I’m excited about the internet again, but this time in limiting its invasive aspects instead of adding new.
Privacy and the amount of information companies such as Facebook and Google have on their users has been brought to the forefront with the Cambridge Analytica debacle. This has been a catalyst for me to reevaluate how I use the internet and where I want to go from here.
I’ve spent the last few days encrypting everything. We’ve had a lot of home break-ins recently in our little seaside hamlet and it made me realize how vulnerable all our data was to thieves. With all the security, firewalls, passcodes and so on I never really thought much about having our physical devices stolen out of the house! And so, I went into paranoia mode and have been encrypting everything and anything.
It is 4:38 AM on Saturday morning. It is completely dark outside with the only a one inch light out on the ocean as the cruise ship heading for San Francisco passed by. We’re in the middle of a storm and I can hear the wind rushing through the trees.
I made it to the gym twice this week but I missed karate last weekend due to a cold. I’m getting back into my morning and general fitness routine and it feels good.
This past week I finally got around to organizing yet another part of my life. This time it was my internet bookmarks; not the browser bookmarks as I had done that previously but more specifically the once I had on del.icio.us. I noticed in December that his site was often down and remains so! This is very odd for one of the most popular sites of the 2.0 web. They also disabled the export function with a note saying it put too much strain on their servers!!