Friday, December 2, 2016


Had a former colleague post a cipher puzzle on a Slack channel I hang out on.

I figured I would give it a try, since I like to do puzzles.
The site was a link to an ARCYBER web site:

Looking at the cipher text, I was like you have to be kidding me. This is too easy, so I ran it through a script I made a few years back to break vigenère ciphers for another puzzle I had worked.

While the script is not perfect, it was able to decode this cipher text.

Eexl fmoi! 
Well done!

Jabnh gsl'ze decbjrx lvtv, gsl uak hctf xyw gvltpj 
Since you're reading this, you may have the skills

inp mqrjzrlwzq bs awiz tjc Bvdq hpdu! 
and motivation to join the Army team

Pvirz mqpf esgie bwyi xofeprjec xiexzi nqtt ATAZFVJ.
Learn more about your potential future with ARCYBER.


So putting the key into the website you get the full response.

You got a link to email someone that you solved the puzzle.

So I was like sure, what could it hurt, might get an offer to apply for some cool jobs with the government (not really).

The response from my email to solving the puzzle.

Congratulations on solving the puzzle and for your interest in the Army's cyber mission. We ask that you fill out a form found at   so we can continue discussions about how you can best fit into our Army's cyber professional workforce. We thank you for your inquiry and are committed to providing information as it becomes available. You may check out our website for the latest cyber career field updates at

Mike Milord

Public Affairs Specialist
Army Cyber Command
8605 6th Armored Cavalry Road
Fort Meade, MD 20755

It takes to the Army website to request information to join.
I figure since I already have 24 years of service in the military they will not want me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Moving from WordPress to Blogger Hassles

Have been attempting to move from WordPress to Blogger, and failing miserably at it.

There seems to be no useful tools still available that will parse the WordPress export to a usable file to import to Blogger. At one time there was several tools, and many sites to assist with this. I guess that has gone and many are no longer available or working.

Downloaded several scripts that say they work on converting the data to the correct format, all have failed me. Tried some websites, and they all barf on me that my file is either incorrect format or is too large.

Currently have moved one article over, with many format changes needed, it took me about an hour to get it in a readable format.

Attempting to move articles over one at a time is a time consuming, guess I will only move the important ones over and trash the others.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Starting a new Job

I have Left Sword & Shield to take a better opportunity with Coalfire Systems.
There were multiple reasons for leaving Sword & Shield, and most of them are related to one individual that has moved up the ranks in the company. He was originally hired to do report reviews five years back, and is now the Senior VP of services. Since his move into management there has been a drastic exodus of highly qualified personnel from the company. One major issue is that the CEO/President, Executive VP and COO do not even notice the main reason for the high personnel turnover.
Since I turned in my notice, the CEO and COO have completely ignored me. Walking down the hallway, I always say hello to everyone, and usually get a hello back from whomever is there. Not lately; had multiple encounters with the C suite and they literally walk past me as if I was not there.
I wish all my former colleagues well in there endeavors and hope things get better.