Author Archives: halberenson

Adblockers are the new AntiVirus

Back in November I wrote a blog entry about good browsing habits being insufficient to protect you from malware.  Here is an update.  This week I had three brushes with malware, all three having to do with news aggregators.  One … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Security, Windows | 1 Comment

Playing the Amazon Blame Game

Does Macy’s tell Gimbels?  Gimbels, Korvettes, Gertz, Lechmere, Lafayette, Woolworths, Montgomery Ward, Bradlees, and Zayre are amongst the dozens if not hundreds of retailers that I recall from my youth that have long since disappeared.  Many others merged into that … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon, Computer and Internet, Retail | 2 Comments

The rise of custom chips

The Verge published an interesting piece this week on why Apple (at least as the rumor goes) will replace the use of Intel processors with its homegrown ARM-based processors. The author asserts that it is because Intel is standing still.  … Continue reading

Posted in AWS, Azure, Computer and Internet | 2 Comments

My Mobile Phone is Sacrosanct

Sorry for my absence the last few weeks, I’ve been rather busy with a move.  I’ll try to get back to regular blogging, and I have a huge backlog of topics.  Here is a short one, the importance of my … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Mobile, Security | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Challenges of Hyperscale Computing (Part 2)

In part one of this series I used recent increases in maximum database size as a driver for introducing the challenges of hyperscale computing.  In this part we dive into the heart of the matter, which is what it takes … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon, AWS, Azure, Cloud, Computer and Internet, Microsoft

Microsoft “can’t win for losing”

When it comes to the consumer, Microsoft’s history can best be described as “I got it. I got it. I got it. <THUMP> I ain’t got it.”.  Today is the 4th anniversary of my Xbox: Fail blog post, and this … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Home Entertainment, Microsoft | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Amazon moving off Oracle? #DBfreedom

A bunch of news stories, apparently coming off an article in The Information, are talking about Amazon and Salesforce attempting to move away from the use of Oracle.  I’m not going to comment specifically on Amazon, or Salesforce, and any … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon, Aurora, Computer and Internet, Database, Microsoft, SQL Server | Tagged , , | 2 Comments