Daily Archives: May 22, 2012

Apple is at it again . . . or rather, not at it again. In the wake of the vulnerabilities uncovered via the Flashback Trojan, Eugene Kaspersky – of Kaspersky Anti-virus fame – had asked Apple to develop a security solution (a.k.a. an App) for iOS, Apples mobile operating system. If you didn’t already know, you have to develop and build an app & then ask Apple “pretty please” if you can put it in the App Store. Apple declined the offer. In essence, Apple puts its fingers in its ears and says “La la la la la – I can’t hear you” whenever the issue of security comes up.

While it is admittedly more complicated/difficult to infect a MAC, the fact that it has been done shows that it can be done and no one likes a challenge more than a hacker. Even as a “good guy” software developer, I relished proving that something could be done when “they” said that couldn’t. Indeed, those were amongst the happiest times in my career. Given that, you can imagine how hackers must feel about this challenge and they are, no doubt, queuing up for a crack at the big MAC.  With the market share for iOS hovering around 30%, hackers are looking at iPhones & iPads as the next juicy target.

If Apple believes that its vetting process for apps before they are made available in the APP Store will save them, the company needs to think again. Websites tailored for access by mobile devices are the perfect virus and malware delivery system. Oftentimes, Apple will deny permission to develop software applications because it conflicts with some product that they are developing on their own. I – as an iPhone owner – certainly hope that this is the case.

The article that spawned this post is available for your reading pleasure at ZDNet’s Between the Lines blog.

For a slightly dated but nonetheless compelling rant about the sins of the Apple, have a look at ZDNet’s A Developer’s View blog.

  1. If any of you have noticed, the title of this blog has changed slightly. It was “The Parsons’ Rant”. It is now “The Parsons Rant”. A minor change so how come? Posts on this blog are Tweeted, Facebook-ed, and LinkedIn and in many cases, the site name was appearing as “The Parsons' Rant”. That odd sequence of characters was WordPress’s way of representing an apostrophe ( ‘ ) since a naked character like that can mess up parsing by web applications. (There are plenty more characters that are represented in this way. You just don’t see them on the front end.) Even though Dr. Data knew what it was, it still looked butt-ugly on an e-mail or Tweet so he changed the name slightly to avoid that happening. Otherwise, it’s still the same old blog containing the same old drivel.
  2. The post was week about “That Topic” set a new record in visitors & page-views that continued into the week-end when I don’t usually post. (Dr. Data told you so!)

Some of the visitors to this site are more interested in the book reviews than my TechnoRants© and I have noticed a slight uptick in search terms for Everblue by Brenda Pandos. Brenda has been working on a sequel entitled Evergreen and a recent post on her blog announced that the Kindle & Nook e-book versions should be available on June 29th while physical copies of the book will be available at the end of July.

Those of you who read my review of Everblue will know that it was quite the exciting read and it looks like Brenda Pandos is going to continue on pace with this sequel. I am sure that some/most of my readers can still remember the 1970’s – if not the 60’s – and will consider this class of fiction to be something that only people with acne and raging hormones should read. (Frankly, at age 60, I’d love for my hormones to rage once more!) It should be kept in mind that the Harry Potter series was just as big a hit with adults as it was kids and Brenda seems to have a knack for making her work appeal across multiple generations.

So, kick back, relax and try to remember when your biggest worries were getting your drivers licence and/or finding a date for the prom. Even if that is a bit of a stretch for you, Evergreen should still be an enjoyable read.

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