Technology Bites

A satirical view of technology and the numerous ways it fails us or we fail to see it’s short comings. Technology related Tips, Tricks, and Critiques thrown-in for good measure.

 

  • Internet Privacy Tradeoff Fallacy Revealed I’m no fan of Corporate America. Greed leads to corruption. Look no further than the Great Recession of 2008 for proof. What’s worse, these corporations have huge reserves of cash to lobby our government to get laws changed to suite their desires. That leaves the majority of the population as basically sheep to be sheared ...
  • Kaspersky Labs Hacked Kaspersky Labs provides one of the best AntiVirus/AntiMalware programs created to protect personal computers. Their software is consistently rated in the top 5. I’ve used it for years on both Windows, Linux machines and lately on Mac’s. I highly recommend the software. The only down-side, they’re a Russian company. Which, for me anyway, affects my ...
  • Improve iDevice Enryption The typical 4 digit passcode can be cracked in a matter of hours. Improve security and encryption on your iOS8 and above devices – iPads and iPhones – by changing your passcode to something a bit more difficult. I recommend an 8 digit numeric passcode, though you can use a mix of alpha and numeric ...
  • Taiwan Gas Pipe Explodes This is never a good thing to see. We’re all exposed to the potential for this type of disaster. The tech used to move water, gases and wastes has been in use for over 150 years in the U.S.A. It’s pervasive in all cities and many rural settings. In the very industrial port city of Kaohsiung, ...
  • Big Brother is Watching Drones are flying over the United States. The only thing they are not allowed to do is carry weapons. Not unlike Pakistan, we are being monitored, possibly followed whenever authorities choose. Does your girlfriend or wife like to sunbathe around the pool or on the beach topless? Have you been distilling a little 'shine in ...
  • A Little Low Asiana Flight 214 was spread all over a runway at San Francisco International Airport last week. Seems auto-pilot was a little off on air speed and altitude. The tail of the aircraft was dragged over the seawall and the whole thing cart-wheeled. The video was horrifying and amazing. It looked at first like the landing ...
  • Tec Distraction Can Kill You The Christian Science Monitor posted an interesting piece related to Smart Phones. Seems officials are starting to see a trend where distracted users/pedestrians put themselves in danger. Statistics aren't available so exact numbers are unknown but, officials seem to believe injury and death incidents are on the rise as a result. A number of bills in ...
  • 350 Million Without Power The news is abuzz today with an astounding power outage. It seems 350 million people lost power at around 2:35am in northern India. That's actually more people without power in India than the entire population of the USA (U.S. Census Bureau). One can imagine the chaos in a country where the primary source of transportation is ...
  • Havoc in the Skies over Europe Iceland's volcanos are alive and well. If you haven't read the news, just ask any number of stranded passengers in many major airports in Europe.Travelers from all over the world have been impacted by cancellations due to the volcanic cloud drifting over Europe. Fortunately, as a result of learning the hardway, we as a species now ...
  • Nuclear Plant Leak Fixed Apparently, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has fixed it's leak. There have been more than 20 leaks at nuclear power plants around the country. Vermomt Yankee, after drilling a monitoring well, found tritium in the soil and ground water. Tritium is a low-level radioactive by-product of nuclear plants. Fortunately, none of the ...