Category Archives: General

A short history of airport security

A short history of airport security: We screen for guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. We confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, so they put explosives in their sneakers. We screen footwear, so they try to use liquids. We confiscate liquids, so they put PETN bombs in their underwear. We roll out full-body scanners, even though they wouldn’t have caught the Underwear Bomber, so they put a bomb in a printer cartridge. We ban printer cartridges over 16 ounces — the level of magical thinking here is amazing — and they’re going to do something else.

Bruce Schneir via A Waste of Money and Time – Room for Debate –


I should have done this a while ago, but I’ve moved my blog over to Blogtown NZ, which is the free, blogging site that I run. It didn’t really make sense that I was self-hosting my own blog while encouraging others to host their blogs with us on Blogtown.

I’m still using my own domain name through the use of the domain mapping feature, which is one of the benefits of becoming a Blogtown NZ supporter, so all previous links should still work. The WordPress export and import feature made it pretty easy to migrate my old posts and comments into the new blog.

Apple Tablet Not Using Intel

If this is to believed, that’s one of my predictions come true (though not a difficult one)

With production time of its Tablet approaching, Apple has been making its final decisions on which components will go into the device, which is due out in March. Unfortunately for Intel, it didn’t make the cut, says Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar, based on conversations with Apple’s design manufacturing partners.

There has been speculation that Intel’s new generation of Atom chips was in the running for the slot, but Apple ultimately chose a processor developed by P A Semi, a chip shop Apple acquired two years ago, according to another analyst familiar with the so-called build plan.

via Exclusive: Apple Tablet Has No Intel Inside | Technology | Financial Articles & Investing News |

Facebook’s iPhone App Syncs Contacts

The push notifications aren’t really a big deal for me, as I get email alerts for the notifications which I want from Facebook. But the contact-syncing feature is extremely useful, and if you sync your iPhone contacts to another source (in my case Google Apps) you’ll have consistent information there too.

And Push Notifications aren’t the only new feature of 3.1. There is also a new way to sync your Facebook friends with your iPhone’s address book. This includes replacing contact photos. Pretty nifty.

via Facebook’s iPhone App Finally Gets Push Notifications, Contact Syncing .

Microsoft Aren't Announcing Courier at CES

Sounds like Microsoft will be revealing a fairly standard HP tablet/convertible notebook at CES. That’s a shame…

As much as BoomTown likes a good computer tablet faceoff, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will not be whipping out the secret “Courier” slate PC, which the company has been noodling on, in his keynote speech opening the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tonight. Instead, he will be showing off a new Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) slate that runs Microsoft (MSFT) software.

via No Microsoft “Courier” Slate PC at Steve Ballmer CES Keynote | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD.