The Gebesse Blog

Thoughts from the world of technology and business

April, 2014

Gebesse Newsletter – April 2014

Yes, I’m using Swiftpage. I’m experimenting with using Swiftpage for newsletter distribution. As Act! and Swiftpage are both in the same company now it makes very good sense to use the integration between the two products to communicate with clients, prospects, and friends. The first thing to learn is how to use templates (there are […]

Save me from amateurs.

One of the early posts on this blog was “Beware the SMEG. That’s a winning strategy”, in which I commented about the way that clueless and inexperienced people hold themselves out to be experts. I came across another example this week and my irritation level at what amounts to theft was raised. I don’t spend a lot […]

Let me do things my way, Apple. Please.

I get annoyed by iTunes and have a rant about it on my personal blog.

Should you worry about Windows XP?

On April 8 this year, Microsoft stopped all support for Windows XP and no further updates or security patches will be delivered. A friend of mine runs a business using point-of-sale software (POS) which is operating on several computers still using XP, and the inevitable experts appeared out of the woodwork to tell him he […]

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The answer to this question is, as always, “it depends”. If you have had the Internet switched off for the last month you might not have heard of Heartbleed. It was a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software that secures Internet communications such as email, web sites, instant messaging and virtual private networks (VPNs). I […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

Sometimes we geriatrics know things

The following observation was made in a Facebook comment responding to someone who had said that her current work at a law firm was related to a course she had done in law school but she had forgotten all about it since she closed the books. At least it isn’t outdated before you even graduate, unlike […]