University of Texas – At It Again

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2015.28.01 by w3bguy

So, the other day I received an email from the University of Texas, saying that they have published a lot of private information online – publicly.  Supposedly they found it and removed it all, already.  Below is the email I received from Jan Todd (

The Information Security Office at The University of Texas at Austin has confirmed that unauthorized information was inadvertently posted to a public web server used by the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports.  The Stark Center is a sport library and archive located in the North End Zone of the stadium and is officially part of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education in the College of Education.  The information in question is part of a University of Texas at Austin archival collection created by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Media Relations staff, and was created as a way to record the history of UT Athletics.  In that archival collection (which has now been digitized as part of a preservation process for UT records) were documents that contained names; campus and/or home addresses during those years; telephone numbers at that time; and Social Security numbers, which were routinely used by the University for record keeping during this era.  This was discovered when one of the persons whose names appeared in the archival collection inadvertently found it by searching for her name on Google; she immediately contacted UT Athletics who notified us and the files were removed immediately.  Based on our tracking information we do not believe at this time that anyone other than the woman who initiated the search has seen the documents.

The entire digital archive has now been deleted from the web. However, in accordance with the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act, we wanted to notify you of the situation and let you know that The University of Texas at Austin will be providing those affected by this with identity theft protection services for a two-year period. To take advantage of the identity theft protection, please contact me by return email and we will send to you the correct contact information for the theft protection service.

I also wanted to let you know that the UT web has additional information on personal identity protection and monitoring at: Please know that the University is doing everything it can to ensure the security of any personal information it maintains.

I am very sorry about this inadvertent breach of your private information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this matter. I’ve provided below both my office and personal cell phone and my email.  Also provided below are the numbers and email of our digital archivist, Brent Sipes, who will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Again, please accept our deepest apologies.

Jan Todd, Ph.D.
Professor & Roy J. McLean Fellow in Sport History
Director, H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
Department of Kinesiology & Health Education
403 E. 23rd Street, NEZ 5.700
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712
512-694-6237 (cell);  512-471-0993 (office)

After receiving this, I immediately sent them a reply back requesting more information.  Below is the reply I recieved from Brent Sipes (

Thank you for your reply. I have confirmed that your information has NOT been posted.

I apologize for the confusion. Many of the records disclosed were 30 years old or older. In striving to notify those affected, false positives and erroneous contact records–as in the one that misled me to contact you–are a regrettable but inevitable reality.

Once again, I would like to confirm that your information was NOT released as a part of this breach.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,

Brent Sipes
Digital Archivist 

H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
University of Texas at Austin

My concern is that they would send out this information, and then claim that it is inaccurate.  To me it sounds like they are trying to cover their tracks.  Forgive me; but, I do not trust anyone at that institution, after their CLEE department has repeatedly tried to swindle me out of tuition for classes that I was forced to drop due to their crazed, dangerous, and extremely unprofessional security guards.

I honestly wonder how many other people they have tried to lie to, con, and steal from.  hmmm…

–Charles Bastian

Check out my new geek profile, I’ve jus

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012.12.04 by w3bguy

Check out my new geek profile, I’ve just received my invite! #masterbranch #coolnewstuff

I’ve got an invite to test something re

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012.11.04 by w3bguy

I’ve got an invite to test something really cool for coders. Get yours here! #MasterBranch

Why Do We Still Classify People by Skin Color?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 2012.23.03 by w3bguy

Although this blog was created for one of my courses at my University, I feel that this blog rant would fit in here.  I’ll also post it on my other blog, as well, but I hope that maybe it can help people see what we really need to do to fix our society…

We are hearing a lot lately about “racial” violence, discrimination, or other such wrong-doings.  Mostly this is with the poor boy who was murdered by a neighborhood watch member in Florida.  Forgive me if I forget his name, I have so many different streams of information flowing across my desk everyday, it’s hard to keep up with the minor specifics.

Well, this morning NPR had a short segment about that kid and what is being done about his murder.  It is nice that they are apparently going to investigate it, and possibly take it seriously.  But, my problem is that it is all going to come full circle in the end.  As with all other instances like this, there is always a big movement to get something done, everyone pays attention for awhile, and then it all eventually goes back to “normal” in the end.  Following this pattern the Florida government will have a task force to determine how to ensure that something like this never happens again.  Haven’t we had those task forces before?  Have they ever done anything before?  If they actually worked, this kid would never have been murdered.

I am a strong believer in what I feel is the only true answer to stopping situations like this from ever happening again.  If you do not want people to be racist, or what ever other form of discrimination you are fighting, then get rid of racism.  Simply put, we as a society are responsible for all of the racist actions that take place.  How often have you filled out a form that wanted your race?  What is that really for?  Why should I be classified based on the color of my skin?  I am not a color!  I am a person.  Whether my skin tone is so pale that I look like a ghost, so dark you can’t see me at night, or somewhere in between; how does that have anything to do with who I am as a person?

The answer is that it does not.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about culture, ethnicity, ancestry or anything like that.  I’m referring strictly to the irrelevant views of people based on the color of their skin.  I personally have never seen a “white” person, even an albino isn’t white.  Nor have I ever seen a “black” person, though some people have very dark skin.  I have seen varying skin colors in all walks of life, all social circles, all social classes, and all economic classes.  I have see varying skin colors in every different religion, in every different hobby, sport, and activity.  So how exactly does the color of my skin make me any different from every other person who shares my interests and beliefs?  It doesn’t.

My point here is that if we really want to do something about this, we need to remove the idea that skin color means anything at all.  I, personally, always check the “other” box on those racial questions.  We need to as a whole stop letting the government push racism onto us, and believing that it is our fault.  If there are no “races” there can be no racism.

I, for one, am an American member of the global society.  Aside from that, my race is that of the Human Race!

RT @the_nerdery: Looks like Google snuck

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012.07.03 by w3bguy

RT @the_nerdery: Looks like Google snuck their brand into the iPad event.

So after taking what I was told I needed

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012.06.03 by w3bguy

So after taking what I was told I needed to get my BAAS, I’m now being told that I don’t qualify yet… A bunch of #BS! #TAMU #FAIL

I just registered for my first real road

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012.06.03 by w3bguy

I just registered for my first real road #cycling the Waggin’ Trail Bike Ride (68 miles)… #WagginTrailBikeRide