InformIT :: John Traenkenschuh latest blogs from John Traenkenschuh on InformITen-usBlog :: 2001: A Space Odyssey<p>As 2015 winds down to a close, I reflect on what 2015 brought IT.</p>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Time<p>Why Grandfather clocks? &nbsp;What links are there between IT and clock movements?</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Hide N Seek: A Game I Do Not Want To Play<p>New Mac OS X Means New Tricks...</p>Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 10: All That & A Bag of Chips<p>Wow, who abducted our Windows 10 assumptions and left this smooth running and easy-to-use Operating System in their place?</p>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Is Windows 10 Enough: Not Missing Much<p>It's time to consider the foibles of Laptop Life...<br /> </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Is Windows 10 Enough: Fiddley Bits, Dodgy Design, & Woeful Ergonomics! Oh My!<p>And now, let us remember the great advances of a world gone tablet...</p>Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Is Windows 10 Enough: The Mobile Fails, Part III<p>I have several types of mobile devices, both low-cost Android tablets and iPads and smartphones of all types and vendors. Maybe you've discovered problems similar to these I list? </p>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Is Windows 10 Enough: The Potential Market, Part II<p>Smartphones on sale! Heavily discounted! Get a smartphone free with your dataplan two-year contract! And an order of fries!!</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Is Windows 10 Enough: The Cloud, Part I<p>The Cloud is mighty! &nbsp;All Hail the Cloud, The Slayer of PCs!</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 10: Is It Enough?<p>Windows 8 was envisioned as a desktop OS capable of fighting the consumers' fling with Tablets. Now that the war is against Tablets AND PC's, can Windows 10 draw consumers to it?</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: I Have Windows 10: Now What?<p>Do you have Windows 10? &nbsp;What do you think of it? Is the Desktop metaphor dead? Have you found a machine that is tablet and laptop enough to be fun and productive?</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Wow, Set Me Up, specials, specials! &nbsp;<div><br /> </div>Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Time to Start Looking...<p>Traenk returns to some true love work--teaching and learning and VB...</p>Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Ready or not!<p><br /> </p>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Use the Unix, Luke!<p>Too often, Mac OS X users are bound and gagged by the Graphical User Interface Apple provides. &nbsp;Not So Traenk...</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Please make my job easier<p>Traenk mulls over his ethical hacking job and remote access technologies. Does user convenience make unseen threats more real?<br /> </p>Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Info-Saturation!<p>Feeling overwhelmed by all the reading you must do?&nbsp; Struggling to condense all the messages you must write?&nbsp; Maybe writing is the growing problem?<br /> </p>Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Thank You,!<p>No matter what the need, few security organizations are as dedicated to helping us InfoSec Pros as SANS.<br /> </p>Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: The Enemy Within<p>Long ago, Traenk read about new attacks, attacks modeled after biological attacks.&nbsp; Those were viruses; what new comes?<br /> </p>Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Leap second--Are You Ready?<p>Two Grandfather clocks--what can you do with those?&nbsp; How high-tech are those?</p>Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT :: Well Played, Microsoft, Well Played<p>Microsoft has always found support for its platforms by providing an excellent development IDE.&nbsp; Now, that IDE is free, in most circumstances.<br /> </p>Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Free Visual Studio?<p>Just got notice that Microsoft is making a full-featured version of Visual Studio available--for free.&nbsp; Traenk is happy.<br /> </p>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Risk Management Versus Vulnerability Analysis<p>Vulnerability Analysis is deceptively easy. Security Red Teaming requires more than that.<br /> </p>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Thank you for catching up, iPhone and others much actual technical progress are we making in today's mobile technology?<br /> <br /> <p />Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Which new phone is best?<p>How do you evaluate the many new mobile device choices?<br /> </p>Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: 1830 wasn't so long ago<p>My family and I had a meal in Pigeon Forge, in an old mill building that's quite old, in an area settled in 1830.&nbsp; Walking in with a MacBook Pro certainly seemed odd to some, but no one noticed my phone offering tethering rights.&nbsp; And so it was that I posted a blog in a building that dated back 160 or more years ago.</p>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: I’m ready, but the United State’s infrastructure is not.<p>I&rsquo;m outside the Cades Cove visitor&rsquo;s center, hearing acoustical instruments like bangos and hammered dulcimers play.&nbsp; I have my MacBook Pro, alive&mdash;charged and ready.&nbsp; My phone is charged and ready and has a tethering plan, just begging to be used.<br /> <br /> I am signal-less.<br /> </p>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 9 When?<p>Traenk is looking forward to Windows 9:&nbsp; Here's Why.<br /> </p>Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: How Long?<p>Traenk kept his Windows system from the Internet, from even starting, for some 45 days.