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What is redundancy anyway?

I’ve been in the IT industry my entire adult life, so sometimes I use words and just assume everyone thinks they mean the same thing I think they mean.  I was recently challenged with the word, “redundancy.” “What does that even mean?”...

We take your privacy seriously. Really?

By now, we’ve all read and digested the news about the December 2013 Target breach.  In the largest breach in history at that time and the first of many sensational headlines to come, somebody stole 40 million credit card numbers from Target POS (point of sale)...

Mostly bad telemarketing

I’ve taken thousands of telemarketing cold calls over the years.  Many are deceptive, most are awful.  And a few are good. Here is a common deception.  Many calls originate in call centers in India or the Philippines.  Callers use IP phones and connect via the...

Spying – The pot calling the kettle black

Sometimes when high tech meets international politics, reality really is stranger than fiction. First, a few enlightened members of our US Congress accused Chinese telecom equipment giant, Hauwei, of spying for the Chinese government. Here is one of many press...

Why we all should care about net neutrality

Many people will see the words, “Net neutrality” and groan about yet more tech gobbledygook and geeks who spend too much time pretending to be Mr. Spock and watching Star Trek re-runs.  Nobody on Main Street cares about net neutrality, right?  Isn’t this all just an...