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Moving blogs

September 24, 2010

Beginning today, I’ll be blogging via my personal domain.

I’ll be forwarding traffic from here as soon as WordPress fixes their “temporarily unavailable” feature for redirecting from here to my blog.

For now, click here to continue to read posts from me 🙂

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Pearl Izumi “Respect The Run” Facebook Contest

September 9, 2010

As many people know, I’ve been really REALLY bitten by the running & triathlon bug. Help me win a pair of running shoes from Pearl Izumi. All you have to do is go to http://bit.ly/bcEPdA and click the “Thumbs Up” next to my name “Jason Wiener.”

I’d REALLY appreciate it!

Jason Wiener @ Pearl Izumi

Vote for Jason Wiener @ the Pearl Izumi "Respect the Run" Contest

Vibram FiveFingers (VFF) KSO Test Run & Review (w/ Nike+)

December 23, 2009

After a number of friends telling me I needed to try the Vibram FiveFingers (also called VFF for short), I decided to pick up a pair today.

WOW is about all I can say to start!!!  They are absolutely awesome.  A very different way to run than what I’m accustomed, but very very satisfying.

Vibram FiveFingers KSO

Vibram FiveFingers KSO top view after test run

The first thing you’ll notice when you try them on is how difficult it is for you to put your toes into the little finger slots.  After a couple times though, it’s like putting on gloves (literally).  The KSO‘s fit awesome.  It’s like they’re not even on.  When putting them on for the first time, one thing to keep in mind is that you want them snug, but not uncomfortable.  The toes will un-curl as you wear them more.  Tightness in fit will quickly go away, but anything that feels like it’s pinched, jammed or otherwise not-normally uncomfortable should be an immediate alarm bell. For me, my right foot fit snugly but very well.  My left foot big toe had some extra pressure, but not rubbing or uncomfortable. Just what seemed to be stiffness in the shoe from never being worn.

Vibram FiveFingers KSO

Vibram FiveFingers KSO

Vibram FiveFingers KSO top and bottom

Vibram FiveFingers KSO top and bottom

In addition, I picked up a pair of injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks.  I was in between size 43 and 44 and this made sure that the 44’s weren’t too loose.  In addition, since I’m primarily planning on running in them (at distance eventually), I wanted to have some extra padding and moisture absorption in shoe.  The socks are awesome.  Very very comfortable (I’m actually still wearing them as I write this post).

injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks

injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks

Since I’m a NikePlus addict, I was able to strap my sensor to the to velcro strap and it read my stride as well as it normally does.  I’m pretty sure any pouch will work with the VFFs.  All you need to do is make sure that it’s looped into the velcro binding strap.

NikePlus on the Vibram FiveFingers

NikePlus on the Vibram FiveFingers

Although people have said to only go a half mile on your first run with them, I thought it’d be better for a little bit longer.  I ended up going just over 2 miles when my right calf had enough and I decided it the most wise to cease running at that point.  The shoes truly change the way you (or at least the way I) run.  I found my self running in better form immediately and actually moving a tad faster than my normal pace and stride.  You will immediately notice the fact that you can FEEL much much more of the running experience.  You can sense the texture of the pavement, the twigs and stones and anything that meets your feet on the run.  The only thing to really get used to is there’s FAR less cushioning than you’re used to on the balls of your feet.  You will get far more impact from the first step.

Here’s how my run looked:

Twiike Screenshot

My test run (from Twiike)

Amazon has stock presently of the KSOs as well as the injinji toesocks.  I had to go to 2 different retailers and call 2 more before finding them in the Bay Area.

Here’re the links to the items mentioned in this review:

Post your Nike+ Runs on Twitter (Nike Plus)

October 4, 2008

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been getting more and more into running again.  While I don’t have the gumption to go run on streets since breaking my foot, I have been hoofing it on the treadmill at least 3-4 times a week.  The challenge has been that I love to update my Twitter and Facebook pages with my status and wanted a simple way to NOT have to update my runs by hand.  So today I’m releasing a VERY alpha version of what I’m calling Twiike (Twitter+Nike).  What it does is watch for me to sync my iPod after runs and posts those runs to Twitter (which I also have wired to update my Facebook status via the Twitter Facebook app).

It’s SUPER easy to use.  Basically login to your Nike+ account, click ‘Share with Friends’ in the upper right corner of the run, click ‘Send to a friend,’ enter ‘nikeplus@twiike.com’ in the email address field and click the ‘Send it’ button.  You’ll get a welcome mail that will link you to login and enter your Twitter account (or set one up if you don’t have one yet) and VOILA!  Twiike will auto post to Twitter every time you sync after a run.

I’d love feedback on what people like and what people think sucks and where it can be improved enhanced.

Click here to try it out.

Here’s what it looks like on Twitter

Elephant on a trampoline!!!

August 22, 2008

Came across this on FFFFound.  Great ani-GIF of an elephant bouncing on a trampoline.  Not sure why it’s so damn cool…but it is.  LOVE the trunk floppin around!

Happy Birthday Dad!

July 2, 2008

Today’s my Dad’s 73rd birthday.  Well, it would have been.  He passed away in ’99.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him and wish I we could talk.  I could go on a tirade now about how people should take better care of themselves, as he died young because of just that. Go for a walk, ride, run, something…it all helps.

I Love You Dad-

J.

The Illiterate States of America?!?!?!

