Watch your strokes

Because Clinton’s medical records had been digitally recorded by her physicians and because the FBI agents knew that the National Security Agency has digital copies of all keystrokes on all computers used in the U.S. since 2005, they sought Clinton’s records from their NSA colleagues. (emphasis added)

Source: The FBI and Hillary, Again – Judge Andrew Napolitano

I clipped this not for the political point, but for the info on computer keystroke logging. I think we all knew that, or had heard that is was being done or possibly done. But If Napolitano’s information is correct — and I suspect it is — then universal keystroke logging is real.

What do we think about this? Is it real? And what can be done with that data? Just think of the amount of date obtained by keystroke logging of all computers, all the time, from everyone. Consider this:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. (emphasis added)

Source: XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’ | US news | The Guardian

Or this:

The tools of the trade involve considerably more technology. Just this morning The New York Times reported that the NSA is using radio-wave technology to spy on computers not on the Internet

Source: 7 Chilling Ways the NSA Can Spy On You | News & Opinion |

I think we don’t pay enough attention to the surveillance of the citizenry. Is it necessary? Probably. The debate should focus on who can access the data and under what authority. We’ve recently heard that getting a warrant from the FISA court is not really difficult with, according to a Wall Street Journal report[1 Eichelberger, E. (2013, June 10). FISA Court Has Rejected .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests | Mother Jones. Retrieved from} in 2013 a mere .03 percent of requests have been rejected.

Thus the supposed protection of the FISA court process may or may not be of much use. We should demand that Congress give attention to better assurance of our privacy while still doing that which is necessary to national security. The two points are not mutually exclusive. We are fully engaged in WW3 — cyber warfare — and must stay engaged but not at the expense of personal privacy.

In the meanwhile, Big Brother really is watching so temper what you “say” online.


Facebook Timeline – what is it? Dangers?

Zuckerberg introducing Facebook Timeline. Image by Getty Images via @daylife

The critical info about Facebook Timeline:  Once you get Facebook Timeline, you’ll have 7 days before anyone else can see it. This gives you a chance to get your timeline looking the way you want before other people see it. That is also a very short period of time to clean things up if you need to. See the official announcement at Continue reading “Facebook Timeline – what is it? Dangers?”

Migration of my WordPress blog to self-hosted server

It’s complete … or mostly so. This blog has been run on (wp-com) until now. That is a (mostly) free blogging platform, and by far the best (IMHO) of many. There are additional charges for extra space, custom domain name (like and more. And it simply works with little muss or fuss. Continue reading “Migration of my WordPress blog to self-hosted server”

How did Hewlett-Packard (HP) die so quickly?

The notebook is connected to the wireless acce...
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It may not be totally dead yet, but I hear the death rattle.

Once a powerhouse of innovative engineering, one wonders how HP blundered so badly with the tablet idea — the TouchPad — (proprietary WebOS operating system did not help), crater the PC division, and apparently come to have systemic problems company-wide. Continue reading “How did Hewlett-Packard (HP) die so quickly?”

Burn all the textbooks!

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They are heavy, hard to update, and expensive as the dickens to get revisions done while killing countless trees. You have to go to a computer or other books for cross-referenced works and you cannot (or are not supposed to) make notes in the margins.

So burn the textbooks and go electronic. It makes SO much sense.

Clearwater, Florida – Clearwater High School students enter a new technology era and they are the first in the country to lay the groundwork for other schools to follow.

Clearwater High School students file into the auditorium the wait is nearly over. After a bit of paperwork, each student is assigned a Kindle.

“Now I get to carry this instead of textbooks,” says one student. All 2,100 students are the first in the country to trade in their English and Math books, science workbooks and several novels for the 8×5″ e-reader weighing just 10 ounces.

via Clearwater High School students trade textbooks for Kindles | Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota |

Materials supplementing the textbook can be added. A student who is homebound, temporarily or permanently can receive all of the materials. The internet is accessible for students to do projects and take tests online.

I would use a full-fledged tablet or a Barnes & Noble Nook, but the step taken by the Florida school with the Kindle is sure a step in the right direction.

Internet disruption (Ddos) as civil disobedience re: Wikileaks (the site continues to get many comments, some quite thoughtful).

Wikileaks aka Cablegate presents many questions including political, constitutional, legal and moral- – just to name a few. This thoughtful article examines several portions of those debates.

I predict that the generated discussions surrounding the fact of the leaks will surpass and long outlive the discussions of the leaks themselves.

Using SportTracks program for exercise analysis

SportTracks by Zonefive software is a very interesting program. I use it with my Garmin Forerunner 305 (FR) sport watch and my Garmin Oregon 400t handheld GPS (as a backup). The FR comes with a nice program for downloading exercise/training logs (Garmin Training Center) but SportTracks (ST) is far more detailed and flexible. Does it help you in your exercise regimen? I think so. Whether you are exercising to lose weight, to just tone up a bit, or to get ready to run competitive races it gives you useful data. Continue reading “Using SportTracks program for exercise analysis”