I think we are all happy to have 2016 in our rearview mirrors. The start of a new year is a great way to try and have a fresh start towards some goals. Not resolutions, mind you, but goals. Write down one or two goals and think about the steps needed to achieve them. Then sit with your family members and ask how you can help with their goals, and how they can help with yours. If you work together to help each other, you will find it better than trying to do resolutions on your own.

 

Let's get 2017 off on the right foot! Here's a bunch of links I found on the Intertubz that you may find interesting. Enjoy!

 

App Security Deserves Far More IT Respect

Yes, it certainly does, but I'm not sure it is IT that needs to focus on security more than it does already. I think it is the business side that must insist upon security when they build out requirements for applications they expect IT to deliver.

 

Better Road, Grumpier Drivers and the Logic of Discontent

Interesting thoughts on throughput versus quality here. Would you rather have your data be accurate or be fast? Most people focus on speed and assume quality. Same thoughts can be applied to roads and our commute.

 

An Amazon Echo may be the key to solving a murder case

Interesting case here where details of a murder case may be available in an Echo. I'm now wondering if it would be possible to use data from the myriad of IoT devices in a home to piece together the final moments before foul play happens.

 

US government subcontractor leaks confidential military personnel data

Because we should start 2017 in the same way we ended 2016: with massive security breaches. I wish I could say that such reports will decline in time, but right now it seems things are getting worse. Then again, maybe we are just getting better at identifying and reporting, kinda like how shark attacks were on the rise one summer.

 

Parents sue Apple, blame FaceTime for daughter's death

As much as I would like for Apple to have installed this feature, I'm not sure I can hold them responsible for the actions of the driver in this case. If it wasn't FaceTime, let's say the driver was on the phone—could you sue Verizon for allowing the call, considering they can calculate your speed as well?

 

A new iPhone bug will crash the Messages app with a single text

Here's hoping my teenage kids don't discover stuff like this any time soon and start experimenting. Then again, I could probably use the downtime.

 

U.S. Customs Starts To Collect Social Media Information

Well, that's not good news for me. Then again, I'm not sure this is good news for anyone. Might be time to think about getting off the grid altogether.

 

Nothing says "Happy New Year" like a family member asking if you could take a quick look at the problem they are having with their laptop...

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