Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

My two cents on the 1 password Dropbox issue

Here's a quote:

Your characterizations are incorrect, or as some might say, 'disingenuous'. AgileBits does not claim it's impossible to do so. To quote: "This is not to say it's impossible, but it requires much more careful planning and consideration than changing the permission request in the application." They also note that 'the new secure mode' would break functionality for "many customers", due to a design choice (or flaw) in the Dropbox API: "But even if we were able to work around many of those complications and used the Dropbox API to limit permissions and use a specific app folder, there's still at least one major issue, which (as Khad explained to you a few years ago) is that Dropbox API doesn't allow sharing folders between different Dropbox accounts. That would prevent sharing a 1Password vault with others via Dropbox, which is a feature that many customers love and rely on." Claiming that this 'wouldn't be the case' is a misleading characterization. In actuality, they would have to support two modes - a reduced-functionality 'secure' mode, and a full-functionality 'legacy' mode. While it may be distasteful that users shares password vaults using Dropbox, they have clearly chosen to continue supporting that use case. 1Password offers a paid product that competes with the usually-free Dropbox-based sharing solution. Their paid product is far more secure than the shared-Dropbox method, with both per-vault and per-device encryption keys. It offers no compromises in functionality and offers what some would consider an increase in security for shared-vault users over the 'legacy' Dropbox model discussed herein. It uses a cloud storage service other than Dropbox, but that's no more a dealbreaker than Dropbox itself would be. So with 1Password having already implemented both "the new secure mode" (paid) and "a legacy mode for backwards compatibility" (dropbox), they clearly have already accepted the additional maintenance burden of the increased security requirements of their 'new' method. Please identify the evidence you see supporting your claim that it is impossible, in light of their words and actions to the contrary.


Obviously, the reason they don't want to work on this is because it competes with their paid product. Simple as that I think.

Monday, January 2, 2017

good evening


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Like Uncle Bob always says...

If we want to be treated as professionals, we have to start acting like professionals. This means we do not always bow down to the "business". If there is something that is not "right", we at least let the "business" know and give them options so they can make a choice. 

Like a plumber or a surgeon, we need to listen to our customer but at the end of the day whether to carry out a procedure is up to us. As we have seen in the VW case, the management will readily throw us under the bus anyway. Why would we want to lie down in front of the bus if we know the bus will run us over?

Friday, December 23, 2016

State of the web

Yesterday I found myself chiding someone for going to a website I
didn't recognize. Where does that put my mental model of the web in
{{current year}}? Thinking back to my own web use, I can see something
disturbing happening: my web browsing has coalesced into a small
number of web sites. I think this is worrisome if more people think
like me. How is a new service supposed to gain traction if everyone is
wary of trying it?

Monday, December 19, 2016

On delusions of grandeur

Image credit: Collin Knopp-Schwyn
I have to confess that I regularly find myself thinking that what I do is correct and righteous and all those things. I start with that assumption and wrap everything else around that idea and if an observation doesn't that assumption then I start questioning the observation. 

This results in a distorted view of reality. What I do is always right. A more microscopic way of saying “Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!”

It is similar to tribalism on a minute scale. In the grand scheme of things, we are so inconsequential that rightness and wrongness doesn't really matter to the universe. However, it matters to us. In our context, what we do and what we think are massively important.

The first thing I need to do is be aware that this happens. Then I can acknowledge it, be on the lookout for it, and take steps to correct it.

Image credit: Collin Knopp-Schwyn from

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Repeal CFAA

Lets repeal CFAA.