tag:elgan.com,2013:/posts Mike Elgan 2021-06-10T21:28:49Z Mike Elgan tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701748 2021-06-10T21:28:48Z 2021-06-10T21:28:49Z It doesn't make sense to photograph art in a museum -- you can just download better pictures -- but this is so epic

I couldn't stop myself from taking like 30 pictures of the Winged Victory of Samothrace sculpture in the Louvre today. It's got to be the most amazing sculpture ever made. 

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701732 2021-06-10T21:09:41Z 2021-06-10T21:09:42Z I hope opening up so quickly doesn't set back all "le progress" they've made in France with the pandemic

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701726 2021-06-10T21:06:17Z 2021-06-10T21:06:17Z Well played, subtly photobombing woman behind me at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Well played.


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701653 2021-06-10T18:23:21Z 2021-06-10T18:23:22Z I had a duck burger today. I think it's duck season. ]]> Mike Elgan tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701628 2021-06-10T17:46:46Z 2021-06-10T17:46:47Z Smile! (Took a selfie with the Mona Lisa today. No lines!) ]]> Mike Elgan tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701618 2021-06-10T17:32:40Z 2021-06-10T17:32:41Z FaceTime at the Louvre ]]> Mike Elgan tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1701158 2021-06-09T16:10:03Z 2021-06-09T16:39:22Z My office today: our apartment in Central Paris

We are loving our apartment (for the next few days) in Central Paris -- it's in a very cool neighborhood, and the apartment itself is fantastic -- fiber optic internet, too. This is why we're nomads.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700791 2021-06-08T18:15:04Z 2021-06-08T21:19:01Z Tapas in El Born
And vermouth. And cava. At the awesome bar and restaurant called El Xampanyet. 

We got our covid test done for entry into France tomorrow. Now it’s tapa time. 
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700657 2021-06-08T12:57:36Z 2021-06-08T12:57:37Z Barcelona graffiti
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700591 2021-06-08T09:03:51Z 2021-06-08T09:13:20Z You’ll have to take my word for it — there’s delicious hot chocolate under all that whipped cream
We never fail to chillax at Granja M. Viader, a very old-school place that specializes in delicious churros and chocolate, every time we visit Barcelona. They’ve been around since the 1870s, and they haven’t so much as moved a chair since we came here decades ago. Love. This. Place. 
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700584 2021-06-08T08:28:12Z 2021-06-08T09:13:46Z A beautiful morning on La Rambla
Amira and I came to Barcelona on our honeymoon many years ago, before overtourism burdened this unique city, and the city felt just like this. The pandemic is still keeping the tourist always, and these feel like stolen days.]]>
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700251 2021-06-07T15:51:25Z 2021-06-08T08:30:15Z How Spain vets incoming travelers

Today was the first day that Spain allowed people from some countries who have been vaccinated to enter the without needing to enter on important business. 

The Spanish consulate website said you need two things to enter the country now. First, proof of vaccination. Second, to complete a form on the website for health and travel published by the Spanish government. The form asks all the standard Covid related health questions (have you been in contact with some poor bastard dying of COVID?, etc.), asked if you were vaccinated and also if you had a negative Covid test in the 72 hours before arrival. 

But when I actually entered the country, they didn’t ask to see proof of vaccination They only scanned the QR code on the app, then waved me in. 
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1700217 2021-06-07T14:46:53Z 2021-06-07T14:46:54Z They put a Starbucks in the Boqueria market in Barcelona
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1699797 2021-06-06T18:12:04Z 2021-06-06T18:12:04Z You've heard the doom-and-gloom scenarios around cloud security. Here's why they may never come true!

We’ve all heard dire predictions about the future of cybersecurity trends, especially cloud security. IoT environments will expand the attack surface beyond control and encourage breaches. Hybrid offices will always pose a greater risk as cyber criminals exploit flex and remote work. Insecure APIs will open the door to attacks. Attackers will hijack employee accounts. Cloud resources will lack visibility. 