March 2, 2008

Friday night, for the first time in a long time, I watched television. Since we don’t have it at home, it was a nice change to see moving pictures to go along with current events.  As I flipped through the never-ending, and nonetheless unsatifsying 1,000s of Dish channels, something really struck me like a brick wall. For the last several months I’ve been getting this feeling as I’ve interacted with people in California.  At first I felt and dismissed it in LA, now it’s hit me again.  What the HELL is happening to people today. Are people in the United States getting dumber on the whole, or are people becoming so consumed with Orange County Choppers, Jesse James and the crap that’s taken over MTV that the notion of basic grammar and enunciation has eluded them???  I mean I’m no genius.  I’m probably just slightly higher than the average person’s intelligence with a keen ability to know how to use an em-dash, an en-dash and a couple other cool pieces of punctutation.  However, I DO open my mouth and speak clearly when I talk.  I make a ‘t’ sound like ‘tee’ and not like a ‘d’ with a mouthful of potato chips. It’s really not that hard.

Now I’m not asking us to, as a country, become smarter.  That would take electing better people than we have choices for presently, overhauling the educational system in the US completely and throwing away at least one-to-two generations as ‘whoopsies’  (that’s also an altogether exponentially-longer thread).  I am, however, saying that if you think your opinions are worth being heard, make them worth hearing.

Being an anal-retentive hushed-toned paranoid entrepreneur…WTF?!?!?

February 24, 2008

Most of you who read my blog know pretty well by now that I’m a serial entrepreneur.  I’ve done 3 startups of my own and a 4th as a co-founder and CTO.  All of them have, at some point or another, have involved developing in a public venue like a Starbucks, random coffee shop, Borders, park bench and even, on more than one occasion, cliffs at the ocean.  What FINALLY dawned on me today, as I continue to evolve the Mojeeto File System and apply it to something truly useless using the Facebook API, is that WTF is up with all of the paranoia that we ALL have when we build stuff?  I mean REALLY?!?!?!  Is that random guy or gal in the coffee shop REALLY going to see over your shoulder enough or hear enough of your conversation to, in what will probably be noted as the first practical use of time travel, beat you to market with YOUR product, only better?  Will they glean the special sauce that you’ve supposedly come up with?!?!?  I think not.

I’ve been playing with distributed adaptive storage, natural language processing (NLP) and all-around cool effing ideas for the last 10 years now in technology.  NOT ONCE has some random bojo ripped me off by seeing what I’m working on in a coffee shop or the Old Pro (a sports bar in downtown Palo Alto owned in-part by super-company board member and Intuit CEO Bill Campbell).  While I’m not saying that I’m going to stop being so damn ridiculous when I build, I have realized I’m gonna relax a bit and stop peering over my shoulder like someone is feverishly copying my code +/or designs.

Injection attack vulnerability in phpMyAdmin w/ fix

November 12, 2007

phpMyAdmin

Over the last several weeks Jason Lidow of DigiTrust Group and I have been chatting back-and-forth about a number of vulnerabilities he and his team have been finding in open-source packages using MySQL and PHP. In particular, his DigiTrust Group guys have been uncovering a gaggle of exposures in phpMyAdmin, the most widely used control panel for managing MySQL from virtual hosts (I use it on more than a couple of my web apps).

Over the weekend, Jason sent over an issue that piqued my interests. It details potential injection attacks in phpMyAdmin. I hate these things. They’re dirty, and I don’t mean in the good way. The attack described would let normal users take over administrator’s accounts..

This one in particular is more evil than others I’ve come across as it’s a one-time action with an evergreen effect.

The phpMyAdmin folks have developed a patch/fix for the exposure and is now available at http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/security.php?issue=PMASA-2007-7.

The super-geeky report of the vulnerability is available here:
http://www.digitrustgroup.com/advisories/tdg-advisory071108a.html.

To read more about Jason’s crack team go here http://www.digitrustgroup.com. These guys are probably the best I’ve seen at what they do (they actually scare me a little). DigiTrust Group has, over the last several years, turned from a few wunderkind genius hacker types to a serious consulting org that works for everyone from Fortune 1000s to small and medium-sized companies as they grow and need help finding potential IP and infrastructure exposures.

What’s an injection attack???:

This type of XSS vulnerability is also referred to as a stored or persistent or second-order vulnerability, and it allows the most powerful kinds of attacks. It is frequently referred to as HTML injection. A type 2 XSS vulnerability exists when data provided to a web application by a user is first stored persistently on the server (in a database, filesystem, or other location), and later displayed to users in a web page without being encoded using HTML entities. A classic example of this is with online message boards, where users are allowed to post HTML formatted messages for other users to read.

These vulnerabilities are usually more significant than other types because an attacker can inject the script just once. This could potentially hit a large number of other users with little need for social engineering or the web application could even be infected by a cross-site scripting virus.

The methods of injection can vary a great deal, and an attacker may not need to use the web application itself to exploit such a hole. Any data received by the web application (via email, system logs, etc) that can be controlled by an attacker must be encoded prior to re-display in a dynamic page, else an XSS vulnerability of this type could result.

Road America SCCA Regional race – 08/25/2007 Formula 2000!

August 30, 2007

To get back into a Formula 2000 car after a year and the broken foot which kept me out of this race season, I traveled to Road America over the last weekend to dip my foot (all puns intended) back in the waters of race cars. I definitely drove with my purse in the car overslowing way too much at key points, but still had great times. Having been out of a car for a year and never driving Road America in a F2000 car, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was nothing but fun fun fun. I’ll give the hardcore reset in the next couple days. In the mean time, here’s some video from Race1. Qualified 5 in FC class (15 running) and 6th over all (33 cars running). Finished 4th in class and 5th overall. The video is a battle for 4th , starting around the halfway point in the race.

Enjoy!