Monthly Archives: May 2011

10 tips to keeping your data safe

My career centres around enterprise level data protection, to the point that I wrote a book about it, and maintain a blog about it. I’m not talking security and anti-virus, though I have a typical paranoid IT person’s awareness of these items – I’m talking backing up and (if necessary) recovering your data. Sometimes, once… Read More »

eBook Stores: Please tell me they'll get better

Daring Fireball linked this morning to an Amazon report stating that their Kindle eBook sales are now eclipsing their paperback sales. I find this to be disturbing for one simple reason: none of the eBook retailers deserve this sort of sales. In fact, rewarded with it, they’ll probably make minimal efforts to improve their browsing… Read More »

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Tuesday May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, otherwise known as IDAHO. I am proud of my sexuality, and refuse to accept that homophobia and transphobia have a place in a civil, caring society. The rank stench of homophobia still wafts into society on a daily basis, regardless of the country or the… Read More »

Goodbye, Alice in Wonderland

So goodbye Alice in Wonderland Goodbye yellow brick road There is a difference between dreaming and pretending I did not find paradise It was only a reflection of my lonely mind wanting What’s been missing in my life – Jewel, “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland” We now have a house to go to in Melbourne, and… Read More »

A fitting punishment

Remember how the RIAA used to want exorbitantly large fines per single song ‘stolen’ by file-sharers? Sometimes they’d ask for $1000 per song, sometimes they’d ask for tens of thousands per song. It would be a fitting, karmic punishment if Sony were fined the same amount per end user whose details were stolen in the… Read More »

Product Review – Apple Magic Trackpad

  I’ve been using the Apple Magic Trackpad since October 2010; it had already been out for a few months, and I was vacillating as to whether I’d get one or not. Sure, it looked nice, but I was already using the Magic Mouse (the most superb mouse I’ve ever used, I might add), I… Read More »

Reflections on the killing of Bin Laden

Much has already been said on the killing of Bin Laden, and I don’t want to go into September 11, the merits of the war in Afghanistan or the history of the man himself. The interesting question that comes out here is the ethics of state-sponsored killing. I’m a pacifist, and firmly believe that the… Read More »