Cyber Warriors

Cyber Warriors  (the Atlantic by James Fallows)

Cyber threats, very interesting article. This article was brought to my attention this morning. As we all are aware the internet has a good side, and a very bad side. The fact is most people are not aware of the dangers, until its to late. Years ago when I was in college I worked for the Chart House streak and seafood high end restaurant in California. Bud was a retired programmer that knew I was studying computers in college and trained me on doing the books. At night I was a waiter, and on the weekends Bud had the weekend off and I became the weekend bookkeeper. This was 1990-1993. Very good money when you are putting yourself through college, and the free food was a blessing. He wrote a very cool software application that automated the bookkeeping processes that uploaded our end of the day accounting to the main office in Solano Beach California. However he trained me on the non-computer way of doing the books as well. I asked him..why? Bud had long white hair he would tie in a pony tail, and he turned to me and said computers are only a tool. They break, things happen, you should always have a non-computerized method to keep operations going. I thought OK. Then we had a mud slide that came down the Pacific Coast Mountain side and everything in the Restaurant was under three feet of mud and a whole bunch of nasty stuff. We as team cleaned the whole restaurant in one day. However all of our computers where under the 3 feet of mud. Back in those days, computers were extremely expensive, and it would take 3 to 4 weeks to get new ones. The restaurant was open and the good old paper way of doing business worked. The fact is are we forgetting how to do business the old fashion way, or are we so dependent on computers we are putting ourselves in danger. When was the last time you purchased groceries from a super market that didn’t have a barcode scanner and the clerk had one that the computer didn’t recognize? She had to get on the phone and ask a manager to come in and put the price in by hand? Or better yet, you had to walk to a customer service counter to get the item. Anyway interesting article!

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