Ipsum Lorem – recognise it? but do you know what it means?

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When looking at a competitors website we discovered that the “Meet the team” was unfinished, instead of readable text it was full of “Ipsum Lorem” Talk to anyone who has had anything to do with printing or graphic design and they will have heard of “Ipsum Lorem” yes, its latin but what is it about?

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

The standard Lorem Ipsum passage, used since the 1500s

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

Section 1.10.32 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”, written by Cicero in 45 BC 1914 translation by H. Rackham

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Unfortunately the text is often taken out of context and messed about and if you try a “Google transalte” it will just come back as rubbish which is what happens to the above latin text. Thats why we are quoting the Rackham translation. Obvioulsy Google translate has its limitations, a bit llike my really bad Latin I had to do at school.

 

What have you learned about the cloud from this?

Favourite cloud Myths

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Everyone is using the cloud in one way or another but there are many misconceptions. Here we are looking at a few and for these examples we are basing our information on AWS, the biggest cloud provider owned and run by Amazon.

Myth number 1 – The cloud is highly available.

No it isnt. The internet comes down a pair of wires to your premises. This connects you through a set of locations to your cloud service. For example we looked at how many hops a simple link to Ireland takes. It left our office in Ipswich and it took 15 hops to get there. That’s 30 connection points it has to go through and an error on any one means you don’t get through. DataCentres are meant to be virtually bomb-proof yet even last week one of the biggest went down, or should we say up in flames. The list of failures is endless.

Even if your phone line goes then its no interest and no-phone service, even fibre comes down to the last few meters or kilometres as copper.

Myth Number 2 – The cloud is cheap

No it isn’t. The average cloud service costs you £9 a month, that’s the price for controlling your home, using Microsoft Office, doing your accounts or crm. The real cost is not per month but over five years so if you use 3 services that’s costing you £1,620. We know of a company that added up their cloud services over five years for five employees and were staggered at the cost of £22,000. There are many free services available and you can have your own server on site for a fraction of this cost.and

Myth Number 3 – My data is safe

Well yes and no, its and extra copy stored somewhere else but if you read the cloud terms and conditions, they don’t guarantee it and they recommend that you backup your data elsewhere to be safe. Just read the T’s & C’s that every cloud provider publishes, and be shocked.

Myth Number 4 – Using someone else’s computer

No you aren’t, you are using someone else’s servers and storage, which makes even less sense. Why rent a car or a house when you can buy one. – enough said.

Myth Number 5 – cloud = datacentre

Using the “cloud” doesn’t mean you have to use someone elses data-centre. The term was thought up as a marketing gimmick. The cloud symbol was used in flow charts to symbolise “a large somewhere”. In reality it means storage that is accessible using the internet. It can be a low cost server on your premises which can do all the cloud things such as accounts, email, crm, notes, files etc for unlimited users for around £20 a week.

Myth Number 7 – cloud is better than a licence.

Cloud users defend their choice, for example Office in the cloud costs £9 a month. For that I get five licences, the latest versions, works on anything and synchronised documents. Only the last is partially true. You get the licence for five devices for one user. That means only one person can use it at any one time on five different items such as a laptop, phones and tablets.

You get all the updates with a licence copy that over five years costs 3 times less. Yes you get the latest version but with one issue every three years its no great loss when the changes are minor, besides no-one ever uses all the facilities.

Yes the cloud version of office works on everything but so does the free version of Microsoft Office online, the salesman didn’t tell you about that? Yes there is a free version of Microsoft Office that meets most users needs.

Everything is synchronised., Yeas it is but you can use all the free services to get the same synchronisation.

Conclusion

There are so many free programs, free storage and low cost servers that you don’t need to buy a cloud version, you can save a shed load of money by being a savvy buyer and not believing the cloud hype. Cloud salesmen dont give you access to any of the free or paid for alternatives, wondered why, well if I tell you we could make five times more money by selling you the cloud, would that answer it?

Worst passwords REVEALED – Why you deserve to have your car or house ransacked.

Park your car in the town centre, open all the windows, make sure that valuables such as cameras, jewelry are on view and leave it like that for a few hours.You wouldn’t believe it, but this might happen!

