myDigitalLife Blogs

Blogs about Digital, Lifestyle, current news and opinions
Tags >> Koppies
Nov 29
2011

2011 Tech Highlight and Lowlight - iPhone and... um... iPhone

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

Oh how we, not very patiently, awaited the arrival of the new iPhone. My 3GS was beginning to creak at the seams, but my iPhone 4 envy temporarily disappeared with the anticipation of a shiny new iPhone 5 to occupy my universe. I even boldly predicted the announcement to be made at the users conference, subconsciously believing that to wish it would make it happen.

Nov 24
2011

Free Apps

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

I am sure that you tech savvy bloggers are already aware that many Apps are going free or are being heavily discounted for the Thanksgiving Weekend. I know it applies to Apple, but I am sure that Android and Windows users will find the same thing. 

Nov 14
2011

What do you spend on Apps?

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

I recently downloaded a program (wanted to type App) called App Store Expense Monitor. The name says it all. It looks at all the apps you have downloaded into iTunes and works out how much you have spent. It tells me that I have spent around R2000 on apps.

Nov 11
2011

I have seen the future and it's cloudy

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

Apple have just released and update to iOS 5 which takes care of the battery drain problems with the iPhone 4S and improves Siri's recognition of Australian accents, not that we are effected by any of this.

Oct 18
2011

My Gadgets = Fun, Fun, Fun.

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

I recently watched a couple of YouTube videos showing how fun is being used to encourage people to do things they don't usually enjoy doing, The first one showed how they turned a used bottle depository into a game with lights and bells and whistles. The second one showed how they encouraged people to use the stairs rather than the escalators in a Metro by turning the steps into a fully functional giant piano keyboard.

Oct 06
2011

A rose by any other name...

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

I  was terribly saddened to learn, this morning, of the demise of Steve Jobs. The internet is already awash with obituaries written by those better qualified and informed than I so I will not attempt to do one. Instead, in the spirit of "the show must go on" I will write about my initial thoughts on the announcement of the new iPhone 4s. 

Oct 02
2011

A Small Case of Mobile Insecurity

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

I am guessing that most of the users of MyDL are pretty savvy on-line users. We all have the latest in anti virus software, malware detectors and the like. I thought I was until I started to think about the impact my mobile security is having on my on-line security.

Current Internet security is designed primarily for the home computer. Taking the technology on the road is the problem. Our laptops are only a password away from a potential thief. If your laptop is stolen it will keep out the opportunist thief, but I am sure it is not too much trouble for a hacker to get past your log-in information.

Tablets and Smartphones are usually only protected by a four digit pass code. Because petty theft is very unlikely here in the UAE I don’t even have a pass code for my iPhone and iPad. Silly when you think of it because should the phone or tablet be inadvertently lost the lucky recipient of my “gift” would have a field day.

Think about it. If you are like me you have a Facebook App which has your permanently logged into your profile. Your email is accessible without having to enter passwords. And this would go for any number of Apps providing access to your online life.

It is possible for me to lock the gadgets remotely and also to wipe the data remotely, but that is dependent on a few things falling into place. If I could manage to lock the phone and wipe the data would I be able to do it before some thief had a field day with my data.

I would really be interested to know how many of you also fall into this category of user? I think a lot of us fall into the “it will never happen to me” category as well. Am I being paranoid or should I be taking better care with my personal data?

Sep 19
2011

Spare the cord and spoil the gadget freak.

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

 

Jun 14
2011

Is There a Silver Lining?

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

It seems that Cloud Computing is all the rage now with Apple morphing its Mobile Me into iCloud, bringing competition to Google’s foray into Cloud computing. It is not unexpected. I have always said that pad computing was going to yank us into the cloud and the days of computers with massive hard drives would become a thing of the past.

We are not there yet and pc’s and iMacs will have their customers for some time to come, but it seems that their time is limited and personal computing is moving into its next phase. As exciting as this move into the cloud is, so is it a bit scary. I do not think that the fact that the cloud is expanding and criminal hacking seems to be in the increase are pure coincidence. I think the hackers are flexing their muscles in anticipation of the very lucrative new and rich pickings on the horizon.

Think about it. Up until now making money out of hacking has been a very hard job. To get at a person’s life story you really needed to get at their hard drive. Probably not a difficult job considering most user’s poor security habits, but a pick and hunt job for the hackers who have to identify a decent target and then get into his/her information one user at a time.

I am sure hackers are drooling at the prospect of rich pickings in the cloud. They will no longer have to pick and hunt. Imagine the prospect of getting into iCloud with Millions of users storing their data there? If you are skillful enough it is a smorgasbord of data to be used to empty unsuspecting users’ bank accounts. No need to get into a single user’s computer when you can get into a single data centre’s computer.

So the question is, are the likes of Apple and Google ahead of the game and will our data be well protected? Do we trust them to look after our precious information? One would assume so, but we know about the dangers of assumptions. I am sure the millions of Sony users thought that their data was safe only to find out that they had been let down.

I have been the victim of hackers. Fortunately the people holding my data were able to alert me in time to take action to prevent any damage occurring, but it was a bit of a wake up call to someone who trusted service providers to protect his personal data. It is quite scary to think about how much of my information is already floating around in the cloud. Potentially having it all there is causing me some concern.

Jun 07
2011

Did I get it wrong?

Posted by RIC007GP in Untagged 

RIC007GP

Two weeks ago I predicted that a new iPhone would be announced at last nights Apple WWDC keynote address. We all know that it didn't happen, but did I really get it that wrong? Okay, okay I guess if you are being picky I did, but I am going to have one more stab at it. I think that before the conference is over the new iPhone will be announced.

Member Login