Monthly Archives: November 2009

Good summary of Sun’s open IdM projects

Luca Mayer has this summary of Sun’s open source IdM projects. I have some experience with OpenSPML (obviously), and I have fiddled with OpenDS. There is some great stuff there.

I hope this all survives the acquisition.

Fire safety and security

Jackson Shaw recently wrote this comparing smoke detectors to automatic screen lock policies for desktop PCs. While I agree that both smoke detectors are a great idea, there is another fire safety mechanism that far too few people take seriously, that is a fire extinguisher. Everyone should have a fully charged fire extinguisher in their house, but not in their kitchen.

Statistically the vast majority of fires occur in the kitchen, and most of those occur on the stove top. You want you fire extinguisher to be near the kitchen, but not too close to the stove so that retrieving it won’t expose you to harmful heat or flames.

So if screen locks are the equivalent of smoke detectors, what security mechanism is the equivalent of a fire extinguisher?

Coincidentally Bruce Schneier recently wrote this in which he make the risible argument that if one hears a fire alarm while sleeping in a hotel, you should ignore it and go back to sleep because hotel fires are very rare. Quite the contrary, completely false alarms in hotels are quite rare. While many alarms are due to small localized fires (such as in a trash can), they are seldom completely false. At a minimum it’s worth investigating what situation is before deciding to simple ignore it.

Farewell to one of the best

It was great great sadness that I learned that  Don Bowen was welcomed home on All Hollows Eve. I did not know Don well, but I knew him to be a man that was always friendly, with a happy enthusiasm that was a wonder to behold. To know Don was to instantly like him.

Don was open about his Faith in an industry that does not always welcome it. I always respected him for that.

Godspeed Don.