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Articles in the category Thoughts

October 8, 2018

Chinese Spy Chips? That's Why DEVONthink Uses Strong Encryption

Last week Bloomberg Businessweek published an article named The Big Hack. The authors claim that testers have found a tiny microchip on server mainboards that wasn’t part of the original designs:

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China. (more)

April 4, 2018

Welcome SSL/TLS and Good-Bye Facebook

We know that you like to keep your private data private. And our software and processes are designed to keep it that way. Here's what we've done recently to protect your privacy and security as well as our own integrity in these matters: … (more)

March 1, 2017

When the Web Breaks

If you weren't aware of it already, there was a problem on the internet yesterday for a couple of hours. A little problem in terms of describing it: Amazon Web Services (AWS) was "having problems". However, it was really a big problem for any app or service relying on the S3 services. One of those services was us. Our downloads were unavailable for a period of time. Slack, Trello, Time Inc., and others were affected. Some even experienced some home automation problems because they relied on the IFFFT website. (more)

December 1, 2015

Telecommuting, the DEVONtech Lifestyle

By Jim Neumann. Jim is customer support specialist at DEVONtechnologies and works from home in Michigan, USA, or any other place he likes.

Your alarm clock didn't go off, your hot shower was lukewarm, traffic was backed up, you spilled coffee when that red coupe cut in front of you, and the boss was eyeing his watch as you limped in to your cubicle. This is a typical morning for a commuter. But there's an alternative. According to current research, in 2014 almost 2.9 million people in the US alone telecommuted for For Profit employers. I am one of them. So what is telecommuting really like? (more)

February 28, 2014

Thank You, Akismet

From our blog dashboard. The spam queue is 14 days which makes 928 intercepted spam comments per day. I am more that happy with the Akismet popup: true spam protection service. (more)

February 12, 2014

The Day We Fight Back

We like the Internet and especially its openness. The latter, however, means also that everything that travels through it can be intercepted, stored, and analyzed. And we don't like to be watched. We clearly support an open Internet free of mass surveillance. (more)

August 27, 2013

We Favor Open Over Closed

Since the very first telephone companies popup: true and there is an ongoing struggle between advocates (and adversaries) of open vs. closed systems. Today is the time of the closed systems.

The Apple II popup: true was wide open and while the first Mac hardware was the exact opposite you could still do whatever your wanted in software. Even if there were no official hooks for this and that, as long as you knew how to access something there was no one holding you back. (more)

November 5, 2012

About Moderating Comments

In the last few week we have received two comments on the blog as well as on Facebook that didn't only criticize our software or business behavior but also directly insulted us as persons. While we usually never moderate comments or threads in our user forum ((/redirect.php?id=principles text: see e.g. our business principles popup: true title: Read our business principles)), I did in these cases. So please feel free to discuss our software in our user forum popup: true, but please do so in a friendly and fair way. Thank you.

December 14, 2011

Pair Networks is Building a Green Hosting Facility

Since its founding in 2002 DEVONtechnologies is committed to protecting the environment. DEVONtechnologies donates on a regular basis to the World-wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and encourages everyone to switch to renewable energy sources. I personally receive my electricity from a local waterpower station, Christian, our chief engineer, is just building his new house using a heat pump and other state-of-the-art technology. (more)

March 14, 2011

Japan Needs Our Help

Last Friday, Mar 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a catastrophic earthquake followed by a tsunami and the melt-down of at least two nuclear power cores with yet-unknown effects on life in the region. Official sources report more than 10,000 people dead and more than 500,000 homeless, but as of today the concrete number of victims is still unknown. (more)