From http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ just now...
Great! We now have tablets that have 100+GB of Storage, my question is who really cares? There are really three camps when it comes to computers, the mobile ( aka tablets ), The portable ( aka laptops / ultrabooks ) and Desktop Computing. Who wants to blur the lines?
People who can't afford, don't have space for or just do not want a tablet AND a laptop AND a desktop. Many people who are perfectly happy with just a tablet and a laptop - a desktop would be better in certain cases but not enough for them to buy one as well. Some of them so rarely touch the laptop (perceived as old and slow) now that most stuff gets done on the tablet because of the convenience even if its far from the best tool for the job.
We have already decided to move all our email to the cloud so with the local domain just being for local authentication and group policy this new version of Samba is seriously interesting to me. Will still need a few real MS servers for specific things that have to run on Windows (phone system, Sage accounts etc) but this would let us be far more flexible and have multiple domain controllers etc for far less cost and licencing complexity.
Shiney new toys can have their uses (iPads look very good in presentations and might swing a few extra sales, smartphones can be great for people on the road to respond to emails quickly rather than waiting until they return to base and turn on their laptop etc) but generally end users will always want shiney - sometimes because its actually a much better idea, sometimes because its shiney and the person next to them has it. The tricky task for IT is to decide which is which and try to encourage that way.
Only a fool enforces rapid password changes and complex passwords.
Or someone who has to follow rules like PCI DSS which requires you to change passwords at least every 90 days, be at least 7 char long, include numeric and alphabetic char, not be the same as any of the previous 4 passwords, auto lockout after 6 attempts for at least 30 minutes etc. Don't like that rule and the card companies don't want you handling card payments which makes business a bit hard.
Personally I'd prefer the option of teaching people to use a decent password and not change/share it but we do not have that option. As it is its a constant battle* with users forgetting their new password, using someone elses, writing it down so they remember it etc. Rapid complex password changes are viewed by many users as a problem which they try to workarround in order to get their job done.
* A battle we have pretty much won but needs constant vigilance to keep it that way which makes the IT people the bad guys.
Unfortunatly the problem is getting IPv6 "widely used" when every site currently supports IPv4. Until there are sites only on IPv6 there is no big benefit for anyone to upgrade their systems/service/settings to IPv6 however until almost everyone is on IPv6 content providers will still provide an IPv4 address. Until this is sorted both IPv4 and IPv6 can work well side by side just like most other new technologies - people did not throw out all their floppies the day that CD's became available.
Firstly I manage about 15 servers with static IP's - changing all those IP address is not easy especially when you add in the firewall rules etc.
Secondly there is nothing stopping the next company I connect to using 192.168.2.x themselves. Or 192.168.1.x/24. By using an obscure 10.a.b.c subnet this is still potentially a problem but far less likely.