But what if these threats and risks are overblown? Here’s why all these dire predictions about cloud security might never come to pass.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1699782 2021-06-06T17:54:18Z 2021-06-06T17:54:18Z The rise of video snooping as a service

Among the many important aspects of IoT security, live cameras are one of the most open to misuse. People have been video snooping, watching private cameras and doing other sketchy things around connected cameras for many years. But in recent months, the intensity and risk around video have risen.

Video has breached privacy, or even security, in recent months in three main ways: 

  1. Cyber criminals place hidden cameras in hotel rooms or home bedrooms. From there, they sell video clips or even live streams from those cameras online at scale.
  2. Attackers digitally break into a company that provides security video services. From there they gain admin access to the companies’ servers. They can snoop on the live feeds of schools, hospitals and even cybersecurity companies using their products and services.
  3. Threat actors exploit connected video cameras using insecure default configurations and other flaws.

It’s time to explore the potential for abuse (social engineering, blackmail, intelligence for sale and more). 

Here's how you can protect yourself against this new wave of video attacks!



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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1699763 2021-06-06T17:09:31Z 2021-06-06T17:09:32Z Why you need to be intentional about encrypting cloud data

Cloud security and web application security demand technology and practices that protect applications and data hosted remotely. Good old-fashioned data encryption is chief among these. The reasons for encrypting cloud data, of course, are privacy, security and regulatory compliance — all standard for any successful enterprise. At the bottom of all this is the idea of being intentional about encryption, knowing the standards you need to meet and the specifics of your group’s needs. Make sure you’re seeing the whole picture with our guide.


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1699748 2021-06-06T16:26:38Z 2021-06-06T16:26:39Z My office today: Miami Airport Admiral’s Club
We’ve got a 7-hour layover, so we’re camping out. 
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1699446 2021-06-05T19:17:05Z 2021-06-05T19:17:05Z Watch my friend Julia Weber detail the link between mass shootings and domestic violence

My wonderful friend Julia Weber is the implementation director at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Here she is on Democracy Now to explain the link between mass shootings and domestic violence, and offers some very sensible solutions to address the crisis

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1698929 2021-06-04T17:11:59Z 2021-06-05T18:55:58Z The mainstreaming of digital nomad living has opened up a world of business and work opportunities

That Remote Life podcaster Mitko Karshovski was kind enough to host me on his podcast, where we talked about how the world has changed in favor of new business opportunities for digital nomads who specialize in hybrid and remote work. Listen now!

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1698481 2021-06-03T13:35:07Z 2021-06-03T13:35:07Z Princess Squishyface is so ready for summer!

(She hasn't been able to play with other children much since the pandemic began, so she's really looking forward to the end of the pandemic!)

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1698471 2021-06-03T13:08:36Z 2021-06-03T13:27:41Z Have you ever seen a hydrogen car get gas?

My son, Kevin, bought a hydrogen fuel cell electric Toyota Mirai, recently. He absolutely loves it. As a bonus, he found out that the one of the best hydrogen stations around is right around the corner from his house. 

Here's what it looks like to get gas at a hydrogen station: 

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1697665 2021-06-01T13:54:40Z 2021-06-01T13:54:41Z Why the food industry needs far better cybersecurity

The food industry faces an uncertain future. Restaurants and prepared-food companies, food manufacturers, farmers and producers that survived the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 are heading into a new world. Some of the competition has been removed, new players are entering the market and both tastes and consumer habits have changed. Take a look at our recipe for how food manufacturers can boost their internet of things (IoT) security in the midst of all those changes

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1696315 2021-05-28T22:27:15Z 2021-05-28T22:27:16Z New Mike's List: Down with the Twitter aristocracy! Plus: commie smartphones, glitching pants, military sarcasm radar and more!

One problem with Twitter is the existence of a blue-check aristocracy. Now Twitter plans to further separate users into paid and not paid social media classes. What the company really needs is a verification system that democratizes Twitter. 

