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Giant Suck

Raw Sewage

I have abandoned Facebook for (I think) the third time.

FB has some good points and I enjoy keeping in touch with “real” friends and family. I do not judge my self-worth by how many long-lost and stray-cat “friends” want to join me.  My real friends know how to otherwise keep contact with me if they desire.

The political climate and vicious personal  attacks have driven me away again. The fraudulent advertising is also no attraction. There is more raw sewage in Facebook than I can withstand. I don’t desire the exposure when it is so easy (and hard) to just turn it off. 

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In Flanders Fields

It’s Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 Used to be called “Decoration Day” in the USA when I was a kid. It’s a day we honor those who died in war defending the principals of freedom the USA deems important enough to defend to the death.

Sometimes war may be more than just about freedom., but that is another story.

Today is not to argue the reasons, but to honor those who died. 

There are many that serve this nation and face the risk of death. I am one. But today is not about serving. It’s about those who serve and pay the cost with their lives, 

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Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

Targeted Marketing

An “RD rant” about the ever-present and overwhelming amount of targeted marketing on electronic entertainment media such as cable TV, and SPAM email sent to me on my computer.

I would disconnect my cable TV if it were not for my spouse who somehow can tolerate the constant barrage of all the things that must be purchased to improve our lives.

I am sooo tempted to change my email address and “go dark” except for my closest and most trusted friends. All two of them… Ha!

I realize marketing is a necessary evil in a consumer driven Capitalist society.

70 years ago, the popular media was […] Continue reading » Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

IOT – Internet of Things

Internet Of Things

I stumbled onto and watched an intriguing cable network channel containing programs about Cyber-warfare. As all these specialized channels have become, they are more about drawing in viewers such as myself, than presenting impartial reporting. They all have an agenda, that suits their purpose.

That understood, it still presented a story, many stories , that  need to be heard. Most people will not understand what was shown, but people like myself, raised in a developing world of embedded computing, and have worked in the industry, know exactly what was being said.

Many and perhaps most of the electrical appliances or devices we buy today […] Continue reading » IOT – Internet of Things

Taxes Filed

There is nothing I dread more than filing my taxes, so the feeling of getting them over and done is a wonderful sense of relief. It doesn’t matter if I owe or can claim a refund. It’s the concern if I have collected and safely preserved the mountain of paper “evidence” randomly sent to me in the mail for the previous three months. The complexity of the process, if your working-for-a-living  life is anything but “plain vanilla”, is a sure indication it is a process created by a government bureaucracy.

I’ll put the rant aside. It just feels so good to pass the exam and move on to better things. […] Continue reading » Taxes Filed