We have all heard of the millennium generation. Generally it refers to people born after 1985 through now. The older millennials are already young adults and their impact is being felt in social networking, politics and many other fields.
But it is the younger millenniums who are going to blow us away. They are growing up in a world where the internet, ubiquitous connectivity and unfettered access to information is the norm. They never saw an encyclopedia made out of paper. I was reminded of this tonight while getting Google tips from my 7 year old son Bradley. Bradley was working on some Pokemon character and was looking for a picture that he needed edited. He asked me to Google the character’s name and then grab a picture and edit it. When I Googled the name no pictures came up. Bradley said, “Dad put “for real” after the characters name.” When I asked why, he said that is what he does when he can’t find something on Google. Frag (Battlestar Galactica word) if that didn’t work! How did Bradley come up with this? Is Google aware of it? It must change the search algorithm or something. Glad I have web filtering on the machine.
What is going to happen when Bradley and his friends grow up? What challenges will this present for the security industry? Maybe they will help with security. I don’t know, but I do know that they have an instinctual intuitiveness around computers and such that previous generations on the whole don’t have.
Anyway, here is something you very rarely get with Mike Rothman’s Incite – a report on Friday! Have a good weekend!
- When open is open only if or its about the platform stupid – Hoff has a good point today about VMware’s use of the terms open and interoperable. These two abused terms get tossed around alot. Open used to really mean open source. You had access to the source. Interoperable in my meant that out of the box it would work with other platforms and products. Then open was not really about source, but at least the openness of the product to use generally accepted means of communication. In my mind SQL and ODBC connectivity in databases is a perfect example of this. But I think what Hoff is getting at but is not saying clearly is that now it is all about the platform. VMware wants to be the platform here. They want you to use tools and applications, as long as you use their platform. By having to use their APIs to connect, you are locked into their platform. That is the real hook and makes it not very open at all.
- Can IT Vendors be Objective? Probably not – Michael Farnum has a guest post up from a vendor friend of his venting about the fact that he has been “discriminated” against because he is a vendor and therefore deemed not objective. I agree that most people out of hand say you are a vendor and therefore not objective. Not that you can’t try. I have been accused of the same thing. But being objective on this question, I have to say vendors can’t be objective. Not to say we would lie, but if we didn’t believe that our products were better, could we sell them? So yes IT vendors are not going to be objective. But here is the kicker, neither can anyone else. We all bring our own views and prejudices to the game and that effects our objectivity. Therefore it is up to the audience to filter what they think is truth from fiction, opinion from fact. I think most people recognize that and perform that task.
- Mogul calls BS – Rich Mogull calls out Bob Russo of the PCI council. Seems Russo says that no business that are PCI compliant have ever been breached. They may have been compliant once, but when they were breached they were not. Rich rightfully I think calls bull on this. I am not sure if Russo is playing semantics here or what. Maybe he means that having a breach automatically puts you out of compliance? I don’t know but have invited Rich and a few friends I know on the PCI advisory council to appear on a podcast. Stay tuned!
So that is it for this week. Have a great weekend!