Last updateThu, 21 Dec 2017 2pm


Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

Schneier's Latest: Liar's and Outliers

Bruce Schneier's just released book, Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive, isn't on the details of crypto-science, but rather the ingredients that make it necessary and how to keep up with it.

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New .1 version of ffmeg released

Code-named Freedom, and only 6 weeks after Harmony (0.9) was release, this version of the Open Source video codec tools and libraries repair many "highly critical" security risks. Secunia Details

If you are using Perian, VLC or MPlayer, among other open source tools that allow you to run several different types of media codecs, expect updates.

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Security Toys...Uhm, I mean, Quality Control for Networks

Some people don't want to be trained. They just want to try everything with the savage joy of a teenager. This page is for them:

Password crackers – SecTools Top Network Security Tools

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Certificate Authorities and DCinema

This weeks news brings up a sore subject: Trust.

In DCinema, this means Trusted Device Lists (TDL) and Certificate Authorities as specified in the SMPTE/ISO and DCI documents.

In the outside world, the foundation is also a group of companies who issue certificates that bring different levels of trust to different websites or those who access the websites. These companies are the CAs or Certificate Authorities. Last year, one was found to have been hacked.

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Free Wireshark Training

Chapppell University sounds like some place that would sit comfortably next to the quad in Oxford, but in this era it sits on the interwebz and sits in roving training centers around the world. The purpose is to certify people on the deep essenses of Wireshark.

Wireshark is a tool for examining and monitoring an IT network. It is open source and huge with detail. For what I need with my little network it is overkill, though the data of how to use some parts of it as a consultant are very useful...and hardwon.

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Half of Fortune 500s, US Govt. Still Infected with DNSChanger Trojan

More than two months after authorities shut down a massive Internet traffic hijacking scheme, the malicious software that powered the  criminal network is still running on computers at half of the Fortune 500 companies, and on PCs at nearly 50 percent of all federal government agencies, new research shows.

Source: FBI

The malware, known as the “DNSChanger Trojan,” quietly alters the host computer’s Internet settings to hijack search results and to block victims from visiting security sites that might help scrub the infections. DNSChanger frequently was bundled with other types of malware, meaning that systems infected with the Trojan often also host other, more nefarious digital parasites.

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There are a lot of experts in security out there. What they write is often dry as a bone. But there are a few sites that stay on top of the events, and express themselves in ways that us mere mortals can comprehend.

Bruce Schneier -  He wrote the books, he writes the newsletters, he has the blog. Top of the list for a reason. The link is to his monthly CryptoGram...subscribe now.

Hagai Bar-el - Information Security Specialist whose websites focus on security engineering and on managing innovation processes. Good source for definitions. There is also a blog and RSS feed.

Handbook of Applied Cryptology - All Chapters are free for the download. Get them off the cloud now.

We are putting millions of dollars of library materials into the hands of people trained to believe that MP3s and everything else should be free. We give them all the late hours unsupervised. What is wrong with this picture?

Security issues should always be taken seriously. Then again, so should consistent exercise and taking regular breaks from madness. Notwithstanding, here's the recent news in the field of security.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), The Open Door (1957)