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Now at home open all your windows and doors, turn on all the lights and go out. If you loose something as a result of either of these actions make sure you don’t blame yourself.

Its the fault of society, immigrants, Brexit, May, Corbyn, Farron,  police, schools, its anyone but your fault isnt it?

Well no, you are sensible enough to make sure you take all precautions and the above is just plain ridiculous and stupid isn’t it? Just like using Password1 on the internet or for your work computer.. 

YES – ITS ALL THAT STUPID – you deserve to be robbed and its all your fault if you are.

We have always being going on about passwords but the unbelievable fact is that for some  reason no one seems interested.

SECURITY SPECIALISTS have revealed half of online users worldwide use just 25 passwords and the passwords aren’t even very good. This is based on 10 million hacked usernames and passwords.

Last year, a similar study revealed that “password” was the second most frequently used password.

Strong passwords are essential for any online account, no matter how trivial

17 per cent of accounts have “123456” as their password, Followed closely behind is “123456789” in second place, and the equally uninventive “qwerty” in third.

Showing just how little many of us value our privacy and security, fourth place through seven on the most used passwords list comprise of “12345678”, “111111”, “1234567890”, and “1234567” respectively.

In fact, the only real surprise on the list is “mynoob” in 12th, and “l8atcskd2w” in 15th, and “google” down at the bottom of the list in 21st place.

If your password is on the list, you should probably want to change your code. Never use the same password and email combination across different websites. Always create a unique password for every one of your online accounts. If you want to how to have a good password then read our earlier blog on the subject

According to Keeper’s researchers: “The list of most-frequently used passwords has changed little over the past few years.

“While it’s important for users to be aware of risks, a sizeable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves.

The full list of the 25 most common passwords can be seen below –
123456
123456789
qwerty
12345678
111111
1234567890
1234567
password
123123
987654321
qwertyuiop
mynoob
123321
666666
18atcskd2w
7777777
1q2w3e4r
654321
555555
3rjs1la7qe
google
1q2w3e4r5t
123qwe
zxcvbnm
1q2w3e
In addition we would like to add P@55w0rd1 -if you recognise this then we have been warning you for months. Change it now, please.

An unpatched vulnerability exposes Netgear routers to idiotically easy hacking

Several models of Netgear routers are affected by a publicly disclosed easy vulnerability that could allow hackers to take them over.An unpatched vulnerability exposes Netgear routers to hacking

An exploit for the vulnerability was published Friday by a researcher who uses the online handle Acew0rm. He claims that he reported the flaw to Netgear in August, but didn’t hear back.

The issue stems from improper input sanitisation in a form in the router’s web-based management interface and allows the injection and execution of arbitrary shell commands on an affected device.

The U.S. CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University rated the flaw as critical, assigning it a score of 9.3 out of 10 in the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).
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Netgear confirmed the vulnerability over the weekend and said that its R7000, R6400, and R8000 routers might be vulnerable. However, another researcher performed a test and reported that other routers from Netgear’s Nighthawk line are also affected. These include: R7000, R7000P, R7500, R7800, R8500, and R9000.

Users can check if their models are affected by accessing the following URL in a browser when connected to their local area network (LAN): http://[router_ip_address]/cgi-bin/;uname$IFS-a . If this shows any information other than a error or a blank page, the router is likely affected.

In some cases, replacing the IP address with www.routerlogin.net or www.routerlogin.com might also work, because Netgear routers resolve these domains names to their own local IP address.

Since the vulnerability can be exploited with an HTTP request that doesn’t require authentication, hackers can attack the affected routers using cross-site request forgery attacks (CSRF). This works even when the routers don’t have their management interfaces exposed to the Internet.

CSRF attacks hijack users’ browsers when visiting specifically crafted webpages and send unauthorized requests through them. This makes it possible for a malicious website to force a user’s browser to exploit the router over the LAN.

This is unbelievable advice –

CERT/CC recommends that users stop using the affected routers until an official patch becomes available, if they can do so. However, there is a workaround that involves exploiting the flaw to stop the router’s web server and prevent future attacks. This can be done with the following command: http://[router_IP_address]/cgi-bin/;killall$IFS’httpd’

Because the web server will be shut down, the management interface will no longer be available and further attempts to exploit the vulnerability will fail, but this is only a temporary solution and needs to be reapplied every time the router is rebooted.

