I find myself pretty busy now with writing, both for private clients and for publications. I’m back on ZDNet and trying to write as much as I can there. I believe this is actually my 4th time writing for them, going back to when they were started and I was a Ziff-Davis employee.
Here are my first few columns:
Windows 10 updates still largely opaque
The details Microsoft provided for the Patch Tuesday updates to Windows 10 are vague and unactionable, but that’s usually all we’ve ever gotten from them.
The internet of military things: Logistics dream, security nightmare?
IoT is a natural for the military, not just on equipment but for health monitoring on soldiers. But oh, what an attack surface!
When the Internet is down for us, many of the things we do become unavailable. Many organizations are, in effect, crossing their fingers rather than planning in earnest.
At the enterprise level IAM and SAML mitigate the password problem. Out on the civilian Internet our best attempts, mainly OAuth and OpenID, have fallen short. Passwords are a problem that will be with us for a long time.
If Microsoft has enough patience to stick with it, Windows Phone could be a much more successful platform within a few years. The future is the mobile web.
Finally Microsoft has provided a way to unify endpoint management of mobile devices and Windows desktops, but it’s doomed to many years of impracticality.