The thin line between good and bad automation

The thin line between good and bad automation

Scripts that call scripts that call scripts can lead to very dark places

08/31/15

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

08/24/15

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

08/17/15

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

08/10/15

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?

08/03/15

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

07/27/15

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

07/20/15

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

07/13/15

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

07/06/15

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?

06/29/15

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

06/22/15

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

06/15/15

SourceForge: The end can't come too soon

SourceForge: The end can't come too soon

Don’t look now, but one of the first and largest open-source project hosting services has turned into a zombie

06/08/15

Those maddening, mysterious networking problems

Those maddening, mysterious networking problems

No matter how impossible it seems, there must be a solution -- and we have no choice but to find it

06/01/15

Code injection: A new low for ISPs

Code injection: A new low for ISPs

Beyond underhanded, Comcast and other carriers are inserting their own ads and notifications into their customers’ data streams

05/26/15

The Venom vulnerability: Little details bite back

The Venom vulnerability: Little details bite back

Bad attacks rarely come through the front door -- instead, the old cracks let in the problems

05/18/15

Flexibility vs. complexity: IT's double-edged sword

Flexibility vs. complexity: IT's double-edged sword

Sometimes a fixed path is beneficial, and sometimes you need room to maneuver

05/11/15

Don't get hung up on best practices

Don't get hung up on best practices

When it comes to designing real apps in the real world, best practices aren't always applicable

05/04/15

Disaster averted: The Comcast-TWC merger is dead

Disaster averted: The Comcast-TWC merger is dead

The dreaded mega merger is kaput, but the central problem remains: We need more ISP competition

04/24/15

Users in pre-production? It can work for IT

Users in pre-production? It can work for IT

Granting early access to IT project stakeholders is not always a bad move

04/20/15

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