This morning has started randomly. While sitting down to drink a coffee and read the tech news, I ran into Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry. As a homeowner, small business owner, and an electric vehicle driver in his city, I had a few questions to ask. Naturally, he with with another person, so I tried to be cognizant of not being a dick by interrupting them.
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. Here’s what it does and how to get around it.
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.
I had been curious about the service for some time. Since I’m a driver, I didn’t really have a reason, nor did I have a chance to try a service that is courting significant controversy lately. Well, on an emergency client call, instead of walking, I forced myself to try the service.
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 restrained “Apple owns everything” approach. I’m always sceptical when I hear of these things…
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 really 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.