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Kirt S Cathey
Kirt S Cathey
Spent four years studying electronics and chemistry before finally obtaining a BA in Japanese from San Francisco State University in 1992. The focus of my career has been in information security, security devices, and monitoring systems in the financial industry. Speak, read, and write Japanese.
Nov. 24, 2009 1:57 am
(The contents herein are my personal opinion and not the opinion of any current or previous employers.) This article is not an expression against the many IS and IT auditors out there that really know what they are doing and offer an added value to their clients. It is a voice thrown out into the airwaves that portrays the state of the profession as I have seen it develop within the Big Four...  Read More
Nov. 23, 2009 6:54 am
Today was the last day of a very productive four-day weekend. Do not know exactly what the motivation to get in a train (I hate trains lately, especially in pandemic Japan) and take a ride into Akihabara, but it was probably because I had to get up early and escort the kids to school. Anyway, after going up to Yamate to drop the kids off at school and greet the teachers, then a short break at...  Read More
Nov. 22, 2009 8:27 am
Okay, now the final section of the first chapter is complete in this experiment to find or create a true hardware key logging device. In the last blog when I referred to this commercial device for sale, I forgot to mention that it is one of the few on the market that does not require driver software or any other software to read the contents. That is the ideal option for stealthy, in-and-out...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2009 8:17 pm
After my article yesterday, I have all but setup the breadboard prototype to continue the experimentation. I'll get to that this afternoon, but already suspect that the prototype design I posted yesterday will NOT work. The main reason I think it will not work is because the USB to serial conversion chip needs to register with the USB host (i.e. the computer) before it will 'speak' USB and...  Read More
Nov. 20, 2009 5:36 pm
First, for those friends at work and personal, you cannot just tap into a USB bus connection of any type and analyze like you can a serial connection. If you have to ask why with a condescending voice as if you could make it happen, then keep to yourself and study USB protocol. Now that is out of the way, let me take a sentence or two to explain. USB is not serial and does not even compare to...  Read More
Nov. 19, 2009 12:18 am
Now that the GROL+RADAR+GMDSS studying is over and I have all the wireless and radio technical certifications I need to 'experiment' and research over the air waves, it's time to go back into the home office and start designing again. First and foremost, I want to resume the keyboard research that I left off about six months ago. Desktop and server keyboards are still so vulnerable. Except for a...  Read More
Nov. 4, 2009 8:57 pm
Well, for all reasonable purposes, I have passed the GROL - well, not completely, but that will be resolved within days... I passed with 96% on Element 3, 96% on Element 8, and 98% on Element 9 - not bad for government work, heh? Now onto the real stuff - making things and making things work. Yesterday I was looking for a project, and found the solar panel rotator for maximum energy, but thought...  Read More
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