Relay #70, Panel F

don't just know technology, understand it

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Vegetables are bad for you

Growing up we all heard the constant banter about eating your vegetables. They'll make you stronger; they're good for your eyes; they're good for your digestive system, etc. etc. etc.

I'm not denying nor do I have a problem with the proven health benefits of vegetables. What I do have a problem with is the mindset that it gives those individulas who aren't willing to follow through with the lifestyle. They feel that eating their vegetables means they don't need to excercise, they can read in low light and they don't need to chew their food thirty two times (non-Jamaicans needn't try to understand that last bit). People who eat vegetables think they're invincible, when the truth of the matter is they've done little more than excercised their jaw bones for the time it takes to eat it.

A similar situation exists in the world of IT. The false sense of security that hugs individulas that employ tools that propose to make them safer. I'm not denying nor do I have a problem with the proven security benifits of such tools. What I do have a problem with is the mindset...

The pervasiveness of virus scanners, firewalls and the like have pushed many into feeling that they can take unnecessary risks. Unsafe browsing practices and the lack of operating system and application updates are just a couple examples. What shold be done without a second thought is now put aside because of the blanket of perceived protection provided by these programs. Again, virus scanners and firewalls are worth their weight in semi precious metals, but they're pretty innefective when you invite trouble in the front door.

In my opinion anything that causes people to put common sense aside because they think the work is being done for them, it doesn't matter what it is or how it's packaged, is no good for you.