Author Archives: halberenson

Sonos and Alexa, now for Niles…

It seems like I’m on a continuous journey of how to play music at home.  It all started when we built our ranch back in 2003-2004 and I had the bright idea of doing a whole-house A/V system.  Our timing … Continue reading

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Finally a Brand New WINDOWS PHONE!

Ok, I lied.  There is no Windows Phone, this is about the Apple iPhone X.  It isn’t even about the iPhone X, it is about clairvoyance.  One of the signature features of the iPhone X is Windows Hello.  Oh, sorry, … Continue reading

Posted in Cloud, Computer and Internet, Linux and Android, Microsoft, Mobile, Windows Phone | 5 Comments

CUJO Firewall: Approach with Caution

In my previous post I did an introduction to whole-home Internet security.  For the last few months I’ve been trying to get one of the early devices in this category, the CUJO working.  I have now tried CUJO in two … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Security

Whole-home Internet Security

Over the next several months I’ll be returning to blogging about one of my favorite topic areas, Internet Security and Privacy.  For this post I’ll do some background on the new generation of whole-home internet security devices.  Then I’ll do … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Security | 2 Comments

Maybe Consumer Reports is right about the Microsoft Surface family

I’ve been watching all the uproar, and denial, from Consumer Reports (CR) dropping its recommendation of Microsoft’s Surface line, but I have to tell you I think CR might be on to something.  Sure there are plenty of power users … Continue reading

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Does Intentional finally have clear intent?

Reminder: This represents personal views, not those of my employer Almost 16 years ago, while at Microsoft, I was asked to take a look at the work Charles Simonyi was doing on Intentional Programming (IP) to see if I could find … Continue reading

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The beauty of Amazon RDS Multi-AZ

I’m working on a blog post that tracks advances in high availability from the 1950s until today.  It will be way too long for most to read, but I’ll eventually finish writing it since it amuses me.  In the mean … Continue reading

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Amazon RDS Customers: Update Your SSL Certificates by March 23, 2015

Amazon RDS customers who use SSL to connect to their databases should read this post on the AWS Security Blog.  X.509 certificate expiration may not be a topic database professionals typically worry about, but in this case you need to.

Posted in Computer and Internet

Android, the anti-productivity OS

After 7 months of torture I have abandoned Android and my LG G3 and returned to my Lumia 1020 Windows Phone.  The 1020 now feels thick, even clunky, and after the G3’s 5.5″ screen the 1020’s 4.5″ screen feels tiny.  … Continue reading

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Where’s Windows?

Being busy with a full-time job (REMINDER: What I post here are my own views and are not in any way associated with my employer) I haven’t been able to post in a while.  A long weekend affords an opportunity … Continue reading

Posted in Computer and Internet, Microsoft, Windows | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments