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Old 12-10-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Does your company still keep dev PCs off the internet?

I have worked in the print, design, multimedia and webdev worlds. The only companies that I've ever seen have 2 computers for each person - one for internet use and one for development work.
I currently work at a company that does this.

My question is WHY? Its not the 1990s any more, AVG antivirus is free, and heck, everything works. Are you still holding on to outdated IT practices?
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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I have worked in the print, design, multimedia and webdev worlds. The only companies that I've ever seen have 2 computers for each person - one for internet use and one for development work.
I currently work at a company that does this.

My question is WHY? Its not the 1990s any more, AVG antivirus is free, and heck, everything works. Are you still holding on to outdated IT practices?
The last organisation I worked for was my local council. Viruses were the least of their problems because they had decent virus protection and I only ever saw a virus slip in once in 7 years; but the possibility of hacking attempts was a serious issue. We had an externally-provided DMZ for all external requests, and only the IT support guys could manipulate the servers in there.

   
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:21 PM   #3
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It's not the '90s any more, true. The bad guys have gotten a lot more sophisticated.

I'd say that if a company is more than normally security conscious, this practice makes quite a bit of sense. Computers are cheap.

   
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steve: I'd say that if a company is more than normally security conscious, this practice makes quite a bit of sense. Computers are cheap.
I wonder how this approach works given the push to online software--stupidly termed "cloud processing"?

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I suppose it means that if a company insists on being in the cloud, they have to accept the risk of rain. Snow. Sleet. Lightning. Strong winds. Security? Heh. Yeah. Right.

   
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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I have never worked in one of those situations, but one my doctors is a sole practitioner who keeps one computer for patient records, et al, and one for communications. The former is connected to the internet only long enough for updates, that rarely.
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steve: I suppose it means that if a company insists on being in the cloud, they have to accept the risk of rain. Snow. Sleet. Lightning. Strong winds.
You do have a way with the metaphor...'-}}

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I never metaphor I didn't like.

Hmm. What's a "phor"? If meta-data is data about data, what's a phor about phor?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphor explains the derivation but "meta" in this case isn't the same as we've meta before.

Contradict if you will, but simile when you say it.

   
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YOU are SO BAD!!! '-}}

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MetaBAD!!!

   
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