&nbsp; A lot can de-evolve in 45 days...&nbsp; Honestly, how long does it take before your system becomes very vulnerable and how long must we wait for new Windows components?&nbsp; Will Windows 9 fix the issues?<br /> </p>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Ethical Hacker<p>It's time to take back the term hacker from the wanna-be's...</p>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: What would it take to sell you this Surface Pro 3 today?<p>Traenk wonders, what would it take to get someone to buy a Surface Pro 3?<br /> </p>Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Gone with the passwords<p>How much can Digital Cryptography do?<br /> </p>Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: OpenSSL: More Problems. Again.<p>Traenk wonders what's missing in the OpenSSL message.<br /> </p>Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Everything You've Heard is True<p>With TrueCrypt in the Crypt of its own making, what is the True story?<br /> </p>Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Human Telematics II<p>Are you using a Jawbone UP or the Fitbit?&nbsp; Useful?&nbsp; Traenk weighs in on his experiences.<br /> </p>Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Heartbleed? You're too late.<p>Traenk offers a friendly reminder that this is shape of things to come...<br /> </p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Spot the Hacker (Part I)<p>Traenk wonders aloud at the changing face of Security--and Hacking.</p>Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: My iMovie is here, and it looks great!<p>Traenk just downloaded his pre-purchased book on iMovie.&nbsp; Is a book on an 'easy' app like iMovie needed?&nbsp; <br /> </p> <p>Yes.<br /> </p>Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Human Telematics v2<p>What is Data Leakage, any way?&nbsp; Why is it now such a big problem?</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: Should You Share Your Fitness Information?<p>Whether using a Fitbit or Jawbone UP, many are recording their fitness information and sending the changes to the Cloud.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT :: It was 20 years ago today: Data Migration Strategy II your information ready for the next 20 years?&nbsp; Traenk gives more information on what you must understand when creating a Data Migration Strategy, something all organizations, businesses, and people must create.<br /> <br />Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: And the People were Heard<p>Traenk's not out on a limb when complaining about Windows 8.&nbsp; Today, let's discuss options...<br /> </p>Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: What is your data migration strategy?<p>Traenk wonders how we should manage our data when so many formats come and go so rapidly.<br /> </p>Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: New Operating System Upgrades--And the winner is . . .<p>Traenk recently upgraded to the free Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks updates.&nbsp; Which of the two was the better, more effortless upgrade?<br /> </p>Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Email Compromised; What Now?<p>What is your response plan for your email being compromised?<br /> </p>Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 9 Final Ideas<p>So many principles introduced in these Windows 9 blogs now appear in Windows and Surface advertising.&nbsp; We are not alone, we Windows users who want Microsoft to take Windows to the next level... <br /> </p>Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: More Compelling Windows 9 Features post little more than harsh criticism of Microsoft's Metro Interface in Windows 8.&nbsp; Traenk thinks there is a middle path that can get people talking about the powerful Operating System instead of the interface.&nbsp; <br /> <br />Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Compelling Windows 9 features<p>Traenk is tired of everyone else diagnosing Windows 8 problems and remedies.&nbsp; It's time to envision a new Windows strategy and feature set that embraces everything Windows has been and what it can be.&nbsp; Because this lofty a thesis takes so many words, stayed tuned to this Blog channel for follow-on pieces.&nbsp; Extra points will be given to the best comments and retorts offered by you, the Readers...<br /> </p>Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: I'm done playing; can I have my real computer back?<p>Tablet, schmablet.&nbsp; It's time to have a real computer available...</p> <p><br /> </p>Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Computer Service is Car Service Part 2<p>Eastern Tennessee is a long and lonely land, now made all that much lonelier as I tried to determine whether I should pull over and try to get help.&nbsp; Was that a wolf I just heard howling???<br /> </p>Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Computer Service is Car Service Part 1<p>Remember the good ol' days when fixing a car's electrical system meant changing a fuse?<br /> </p>Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Computer Service is Car Service Part 3<p>If cars are little more than a computer, does that mean they are as hackable as any Windows or Mac OSX or Android system?<br /> </p>Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: If a person steals a car and calls it Research?<p>Computer law is difficult to understand.&nbsp; Failure to understand may get you in a lot of trouble.</p>Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: In the Nook of time... is the Nook such a rockin' little platform?&nbsp; What qualities does it have that delight and amaze?<br />Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Fake ID's--40 Years later<p>What is it about official looking documents that mislead too many, too easily???</p>Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Java--Then and Now<p>Traenk muses over security features versus security readiness...