Paul Venezia

Columnist

Paul Venezia is a veteran *nix system and network architect, and senior contributing editor at InfoWorld, where he writes analysis, reviews and The Deep End blog.

The thin line between good and bad automation

Kill Flash? Be careful what you wish for

Kill Flash? Be careful what you wish for

The death of Flash will impact more than a few enterprise IT solutions, with nasty repercussions for admins

Old software: The savior and scourge of IT

Old software: The savior and scourge of IT

Software will inevitably grow old, but it should never be allowed to fade away

Hey, stop messing with my command line

Hey, stop messing with my command line

Maintaining consistency in interfaces across versions isn't easy, but it's crucial to an admin's sanity

Why ISPs still take forever to install business Internet service

Why ISPs still take forever to install business Internet service

Dealing with telcos and carriers for enterprise circuit installation is still a royal pain. Haven't we been doing this long enough to do it well?

The Ashley Madison hack -- this time it's personal

The Ashley Madison hack -- this time it's personal

In the wake of the OPM data breach, another grim reminder of the folly of hobbling encryption

The weak case against strong encryption

The weak case against strong encryption

Why can't politicians understand? Banning encryption is essentially no different than mandating backdoors

Encryption with backdoors is worse than useless -- it's dangerous

Encryption with backdoors is worse than useless -- it's dangerous

In the debate over strong encryption, it’s clear the feds don’t understand what they’re saying

Do we really need the Internet?

Do we really need the Internet?

One FCC commissioner appears to think that we don't, but perhaps he doesn't understand the question

The most dangerous data breach ever known

The most dangerous data breach ever known

If the federal government can't protect extraordinarily sensitive data on its own employees, should it be collecting data on the rest of us?

Net neutrality will prove as evil as the VCR

Net neutrality will prove as evil as the VCR

Everything old is new again, and the same tired threats will prove to be false once more

Build from best practices, but use your judgement too

Build from best practices, but use your judgement too

Sometimes best practices avoid past mistakes, and sometimes they create new ones

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