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New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! I had a great night with my friends and a lot of unneeded drama, but oh well. I'm disappointed I wasn't able to snag ShmooCon tickets for $75; they sold out in under three minutes! I'm still organizing a trip with several other students from my school, I just need to know who's definitely in and who's not. E-mail me if you are truly interested.

We had "Predictions of 2007," let's hear some Resolutions! I made some New Year's resolutions for 2007 and I hope to keep them this time. Here are a couple of mine:

  1. Finish books I start. During a semester I will be reading anywhere from 5-10 books. I hope to do this by reading one chapter per week per book. [I have no idea how, but Richard Bejtlich from TaoSecurity reads so many books (52 in 2006); hopefully he can give some tips! edit: Ask and we shall `receive <http://taosecurity.blogspot.com/2007/01/reading-tips.html>`_...that was quick, thanks Richard!]
  2. Rid myself of Windows dependence! Currently I run Windows XP Pro on my workstation, Ubuntu on my laptop, and Slackware on my home server. I will run Slackware as my desktop OS and also turn an Alpha Workstation (thanks Chad!) into an OpenBSD server.
  3. Live securely. Ideas from Bejtlich again, how many of you do not always practice what you preach? To whoever is running Windows at home, does YOUR user account have administrator privileges? I don't know how people will take this (I want to hear your opinions), but I will admit my Windows user account had administrator privileges. I don't see it so much as hypocrisy but because I have just been too lazy and frustrated with programs that require them.
  4. Live healthy and continue exercising daily. In 2006, I lost 32lbs and feel 100x better than I ever did before. I find my energy throughout the day is greater when I eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. I can free my mind and take out some aggression at the gym and I think more clearly than I did before. My advice to anyone looking to lose weight this year, eat healthy and divide food into portions. Abs are made in the kitchen, and like anything else in life, too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Let's hear some of your resolutions, and again, Happy New Year and I hope 2007 will be even better than last year for everyone. :)

Posted by Marcin on Monday, January 1, 2007 in News, School and Security.

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