Skills Matrix

By: simonguide

On: 2013.08.16

Tagged: about, insurance, leadership, life long learning, risk management, security, technology,

As I've noted previously, my goal is to be in a senior-level leadership position in 7-15 years. The ideal would be CIO, CTO, or CISO for either an insurance company or technology company. To achieve that sort of role it a combination of education and experience is required. Education is very easily quantified while real world experience is not. As such, I decided to create this Skills Matrix to document and advertise the experiences I've achieved. This is something we used to do in Search and Rescue to make it easy to build rescue teams based on specific situational requirements such as avalanche exposure, high-angle rope rescue, helicopter long line access, etc.

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IDEA: Try Before You Buy Baths

By: simonguide

On: 2013.07.26

Tagged: random, ideas,

I was on transit this morning heading to work and passed a few large retail plumbing stores. The ones that have 100 baths on display.

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Bash Script for Time Lapse Videos

By: simonguide

On: 2013.05.25

Tagged: technology, personal,

I wrote a bash script, I can share it if needed, that takes a screenshot of my computer every minute. After approximately a day (2700 pictures to be exact as that works out to 3 minutes of video at a 10fps rate) it automatically compiles said screenshots into a video.

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Basic IT Security Plan

By: simonguide

On: 2013.05.22

Tagged: technology, insurance, risk management, security,

I am in the process of writing an IT security plan specifically for my employer as it relates to web applications and storage of some very sensitive PII (personally identifiable information). I cannot post the entire plan here, nor will I post specific security measures. I did want to start a post on the overall, basic concepts of an IT security plan as it relates to web applications. Naturally these concepts apply to all the code I write and I think it should also be taken into consideration by mobile app developers and others writing code without security.

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The Next Mobile Threats

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.24

Tagged: security, ideas, technology,

I'm currently writing a completely benign app that is related to discovering sales on a users favourite products. I should be clear up front that I am not a malicious user and will never write viruses or malicious apps. The information provided below is for prediction, curiosity, and information purposes only.

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IBM X-force 2012 Threat Landscape

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.23

Tagged: data, security, technology,

I was very fortunate, today, to be invited to attend a seminar where IBM Canada’s Chief Security Architect summarized their X-force Threat Landscape report. This report is put out bi-annually by IBM with the intent of summarizing the threats their unified security division is seeing and the trends the IT industry is facing. The X-Force Threat Landscape Report can be found here.

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PHP Variable Functions as a Security Flaw

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.02

Tagged: technology,

My girlfriend is taking a Code Academy course and was given the exercise of writing a Rock/Paper/Scissors game. I was pondering it (last night at 1am) and thought you could do something really quick & easy with variable function names in PHP. I wrote the following code:

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Philosophical/Technical Comp. Sci. Dilemma

By: simonguide

On: 2013.03.20


I have a philosophical/technical comp. sci. dilemma. I’m writing a mobile app that is going to require NoSQL (Mongo) as its going to be dependant on large numbers and be highly transactional. Response time and agile DB development are key. I’m mostly writing this to “think out loud” as they say.

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Big Data: The Future of Insurance Fraud Prevention

By: simonguide

On: 2013.03.01


I watched this presentation on big data and fraud prevention in the insurance industry.

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Data Problems Faced by the Insurance Industry

By: simonguide

On: 2013.02.27

Tagged: data, insurance, technology, life long learning,

I’ve got a data problem. Well, we [Guardian Risk Managers] do. As with most insurance companies, a lot of reporting is done in Excel spreadsheets. We are generating a rolling earthquake aggregate report based on a bordereaux of policies. We were also generating a contract-year report based on those same spreadsheets but realized it was collecting incorrect data as the contracts renewed/changed. I am now in the process of building a full database solution to collect the data, never loose it, and provide automated reporting/analysis.

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Archive of Posts

Hacking: The Next Generation

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Experiment

Interviews with Naveen Jain

I'm a SysAdmin!!!


