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December 31, 2011

Wishes for the New Year

I would like to extend warm wishes to all that read this message.  Whether you come to my blog via a search engine or if you are connected to me via Facebook, Google+, LinkedIN, or Twitter, I appreciate all of you.  Whether you are one of my friends or co-workers that I see in person often, a Facebook friend that I haven't seen in person in 20 years, or a Twitter follower that I've yet to meet in person, you have all added value to my daily life.

May the year 2012 be an amazing one for all of you!

December 30, 2011

QR Code Malware

You might have seen QR Codes affixed to advertisements in magazines or in public spaces.

They look a little something like this:

 Spectrox URL QR code

For the last several years they have been used to quickly transfer URL information, phone numbers and other types of information to people that use smartphones or PDA devices with cameras.  It turns out now that with the success of this format, people have figured ways to subvert the system to send people to malware sites and other unsavory locations.  Dark Reading as a great article on how the system works and what it being done to use it for evil purposes.



December 14, 2011

How to ruin a good thing in three steps

Step 1: Create an innovative product that fills a niche market.


Step 2: Grow it over half a decade.  Make your product fast and fault tolerant.

Step 3: Relaunch it as something else that doesn't resemble the original innovative product.  Have the graphics re-branded for Web 3.0 or whatever iteration we are in now.  Wait for VC money to run out.