Monday, March 30, 2009
I have been doing some exploring. That is a dangerous thing, potentially, on the Internet. I use McAfee SiteAdvisor to stay safe. The only thing that they do not cover well is objectionable content. All of a sudden, on a site that has a green check, I say "Oops!" and leave the site as fast as I can. They at least protect me from being hacked (most likely).
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I found a new online news group search facility. It is tailored for doing searches for binary attachments. I don't think that I care to say what the url is online, as I don't want to have it be killed off by the authorities. The authorities are intent on censorship, so the last thing that they want is for anyone to be able to do uncensored searches. The amazing thing is how much stuff that is out there are .scr or .exe files. To load a script is suicidal and I can't imagine running an .exe that I downloaded from a news group. One of the worst offenders seems to be alt.binaries.german. It is loaded with RAR files wrapped around .exe files.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I checked alt.binaries.nl, and they are down. Are they the latest casualty of the anti-free speech move in Europe and elsewhere? Anything that gives uncensored access to the Internet seems to be a target. They apparently took out Wikileaks.org recently. They only want you to see what they want, and nothing else. Since alt.binaries.nl is a newsgroup binary search, are the censors moving against the Usenet?
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The trend in the US seems to be that free speech needs to be restricted, and that reasons are given to justify the censorship. I can imagine that if you tried to access a banned webpage, you would be in trouble, as the government or left-wing pressure groups are spying on web traffic, looking for violations.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The word on the street, in the defense industry, is that President Obama intends to make big cuts in defense acquisition programs. There would be a delay in the much-needed tanker replacement and there would be no new bomber built, for starters.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I knew a young woman a long time ago who seemed very bright and pretty. I have not seen her in a very long time, but once the Internet came into being, I started looking to see if I could tell what happened to her. By chance, about two years ago, I noticed that she was mentioned working for a large company in the Midwest. Today, I found an article that mentioned her more recent achievements in her field. I am not surprised, as even when I first met her, she seemed like a young woman with a lot of character and potential. This is sort of a waste, but I find it nice to be able to say nice things about this now, not-so-young woman who has prospered over time. At least I know about it. For many reasons, I can't say more.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Both Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd are both now former Obama supporters. If he has driven them off, who is left, besides The Huffington Post?