Newspaper columns by Dave Moore, weekly columnist for the Norman Transcript since 2005.
You may recall my column of a few weeks ago titled, "FBI says 'reboot your router,'" which outlined the FBI's warning that Russian government hackers had infected over 500,000 home and small business routers, allowing them to steal website logins and passwords, and...read more
I am using this week’s column as an opportunity to announce three “laws” that are so obvious to me I’m surprised nobody has announced them before. If they have been announced before, I can’t find them. Therefore, here I go. Behold, the worldwide introduction of Dave’s...read more
The FBI has issued a threat alert regarding over 500,000 infected home and small business routers, and offers a simple way to begin fixing the problem: reboot your network router. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, on May 25, 2018, by way of the Internet Crime...read more
Be sure to visit the Norman Public Library Downtown branch Wednesday, May 23, at 6pm. A special discussion about "Facebook, Privacy and You," will be held, and is sure to be a good one. Call (405) 701-2697 to register. Remember last week's column on "digital...read more
It's called "digital permanence," the idea that once something is uploaded, posted, published or otherwise "put on" the Internet, it will be there forever. "What goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet." Videos, blogs, photos, comments, Tweets, website visits,...read more
I was born an Army brat in 1954, with my family living in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico before landing in Norman, Oklahoma. As a kid, I had many interests, including reading, writing, amateur sleuthing, microbiology, archeology, electronics and music. If I wasn’t looking at pond water through a microscope or developing my musical abilities, I was probably tearing apart an old radio to convert it into a burglar alarm with fifty speakers.
As a lifelong electronics hobbyist, my career with computers began in about 1984, when I borrowed $1,200 to buy a complete Commodore 64 system. One of my first computer modifications was to disassemble and drill a hole through the case of the C-64, adding an on/off switch for the expansion port. I then added a homebrew computer clock synchronization port to my Emu Systems Drumulator drum machine (an early digital drum computer) by tapping into the clock circuit, so that I could synchronize the Drumulator, the Commodore 64 and the first Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboard sold in Norman, the mighty (and, extinct) Prophet 600 synthesizer by Sequential Circuits. These were the early days of popular electronic music.
It’s OK if you don’t know what all of those things mean – the important thing to know is that geeky electronics and computer activities such as these have brought me over the years to my current situation.
One of my more recent geeky accomplishments was inventing and hosting the Defcon WiFi Shootout Contest, which was a contest to see who could achieve the longest WiFi wireless networking connection. I ran the contest for three years at the annual Defcon computer security conference in Las Vegas (www.defcon.org), and the contest and its World Record holders are listed on page 112 of the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. During the second year of the contest, I began writing a computer/Internet-related column for The Norman Transcript, in Norman, Oklahoma. I also do all sorts of computer service and consulting for a wide variety of clients in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and greatly enjoy my work. It is satisfying to know that my work and writings have helped countless people to have a safer and more enjoyable computing experience. Feel free to contact me anytime that you like.