Last updateMon, 03 Aug 2020 9am


Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

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 Online Managers Online 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)

Password Ideas...There Will Be No Sympathy

It is probably past time anyway, but since the recent password losses by LinkedIn and a few other companies, it would be a good weekend task to come up with a great password set and start going down the list. Change everything.

I spot something easy and obvious in front of me, for example a book. Well, I used to. I don't seem to have any books anymore so I can't give an example. But I remember the American Heritage Dictionary was the basis for passwords for a long time. AmHeDi for simple sites, Am9He5Di1 for more complicated sites that might give access to spending my money.


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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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Wireshark 101 Webinar Offline–A First

Explaining nuance to those who are merely tangential to the field of that nuance always gets close to explaining magic. At CinemaCon, the marketing gurus (or teams) who win the excellence awards fortunately won't explain what it is they did to achieve the year's or lifetime prize. (Spoiler: Teamwork and happy clients.) Likewise, the technology award show that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held the week before the more famous event doesn't become a course in the latest de-Beyerization technology. (Teamwork and excited photons. See: Albert Einstein: Why Light is Quantum)

For those who with a 'tween events craving for awards, the DCinemaTools Security Section would like to give the "Explaining  to non-technical people what the interwebz looks like while it is working" Award to the Wireshark University founder and chief explainer Laura Chappell. [This may take a re-working of what non-technical really means.] And in a great quirk of fate, since we encouraged everyone to sign up for the 101 Course webinar last month (but many people did it?) ...the usually online only course is suddenly available for offline viewing...even downloading!

Here is what the email says:

Yes – I have good and bad news about the Wireshark 101 webinar you were scheduled for tomorrow. I have a conflict on my schedule and will need to cancel the webinar. (That’s the bad news.)

The good news is that at 3:00am this morning I uploaded the newly-recorded webinar (as so many people have requested). The Wireshark 101 class is now available for online or offline viewing! (Seriously – download the FLV files if you want!)

View/Download Location: (click Free Wireshark Class on left) – or click the direct link here.

There are four sections in the class:

Part 1 [14:17]: Wireshark Internals and Placement (drivers, capture on switched networks, capture at the client first)

Part 2 [10:54]: Creating Profiles and Using Capture Filters (customization, capture filtering, capture to file sets, ring buffer)

Part 3 [14:17]: Display Filters and Coloring Rules (fast display filter techniques, color-coding lousy traffic patterns)

Part 4 [15:00]: Expert, Charts and Graphs (launching the Expert, interpreting IO/RTT/Time-Sequence graphs)

I know folks have asked for this for a loooooong time. The conflict on the schedule pushed me to get this done!

If you have questions after watching the course, email those questions to Joy DeManty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – I’ll be adding a “Most Commonly Asked Questions” video to the set!

I'm not sure why you are reading further. Get those instructional videos for yourself and your friends. Don't waste time around here. And bookmark the ChappellU site so that you can grab those Most Commonly Asked Questions when they are released.

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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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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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)