Showing posts from August, 2022

Apple E-Waste

 Apple no longer provide you with a charger when you buy an iPhone. According to Apple, this is to reduce E-Waste because everyone has multiple chargers. Few people are buying their first iPhone. Apple do make quite a bit of their environmental credentials. The problem is that chargers are not the biggest problem for e-waste and Apple products. The biggest issue is how Apple do security. For several years Apple devices have Activation Lock as default. Activation Lock ties your iPhone to an iCloud account. If you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen, then no one can use your device. Even if the device is reset the moment it connects to the Apple servers it will be locked. This is great for security. Your device keeps your data secure. If you set it as stolen, then there is a custom message on the lock screen. This is all good news for security but terrible news for e-waste. If you want to resell your device, you need to remove that lock first. If the device was given to you by a compan


 The organisation of networks in IT has been based around domains for the last 30 years. Before then we had informal, ad-hoc networking. In the Microsoft world this was primarily Windows PCs and workgroups. In Unix you had NIS. However, with Microsoft’s domain logins the IT department put a metaphorical barbed wire fence around devices and users. Microsoft’s dominance of enterprise computing means the domain is the central container and security boundary of the modern enterprise IT environment. Domain names have evolved over time. It all started with NetBIOS . The BIOS is the firmware that starts your PC. Its moved on a bit from the first PC, now it’s UEFI. Back in the 1980s you had the Basic Input Output System. It provided the controls for disks, keyboard, and screens. Just to get it all started before the computer loaded the operating system. Once someone started to connect a network to the PC then we got NetBIOS. A non-routable basic system for connecting machines. NetBIOS allow