Becoming Conservative About Digital Privacy

Two interesting observations I’ve had about digital privacy:

  • Older people seem to care about privacy more than younger people
  • I care about privacy more as I get older

I’ve had several people tell me that I should be more careful about what I blog and tweet about. You never know who’s reading, they say. Prospective employers, a snooping government, enemies, identity thieves, burglars, friends, or even family may glean something unintended from my ham-handedly crafted prose.

They’re probably right. It’s hard to expect a lot of privacy when blogging on a domain that’s your first and last name.com. And when I use my blog primarily as a ranting ground for things I find ridiculous in the world, it seems I’ll  get myself into some sort of trouble eventually. People don’t like it when you say they’re wrong (even when they’re not), and the Internet can have a very long memory when it wants to. When all is said and done, a trusty personal journal (even a digital one, when properly secured) is probably a better place for keeping one’s personal thoughts and rants anyway.

But I love writing and sharing my writing. I don’t always want to write about sterile and mundane topics, either. And I don’t want to write under a pseudonym. There has to be some sort of happy compromise, right? I just haven’t found it yet.

Thus the radio silence over the past few months.

The Glorious Hours of Productivity

Lots of what I do each day is overhead. At least that's what I call anything that isn't directly related to making or creating. Answering emails, returning phone calls, coordinating with others, making plans, traveling to and fro, running errands. … [Continue reading]

This is a post about privacy, and it’s only meant to scare you a little bit

Privacy is like money. It’s something that everyone wants, but only a few know how to really get it. And of those who know how to get (and preserve) it, there are even fewer people with the willpower to do so. It’s impossible to hide in this … [Continue reading]

Sustainable Workplace Birthdays

I realize that by writing this post I'll probably come off as some sort of birthday curmudgeon, but that's okay. Here goes. Lately at work it's become a thing to celebrate people's birthdays in an increasingly unsustainable fashion. Things started … [Continue reading]

Seven Dropbox Alternatives That Are Great But Don’t Integrate With Any of Your Apps

David Burrows, on some problems he's had with dropbox: At first there was few mis-syncs, a few stuck files and a bit of “Dropbox: 129%” utilisation in Activity Monitor, but over the last few months it’s got really bad. Dropbox hangs with a full … [Continue reading]

Why secure systems require random numbers

I love reading the CloudFlare blog. They talk about all kinds of nerdy stuff, some of which actually applies to real life. Like this article on random numbers and secure systems: If youve been following recent news about technical spying by the US … [Continue reading]

The World is Getting Smaller

Ranjan Roy, on how technology has progressed over the years: He immigrated from India in 1969. When he left behind his entire family to chase the American dream, there wasn’t exactly Facetime and Skype. To communicate with his parents back home, … [Continue reading]

Gardens, not buildings

Seth Godin: But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or … [Continue reading]

What about the dishwashers?

Jay Porter: Now, let’s say that on a typical shift, a restaurant sells $1000 in food and drink. It would be reasonable that, to make that revenue, a restaurant has 2 cooks who work 8 hours each, a dishwasher who works 8 hours, and two servers who … [Continue reading]

This happens at least once per month at my job

Here's how it goes down: HR sends a companywide e-mail to a global distribution list. Everyone in the company gets a copy of the e-mail. Three or four people reply-all with what they would term a funny response to the e-mail. It's usually … [Continue reading]