Author Archive | Ian Robinson
We hear a lot about how state actors are using cybercrime techniques in order to influence opinion and attack infrastructure in other countries. But we rarely see a well-argued analysis that backs up this assertion. This book provides just such a well-argued analysis that outlines persuasively which organisations, and which country, were behind the devastating cyberattacks WannaCry, NotPetya, and others. And it outlines who is gaining malicious access to the control systems for the infrastructure that powers our modern world. Such as the electricity generation and supply systems, transport systems, communications and broadcast systems, and other industrial control systems. It also provides enough evidence to support the conclusion that the same, or closely associated, malicious actors were behind attempts to influence elections in Europe and the USA. Probably in other countries as well.
The case against the perpetrators, who are identified in the book, is built up logically and comprehensively. Everyone should read it and then draw their own conclusions. I know I have. One of the best books of 2019. Undoubtedly the best on cybersecurity.
The audiobook is really good.
Summer is in full swing (in the northern hemisphere), and that means that it’s almost time for the VMworld US conference. I’m hearing the San Franciso siren call. Must resist this year! I love San Francisco and have been to a lot of events there. Several Apple Developer Conferences, a few MacWorld conferences, and VMworld. I was there so often from 2006 to 2012 that the staff in the Courtyard Marriott on 2nd Street recognised me and knew my favourite drink in the bar!
VMworld is the technical, networking, and socialising highlight of the year for everyone interested in all forms of virtualisation, hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, modern application deployment, intelligent storage, and more. With over 20,000 IT professionals in attendance, along with all the important IT vendors, a week at VMworld delivers a fire hose of industry innovation and best practice that it’s hard to get in such a pure form anywhere else.
The 2019 event returns to the Moscone Convention Centre in San Francisco and will occupy Moscone North, South, and West in the SOMA district of the city. So, in addition to the full-on technical and business information available, there is ample opportunity for extracurricular activities. From craft beers in the Thirsty Bear near Moscone South, strolls along The Embarcadero from the Oakland-Bay Bridge. Past Pier 39 to Fisherman’s Wharf, then on to Fort Mason and the Golden Gate Bridge. With many more city delights like dinner in Chinatown, a week at VMworld in San Francisco is not to be missed. I’ll maybe go to another one in the future…
Audio Version of this review
Anti-vaccine advocates received a blow in New York Thursday as state lawmakers banned non-medical exemptions based on religious beliefs—and there may be more blows coming.
Brilliant. Progress. More cities and regions should follow suit.
Here are my 10 favourite new 2018 released tracks that I discovered. There is an Apple Music Playlist to listen to them here.
Final 2018 walking stats (as recorded by Apple Watch)
Steps taken: 1,881,343.
Miles walked: 1,013.54.
Charts and monthly data table below. I think my target was 1,200 miles. So I missed it by about 15 miles per month. I will aim for 1,200 miles in 2019 again.
There are lots of good podcasts available. So many good ones it’s like a renaissance in radio, but for the digital age. Roger Taylor was quite prescient with his lyrics in Radio Gaga by Queen:
So stick around cos we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual
Quite. Although to be fair there is an explosion in video content as well with Netflix and others.
Here are the podcasts that I enjoyed the most in 2018:
I only read 27 books in 2018 (got through 52 in 2017.) I’ll set a goal of 26 for 2019 and aim to read a book a fortnight. From the 27 I finished here are my favourites. I read all four of the books in the Fractured Europe Sequence but I’ve just listed the two most recent ones in the list below.
One film per week is still one of the best decisions I have made in the last few years. Since starting it in February 2015 I have seen 207 newly released films. This year I only hit 48 in total due to a five-week gap in April & May due to a loud rasping cough that wasn’t cinema friendly. A few of the films I would have seen then I watched at home later in the year when they appeared on iTunes UK. With those and a few others that never made it to the local cinema, the total number of new films I saw in 2018 was 56.
From the 48 I saw in the cinema here are my top 10. They are listed in the order I saw them during the year.