Thursday, August 27, 2009
Now, this idea scares me to death from a privacy and freedom standpoint. Imagine all of your documents, pictures, music, all stored not in the hard drive you your home PC or laptop, but on the ISP's servers. Don't pay your bill? All gone. ISP thinks you're downloading illegal media? All gone. Government wants to search for terrorist threats? They don't have to come to your home or hack into your computer, they just have to go to the ISP. We've already seen some inklings of the potential with this type of situation with Amazon deleting copies of 1984 and Animal Farm (oh the irony) from people's Kindles because the books were put into the Kindle store by people who lacked to proper rights to do so. (NY Times article here)
Another concern would be the implementation of web filters on the virtual desktop, disallowing access to sites that the ISP doesn't like. Think the Great Firewall of China and the arguments for maintaining net neutrality. (one starting point source here)
Am I being too gloom and doom? I really don't know. Imagine that instead of investing $4-500 for a new pc, paying your ISP $50-60 a month that includes internet service and the netbook. Imagine the majority of people not understanding that their files aren't really there on their computer. As has been said, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
My initial searching around isn't finding any details about who is working on this and what stage they are at, but it is a concern. If any readers have any details, please post links in the comments and let me know. I'll keep poking around and let you know what develops.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Not to say mankind doesn't affect or need to take care of the physical earth. Genesis 1:28-30 tells us God gave earth to Adam and Eve to take care of. But all these years in Kansas, watching some fields bake while others flourish, seeing storms blow over one town and drop tornadoes, wiping out others, has taught me that there is no benevolent Mother Nature who blesses those who carry canvas bags to the organic farmer's market. Which just sets off the train of thought, why choose that which gives up nothing for you over He who loves you?
Thursday, August 6, 2009
More of an raising awareness comment than a problem->solution comment. I'm guilty of it myself. A few thank yous, a few hey, I need help with this, and it's back out into the world. We all can use a reminder that God has no character limit.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Right now I am among the close to ten percent of Americans who are out of work, so expect talk of the numerous reasons behind our current economic woes, what is being done about it, and what needs to be done. In the interest of full disclosure, one of the primary reasons for this blog is to build up a portfolio and a following that can be turned into some form of income.
While the joblessness is at the forefront of my efforts and attention, I am also a Christian, which is the main thing that has kept me from snapping and climbing a clock tower with a high powered rifle. (That’s a joke, no calls to the FBI please. I don’t even own a high powered rife) There are plans in mind to join the ministry, and the intial steps were started, but various other factors got that put on the back burner. So expect a healthy dose of evangelism and theology mixed into the posts as well.
The last defining feature for now is geek. I like taking computers apart and finding why they don’t work, even if it’s something I tried to do to it that caused it to quit working. Old computers are fun, contrary to popular opinion. Cloud computing is coming, Google is gearing up to possibly create a serious contender to Microsoft, people who don’t want to or can’t afford to upgrade to Vista or Windows 7 are learning about Linux, social networking is having more and more affects on our lives, and those things in our pockets we still call phones have more memory, processiong power, and capabilities than my home computer.
These are interesting times in all of my fields of interest, and hopefully I can share, teach and learn here.
Enjoy the trip…..