I’m being attacked by the Chinese, Russians and my neighbors!

Below are the top 20 people that have been trying to hack in to my network. I recently put in a beefier router (Cisco 881) for my internet connection. It logs every connection attempt denied by my firewall and boy did I get some interesting data.The biggest offender is somone right in my neighborhood (I reported him to Time Warner Cable security).  But what is really scary is the bulk of these attempts are coming from China. Bottom line, make sure you have a good firewall on your internet connection!

IP Address # of attempts Country State City Internet Provider
76.170.250.245 145 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA CARSON ROAD RUNNER HOLDCO LLC
58.218.204.110 94 CHINA BEIJING BEIJING CHINANET JIANGSU PROVINCE NETWORK
208.85.44.18 50 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA OAKLAND PANDORA MEDIA INC
208.85.44.14 47 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA OAKLAND PANDORA MEDIA INC
76.170.250.10 46 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA CARSON ROAD RUNNER HOLDCO LLC
222.45.112.59 41 CHINA BEIJING BEIJING CHINA RAILWAY TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER
195.131.4.164 33 RUSSIAN FEDERATION SAINT PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG SINTEZ
208.78.169.234 32 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA SAUSALITO FEDERATED MEDIA PUBLISHING
222.186.26.72 30 CHINA BEIJING BEIJING CHINANET JIANGSU PROVINCE NETWORK
207.38.104.92 30 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA SAUSALITO FEDERATED MEDIA PUBLISHING INC
204.11.51.59 25 CANADA ONTARIO TORONTO PRIVATE CUSTOMER
204.11.51.60 23 CANADA ONTARIO TORONTO PRIVATE CUSTOMER
208.78.169.235 22 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA SAUSALITO FEDERATED MEDIA PUBLISHING
207.38.104.93 21 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA SAUSALITO FEDERATED MEDIA PUBLISHING INC
218.60.132.111 12 CHINA LIAONING SHENYANG CHINA UNICOM LIAONING PROVINCE NETWORK
58.53.128.61 11 CHINA HUBEI WUHAN CHINANET HUBEI PROVINCE NETWORK
204.11.51.61 11 CANADA ONTARIO TORONTO PRIVATE CUSTOMER
79.48.206.13 10 ITALY SARDEGNA CAGLIARI NAS DHCP POOL CAGLIARI
69.163.222.208 10 UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA BREA NEW DREAM NETWORK LLC
98.88.144.44 7 UNITED STATES GEORGIA ATLANTA ASM ADSL CBB

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Is technology still too complex?

My biggest gripe about technology is that it is still too hard for non-techies. I feel so bad for non-technical people in this day and age. I can’t tell you how many relatives or friends complain about a problem with their PC that is bugging the hell out of them. I go in and find out it is a simple problem and I  fix it in 30 seconds. Meanwhile they have lost hours of productivity.

When my father first starting using a PC, he was always pretty frustrated with it. He would ask me, “Does anybody test this $#it? All of this stuff is designed by techie engineers like you and nobody asks people like me to test it before they sell it.” He hit the nail on the head. Any piece of technology aimed at mainstream consumers should be able to pass the “grandma” test. It means if your grandma can’t pick up whatever gadget you have designed and start using most of the functionality of it, you fail. The iPhone is one of the first devices ever to come close to passing this test, hence its wild success.

That is why everything is shifting towards cloud computing and thin-client type devices. That’s why Google is big on Android and Apple is big on iOS. In the future, you will probably not use a regular PC/Mac anymore. Short of a radical shift in strategy, Microsoft is toast. They have been sliding downhill ever since Ballmer took over. It is really a shame because I like Microsoft, but they got arrogant and thought no one could challenge them.

So what do you think? Should all mainstream consumer gadgets pass the “grandma test” or should people become more tech savvy and just deal with the complexity?

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If I could give you anything…

I am a big fan of Michael Josephson. He runs an institute whose charter is to promote ethics and character. He does a little segment on KNX news radio every week and I heard one this morning that, as a father, really touched me. Luckily, he posted it to his web site so I could share it with you all. It is definitely something I am going to read to my daughter when she is older. You can read it here.

