January 2012 Archives

Credit Card Authorizations

Greg Miller spoke at a recent web standards meeting. Funny guy, which you wouldn't expect from the Manager of PCI DSS Compliance. I guess you need a sense of humor to marry the vast accounting network at the University with the willfully misleading banking industry while abiding heaps of regulations and consumer protections.

What I Learned and I Hope I Got This Right

  • DSS = Data security Standards.
  • PCI = a counsel consisting of VISA, MC, AmEX and Discover who set policy for credit card authorizations. The counsel owns the credit card number and the associated data regardless of the issuing institution.
  • Wells Fargo Merchant Services is the University's Merchant Bank with whom we have an entitlement account.

We must be PCI compliant always always always or we can be hung out to dry. A single breech or incident, no matter how minor, must be reported by law. Law also dictates the consequences and remedies. You must hire an independent Quality Security Assessor. You must notify card holders. You must track down the 20% of card holders who may have moved. You must pay two years of credit monitoring. IOW, it adds up fast!

My Take-Aways

  • I will not touch a credit card or someone's credit card info.
  • I will use Authorize.net for online credit card transactions.
  • I will not use Pay Pal or this funky Square Up thingy.
  • I understand that EFTs are bad because transactions don't come with data indicating what UofM account the funds should be deposited into.
  • For event registrations I will use RegOnline or CCE who are entitled to their cut and may not meet every last need I have.
  • I will trust that the University responds to trends and consumer expectations but has to balance risk and regulations.

Retreat To Move Forward

There are two attitudes toward other cultures. Minimization = Hey, deep down we're all the same. Defense = We're different and they're silly and quaint. Encouraging students to actively look for evidence contrary to their attitude deepens their cultural learning.

There is no such thing as common sense. Common sense is really cultural sense.

Behaviors can vary even when beliefs and values line up. Sanitation for example, in the west we use utensils believing it more hygienic than using one's fingers. Other cultures disagree.

Simply awareness is not the goal. It's bridging the gap.

Mish mooshkilla: No problem, no problem. I'll have that for you Friday. Translation: You might get that next Wednesday.

Generalized tendencies: ahem, stereotypes.

Start from a place of positive intent. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you.

Book suggestions from Table 7

Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China, John Pomfret
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford

Terminal Commands

ssh username@servername.gps.umn.edu
cd /Volumes/Live/directory/directory/
ls -la
cd a-deeper-directory/
sudo chown owner:group filename.jpg 
sudo chmod 644 filename.jpg

WordPress Brown Bag

I shared my progress on our intranet at a brown bag session on WordPress yesterday. Essential to our site is the Less Framework adaptive CSS grid system which skins our content to the users device. I added the Starbucks nomenclature to identify the proportions within. Observe how the bricks reassemble themselves as the screen size changes.

The Satellite and Your Mobile Device

On Your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

Wordpress (free): Good for adding posts because you login only once and you can work offline. Install the app and I'll configure it. You do not need to create an account.

Twitter (free): Twitter is fully integrated with the iOS so you can tweet from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube and Maps. Get a Twitter account if you do not already have one. Install the app and configure it with your account. Tweets tagged with our designated hashtag will appear on The Satellite.

FlickStackr for Flickr ($1.99): Tag and upload photos to our Flickr stream. Create a photo gallery in a post using the short code:

[slickr-flickr tag="thetagyouused"]

Instagram (free): Take photos, add filters, tag and upload. Install the app and use it to create your Instagram account. Photos tagged with our designated hashtag will appear on The Satellite.