Saturday, September 15, 2007

ASAP - Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals

I have no doubt that regular readers of Security Garden have noticed the rather substantial slowdown in new posts. There are two reasons.

The first reason is the title of this post, ASAP (Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals). I have been spending a fair amount of my on-line time devoted to ASAP issues. There has been a rather substantial increase in member applications lately. In fact, two new sites were recently added to ASAP. This post provides a perfect opportunity to welcome both sites to ASAP.
Alphabetically, first comes AntiSlyware. AntiSlyware is the brain-child of fellow Microsoft MVP, Tom "Coyote" Wilson. Members of the security community know Tom and his many years of involvement. For those who don't know him, you can meet Tom here.

The other site admitted to ASAP is Smokey's Security Forums. Smokey's SF is celebrating their first anniversary. The site hosts and maintains all Jetico Inc. Official Support Forums (Jetico Personal Firewall, BestCrypt aso) and the Official Neoava Guard HIPS Support Forums. In addition, Smokey's SF provides HijackThis Log Analyzing & System Cleaning Services.
Congratulations and welcome to ASAP!

Now, what is the other reason for the sporadic posting here? Truthfully, my ISP has changed their TOS (terms of service), resulting in a substantially reduced number of hours of service provided. Granted, I could upgrade to a different level of service with the ISP. However, the price tag is almost as much as broadband. Yes, I am still on dialup. Unfortunately, there is little competition in my area for broadband services and the cost for cable access if over five times what I pay for dial-up, with DSL about triple. So, for the time being, I am conserving my on-line time or will find myself unable to connect before the month ends.

I must admit, after seven years with the same ISP, it is rather bittersweet thinking that I will need to move to a different service in order to continue providing the same level of help on the forums, here and the project on the back burner to revamp Windows Vista Bookmarks.

Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...


gerardwil said...

Thanks for all your efforts.
Also thank you for the congrats and the warm welome.
Wishing you lots of fun and succes with your Blog(very nice).

(Smokey's Security Forums)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mystical Rose,

thanks for asking reader's attention for the institute ASAP and the addition of my forums to it.

Best regards,

Site Owner Smokey's SF