Sunday, November 5, 2017

Who Ya Gonna Trust?

In society of today, we face many questions about what information to trust, whose perspective to trust, and which technologies to trust. Only history will provide us with the right answers, but we have to live in the present, not blessed with the retrospective that will inform our future selves and our progeny.

One of the fabricated perils we have been hearing more about of late is "Big Data." Sometimes it's called "Silicon Valley Elite" or "Tech Elite." And one of the dangers that supposedly comes from this new threat to our way of life is Cloud Computing.

Certainly, since there's a lot of misinformation available about this important development in the world of Information Technology, it's easy to accept viewpoints derived from casual, poorly researched, and superstition-driven irritation or fear. I saw one such article this past week, and perhaps we should forgive the author (Steve Rosseau) for reacting during the heat of the irritation when faced with the possibility that a great deal of his work was lost.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tech Security Black Monday

It's not a good day for IT security. Two vulnerabilities were announced today, one affecting WiFi for almost everyone, and another that affects public key encryption.

Those who know me are aware that I often relate to most conversations about IT security as alarmist, and often find measures taken in Enterprise security to be self-defeating.

But this time, it's different.

This time the scope of these vulnerabilities is so widespread that many are calling this Black Monday.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Robodialer Defense

Sure, you could hide your phone number from view, and refuse all calls except those from numbers on your carefully crafted whitelist. That's one way to keep robo dialers from interrupting your life and work.

But why should you skulk in the shadows, eyes cast downward in defense against callers who might simply be an annoying disruption to your "flow" but who are very likely the shock troops for disreputable or dishonest businesses?

You can read at Gizmodo, or at CBS News about measures you can take. But what irritates me about many of the suggestions is that they constitute an inconvenience for me, or for my callers. I am not satisfied with letting the polluters extort time and effort from me or from my people. (You may have guessed that from my attitudes in my earlier article, Passwords Must Die.)

So let's talk about something you can do that doesn't take much effort (beyond initial setup) and that might provide considerable entertainment. In fact, this might be the most fun you can have with your telephone receiver down.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Top 10 Web Hosts All the Same

I think the word is out! "You can't believe anything you read on the Internet." (By the way, if you haven't heard that, it's true!) And that means this article too. Don't believe it. Don't believe me, don't believe Huffington Post, don't believe RedStatesResurgent.com (band name, I call it!), don't believe Snopes, or Politifact, or even NPR.org.

Consider this the truth. If you're reading this on the Internet, you can't believe it. Don't believe any of them. Don't believe me.

So what can you believe? And what does that have to do with reviews for web hosting companies?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Location Based Services - Roaming Soon Near You

The buzz has been building for years now, and this trend has probably taken strong roots and is ready for an explosive outbreak.

Location-based services are not new. We've had Foursquare long enough that they've had time to pivot and rebrand their service into Swarm. Some observers believed it would be the Next Big Thing after Twitter, but somehow it never fully caught fire. (Although I confess that I'm a dedicated Swarm player and I do appreciate my friends who participate. I get an interesting and unique perspective on their adventures in life.)

Here's what happens next in this world...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are You Playing Evernote?

If you haven't heard about or tried Evernote, you can probably ask your kids.

This Silicon Valley company made a big splash in schools when many teachers from middle school through high school adopted it as a favorite online study tool for students.

If I just told you what it does, you might not be impressed, or you might wonder what it offers that you don't already have. But when you talk to advocates for this note-taking and organizing tool, you might get the impression that there's a lot going on.

So here's what it's all about...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Be Not Afraid of This Cloud

We've talked here about the Cloud before and it's likely that we'll be talking about it again. Whether you're ready for it or not, no other advance in business computing has had this big an effect since the dawn of the Internet in business.

So if you want to get ahead of the curve, and be ready for a technology that empowers your business, this is a good time to talk about it. We talked earlier about the what the cloud really is. It's most certainly more than just a decision about whether you'll put your business documents on Google Docs, or store your backups on Dropbox servers. Those are just the leaky edges of a trend that will engulf IT strategies for at least a decade.

Here's how to think about the cloud...