In the Slideshare Top 5% for 2014

Top Five PercentI’ve got twenty of my presentations up on Slideshare. My most popular presentation of the year was Social Networking: The Next Weapon Against Bad Actors, which is about how social networking technologies can be leveraged to assist in cyber security. I first presented this at the government’s GFIRST Cyber Security Conference.

My second most popular presentation was 21st Century Writer. This one discusses changes in the publishing industry brought on by the advent of electronic books.

Speaking at DevIgnition

Speaking at DevIgnition
My friend and fellow conference organizer, Gray Herter, just sent me a picture he took of me speaking at the DevIgnition Conference at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Newman Auditorium in McLean, VA. This is another of the 37 plus places that I’ve spoken at, although it was a very, very nice venue. There were roughly 150 attendees present at the event.

Interesting Email Chain

I recently participated in an interesting email exchange that I thought would be fun to share with the world. The exchange started with the following seemingly innocent request for help:

From: Frederick, Rob
To: Crow, Drew; Johnson, Quentin; Keener, David
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:42 AM
Subject: Task – IE Testing

I need to test the user interface for my new web site feature under IE 9 and higher. I need some help from the team in order to test this.

An almost instant response came back from another member of the software development team. Note that, except for my own name, the other names have been changed to protect the innocent.

From: Johnson, Quentin
To: Crow, Drew; Frederick, Rob; Keener, David
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:42 AM
Subject: RE: Task – IE Testing

This is directly on the Microsoft Website:

“Windows Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.”

What more of a guarantee do you need?

A few minutes later, the first test results came back from another one of the developers.

From: Crow, Drew
To: Frederick, Rob; Johnson, Quentin (NE); Keener, David
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: Task – IE Testing

Line: 34294 Error: [$injector:modulerr] Failed to instantiate module ng due to: Object doesn’t support this property or method$injector/modulerr?p0=ng&p1=Object%20doesn’t%20support%20this%20property%20or%20method

Is this what “shining” looks like?

I’ve never been one to resist a perfect setup, so I responded with a one-word killer response:

From: Keener, David
To: Crow, Drew; Frederick, Rob; Johnson, Quentin
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:52 AM
Subject: RE: Task – IE Testing


It’s always fun when I can combine my passion for software development with my love for movies (and books). It’s even more fun when there’s a delayed reaction as people one-by-one figure out my joke.

About the Target Attack

For those who might be interested in what really happened during the recent Target retail attack, where information about 40 million credit cards was stolen (including mine), here’s a really interesting article from Security Week:

In a nutshell, the attackers used a RAM scraper to pull credit card information that was stored “in the clear” within memory.

And yes, I was issued a new card because of this whole fiasco.