Some sections of the information security industry are finally realising that their whole approach is failing society, but fixing things will require a human touch.
—ZDNet security blogger Stilgherrian
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- The end of ownership: The zero-marginal-cost economy
Society is undergoing tremendous change right now — those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand. The sharing and collaboration practices of the internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, LendingClub), music services (Spotify) and even software development (Linux, Drupal).
While the consumer “sharing economy” gives us a taste of what it’s like to live in a world where we own less, perhaps there’s an equally powerful message for the business community. Using collaboration, companies are dramatically reducing the production cost of their goods or services.—Dries Buytaert at the NextWeb
- How to Properly Clean All Your Gadgets Without Ruining Them
No matter how clean a house you keep, your computers and gadgets are bound to get a little dirty here and there. Here’s what you need to clean them, and how to do it without hurting them—Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker
- Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years
Hackers may have the upper hand for years as the retail industry slowly upgrades its systems—Jeremy Kirk at ComputerWorld
- Why you don’t need long, complex passwords
These days, hackers steal passwords wholesale, not one by one, which is why you can ignore outdated password practices—Roger Grimes at InfoWorld
- Forget coffee, Starbucks is a tech company
People think Starbucks is a coffee company. But every restaurant sells coffee. What makes Starbucks unique is technology—At ComputerWorld, Mike Elgan makes a case for calling Starbucks a tech company.
Source: Rob Cottingham
People keep predicting the death of email. Social networks are killing it, they say. Or text messaging is replacing it or spam makes it useless or the young disdain it. The death predictions go on and on.
At The Atlantic, Alexis C. Madrigal is having none of this. In an article, Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet, he says the funeral announcements are all wrong:
Yet, despite all the prognosticators predicting it will—choose the violence level of your metaphor—go out of style, be put out to pasture, or taken out back and shot, email grinds on.
He goes on to write:
Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices.
Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled “web we lost.” It’s an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.
In my circles, email is certainly alive and well. How about you? Have texting, social sites, or something else replaced email?