Sources of Information● Blogs● Twitter● Facebook● Reddit/Slashdot/HackerNews● IRC● Mailing lists● Google Groups● Meetings/ConferencesSSCRG @ UW Tacoma12/17/2012
Skimming InformationLots of articles arent worth a complete read -you can safely skip over / blink / or whateverentire sections.If you dont have time to finish it, leave it openfor later or use a "Read it Later" program.
Recording ResourcesUse reference management software,bookmarks, social media feeds, browserhistory, etc.Just make sure its easy to find things later. Youwill want/need them!
Reading InformationFocus on the basics in a field first. Dont worryabout knowing too much about them.Example: What is DNS?Answer: resolves hostname <-> ip,forward/reverse lookups, zones, etc.Dont worry about too much detail in the shortrun.
Detecting False InformationCheck the comments - if there are none, checkback later.Check other posts by the poster.Search for the title of the article on Google/Bingand check aggregators.
Create a IdentityCreate profiles with the same username, linkthem together, and possibly add to resume.Then create a website and add your elevatorpitch + links to all of these accounts.Later on, add a blog and keep analytics of whathappens.
Make ConnectionsOnce you have established a place on each oneof the "Sources of Information", follow thosewho post information relevant to your field ofresearch.
"Following" Resources● Use a RSS reader (Google Reader is great)● Remain in IRC channels after your questionhas been answered.● Look for related posts to what you foundinteresting.● Bookmarks (including social bookmarks,pinboard, etc)!
Finding Field ExpertsFind the authors of the information you rely on.● History of wiki pages● Presenters at Defcon, BlackHat USA, AppSec,CSA, etc.
IRC● Most major open source software packageshave an IRC channel● Find channels on Netsplit.de/SearchIRC● Idle in the channel to see other peoplesquestions
Google Alerts: Setup keywords you want to"watch", and configure a daily report of theresultsGoogle trends: find popular/relevant keywordsGoogle Tools
Solve other peoples problemsGo to the "unanswered" section on the site.http://stackoverflow.com/unansweredTry to construct an answer, or at least thinkabout it for a while.
Example ProblemHow would one keep track of changes on aLinux server?What about a Windows one?What keywords would you use to find ananswer to this problem?