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XX5Q40AM992015 Retrospective

I started this blog in May after attending the Powershell Summit on Microsoft’s Charlotte campus. Seeing that group of professionals share ideas and develop connections with one another made me realize it was time to get more involved in the larger technical community. I hope some of my posts were helpful to somebody out there!

My goal was to post once a week, and I achieved that goal this year with 38 posts in 31 weeks. Thanks to everyone who read, commented and shared! I especially appreciate Timothy Buck, Jon Carl, Luke Seelenbinder and Greg Bell for taking the time to write awesome guest posts.

Here are some vital statistics from 2015:

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Now I need to hear from you: What should this blog become in 2016? Should I write more technical “how-to” articles? Would you like to see longer series of posts focused on particular topics? Should I stop writing altogether and just draw cartoons? I have some ideas of my own…but I would sincerely appreciate any suggestions!

Happy New Year!

Forrest

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Welp. I Was an OPM Hack Victim

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The letter finally showed up in my mailbox on December 7, 2015 – about eight months after the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) first noticed something weird in their database records, and more than twenty months after the hack began.

“Dear FORREST BRAZEAL,” began the letter, which went on to use words like “malicious cyber intrusion”, “Social Security numbers” and “theft of background investigation records”. The letter expressed sympathy for any “concern and frustration” I felt, mentioned that no misuse of my stolen information had yet been detected, and offered a link to some identity protection resources, just in case. For legal reasons, I’m sure, there were no words of apology in the letter.

When the OPM minions – those who haven’t resigned in disgrace – finish licking and stamping, more than twenty million Americans will have received this letter. It’s the latest fallout from one of the largest government data breaches in American history, affecting current federal workers, military service members, families and retirees. And, apparently, me.

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Welp. I Was an OPM Hack Victim