The Stupidity of Panicking over Security Flaws | Life’s Digital Bits

I want you to read this and read it well; Every. Software. Has. Flaws.

Source: The Stupidity of Panicking over Security Flaws | Life’s Digital Bits

 

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Reality check: Your life does not equal mine

Here is an excerpt from a post on my business blog in which I rant about people pushing their technology onto others. You can read the whole post here.

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It really irks me when people tell other people what to buy without asking any questions.

Just as soon as someone posts about a device dying or their contract ending, there’s flurry of “Buy an iPad/iPhone”, “Get a Samsung/HTC/Nexus”. How the hell do you know what someone should buy without asking questions?!?! There are many reasons why a person won’t buy the tech you have. Let me point out just three:

Cost:
To switch between Apple, Android, and/or Windows has a financial impact. Not just on the purchase of the new device but on the repurchase of all the software/apps.

Learning Curve:
Yes, it takes time to learn how to use a new device. There is the learning curve that comes with any switch to a new format or layout…

So, I will suggest rather than tell people what they should buy, you could tell them about your experience with your technology. But, unless you know the person really well AND know about/have experience in the other technologies, do us all a favor and KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT!

The thing is, this applies to not just technology. So many people think that their life is how everyone’s life should be. So the first chance they get, they tell you what you ought to do. “You need a husband/wife.”, “You just gotta buy this expensive thing.”, “Owning a place is the best thing you could do.”, “You should never consider not going Ivy League.”

Blah, blah, blah. They have all the answers to everything because what they have has made their life so perfect. But that’s right. It has made their life perfect. You may not have the credit to own a place. That expensive item may be more than you need. The Ivy Leagues may not be the best place for the major you want to study.

If they ever stop to ask a few questions, they would realize these things. But they won’t. Because they can’t imagine a world that is unlike theirs. Or, they want you to join their world no matter how miserable you will be in it. They are oblivious to the fact that people are different and may want something other than what they have.

So to all those who would love to tell us how we should live our lives: if you don’t care to ask before you assume, then don’t feel offended when we ask you to SHUT YOUR TRAP!.

What I have learned this week

lessons learned

There are people who understand and appreciate me for who I am. I need to remind myself of this during the lonely times.

Continue to do all that you can for what you believe in no matter who gets annoyed

Creating a tech advice personality-like quiz is a lot harder than it first appears to be.

What did you learn this week?

 

 

Be Inspired…

If you have not heard of the TED Talks, then you are missing out on something truly great. Every year the greatest minds in the Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) get together to share their ideas. For those of us who are unable to attend, the talks given are posted on TED’s site. And these are not your run-of-the-mill talks or presentations. Each and every video has an element of genius to it. From Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about education killing creativity, to the explanation of the technology behind the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, to Herbie Hancock’s superb performance; all of it is real genius. Take a look for yourself. There’s plenty to choose from and you won’t be disappointed.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks

Girl Geek… My Story

I’ve always been a tomboy. Sports, action figures, and Legos were much more interesting to me than dolls and stuff animals. Two of my favorite school subjects were Math and Science. I’ve always loved to see how things work but as a kid, I wasn’t allowed to take things apart. So, I had to resort to building things (a homemade flashlight, telescope, etc.) I probably checked out every science fair project book in the school library. So how did I get into technology? Continue reading

That iPod is My Brother

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I’ve read a lot of articles that talk about the difference between digital natives and everyone else. I would like to put forth another idea. There are not two polar opposites in terms of technological comfort. I believe the categories can best be determined by generations.

As we know, the kids of Generation Y are the digital natives. They have grown up in a world where digital is a household word. They have very little (if any at all) memory of not having a computer in the home, not having cable TV, not having CDs and such. As many others have pointed out, they are very comfortable with being plugged in all the time. Either to the internet, to their iPod, their handheld game, their cellphone. They are fine with being continuously available to the world.

On the other end of the spectrum we have the digital immigrants, the Baby Boomers. Many have computers in the home but use it as a tool similar to a screwdriver or hammer. It’s a means to an end. They use it to send emails, to balance accounts, to view pictures. They still prefer using a landline to talk rather than the internet or cellphone. Quite a few have become tech savvy and can use the tools but have trouble with the underlying concepts; web emails are stored on a web server and not on your computer. They also do not have a need to be plugged in at all. It’s not uncommon for them to wait weeks before checking their emails and very few have text messaging included in their cellular plan. Continue reading