• Sweet Maria’s Coffee Data

    by  • December 3, 2014

    Several months ago I was reading a data mining book and got to the chapter on distance metric algorithms. For one of the examples, the authors used whiskey scores in order to help users find related whiskey based on their flavor profile. I loved the idea, but wanted to see if there were anything like...

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    Elasticsearch Cluster Setup – Notes from the Trenches

    by  • November 29, 2014

    I love Elasticsearch. It’s a great system that appears to be gaining more traction as a datastore which means only more good things can be on the horizon. In an effort to share what I learned in using the system, I wanted to publish out notes I had taken when building some of my...

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    Temporal Visual Queues for App Ratings Inside Google Play

    by  • November 28, 2014

    About two months ago, one my favorite apps (BeyondPod) pushed out a significant update with a complete redesign. I considered this a welcome change given the previous version had several UX bugs and was just plain ugly. The new design took advantage of the some newer API calls offered by Google including many that were adopted...

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    Become An Endpoint with LazyEye

    by  • November 21, 2014

    For the past couple of years I have written Chrome extensions to do my bidding, but never shared them out in the open. Some would modify the Virustotal website and include data from Hypertotal, while others would highlight indicators inside of my browser content. I wanted to release one of the extensions I have...

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    Faster Renting with AirSort

    by  • November 1, 2014

    Airbnb is awesome and super convenient for booking a place to stay when traveling somewhere new. Unfortunately, just like other hotel booking sites, the price per night is never the actual price you end up paying. Hidden fees or additional charges are tacked on as you go to book your place and honestly, it’s annoying....

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    Who’s in the Photo of the Wired Article?

    by  • September 13, 2014

    Due to my poor travel timing, I wasn’t able to really engage in conversation when the Virustotal Wired article came out. One of the questions that seemed to float around was who was in the photo behind me? Well, if you haven’t figured it out now, it’s good ol’ Claudio, maker of Cuckoo and...

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    Watching Attackers Through Virustotal

    by  • September 1, 2014

    Bad guys, both crime and cyber espionage, use Virustotal as a means to test their exploit code. Sounds silly, but it’s true and not true as in they used it a few years ago, but true as in they used it a couple of days ago. In fact, some actor likely tested their code...

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    Ending the iDefense Era

    by  • April 6, 2014

    Despite the job changes over the years, this blog has remained a constant place where I shared ideas and projects, so it’s only natural that a post like this would end up here. The title and the tweet from earlier this month are correct, tomorrow marks my last day and two year anniversary at iDefense. I...

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