Archive for August, 2010


Without Wires…

August 29th, 2010 by SmallPlanetMatt

In the late 1980s (ancient history for technologists), researchers at PARC coined the term ubiquitous computing (UC) to describe a compelling vision about how interconnected devices would enrich our lives in the 21st century.  A demonstration project that PARC hosted a few years later was an intelligent office that could respond to its occupants in […]

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It Takes “U” to Spell Information Security

August 17th, 2010 by SmallPlanetMatt

“What’s Your Mother’s Maiden Name?”  Participants in a social engineering contest at the recent Defcon in Las Vegas probably didn’t ask. But judging from this CNET report, they certainly learned enough to provide the hacker community with the kinds of clues that expose computer networks to attack.  Even after working with a supplier of embedded […]

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Can’t We All Just Get Along

August 9th, 2010 by SmallPlanetMatt

A long time between posts, as several projects in July and a week’s vacation cut into writing time. I also had  chance to tackle my reading backlog, including an article by James Fallows on Google’s relationship with ink on paper journalism. The full read, here in the June issue of The Atlantic, is worth the […]

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