Michael Horowitz wrote his first computer program in 1973 and has been a computer nerd ever since. He spent 20 years working in an IBM mainframe environment as both an application developer and a DB2 DBA. He then spent a few years working in the Research and Development group of a large Wall Street firm. He has also done technical writing and teaching. He is an independent consultant who has long been focused on Defensive Computing. For more see his personal website michaelhorowitz.com. This is a weblog of Michael Horowitz. The opinions expressed here are those of Michael Horowitz and may not represent those of Computerworld.
My last two blogs were about the security offered by Chromebooks, focusing first on traveling, then on running Flash. Here I discuss how easy it is to own a Chromebook. Basically, they require no ongoing care and feeding. Quite revolutionary.
In response to the pathetic report by Richard Engel of NBC about computer security in Russia and the Olympics, I argue that a Chromebook offers the most security possible when visiting enemy territory, wherever that may be. This is not the standard, oft-repeated advice offered by security companies.
Tech support from Windows runs into a Chromebook.
When Windows users download the Adobe PDF Reader they are told that the download is roughly 48MB. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to total hard drive space needed by the Adobe Reader.
Recently routers from Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and others were found to have a huge security flaw. Here I attempt to explain the flaw, show how to test if a router is vulnerable, and offer advice on dealing with a router with a port 32764 problem.
This past Sunday, Leo Laporte was about to say nice things about the Nokia 2520 tablet, but first he tried to explain what it was. It didn't go well. If you are buying a tablet this holiday season, this is a worthwhile read.
A non-techie asks for laptop computer buying advice. My reply is, I suspect, different from most others.
The Defensive Computing approach to buying a NAS hard drive is to go for the fewest possible tickets in the failure lottery.