25 December 2005

To all those who wish well...

To all those who wish well, welcome.

Just a quicky…it’s now officially Christmas day over the continental United States – wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday season, and want to thank all my friends and family for their support and well wishes.


01 December 2005

Boing Boing: No Xmas for Sony protest badge

Anyone who's been keeping up on music or tech news (and beyond) should know about Sony/BMG's questionable use of faulty DRM software on certain CDs in their catalog, and the resulting gaping security holes it left in users' computers. But the movement blogged by boingboing seems like a bit of overkill.

People don't seem to realize that "Sony" is not a monolithic entity with the corporate head having complete control over its multitudinous arms, like some hideous cephalopodic Kraken. In reality, elements like SCE, Sony/BMG, the Vaio line, Sony-Ericcson, etc. operate largely independent from each other, with one division rarely feeding in monetarily or mentally into the other. I'm all for a boycott from Sony/BMG due to their legal and technological missteps which have shown a disdain for their means of income, the consumer. But a boycott of the Sony brand as a whole is going to have little to no effect, and is a largely reactionary tactic which will be hard to sell to the masses at best, and marginalize the intent at worst.

Reading of the Sony Rookit Roundups (Part I, Part II, & Part III) is recommended.

How long...

From my submission to /.:

I'm sure everyone knows the story about the life expectancy of an fresh, unupdated PC once it's connected to the internet, but what about a PC which just hasn't been updated in a while? I've been deployed to Iraq for the last 9 months, and haven't been able to hook up my laptop to the internet to get updates (I do HAVE access, just can't hook up a personal laptop, gov't only). Before I deployed, I would update my software (system, anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware, etc) regularly, but as I get closer to coming back to the states and my broadband connection, I'm beginning to wonder what the life expectancy of my PC will be. What's the lifecycle of a security exploit, hack, virus, etc - between discovery/release, propagation, and extinction (or a state approaching extinction)?