So at the end of March, I gave a talk at CypherCon in Milwaukee on this. While the title is a bit irreverent, with: When Management Asks You: “Do You Accept Agile As Your Lord and Savior?”, but it comes from multiple discussions with people in the Infosec Field. Too often someone from Senior Management comes in and says that the company or organization is going to apply Agile Methodologies in order to improve performance. But rarely, is this change attempted with change attempted at all levels of management and staff. This means that it’s either up to the Managers to push implementation of specific techniques, such as Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, SaFE or other methodologies with their teams, with very limited input or acceptance from staff. Or someone from the staff has been assigned the position of Scrum Master and it’s their responsibility to implement these changes within their team, with little input or acceptance from their direct Manager or Management as a whole. This leads to constant failures that have lead to quotes like “Agile is dead”, “Agile doesn’t work”.Continue reading
DevOps – The Four Types of Work – Part 2
So after my initial post, I decided to dig a bit deeper into the processes of DevOps, rather than go directly into the tools used (Docker, Kubernetes, Jira, etc.). I’m doing this mainly because the general view of many people in IT that DevOps is more about the tools used, rather than the actual processes that are needed to achieve success with DevOps.Continue reading
DevOps – Much Ado About What? – Part 1
What is DevOps? It’s a common technology term that’s been bouncing around the past decade, and a useful thing to have on one’s resume. But what exactly are people talking about when they mention it? Is it the technology, or is it the business practices?
So what is it actually? Well It’s all of the above.
The basics of DevOps start out as the use of Agile programming methodologies in development, and adapting those methodologies into operations procedures (that is, the creation of servers, updating of servers, and management of business applications & processes). The concept was built from that, with the first DevOps days in Belgium in 2009 where the concept was defined. The Operations in DevOps also follow the ITIL model regarding process handling and definitions.Continue reading
Apple and ARM – Part 4
So, based off of my last post, professionals may have a hard time working around the limitations of the new ARM based Macs. But what about your average user and their family, will they notice? The truth in this, is probably not.
Since the release of the M1 and M1Pro we’ve seen good performance and the computers actually being competitive regarding equivalent x86 models. With Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation software, the migration isn’t that painful for average users. Most apps work fine and don’t get a huge slow down. And for browsing, general productivity work, the average user won’t even notice the difference.Continue reading
Apple and ARM – Part 3
Where does the ARM transition put Apple and others regarding virtualization and Windows? Well, the truth is, it doesn’t look good for anyone who NEEDs to use Windows. Apple’s Rosetta 2 software is flexible, but it’s unable to translate all the code that would be needed to run x86 copies of VMware or VirtualBox, and consequently, virtualize an x86 environment (be it 32 or 64 bit). Apple also seems to be including their own virtualization software in MacOS 16 “Big Sur”, as shown when they were running a Debian based VM on it.Continue reading
Apple and ARM – Part 2
So, The Transition Kit that was presented Monday. No custom desktop CPU, no Thunderbolt ports, but 16GB of ram and 512GB SSD. Hey that’s still 10 GB of ram more than what comes standard on the iPad Pro with the same CPU!
But let’s talk realistically about this device. First of all, its not meant to represent anything that would be going into immediate production. It’s essentially a bodge where Apple redesigned an iPad Pro logic board to fit inside a Mac Mini case. Port wise, It will have 2x USB-C (3.1) ports, 2x USB-A (3.0) ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port. Networking, it has 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. Essentially, it really is an iPad Pro stuck into a Mac Mini case. The HDMI port, Gigabit ethernet, and possibly the other USB ports are basically just your bog standard USB-C hub that provide the same exact ports that you can buy on Amazon for about $40. Only difference is that it is built into the logic board.Continue reading
Apple and ARM – Part 1
So, Apple finally confirmed that it’s moving to ARM CPUs, something that was predicted for years by analysts. But what does it mean to consumers and professionals? Where does this leave professionals that need to use Windows? Those are some of the questions I’ll try to postulate in this and subsequent posts (Yes! I’ll be more active here!).Continue reading
Airline RFID Baggage Tags & Security
This year at DEFCON and on Twitter, I was asking people for their luggage tags for some research that I’m planning on doing. So I guess it’s time to explain what exactly I am looking into, what aspects of privacy I plan to maintain during my work, and the goals.
Peeple, the review site you never knew existed, but that you’re on because someone else signed you up for it
So, another day, another App or Startup.
This time it’s Peeple, a service like Yelp, but for reviewing actual people! So, it’s like a site that manages a database of information of different people and their reputations. All comments are NOT anonymous, and if any negative comment violates the rules, it might be removed. All relatively nice and interesting, but there’s a catch. And it’s a big one.
Or, you don’t even have to sign up for it to be on it. And no, the text message is to confirm that your profile has been added to the site, and NOT to ask your permission to BE added.
Liquidmetal or Liquidmorphium? Thoughts on the Turing Phone
Recently Turing Robotic Industries announced the Turing smart phone, a presumably “unhackable” phone which is made out of a material called “Liquidmorphium”, or an amorphous metal that can easily be formed into what ever shape that’s needed, with minimal waste and with it being stronger than steel.
Sounds familiar right? Liquidmetal makes the same stuff and is currently in an exclusive partnership with Apple for it’s use in consumer electronic devices, such as smart phones (but not watches, as Swatch currently has an exclusivity deal with Liquidmetal for that). While the licensing agreement with Apple remains secret as to what patents are licensed, one can pretty much surmise that it’s ALL of Liquidmetals’ patents up to 2012, including a number of more recent joint patents filed with Apple. Continue reading