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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Money market mayhem sees return of pump-and-dump scams
Symantec have identified the comeback of a form of spam designed to entice traders into greedy gains (whatever next…?). There is a link to Symantec’s August intelligence report, but as a rule of thumb: if it looks too good to be true, guess what…? Read it, here.

Why major IT projects are more likely to fail than any others
Horror stories abound about large IT projects; this article puts some facts and figures into the mix. Suggestions are made to address this – for the umpteenth time as they seem to be routinely ignored. Read about some eye-wateringly wasteful spending, here.

Steve Jobs quits as Apple chief
I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the retirement of the gentleman whose company was responsible for the proliferation (or infliction) of mobile ‘devices’. Whether it will be ‘business as usual’ in his absence remains to be seen. Read the story, here.

Understanding the laws of the land
Thought provoking blog about the slippery subject of security and integrity of data stored in the cloud. It concludes, very sensibly, with the recommendation that all concerned need to consider the implications and communicate the conclusions. Read it, here.

And finally…
Diggers and social media: A match made in heaven
File this under ‘you couldn’t make it up’. I’m really not convinced that watching battling diggers was among the prominent reasons for the creation of t’internet. Wonder about the quality of Finnish pastimes, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

IBM produces first ‘brain chips’
IBM announces technology that apparently mimics the functioning of brain cells. And, unsurprisingly, the military have thrown money their way. Click here to decide whether this is ‘magic’, blatant reductionism or the brave new world.

Browser plug-ins still easy target thanks to poor updating
Reports finds potentially serious vulnerabilities exposed on PCs by plug-ins. Discipline, it would appear, needs to be developed to ensure PCs are up to date. Read the story, here.

Microsoft asks for feedback on Windows 8
Microsoft are developing a new operating system to replace Windows 7; the rather conservatively titled ‘Windows 8’. They are asking for feedback from users with regard to functionality and usability. Read the report, here.

On the 20th Anniversary of Linux, Creator Linus Torvalds Speaks
Interesting blog entry containing an interview with Linus Torvalds, father of Linux. There’s nothing to ‘hold the front pages’ but it pleasantly wastes a couple of minutes. Lose those 2 minutes, here.

And finally
Baldness calculator can tell if and when baldness will strike
Fantastic: once again technology has been harnessed to appeal to the vanity of men. Speaking from a personal position of extreme weakness in this field, I’m not sure that warnings of imminent slapheadery are a good idea. Decide for yourself, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Era of the PC ‘coming to a close’
News of the impending extinction of the PC has been greatly exaggerated but the IT terrain has changed. People are accessing information in all sorts of ways away from their desks. Read the BBC op-ed, here.

UK law is proving adaptable to tech-assisted crime, but is blocking social media going too far?
In the wake of the disorder in some English towns and cities this week, Computer Weekly muse about the impact on the law as it pertains to IT. The conclusion reached (sensibly) is that social media didn’t force people onto the streets to relieve a store of a telly or new hoodie, and last time I checked incitement was a crime anyway. Read the story, here.

Microsoft offers credit note for BPOS outage
Those customers using the precursor to Office 365 couldn’t access their online services last week. This resulted in Microsoft offering a 25% discount and presumably a fervent hope that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Read about it, here.

China Hit by Nearly 500K Trojans in 2010 With U.S. As Largest Culprit
In a bizarre reversal, the US is being blamed for attacking China rather than vice versa. I’m sure the Chinese are not squeaky clean but, as the story points out, everyone’s at it. Read more, here.

And finally…
I predict a riot of misjudged press releases
Blog about the restraint of marketeers jumping on the ‘riot bandwagon’. Having said that, in an era of mass disorder, you need to ensure the stability of your messaging environment so give Domain Technologies a call. Proceed in an orderly fashion to the story, here.

Categories: News, News digest

Data lifecycle Mis-management

There are basically 2 types of case study: one concentrates on what you should do and the other focuses on what you shouldn’t. In terms of News International’s data management behaviour, this is strictly located in the latter. The story as it currently stands is a little vague, but it is reasonable to assume that some of the details will come to light over the coming weeks and months.

It appears that News International had an archive of its emails: a very sensible policy, particularly for an organisation that is at the cutting edge of journalism and may have to justify and evidence its actions at short notice. This counts for nothing unless the data contained within the archive is managed properly.

This seems to be key point in this story. Archiving is of no use from a compliance perspective unless proper data lifecycle management is followed. Data management should be a dynamic process: from the time an email enters the organisation to the point of deletion, it should be carefully managed within a highly visible process. Deletions should occur (if at all) after a number of years as dictated by the compliance and regulatory needs of the industry, not at the whim of an individual.

Do we know for a fact that something dodgy or illegal was going on when someone in News International demanded the mass deletion of emails? Certainly not, but the suspicion of a crime could have been averted by simply following best practice in data lifecycle management. It’s not as though News Int haven’t got enough to worry about at the moment…

Read the current state of affairs from the BBC, here.

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Axe The NHS Patient Care Scheme, MPs Demand
The Public Accounts Committee from the House of Commons are deeply unimpressed by the lack of success of the NHS IT upgrade. Unusually, it identifies the culprits, as they see it. Read an excellent overview, here.

Surrey County Council tech refresh has saved £70m says IT head 
Council illustrating how savings can be achieved by allowing technological development to drive organisational change. New ways of working including collaboration are facilitated by this consolidation exercise. Read the story, here.

Microsoft puts up $250,000 reward for new security ideas 
Microsoft launches a competition aimed at improving the security of their products. Seems like a pretty efficient use of resources rather than blundering through a cumbersome internal process. Read it, here.

Operating System Selection
Interesting blog entry about how to go about choosing your operating system. It’s a good summary of the sorts of considerations to be made for the decision: to open-source or not? Make your mind up, here.

And finally…
Microsoft’s ‘Data Furnace’ warms businesses to cloud computing
It’s an intuitively sensible idea: servers create unnecesary heat and some people get a bit chilly during the winter. Weave the two together and, kerching, you have solution (of sorts). Read the story, here.

Categories: News, News digest
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