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Great Marketing Video for a Service Called ‘Chatbooks’

By Steve Borsch | August 8, 2019

As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve been using Flickr for my photo albums for years. Once owned by Yahoo, it was sold last year to the family-owned — and very well run photo service website — SmugMug. As you can see from two posts I wrote about preserving digital media here and…

Unfortunately Trump Doesn’t Understand Technology

By Steve Borsch | July 26, 2019

President Trump tweeted this morning that “Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in USA, no Tariffs!” Perhaps he doesn’t know that every time he does something like this we all laugh at him? Unfortunately, Trump’s basic understanding of technology — and…

*Any* Backdoor in to Encrypted Devices Will Not Work!

By Steve Borsch | July 23, 2019

TechCrunch reported today that US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors and this idea is a very, very bad one. There is NO FUCKING WAY that I will allow my devices to have a backdoor in them … ever … and please note: this is NOT about me…

Tracking Companies Are The Real Threat To Our Privacy And Congress Is Doing Nothing About These Secondary Surveillance Networks

By Steve Borsch | July 14, 2019

Congressional “theater” is happening right now and our ‘Congress Critters’ are all seemingly outraged at the privacy violations by Facebook, Google, and all the other tech companies we all use every day. Some even want to break them up as do various Democratic presidential candidates. But I’d like you to notice that there is not…

Why We Didn’t Buy Near the Sea When We Moved to California

By Steve Borsch | July 9, 2019

When my wife and I were looking for a home to buy after moving from Minnesota to California just over one year ago, we considered spending more than we wanted to on a home with an ocean view or in a beach community here in Orange County. Most of those homes were far beyond our…

Yes, I Believe in UFOs and It Turns Out So Does The U.S. Navy

By Steve Borsch | July 5, 2019

Ever since I’ve been a kid my fascination with space and the universe has been quite strong. I’ve always paid attention to and that only accelerated when I first watched Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos. Sagan was always teased about his answer to the question: How many galaxies and planets are there? His answer was…

Solar is Still Worth the Investment … But California Utility Pricing is a Mess!

By Steve Borsch | July 3, 2019

Our solar was turned on around 9am PDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. In our first week of solar production we have generated 294.37 killowatt hours (kWh). (I subtracted the energy generated on this eighth day morning as I write this post). Several people asked me for an update on how solar is working out…

My Kids’ Technology Adventures Began With An Alien Named Cosmic Osmo

By Steve Borsch | June 11, 2019

When my first-born daughter Liz was a toddler, I was hoping I’d be able to guide her towards becoming a techie. No pushing and no pressure was what I tried to achieve. Instead I tried to be a coach to her, gently showing her how stuff worked while striving to make it fun. One of…

Watch the Net Neutrality Senate Livestream on June 11th

By Steve Borsch | June 7, 2019

Since I care (as we all should) about privacy, security, government surveillance, third-party trackers, and all the other downsides that have already happened to this thing we love called the internet, WE ALL need to stand up and make our voices heard about the recent bill passage to gut net neutrality. That’s why I just…

[UPDATED] There is a Dangerous Problem with the Honda Clarity

By Steve Borsch | June 1, 2019

My wife and I had a terrifying loss of power in our new 2019 Honda Clarity yesterday AND we were in rush hour traffic on CA-73 (a toll-road that runs from Newport Beach to I-5 in Laguna Niguel, California) driving along at 70MPH. Here is what happened and how we discovered afterwards that this is…

ProtonMail Continues To Be The Safest, Most Secure, and Private Email Provider

By Steve Borsch | May 31, 2019

Last evening I saw this article link from Steiger Legal, on a blog run by Swiss lawyer Martin Steiger, in which he published a damning allegation that my beloved ProtonMail, the end-to-end encrypted email provider, was: Email service provider ProtonMail, based in Switzerland, offers assistance for real-time surveillance: Voluntarily! Steiger goes on with writing a…

Picked Up My New 2019 Honda Clarity Yesterday. Could This Car Be My Best Purchase Ever?

By Steve Borsch | May 29, 2019

After coming back from our Memorial Day weekend adventure in Palm Springs yesterday morning, I headed over to Rancho Santa Margarita Honda to check out the colors that the Honda Clarity comes in. Though I’d pretty much decided on the Modern Steel Metallic (a dark gray) they had a silver with black interior and a…