootloop

If someone or something suggests you should change the clock on your iOS device to January 1st, 1970, don't. Your device will enter a reboot loop that will require some patience to get out of (depending on the timezones you set).

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1065: Getting Healthy On A Lark

On the advice of a friend, I tried the app called Lark that's designed to help you get healthy. It takes a much simpler approach than other apps. I really like it. We'll see how effective it ultimately ends up being.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1064: Retro Computer Viruses

I remember computer virus from the 1980s. Compared to today's malware, they were exceptionally tame and were fairly limited in their ability to cause damage and spread.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1063: Heading to RSA Conference 2016

After a couple years away from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, I'm heading back at the end of the month. And yes, I'll be working in the Check Point booth.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1062: The Jawbone Up Move

My wife bought a fitness tracker several months ago at Costco. She never ended up using it, so I decided to. It's a simple tracker that gets the job done.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1061: Shopping for Goatse on eBay

Next time you browse eBay, you might get more than you bargained for.

Edit: Since this was recorded, eBay "partially" fixed the bugs Check Point reported.

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History of the Telephone Infographic

As a guy with a passing interest in telecommunications and the history thereof, I found this neat infographic showing the history of telephone service. Sadly it misses a few things, such as the barbed wire phone systems I discussed on PhoneBoy Speaks Episode 1050. I'm glad it acknowledged the first smartphone: The Nokia Communicator. I owned several of its predecessors.

Of course, these days, "phone calls" are just an application over different networks. It almost seems weird to call my pocket supercomputer a "phone."


Via: Business Phone Service Phone.com

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1060: The Perimeter Isn't Dead, It's Shrinking

The perimeter isn't going anywhere. What it is doing, is shrinking around the thing we actually need to protect: the data.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1059: KVMs Are Hackable, Too

Is it on a network? It's hackable and ownable. That applies to network-based KVMs hooked up to an airgapped system, too.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1058: Googling For Pinball Parts

Google is great for a lot of things. Finding parts for an old pinball machine? I had a few issues. Then again, I remember the days before Google...

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. This site has served many other purposes over the years, but is currently the home for the PhoneBoy Speaks podcast.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, a blog where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, PhoneBoy Says, an infrequent personal blog where I discuss more personal issues, and a similarly infrequent personal podcast called PhoneBoy's Opinion, which can be found on iTunes.