In order to protect themselves from CSRF attacks against routers in general, users should change their router’s default IP address. Most of the time, routers will be assigned the first address in a predefined netblock, for example 192.168.0.1, and these are the addresses that hackers will try to attack via CSRF.

Routers have become an attractive target for hackers in recent years as they can be used to spy on user traffic and launch other attacks. Most commonly they are infected with malware and used in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) campaigns.

The cloud – have you ever read the Terms and Conditions?

Prompted by a news article we thought we would look at the terms and conditions of the cloud. After all you pay for a secure, reliable, always on service don’t you? Read on then. We looked at one of the main cloud providers and we dont suppse the others are that different.

Other Security and Backup.

You are responsible for properly configuring and using the Service Offerings and taking your own steps to maintain appropriate security, protection and backup of Your Content,

Disclaimers.

THE SERVICE OFFERINGS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS.” WE AND OUR AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE REGARDING THE SERVICE OFFERINGS OR THE THIRD PARTY CONTENT, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE OFFERINGS OR THIRD PARTY CONTENT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR FREE OR FREE OF HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT ANY CONTENT, INCLUDING YOUR CONTENT OR THE THIRD PARTY CONTENT, WILL BE SECURE OR NOT OTHERWISE LOST OR DAMAGED. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY LAW, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF ANY COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE

imitations of Liability.

WE AND OUR AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, OR DATA), EVEN IF A PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHER, NEITHER WE NOR ANY OF OUR AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COMPENSATION, REIMBURSEMENT, OR DAMAGES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH: (A) YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES, INCLUDING AS A RESULT OF ANY (I) TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE OFFERINGS, (II) OUR DISCONTINUATION OF ANY OR ALL OF THE SERVICE OFFERINGS, OR, (III) WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE SLAS, ANY UNANTICIPATED OR UNSCHEDULED DOWNTIME OF ALL OR A PORTION OF THE SERVICES FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING AS A RESULT OF POWER OUTAGES, SYSTEM FAILURES OR OTHER INTERRUPTIONS; (B) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; (c) ANY INVESTMENTS, EXPENDITURES, OR COMMITMENTS BY YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE OFFERINGS; OR (D) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR THE DELETION, DESTRUCTION, DAMAGE, LOSS OR FAILURE TO STORE ANY OF YOUR CONTENT OR OTHER DATA. IN ANY CASE, OUR AND OUR AFFILIATES’ AND LICENSORS’ AGGREGATE LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU ACTUALLY PAY US UNDER THIS AGREEMENT FOR THE SERVICE THAT GAVE RISE TO THE CLAIM DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING THE CLAIM.

So there you have it, they cannot guarantee the safety of your data, any malware, security even the service, You must make your own backups and you won’t get any compensation, and if you are lucky you might get one months payment back.

Further reading;

Apple founder believes Cloud is brewing a storm.

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The suprisingly, comprehensive but simple guide to safe passwords.

Image result for passwordsThis is the most glossed over but probably the most important subject in IT. Simply put, if you have an easy to crack password then it will, not may, cost you possibly* thousands of your hard earned money (*Account balance allowing).

To prove that point we have cases of an international company whose emails were hacked on the cloud and their bank paid out £14,000. Another a firm acted on a bogus email and proceeded to pay out £127,000. The reason was down to a weak password.

Playing with P@ssw0rd$

At cmx computing we have been playing with passwords using a free commercial password strength checker from one of the big anti-virus companies. The results will definately surprise you.

The system works out how long it would take to crack a password if you used a reasonably powerful home computer so “Password1” would take less than a second and “.2l5 20nm05u2v 5j2v552i2m-9” would take more than 10,000 centuries.

Toughest all round

The toughest passwords apparently contain a random collection of letters, numbers and characters. “DdFGGrgeE” would take 2 years to crack and by adding a random number to make “DdFG3GrgeE” it changes to 300 years. There are two problems; Its hard to remember and slow to type in.

