Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.– Sun Tzu Additional Reading: Strategy vs. Tactics: What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?
The Glassboro-Camden Line (GCL) is a proposed 18 mile passenger rail line between Glassboro and Camden in southern New Jersey being studied by the DRPA and PATCO.
According to the GCL site, “As of October 2017, the GCL team is pleased to announce that we are working to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project. We anticipate a draft EIS to be available for public review in the spring of 2018, with final approvals expected in the fall of 2018. The EIS will analyze the potential effects of the Preferred Alternative selected during the Alternatives Analysis phase on the human and built environments. The main goals of the analysis are to identify potential positive and negative impacts to both the natural and built environments, to all potential users, impact of construction on the community, and any additional effects to the area over time that would be created by the construction and operation of the light rail system. Once the GCL team has had the chance to interpret the findings, we anticipate hosting public information sessions in the winter and summer of 2018 to solicit input from the public before the finalizing the EIS.”
Serving the Greater Philadelphia region for more than 50 years, DVRPC convenes the widest array of partners across a nine-county, two state region to increase mobility choices, protect and preserve natural resources, and create healthy communities that foster greater opportunities for all. City, county and state representatives work together to address key issues, including transportation, land use, environmental protection, economic development, and equity.
DVRPC was formed by an Interstate Compact through legislation passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1965, as reenacted and amended in 1967, and by the New Jersey Legislature in a series of conforming acts passed between 1966 and 1974.
A good link to understand current progress and funding for various construction projects supporting the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in the Delaware Valley: DVRPC TIP Viewer
Research from Dartmouth College Computer Science regarding users and security:
In real world domains, from healthcare to power to finance, we deploy computer systems intended to streamline and improve the activities of human agents in the corresponding non-cyber worlds. However, talking to actual users (instead of just computer security experts) reveals endemic circumvention of the computer-embedded rules. Good-intentioned users, trying to get their jobs done, systematically work around security and other controls embedded in their IT systems.
Source: Mismorphism: a Semiotic Model of Computer Security Circumvention by Sean W. Smith, Ross Koppel, Jim Blythe, Vijay Kothari
Pi-Hole is a network wide DNS sinkhole that can be setup on multiple software/hardware configurations. Originally, I was going down the path of setting up Pi-Hole on a Raspberry Pi 3, but decided to explore the Azure VM path based on some posts from others.
Below are the high level steps I followed to setup Pi-Hole on my home network.
1.Create a VM in Azure and keep track of the public IP. (I picked the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS version with 1 CPU and 1 GB of RAM.)
2. Create an inbound firewall rule to enable SSH traffic (i.e. TCP Port 22) from your home network
Home > Virtual machines > Connect to virtual machine > Networking
3. SSH to the VM and update the package database
sudo apt-get update
4. Install Pi-hole
curl -L https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
5. Configure Pi-hole for your environment. Some suggested configuration options are below
6. Create an inbound firewall rule to enable Web traffic (i.e. TCP Port 80, 443) from your home network
8. Confirm you can access the Admin page of Pi-Hole by going to <VM IP>
9. Create an inbound firewall rule to enable DNS traffic (i.e. TCP/UDP Port 53)
10. Update your home router’s DNS to point to the public IP of your VM by following instructions at How do I configure my devices to use Pi-hole as their DNS server?
11. Test that Pi-Hole is properly configured by visiting the Pi-Hole Ad Pages Test Page.
 Post Implementation Notes:
- Under the VM, check Operations > Auto-shutdown to confirm the settings match the shutdown behavior of the VM you want
- Under the VM, check Operations > Update Management to confirm the settings match the OS automatic update behavior you want
 Related Links:
The following blogs posts were extremely helpful with the steps required to setup Pi-Hole in Azure and modifying some Pi-Hole settings to work for most home needs.