Now this is going to sound like some obscure, “out-there” philosophical question. But think about it. Is progress slowing down? Imagine the Wright Brothers today, taking that flying contraption to an airfield. Where would they have made it – and would they have been allowed to fly it?
Or imagine James Watt building his steam engine in a lock-up round the corner. Then imagine the local council or police’s reaction to the noise it made!
Have we lost our reckless invention culture – do we just do Internet apps now?
A couple of people recently have asked me if I’m ready yet to give up Windows. With virtual players being offered, it was time to try virtualisation. I’ve just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 and with VMWare’s Virtual Player available, now was the time to see what the world of desktop virtualisation was really like. Would virtualisation be the answer to a techy’s dreams?
Maybe the great bank holiday weather took many writers away for the weekend. But the number of “its all over for Cloud” rants were mercifully few.
So, what should be taken away from Amazon’s failure. What have we learnt? Well, its shown intelligent system design is as vital for Cloud as anywhere else. Along with how many “experts” can still talk through their back-ends…
I’m writing this just seven days before the production Ubuntu 11.04 is released. Now, if you’re on Windows 7, there’s never been a better time to change. So why am I suggesting you change now – what’s so different about this version? Surprisingly, its not so much Ubuntu as Windows…
Corporate security people and most security resellers wind me up. Always have. They constantly ignore the lessons life teaches us.
Life is constantly teaching us lessons. We deal with most things it throws at us. Security guys have a seizure when anything new appears.
Take Smartphones and the iPad for example. These guys are paid to know stuff. But they’re crap at doing their job because they can’t cope with the new.
The fall-out has still to settle from one of the greatest tragedies of recent times. While the furore and finger-pointing surrounding it will take a lot longer.
Given the prevailing circumstances, the technology behaved entirely predictively. The technology didn’t fail, we failed to manage it. Could we fail with NFC?
This is the bing result for Vista Service Pack 2 on Microsoft’s own download site. Bing can’t find it. No results. Zilch. Nothing. What about a Google search?
Well. Let’s take a look. The result may surprise you…
Quite a reaction last week when the news broke about the RSA SecureID breach. Someone may now know how to compromise two-factor tokens. Whilst every villain knows how to work around two-factor authentication anyway, the exposure of the underlying algorithm should have been viewed as inevitable. Before I’m castigated for saying this, let me explain…
My apologies for this deviation from my usual style. But we need some help. A lot. Not for some worthy charity, but for a nation. Britain is being dragged deep under water by BT, after we survived the shipwreck caused by the SS Banking’s collision with a financial reality iceberg.
We must divorce BT from the cosy relationship it enjoys with central government. Its smug monopoly on the mechanism for change, its incompetence.
We need a publicly revered figurehead to drive this forward. A digital Joan d’Arc. Martha, we need you.
You see, this speed carries one big penalty. Security. Not for the device, for you. The transaction is now so fast, it can’t be fraud-checked conventionally.
“Contactless” means just that. No contact from either side – counter or customer. There’ll be no alerts, no chance to stop a fraudster. Or is there?
I can’t believe how fast this technology is developing. Everyone seems to be at it. Mobile is big and NFC seems to be flavour of 2011.
Well, I say you – but what I really mean is it doesn’t necessarily have to be you, just anyone who happens to have your phone.
And I’m really, really not happy about that.
Oh, how we would all love a new bank. A bank that did everything right. Perfect. Sorry, you’re dreaming. That’s not going to happen. The current banks operate a virtual cartel, effectively shutting out any new player. Now while the boutique banks may focus on specific products and find a niche, Chances of a new NatWest or Barclays appearing are small.
But there is a way to get a better deal. We just need to leverage the old deal…
Its funny how we can sometimes be carried along by the current without realising. Following the innovation bandwagon, for instance. Every businessman knows they must constantly innovate to compete and survive. We shouldn’t get hung up on that word. People can either innovate or they can’t. Innovation isn’t a measurable action, its a mindset.
Every day, I read the endless diatribes about why we can’t innovate here or there. Listen to these coffee-shop philosophers and you’ll want to give up and go home. Hold on though. I think they’ve got it all wrong. Fundamentally wrong…
Another snowy morning. Another day’s news of travel woes and broken services. Wasn’t this supposed to be the age of technology?
Looking around my neighbourhood, middle-management cars struggle past on route to some distant office to connect to some services located somewhere else. They’ll sit at their desk to phone customers who again, will be somewhere else. Noticed the common thread here?
There’s not much details about it as yet – like how much it will cost, for example – The Oracle site just provides a PDF about it. What I can say at this point is it remains 100% compatible with Desktop Open Office, retaining Open Document formats as well as PDF. It’s MS Office compatible, too.
But the site mentions a Â£33.00 charge for Desktop Open Office…
When talk turns to the Cloud, the hot ticket currently is the location of information. Security’s no longer the biggest concern, its where data is stored which is key.
Cloud players like SalesForce and IBM are looking to their own national storage, but its expensive and inefficient. So why not use a storage Cloud for it?
It doesn’t look like National Australia Bank’s woes are going away any time soon. Conflicting stories emerging from CEO Cameron Clyne’s office sure isn’t helping. First reports suggested that an upgrade failure took down all the Bank’s systems. But as the dust settles, a rather different picture is emerging.
NAB’s prolonged outage initially attributed to a glitch may have been deliberate. If its true, then NAB’s troubles are far from over. They may only be beginning…
I guess every executive’s PA must be starting to think about it at this time of year.What do I get my boss for his secret Santa?
The tie and cuff links won’t do. So last year. The colour-coordinated boxer shorts?Well, no. That suggests you know a bit too much about him.
So what on Earth do you get the kind of man who’s got everything – and who’s corporate-raided everything else?
Well, everything on a stick of course. The Verbatim Store â€˜nâ€™ Go Executive. Cool. Very cool!
Available in 8 to 64Gb with a rapid 200x write-rate. But he won’t understand that.Just tell him its real stainless steel. Did I mention it was cool?