So most people opt for what they think is the clever password using a system known as “Leet” where a number represents a letter it looks like, these are usually 1 for L, 3 for E and so on. Even with a twist P@55w0ed will take 14 hours. This is not that much faster than previous methods. (The twist was that the “r” was replaced with “e”)

Here at cmx we have been trying to find something that’s easy to remember, unique and quick to type in while still being hard to crack quickly.

The password solution.

The quick answer is don’t have one! Remember the old black and white spy films from the 1950’s, where the agents meet in red square and use pass phrases? “The wind blows from the east in January” – that would take10,000,000+ years to crack. Its a bit long so how about “Susan has 2 red shoes and 3 black” same high rating, but its a bit long. We tried “3 Green 2 Blue” that got 3,000 years.

So whats the answer to the best password?

The ideal password is easy to remember, quick to type and hard to break. We decided the ultimate answer was this “3 Green 2 Blue socks”. It ticks all the boxes and will take over one thousand centuries to crack using an Intel Core i7 home computer. That’s food for thought isn’t it?

Or is this your idea of passwords? We have tried to obscure the obvious, our blog is read by all ages!

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How to easily loose £14,000, anyone can do it, even you.

worried-manCloud, computers, datacentres, gmail, its all secure isnt it? Follow this story to have your eyes opened. The names, and other details have been changed so as not to identify the victim, the amount is accurate.

It started with a phone call at 11:54  to our Colchester Office and answered by Rose Burcham (real name). It came from Power Watch a client of ours for two years. The message was passed to Glyn Cheeseman (real too) who was on the phone but was allocated as he was already that clients specialist.

“REGARDING A SECURITY ISSUE SHE NEEDS TO SPEAK TO YOU URGENTLY ABOUT”


 

Glyn returned the call in seven minutes and after a quick discussion appeared at their site 27 minutes later. The laptop was found to be clear of all viruses and Spyware.

The issue was that they had sent their bank an instruction with a covering letter to transfer some money abroad.

Three hours later the bank received a request to transfer £15,000 to another bank and payee. The first was a real request, the second a fake.

The bank thought it was unusual so they called the client, she verified that it was fake and called us in, hence the original phone call.

The bank wouldn’t send us the email because of confidentiality but we explained how to send the “header” file, this is like an envelope with a stamp and postmark.

When we had this we could trace that the email was sent genuinely from Google mail. The originator used a data center in Stockholm, it’s here on the map,stockholm pretending to be the client. We traced it bouncing around inside Stockholm and then the trial went cold.

What had happened was that the clients email or Google were hacked, they intercepted the original money transfer request, copied and altered in and sent it on three hours later, they even had the gall to send a chaser when it wasn’t paid. It was to transfer money into the same bank as the clients.

The bank just closed the transaction and chased after the bank account. The client was told to phone and report the fraud who just took some information and gave it a case number.

The scary part is that no-one wanted to see the email, this is because there isn’t anything they can do to catch the perpetrators. We chased it back to either Google or the clients email being hacked. Their password was a mixture of a name and numbers but it wasn’t strong enough. If it hadn’t been for an ordinary bank staff member at the local bank the client would have lost £14,000 and wouldn’t get it back for a long time if ever, that could be you too.

If you want to know about strong passwords then you’ll have to wait for the next post.

How to Conquer Public Speaking Fears

Does the thought of speaking in front of a room of people make your stomach queasy, palms sweaty and voice shaky? You’re not the only one! Many adults fear public speaking, but in the business world, it’s almost impossible to avoid having to do it. So, how do you get over this paralyzing, crippling fear of public speaking? Here are a few tips I have used:

Focus on the audience.

Have you ever been told to avoid eye contact with the audience and direct your gaze elsewhere around the room to ease your nerves or imagine they are all naked? Although this is popular advice, it’s not effective in easing your nerves. The right way to get over your public speaking fears is to focus carefully on the audience. Focus on the people listening to you will help you take attention away from your inner thoughts, which at this point are probably full of self-doubt and negativity. Silence this inner voice by paying attention to the people in the room instead of focusing on your thoughts.

Practice in the mirror.

If you can’t perform your speech in front of your own reflection, you won’t be able to do it in front of a crowd so practice, practice, practice. Take note of your body language and facial expressions to see what kind of impression you’re giving off. The audience will respond well if you appear welcoming and project a sense of calm, so work on controlling nervous gestures and relax your facial features so you don’t seem tense and closed off to your listeners.

