Realtime Retinal Scanners

Not sure what to believe. This sounds a little too “fantastic”

So will we live the future under iris scanners and constant Big Brother monitoring? According to Carter, eye scanners will soon be so cost-effective–between $50-$100 each–that in the not-too-distant future we’ll have “billions and billions of sensors” across the globe

FastCompany has the story


Best Quote From IPVideoMarket

Most manufacturer cases studies suck. They regularly consist of banal and pointless claims like “now I can watch video on my laptop” or “the video quality is so much better than my 10 year old DVR,” etc.

Emphasis by me 🙂

Windows 7 Tablet

Windows 7 was not designed for touch, but we will probably see a bunch of skinned Windows 7 versions for all the different tablets (almost like HTC Sense for Android and Windows Mobile 6.5). This will fragment the Windows 7 tablet market into a bunch of isolated platforms with small differences in screen resolution, aspect and capabilities that need to be queried and handled if an application is to utilize the hardware fully.

If I need to code for N different carrier/manufacturer specific platforms and app-stores I will not be supporting the platform. I am no fan of the iPad as a tool, as an accessory it’s great (stylish and pleasant to work with, but of almost no utility), but that’s the platform I would pick.

Windows 7 vs iPad

Logitech Enters the Security Market

Update : Review available

In the consumer segment off course, but at $299 for the indoor model and $350 for a ruggedized outside model it looks like a pretty sweat deal. Can’t wait to get my hands on a system.

“The video security market is characterized by expensive, hard-to-install and hard-to-use security systems, as well as poor-quality monitoring cameras”



Targeted Virus Attacks

One day, they will be targeting COM objects distributed by NVR vendors or NVRs in general. All it takes is one weak spot and all hell can break loose.

Right now, they are targeting SCADA systems!!

It reminds me of our first web interface. We simply wrote a custom HTTP handler that did NOTHING but serve up images and video. No execution of scripts or arbitrary code on the server (no CGI, ASP, PHP or any such thing). Was it flawless? No, but when IIS had a UNC/unicode problem that allowed a visitor to delete random files on the server (which actually happened on our web-site), we just cruised through it.