Monthly Archives: December 2014

ReCAPTCHA 2.0

In the first half of this year, I noted that ReCAPTCHA was a lot like the “TSA of the Web” – an annoyance that is sometimes necessary to keep bad actors out and good (or, in the case of ReCAPTCHA, … Continue reading

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Whence Bitcoin

Bitcoin – and its focused leveragors and imitators like Ripple – have gained a lot of press and traction. The question that I keep coming back to is, what are they good for? I do not mean this in a cynical … Continue reading

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Where Real and Cyber Warfare Meet

Probably the biggest story of the last few weeks has been the hack of Sony Pictures by North Korea (or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea / DPRK, naming convention courtesy of George Orwell). While hacks happen all of the time, … Continue reading

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The Safe as a Web Server

Safes. They are big, heavy, and make us feel, well, “safe” about our valuables stored inside. Historically, safes were controlled by a series of complex gears that only the correct series, or “combination”, of dials would open. I loved the … Continue reading

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The JPMC Breach Wasn’t About Systems; It Was About People

According to a New York Times article, the major JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) breach was due to a single entry point: a single server in its vast array of servers, one that either has access to confidential data or acts as a gateway … Continue reading

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Timezones, Expats and Doctors

A friend of mine, an extremely talented pulmonary specialist, recently moved to Israel. Like many other expats who like living in one place but working in another, he is commuting. Unlike many others, he is telecommuting…. 6-9,000 miles. Through an interesting … Continue reading

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Will a CISO Board Delta Airlines?

The Internet has been abuzz with the discovery by Dani Grant, a writer at BuzzFeed, that she had found an easy way to explore – and print, and use – lots of boarding passes from Delta, even those for other people and other … Continue reading

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The Hard Thing About Building Platforms

Most products and online services today revolve around four basic actions a user does with valuable data: create read update delete For example, if you are managing a customer in Salesforce.com, you are likely to create a new customer record, read … Continue reading

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Never Fight Your Customers

Message to Keurig: never fight your customers. Where did this come from? You, Mr. or Ms. Entrepreneur, have worked hard, built up a successful business, maybe even sold it out to a larger firm because they saw how much it could … Continue reading

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A Great Product Manager

In yesterday’s article, we discussed what product management is, and why it matters so much to companies. It also is important to early stage companies, who, at least in theory, cannot afford either the extra head count or the founder’s time. … Continue reading

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