Thursday, February 19, 2015

I  was in the mood to watch a movie or two and take a break from everything. I watched "Angels in the Outfield" at this link. Then I wanted to watch an angel movie. I found "The Christmas Angel", at this link.
I know this is February, and that Christmas has already passed. So what? If it's the Spirit of Christmas we're supposed to honor anyway, why not have the Christmas Spirit all year? Hence me watching the movie. It is a really sweet movie. I think you'll enjoy it.

On a separate note, I'm thinking of getting my A+ certification and also the Security+ certification. Both are through CompTIA. I get calls from family members, and occasionally if I'm talking to a friend they will ask my opinion about how to resolve a computer problem. I've been involved with computers for 20+ years, since 1989. Maybe it's time to get my certs and make some money doing something I really love doing. Also I write articles and I have an Associate's in Web Design, although the course was for Web Design and Development. I didn't quite pick up on the Development part very well. So I'm doing what I do best, teaching myself with books.

I actually started to learn to program back in '89; I wasn't very good at writing code, but I could take the examples that came with Quick C and really make it rock. I did the same thing with QBasic, although the first programming I started to learn in was GW Basic.  I then started gravitating to C, and could actually write a program, and even told a couple of guys the entire code to make a short program that kinda went beyond 'Hello World". I then had to write it down, because he wouldn't have been able to remember all the lines; his words, not mine. There were probably 10-15 lines. Then in '98, I moved back to WV and most of the people I ran into either didn't code or were of the opinion that women didn't know how to code. Unfortunately, I forgot most of what I had learned since I had no support system. I hope to change all that with learning to program.

I have been so depressed, oppressed and feeling hopeless for the last couple of years. Since my mom died and as usual I was left to clean up the mess. I'm sure most people wouldn't agree with that assessment, but since I'm the one who knows, it really doesn't matter. Also there's the fact that I've had a lot of demonic activity which I've been slowly getting rid of. Yes, I'm a Christian. I just got to the point that there just wasn't much that seemed to matter. I mean there is a lot that does matter, but sometimes it just feels that way. In case you're thinking that I'm having a nice little pity party, I'm not. I don't really care if that's what anyone thinks or not. What you think is your business.
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4
I know that it's easy living here in KY when I want to be up North, closer to my daughters and grand children. It seems like every avenue that I was trying to utilize to get there was being barred little by little. Of course, you could argue the point that perhaps it was God, the Great Creator that was hedging me in to keep me here. You might even be right, but I don't think so. 

I've had a couple of dreams about giving up, which I refuse to do. In the first one:
 
"Now, when you get called to the office, you just know you’re in trouble. I dreamed that I was escorted to an office and given a seat. To my left was a very nice desk. The man, who was nice looking (but perhaps not so nice) had a chair placed so that he sat across from me, and the desk was to my left and in front of me. There wasn’t anything between us, so it was if I were to be made to feel comfortable.
I don’t know who he was, but I felt that I should not respond to anything he said.
Here is the conversation we had, which was all one sided:
“Since my father isn’t around anymore, it’s now up to me to figure out what to do with you.”
“What we can’t figure out is why you haven’t given up after all we’ve done to you.”
I had no idea what he was talking about, nor even who he was, but felt that I needed to keep my mouth shut. You don’t want to give unnecessary information to the enemy, Since I didn’t know him, and based on what he said, I figured he was the enemy."

Here is the second one:

"I was walking a dog in the snow, and was on my way back to the house when a man (angelic being?) came running up to me, took hold of my arms and said to me, “If you give up, I’ll kill you!”"

I know I've been hampered by the Python spirit for the last few years, among others; although I didn't know that's what it was for the longest time. One night I was awakened by a furious roar. I knew it was a demon, and I knew it was furious because it couldn't get to me. Thank God the Father for his mercy, his kindness and his protection. 

How does all this tie in together? I ask the Father what I'm supposed to do and shortly after that I received a call about the A+ certification. Perhaps things will come together for me to do what I'm supposed to do now. We'll see. Thanks for reading. YOu're welcome to comment.



Monday, January 5, 2015

Psalm 23 – I Will Fear No Evil WallpaperPsalm 23 – I Will Fear No Evil Wallpaper

When you are beset by evil, you can either give in and give up, or start kickin' butt, have no mercy and take no prisoners! Read your Bible!

Mark 16:14-20King James Version (KJV)

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Copied and pasted from here:
I have a few things to say about these verses. First of all, "Tempt not the Lord thy GOD" Matthew 4:7
So, do not drink poisonous things nor play with snakes. Second, I believe we are do do as Jesus did and 'set the captives free', which includes rebuking and casting out demons and laying on of hands for deliverance and healing. Many of our illnesses may be caused by evil spirits. Always, cease not praying. I sometimes go to sleep in the midst of praying and when I wake up the next morning, I'm still praying. I find this to be cool. I am glad I do. 
We are to set ourselves apart from the world, and also to draw closer to our Lord Jesus.
God bless and keep you,

Friday, December 26, 2014

Are You Concerned About the Security of Your Business?



