The trouble with the USPTO

From: Eric Wolf 
------------------------------------------------------
I just got an email from IEEE about a career fair at the USPTO office in
Denver. They specifically are in need of electrical, computer and
mechanical engineers. Seeing the claim of "USPTO was ranked the #1 Best
Place to Work in the Federal Government(R)", I checked the listing on
USAJOBS:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/380517100

Entry level will be a GS-7, which means a starting salary below $50K. If I
could get best the education requirements (I know the USGS counted the
number of course hours I had in each subject and used that as a hard gate
for applicants), I'd probably get to start back at my old rank of GS-9 Step
3 with a salary of $56K. Or a little less than half what I make now...

USPTO needs to pay patent examiners competitive salaries or we are going to
continue dealing with Patent Trolls with portfolios of crap patents...

-Eric

-=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=-
Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

OT: LG G2 update

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
So for anybody interested in a top of the line android phone (Quad core 2.2ghz, 2gb ram 32gb storage 5.2" screen, built in wireless charging) for under $250 here is the update.

The battery life is FANTASTIC! The rest of the phone is as well. This is as happy as I have been on Android. I spent $225 on ebay for a verizon unit because it is the only one with built in wireless charging and is FACTORY UNLOCKED for SIM cards.

So a phone that is better in many ways than a Galaxy S5 for almost a third of the price? WHAT are you waiting for???

Here is a bit about battery life:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G2-battery-life-test-long-live-the-king

Fwd: [PhreakNIC] CTF

From: Jon Nyx 
------------------------------------------------------
FYI

PS - "Keith" is this guy:

Keith Watson
Information Security Manager, College of Computing
Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~krwatson

Part of his day job is taking large botnets away from organized crime
outfits, studying them, and then disassembling them. We're very lucky
to have him helping with our con.

Dru Myers
Nashville2600 President, PhreakNIC founder and con chair, 1997-2001 & 2014


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM
Subject: [PhreakNIC] CTF
To: phreaknic@googlegroups.com


I've talked to GTRI (the people who put on the Hungry Hungry Hackers
CTF) and it looks like a go. I will have more info in the next week or
so.

H3 was this last weekend, it went great (8/22 & 8/23)
http://www.hungryhungryhackers.org/

We noticed at past events that people would leave the CTF after only a
few hours. We asked around and found that people want to compete but
are overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

This year we had two tracks, competition and educational. The
educational track had multiple speakers that did walk-throughs of
tools and how to solve some basic challenges. It went very well and
after the end of the educational track a bunch of them joined the
competition.

The CTF is Jeopardy style with about 60 challenges. In addition we had
ten stations setup with a FPGA hardware flags and a car hacking
station setup with CAN buss flags.

Craig Smith of TheiaLabs set up the car hacking station and was on
hand for the entire event. It was a combination CAN buss/WiFi hack.
Craid was alos handing out copies of the Car hacker's Handbook. You
can download the PDF here:

http://opengarages.org/handbook/

A lock picking challenge was also part of the CTF.

Once we do our post CTF debrief we'll start solidifying the PhreakNIC CTF.

Let me know of anything you would like to see in the CTF.

keith

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OT: all VERIZON LTE phones unlocked

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
By FCC mandate ALL Verizon LTE phones that have a SIM card slot MUST be factory unlocked and stay that way.

This includes ALL iPhones since the iPhone 5, and most any smart phone they have started selling in past 2 years.

IF it is LTE capable, it is unlocked.

I have personally verified this on several devices.

So if you want a CHEAP(er) unlocked phone, this is the way to get it.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





OT:BEST Android phone yet... LG G2 VS980 Verizon

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
Got a new piece of kit. Here is how it happened:

My business partner got the new LG G3 5.5" but 20% smaller than the Galaxy Note 2/3 even though the screen is the same size. I have been VERY impressed with my Nexus 5 and his G3 is amazing, in fact almost perfect. The ONE THING it is lacking is the wireless Qi charging.

Well I am hooked on Qi the way a crack ho loves rock... yes it is that bad. If you don't have wireless charging, you thing I am an idiot. If you do, you get it. There simply is no going back, not even for the iPhone 6.

The problem is that I am still dissatisfied with the battery life on my Nexus 5. I have rooted, rom-ed, kerneled, and tweaked this thing to death, and have gotten every last drop of energy out of it, and it just isn't enough, especially for international travel.

So I start reading up on hacking Qi into the G3, and find out that the G2 from Verizon has it built in. 

