Category Archives: General Technology

Update on encryption issue post the Paris attacks

A couple days ago, I posted comments about the tension between the need for reliable and totally secure encryption and the needs for law enforcement to be able to access messages with the goal of finding terrorists before they act. See Privacy in the Wake of the Paris Attacks. An article in today’s Boston Globe …

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The Internet of Things

There is an interesting article in this week’s New York Times: Why ‘Smart’ Objects May Be a Dumb Idea. In it, the author Zeynep Tufekci, notes that with the rapid proliferation of smart things, enough hasn’t been done to secure them from hacking. There have been several examples recently of cars being hacked to demonstrate the dangers. …

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Windows 10 Upgrade

As readers of this blog know, I run Windows in a virtual machine (VM) on one of my Macs. Though I can do most everything on the Mac, there are a few apps that that I depend upon that do not run on the Mac so I run them on Windows. Also, I test various …

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Cleaning out the Cobwebs – Groundhog edition

Periodically, I’ve collect enough varied topics for the Helpdesk that I need to clear them out.  Since the groundhog has just seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, PA (the only true weather prognosticating groundhog), here’s my latest attempt to clean out the cobwebs: Hackers steal over a billion passwords There was a Lifehacker story from last …

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“Ahoy! Ahoy! Mr. Watson, are you there? Do you hear me?”

It’s Sunday morning and I’m doing what many folks do on Sunday morning, reading the newspaper and other news sources. On CNET, I came across a remarkable milestone. 100 years ago today on January 25, 1915, the first transcontinental telephone call occurred in the US.  Alexander Graham Bell asked from New York City: “Ahoy! Ahoy! Mr. …

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Innovation in the computer industry — Personal recollections (part 3)

For the past couple of months, I’ve been describing some of the experiences that I’ve had during my more than 30 years in the computer industry. I recently read the latest book by Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography of Steve Jobs.  This book is entitled: “The Innovators How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital …

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Fake Facebook Privacy Messages and other legends and rumors

In the late 90s, a new but virulent type of email chain was common.  This was the  Foiled Abduction” claim that swept through email inboxes.  The message was something like this: “Be careful at <some retailer>.  A man has taken a child, changed the child’s appearance in the bathroom and attempted to leave with the child.” …

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It’s been quite a year … On to 2015!

As 2014 closes, it occurs that it has been quite a year technologically for good and bad.  Here are some thoughts as we move into 2015: Malware, Breaches, Oh My! As I predicted in last year’s New Year’s post, security and privacy has commanded center stage. The Sony attack is but one incident that has proven …

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Innovation in the computer industry — Personal recollections (part 2)

Recently, I published the first episode of my experiences in the computer industry: Innovation in the computer industry — Personal recollections (part 1).  In this post, I described how I became interested and initially trained in computer hardware and software, as well as experiences from my first job in the industry. While my experiences at ARCO …

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Innovation in the computer industry — Personal recollections (part 1)

I’m just finishing up the excellent book by Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography of Steve Jobs.  The book is entitled: “The Innovators How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.”  The basic thesis in this book is that innovation is not really about the lone genius inventing in a garage.  Rather …

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