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 → Read More
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 → Read More
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 → Read More
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 → Read More
I realize this post will not be of much interest to my readers, unless you are using a self-hosted installation of WordPress to write a blog or build a website. If you are one who does, I hope this selection of WordPress security tips will point you in the right direction to help keep your blog safe from hackers. It’s been quite some time since I wrote about a technology subject, if you can → Read More
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 → Read More
I would be seriously amiss if I did not write about a topic that may very well be overshadowed by the events in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Libya. While so many are focused on the protests centered around union rights and the battle to balance state budgets, as well as watching the unrest unfold in the Middle East, we should take time out to note that the Space Shuttle Discovery will be making her final → Read More
Everyone knows about YouTube. That’s the nifty little website that allows it’s registered users to post short videos that may or may not be of interest to other users. It was created in February 2005 and in November 2006, was purchased by online giant Google, with a whopping price tag of $1.65 billion. Folks, that is no small chump change, so you know Google, with it’s razor sharp focus on making money, felt it → Read More
A couple years ago, I stumbled upon the Linux on iPhone blog. I was really quite intrigued by it… An open OS on Apple hardware? Perfect! Open software plus beautiful hardware. Awesome. So I followed it… Kept the site in my RSS reader… And nothing. No updates for the longest time. I was getting discouraged, thinking that my only way of getting Android was to buy a smartphone. Then, I got an update. Planetbeing → Read More
Atlantis' Last Launch
I would be severely amiss if I failed to mention the milestone that is scheduled to take place later this afternoon. Conditions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida look favorable for the Space Shuttle Atlantis to lift off on her final voyage to space. After she flies, there will be two remaining shuttle missions, both taking place before the end of the year.
I will write more about this → Read More
Have you ever wondered just what our sun looks like close up? On February 11, 2010, NASA launched the first mission of a program called Living with a star, or LWS. It completely escaped my attention, but the mission is basically an orbiting telescope platform designed specifically to look at and monitor the sun. Since it’s launch, NASA has been adjusting it’s orbit and bringing it’s instruments online. As it was with the Hubble → Read More
Okay, so I am going off the beaten path again with this post, but bear with me for a few minutes. I found this story so interesting, I couldn’t help myself. I
Shelley, the automated car
honestly didn’t realize there was technology in the making that could possibly allow a vehicle to drive by itself, but here we are. One thing to note, but not something that is surprising, the technology is being → Read More
Open-source culture. What does this bring to mind? For some, it represents freedom: freedom to speak, freedom to share, and freedom to change. Yet, to others, the words sound a death-knell. To them, anything open-source is dangerous. Sherman Alexie, a novelist, was quoted in an interview: “With the open-source culture on the Internet, the idea of ownership — of artistic ownership — goes away… it terrifies me.” I must respectfully disagree. Artistic ownership → Read More