Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
Just when you thought it was safe, I show up...


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phillies Win The World Series

It's a great day to be a Philadelphia Sports Fan! After an unprecedented suspended Game 5 of the World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies won Game 5 4-3 in Philadelphia to take their second World Series title.

The last time the Phillies won the World Series was 1980. I live in Folcroft, a suburb of Philadelphia, and was in the 5th grade. We were all glued to the television for all 6 games of that series against the Kansas City Royals. The school even had a big poster setup on the wall to track the series progress, filled in with pictures and other items from all of the students. We went nuts when Tug McGraw closed that game, jumped in the air with elation, and Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, and Steve Carleton finally got their well-deserved championship.

A few days later when the parade took place, those of us that went to school watched the parade on television -- our teachers were just as excited as we were. I remember that about 1/3 of the school was out that day. The next day, kids returned to school with notes saying they stayed home to watch the parade. It was a legal excuse that day to have "Phillies Fever".

Now, 28 years later, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge took home the Commissioner's Trophy. It was a great night! My father called me, and we talked about the last time it happened, and how great it was to be a Philly Fan. I need to contact my brother, Eddie, so he can mail me a copy of tomorrow's Philadelphia Inquirer.

The parade will take place on Friday so I might get to watch it on the Internet.

Astros fans are likely fuming. Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett played a significant role in this series, and were traded to Philly from Houston this year in a trade to get Michael Bourn. Lights Out Lidge did his job tonight, something he hadn't done in Houston since Albert Pujols whacked a 3-run homer off him in the playoffs. But I think Lidge needed the change and it was obviously a good change.

Two World Series championships -- 80 and 08. Interesting, isn't it? Now it's time for me to shop for a shirt and a hat and overpay for both of them. Maybe I can get my relatives back home to pick me up a shirt and hat and ship it to me.

Now, we need the Eagles to win the Super Bowl....

Friday, October 24, 2008

Random Track Memories

  • Egg Salad Sandwiches and Peanut M&Ms before the 4x800m relay at Districts.
  • Shaving a minute off the 4x800m relay time, and Erbe in disbelief. Made a note to bring a bag of peanut M&Ms to Regionals.
  • "Third and FINAL call? Did anyone hear the first 2 calls?"
  • Cow Stretches!
  • 100m Showdown in Perryville (Holbrook won in tenny's and with a hammy pull...take THAT).
  • The bi-meet in Oxford that suddenly became a tri-meet with St. Marks, and they kicked ALL our asses.
  • Shawn Miller's kick.
  • Paul Bolno's "13-what?!"
  • Trains!
  • "We beat Havre de Grace!"
  • Mark Shreve puking in a trashcan, and then running an incredible split in the relay.
  • Is Lovey high?'s Lovey!
  • The guy from St. Mark's -- 52 foot shotput, then a 10.2 100m -- is he REALLY in high school?
  • A track team without a track.
  • "We looked like a bunch of pumpkins."
  • 5 miles a day in February.
  • Heidi Strubbe waving to the crowd.
  • "Third and final call, 800m dash!"
  • Who's the Javellin catcher?
  • Tom's spandex.
  • "...the roof is on fire..."
I'd like to have a few more. Please add a comment to contribute.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hacking As A Service

I read a very interesting article this morning that should force professionals like me to rethink the methods and the organization of malicious computing activity:

Researcher finds evidence of massive site compromise

The article goes into some detail about a multitude of web sites that have been compromised by a number of methods, but that was not what impressed me. What impressed me was the author and the researcher referred to the hackers as having a "business model" and using "software-as-a-service"

These are terms typically used when dealing with legitimate businesses. But as crimes go from being curious undertakings to discreet methods, it stands to reason that different organizations would unite on a common cause. They become stronger, and in this case, covert because of their activity.

History shows that large criminal activity run as organized crime (and yes, these people have moved into that area of crime) will eventually subside, to be replaced by another type of crime, but it should be looked at as an organization, and a dangerous one. This type of organization is not a national problem, but a world problem. I believe Interpol should be more involved in this process since they are a world law enforcement agency.

World computing does not need to become an area of fear, lauded over by groups that think they are superior.