Nobody asked me, but . . .
A press release popped up in my email recently and immediately caught my attention with the words WE MAKE EVERYTHING ELECTRONIC MORE SECURE as part of the headline. Identity theft, computer hacking, corporations sending notices that “you are among possibly 12 million customers who have had their personal data compromised,” are everyday happenings. A sad and frustrating reality of the open-source world in which personal privacy is a relic of the 20th century and virtually anything about anyone is available if you know which web door to unlock. And if you’re the NAS, you don’t even have to knock first . . .
I attempt to keep up with the latest in anti-intrusion tech—the hackers vs. the anti-hackers—so I scanned the release to determine if it represented new think or was simply an ad pitch to get me to purchase the latest anti-virus software.
About half way through the release I found a paragraph heading—Hack-Proof Computer—followed by wording that a company named WINS has “ . . . designed the first fully secure computer system: The WINS Advanced Concept Security (WINS ACS) computer. It is based on a hardware solution that is completely impervious to any form of real-time hacking or time-delay intrusions.
“The system is based on the dual-pronged concept of using distributed computing while physically cloistering anything that could infect or attack any program. (The only way the WINS ACS workstation or server-driven system can be violated is through the active participation of the operator, or a physical break-in to the system itself.)
“The WINS ACS represents the first real advance in hardware-based security for computers and servers in more than a decade, allowing for true, system-based distributed computing and absolute security.”
I’m not enough of a computer nerd to be able to vet those rather bold statements. [Though I do lay claim to having an acquaintance living in Wisconsin who bills himself as the Green Bay Hacker.]
A few paragraphs further down I came across the names of the two inventors: “The WINS enabling technologies are the brainchild of two scientists, Dan Greene and Jim Hair.”
This caused me to pause while my Way Back Machine (similar in concept and function to a Mac’s Time Machine) riffled through my personal cloud cortex storage. It stopped on December 12, 2007. On that date I had been invited as an automotive expert to witness the first independent test of a new, innovative, rotary-type, 3-chamber, HGW Expansion Engine provided to the Colorado State University Motor Sport Research Laboratory to determine the engine’s performance as measured against standard, scientific protocols.
The HGW engine was first secured to a test table and then connected to a standard hydraulic-resistance type dynamometer, which was used by CSU students for development of the engine in their Formula SAE car. CSU graduate students were in charge of recording data so that the HGH folks could not be accused of rigging the test.
It was fascinating for everyone present—HGW engineers and CEO, Dr. Don Radford who headed the CSU Motorsports program, the grad students and me—to observe the tests because the engine’s torque characteristics were similar to an electric motor, which has max torque at zero rpm. Dr. Radford commented that he had ever seen or heard of an engine with these unique torque and power characteristics.
After the dyno tests were completed, the HGW scientists completely disassembled and then reassembled the engine in full view of everyone, to not only prove that there were no hamsters in squirrel cages creating the power and torque, but also to demonstrate the speed with which the engine could be taken apart and reassembled. It took about 45 minutes, which included numerous pauses for me to take pictures.
So the WINS scientists/engineers were the same pair who had invented that unique rotary engine, which, unfortunately, has not seen the light of an engine compartment because the CEO robbed the company blind, resulting in bankruptcy.
Okay, so max points to Greene and Hair for having the tenacity to stage a comeback. I might be a motor head and qualified to attest to the viability of the HGW engine, but I’m not a computer geek, so I’ll leave it to those more qualified to tell me if the Greene-Hair pair have pulled a genie out of our bottle of Hacker Hell.
The WINS release is attached. Gentlemen and ladies . . . start your modems.