Nail the intro.

Nerves tend to be the worst during the first few minutes of your speech. How you perform during this crucial time period will determine how you approach the rest of your speech, so it’s important to nail the introduction. What will happen if you make a slip up in the beginning? That inner voice, you know the one that’s been telling you about everything that could go wrong, will work you up and amplify your jitters for the remainder of your speech. Nail the intro, and you’ll realize your fears were unfounded, making the rest of your speech easier.

If you feel a freeze coming on then pause and look around at the audience, if you can get the pause in at the right place, after or before a major point you will visibly see them think and that’s a confidence booster.

Make it personal.

As a public speaker, you’re not there to relay information and statistics as if you’re reading directly from an encyclopedia. Your job is to use the information and add your own personal twist to it. Maybe Inject personal stories and career advice into your speech to make it your own, and to grab your audience’s attention. Are you wondering how making a speech more impactful will help you calm your nerves? It’s simple, the more confident you are in your speech, the more relaxed you’ll be. Looking at public speaking as sharing a piece of your story with the audience and you will realise it’s natural  really and not a big deal!

Do a practice run.

If possible, visit the room where you will be speaking in one day in advance. Where will you be standing in relation to the audience? Will the lights be shining in your face? Will there be a podium for you to place note cards on? Knowing the logistics of everything will help you ease your anxieties because you won’t have to worry about being unprepared. If your speech is accompanied with a presentation or visual, be sure to check what technological equipment is available for you to use. Don’t just check to see if it’s there, do a test run and make sure it actually turns on and works correctly!

The most effective leaders are often the greatest public speakers, so conquering this fear will be beneficial to you in the long run.

There is nothing new under the sun

If you went to a restaurant you wouldn’t expect only one choice of starter, main and pudding? That’s often your only IT choice but history is repeating itself, again.

Remember the 1960’s,  ’70s or 80’s? Well computers were big, mega expensive and in special air cooled hardened buildings, really out of the reach of mere non-government mortals and big business. Other businesses had to rent spare time on these megaliths when they weren’t being used for their main tasks.

AT107978 One company ACT were renting these big computers and running things like payroll for their clients who couldn’t afford one of their own. They were a “Computer Bureau”, storing and running data on big systems for small to medium sized companies.

The end of the Bureau

sirius_victor-s1_1ACT became so rich on this they invested in a thing called a Sirius PC, This meant that companies could run their own payroll on their own premises and then do more besides. The era of business computing had started and ACT knew it. We joined this revolution at its inception due to the foresight of our then MD, when we were a manufacturing and data transmission company.

The Sirius PC was the best and most successful PC available, even if later the inferior IBM overtook it. ACT became Apricot and were eventually swallowed by Mitsubishi.

The reason the bureau died was that it was limited, expensive, uapricotnreliable and the costs added up. Although the weekly cost of a 100 person payroll was modest at £200 a week, over five years it worked out at £52,000. You could buy a Sirius with all the Pulsar accounts including Payroll (Sage weren’t even at the amoeba stage then), WordStar and VisiCalc for £5,000 including installation and a dot matrix printer for £700. Over five years you would save around £30,000. The smaller businesses caught on too.

Let’s Zoom back to the future  – 30 years on – the 21st Century

There is a rush to the cloud, everyone seems to want to store their stuff on someone else’s computer and pay for it monthly. Seem familiar? We are now storing stuff on mega huge computers and paying a weekly or monthly amount for it. The reasons are; its peanuts a month, its reliable, I get the latest versions – all snake oil and wrong by the way.

Another technology bubble is bursting

Its now dawning on people very, very, slowly that the cloud is limited, expensive, unreliable and the costs add up. THE EXACT REASON WHY THE BUREAUS DIED. Why not have your own data processed on your own systems instead?

Just do this simple exercise

Add up all the money you spend on cloud computing each week or month, now add it up for the year, now look at it over five years. I recently heard someone push email on the cloud for £6 a user a month. That’s a staggering £3,600 for 10 users. We recently installed a system with 12 users for £700 all in.

