All posts by MS Sripati

null Chapter started in Hyderabad

I had a chance to be a part of the first meeting of hyderabad chapter of null (29th August ’10, Sunday, 16:30–18:30), and i must say, it was not without some apprehension that i started for it. For one, i had a humbling experience with local OWASP chapter as it is in its second month of inactivity (do include me if you plan to blame someone, for i had a small part to play — by not doing anything, that is). However, i had been following these people for quite some time, and must say, have learned a lot just by reading the mailing list, and i was not disappointed. Though it is too early to say, but i think null will survive the inertial forces that tend to take over any new initiative.

The meeting started with Prajwal (one of the moderators of the hyderabad chapter) giving a nice presentation on w3af (Web Application Attack and Audit Framework). He also presented Matriux, a distro dedicated to security professionals. The co-founders of null|con have come by the time Prajwal finished, and they took it on from there. Oh, lest i forget, let me tell you that some OWASP members were also spotted (including yours truly).

Further, i have decided to talk, in the next-to-next meeting (mind you, meetings will be monthly, so that makes it october’10), on ISO 27001 (coz that’s what my limited knowledge is limited to!). But before that, i guess there will be some more talks on vulnerability assessments and other stuff.

All in all, nice thing that they have started a chapter in my karmabhoomi; i hope i learn new things and share with everyone through this medium (do i see enough eyeballs to quit my job and turn full-time blogger!).

Linus’ First Mail

I was reading this article, and noticed this mail, which happens to be one of the first mails from Linus (yes, the same guy-who-wrote-linux. Now sit down, please!) to the hacker community.

This mail shows (and emphasizes the point that the author of the article makes) why linus could propagate his *nix so well. He apparently is a very good writer. Even Raymond makes similar points, here, and here.

Makes me wonder, though, is it “that” important to be able to write well?

First Post!

Felt like singing “finalleeeeeeeeeeeeeee” but then reminded myself of the possible repercussions, and stopped short of it.

Sigh!

This is my first post on any blog. Wait, scratch that. I have replied to many blog posts. This is my first post on my blog. Yeah!

Had initially thought of waiting till i host my site, but then the thinking activity itself started competing with my childhood memories (if the carbon dating results are to be believed), so i decided — what the heck, let me start writing something …

BTW, to promote myself, i have already sent emails to some of my techie friends and seniors (shameless self promotion, :D) …. Let’s C!