Has the Web/Net created a greater sense of unease in us all? Virus infection, spam attacks and identity theft are the consequences of the lack of security of the internetworked computer. We're now so brainwashed to the risk that something could happen every time you connect to the net that safety is now an invaluable promise for the consumer. Is the trend with locked down devices like the iPhone (a product born of fashion and fear) one that will see a future of fewer applications that aren't centrally controlled and authorised by the big vendors?
June 2008 Archives
- Full featured software appliance
- Self-managing, self-healing system
- Email and advanced webmail
- Office productivity tools
- Network level firewall, antispam & antivirus protection
- Remote connectivity and VPN
- File and print services
- Central file management
- Automated disk backup
- Disaster recovery
'twhirl is a desktop twitter client, based on the Adobe AIR platform.
Some of twhirl's features:
No its does not solve the problem, it just passes the buck elsewhere. I wonder what the Adobe response to this would be?
"So why are well-paid and well-skilled IT professionals still losing sleep over patching and upgrades, which should be pushed out centrally."
The article then goes on to say that:
'The top irritations were:
1. Password resets
2. E-mail management
3. End-users in general
4. Fixing broken printer and photocopiers
5. Support of remote and mobile working
6. Upgrade cycles and applying patches''
By my reckoning only one of the above fits the non-strategic chore (6) and (4) is a fact of life, all of the others are a result of a poorly implemented strategy - go figure
Peter Day's In Business programme is on the radio, It's all about happiness at work, i.e. businees now want focussed, committed and creative people while people want to work for ethical companies with a good work//life balance. The conclusion is that we're building up inflated expectations about what work can deliver -- all I want is a job :-)
My blogging buddy Ian White has made a bob of two out of consulting. One of his skills is turning complex business issues into understandable graphics (Powerpoint). Sometimes his colouring pallet is ice cream extreme but this useful graphic on Enterprise 2.0 by R. Todd Stephens puts him in the shade. Todd covers off:
- Business drivers for investing in Web 2.0 technology
- The actors or people involved with the effort
- The technologies within the Web 2.0 domain as well as related ones
- The methods of deployment; the how the technologies are being used
- The impact to the employee, the department and the business
- A new UI
- Smaller memory footprint
- New password manager
- New download manager
- New address bar
- Improved security
- Faster engine (they claim to be the fastest browser now)
- and more
Collaboration is not without its challenges particularly when working in a distributed team. Here are a few tips to help. Webworker Daily also has some advice if you work on-line
- Know what is expected of you.
- Stay up to date on what is to be done.
- Start working on the project at the earliest.
- If you have issues, voice them.
- Ask for clarification when in doubt.
- Know and resect your team members.
- Help yourself before you offer to help others.
- Communicate with them regularly.
In the early day of Windows 3.0 I met Bill several times. Once, at a journalist's dinner, he and I both went to the men's room at the same time. While Bill was doing the business I was struggling. To my embarrassment I discovered I had put my boxer shorts on back to front.
"Having trouble with your underwear, Michael?" quipped Bill.
"Not as much trouble as your having with your software," I retorted.
We never spoke again.