Wow, I know I have been remiss in posting a new blog in the last few months, but a whirl-wind of activity has kept me well occupied. Now I am awash in Topics to write about, and I don’t know where to start.
Here are some of the more recent tech-centric headlines: HeartBleed, FBI says NO Internet Explorer, XP now Retired, Target Hacked, New Microsoft CEO, Facebook ‘Friend Tracker’. Now I have already talked about a couple of these topics over the last year, and I would love to talk about the rest of them right now, but that is not what this blog is about. At least, not today.
You may have noticed that all of the above-mentioned headlines are also links that will take you to that story. [THE LINKING OF DATA IS THE REAL POWER OF WEB PAGES!] But you may not have notices that all the links come from only 3 different web sites.
All of us have to get our information from somewhere; The Bible, Network News, Holy Writings, Newspapers, Radio, Television, this Blog, the Onion, College Humor, and so on… As a Professional, I regard myself as a seeker of VERIFIABLE data, so that I can pass it along to my customers as a value added service and so I can best serve them in using technology. It is because of this that I MUST have reputable sources to draw upon. So when I need trusted information, here are some of my go-to sources, in no particular order:
[PSST, don't tell anyone else, they might not call me for help anymore]
Krebs on Security – “Brian Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring more than 1,300 blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of stories for washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post newspaper, including eight front-page stories in the dead-tree edition and a Post Magazine cover piece on botnet operators. He was recently profiled in The New York Times, Business Week and by Poynter.org.” – (stolen from the Author’s own website)
INFOPACKETS – “Established in 2001, Infopackets features the latest in headline news based on MS Windows, Internet, and technology trends. Subscription to our website is free.”
REDMOND MAGAZINE – “We provide news, in-depth analysis, and hands-on information for IT directors, managers, developers, administrators and partners in the Microsoft community. Visit us on the Web for original, high quality content: CertCities.com, MCPmag.com, MSDNmagazine.com, RCPmag.com, RedDevNews.com, Redmondmag.com, RedmondReport.com, TechNetMagazine.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com.”
INFRAGARD – OK, while I admit that privacy is VERY high on my list of priorities, the FBI is a great source of community support for electronic threats to our Internet safety. “InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.” – Arizona Infragard Website
And My Favorite – Windows Secrets – “The Windows Secrets Newsletter began with the merger in July 2004 of two high-tech e-mail newsletters: Brian’s Buzz on Windows, edited by Brian Livingston beginning February 2003, and Woody’s Windows Watch, founded by Woody Leonhard in 1998. The two publications merged on July 22, 2004, and began using the domain name WindowsSecrets.com. Brian’s 50,000 subscribers joined Woody’s 100,000-strong list to form a combined, unduplicated subscriber base of about 140,000.”