Greed and the choice of none

When you buy cloud services its probably from a cloud salesman who doesn’t give you a choice, his only tool is price – often the last resort of the poor salesman and fuelled by the greed of the cloud providers. For example we, at CMX, are “whole of market” we offer 11 versions of Office, three are free the rest vary from extortionate to £40. We are paid 2.5 times more for selling you Office 365 on the cloud than one in a box, the box works out 66% cheaper than the cloud over 5 years and the joke is there is a free Microsoft Office online on the cloud anyway, Bet you no one mentioned that did they?

If you went to a restaurant you would expect one choice of starter, main and pudding? You would like a choice, so why are you only offered cloud?

The real choice

The cloud has it’s place free storage (while that lasts, not long now), getting vital data safely stored off premises, as a backup for when the broadband fails. These services are relatively cheap because they don’t need the pseudo fortresses of AWS, Azure or Dropbox. Two servers, different locations behind firewalls. Cost? 10Gb for £69 a year, and I’m not mentioning “safe harbor” today

So why the title?

Simple, its the proverb that’s as old as the bible, Everything that is happening now has happened before” and. “Everything that comes around goes around” The cloud will change as everyone brings their data processing back in house. Because your own in house processing is unlimited, inexpensive, reliable and the costs make sense, just like it did in the ’80’s.

If you want to set up your cloud on your own systems then talk to us. We can save money by installing a Linux server offering cross platform software that can be accessed on any device from anywhere in the world.

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If Microsoft, Apple, Google, Blackberry, Nokia and Open Source built cars …. updated

 

Many years ago there was an article that circulated around called “if Microsoft did cars”. The Apple version was complimentary but not the Microsoft one. We trawled all the cmx staff for their views as we sell both Apple and Microsoft and with the advent of the Apple car round the corner we were thinking and buzzing email ideas around.

If Microsoft Built Cars…

  • All Microsoft Car owners think Apple car owners are morons
  • If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened despite the fault message on the suddenly blue windscreen.
  • The airbag system would say “are you sure?” before going off.
  • New seats would force everyone to have the same size backside.
  • The FBI will have the right under the Patriot ACT to sit in your car and go through your things.
  • When your Microsoft Car10 goes wrong all your personal details, and everything you are carrying will be sent up to the cloud for storage without your consent.
  • The oil, fuel and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single “general car default” warning light.
  • You will be forced to “sign in” and upload your personal details when buying a car10 and it will check these details before it starts.
  • Everything you want in a Windows car is freely available from an Open Source design, only no one will know about it as there are only Microsoft or Apple salespeople.
  • Your cloud car will be available free of charge if you can find it as no one will tell you where you can get one free but its only there as competition for the free Google Car.
  • You will be offered a Cloud car without alternatives, which will cost you three times as much over five years but you won’t notice because you are paying weekly.
  • You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought “Car2016” But, then you would have to buy more seats.
  • Occasionally, executing a maneuver would cause your car to stop and fail and you would have to re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you would accept this too.
  • Occasionally your car would die on the motorway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
  • Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

And as for Apple cars

  • All Apple Car owners think Microsoft car owners are morons
  • It will look exactly like a spaceship but will have the same inside mechanicals as a Microsoft car at five times the price.
  • The car will have wiring & seating technology invented at an obscure US University in the ’60’s but with an Apple twist.
  • They will be simple to use with two buttons, “Go” and “Park” designed for non-drivers.
  • There will initially be two versions, a single seater and a five seater
  • Everything inside will have a name that doesn’t tell you what is does. The heater controls for example will be labelled “Mars – Spacial illusions” and the seat adjusters, “InterStellar”
  • Your bank account will empty at random times for small amounts for an item such as “Sherpa” which is the charge for using the lights at night.
  • Sometimes your Apple car will breakdown, usually after an upgrade, for some reason you will sit there waiting for it to work again which it miraculously does, after a fortnight, this you accept as a normal fantastic service.
  • If your Apple Car won’t start you will have to take it in to the Apple Garage, where an Apple mechanic will do something magical for free and also charge you both at the same time but you will only remember the free bit and it not going wrong.
  • Although built to a internationally agreed and EU enforced refueling standard, for some reason only “Apple” fuel will go in the tank and can only be paid for by ApplePay linked to your car.
  • The In Car entertainment will only receive “Apple Radio”, Play Apple MP9’s, It will only play Apple CD’s with an expensive adapter. It will also play Apple iBash a new music standard which will be an updated copy of an old forgotten standard.
  • Apple drivers would be convinced that the car was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive and dispersed happiness and fairy dust wherever it went with an immunity to potholes, rain and traffic jams..
  • The Apple car can only run on Apple 5 percent of the roads that are MAC compatible
  • The Apple car will become outdated 12 months after release and you will just have to have the next model which does what the old car did but with something extra you wont use.
  • There will be a queue outside the Apple showroom for 3 days before the first sale of each model.
  • The Apple car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower and an Apple update would stop the Microsoft bit for a fortnight.

