It’s been an interesting month for Lipcrack in terms of assessment. Obviously, like everyone else we have to be aware of the direction the economy is moving along with all those matters that affect everyone’s life on a daily basis. When you consider borders are closing and shop fronts are running into bankruptcy every decision you make has to be given some serious consideration.
(I’m fairly sure I’ve said that before).
When I took a look into that security issue Lipcrack experienced the previous month I was in for a few surprises. A fair amount of research that I’d previously undertaken was in encryption and website security. This new endeavor was a closer look at the types of software available to prevent computers going “Bust” or getting hacked. The outcome of the research “while I was using a good product, there’s a lot more available in terms of choice and function”. Buyers really can pick and choose.
Believe it or not, I tested close to 400 applications including apps. I didn’t test some of the more well known brand names due to having done that when Lipcraks Systems were first put in place.
The outcome as far as I’m concerned, Lipcracks Windows XP security has been updated and is very different to previous. Obviously anything “new” takes a little while to come to terms with but the task was to complete it within the month and that went according to plan. That said, I’m going to give people an example of what it really can be like on the “Internet”. Fact is as soon as you implement something, your ISP or hosting company can implement something new which can in some instances put you back at square one, much like a Monopoly Board. It’s very important to determine when that’s occurring and I can inform people it did occur with Lipcrack almost straight away.
The computing industry has a habit of changing very quickly which does not always accommodate the end user so like many things its more a buyer beware message coming from our department. At this point in time, Lipcrack monitor these matters as they relate to what we do and respond. Fortunately this new program gives us a fair bit of room to move and currently matters are assessed and responded to in a way that keeps things functioning.
The Windows 10 Machine – Now that was surprising for me!
While its currently sitting there working as required in terms of music development, security – “it’s gone bust”. By that I mean a range of issues were determined that accompany the Windows 10 platform that I was not expecting (that’s when it finally updated to the latest version). Lets face it were sold on “how much better it is”.
I bought the Windows 10 environment due to software requirements for the sound engineering environment that Lipcrack work with. There is a security system in place however in the process of installing new gear in the testing stage, it was bought back to an XP working environment, not intentionally! Hard to believe huh? Will it work in the Win 10 environment again? That actually requires a lot more testing and again is why that machine generally has been kept offline. And I can’t really say much more on that other than it works for purpose which is track making for Lipcrack. Has it been a fiasco, no! close, but certainly surprising. Possibly as surprising as the current pandemic that Australia finds itself in the middle of.
When there is additional time to take a look at all the “issues” that came up when testing on the Windows 10 machine visitors will be notified of the outcome. My personal thoughts on the matter are, “the final security is not in place however we are utilizing the Windows updated systems as best possible”.
Now if you are not tech savvy and don’t understand that, don’t worry. I didn’t invite you to the Lipcrack site to just talk computers. Lipcrack is a band, me, my computers and instruments I get my hands on.
At this stage and I’m going to add this, given the general environment I can’t say it will ever be anything else. I’d certainly like it to go in a few different directions but lets be clear on this, currently there are a range of matters at hand which basically continually derail plans. For that reason it seems wise to keep things fairly general. Believe it or not four of the companies that played a small part in the process of information relay in regards to votes all had some kind of issue which made the task very difficult to achieve. Sure, we can always put a mechanism on the site to record those votes and Lipcrack will certainly consider it in the future. This task however as small as it was, very soon showed us how these things don’t go to plan.
Personally for now, I think it’s better to let you know the outcome of the voting we did get to keep tabs on and there was quite a bit of it which was great. It has been mentioned in a couple of those out of the way places we visit online however we are very Lipcrackie, so it can be hard to find.
The final result for the next track release is as follows, initially all tracks kept very close company in the voting, in the last week however two tracks broke away with not much more than a vote between them and on the final day the winning track did so by 5 votes.
The track to be released next is Guitar Man.
We really appreciate everyone who made an effort even in a small way and we tried to make sure no one missed out on having their vote count.
With that said, the plan is to release the track some time next month but as you can possible tell from above sometimes plans change and Lipcrack certainly hope they don’t.
Have a great day whatever you are and look forward to next months updates.
PS for all those who made a comment on last months photo update, yes it did have an interesting filter on it.