</p> <p><br /> </p>Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Google Wallet? For a motorhome?<p>Yes.&nbsp; I want to buy your motorhome with Google Wallet.&nbsp; Not.<br /> </p>Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: How do you respond to shutting down a botnet?<p>Traenk wonders about shutting down botnets...<br /> </p>Sun, 09 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Bring IT; I'm ready<p>Introduction</p>Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Back on facebook--or is he?<p>Traenk, or somebody like him, is back on facebook.<br /> </p>Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Bricks and Mortar--Still Compelling<p>A trip to the local Best Buy is like a trip down memory lane. <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: You can check out, but you cannot easily leave...<p>DEactivating your facebook account only disables it.&nbsp; Traenk now wants to go the extra step.</p> <p>Traenk wants to DELETE his account and all its data?&nbsp; Why would he want to do that?&nbsp; What kind of special processing does that take?&nbsp; Read on, and see what issues await you if you decide to do the same.</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: Why we have current problems<p>Traenk reviews some background to security problems in financial systems.<br /> </p>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: You have deactivated your facebook account<p>I'm sorry, Traenk; I cannot allow you to do that.</p> <p><br /> </p>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT :: It's now a true race...<p>Pearson's announcement of support for the Nook eReader is very strategic.</p> <p />Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Warm Kindling<p>What? Traenk buys a Kindle?&nbsp; <br /> </p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Want a Happy Holiday? Spend it with Donald Knuth...<p>Traenk thinks back on all the great ideas and times he's had reading the excellent series, &quot;The Art of Computer Programming.&quot;</p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Hacking and Attacks and Now What???<p>Many people are entranced by vulnerabilities but fail to see the ultimate vulnerability.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Security Street Smarts<p>Online banking, shopping from your armchair, and computer-initiated loans are leaving people more vulnerable to theft.&nbsp; Traenk discloses a new series in this blog.<br /> </p>Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Sandy Aftermath<p>You can find more information on obsolete mayan calendars than you can find evidence of people practicing the most basic business resumption planning, Traenk finds.</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: I'm not supposed to like Windows 8.<p>I'm not supposed to like it, oh no.</p> <p>Who thought Windows 8 might be useful, possibly fun?&nbsp; Traenk's confused...</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 8: The Best Is Yet To Come?<p>Windows 8 seems an exercise in frustration.&nbsp; Traenk wonders if there is more coming...&nbsp; <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 11 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Want to Help?<p>Traenk announces the beginning work on the Windows Security Corner<br /> </p>Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: What Have I Got To Lose?<p>Traenk has done it again...</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 8: Are You Interested?<p>What a product introduction...<br /> </p>Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Responsible disclosure software vulnerabilities be revealed before a vendor is able to respond to these, with patches or other mitigations?<br /> <br />Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Learning is Learning<p>Traenk muses over the links between IT and art.&nbsp; Stick around!&nbsp; There is a link! <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Cheating Vegas and Cheating America<p>Have you watched the show, &quot;Cheating Vegas&quot;?&nbsp; What do you think of criminals high-tech sophistication?</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 08 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Ready for your Win 8 Experience?<p>Traenk is ready, willing, able, and clueless about his coming Windows 8 experience<br /> </p>Sat, 08 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Now you tell me...<p>facebook is creating a second virtual life of its own...&nbsp; Now you tell me!</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: GAO viz. EPA<p>Some people complain the U.S. Government can do more to promote security.&nbsp; The GAO report suggests improvements are being made where they are needed most.</p> <p><br /> </p>Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Libre Office Update<p>Libre Office musings:&nbsp; Is this what we've been waiting for?</p> <p />Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: It's not as complex as we might think<p>Do you think social media use is all that difficult?</p>Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: It is time to support and less to debate<p>Traenk muses over past governmental security efforts.&nbsp; They are PAST, right?</p> <p />Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: How good are your products? The Internet Knows!!!<p>In this series of blogs, Traenk discusses the Internet's influence on our daily lives.&nbsp; If you know resources he fails to mention, respond below.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Changes to an otherwise normal life<p>In what ways has the Internet driven change in your lives?&nbsp; </p> <p />Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Coming back, coming back home<p>After a year spent 'roughing it' with alternate vendor technologies, Traenk is returning to his Microsoft home.