The most amazing side effect of being in the technology business is working with all sorts of technical people. Most often, they work for manufacturers or vendors; but they sometimes branch out and start their own businesses. After more than 16 years as a consultant, I’ve learned a few things and sometimes get to pass on my “straight talk” to others who do what I’ve been doing so long. I want to do more of this when I can.
The one thing a product that stores data should never do is destroy it. Sure, there may be other smaller issues, but I was surprised to learn that a Leef iBridge 64GB device I tested actively destroyed data while in use. How could this not be a bigger story on the Internets? I even attempted to fish through Amazon comments, but still found no one with an issue like this.
This whole HTTPS and Google’s push to encrypt (or weaponize depending on your perspective) is back on people’s lips again. I’m a little late to the party of course, since I have been out of the country so many times in the last three months that blogging has been a distant thought. With all of this talk, I’m left to wonder if the uproar has any merit. You’ll remember, I’ve spoken about this before; actively discussing Dave Winer’s commonly cited reason why sites don’t need to move to SSL.
Automattic, the makers of popular blogging software WordPress (this site is based on the self-hosted version), have released a newly re-vamped set of tools and software around the blogging platform. The idea appears to be pushing WordPress into the new generation of web tools.
Just after I picked up the Nikon AW1 camera, I needed to shoot something. I was so excited, grabbing my camera and running outside looking for something to capture. Thankfully, this spider was there having lunch, ready for me to sit on the ground and slowly grab this image. This turned out so well, I’ve been using it as a wallpaper. Enjoy.
Just like medical journals, it seems like every new day brings some new report or another on the “state” of technology. Some reports are “nothing is secure, and you can never be secure“, while others take a more alarmist “secure everything” approach. I’m always sceptical when I hear of these things. They’re flashy, push people’s buttons, and generally feel like squeeze pages for a larger sales tactic. In fact, the first thing they should disclose is what they sell. At CWL we provide technology support services, so this topic is one that I’m acutely interested in. That said, there are often good things to glean from even the worst.
With the recent support for Ad Blockers in iOS 9, many have been discussing the ethics of blocking advertisements on the mobile platform (and elsewhere). Up until the end of September, ad blockers were the #1 applications on Apple’s app store. The discussion about these has continued after Marco Arment pulled his ad blocking application named Peace. I wanted to offer my perspective on this.
You may have heard earlier this month that Logmein has purchased the password management tool LastPass. The announcement itself contained some very important information about how this tool might evolve, especially if you look at what they aren’t saying. This is most certainly bad news for Lastpass users.
I’ve recently found a great tool for archiving files. I think you’ll want to check out truepax. This open source tool is cross-platform (made in java unfortunately), and it features
the ability to create TrueCrypt and Veracrypt containers on the fly. Even better, trupax doesn’t require the installation of those tools to work. truepax might might your file archiving process faster and more secure than ever before.
I try to give away truly useful stuff; but from a technology perspective. This time around, I turn my attention to travellers. If you fly a lot, you know how difficult it can be to comply with baggage rules and size limitations. Different airlines have different rules and even local airports can handle bag sizes and dimensions in ways you might not expect. For this contest, I’m going to give away a small travel pack that includes a portable luggage scale and a measuring tape.