Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Security, Art of Hacking, & the Worst 2014 Security Breaches

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hacked TargetSecurity is hot; no doubt about it. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2013, venture investors put nearly $3 billion into cyber security companies, resulting in new funding for some 300 firms (Source: Thomson Reuters). Worldwide security software revenue alone totaled $19.9 billion in 2013, a 4.9 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $19.0 billion (Source: Gartner). According to Gartner, global cybersecurity spending is to reach $76.9 billion in 2015 and $80 billion in 2016; in 2011 it stood at $55 billion. (more…)


Writing Useful Batch Scripts for Windows

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

An often overlooked utility in Windows is the use of batch scripts.A batch script is nothing but a text file with the ‘.bat’ extension containing a series of commands to be executed by the Windows command interpreter. Along with calling programs from the command prompt, branching and looping logic is also possible. In this blog, I demonstrate some useful batch script functionality; I use Windows 7 as the operating system. (more…)


Python – Implementing Caching in Your Applications via Dictionaries

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Periodic Table of the ElementsIn this blog I demonstrate how you can implement and take advantage of caching in your Python scripts/applications.

Caching allows you to complete tasks more rapidly by storing and reusing results for repeated operations using the same criteria. For example, consider a function that takes several arguments and performs a complex calculation. What if you passed the same arguments to this function ten times; well, without caching, the same operation and complex calculation will be performed ten times. (more…)