Plus, the Russian smartphone customizing company Caviar is releasing a custom Huawei Mate 40 Pro and an iPhone 12 Limited Edition smartphone to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. Workers of the world, unite behind this $25,000 gadget!

The clothing company Le Je is selling pants that look like a glitch in the Matrix. 

Rolls-Royce has come out with a car that is more than just a car — it's also a picnic basket. 

And DARPA, the US military research arm that brought us GPS, the graphical interface and the internet, is finally funding something useful — a sarcasm detector!

Read all about it in the latest edition of Mike's List!

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1695597 2021-05-26T22:24:37Z 2021-05-26T22:24:38Z Health care orgs also need to be immunized... against cyberattacks

Health care data security has always been a concern. But in the last year, health care and digital safety have become even more urgent topics in government, business and in the public at large. The reason is the sudden and enormous rise in attacks, both in number and impact. Where are those health care cyberattacks coming from? And, how can cybersecurity teams protect health care data? Here's what you need to know
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1695545 2021-05-26T21:19:28Z 2021-05-26T21:19:28Z What happens when you capture an eclipse with an iPhone through a car window
We happened to be driving from Silicon Valley to L.A. this morning, setting out at 2:30am. We watched the entire eclipse unfold in front of us as we drove. My wife even took pictures with her iPhone 12, and they look surprisingly good.]]>
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1695115 2021-05-25T19:15:35Z 2021-05-25T19:15:36Z How 5G will totally transform media and entertainment cyber security

Any discussion about how technology is changing entertainment should include 5G. The new wireless networking standard could completely transform the entertainment landscape—and with it media and entertainment cyber security.

And it's no mystery why: 5G can offer radically faster download speeds, vastly reduced latency, much higher network capacity and other benefits that could fuel an explosion in new applications, platforms, devices and possibilities for entertainment.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1694709 2021-05-24T19:22:03Z 2021-05-26T21:40:49Z This! Week! In! TWiT! Live, in studio!

Don't even THINK about missing this super special episode of This Week in Tech!! Leo Laporte hosts guests Iain Thomson, Jason Howell and me in the first post-pandemic show where we're all in studio for the first time since the pandemic began. (The gathering for the show followed both CDC advisories and also California state law; there was no studio audience.) 

In this fantastic episode, we drink some of the world's finest mezcal as we solve the problems of Google's new talking AI (LaMDA), Google's problem with AI bias, DeepMind, Project Starline, Android 12, the future of Wear OS, the end of Tizen, Google's new RSS reader, new Google Workspace updates, Google's quantum computer plans, one Googler in government, Bill Gates' divorce, Andy Weir (interviewed by Leo on Triangulation), the abortion of Microsoft Windows 10x, the assisted suicide of Windows Explorer, Microsoft Teams, Snap's sucking up to Apple, Tim Cook's testimony in the Epic v. Apple case, MacOS takes one for the team in that trial, Apple's lossless music update, Amazon's response, the Citizen crime app's new rent-a-cop service, Jeff Bezos' space program, Twitter verification, raising the dead with AR, the Bitcoin plunge, Netflix's gaming plans and so much more!!

Go here to watch the show!

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Go here to join Club TWiT!

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1694338 2021-05-23T23:21:18Z 2021-05-23T23:21:18Z Actually in the TWiT studio!!
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1694236 2021-05-23T18:38:38Z 2021-05-23T18:38:39Z On my way to the TWiT studios for the first all in-studio TWiT since the pandemic began!
WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!!
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/1693411 2021-05-21T15:55:05Z 2021-05-21T15:55:05Z Have you ever had really, really good mezcal?

Mezcal is a distilled beverage made from cooked and fermented agave juice. But that definition barely scratches the surface of this incredibly complex spirit.

Most people outside Mexico are more familiar with tequila, which is in fact one kind of mezcal. All tequila is made from agave tequilana Weber, or Weber blue agave and cooked in steam ovens, usually in the state of Jalisco.

Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from any of roughly 50 species of agave, and each brings a different taste to the final product. 

Here's everything you need to know about the magical world of mezcal.
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