This is not about technology being bad, it’s about balance and priorities.
I’ve been doing some reading/thinking about the recent trends (in major Christian circles anyway) towards discussion of how the flood of data (in general) and social media (in particular) are affecting family and personal lives of believers. Of note recently is Albert Mohler’s article on how the surface interactions of social media and the distractions of technology are replacing the real, intimate interactions that we as humans need. Also, R.C. Sproul Jr.’s thought-provoking article asking if Facebook is helping you progress in your sanctification or is being a detriment to it.
Another interesting set of developments related to technology and social media taking away effort we should be putting toward other things is the research David Rock has been doing related to the limited amount of prefrontal cortex processing we can do each day. Of particular interest (if you are indeed interested) are his book “Your Brain at Work” and his condensed Google talk on the same subject. I find both fascinating. The gist of the concept is that we are truly limited in the amount of real thinking we can do in a day (it’s less than you would imagine), and understanding this should help us direct our brainpower appropriately.
My growing knowledge of how my brain works, accompanied by my desire to do what is right with the time I do have, are really pushing me to evaluate not only my allocation of time, but also my prioritization of it (and of course where technology fits in there). So, not really anything new to add to this other than to share it.
What has this blog post kept you from? (probably not as much as it kept me from, but hopefully there’s something redeeming in it…for both of us)
IOS 4 on your iPhone can now protect (with your passcode) the encryption keys used to protect your data (Apple KB, which I also used the image for this post from, here). This, along with the option for stronger passcodes (not just 4 character number passcode) provides MUCH stronger protection against accessing the device offline. If IOS 4 on the iPhone acts like 3.2 on the iPad, a device wipe is almost instantaneous, as it just wipes the keys to the 256 bit encryption. Another step forward towards regulated enterprise compliance. Not positive if this protects against the forensics tools over at iphoneinsecurity.com.
Bottom line: If you even think you’ve lost your device, remotely wipe it proactively.
Bottom Bottom line: Due to the Bottom line, backup your device regularly.
Using Chrome, I was working on a script that was generating an almost-xml (WXR export) document and outputting it to the web browser. From there, I was copying and pasting the results of the View page source command into a text document and attempting to validate the document to import into WordPress. After banging my head against the table many times due to trying to tweak various fields in the document, I realized that “View page source” in Chrome does not display the entire page source. At a minimum (haven’t done much other testing), it leaves off the information at the top of the document. I would love to know the reasoning behind this.
Moral of the story: Don’t use view source in Chrome as a reliable means of viewing the source.
I was doing some testing with remotely wiping an iPad (via the Exchange ActiveSync Web Administration Tool) today and was impressed with how quickly it wiped. From my preliminary research this is because it actually only wipes the encryption key, not all of the data.
However, as soon as I restored my previous backup and let the device reboot, iTunes would begin restoring applications and then the device would reset into recovery mode again. I began to think this was a problem with my backup, so I restored the device as a new device and re-sync’d my applications. Then as soon as I setup email, the device rebooted. Obviously my judgment was clouded by frustration, but, fortunately, a brilliant coworker pointed out that Exchange was probably re-wiping the device every time it connected to the server (hence the immediate restarts on backup restores and the restart right after email configuration).
So, I had to go into the Remote Wipe portion of the Exchange Mobile Device Settings and CANCEL the wipe (that it had reported was successful). Also not that the web interface does not seem to keep any record of subsequent wipes that are successful.
Another important note:
iTunes made a backup with each “restore” of the device and the successful sync of the device and subsequently overwrote my old backups I had hoped to restore from. So, had I not backed up my iTunes backups (in OSX under ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup), I would not have been able to restore after I discovered this “feature” of Exchange remote device wipe.
At least I have my iPad back to working order…
Just a head’s up…if you’re working with one of the new AT&T Microcells behind a firewall, you need to enable outbound ports 500 and 4500 UDP.
Needed to quickly get a new shortcut out to a group of terminal server users on their desktops and start menus. Nothing particularly complicated about the script, but it did the job:
for /f “tokens=*” %a in (‘dir C:\Docume~1\ /b *.’) do copy C:\Docume~1\AllUse~1\Desktop\ProgramShortcut.lnk C:\Docume~1\%a\Desktop
Takes a list of all the directories in “C:\Documents and Settings”, loops over and copies ProgramShortcut.lnk to the user’s Desktop folder. Replace Desktop with StartM~1 to copy to the root of their start menu.