Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Gilmore’s 15 reasons not to trust Apple’s crypto claims

- September 20th, 2014
Apple FaceTime and iMessage

From Apple’s Web site, this image shows the interface for iMessage on the left and shows what Facetime looks like in action on an iPhone or iPad.

For the most of the past decade, the posts at this blog have been mostly about politics — an unsurprising result of the fact that I began reporting from Parliament Hill in early 2005. But in the decade before that, I was a technology reporter, fascinated less by the finances of the industry than by its inventors and inventions, by its rebels, and by its deep thinkers. John Gilmore is an inventor, a rebel and — to me, at least! — a deep thinker. Made wealthy from his work at Sun Microsystems, Gilmore is one of the c0-founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has long been a champion of the empowering possibilities of software, knowledge, and access to information.

This week, Apple got the (re-newed) attention of Gilmore Read more…

Hitler learns Google Reader is shutting down

- March 14th, 2013


Hitler finds out Google Reader is shutting down. [A caution: Some objectionable language]

My first-ever tweet and, 50,000 tweets later, some other meditations on Twitter

- February 19th, 2013

50,0000

Some time on Tuesday, I expect I will send out my 50,000th tweet. Seems like a lot when you look at a big number like that. But then, this is post number 3,743 at this blog and these posts are way longer than 140 characters. So when I think about it,  3,743 blog posts sounds like way more work than 50,000 tweets.

In any event …

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Network management geeks: Dad needs help!

- December 30th, 2012

This post is a plea for help from smart network administrators/geeks and/or Bob Metcalfe:

Like a lot of dads, I’m the on-site technical support for my household and while that job used to just involve keeping software updates fresh on a single desktop computer, dads like me now have a whole clutch of computers and other gadgets (DVD players, refrigerators, tablets, laptops, TVs, cameras)  – all of which have IP numbers — and all of which are used by any one of four family members to gobble up bandwidth. Like a like lot of Canadians who get their Internet service from a major cableco/telco, I have a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and the Akin household pays through the nose. That makes the Akin household’s Accounts Payable Manager (my wife) very unhappy with On-Site Technical Support (that would be me.)

So I need help. Let me describe the genesis of today’s plea for help: Read more…

New wi-fi router hack to control Web ads

- October 27th, 2012

Noticed this online at Mother Jones. It’s about a new app and wi-fi router hack that, in this instance, was developed for political junkies who want to see more political ads in the U.S. But…

…the program packs a bigger punch when installed on public routers: Read more…