Science Podcasts from Science Friday, but wait, there's more!

This must be the year for science podcasts. Scientific American began publishing weekly podcasts of current news in science, and I've just learned that one of my old favorite radio programs is also available by podcast, Science Friday. The Science Friday podcasts are derived from the weekly science news hour and published as a single podcast of each topic discussed in that hour. I used to listen to Science Friday each week while working the lab, and I hope they consider publishing an archive of the most interesting interviews from way back. One of my favorites was an interview with Carl Sagan from 1996.

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My First Print Photo Publication is a Magazine Cover

Cover Photo

Shortly after publishing a collection of photos in the online Concord Magazine, the Editor of the New England Print & Publisher magazine contacted me to request that I submit some area photographs for the cover of the upcoming April 2006 edition.

Initially he suggested that I submit new photos of the Spring season, but when I shared some of my existing photos from last fall he latched on this night shot of Concord Center. He requested to crop it down to a vertical shot appropriate for the cover, so I agreed.

Embedding License in Digital Photo with XMP MetaDataThere was no monetary compensation for the use of my photo, although I'm quite happy with crossing the threshold from amateur to professional photographer. I released the photo under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Here's how to embed license and copyright data into a digital photograph using XMP with Adobe Bridge or Adobe Photoshop CS2.

This photo was one of my three entries in a local photo contest in Concord.

Computer Security Program at Stanford

Computer Security, Stanford
Today I was notified by the Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Professional Development that I've successfully met the requirements for the Computer Security Certificate Program, and my certificate is being processed. The online program consists of three courses:


  • Computer Security Principles
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Secure Programming Techniques


The Cryptography course was the most interesting, and now I have a better understanding of block ciphers and stream ciphers in symmetric key cryptology, as well as differences between symmetric key standards such as DES, 3DES, AES, and RC4. I also learned more about asymmetric cryptology including RSA, how a buffer overflow attack works and how to code to avoid them, and more about hashing algorithms MD5 and sha1.

The Stanford program built on related knowledge I've accumulated over the years of working with web technology and from other courses including Network Security at Brandeis, Networking and Security Administration at Red Hat, and Intro to Cryptology Bootcamp at BNUG.

Pixl8 Resource List for ColdFusion MX and JVM Tuning

Pixl8 Interactive is a London based Internet Consultancy and Design Services company. They've put together a handy list of resources to turn to for more information about how to tune ColdFusion MX servers and JVMs as well.

Pixl8: Coldfusion MX Tuning

Stacking up the IT Certificates

If you're in Massachusetts, you might want to know that the Boston chapter of the IEEE is holding a 21 hour course on an Introduction to Java Servlets and JSPs, using Head First Servlets & JSP as a guide. This local chapter of the IEEE has a fantastic continuing education program. This Servlet and JSP class will run on Monday nights from late April to May at the Sheraton in Lexington, right off Rt 128. The price is very reasonable at around $550, a bargain at less than $22/hour.

The course perfectly complements the Java and J2EE certificate program that I'm taking at Boston University on other nights. In fact, the IEEE course on Servlets and JSP overlaps with the BU classes on JSP and Servlets.

Using these complementary courses to propel me, I expect to take the Sun Certified Developer and Sun Certified Web Component Developer exams at the end of June.

In mid-April I'll retake the hottest certificate exam, the RHCE. (Update: Mission Accomplished!)

In May I'm scheduled to finally attend the Moving Up to ColdFusion MX 7 and Advanced ColdFusion MX 7 at RemoteSite Training, and I'll follow that up with the ColdFusion MX 7 certificate exam, too. This will be the first time I've had ColdFusion development classes since 2000 with Fast Track and Advanced CF4.5.

On a couple upcoming weekends I'll be taking the Stanford Computer Security Certificate Program, an 8 hour online course in Computer Security Principles, Introduction to Cryptography, and Secure Programming Techniques. The course is concluded with an online exam.

Once these Server and Programming courses are over, I'll add to my 40 hours of Photoshop CS2 training from TotalTraining and try to knock out an Adobe Photoshop ACE certificate this summer or fall.

I feel like I've been progressing well on many related technologies, ... getting my ducks lined up, so to speak. This will be the year to knock them all in.

Recommendation for BodasDVD Wedding Photographer of Barcelona

I highly recommend Bodas DVD wedding photographers in Barcelona, Spain. They met with us on several occassions the year of the wedding to coordinate the plan and requirements, and they were very accomodating to our wishes. They even traveled 4 hours to the wedding without charging us, although we did provide a hotel room for them. Carlos and his collegues were very helpful and patient throughout our wedding day. The result was a one hour interactive DVD movie of our wedding and a beautiful, leather bound wedding album of 20"x30". Everyone to whom we showed the album commented that they've never seen such a beautiful and unique album, and they all complemented the photographer's skill and style. Carles de Gispert also runs the multimedia business of Inedita and IneditAleph, and regularly uses Adobe image and video design products.

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IT Conversations Podcast on Understanding Linux

I recommend this 40 minute podcast of Peter van der Linden on the topic of getting started with Linux to any Linux novice or any Windows user a change to considering Linux. Peter describes the history and culture of Linux, with comparisons to Windows, as well as how to understand what makes a Linux distribution and how to choose one to suit your needs.

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The ColdFusion Engineering Team is Looking For a Few Good Interns

The Adobe website recently posted the following job listing for college internships in the Boston area: (Job ID: RP020605)

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MIT PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE SUMMER SESSION 2006

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently accepting registrations for 35 intensive, week-long programs designed especially for professionals. Courses taught on campus by MIT faculty from June through August. Earn a certificate and CEUs. Offerings include biotechnology, chemical engineering, energy, IT, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, physics, technology policy, system architecture, and other topics of vital interest to today's engineers and scientists.

Visit this website to register and view course descriptions.

Fortune Names Adobe as One of "America's Most Admired Companies"

Fortune Magazine ranked Adobe as the second most admired "Computer Software" company in America. Out of the 10 top finalists in this category, Adobe scored above SAP, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. The 303 companies that earned their way onto FORTUNE's list were divided into 65 industries and then, ranked in their industry according to eight key attributes of reputation. Adobe earned its highest scores for its "quality of products/services" and "employee talent." See the Adobe snapshot showing the breakdown of the points earned.

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