X-mas update

If your wondering what to do this x-mas, with nothing worth watching on the TV. After you’ve unwrapped the presents and eaten the turkey, you could always update your computer. With a public beta available for Vista, some 40 patches from Apple released on monday, plus a selection of patches for Exchange, Sql and even a service pack 3 for XP released on friday (21st) there is something for everyone this Christmas.

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X-mas update

Data Security

Following the loss of 2 disks containing Customs and Revenue records of 25 million people including names, dates of birth, bank and address detail, there has been quite a lot in the press about all sorts of changes to the law to protect this data. This is quite confusing as an IT manager i thought that the Data protection Act already covered all of this data. and that the data should have been encrypted at the very least. I believe that if it had been a private company that lost the data they would have been in a lot more bother. I haven’t heard any mention of the police being called in to investigate (although they called to help find the missing disks) or criminal charges being pressed.

What is more disturbing is that recent survey by SafeBoot (admittedly they are a supplier of mobile data encryption tools so they may be a little biased) showed that nearly 80% of public sector employees ignored their own data security policies and carry out insecure data practices. The survey also found that nearly 50% of private sector employees admitted to ignoring their data security policies.

Another survey this time by Orthus (another security service provider i know) found that 1/3 of data security leaks were down to IT staff.

Data Security

Lost in the mail?

I received an email from Apple yesterday congratulating me on passing the Apple Certified Technical Co-ordinator exam….nothing unusual about that you may think, but for the fact I took the exam in 2002 or there abouts.

In the old days of snail mail a letter could fall of a machine in the sorting office or be left in the bottom of a forgotten mail sack somewhere, until someone found and delivered it year later. But in these days of high speed internet connections you can’t use that old excuse.

My guess would be that take up for the certification of technicians for the new Apple Leopard (10.5) Os which launch late October is a little slow, and that they mailed their whole database the same old standard letter reguardless of when they passed.

Come on guy’s you can do better than that!

Lost in the mail?

Google Adword associations

While surfing Microsoft Evangalist Steve lamb’s blog, I had to have a little laugh. Steve uses Clustrmaps to show where visitors to his blog come from geographically, this in turn displays Google ad words. Adwords had obviously mistaken his surname ‘Lamb’, for Lamb as in the meat and was displaying links to Lamb recipes and supermarkets selling lamb etc. Makes you wonder what other wierd and wonderful associations they might mistakenly come up with doesn’t it.

Google Adword associations