For those of you that don't know, the LG G2 is the Nexus 5 on steroids. It is the exact same size with a .2 inch larger screen (5.2 vs 5.0) due to smaller bezels. It has a bigger battery, better camera, better screen, and the Verizon model's SIM slot is UNLOCKED. You can use the ATT Straighttalk SIM and it will do HSPA+ (4G) without hacking and LTE if you flash an AOSP rom.

OH and it doesn't have any stupid buttons on the side where they get pressed accidentally ALL THE TIME. The buttons for power/vol are in the center of the back just below the Camera...which actually rocks.

The best part: $225 on ebay for like new in the box 32GB!!!

So far I am digging it.

Will rant in a few days if battery life is disappointing.

No rant means I am pleased.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





ios remote support was lunch downtown today?

From: Sparky 
------------------------------------------------------
Apple has some config tools available. Maybe it has some kind of remote
config options for profiles or something?
http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/business/



On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Ed King  wrote:

> Thanks, thats a good summary article.  I forwarded it to McTightwad but he
> is still asking me to find a way to remotely configure iphone email.  We
> installed an in-house iredmail server last week.  Our old hosted email was
> POP now we have IMAP.   *Before* we made the switchover, we posted
> instructions [with screenshots] on how to reconfigure iphones for the new
> system, but the boss says we are asking too much from our field workers and
> that we should remotely configure their iphones for them.
>
> Excerpt from field worker job description:
>
> "Moderate to excellent computer ability."
> "Proven proficiency of modern equipment including cell phones, fax
> machines, scanners, computers, palm or other hand held devices, GPS, and
> printers."
>
> So are we expecting too much?   The documentation is clear and concise.  I
> had one field worker (a new guy) say it was the most helpful documentation
> he's ever read and offered to buy my lunch when he's in town.   Its the
> upper level folks who are having trouble following the directions.  Go
> figure.
>
> oh, sorry,  am I being negative?    Ok, I'll go home and stick my tongue
> to the Mac Plus flyback and get some positive electrons in me.
>
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 8/14/14, William Roush  wrote:
>
>  Subject: Re: [Chugalug] ios remote support  was Re:  lunch downtown today?
>  To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  chugalug@chugalug.org>
>  Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 3:35 PM
>
>  ScreenConnect wrote a
>  nice page about it:
>
>  http://www.screenconnect.com/Mobile-Device-Remote-Support
>
>  TL;DR: Apple is mean
>
>  William Roush
>  william.roush@roushtech.net
>  423-463-0592
>
>  http://www.roushtech.net/blog/
>
>
>  On 8/14/2014
>  1:54 PM, Ed King wrote:
>  > Walked down to
>  Doctor Bldg.     Sorry you didn't get to see
>  me!
>  >
>  >
>  > So...   whats the
>  "best" remote support solution for iphone? (eg: to
>  tap INTO the iphone)
>  >
>  > I can't find one that offers full
>  remote control w/o jailbreaking, so whats the next best
>  thing?   Looked at Logmein, Teamviewer, Bomgar so
>  far
>  >
>  > as this is for
>  Mr McTightwad, I'm looking for the most expensive
>  product available
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  --------------------------------------------
>  > On Thu, 8/14/14, Ed King 
>  wrote:
>  >
>  >   Subject: Re: [Chugalug] lunch
>  downtown today?
>  >   To:
>  "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"
>  
>  >   Date: Thursday, August 14,
>  2014, 11:30 AM
>  >
>  >   maybe.   depends
>  on
>  >   where and when
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >   --------------------------------------------
>  >   On Thu, 8/14/14, Rod-Lists
>  
>  >   wrote:
>  >
>  >
>  Subject: [Chugalug]
>  >   lunch
>  downtown today?
>  >    To:
>  "Chattanooga
>  >   Unix Gnu
>  Android Linux Users Group" 
>  >    Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014,
>  10:01 AM
>  >
>  >
>    Whole office is on the
>  >   road.
>  >
>    Anyone up for lunch downtown?
>  >
>
>  >
>  >    Rod
>  >
>  >   

Looking for contractor Technicians

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
I know I probably sound like a broken record, as I've asked this question a
number of times over the past year or two.

But if you know of anyone interested in some freelance / contract /
as-needed PC repair and basic PC troubleshooting & network jobs, please
have 'em contact me: david [at] developcents dot com

Note: if you try to contact me tomorrow or anytime next week, I won't
respond until the following week, as I'm going to be out of town.

