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The Hemmingway App, and the Week’s News

I have received several emails asking about my thoughts on the ‘big” news items – the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, and the end of XP support.

In short:

* Heartbleed: There’s not much to say, except this is just a rather clear example of why the Internet, as we now have it, is a fundamentally flawed system, and (why I think) it’s pure folly to use it for what we’re using it for. What can you do about Heartbleed? Well.. jack-doodly, really. But in a few days, I would change my online passwords.
But loyal readers know I recommend changing them every quarter as a matter of policy (but, who does that?)

The best read inre: “Heartbleed” I saw was in the NYT. The Internet’s Telltale Heartbleed

Heartbleed is as bad as it is possible for a security flaw to be. It can be easily exploited by anyone on the Internet without leaving a trace, and it can be used to obtain login names, passwords, credit-card information, and even the keys that keep our encrypted communications safe from eavesdroppers.” Read more..

Windows XP’s “End-of-Support”. Well, I’ve been telling readers to get off of XP for more than 2 years now – the equivalent of 14 years in Tech Time. I would not, repeat, not, connect a XP machine to the Internet. (I have a few I’ll use offline.. mainly to play old games.)


* I really enjoyed this article: Do we really need Hemingway App? (as it’s not really about some app.. or Hemmingway..)

Digital evangelists are fond of telling us that antiquated activities like savoring a good book need to get with the times. “Reading is inherently time-consuming,” say the people at Spritz, who have invented a technology that supposedly lets you choke down 600 words per minute. They’re so dedicated to optimizing this slow, cumbersome practice for a digital age that they’ve even trademarked the phrase “Reading Reimagined.“” Read more..

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Today’s quote:In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” ~ George Orwell

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April 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, News, tech | , , | Leave a comment