You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Friday, August 7, 2009

SaaS replacing the OS?

I just saw a press release from a company claiming that their SaaS solution "Makes the OS Obsolete!".

Remember back in the mid-90s when the thin-client 'NC' (network computer I think it was called) was going to take the world by storm? Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A must-attend show for technology professionals

If you give presentations at work, for clients, at conferences or seminars, or you just want to become a better presenter overall you have to check out a show that's coming to my hometown in October called PowerPoint Live.

I haven't attended any of their previous shows but I purchased their handouts and presentation content from last year's show and it's great stuff. Now, this year, I'm going to force myself to actually learn their material by attending the show!

If you happen to be in/around A-town, Rick Altman and company are offering two-for-one pricing for Atlanta businesses if you register at this link.

Check it out...hope to see you there!

Bob Varsha and I

I know, this is more of a Facebook-type post but since I don't hang out there too much I thought I'd post it here. Here's a pic of me and Bob Varsha - the voice of Formula 1, Barrett-Jackson Auctions, etc. on the SPEED channel. I met him at a motorsports event here in Atlanta recently. Really nice guy. For you NFL fans, that's Michael Jenkins of the Atlanta Falcons peeking over my shoulder who shares the same high-performance driving addiction I do.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why you need to read privacy policies

In case you haven't heard, apparently our Imperial Federal Government was at it again with their recent draconian privacy policy on the Cash for Clunkers web site. Here's a snippet of the policy:

"Any or all uses of this system, any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DOT, and law enforcement personnel as well as all authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign. By using this system, the user consents to such interception, monitoring, recording, copying, auditing, inspecting and disclosure at the discretion of CARS or the DOT personnel."

I wonder how many internal security policies were violated when employees accepted these terms!!

Apparently these terms have been removed.

I know some of you think I'm crazy talking about all this Big Government nonsense...but just look at what's happening this very day in America and then compare it to what our Founding Fathers intended. So many people in this country have their heads in the sand just like so many business leaders do when it comes to information security.

Here's a link to a video snippet with more details on the privacy policy issue:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/08/04/update_cash_for_clunkers_privacy_message_changes.html