Why Digital Security is a trade-off

Digital security is a trade-off. If securing digital data were the only concern a business had, users would have no control over their own computing environment at all – the Web would be forbidden territory; every disk drive would be welded shut. That doesn’t happen, of course, because workers also need the flexibility to communicate with one another and with the outside world.

The current compromise between security and flexibility is a sort of intranet-plus-firewall sandbox, where the IT department sets the security policies that workers live within. This allows workers a measure of freedom and flexibility while giving their companies heightened security.

That was the idea, anyway. In practice, the sandbox model is broken. Some of the problem is technological, of course, but most of the problem is human. The model is broken because the IT department isn’t rewarded for helping workers do new things, like finally passing the N.Y. Regents exam or studying for an advanced degree, but for keeping existing things from breaking. Workers who want to do new things are slowly taking control of networking, and this movement toward decentralized control cannot be reversed.

Blook, doing it right next time

How should a fiction writer use the web? Should I limit myself to the plain text? There are powerful reasons to do so. Art thrives in boundaries. A communication needs a channel that both the writer and reader can understand. In a way, boundaries are a common comfort zone.

When these limits are breached, the readers are not really sure of what’s going on, nor the writers. I don’t think anybody is yet sure of what this whole online fiction writing would turn out to be; if it finally turns out to be something.

Cinema, before Eisenstein and Chaplin, was not meant to be an art. Just an amusement for the less cultivated. I believe online fiction writing is passing through the same process; only more complicated. You could use a blog, a newsgroup, a wiki, twitter, a social engine or even combine all those resources together. And then there are text, photographs, video, interactivity, links, comments…

Best! Week! Ever!

NOT.

I said to my dentist back on Wednesday that so far my week had felt like a week of Monday’s. I’m still echoing those sentiments. But I gotta pause for the cause here and give shout out’s to Chris and Anne, who are responsible for two of the few bright spots to shine on me this week.

Anne sent me rockin’ mixed CD’s that have been on constant repeat since they arrived and Chris sent me not one but four mixed CD’s and an awesome looking book that I can’t wait to dive into. Thanks, guys…your timing is spot on.

So. Week of Mondays, The Recap:

Monday:

Still feeling a bit gypped about the quaint 3-bedroom bungalow that in reality has two bedrooms and is caving in, I start to get mighty discouraged about the whole house buying/selling process and wonder what the hell we thought we were doing putting our house up for sale now we’ll soon be in the dead of winter period.

You Have 995 Days Left

On December 4, I began the “101 things in 1001 days” challenge – so far so good although I just remember I skipped breakfast and that’s one of my things not to do… I’m just gonna pick a few out and say why I’m doing them, and hopefully, you can share some of your “things”.

Do more volunteer work Right now I am involved in helping people prepare for the GED test, I do chat with them and answer emails once a week when they have questions about their educational challenges. But I want to do more, I would like to increase my work with Covcell.com and be active at least 3-4 times a week.

Spend 3 hours a day with my mom for 365 days (0/365) – I live with my parents so seeing my mom isn’t a problem, spending time with her is. Sometimes I forget that my dad works nights and isn’t downstairs keeping her company, so while I sit up here procrastinating to the best of my ability, she’s downstairs on her own.

Study like Descartes, 4 easy ways to understand it all.

So, who was this René Descartes guy?

Oh, just one of the boys who invented science.

Hmm… so his method gotta be hard, serious stuff, just look at that face. I think I’ll pass.

Fear not my young apprentice, they are only four simple rules anybody can use. One of the good things about René is that he believed good sense was available to all. Anybody can become a scientist, just by thinking the right way.

Rule 1: Do not accept anything as true, unless you have no doubts about it. In other words, make sure you have understood everything. Now, if you haven’t, then note down your doubts.

Rule 2: Split those doubts up in as many simple parts as possible. For example, let’s suppose you have trouble making sense of the following paragraph of the US Constitution:

Chronic Morning Headaches and Sleep Posture

A headache is not the most ideal sensation to experience, but if a sufficient ruckus is somewhere nearby you are almost guaranteed to feel a slight pulsating in your head. Headache remedies can range from taking some over the counter medications to applying a cold compress to your head.

Even a discounted Hitachi magic wand massager or similar oscillating massager can provide for effective relief. In most cases, these are more than sufficient to quell the discomfort. However, someone who suffers from chronic headache might not be fully satisfied with these suggestions.

Waking up every morning to a headache can be incredibly frustrating, for the sole reason that you can’t recall anything you may have done to trigger the symptoms. As far as you’re concerned, you may have had a very low key day without any particular irregularities.

Learn to Crawl Before You Learn to Fly

Trying to write in advance about my first half marathon this Sunday is kind difficult to do. On one hand, the good old fashioned rail trail turkey trot isn’t going to end in me getting electrocuted and face planting in a pile of mud, or even scaling 16.5 miles of mountains for four hours.

On the other hand I am nowhere near being one of those dedicated inspiring runners who train hard for half marathons, no matter what their current skill level is.

I kind of fall into that category of, I know I can cover the distance, I have a rough idea of how I’m probably going to fare time wise, now let’s go outside and do something fun with a big group of people who share that love. No matter how it ends, I get a t-shirt, and my long run for the week is done.

Work/Life Balance

I have been taking a course on entrepreneurship via Coursera over the past couple days (side note, really cool website with hundreds of online classes for free in a wide range of topics) and it has mostly served as a support group for the things I already feel as a business owner. I find myself saying “amen!” and waving my arms around saying “this! this!” at a majority of the lectures.

Something that has resonated greatly to me is this over all theme that when you take on your own business endeavor, work/life balance is just a cute concept that nobody really cares about.

I squeezed in a nice ten miler on my birthday for my monthly virtual race goal, I had a quiet birthday dinner with my in laws as I ducked out of work for a few hours…

Stupid Book Titles


I was innocently browsing along Amazon.com today when it struck me how many dumb book titles there are. Here I’ll share with you a handful of the bizarre books I found:

1. Book #1: Cheese Problems Solved

This book Cheese Problems Solved is a must-have for anyone who faces chronic problems with cheese. For $249 (no, that’s not a typo) it better solve a heck of a lot more problems than just ones caused by cheese…

2. Book #2: How to Read a Book
At 426 pages, How To Read a Book may not be for beginners or people who have never read before.

Me against the (Exercise) Machine

Within the last 7 years or so, I learned some things about me and exercise. One, I love it. Two, I hate it. There have been many years where I have been addicted to exercise, where I once convince a sales person to give me 3 months of free gym use.

And on the flip side, I have also completely banned it for nearly a year while working at a gym. It has been a roller coaster of finding out the perfect balance (see also my post on running). Here is what I’ve come up with.

If I am going to include working out as part of my daily life then it has to be:

  • convenient
  • simple
  • affordable
  • loving

Convenience is important because, with years of ‘scientific’ research, I have discovered if I can’t walk to the gym- I am not going. It is that simple. I have tried dance classes, swimming pools, looked up great fun activities, but most of the time I ended up dreading the drive, the subway ride, or the extra time it took to get to the class. I would rather just stay still. A gym that is in the neighborhood has always worked the best for me.