Friday, May 20, 2011

Wildfires

Wildfires are a fact of life in much of the west.  Different geographies, climates, and even neighborhood characteristics influence the individual risk to each of our properties, but it is something we should each be mindful of.  Several organizations publish helpful information; I’ve pulled together some ideas from a few sources.
This spring, Texas has dealt with a number of major wildfires, devestating parts of the state and displacing a great many people. It came close to home in April, when an untended campfire near the Y at Oak Hill spread and damaged or destroyed nearly two dozen homes just a few miles from us.

Wildfires are a fact of life in much of the west. Different geographies, climates, and even neighborhood characteristics influence the individual risk to each of our properties, but it is something we should each be mindful of. Several organizations publish helpful information; I’ve pulled together some ideas from a few sources.

Whois David?

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I have spent the better part of two decades in information technology and security, with roots in application developer support, system administration, and network security. My specialty is cyber threat intelligence - software vulnerabilities and patching, malware, social networking risks, etc. In particular, I strive to write about complex cyber topics in a way that can be understood by those outside the infosec industry.

Why do I do this? A common comment I get from friends and family is that complex security topics give them headaches. They want to know in simple terms how to stay safe in a connected world. Folks like me and my peers have chosen to make a profession out of hacking and defending. I've been doing this for the better part of two decades, and so have a high degree of knowledge in the field. Others have chosen different paths - paths where I would be lost. This is my effort to share my knowledge with those that are experts in something else.

When not in front of a digital screen, I spend my time raising five rambunctious teens and pre-teens - including two sets of twins. Our family enjoys archery, raising show and meat rabbits, and simply enjoying life in the Texas hill country.

For a decade I served as either Commander or a division leader for the Awana Club in Dripping Springs, Texas; while I have retired from that role I continue to have a passion for children's ministry. At the moment I teach 1st through 3rd grade Sunday School. Follow FBC Dripping Springs Kids to see what is going on in our children's ministries.