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: What Apple and Every Apple Support Professional Must Do<p>The Flashback attack is a sign of more to come.&nbsp; Are you prepared to see your Apple computer (or those you support) as functional UNIX devices that require special skills?</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Information Technology Musings...<p>Surprise!&nbsp; Students are returning to IT as a career.&nbsp; Are they ready?&nbsp; Are you ready as a long-term IT worker for your new colleagues?</p> <p><br /> </p>Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Flashbacks On Your Mac? you live under a rock, by now, you should have learned about the Flashback trojan that has compromised over 600,000 Apple computers.<br /> <br /> Care to learn what you can do?&nbsp; Read on...<br /> <br /> <br />Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Post-PC Era--Really???<p>The much hyped iPad 3 introduction leaves Traenk a bit bored.</p> <p><br /> </p>Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Commodities<p>What are the security implications of Operating Systems being reduced to container commodities that live to give applications life support? <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Through the Looking Glass...<p>There are so many predictive yearly reports on security activities.&nbsp; Their size ranges from a dozen pages to more than a hundred.&nbsp; What do leading security vendors and experts think are likely security trends?</p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: SOPA, PIPA, & NOD<p>Whether you supported or disputed SOPA or PIPA doesn't matter.&nbsp; What matters is the story behind the story.</p> <p><br /> </p>Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Just thinking: Risk and Innovation and Governance and Security would the world be without the Model T?&nbsp; Traenk reflects on a century of innovation and our own risk management strategies.<br /> <br /> <br />Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: 2012 Predictions: Big Brother Seems Smaller + Piranha Attacks<p>In the conclusion to Traenk's series of 2012 predictions, he wonders about the impact of so many technologies and trends.</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: 2012: I Think I Am Whom?<p>As part of his 2012 Predictions, Traenk takes on tough Authentication issues</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: 2012: It's the end of the world and we know it<p>Time for Traenk's New Year Predictions.</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day of the Expanding Man... 2012 Predictions<p>Steely Dan's &quot;Aja&quot; is more than a top-notch album; it is a harbinger of what is to come to us in IT-Land.</p> <p><br /> </p>Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Is It Really Here?<p>Traenk wonders if our journey to a useable Desktop/Workstation Linux is truly over.<br /> </p>Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: iPad Accessories Bought Dirt Cheap<p>Where&nbsp; Is the best place to&nbsp; buy iPad accessories?&nbsp; Probably where you least expect to find them maybe...&nbsp; All treat &amp;&amp; no tricks.</p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Dennis Ritchie--May He Rest in Peace... to Remember a True Computing Pioneer...<br /> <br /> <br />Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Remembering Steve Jobs...<p>Everyone else is waxing poetic on Steve Job's Life Accomplishments.&nbsp; We should too.<br /> </p>Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Linux Workstation--Where are you???<p>Traenk wonders what happened to all those promises of Linux and Open-Source goodness eclipsing the Evil Empire...</p> <p><br /> </p>Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: I like ThinApp as a Way to Contain Stupid App Installations<p>Installing applications on Windows is difficult.&nbsp; Older apps make that difficulty painful.<br /> </p>Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: ThinApp: Applying a Thin Wrapper<p>Traenk encourages all of us to explore the ThinApp application wrapper...</p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: The Ghost in the Machine<p>Traenk challenges himself to peer more deeply into the darkness to see the Ghosts in the Machine...</p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: VMware's Thinapp gives Big Benefits<p>Need to sandbox existing parts of your technical infrastructure?&nbsp; ThinApp offers interesting possibilities...</p> <p><br /> </p>Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 07 31 The Weak InSecurity: Comglomerates, Attacks, and Minutia do you mean?&nbsp; My Information is Mine, right?<br /> <br /> <br />Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Who watches the Watchers?<p>Traenk updates us on his Linked-In Research<br /> </p>Sat, 30 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: What it will be<p>I'm flustered at all the attention paid to the procurement of miracle tools.&nbsp; Security Vendor consolidation is still continuing, and the money made is large.&nbsp; Will these purchases prevent the next big hack?<br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Data is Code, and Data--Code IT security principles routinely tossed aside--story at 11.<br /> <br />Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: What is a sandbox and why do you want one?<p>Increasingly, browsers and other utilities advertise their 'sandbox' abilities.&nbsp; You want these!</p> <p><br /> </p>Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 06 18 The Weak InSecurity: Bad Tradedowns<p>Will you be buying a Chromebook to achieve Security Nirvana?&nbsp; Will you sell me your Macbook or PC system cheap, now that you're convinced it is beyond your rescue?</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 06 12 The Weak InSecurity<p>Is the PC Life worth keeping?