Sorry, dad, security isn't what it used to be

Sorry, dad, security isn't what it used to be

It's tempting to understand data encryption in terms of locks and other physical metaphors, but the digital world is completely different

05/31/16

Hey, Internet domain overlords, stop playing games

Hey, Internet domain overlords, stop playing games

Internet domain maintenance shouldn't have to be such a pain in the ass

05/23/16

The end of Apple? The early signs may be in

The end of Apple? The early signs may be in

We seem to be heading toward a post-Microsoft, post-Apple world -- and that’s OK

05/16/16

We can repair email -- but it’s going to hurt

We can repair email -- but it’s going to hurt

The major service providers have the power to fix email, but it will break many other servers in the process

05/09/16

Messaging apps must come together

Messaging apps must come together

Internet messaging has broken the rule of universal communication standards, and it needs to be fixed

05/02/16

Why email hasn’t killed the fax

Why email hasn’t killed the fax

We should have had a suitable alternative to the fax long ago, but email failed

04/25/16

Encryption laws should think global, not local

Encryption laws should think global, not local

Internet standards aren't bound by geography, and they won’t bend to local absurdities like the Burr-Feinstein bill

04/18/16

Hit 'em where it hurts: Panama Papers, politicians, and encryption

Hit 'em where it hurts: Panama Papers, politicians, and encryption

The Panama Papers may be exactly the breach we needed to convince our shortsighted leaders of the folly of encryption backdoors

04/11/16

Learn to question your questions in IT

Learn to question your questions in IT

Recognizing what you don't know is deceptively difficult, but it's often the difference between project success and failure

03/28/16

Death by a thousand updates

Death by a thousand updates

Rapid release cycles for operating systems and devices are worse than counterproductive

03/21/16

Fight, Apple, fight: Don’t let the feds kill our security

Fight, Apple, fight: Don’t let the feds kill our security

We either have strong encryption and unassailable digital privacy, or we have total madness

03/14/16

Why IT tasks take as long as they take

Why IT tasks take as long as they take

An hour or a week? For technical work, estimating the time required is the eternal challenge

03/07/16

Gigabits matter: Techies must spread tech literacy

Gigabits matter: Techies must spread tech literacy

Even successful, well-educated people can be taken in by fantastical stats and numbers. That's where our techie knowledge comes in

02/29/16

Beware of one-click, fuss-free application stacks

Beware of one-click, fuss-free application stacks

Prebuilt stacks offer a handy shortcut, but sometimes the shortcut leads to a longer journey

02/22/16

On-demand streaming is up, so ISPs must drag it down

On-demand streaming is up, so ISPs must drag it down

The future of television is streamed content, but we must overcome massive industry inertia first

02/08/16

Prepare now for the death of Flash and Java plug-ins

Prepare now for the death of Flash and Java plug-ins

Countless IT admin tools depend on these technologies. Do you have a plan to keep yours working?

02/01/16

Accidental sharing -- the plague of the always-connected era

Accidental sharing -- the plague of the always-connected era

In the age of social media, it’s not necessarily in a company’s best interests to provide clear and concise controls over information access

01/25/16

Hardcore computing: The nitty-gritty of embedded systems

Hardcore computing: The nitty-gritty of embedded systems

Want an in-depth, hands-on view of computing? Take a trip to the wild side with embedded systems

01/18/16

It's time for browsers to separate professional from personal

It's time for browsers to separate professional from personal

To keep personal and work-related browsing separate, wouldn’t it be handy to run isolated instances of a single browser?

01/11/16

Tech tremors: 5 bumps to brace for in the year ahead

Tech tremors: 5 bumps to brace for in the year ahead

If you thought 2015 was full of tossing and turning, wait until 2016 hits

01/04/16

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