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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 January, 2008

January 29, 2008

Steve Jobs’ head in a box

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 10:44 am

Apple’s latest product announcement – you can now buy Steve Jobs’ head in a box. Here’s a picture of an unnamed Apple salesman demonstrating the lightness of Steve Jobs’ head in a box: Perhaps if any of you have heard about features of the Steve Jobs’ head in a box (presumably later to be called […]

January 24, 2008

Vista’s Secret Windows Firewall hole

Filed under: FTP,General Security,TCP/IP,Windows Vista @ 11:19 pm

First, the good news – it’s not a flaw in the operation of Windows Firewall on Windows Vista. It’s a design feature, it makes sense, and it fits in with the principle that the firewall should keep out unsolicited traffic. It’s not really a hole, but I thought I’d grab your attention. The symptom first […]

January 19, 2008

MacBook Air debuts; iTunes Pesters Me Again

The big news from Apple this week was that they have a flatter laptop than anyone else (except Intel, who have a “Lorado” concept model that is much cooler, is demonstrated with Vista, and comes with an optional sleeve that has a Sideshow display). Conveniently for those road warriors that take to the air, the […]

January 17, 2008

Waiting for Vista SP1?

In a previous article, I wrote about how to sound stupid by saying “let’s wait for Service Pack 1 before we deploy Windows Vista“. Now here are a few ways to sound clever, by pointing to specific issues that will be fixed by Windows Vista SP1. GPMC.MSC (the Group Policy Management Console) gets removed, and […]

January 11, 2008

Why you don’t run as root

[… or administrator, or whatever] I like Roger Grimes, he’s a nice guy, and he generally makes me think about what he has to say. That’s a good thing, because otherwise he’d either be part of the same choir as me, or he’d be the sort of guy whose ideas I dismiss with a wave […]

January 7, 2008

How broken is the banking system?

My kid and I love watching Top Gear – me, because it’s nice to see him interested in a very traditional British TV programme (in the US, you can find it on BBC America), and him, because he just loves cars – particularly high-performance ones. So I have to admit to having a little chuckle […]

January 6, 2008

New Scientist chat-up lines

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 1:33 pm

We used to joke that a friend of mine used New Scientist magazine as a dating tool. Quiet and shy, he’d be sitting alone in a group of people, but as soon as he pulled out his New Scientist magazine, he’d find himself surrounded, inexplicably, by women interested in the stories. With the New Year, […]

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