&nbsp; I think it is, IF we can find ways to bridge inexperienced untrained users with technical architectures that rival mainframes from two decades ago.</p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 06 05: The Weak InSecurity; One in 20 of you readers is a real loser... Bad is the Malware problem?&nbsp; Microsoft has the answers.<br />Sun, 05 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: You're kidding me, right?<p>So many automobile hacks, and still, the manufacturers DON'T GET IT!<br /> </p>Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Time to change the old worn out artifacts of your online Life...<p>Passwords are like toothbrushes:&nbsp; they mustn't be shared easily, too widely; kept in circulation too long; or made easily accessible to outsiders.<br /> </p>Thu, 12 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 05 08 The Weak InSecurity<p>Security and risk are assuming new faces this week.<br /> </p>Sun, 08 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Something Wicked This Way Comes<p>With so many friend's email accounts hacked, Traenk asks, &quot;When was the last time YOU changed your password?&quot;<br /> </p>Tue, 03 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 04 23 The Weak InSecurity<p>Huh?&nbsp; What a week!</p> <p><br /> </p>Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: 2011 April 11 - The Weak InSecurity<p>Flush your last Flash and get ready for a more SecurID<br /> </p>Sat, 16 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: What happened to the Pocket PC?<p>Windows CE is a tough computer to outfit!</p>Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: The weak in Security<p>What an usual week!</p>Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: $100 Buys a lot of Mobile Workstation likes his CVS acquistion, his implementation of slash-and-burn computing<br />Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Chrome Dome you tried Chrome?<br />Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows Security Improvements is still upset by his recent dive into Windows security.&nbsp; So much more was promised when the merger of Windows 9x and NT lines was announced, so long ago. <br /> <br /> <p />Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Technology Butlers<p>Traenk wants to know how much faster we can become more sustainable, using fewer resources, with an application of common technology.<br /> <br /> </p>Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Are You An ISP or Phone Carrier?<p>After installing an Android update to his phone, Traenk wonders aloud what p2p really means.<br /> </p>Sat, 26 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Will This Work?<p>Traenk adds a $99 Mobile gadget to the stable of gear.&nbsp; Can it input blogs as his Android phone cannot???</p> <p />Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Are You Sick Yet Well Enough to Know IT?<p>Is it a cold?&nbsp; If so, when will it end?&nbsp; <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Mobile Platforms: Safe or Risky?<p>Traenk is tired of anti-mobile rhetoric, noting that risks come with all computing formats.<br /> </p>Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: IT Misfits IT generation comes of age, but that's an uncomfortable realization for some.<br /> <br /> <br />Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Releasing the Hounds of War addresses left at the scenes of multiple crimes indicate that some countries are attacking others!<br /> <br />Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Smart ways to hack a smartphone increasingly bridge the gap between once isolated phones and PCs.&nbsp; This means they now get to have PC-hacking mud slung onto them.<br /> <br />Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: There's a new Highway in our land...<p>Part of the fun of living in a rural state like Illinois is visiting its smaller towns.&nbsp; These are now attaching slowly to a massive super-highway snaking through this land.<br /> </p>Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: What's Google know about you that you don't?<p>Researching via a good search engine can be like opening a new Johari Window...<br /> </p>Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: What's your life's details worth to you?<p>Traenk struggles through&nbsp;musing on his information and its worth.</p>Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT :: Worthy Security Goal<p>Some security risks cannot be mitigated with technical means only.&nbsp; Maybe a new approach is needed?</p>Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Application 'shielding'<p>The current IT application playground is full of sandboxes and all the security goodness they bring. Now that others recognize the security benefits of virtualization, what's next?</p>Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: what you are missing...<p>People often ask me why I research the least determined and most emergent, most innovative of technologies.&nbsp; That's how I roll--beat the best by showing the path to the technologies most applicable to businesses in a wild scramble to derive benefit from IT mashups...&nbsp; Keep up, if you can...</p>Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...<p>Sometimes the line between life and I.T. Life blurs into a murky gradient.</p>Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: It must work more simply than this<p>I like My Sync, My Zune, and My Windows Media Player.&nbsp; I just wish they worked together better...</p>Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Misty water-color memories<p>How much state information is available on your system?</p>Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: There are no secrets III<p>In IT many assume our settings are secret, but each tool shrieks announcements that hackers can hear...