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Talk about killing two birds with one stone – according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, more Americans on their phones while watching TV.  About half of U.S. mobile phone owners use their devices while watching TV, a new study suggests.  While most (38%) are clicking away as a commercial filler, many are enhancing their viewing experience by interacting along with the program. About 23% of cellphone users exchange text messages with their friends about the same show they are simultaneously watching on TV; around 20% of them visit websites mentioned on TV; 22% used their phone to check whether something they heard on television was true; 11% of cellphone owners use their devices to read what others are writing online about a particular television program; another 11% posts comments on online boards using their cellphones; and 6% used their phone to... (more)

GartnerDC 2013: The Video Outtakes

You’ve seen the videos Gartner Data Center 2013: Find F5 GartnerDC 2013: DDoS Reference Architecture GartnerDC 2013: Application Services Reference Architecture GartnerDC 2013: Intelligent DNS Scale Reference Architecture GartnerDC 2013: That’s a Wrap Now check out the video flubs, mistakes and bloopers from Garner DC 2013. Only 3 this time!! ps Technorati Tags: f5,gartner,gartnerdc,outtakes,bloopers,silva,trade show,video,conference,reference architecture,humor Connect with Peter: Connect with F5: ... (more)

Bricks (Thru the Window) and Mortar (Rounds)

…or I’ve been Breached. There was a time when people differentiated between stealing from a physical store and pilfering data from a network.  Throughout the years there have been articles talking about the safety/risks of shopping online vs. shopping at a retail outlet.  You could either get carjacked in the parking lot and have your wallet stolen on Black Friday or your browser hijacked and your digital identity stolen on Cyber Monday.  There are probably many people who exclusively shop one way or another due to their own risk assessment of each…ignoring whatever convenience,... (more)

Cloud Computing Making Waves

Every once in a while, I’ll do a news search for ‘cloud computing.’  Yesterday was one of those days and while there are always a few stories about ‘the cloud,’ I was somewhat amazed by the number and range of topics that appeared.  Also, the most recent issue (Oct 2011) of Consumer Reports had an article about ‘what’s the cloud.’  It was fairly elementary but for some reason when something is covered in Consumer Reports, I tend to think it’s finally reaching the masses.  I’m glad they included, ‘Use caution when signing up for any cloud service. Make sure your information is w... (more)

Bit.ly, Twitter, Security & You

..or, what I did on my twitter vacation the other day.  This brief break from 26 Short Topics about Security is brought to you by bit.ly, twitter, security and You.  I’ve been using bit.ly for a little while both to shorten links and be able to track clicks placed on twitter (and other social sites) – as many of you do.  When the twitter outage hit last week, and many folks found themselves ‘lost’ without it, I decided to review my stats on the bit.ly links I’ve sent and found something interesting; or frightening.  :-)  (Incidentally, there was a another DDoS attack yesterday ... (more)