Git and Plain Text for Writers | Irreal:

Although the article, by Seth Kenlon, is advertised as considering the question “Why (prose) writers should use Git,” I think the more important takeaway is that writers should embrace plain text. Kenlon makes a persuasive case that authors would be better off trashing their word processors and using a combination of a text editor and Markdown.

Kenlon’s text editor of choice is Atom (although he does mention Emacs as an alternative), which is, I think, leaving money on the table. Other than the obvious but subjective judgment that Emacs is a better, more customizable editor, it is virtually universally acknowledged that Magit is the best Git interface—integrated or not—and that Org mode markup is superior to Markdown, especially when its Babel interface is taken into consideration.

Of course, those are the opinions of an Emacs partisan so others may disagree but it’s hard to see how one can argue about Magit or Org mode. In any event, the important point stands: embrace plain text. If you do any writing at all, you should take a look at Kenlon’s article, especially if you’re still using Word or one of its evil offspring.

There’s more here and here.

RSS vs. Twitter | Irreal:

Lots of folks love Twitter, of course, but at least for my purposes, RSS is a much better solution. A Tweet is a good way to discover that the latest version of Emacs, say, has been released but if you want thoughtful analysis a blog or technical article is a much better bet.

Cybersecurity | Daniel Miessler:

Cyber Security—also called Information Security, or InfoSec—is arguably the most interesting profession on the planet. It requires some combination of the attacker mentality, a defensive mindset, and the ability to constantly adapt to change. This is why it commands some of the highest salaries in the world.
“Cyber” vs. Information Security

One of the most common questions in the computer security industry is the difference between Cybersecurity and Information Security. The short answer is, “not much”. But the long answer is, well…longer.

Essentially, “Cyber” is a word from pop culture that actually fit our digital future fairly well, with the merging of humans and technology and society. In the beginning, “CyberSecurity” was used as a way to glamorize or sensationalize computer security, but over time people started using it in more and more serious conversations. And now we’re stuck with it.

If I had to give any distinction today (2019) it would be that Cybersecurity is a bit larger in scale than Information Security.

Read on in Daniel’s article for how he breaks Security down.

In general I think his taxonomy is spot on for the difference between Information Security (InfoSec) and Cyber Security. I am one of the people he references here:

People who’ve been in Information Security for a long time tend to really dislike the word “cyber” being used in a non-ironic way to describe what we do. But we’re getting over it.

I don’t always agree with Daniel’s writing, but this is a nice index.