Getting ready for VMworld next week, working on my presentations, demos, and buying new shoes. If you are in Vegas for the show, stop by the booth to grab some swag and say hello.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

This either says a lot about the election websites, or the skills of the kids. Probably a little bit of both.

 

LHC physicists embrace brute-force approach to particle hunt

Nice example of not being afraid to admit what you have been doing isn’t working, and to try something different. The LHC is an example of a project that will benefit from quantum computing, look for that to be the next step in their research.

 

Tesla's stock falls sharply after Elon Musk reveals 'excruciating' year

So, we all see that Musk is having a meltdown, right? Might be time for him to cut back on the number of projects he’s trying to run at this time.

 

Telling the Truth About Defects in Technology Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Illegal. EVER.

Agreed. I recognize that in some cases you’d like to notify the company directly and give them a chance to patch. But to discourage such research isn’t helpful. I’d like to think programs like bug bounties make for a more secure online experience overall, for everyone.

 

Hackers steal $13.5 million from Indian bank in global attack

If only there was a way for this bank to have known there was a defect in their software. Oh wait, there was a warning. My guess is that this bank might understand the benefits of encouraging others to find security flaws before the criminals.

 

Make Shadow IT a Force for Good

Good list of tips for everyone that has struggled with Shadow IT. I’m a huge advocate of zero-trust networks, and I think that’s got to be the default for every company these days.

 

My Favorite Sayings

Well, not mine, but ones I enjoyed reading and thought you would, too.

 

10 years as a Microsoft MVP and I'm just as giddy as if it was my first day. My 10-year ring arrived over the weekend, and I wanted to share: