Ben Tasker's Blog

Have a Happy New Year!

As 2011 draws to a close, it feels there's very little left for me to say but Have a Happy New Year!

2011 was the year that Steve Jobs died, News of The World was exposed, SOPA was conceived and many, many other events transpired. As ever though, I suspect most of us will forget the happenings of 2011 once we've had a few drinks tonight and will simply hope that 2012 is the year that finally moves things forward for each and every one of us.

Have a great New Year, I'll be back in 2012 and I hope you will too!

Do We Take Security and Safety for Granted?

The latest set of SCADA related exploits has set my brain wondering about the systems we assume are safe. Some have basic security checks, and some have none so are we taking the security of these systems for granted?

My brain sometimes wanders to some interesting places, and I thought it may be interesting to pursue these a little further, despite the tiny likelihood of them actually occurring in real life (the point of course being, it may be unlikely, but they could!)

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The Difficulties of Anonymity Online

Quite some time ago, I wrote a piece questioning whether Anonymity will ever be impossible online. At the time I concluded that it would always be possible, what I didn't touch upon is something highlighted recently - the huge amount of trust you need to place in others to actually achieve anonymity.

This post looks at the mistakes that can be made, as well as where true anonymity is not always necessary.

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BUGGER is back online

It's taken a lot longer than planned (you know what they say about builders houses? Its the same for devs!) but my Project Management system is back online!

It's actually not fully completed, but the public facing aspects are finished enough to begin using. The code's still quite messy, but it's safe and means I can go back to managing projects more effectively.

I've not built the 'home pages' functionality, so for the time being the Project Summary pages will fulfil this role (just as they did in older versions).

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Making the Move to Chrome

I've been avoiding upgrading my browser for a while, but the time has come - I've been running Firefox 3.6.18 for longer than is necessarily wise and it's really beginning to creak. Slowly but surely, Firefox has been eating more and more memory and taking longer and longer to do what I need it to.

I avoided Firefox 4.0 thanks to their decision to follow Chrome in buggering the user interface, and had been dreading changing.

But it looks like Firefox and I will be parting ways, despite my concerns about Google's view on Privacy Chrome does seem to be the way forward for me

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