1/11/2007

RoughlyDrafted: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone

Filed under: — menk @ 4:43 pm

Particularly in light of the recent release of the iPhone from Apple the blogosphere and the media world is abuzz with speculation. Most of the press is solid and essentially predicts that the iPhone is a world changing device. The minority (but a vocal one at that) is naysayers that are nit picking the iPhones features, capabilities and selection of Cingular as a network provider to try to support the position that the product will fail.

I subscribe to the position that the iPhone is revolutionary and is an indicator that Apple will bring this forward as a platform with huge adoption by the masses as a result.

When I tire of reading the thin and cursory analysis presented by most of the Apple and Apple related technology ‘pundits’, I often rehome my browser to www.roughlydrafted.com a blog authored by Daniel Eran a consultant and technical writer in San Francisco CA. He is insightful and well written and most importantly his analysis is well thought out and referenced.

In the area of the iPhone faults, Daniel has written a piece called the Ten Myths of the iPhone. It is well worth reading. I refer you there and suspect that after you read this and a few of his other works roughlydrafted will be on your regular Internet stops for well constructed technical articles.

Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone

Beware the Universal Man-in-the-Middle Phishing Kit

Filed under: — menk @ 2:34 pm

The “Universal Man-in-the-Middle Phishing Kit” may sound humourous but it is far from it. This toolkit recently found online by RSA Security fraud detection personnel allows fraud perpetrators to set up an attack that can net your passwords and personal info.

Using this framework toolkit criminals can fairly easily set up a site online that essentially screenscrapes a legitimate site like your bank. When you click on a bogus link you might find in an e-mail you go to the site that in fact looks and acts just like the actual banking site. Your data is captured when you authenticate and interact with the site.

The perps are getting more sophisticated so as they used to say on ‘Hill Street Blues’ - “Be careful out there!”

27B Stroke 6 Universal Man-in-the-Middle Phishing Kit

1/2/2007

Liberals - Hot Air Donations

Filed under: — menk @ 1:35 pm

A recently published book (Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism) by Arthur Brooks, professor of public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University is causing a stir. The analysis in the book suggest that while self categorized Liberals talk about how much they care about others self professed conservatives actually give of themselves and their money to better humanity. In fact, the research suggests that at all income levels and regardless of ethnicity conservatives tend to step up and contribute while the liberals tend to be the most vocal and at the same time contribute little to nothing.

A review of the book in the Wall Street Journal is insightful stating: “our era’s common sense of the matter — that the political left is more compassionate than the political right, and that America is a remarkably ungenerous nation by world standards — is demonstrably inaccurate. In fact, Sen. John Edwards’s repeated claim that there are ‘two Americas’ turns out to be correct but misstated: The line of separation runs most saliently not between the haves and have-nots but between the gives and the give-nots, between those Americans who respond to social needs with their own money and time and those who do not.”

The book’s data analysis demonstrates that “Conservative households give 30% more to charity than liberal households. … perhaps most interesting of all, in states in which George W. Bush got more than 60% of the 2004 vote, charitable giving averaged 3.5% of income, as compared with states in which Mr. Bush got less than 40% of the vote, in which the giving averaged a mere 1.9% of income.”

It should come as no surprise that social conservatives with their belief in responsibility of the individual and desire for smaller government would take it upon themselves to donate time and money while the liberals believing that corporations and Government should shoulder all the responsibility for the world’s ills would walk away muttering about creating yet another entitlement that wealthy taxpayers could finance.

You can read the Wall Street Journal review of the book online at the Maxwell School site (or online at Wall Street Journal Online if you are a subscriber)

This book should be mandatory reading for your favorite outspoken liberal. It just goes to show you that “Talk is cheap”

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