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Google – was it Hubris or Hype ?

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Google Vice President, Linus Upson, recently told The New York Times that when (?) the Chrome OS deploys, some 60% of all businesses could get rid of Windows for good and switch to Chrome overnight.

I think this article below gives a balanced look and asks some pertinent questions about this revelation which seems to be full of hype about the second coming.

If the following report here from Renee Oricchio is any indication –

I think that Google has a problem. It’s called arrogance! or in this case one might even be called hubris, for your information this word is defined as “ being out of touch with reality and overestimating one’s own competence or capabilities ”

If you don’t believe arrogance can fell an empire, just go back and study World War I. or for a more recent cautionary tale, look at Wall Street over the past couple of years and the resulting Global Financial meltdown.

I regard Google as a very good resource, however the idea of cloud computing from a risk management point of view is a nightmare waiting to happen …. cloud storage as part of a strategy yes, but as a end in itself, no thanks definitely not at the moment.  There are way too many points of failure within the access path and when there is a failure within the network or with Google, what exactly would you have left of your business ?

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Dell Computer quality is in question !

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

After the Mathematics department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual reason for the computers’ demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.

Please see the New Times article here… New York times article

Google

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

How long is your memory…?

Not that long ago, Google presented itself as being the Internet Search engine to end all search engines… and at that time it was true, but no more… now they are into hardware, phone, laptops, and software of course… in the past Google cried wolf about how much power Microsoft had… its reach into software and on the net…

Is anyone else concerned about one company having such a all powerful position – with a possible errant piece of code it would have us all at their mercy… perhaps there are errors already – so we may already be at risk ? do you think that it is arrogance on their behalf, perhaps they feel entitled…  to rule the Internet technology world..?

I don’t believe in putting all my eggs in on basket and hence whilst I have used Google and Bing mainly… I will use anything that does the job .. currently Google has the edge… I wonder if they are getting to the point where they might become targets for monopoly / anti-trust suite – I certainly think if they are not now … it sure won’t be too far away…   then Microsoft can relax with the shoe firmly on the other foot.

Telstra the Australian Communications , what I wonder?

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

This is a bitch session… in that regard you may want to move on… however lets start.

Most of my business life I have felt inclined to support Telstra… support Australian and all that – now I wonder why..

Aside from being about twice the cost of everyone in the marketplace, which the spin has always been then give superior facilities, features, reach and service – this is proving to be very old… and frankly untrue, as when it comes to the main markets their service, features and support is no better than their competition, however one aspect of their operation (I am sure there is more) is just plain pathetic.

For the real issue is the billing and payments side of their operation, where they interface with the public, in this case with me…. they make commitments when you are signing up for a service then break them,, they agree to charge $x then make up the charges as they go along, and whilst I find the operatives at the telstra subsiduary at Bigpond, generally refreshing and worth talking to… Telstra itself, is a disaster… now I am not blaming the people within Telstra… they work within a shell, a system, but some thinking must be really askew here, someone or some oversight committee has to be a fault for such a systemic failure of this part of their operation.

They promised me a refund for some equipment we purchased, then 4 months later when I queried it, they said they had a problem with one of the codes… after all they cannot say they couldn’t contact me to correct the issue….as the whole refund was based around my email account… really!!!!  Then they said it would another 3 months… do you think Telstra has some cash flow issues….??? If not what could possibly be the reason for their pathetic customer service.

Every month I dread the arrival of the bill, they always.. ALWAYS screw it up… I have just been able after 6 months to make them understand I cancelled a service and have not used it since May… A month ago Bigpond agreed I have been over charged and gave me a credit of just under $200, but it has not filtered down to Telstra billings… they are still demanding payment for services I cancelled 6 almost 7 months ago….and the other side of the coin.. having new services connected.. well I moved to new offices in May… and they have still not connected extra landlines I need.. which we ordered before I arrived.  I wonder if anyone else can do that for me ???

Think I will go looking for an all around provider… someone who actually listens to me… whatever happened to the old idiom, the customer is always right… they seem to function on the premise that the customer is always wrong… they do not listen to their customer base… this will cost them dearly in the long term…  people will walk… very shortly me for one… if the DO NOT LISTEN.

Vista's Security is made completely useless by a new vulnerability

August 10, 2008 Leave a comment

See the article from Neowin

This week at the just completed Black Hat Security Conference at Caesar’s Palace in  Las Vegas, two security researchers discussed their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees.

Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. have discovered a technique that can be used to bypass all memory protection safeguards that Microsoft built into Windows Vista. These new methods have been used to get around Vista’s Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR), Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and other protections by loading malicious content through an active web browser. The researchers were able to load whatever content they wanted into any location they wished on a user’s machine using a variety of scripting languages, such as Java, ActiveX and even .NET objects.

This feat was achieved by taking advantage of the way that Internet Explorer (and other browsers) handle active scripting in the Operating System.

I wonder does this problem affect other Windows Systems such as NT, 2000 and XP plus Server operating systems of course.   Its almost as if people are looking for ways to bring down Microsoft – they seem obsessed. Although to know the problem which in this case is considerable is warranted.

I would have thought that this would have been something that would have been checked – I don’t use Internet Explorer or any other Microsoft based application for access to the Internet.

 

Security Flaw in DNS Infrastructure

July 15, 2008 Leave a comment

A fundamental flaw in the Internet’s addressing system, (The DNS) necessitating a massive Internet security upgrade primarily for businesses and service providers, according to a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security. 

DNS servers translate a popular name such as Microsoft.com into its numeric IP address. There are 13 principal servers and many sub-servers located throughout the world to speed the process of IP resolution. Usually a DNS look-up query is assigned a random translation ID, but Kaminsky observed that when a vulnerable DNS server is able to perform recursive DNS queries, it was possible to guess the transaction ID and redirect the result

The problem makes it possible for computer hackers to reroute Internet traffic at will, enabling them access to sensitive and valuable information from businesses as well as individual users, such as credit-card and bank information.

The matter is more serious than a typical computer virus or hack because rather than targeting individual computers online or specific software products, it undermines the inner workings of the Internet itself, specifically the so-called domain name system, or DNS. The DNS, which acts as the Internet’s address book, makes it possible for users to connect with other computers and Web sites.

“This is the largest synchronised security upgrade in the history of the Internet,” said a statement from the Computer Security Response Team, or CERT, a division of Homeland Security. “An attacker could easily take over portions of the Internet and redirect users to arbitrary and malicious locations.

See here for the information on the Dan Kaminsky discovery

Bill Gates – Retires from Day to Day at Microsoft

June 30, 2008 Leave a comment

He is a lovable ham – good wishes and all the best in his “retirement”  and for a new direction for Bill and Melinda Gates, as a Philanthropist and of course Non-Executive Chairman of his old company – he has to keep his hand in and of course an eye on his 30% equity .

Somehow Steve Ballmer doesn’t seem to have the leadership presence or the grasp of the overall big picture that Bill has – perhaps I am wrong – time will tell, or perhaps Bill will be there to oversee the strategic direction for Microsoft.

All the best Bill.

 

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