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How to use a computer

Crime, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

This is a primer for anyone searching the web looking for tips on how to use a computer.  The language is direct, and intended to be clear and unequivocal. 1. A computer is a dangerous power tool, treat it accordingly As computers become ever more a part of everything we do, there is a tendency […]

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Ever wondered what the internet is really like?

Current Events, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

Many of us remember a time when having a blog or a computer on the internet was a cool thing and was safe-ish.  There were hackers, but you could take some simple steps (though not enough people did, even then) and largely keep the miscreants out of your stuff. It’s a different world today.  I […]

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A blast from the past… an old anti-spam policy

Entertainment, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Politics and Activism, Security, Technology

I was going over some ancient archives of my old web sites and found this gem.  I still believe this is how spam and spammers should be dealt with, and it’s a shame it never caught on.  This was originally published in late 1997 or early 1998. Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy Unsolicited commercial email (AKA […]

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How many people have to die before we put an end to alternative medicine quackery?

Current Events, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Math and Science, Politics and Activism

Another child is dead, and more parents have criminal convictions for using quackery instead of medicine to treat their child’s illness.  How long are people going to tolerate this alternative medicine crap?  How many more people have to die before we bring the weight of government down hard on these charlatans whose purpose in life is […]

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