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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 → 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 → 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 → 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 → 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 → Read More

Space Shuttle Discovery – Her Final Flight

Space Shuttle Discovery

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

What’s in a cell phone?


I think I have asked this question before, but let’s give it a go again, shall we? How many of my readers use a cell phone? I know, it seems like more and more people are calling them personal devices, but they are still cell phones to me. Personally, I use one every day. It is my alarm clock in the morning, my connection to the Internet, if in a pinch, and my calendar, → Read More

Google – YouTube defeats Viacom


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

iDroid on the iPod Touch 1G


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

Online Privacy… is there such a thing?


As I’m sure you are all well aware, Facebook has been getting a lot of criticism about their privacy settings. I’m sure we all agree that the company, and it’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, truly deserves all of it. They share/sell our information, all the while giving us new “privacy settings” in order to appease us. However, if one takes a close look at these settings, a person would quickly realize that they’re being “Zuckered”. → Read More

Space Shuttle Atlantis – Last trip to space

Atlantis' Last Launch

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

StumbleUpon and SU.PR – A pair of social media tools


If you have blogged for very long and are acquainted with social media and the use thereof, you should be well aware of a website called StumbleUpon. If you are not, let me acquaint you with a tool that can help you spread your content, no matter what, far and wide across the Internet. Between StumbleUpon and, which allows you to post to Twitter and Facebook at the same time, it’s quite the → Read More