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New Facebook account   Leave a comment

I just rejoined Facebook.  Not because the reasons I had for leaving have changed, because they haven’t.  But without Facebook I’ve had virtually no contact with my friends.  So I decided to create a new account and Facebook as little information as possible.  This blog will still be my primary place for posting things, but I’ll post links on Facebook to my blog posts.

Posted August 2, 2012 by darthphilburt in Journaling

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Your electronic liberty under assault!   1 comment

I just read an interesting blog entry by Eric Raymond, one of the leaders of the open-source software movement.  Now, before your eyes glaze over because you think this is going to be some boring nerd rant, take a look at the following quote:

Cisco could change the terms of its service to give it even more sweeping and arbitrary privileges at any time.  Or Apple could do that, or Microsoft could.  The power relationship remains dangerously asymmetrical; the closed source remains their instrument of control over you.

This is why you should demand open source in your router, open source in your operating system, and open source in any application software that is important to your life.  Because if you don’t own it, it will surely own you.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Cisco owns Linksys, the most popular brand of home router.

The entire article can be found here.

Posted July 4, 2012 by darthphilburt in Open-source, Rants

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Privacy   Leave a comment

I’ve always been a very private person.  I don’t share a lot of information with people, and the information I do share I share very selectively.  So the idea of any company selling my information to the highest bidder, or giving it freely to some third party is absolutely appalling to me.  For a long time I wasn’t sure what to do about it.  However, I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to give my business to any company who I know is giving my personal information to other entities, especially when they can’t even be bothered to tell me who those entities are.  Facebook is going to be the hardest to leave because of the number of friends I have there.  I hope that I don’t lose touch with any of my Facebook friends, but it’s a risk I believe I have to take.

Posted May 28, 2012 by darthphilburt in Rants

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