Blamestorming

So, let’s recap the sequence of events: The Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale accidentally republishes a six-year-old news story about the bankruptcy of UAL. It wasn’t on the home page, but instead buried somewhere inside the web site. Google’s news crawler (an automated thing, remember) finds the story and incorporates it as part of its…

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Myth vs. reality: Wireless SSIDs

Do you ever wonder sometimes how it is that some ideas just won’t die? Like the thought that not broadcasting your wireless network’s SSID will somehow make you more secure? This is a myth that needs to be forcibly dragged out behind the woodshed, strangled until it wheezes its last labored breath, then shot several…

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Bogus Microsoft sweepstakes emails

Over the past month I’ve received at least three enquiries from people asking about the legitimacy of emails claiming the recipients have won large amounts of money in a Microsoft sweepstakes or lottery — often 500,000 British pounds. This is an easy question to answer: they’re fake. Recently, someone forwarded me the email. Let’s examine some…

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Bugged Canadian coin story is...wait for it...BOGUS!

Surely you’ve heard, too many times by now, about the radio transmitters “discovered” in some Canadian coins. From the moment I first read about it, the steamy stench of pasture patties loomed large in the air. I watched in amazement as the story grew and the apparent credibility so many “journalists” ascribed to it! Well, the United…

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iPods spread disease?

Well well. Looks like a few new iPod owners are getting infected when they attach their players to their computers. I’ll quote the first paragraph from Apple’s web site: We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract…

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Must be a slow news day: reporter writes 100% crap

Imagine my surprise to read that Microsoft is removing NAP from Windows Vista! Does this guy actually get paid money to write this drivel? The particular folks quoted in the article all have their own agendas, of course. News flash: we aren’t dropping NAP. It’s in the product now, we’re actually running it on part of…

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Security in Windows Vista 64-bit

By now, many of you have heard us speak about or have read our writings on the improved security capabilities of Windows Vista. As I’ve said at a number of events now, the research I’ve done into these capabilities has convinced me that enterprises should seriously consider Vista upgrades. This OS is really gonna make…

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File under: "You've got to be kidding!"

Today I upgraded the brain on my i-mate K-JAM. Which, of course, requires a hard reset, meaning that I get to spend a relaxing day re-installing and configuring all my applications. Usually when I do this (too frequently, it seems) I browse around for new and improved software. While perusing www.pocketgear.com for updated travel-related software, I stumbled…

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What motivates a journalist?

OK, I have to unload a burden here. I often interact with the tech press in various places throughout the world. I’ve had wonderful, productive meetings with many fine journalists. New Zealand and Malaysia particularly stand out in my memory. However, a thing has happened today that, while not affecting my relationships with individual journalists,…

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New site at the top of my favorites list

You know, stupid security abounds. I just discovered this site today, and I plan to become a regular visitor — and probably a contributor, too! I encourage you to explore it and enjoy. Oh, some advice: it probably would be unwise to read an offline archived version of this site on an airplane. 🙂 Stupid…

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