One of the most popular ways for people to get infected by malware is through email. One of my first online jobs was working for a company that is involved in email spam filtering. I still work for that company occasionally, and while it’s true that the technology to filter […]

Understanding Email Headers


One problem that comes up a lot with students, especially younger students or when there aren’t clear short-term goals, is what to practice. When the All-State music comes out, or if there are upcoming seating auditions, then the practice plan becomes clear. But one thing that separates the average students […]

Simplify Practice Decisions: The Practice Menu




It’s mid-August, and that means that not only is summer winding down (and marching band is back in full swing), but the All-State and All-District etudes for Kentucky are out! Like the past few years, I’ve put together a page to help students get a jump-start on these etudes. Even […]

2019-20 KY All-State Etudes Up!



While this almost certainly belongs on the tech part of my website, rather than the music portion, I just really love the phrase, probability-based drummer. I can think of a few probability-based musicians I’ve known in my life, and I think I’m going to start using that phrase instead of […]

It’s not just a punchline – the “Probability-Based Drummer” is ...


It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it looks like the Attorney General (as well as law enforcement in general) doesn’t understand how encryption works. At a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in late July Barr lamented the expanding presence of encryption. In the speech, Barr is trying to play […]

The Quest to Cripple Encryption




It’s not just Facebook and Google that are after data. It looks like the e-commerce juggernaut Amazon is getting into the action as well. This past Prime Day, Amazon offered $10 of Amazon credit for users that spent $50 and installed the Amazon Assistant extension. Amazon Assistant is an extension […]

Amazon (Also) Wants Your Data