Important Announcement for Relatives, Friends, and Colleagues

Like many people, I have grappled with finding a way to use Facebook that keeps me connected to people I love and care about, without compromising my personal serenity or security. I have personally found Facebook less and less satisfying to reach my objective. I have found the platform increasingly ugly. In fact, after experimenting with a variety of use… Continue reading

Überciety

Like most people, sometimes I see what’s coming, but sometimes I don’t. This piece is a shot in the dark: what I suspect is coming to our rather-near future. It just seems to make sense to me as various indicators point in the same direction. In our hyper-connected society, more and more teenagers are choosing not to get their driver’s… Continue reading

The Future Just Isn’t What It Used to Be

Predicting the Future I view much, probably most, of the conversation/predictions about what the future holds with a generous amount of skepticism. But some predictions hold a believable level of certainty and, frankly, are worrisome to me. Self-Driving Cars, for Example I believe that self-driving cars are in our not-too-distant future. And this frightens more than comforts me. For example,… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Why I Hate Security

We all accept risk every day. We try to make informed decisions about the level of risk to which we are exposed. We drive our cars. We know tens of thousands of people die in the US every year in car accidents. Yet, we drive our cars. We drive them at ridiculous speeds. We choose to go well above the… Continue reading

This Just Can’t End Well

I say it over and over again: Are we creating a future we will actually want to live in in this country? The American people are too preoccupied and fractured to address some hyper-critical decisions that are being quietly made with such significant long term implications. It all started with the funding of security cameras at quarter mile increments down… Continue reading

Today’s Your Last Chance

This doesn’t bother some people, a lot of people actually–especially young people. And at times it doesn’t bother me too much either–right now, anyway. But I wonder, seriously wonder: if I give them an inch, will they take a mile. You bet they will. And the long term implications of giving your data about yourself away to corporations just can’t… Continue reading

@Apple: Trust Matters!

My iPhone Location Tracker Data (Click to enlarge) One of the stories taking the internet by storm:  the iPhone is tracking everywhere we go and storing that data in great detail (longitude, latitude, and timestamp down to the second) both on the iPhone itself and on any computer to which the iPhone syncs. Now, of course, we all agreed to… Continue reading

In the News…

The Death of Privacy For years, I’ve been saying this would happen.  Apparently, it’s about to. Google will release a mobile app that will allow anyone with a cell phone camera to snap and upload a picture of any person to Google’s search engine.  Google will return the name, address, phone number, web sites written by and about, who knows… Continue reading

Your Driveway Is No Longer Private Property

Image via Wikipedia And I hate it that the front door to the house isn’t private property.  Daily, people leave fliers and business cards and unsolicited junk on the door! This week’s big news story:  the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the government can, without a warrant, sneak onto your property, your driveway, and place a… Continue reading