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Is self-check out at the supermarket faster?

Last year, my classmate Laurie Rossi and I did a project for a stats class where we timed a bunch of supermarket checkouts to determine which was faster. Waiting in line for a cashier or heading to a kiosk. We came up with some interesting findings:

  • Never use the kiosk if you have more than 10 items. It takes 6x longer to scan one item at a cashier. This multiplier effect becomes more apparent the more items you have. If you have 3 items, it will probably take a cashier around 6 seconds to scan them and 18 seconds for a kiosk. This is only a 12 second difference. Let’s say you have 15 items, cashier will take 30 seconds and the kiosk will take 3 minutes!
  • Never use the kiosk if you have produce. The time it takes to look up the produce codes using the machine takes a long time. The cashier has the codes memorized and can input them in seconds.
  • Never use the kiosk if you are paying cash. The process of inserting bills into the bill reader is slow and cumbersome.
  • Assuming you have less than 10 items and little to no produce, you will always get out of the store quicker using the express line cashier unless there are more than 3 customers waiting in line for the cashier.
  • The only time using a kiosk makes sense is if you have a small number of items, little to no produce, are paying with credit or debit and are technically savvy enough to know how to work a touchscreen and barcode reader.

You can view the full report here

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    Inside the Mind of Google

    As part of my Information Systems class, I had to watch this video and do a short write-up.

    This video gives a pretty in depth look at Google. It starts by taking a look at corporate culture, does a deep-dive on the privacy issue, takes a look at the shift toward mobile devices, how small businesses are benefiting from Google AdWords and concludes with a look at how organizations are taking advantage of Google App Engine to deploy their apps in the cloud. Allow me to share a few thoughts about some of the issues brought up in the video.

    Google is a testament to the power of a good idea and keeping it simple. Larry Page and Sergei Brin came up with a simple concept as grad student and it became more successful than they ever conceived. What truly sets them apart is that, in an age of complexity, Google keeps things simple. Another differentiator is how they are able to attract top talent by a corporate culture based on fun.

    Perhaps the biggest issue Google faces is related to ethics and privacy. I am always amazed at why most people never stop to ask why services like Google or Facebook are free to users. As the video points out, the price is your privacy. Google retains a lot of information and while they claim they anonymize, but the bottom line is, as the video points out, that if one were to take all of this info and combine it with other info, the data is not lo longer anonymous. CEO Eric Schmidt’s answer “If you don’t want people to know what you are doing, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.” I find that to be an awfully arrogant statement. Does Schmidt really think all our activities should be made public?  Luckily, as Schmidt point out, that if they did use their data against people, they would lose their customers.

    Google has fundamentally shifted the balance of power in computing away from Microsoft. No one was ever able to challenge Microsoft in the desktop applications space, until Google changed the paradigm from apps installed on PC’s to apps running from the cloud on a variety of devices. Next up, Google will use the cloud paradigm to begin chipping away at Microsoft’s bread and butter, desktop and server operating systems. Android and ChromeOS are simple, lightweight operating systems that are powered by the cloud. Consumer are getting tired of complex and convoluted traditional desktop OS’s and people are going to begin migrating away from them. At least Apple is shifting their focus away from MacOS towards their simpler iOS. Unfortunately, Microsoft kept riding the desktop gravy train a little too long and we might be witnessing the beginning of their downfall.

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    AT&T and the iPhone

    Do you think AT&T is to blame for all of the iPhone’s problems? Think again. As part of a project for a marketing class, I did an investigation and found some eye-opening data. I have found independent test reports that show AT&T’s data network is superior to Verizon’s and that the iPhone has several engineering flaws that are responsible for a lot of the problems. This paper I wrote shows how Apple’s superior brand image and AT&T’s horrible brand image are the real culprits here. It is a pretty interesting read, if you have the time.

    AT&T and the iPhone

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    I’ve officially been published in academia

    I am the first student to be published in the Graziadio business report blog. Normally, it is faculty only, so I’m pretty jazzed up about it. Feel free to check it out.

    Could Private Deposit Insurance Stabilize the Banking System?

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