Insurance Technology Development

Blog Topics for Insurers

DropBox Crises Averted!

When I'm A Leader

How To Study Effectively

The Two Cultures and A Second Look

My Purpose in Life

Free Rein Is Not Leadership

Salesman vs. Problem Solver

The Plague of the Black Debt - How To Survive the Coming Depression

Filters, Leveraging The Next Big Thing

The Future of Leadership

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Business Snacks

American Catalyst Interview W/ Kyle Bass

Work In Progress: Graphr

Who Moved My Cheese?

Sample Marketing Plan

User interaction in design #7: Location Familiarity

CloudCamp Vancouver Notes

10 Predictions About Cloud Computing

Risk Management in Technology #15: Browser Plugin Idea

Social Spam Buster

Hiding Away In Plain Site

ToDo List

Uploading Files Via PHP

Risk Management in Technology #14: Intangible Property

Risk Management in Technology #13: Communicating

Layout & Content Changes

"Cyber Event" Disclosure Guidelines

Will My Insurance Claim Be Covered?

Negative People; Recognition & Action

Reading List

Financial Blogs & Literacy

IDEA: Support Email App/Plugin

CAIB1 Key Terms

CAIB1 Ch. 1-1

Business & Economics - MIT

Mobile Device UI Design

New Skype/Facebook Chat

Life Long Learning #1 - The Economist Today

Life Long Learning - Outline

Secure or Paranoid?

If I Ever...

Baby Please Don't Go

App Discovery (again/still)

Idea for Netflix

$_SESSION's Are Bad

How Do Patients Gather Information

My Impending Burn Out

Moral Hazard

Presentation for Tourism Manitoba

Idea for an American Express OPEN Forum Post

Risk Management in Technology #12: Support

Insurance & Technology #3: Customer Relations Management

Risk Management in Technology #11: Overall Process

Risk Management in Technology #10: NoSQL & Replicating Nodes

User interaction in design #6: Purchase Cycle

Insurance & Technology #2: Email

High Speed Brainstorming

User interaction in design #5: Form Layout

An Idea/Suggestion for Javascript Progressive Enhancement

Mission Vision Values

Insurance & Technology #1: Blogging

Print Media IS Dieing

My Reasons For Starting amoprhous_projects

User interaction in design #4

Open Source Social Bookmarking

Challenger - Social Challenges

Risk Management in Technology #9: Scalabitity

//LEFTOFF Task Tag

Why I Read

New Logo

Risk Management in Technology #8

Chrome & Mobile Web Development

User interaction in design #3


The Problem of Clean URLs

Risk Management in Technology #7

Feature Rich vs. Feature Creep

Content Delivery Systems

Business Planning

Google is Amazing

Risk Management Reporting

Annoying or Salesperson?

Scrolling, The Fold, & 3 Clicks

Risk Management in Technology #6

User interaction in design #2

User interaction in design #1

Risk Management in Technology #5

Ingvar Kamprad

Chart Fail

Risk Management in Technology #4

Web Application Development Cycle

Random Post About Lots of Things

IDEAS Link Sharing

Fast flatblog

A Bug in Chrome

Risk Management in Technology #3

I Do What I Do

RR - New Logo


I'm That Lazy

MySQL Function Not Working Properly


Awesome New flatblog Feature

Risk Management in Technology #2

Risk Management in Technology #1: As a Toolbox

Multiple Blogs/CMS

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Another Post From My IPhone

JustHost is Just Awesome

Update to V2.5 of flatblog

My To-do List

Bug Killing & Feature Making

I Know

Today on flatblog

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Community Blog

General CMS

Post From Phone

The 404 Method of URL Shortening

First flatblog Post

This is the blog of Simon Le Pine. I write about a number of varied topics including my technology startup, the insurance company I work for, my running/climbing/skiing, and the MBA I'm working towards. I organize posts into the following categories to make browsing by topic easy:

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