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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for November, 2007

November 27, 2007

I didn’t want iTunes – now I’ve got iPod, too?

So, in my last post “Can the EU get me QuickTime N?“, I noted that my installation of QuickTime (because I had a .MOV file I want to see) led to Apple Software Update offering me “iTunes + QuickTime 7.5”, despite my removing iTunes every time I find it creeping its way onto my computer. […]

Can the EU get me QuickTime N?

So, a long time ago, in a continent not so far away, the European Union required Microsoft to ship a version of Windows without Media Player, called Windows XP N. Now, here’s a follow-up to my previous articles: Programmer Hubris Part 1 – He’s Just Not That Into You Programmer Hubris Part 2: I’ll get […]

November 26, 2007

What I need for Christmas

At one point, I mentioned to my wife that I could do with a leaf blower. Then I figured out how I could take the shop vac and turn it into a leaf blower. Now I could do with a leaf blower and a shop vac.

November 24, 2007

Why is DR and process documentation so bad?

Filed under: General Security,Programmer Hubris @ 12:38 am

Given stories of people who have failed DR tests because they fail to document the processes that are required to recover systems, it’s clear that the missing link is documentation and process. Why are systems so poorly documented? I see two reasons pop up all the time: I was too busy building the system to […]

November 23, 2007

How many people do you represent?

In my earlier discussion on why 100% utilisation is not maximum efficiency, I alluded to the fact that a rejected customer, or a customer with a bad experience, will tell other potential customers that you never get to see. This reminded me that there are a myriad of connections that we have to other people […]

November 22, 2007

Autism Screening at 18 months and 2 years

I’m excited by the news that the American Academy of Pediatricians is recommending that all children be screened at their regular 18 month and 24 month checkups for autism. As regular readers will know, my son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, at age five, having been in a special education programme (but without a specific […]

November 20, 2007

100% utilisation is not (generally) a sign of efficiency.

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 4:22 pm

[You can take this as a literal rant about bus service, or as a parable on effective assignment of computing or business resources, as you wish.] Once again this morning, the bus to work was full to capacity. Standing room only, everyone stuffed uncomfortably close together. That means we’re getting maximum usage out of the […]

November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving – five years

Regular readers of my blog will know that Thanksgiving is a special time for me. Five years ago, I was giving thanks that a relatively routine surgery discovered and removed a cancerous growth – a tumor. Last week, I visited the doctor to find out the results of my latest check-up. Normal. I’ve never been […]

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