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Chinese Hacking into our Power Grids!

Some US intelligence agents think the Chinese were able to influence the blackouts in the Northeast back in 2003.

There has never been an official U.S. government assertion of Chinese involvement in the outage, but intelligence and other government officials contacted for this story did not explicitly rule out a Chinese role. One security analyst in the private sector with close ties to the intelligence community said that some senior intelligence officials believe that China played a role in the 2003 blackout that is still not fully understood.

According to the article, the Chinese have been working on mapping our power-grid structure, and possibly was in the process of mapping Florida’s power-grid when a hacker inadvertantly triggered a power outtage in February.

Apparently, the attacks on our corporate and government agencies are “relentless.” So, if you are a corporate big wig about to meet with the Chinese, you may want to check your computer when you get back. I recommend bring hard copies only.

Stay tuned…

I Love Good XHTML Code

I was running a student’s code through the w3c validator and I got such a good feeling when I saw the green message stating, “This Page Is Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict!”

In my class, only the best XHTML code will do. There’s nothing quite like yummy semantic markup—teacher tested, W3C approved. It’s fortified with 9 essential tags and attributes. In fact, 9 out of 10 doctors prefer XHTML 1.0 Strict for their patients who code in Notepad.

By the way, I’m using Word Press for the blog, so I don’t recommend judging my blog entry’s value based on how this page fares in the validator.

Greetings My Web Design Padawons

Hey there, Web Design students. It’s teaching you guys that has inspired me to create this blog. I’m asking you guys to blog every day, so I’m challenging myself to blog whenever you guys blog.

I’m at Sunriver at a great conference, and I’m learning to make use of brain research to enhance my classes. I also plan to make even more use of NetSupport (the polling function). Please, remind me to bring more music, moving, ideas, and use of the polling function.

The Hundred Visions Blog has Landed

Welcome one and all to Hundredvisions.com! After having felt constrained to solely blog on cycling (see Fellowship of the Chainring), I’ve branched out to cover just about any topic under the sun; however, I’ll primarily stick to web design, programming, and various and sundry technologies and design.

About me

I teach high school Web Design, Programming, and Technology in Washington County, Oregon, and I’m always asking my students to blog, so it’s only fair that I practice what I preach. Not to mention, I love writing about what I’m doing, what I’m learning, and what’s on my mind.

In Web Design, I teach semantic markup (XHTML 1.0 strict) and CSS, Image editing, and Flash. In Programming, I teach Python and Java, and in my technology classes, I teach the design process and problem-solving through hands-on projects such as water bottle rockets, bridge building, and robotics.