The man who receives five thousand dollars a year wants six thousand dollars a year, and the man who owns eight or nine hundred thousand dollars will want a hundred thousand dollars more to make it a million, while the man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day. (Samuel Gompers)
I was interested to note that a company selling a campus security
product has added Linux and Macintosh to the operating systems
Enforcing network security on a college campus has to be among
the toughest challenges any administrator would face. I don't know anything
about the value of this software, but I bet it's the Linux users who have given
the admins the most gray hair and pale complexions. But now Macs are
increasing their numbers, and while most are probably well behaved
students who themselves want a safer computer environment, today a
few are probably rogue hackers interested in seeing just how much they
can get away with.
Apparently this works by downloading software to the student's machine,
which then runs, reports back, and erases itself. I have to wonder how sophisticated that would be: for example, I bet someone running a virtual machine
like VMware could bypass all the checks easily.
Be that as it may be, it's still interesting that Macs are apparently gaining more presence on campus.