</p>Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: There are no secrets II<p>After the discussion on client configurations betraying your infrastructure choices, my talk with Sim Pul Simon (my corrected spelling) turned to other server examples.</p>Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: There are no secrets...<p>People sometimes think that their security vunerabilities are 'secret'.&nbsp; They act as if no hacker can sense just how vunerable they are.&nbsp; This is foolish wishing</p>Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Complexity Kills<p>&quot;Complexity sucks the life out of users, developers and IT. Complexity makes products difficult to plan, build, test and use. Complexity introduces security challenges. Complexity causes administrator frustration.&quot; </p>Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: The security big picture<p>Security research organizations are posting fascinating security reports that put together all the loose pieces to the puzzle.</p>Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Great Leaders<p>Far too often we bemoan the pointy-haired bosses while never remembering those few bosses who both inspire and encourage</p>Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: I Am The Cloud Vendor! Koo Koo Kachew!<p>Having performed a barely passable job of securing consumer grade data, many vendors now announce themselves as 'Cloud Vendors'. Prepare to be underwhelmed...</p>Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: What's the real truth?<p>It's a question, a simple question, a question that deserves a simple answer, yet still I wait...</p>Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Did You Know 4.0<p>There's an old video on You Tube that purports to be a true indicator of massive world changes.&nbsp; What do you think of it?</p>Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: For the Summer...<p>It's amazing how many songs, how many major events are recorded as Summer events.&nbsp; How will the summer of 2010 be remembered?</p>Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: How Long?<p>John is in shock as the Apple Juggernaut rolls forward.&nbsp; How long before Win Mobile gets the respect it deserves?</p>Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: 50 times in a minute<p>What happens fifty times each minute?</p>Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: How much is your FaceBook account worth?<p>1.5 Million Facebook accounts are being sold.&nbsp; How much is yours worth?</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Tenent 4: Storing Data? The 90's called...<p>The 90's called and they want their store-data-live-on-a-PC strategy back</p>Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Slash & Burn Computing Tenent 3: Separate browsing from other work<p>So much Drive-By Malware, so much to protect...</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Slash & Burn Computing Tenent Number 2: Staying Online Persistently Is like Buying a House in a Bad Neighborhood<p>Staying Online Persistently is like Buying a House in a Bad Neighborhood; You gotta assume at least one successful break in--when you're not looking.</p>Mon, 05 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Slash & Burn Computing Tenent I: Anything Internet is Similar to Sharing a Toothbrush<p>Today's computing experience is full of risks, with patches and security software moving too slowly to keep up.&nbsp; Cruising the Internet is like sharing a toothbrush with a tobacco chewer; you never know what you'll wind up getting out of the deal.</p>Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Traenk's new Security Design: Slash & Burn<p>With so many new exploits among so many utilities announced, what is a boy to do???</p>Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Guess who isn't abusing our public information?<p>How much of your&nbsp;information do you allow others to review?</p>Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Just how much compter do you really need?<p>Patch Patch and Patch Some More!&nbsp; Not!</p>Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Two Tier Fortressing<p>What can a trained security specialist provide; as much as your organization needs?</p>Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Ba-ack!<p>It shutdown as mysteriously as it came back earlier.&nbsp; The TX, once dead, is now back</p>Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Who can it be now?<p>The Google attack teaches many lessons.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Steps You Might Take to Keep Your Laptop Running<p>It's an old HP tx1000 to you, but to me, it's a cool machine that's worthy of a second life.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Good News; Surprising News<p>Why does the CISSP certification continue to thrill me?</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Windows 7: Status Update at Month 1<p>So far, Win 7 has pulled an old laptop from the ashes.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: You know me--Right???<p>How can I prove to a high school chum just who I am?</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: So Far So Good<p>So far, Win 7 is making a thoroughbred of what has been a plough mule laptop</p>Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Win 7, something to talk about.<p>How well does Win 7 accomodate truly junktacular gear?</p>Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Out with the Old; In with the New<p>Time to think through last year's work and this year's goals</p>Sun, 03 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT :: Facebook does an About Face--of sorts<p>Have you tuned your Facebook privacy settings yet?&nbsp; How's that working out for you?</p>Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Sharing Information Can Bring a Share of Problems<p>Do you really want coworkers to drag you into their own plans, thanks to social networking?