And then Google……

  • Will give you a car for nothing
  • It will take you where you don’t want to go
  • It will only park where its not convenient
  • Your Google Car will look like everyone else’s so you wont be able to find where it parked itself.
  • It will occasionally move where its parked if you aren’t watching it.
  • Will want to crash with Microsoft and Apple Cars
  • You won’t find any mechanics anywhere to help with problems, but they usually come with a mate down the pub who knows not much more than you but is considered an expert.
  • It will have one seat but a paid for upgrade will get you a total of 1.5 seats  so you have to buy three upgrades for the average family
  • It won’t have a standard entertainment system but will play old black and white TV programs and makeup tutorials from Youtube, usually featuring cats.
  • There will be plenty of controls but you wont ever find where they are.
  • All the Chrome will be much heavier than normal and  make the car much slower
  • Occasionally you will go out on your drive to find your car unavailable for a few hours, this will be called an “outage” and will happen at the most inconvenient time. You will accept this as normal for a free car or cloud car.
  • Your car can be used easily by other people.
  • No one will consider your Google car as a real car, especially Apple and Microsoft drivers.
  • You will be able to drive your car anywhere, over seas and all lands even if there are no roads.
  • If it sees a face or name outside it will immediately pixellate the windscreen.
  • Google car owners think everyone is a moron, even other Google car owners but cats are cool.

If Blackberry made cars…..

  • There will be no doors to get in
  • No one will want one except for US Government operatives who will all own an Apple car as well.

If Nokia made cars…………..

  • Every one would have owned at least one, a while ago.
  • No one has seen one for years
  • People only have a vague memory of what one looked like and then remembered it having square wheels for some unknown reason.
  • Nobody mentions its battery life of a week but remembers there was no colour.

Finally if there were Open Source cars

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  • They would be free
  • You could easily modify your car
  • You will never need to replace it
  • Owners will be called Nerds or Geeks unlike Apple devotees who have no collective name, they are above that even though their cars use Open Source technology.
  • Microsoft will open claim they love Open Source cars while making sure they won’t work in Redmond or surrounding areas.
  • There are millions of Open Source users and mechanics all over the world also known as nerds and geeks.
  • It would be as individually looking as you wanted
  • Have 1 to unlimted seats and the instructions will be in every langauge.
  • It would run on anything, petrol, diesel, paraffin, water. sunshine or air with an appropriate add-on
  • You can park anywhere for free, even inside  shops and offices.
  • You could add anything you ever wanted to a car
  • Your own downloaded car would look a bit cluncky but you can change that
  • There is a central repository for all improvements call Gitcarhub
  • You can upgrade and update your car for ever using Gitcarhub
  • The Entertainment system would play Radio, DAB, CD’s MP3, WAV, MP4, cassette, 8-track and 45,33,78 Vinyl.
  • It can go on land, sea, underwater and even fly.
  • There are plans for interplanetary OS cars
  • Every design has a silly name such as OpenCar, Oscar, Priddy Nonesuch, Mr Tibbs etc.
  • All Open Source owners would tell everyone their car was best, show it, prove it beyond doubt but everyone will still want an Apple or Microsoft car.
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  • Amazon, eBay, Tesco and 300 other companies will all have Open Source cars but no-one will notice.
  • No one would want one for birthday or Christmas.
  • Open source drivers know that Apple and Microsoft car owners are idiots.

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