I changed DSL providers for my home, and wanted to get the modem the new one was most comfortable with. For $50, I got the Motorola/Netopia 2210-02-10NA. What a mistake. I plugged it in, and got all four lights green, so I thought I was good to go. But then I looked at the IP address settings on the PC I plugged in to test, and DHCP had given me 192.168.1.1 from the ISP.
Tech support was quite helpful. "That's not the address we gave you; the modem is set to do address-translation firewalling by default, but I can walk you through changing it." After I picked my jaw off the desk, I asked if this was a huge pain in the ass for tech support and he replied "oh, yeah". We had to drill down three menus of the web GUI to change it to be a normal bridge.
(If you're not sure why this is so bad, remember that most home users will hang a NATed router on the DSL modem, and the vast majority of NATed routers have 188.8.131.52/24 as the default addresses on the NAT side. Those routers will go into serious conniptions when they see the same frigging address space on both the internal and external interfaces.)
Dear Motorola: This has to the stupidest thing I have seen on a modem. Does no one in the Netopia division understand the first thing about routing? Can you fire whomever thought that this was a sensible default? The current setting is only useful when attaching a single computer to the modem; anyone else will be silently screwed by your default configuration.
Another of the documents that that I have assisted NIST on, Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security, has just been published. This was a revision to an older guide, so some of the previous material is still there, but we did a lot more than just freshening. Like many organizations, the US government is quite concerned with how to give remote workers secure access to internal networks, and how to keep those networks secure after giving that access. This new guide has a ton of guidance on how to find the right balance of access versus overall security.
My oldest niece, Alexis, graduated from high school recently, and the family all went to the ceremony. Her school, Pacific Collegiate School, has about 60 people per grade, and we knew that she was friends with most of the people in her graduating class, so we thought it might be a fun graduation.
There was lots of enjoyable student-created music, poetry, and talks. Then, the first of the two talks given by teachers blew away a large portion of the audience. She believes in teenagers, something that many of us have forgotten to do. If you're looking for the typical speech that tells kids what they can look forward to or what they should do next, this isn't it. Instead, it tells them that they're already fine, and this is already their life.