</p>Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave<p>Much like the line from the song, &quot;Hotel California&quot;, Traenk finds out that membership with key Internet II sites is eternal...</p>Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Social Networking--Or Else!<p>Having De-Tweeted, it's time to go further</p>Sun, 06 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: DeTwitting-UnSocial Networking Redux<p>What happens when you snip strings to others or refuse to be your own Greek Chorus to your Life's happenings?</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Predictions and Predilections<p>Leaves are down; harvest is in, for the most part.&nbsp; Another year comes rushing up to us.&nbsp; What will it bring?</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Social Networking for the Anti-Socialites<p>How would Scrooge handle today's emphasis on social networking?</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Out of Sight<p>Must data be live for you to Live?</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Great password information at a small price<p>Where can cash-strapped security pro's get great information on security basics??</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part IV<p>Graphical User Interfaces were important.&nbsp; So was cost control.&nbsp; Just what must an OS be?</p>Wed, 27 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part III<p>Having witnessed the PC revolution, Traenk pauses to reflect on the GUI world...</p>Wed, 27 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part V<p>It's been a long while since you had a chance to be excited about a new version of an 'old' OS.&nbsp; Now is your chance.</p>Wed, 27 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part II<p>In the last blog in this series, Traenk relates his first experiences with computers and with coding.&nbsp; But now, some years have passed. . .</p>Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Embedded finesse<p>What's need for Embedded Wave II</p>Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part I<p>Traenk relates his past experience with Operating Systems that goes back 25 years, ok, more than that but he ain't tellin'</p>Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Casting Out Daemons<p>It's a new computer, and it's also a chance to try out a new vendor.</p>Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Step 1: Legislation<p>Not sure how we've associated improved and secure coding practice with legislation?</p>Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Approaching People Versus Technical Approaches: More 2009 Security Predictions<p>Traenk loves computers and technologies.&nbsp; He loves to be a Technical Editor for books.&nbsp; But his views towards security seem to be straying from the Technical to the Personal.</p>Sat, 10 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Are Intrusion Studies Worth the Money? Still more 2009 predictions<p>There are dozens of security vulnerability scanning tools.&nbsp; Increasingly security analysts take great pains to emphasize their hacking skills.&nbsp; Companies pay out great money to find if they are 'vulnerable'.&nbsp; And in the middle of this, Traenk wonders what the point is to the exercise.</p>Sat, 10 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: 2009 Security Predictions: Part II<p>It's that time of year to see what security developments and surprises are waiting for us in 2009</p>Sun, 04 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: Browser Password Managers<p>While exploring Chrome as a browser, I stumbled onto some excellent Browser Password Manager criteria and an online test that helps you assess your browser's security</p>Sun, 04 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT :: 2009 Info Security Predictions: Part I<p>Traenk ruminates over what's likely to hit security professionals in the coming year.</p>Sun, 28 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Year End Ideas<p>It's that time of year for bold proclamations and year-end housekeeping</p>Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: This Internet Thing! It's so Invasive!<p>New ISP = New Challenges and Worries</p>Sun, 14 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Another semester done: Lessons Learned for me<p>I teach a Visual Basic .Net class at the local university.&nbsp; Today, I am tired because this was one special class.</p>Sun, 14 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Embedded Woes part II<p>The growing linkage of embedded controllers to the Internet may provide special risks to our lives.&nbsp; These controllers exist in automobiles, appliances, specialized electronics.&nbsp; What are likely to be some of those special risks that may occur?</p>Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Duty-Loaf designs and Security<p>Security isn't found in what you've bought or what patches are applied.&nbsp; It's in the process design.</p>Sat, 15 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: The People Side<p>Cisco has sponsored some excellent research on the People Side of Security</p>Sat, 15 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Embedded Security Woes: Part 1<p>What <em>are</em> the coming woes as the embedded world is increasingly linked to public networks like the Internet?</p>Sun, 26 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: NICE Security Site<p>You really need to add this to y0ur stack of security web links:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Learn Silverlight during Lunch<p>There's a lot of new technology to learn.&nbsp; What's Microsoft doing for you, the technology innovator who's got lots of learning but way too little time???