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Android Apps – An End User Perspective

Android Apps

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Before we get into the meat of this post, I do realize this has nothing to do with what Political Realities was founded on. This post will contain no news or politics, but it is a subject my twin brother and I have discussed at length. Maybe you will have some thoughts on it as well.

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I suppose I could be described as a technology junkie. No, I’m not a programmer and wouldn’t know one end of a line of code from another, but I do enjoy technology. I have a computer that I can use with some proficiency. A Samsung Galaxy tablet goes with me whenever I go → Read More

Stop Spammers – A WordPress Blogger’s Best Friend

Stop Spam Comments

If there is one thing I hate, it is spam. I hate spam email, spam snail mail, and most of all, spam comments on my blog. I take great pains to keep spam comments off Political Realities. At the same time, I want to make it easy for normal commenters to leave their thoughts on the blog, even if I disagree with what they have to say. That said, this post may only be of interest to those of you who operate WordPress blogs, but it is important enough for me to share in a post of its own.

Every installation of WordPress comes with the Akismet spam plugin already installed. It does a fantastic job of catching most spam, but it leaves me with → Read More

NewsBlur – Replacement For Google Reader


When Google first announced it would be shutting down Google Reader, I was very disappointed. I had come to rely on Google Reader to keep up with my favorite blogs. I went about trying to find a replacement RSS reader and had settled on The Old Reader. I really didn’t like it as well as Google Reader, but it worked. Then, I came across NewsBlur. I couldn’t use it at first because the free account signup had been disabled. This was mainly due to the sudden onslaught of former users of Google Reader. When the growing pains were finally worked out, I could import my feeds and it has worked flawlessly ever since.

As with any good RSS reader, it has options to share what → Read More

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello The Old Reader

Google Reader

I’m not saying my Internet habits are indicative of the normal person, but there are a few services I depend on to keep up with the news that is important to me. Facebook isn’t at the top, ranking well below other services, such as the National Weather Service and Google Reader. I am sure many of my readers are familiar with Google Reader. I use it to keep up with the blogs and news services that help keep me informed on the news of the day. Via RSS feeds, it was a simple thing to load one page and see as much news and information as I wanted to see. You can imagine my disappointment when I loaded Google Reader in Firefox a couple of → Read More

More erosion of personal rights in America

Loss of privacy in the cloud

Privacy is a hot topic, especially among netsec (Network Security) circles.

It’s 2012. Most of your bills probably get delivered via email. You communicate with family using email. It’s nearly completely replaced “snail mail” in my generation. Snail mail is protected by law; that simple paper envelope with a tacky strip keeping it closed protects any document you want to send. Federal law clearly marks First Class mail as protected; it cannot be opened without a clear warrant. Gaining a warrant requires someone to actually have a very good reason for gaining access, so that protects most communication.

Cut-away to email. Our federal laws simply aren’t cut out to protect us online. I’m not a proponent of regulation, but quite frankly, we don’t have any → Read More

The Apps Of The Android

Android Market

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this update! Warning, this has nothing to do with news, politics, or anything else of a serious nature.

Those of you who have been reading my ramblings for a while know that I sometimes write about technology and some of the issues that surrounds that subject. More than once, I have written about the use of cell phones and how they have progressed from a basic handset to multitasking smart phones. I wrote a post last year, asking the question What’s In A Cell Phone? In it, I explained how I had came to the decision of purchasing my first smart phone, the HTC Aria, which uses the Android operating system. I have been nothing → Read More