Being grateful for what you don’t have.

Source: Today in History: November 23 – StumbleUpon

Broward County Canvassing Board member, Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled presidential punchcard ballot on November 23, 2000 as the board begins counting the county’s ballots that were considered questionable. After review by the three-member panel, the vote went to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush. (text from article)

As Thanksgiving approaches, we consider more all the things we have to be grateful for. History is such a mixed bag of tragedy, elation and happiness. Being grateful for what you don’t have is just as important as being grateful for what you do have.

So many things to be grateful each day aren’t there? To not be in these photos, to not be in the time they were taken, to not be the people who were part of that history. When you think of the incredible chance of life, and then our live in particular it has to make you wonder why.

Even if there is no reason why, you can still appreciate the odds of being here and being alive. I read earlier today that of the 1 million people alive this week, they would all be dead by the end of the week. Isn’t it amazing how many people die, born and live in this small planet?

I wonder sometimes how life would be different if we lived on another planet that was larger. I think that we would have the same problems, and that it would just be more difficult since it would be hard to solve by moving to another planet. I wonder how long it will take before people start living on the moon and mining that. I suspect it will happen in less than 25 years.

Are you more happy with what you have, or what you don’t have in your life?

5 Steps to Protect Yourself From Becoming an Apple Pay Fraud Victim – StumbleUpon

Source: 5 Steps to Protect Yourself From Becoming an Apple Pay Fraud Victim – StumbleUpon

Interesting isn’t it? Apple stated that Apple Pay was more secure, yet it is marred by higher fraud rates than Google Pay and Samsung Pay. Apple blames the banks, but ultimately it is a failure of management to control this process. Apple seems to promise things that they don’t deliver on-like this.

Promising and not delivering is something Apple has had a problem with for years. A few years back  Apple claimed they didn’t get viruses, yet viruses, worms and more have always happened to macs. Then Apple started to do a limited amount of anti-virus but didn’t tell people about it. At that point, Apple stopped saying they are safe from viruses. Apple makes it seem that they are safe, but all the time there are vulnerable to problems.

Another example would be the Mac store. Recently it was found certificates in software were revoked due to an outdated security method and all that time they were not revoked the computers were vulnerable. Some issues have existed on Apple systems for years like Unix flaws, and that took years to discover them.

There are more examples where Apple dropped the ball, didn’t tell its users, and the customers suffered. It doesn’t say great things about being an Apple customer when you can’t trust the company who promised their system was safe. Yes nothing is a guarantee, but you shouldn’t promise what you can’t deliver.

One of the objections to this is that Windows or any software is going to have vulnerabilities, and that is the nature of software. That is a fascinating answer and ultimately a deception. Unix software has worked and been tested for several decades, and when apple changes the Unix foundation to replace it with an Apple “improvement” it causes problems.

For example, for a long time Apple used a specific way to get DNS and it had issues. They replaced it with an Apple software that really made it difficult to use in business. I had to work on those issues when this happened. Then Apple realized the error of their ways and replaced the older Unix software. Being a software company should be like being a doctor. “First do no harm”. You don’t replace software without extensive testing, which almost every company now doesn’t do. Apple used to be famous for not crashing, but it has crashed more in the past 5 years than it ever did before. Where is the quality?