You should be, which is why you should buy “Designing and Building a Security Operations Center”. What is an operations center? Think of NASA, such as in a movie or real life for that matter. So what about an SOC? A Security Operations deals more with security than other operations of a business. You will have specialists, such as people who deal with communications, telephony, and web services. But they will be a team, with a manager and they will work together, rather than as just one person. Although I think there may be instances in a very small business, such as a web-based business where there is only one employee, who also is the owner, and whatever else is needed. Many hats, one person. But as that person expands in business, they will possibly have an SOC. If they don’t, I seriously think they definitely should. Because when you have a business and sell anything online, or even a physical, brick and mortar store, you still need security. You have to protect your clients’ information.
There have been an awful lot of stories in the news whose credit/debit card transactions were compromised, and at least one even had the money rerouted to somewhere else. (Of course, I could have misunderstood this story.) It went on for quite a while. I would think they would have caught this long before they did. Where was the SOC then? Did they even have one? Shame on them if they didn’t. I personally have no idea if they did or did not have an SOC.
If you follow the directions in this book, then you have no excuse for not having an SOC. In this book, there are three appendixes. Each one serves a purpose. In Appendix A, you will see common types of attacks, also entry points and threat vectors. Appendix B deals with security devices, while Appendix C deals with the types of functions and services you can utilize in an SOC. Copied and pasted from Appendix C:
Each service can be provided in one or more of five categories:
• Network
• Host
• Application
• Data
• Intelligence
As you can see from the above list, this book is comprehensive in dealing with an SOC. I recommend this book to anyone who is concerned with security and would to tighten up their security measures.



 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jump Start HTML5 Review



According to the authors, “although this book is meant for beginners, it isn’t totally comprehensive.” And yet, it does cover a multitude of subjects to get you up and running in using HTML5. Although the authors believe that you should know something about HTML, I think it possible to learn HTML 5 if you really put your mind to it.
Think about this scenario:
You just started class to learn how to design a website, and although they’ll be teaching you in design mode, they want you to learn how to hard code in HTML. The textbook is for HTML 5 and you’ve never worked with HTML before. What will you do then? You can always look on the web and find more about HTML, or even XHTML.  Perhaps your teacher doesn’t want you to learn an earlier version of HTML before you learn HTML 5.
When it comes to technology and the internet, all phases of it, you will find that things change at a nearly unprecedented rate. I know that some of the HTML I’ve learned in the past is obsolete and has to be taken off the shelf. Meaning I had to unlearn a few tags.
My point is, if you want to learn HTML 5, this is a good book to start. While you’re learning, you’ll also learn about web server software, such as Apache HTTP Server, WAMP, MAMP, among others. You will find plenty of material to keep you occupied and the tone of the book makes it easy to read.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants, or needs, to learn HTML 5. Me included.

 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Like 3D? Learn how!



Do you like 3D animations? Cute aren’t they? They are so fascinating! How do they do that? If you read this book, you might also learn how to create 3D animations. This book is, unfortunately geared for those who already are a midlevel developer. If you already are a mid-level developer, then this book is for you.
Of course you could use this book as an incentive to learn how to program with the intent of learning to program in 3D. Here is a partial list of the Table of Contents:
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
HTML5: A New Visual Medium 5
The Browser as Platform 6
Browser Realities 7
3D Graphics Basics 8
What Is 3D? 8
3D Coordinate Systems 9
Meshes, Polygons, and Vertices 10
Materials, Textures, and Lights 11
Transforms and Matrices 12
Cameras, Perspective, Viewports, and Projections 13
Shaders 14
2. WebGL: Real-Time 3D Rendering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
WebGL Basics 18
The WebGL API 20
The Anatomy of a WebGL Application 20
A Simple WebGL Example 21
The Canvas Element and WebGL Drawing Context 22
The Viewport 23
Buffers, ArrayBuffer, and Typed Arrays 23
Matrices 24
The Shader 25
Drawing Primitives 27
Creating 3D Geometry
Adding Animation 33
Using Texture Maps 34
Chapter Summary 41
3. Three.js—A JavaScript 3D Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Three.js Flagship Projects 43
An Overview of Three.js 46
Setting Up Three.js 48
Three.js Project Structure 48
A Simple Three.js Program 50
Creating the Renderer 52
Creating the Scene 52
Implementing the Run Loop 54
Lighting the Scene 55
Chapter Summary 57
4. Graphics and Rendering in Three.js. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Geometry and Meshes 59
Prebuilt Geometry Types 59
Paths, Shapes, and Extrusions 60
The Geometry Base Class 62
BufferGeometry for Optimized Mesh Rendering 65
Importing Meshes from Modeling Packages 66
The Scene Graph and Transform Hierarchy 67
Using Scene Graphs to Manage Scene Complexity 67
Scene Graphs in Three.js 68
Representing Translation, Rotation, and Scale 72
Materials 72
Standard Mesh Materials 73
Adding Realism with Multiple Textures 74
Lights 79
Shadows 81
Shaders 86
The ShaderMaterial Class: Roll Your Own 87
Using GLSL Shader Code with Three.js 89
Rendering 92
Post-Processing and Multipass Rendering 93
Deferred Rendering 94
Chapter Summary 95
5. 3D Animation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Driving Animation with requestAnimationFrame()
For instance, did you know that Three.js is a JavaScript 3D Engine? I didn’t until I read this book. Do you know what a mesh is? I still don’t quite understand what it is exactly, although it is in Photoshop CS4, when you want to turn your creation into a 3D drawing. Even if I knew what it was, I wouldn’t truly understand it without having read this book and actually following the examples in this book. I haven’t followed the examples in this book because I have so much other stuff going on. I would like to eventually learn how to program in 3D, but alas, that will also have to wait until another day.
Seriously, if you want to learn how to program in 3D, you need this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who both knows intermediate programming and as an incentive to those just learning. You may pick up a few pointers from it even if you don’t know that much programming yet.



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