But yet again, I've had the situation come up where I need someone to do
something for me because I'm not available to do it (this time it's not an
emergency, thankfully, and I think I have a contractor who can handle the
job - but I need to confirm that by this evening at the latest)

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com
423-693-4234

Just Testing

From: Mike Harrison 
------------------------------------------------------

On Jul 24, 2014, at 2:46 PM, Alex Smith (K4RNT)  wrote:

> I think he was trying to invoke Godwin's Law, ending any conversation before they started. ;)


Alex Got It!  

I was also testing the categorization filter on the website. 

Vi/Emacs/Joe/Nano/Pico/Hitler/UFO/Redhat/Ubuntu/Mint/Bodhi/Debian/Android/Jobs/Salaries/EPB/Diesel/Chugalunch/Meeting

Some of those are keywords. 



pfSense in Birmingham

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
Anyone have experience w/ pfSense and are based out of Birmingham?

If you'd be interested in doing a 1-2 hour job for me, send me your rates,
and if you save me from having to drive all that way, I'd be eternally
grateful.

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com
423-693-4234

OT: Job in Knoxville

From: Bret McHone 
------------------------------------------------------
Our new position is finally posted so if anyone is interested the East TN
Children's Hospital has an opening for a Systems Administrator. Apply at
our site: www.etch.com.

It's day shift and the individual will working alongside me. I believe the
pay will be comparable to experience/skill set though I'm not privy to that
info. Below are the "details" which are loosely defined. Feel free to pass
the info along to anyone interested and if you have questions feel free to
contact me off-list.

*Basic Purpose of the Job:*  Designs, implements, maintains and administers
day-to-day operations of a large scale server infrastructure comprised of
both physical and virtual servers.  This will include building servers from
customer/vendor provided specifications.  Works with a team to deploy,
monitor and maintain servers and applications.  Implement, configure and
support the VMware suite of applications.

*Minimum Education Requirements: *Bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in Computer Sci=
ence or
related field required *OR* Associates Degree and equivalent work
experience.

*Required Licenses/Certifications: *Certification in the VMware product
suite is highly desired.

*Minimum Work Experience:* 2+ years of IT work experience required.
Experience in a hospital IT environment strongly preferred.  Experience
with the VMware product suite preferred.

*Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities*:  Expertise in administration
of the following: Windows Server, Active Directory, MS Exchange, WSUS,
VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View required.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.  Ability to communicate
with others effectively no matter their computer skill level. Ability to
diagnose and troubleshoot complex server issues. Ability to self-motivate
and self-learn.

*Physical Requirements:* Heavy lifting, pushing and pulling is required up
to 50 lbs occasionally, 20-30 lbs frequently and 10 lbs constantly to move
objects of up to 150 lbs.  Sudden emergency situations have the potential
for exposure to lifting or moving of up to 150 lbs.  Frequent bending,
walking, sitting, squatting, reaching and standing are required.
Keyboard/computer use and/or repetitive motions may be required.  *Note:
Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions of this position.*

hiring

From: Christopher Rimondi 
------------------------------------------------------
We are hiring if you know anyone who fits this:

http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8aa00506326e915601326f65b82e1fcb&id=8a32181446937e290146afb8652b3b14&source=%200

Ping me off list.

-- 
Chris Rimondi | http://twitter.com/crimondi | securitygrit.com

Need someone for Contract work

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
I have an injured fiance to take care of and have two jobs I need help with.

1) Finish up that pfSense + OpenVPN job I asked about last night.

2) Switch out a wireless router for a client (its already configured) and
finish up a virus / malware scan on a PC in the same office (its a Windows
7 machine).

If you are available and I interested, please send me your rates, or call
me.

Nexus 5 update

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
I so love almost everything about the Nexus 5. FAR better device than my Galaxy S4 (rest in peace).

Wireless charging that really works is the BOMB!

However...

1. Battery life is only reasonable after a half dozen hacks and tweaks...
2. Lack of SD card slot is annoying.

I have remedied the battery life issue with 3 wireless chargers (home, office, car).

Maybe, just maybe I won't be the first iPhone 6 user in the area...

