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Is Social Networking a Fad?

In the last 24 months social networking has seemingly come to a head of steam.  Facebook, MySpace and Bebo have been around for a number of years, but in addition we now have the likes of LinkedIn for professional networking and any number of micro-blogging and commentary sites.  This is not to mention Twitter...

Social Networking is really what the internet was invented for.  Shame it's taken the best part of 15 years to come together.  Many people now see email as a dying breed of communication, probably due to the increased 'spam', increased volume and lack of clarity it brings.  If only 65% of your emails are useful to you, you're wasting 35% of your "mail" time.  Full stop.  Time is one thing social networkers do NOT like to waste.  Everything has to be quicker, smaller and more customized.  Rapid execution is the key underlining factor.


This bubble of attention and innovation with regards to small, simple and rapid execution based socnet sites is seemin…

Security Over Configuration?

Many recent software development frameworks use the term "Convention over Configuration".  The main idea behind this, is to remove the need for a programmer to explain every detail of an application and instead only specify what the unconventional aspects will be.  This should in theory, remove coding unnecessary aspects of the application that otherwise should be taken for granted.  This results in faster development, simplified code and ease of management.  Anything that doesn't fit the 'convention' needs to be 'configured'.

I wonder if this approach could be applied to the view of security, not only from a software perspective, but in general every day life?  Security in terms of software is often seen as an add-on, an extra, something to do at the end or if something erroneous occurs.  This shouldn't be the case.  Security should be built from the ground up from a technical perspective and from a process perspective should be considered equal to t…