Apr 16 2008

A blast from the past

Published by at 12:48 pm under Humor

I sometimes tell people I was one of the first four or five security bloggers, which to the best of my knowledge is true. Richard Bejtlich, Dana Epp and Bruce Schneier all predate me, though Bruce Schneier didn’t start calling his writing a blog until later. If there are others who started before August 2003, I’d like to know about them, especially if they’re still blogging. In any case, after my post this morning, I did something I hadn’t done in quite a while, a Google ego search; you know, when you type in your own name to see what comes up. I was more than a little surprised when a page I last updated in November of 2002 came up. I’d actually created the page by hand coding the HTML close to a year before that. And yes, I’ve been using the same ISP for nearly a decade and still have files from my CCNA courses on the server, though that’ll be a post for some other day.

I have since let my CCNA lapse, I never did get my OCA, I’m going on six years as a CISSP and you can still reach me at martin_at_mckeay.net. The Windows 2000 services: Disabling Non-Essential Services paper is no longer there, but I think I have a copy floating around somewhere. I don’t know yet how many of the links on that page still work, be careful clicking on them since some now lead to placeholders. There’s some script on the site that I should probably disable, since it led to a basic RSS reader and I don’t think the company that hosted it is even in existance any more. I’m still not a web designer; I freely admit to using someone else’s templates since they’re much more appealing than anything I could come up with on my own. And I’m still paranoid; some things don’t change no matter how much time passes.

Update: We have a winner! Augusto Paes de Barros has been blogging since January 27th, 2003. Though it’s in Portuguese and I can’t understand more than one word in ten. Augusto is now writing in English as well as Portuguese, so he definitely has me beat.

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “A blast from the past”

  1. PortcullisChainon 16 Apr 2008 at 1:16 pm

    woohoo. That page is straight outta Netscape design hell. I know you said not to comment on the web design, but I couldn’t help it. I wouldn’t mind seeing an updated version of the Windows services to disable for 2k3 or 2k8.

  2. Martinon 16 Apr 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Its perfectly okay to make design comments now, it’s been over half a decade and I’m no longer sensitive to my failings as a web designer. That’s why I let someone else do the design and worry about the content. I do occasionally post content from time to time, honest.

    I haven’t found the Win2K Services paper yet, it’s not on my hard drive, though I’ll look through some of my old CD’s to see if I can find a copy of it. I still have a hard copy of the paper, which I may scan in if I can’t find the Word document. There’s no way I’m retyping 18 pages of tables and text.

    Check out the Center for Internet Security, they have a lot of benchmarks for OS’s and applications.

  3. Augusto P Barroson 16 Apr 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Although initially just in Portuguese, my first post (about security) is dated from January 27th, 2003. Interesting , it was about SQL Slammer, that hit just a few days before. At the time I blogged about there wasn’t a definitive name being used by all, so I also mentioned “Sapphire”, which was being used by one of the av companies:



  4. Krison 21 Apr 2008 at 2:19 pm

    While maybe he didn’t call it a “blog”, I distinctly remember Rob Rosenberger writing security columns on vmyths.com as far back as ’01 or ’02, at least.

  5. joaton 27 Apr 2008 at 10:21 am

    As for “still blogging”, have your forgotten about me (since Jan 2003)? I’m still around though topics have drifted away from security somewhat. – joat

  6. Martinon 27 Apr 2008 at 12:51 pm

    JOAT! Yes, I had forgotten you. I didn’t know you were still blogging in some form or another. Do you still count if you’re not blogging about security? That’s up to you to decide.


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