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.

Cloud Security Standards Excuse

In Application Security, Business Continuity, Cybercrime, Project Management, security, Windows 7 on March 23, 2012 at 15:03

I keep reading articles about how the lack of cloud security standards keeps companies away from cloud services. Isn’t this just an excuse? We have security standards for our own organizations… or we should. We also know what is and is not considered best practice. Further, we should by this time understand how trust works and the controls to implement, monitor, segregate, and secure various trust zones. Isn’t the cloud just another trust zone?

Securing the cloud requires the same diligence we use when securing our data centers. The difference lies in oversight requirements. How do we ensure the service provider is achieving the security outcomes we expect? There are cloud service providers that do get it, providing mechanisms for customer oversight, audits, etc. If the provider in your conference room trying to sell her proposal can’t provide the necessary security assurance methods, find someone else..

Don’t use lack of cloud standards to prevent the potential business benefit of hosted infrastructure or applications.

The Kinect Hack Compendium

In Hacking, Hardware, Microsoft on March 6, 2011 at 20:16

See The Kinect Hack Compendium! – Yahoo! News.  Maybe this is a reason for Microsoft to try some approach to open-source for these products.  The base technology seems capable of so much more…

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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Vista SP2: Why bother?

In Windows 7 on March 5, 2009 at 12:15

I’m reserving judgement about Vista SP2, for which a release candidate was just announced.  I’m not sure why I care if Windows 7 is on its way.  I installed Win7 beta last weekend.  I am very impressed.  Since I upgraded my only instance of Vista, I guess I’ll just pass on any Vista updates and stick with a beta which seems a better OS than Vista production releases.

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