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





OT: job in Knoxville to be posted soon

From: Andrew Rodgers 
------------------------------------------------------
Bret, do you attend the LOPSA-ETENN meetings? Might be a good forum for
recruiting for that position.
http://lopsaetenn.org/

Andrew
=E1=90=A7

Andrew Rodgers
GIGTANK 2014
Technologist-in-Residence
256-508-7610


On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Bret McHone  wrote:

> I am working with my manager to get a job posted for a Windows
> server/active directory/exchange/vmware vsphere and view admin. It will b=
e
> a peer position to me.
>
> If anyone is interested then brush up your resume and we hope to have the
> job and all details posted in about a week at www.etch.com
>
> As soon as the details are finalized and the job is posted I'll send out
> another email if anyone is interested. I do not know pay range, but I do
> know we have awesome benefits and its a great place to work. 403b,
> pension,  health, vision, dental, free life insurance, lots of PTO (start
> out with 2 weeks/year) and no shortage of projects.
>
> -B
>
> 

Display fast forward

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
Kind of a big deal for LCD/Panel display technology. Think of the possibilities...

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/18/sharp-free-form-displays/

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




Phone Death

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
My Galaxy s4 died friday at lunch. Kaput. Guess the little Chinese guy that revived it last month will be getting it back on my next trip...

So I hopped on craigslist and got a Nexus 5 from a guy 3 blocks from me for a fair price.

I LOVE the Nexus so far...BUT am a little concerned about battery life.

BTW I have a ton of accessories for the S4 if anybody is interested....

3 new batteries (1 samsung, 2 Zero lemon Hi Capacity 3,000 mah)
At least 3 different Spigen cases (2 slimarmor ones)
Desktop charger that works with or without a case

Let me know if there is any interest.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





I'm baaaaaaack!

From: Ed King 
------------------------------------------------------
Got bumped off the list back in mid May due to "too many bounces".    Been checking chugalug.org webpage occasionally for any job announcements or hardware sells/freebies ;-)

I stayed unsubbed for awhile (and missed Hack-a-nooga too) because I needed to focus on our latest and biggest client rollout, which went "live" on 6/2/2014.    To "save money" we switched hardware platforms a few weeks before rollout (went from $800 kids-toy netbooks to $300 Dell Venue tablets), but the software platform stayed the same (albeit with some custom mods for the new client):    lamp stack (linux/apache/php/mysql) on qemu.    Why are we running in a vm/emulator?  Well its a long story but a previous 3rd party vendor wrote our field software.  This 3rd party vendor required Windows netbooks.  Their software was slow and flakey (as you'd expect from dot-net) so we ditched them and rewrote the field software in-house (like we wanted to do in the first place, and we did it in less than half the time, and still had more features and flexibility!).    But... we couldn't just throw out twenty $800 netbooks, so we leveraged that hardware "investment"
 by using qemu to run our lampp stack, thinking that it would also be portable if we ever moved to android (does anyone know of a qemu package for android that doesn't SUCK?)

Back-end:   For "security" this client did not want their data on the same server as our other clients, so I set up a new Debian server just for them.  HTTPS and automated sftp file transfers. 

Well now that this new client is up 'n running, I figured it was time for me to re-sub, so...  I'm back.  This new client is our biggest client to-date, and has doubled the amount of inspectors in the field (and doubled the data collection too...  thank goodness we solved that mysql lock problem we used to have).   Things are running smoothly!   I dare say that the support calls have somehow decreased (oh great, now I've jinxed us).    

Props to our little I.T. team:    Danny "dj" Smith Jada "coldfish" Case, and Master Ed :)









Need 48-port switch (nothing fancy)

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
Anyone have any old 48-port switch I could take off your hands (or pay you
a little something)? Doesn't need to be anything fancy. A 10/100 would
do... I just need something so that I can work on a bunch of PCs for a
client at once.

If I can keep it (or pay you a little bit, even, so I *can* keep it),
that'd be even better.

I lent my Catalyst 4000 to someone, and besides, that's really bulky anyway
for going to on-site jobs like the one I'm getting ready to do next week.

Thanks!

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com
423-693-4234

Chattanoogans on Net Neutrality

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
http://www.nooga.com/166718/chattanoogans-respond-to-fcc-on-net-neutrality/

Chloe and I emailed back and forth quite a bit late last week as she worked
on this article. A few of you, in past emails, asked to see the FCC's
statement.

Here's the full text of the FCC's proposal, dated May 15 (I sent this to
Chloe, too).
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily

GREAT website: www.iftt.com

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
So in trying to easily create additional functionality for my Pebble, I stumbled across: www.iftt.com

IFTT = If This Then That, and is website that offers unlimited actions and notifications through using a very simple IFTTT programming interface. I created my first "alert" in about 2 minutes.

Check it out, it seems to be quite good.

I am certain a number of you are already aware of this, I just wish it had been passed on ;-)

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011