</p>Sun, 12 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Zune has finally arrived...None too soon<p>The latest Zune software and the Zune Marketplace (and the general death of DRM musicfication) have upped the Zune Joy Factor</p>Sun, 12 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Nice features in Visual Studio 2008<p>The class is going well, and this semester's gang is really doing well with Visual Studio 2008</p>Sat, 04 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: More Embedded Basics<p>All of us developers are being pulled into the embedded world.&nbsp; What's that mean?</p>Sat, 04 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Embedded? We don't need no stinkin' embedded devices<p>Traenk is learning about embedded devices, and it is a confusing world to someone more comfortable with full-featured computers.</p>Mon, 01 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: The case for embedded anything<p>As the need more more pervasive, more secure embedded designs grows, JT offers a series of blogs on the embedded world</p>Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: One for All or All for one purpose?<p>What are your thoughts on those all in one boxes?&nbsp; </p>Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: New sparks for a smokin' good time<p>You're a geek, a new-ground finder in the IT woods.&nbsp; What's waiting for you, and to be sure, what are you waiting for?</p>Sun, 03 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Appliances Equal Ready-Made Security Risks<p>What does Embedded really mean?</p>Sun, 27 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Vrtually Impossible<p>Virtualizing Sloppy Practice Makes Security Virtually Impossible</p>Sun, 20 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Hacking as a Service (HaaS)<p>Remember stories of teens munching Doritos while making off with all your data?&nbsp; Those days of innocence are long gone.</p>Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Gary McGraw Does IT Again<p>Good books by Gary McGraw predict today's security issues again.</p>Wed, 09 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: P2P Piloting Your Car<p>Will the coming computerization of our appliances and vehicles be implemented securely? </p>Wed, 09 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Computer Welt<p>John, maybe like Dustin Sullivan, wonders if those who bring embedded systems are ready</p>Sat, 28 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Old technology and Nostalgia<p>John wonders what to do with yesterday's dreams and how to implement Green IT at home</p>Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Monitoring versus Privacy Rights?<p>Is there any right to privacy?&nbsp; Do modern monitoring systems go to far or not far enough?</p>Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Independence from Clunky, Kludgy Forms of Input<p>Put a Fork in me, I'm Done!</p>Sun, 22 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMT :: Need help from InformIT Readers<p>Need advice finding a portable Digital Recorder for my motorcycle rides</p>Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:22:37 GMT :: guard your CISSP status<p>New procedures at (ISC)2 may foster your mistake</p>Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:10:07 GMT :: Application security--the new unknown<p>I've been reading and enjoying Gary McGraw's three books on application security.&nbsp; Each and all is a phenomenal read.&nbsp; [And worth buying...Won't loan mine]</p>Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:44:19 GMT :: Where is the computer?<p>Take a look around you.&nbsp; Can you spot the computer in your apartment, in your living room?</p> <p />Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:35:32 GMT :: Hack a Mac: New Pressures @ CanSecWest<p>I wrote this a few months ago.&nbsp; Now that the Mac crumbled in 2 minutes during the Pwn to Own contest at CanSecWest, the ideas are especially important</p>Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:29:52 GMT :: Marcus Ranum has engaging security postings<p>Do you like's postings?&nbsp; Marcus provides a humor with a security bent.</p>Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:13:01 GMT :: MVP again, with work, and Visual Studio 2008 Traenkenschuh writes about the continuing improvements made to Visual Basic...<br />Wed, 16 Jan 2008 21:40:14 GMT :: Physical security is Information Security predict the eventual merging of Physical Security and Information Security fields.&nbsp; That may not be a bad thing?<br />Wed, 16 Jan 2008 21:22:59 GMT :: 2008 Security predictions think 2008 will be a real year of change for the Security Practitioner and Security field.<br />Wed, 02 Jan 2008 22:07:13 GMT :: Compact Irony<p>Have you studied the articles regarding the iPhone?&nbsp; Who knew a mobile device could inflict such damage?&nbsp; You did, of course...</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2007 09:30:49 GMT :: Giving Back: Act II<p> </p> <p>Center for Internet Security Benchmark is Done!</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2007 09:14:58 GMT :: Closed goes Open? IS the real impact to the .Net Framework source code being available to developers?<br />Sat, 06 Oct 2007 11:51:06 GMT :: Giving Back<p>Anyone can complain about firewall security.&nbsp; Maybe you can do something about it?<br /> </p>Sat, 06 Oct 2007 11:39:50 GMT :: Open Source Security<p>I like Open Source, but I don't like vendors who munge versions or who don't update their code quickly enough.&nbsp; That said, can't you type 'make'?</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:15:30 GMT :: Are Certifications Worth It?<p>You scan the available certifications and wonder, &quot;Are They Really Worth the Trouble?&quot;</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2007 23:33:08 GMT :: VB goodies<p>VB .Net Free Learning Tools</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2007 23:15:28 GMT