Tom Olzak

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IDCATU strikes Google, Apple, and Microsoft…

In apple, Business Continuity, Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Safari on February 21, 2013 at 20:47

The Register published an article today describing Adblock Plus angst over Google seemingly trying to take down their ad blocking software on Android.  See Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak • The Register.

While reading the article, I began to get the feeling that Google is intentionally blocking Adblock because it interferes with Google store functionality.  Interesting…

This is one more reason I am very pis… uh… angry this week.  When I first purchased my iMac last year, I was able to do 99% of what I could do on my Windows 7 laptop.  Today, Google Chrome for Mac is significantly crippled on many sites.  Further, I have to use IE 10 on my Windows 8 laptop to have access to several features I use during research.  We seem to be going backward.

When I started in IT (1983), I encountered a score of different standards from the same number of companies.  It was a compatibility nightmare until business simply accepted the IBM PC and MS-DOS as the de facto standard.  Vendors got on board or went out of business.

During the growth of the Internet, browser choices had gotten to the point that I could use the browser of my choice–the browser I felt most comfortable with–and I could be fairly confident that I would be able to be productive.  This was until recently…

Speaking only from personal experience, I believe I am suffering from a disease spreading across Microsoft, Google, and Apple: IDCATU syndrome.  As it spreads, market share and out doing the competition become more important than user productivity.  Those suffering from I-Don’t-Care-About-The-User use double-talk to assuage the unwary into believing incompatibility between solutions is for their own good. BS.

I am seriously considering moving everything to open source.  The problem is that IDCATU also forces the big players to force the creative and unafflicted to the sidelines.  Some people are simply getting too uppity for their own good… and ours.

Browsers are not security controls

In Cybercrime, Data Security, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Risk Management, Safari on March 19, 2009 at 11:13

Major Internet browsers were shown to be hackable this week at CanSecWest.  This isn’t really a surprise.  Browsers are malware portal opportunities waiting to be exploited.  What might be a surprise is that IT professionals might actually consider the browser a security layer.  It isn’t and probably never will be.

Browsers are by nature human created and managed mechanisms used to access applications written by one of millions of developers, developers often unknown to the user.  They access sites which may or may not be malicious, even if they appear to be hosted by familiar institutions we trust.  Finally, we can always count on the user to do something he or she has been warned many times not to do.

I’m not saying browser developers shouldn’t try to plug as many holes as possible.  However, there are too many variables when surfing the Web to ensure reasonable and appropriate browser trustworthiness.  So what is the answer?

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Firefox beta cometh

In Firefox on March 5, 2009 at 11:36
Firefox 3.1 beta

Firefox 3.1 beta

Beta is coming, according to an article in Maximum PC… and the Internet gets a little faster and a little safer.

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