• What is Holism?

    A Wikipedia definition is:

    Holism (from ὅλος holos, a Greek word meaning all, entire, total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.
    In other words, Holism is a property of any System. But what is Systems? Wikipedia says: System is a set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, forming an integrated whole.
    Then, Holism could be used as an approach to understand the reality or abstraction. No?. Yes!.

  • Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC): PC Portálites de bajo-coste, seguros, accesibles y usables

    Después de la iniciativa de Nicholas Negroponte con su OLPC, PC Portátil para niños de 100 USD para fines educacionales, los fabricantes de Portátiles han visto una interesante oportunidad de negocio; hacer portátiles low-cost. Asustek, que fabrica portátiles para HP, Dell y Apple, además de su marca Asus, ha lanzado la propia hace algunos meses llamado Asus EeePC a sólo 249 USD, luego otros fabricantes han sacado sus propios modelos por ejemplo el Intel Classmate PC, VIA NanoBook y el PackardBell EasyNote XS, éstos dos últimos basados en el mismo chipset.

    One Laptop per Child - A security, usable and accessible approach

  • The Principle of Psychological acceptability

    Jerome Saltzer and Michael Schroeder in “The Protection of Information in Computer Systems” :

    “[…] Psychological acceptability : It is essential that the human interface be designed for ease of use, so that users routinely and automatically apply the protection mechanisms correctly. Also, to the extent that the user’s mental image of his protection goals matches the mechanisms he must use, mistakes will be minimized. If he must translate his image of his protection needs into a radically different specification language, he will make errors. [..]” Any question?

  • Holistic System Security an cyber-security research priority

    In the Report to the President on Cyber Security: A Crisis of Prioritization (February 2005) was published the cyber security priorities, theses were:

    1. Authentication Technologies
    2. Secure Fundamental Protocols
    3. Secure software Engineering and Software Assurance
    4. Holistic System Security
    5. Monitoring and Detection
    6. Mitigation and Recovery Methodologies
    7. Cyber Forensics: Catching Criminals and Deterring Criminals activities
    8. Modeling and Testbeds for New Technologies
    9. Metrics, Benchmarks, and Best Practices … and
    10. Non-Technology Issues than can Compromise Cyber security Well, everything sounds known, but what does Holistic System Security mean?.
  • Systems Thinking, Holism, Trust, Security and Usability .. my first post

    Yes, it is my first post and i hope that it will not be last one. So far I published my thoughts in Spanish and in a static web page, and it was boring.. now, i should be more funny for reaching a wider audience. Well, here are going to publish some thoughts such as Quality, Systems Thinking, Holism, Trust, Security, Usability and different things without relation.. apparently. Regards!