Thoughts Following the Boston Marathon Bombing Ordeal

News coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing This has indisputably been one of the wildest weeks in recent memory. In the afternoon of Monday, April 15 two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring over 180 people. In the days that followed a whirlwind of events transpired that reads like an episode of 24, culminating in the killing of one suspect and the apprehension of another. Now that the ordeal is over and the long, arduous process of investigation and prosecution really kicks off, it’s amazing to think back on how this whole thing was wrapped up. Continue reading »

CISPA Passed the House, Now We Need to Fight it in The Senate

CISPA Earlier today the House of Representatives voted to pass CISPA. While this is certainly an unfortunate and disappointing outcome, CISPA is far from becoming law. The bill now heads to the Senate, so once again we’ll need to rally together to defeat this onerous legislation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation set up a bunch of great tools for fighting CISPA with the House, and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they do the same for the Senate. Continue reading »

Do Your Part to Oppose CISPA

CISPA The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, more commonly known as CISPA, is scheduled to go to the House floor for a vote as early as this afternoon. CISPA would broaden and streamline the sharing of internet traffic information between the federal government and technology providers and manufacturers, without safeguards for personal privacy protection. It endangers the free and open Internet, and if passed could have significant negative impacts on free speech, innovation and even the security of the very infrastructure it’s supposed to protect. Continue reading »

Hosting my Twitter Archive Publicly

A few months ago Twitter finally turned on the ability for users to download their entire archive of tweets. It’s been a feature many power users have been longing for, and Twitter did a nice job with implementation. Rather than simply giving the user a JSON or XML dump, they build what amounts to be a self-contained web app of your entire tweet history. It actually doesn’t even need a server - it’s just a bunch of HTML, CSS and JavaScript files that your browser can handle all on its own. Continue reading »

Twelve Years in Annapolis

Maryland State House Today marks the twelfth anniversary since my family and I moved to Annapolis. I was 12 years old when we moved here, which means that I’ve now lived here for half my life. Being a military brat it’s still hard to imagine that I’ve really lived in one place for that long. Staying in Annapolis was not originally part of my plan. When I was in high school my goal was to attend the Coast Guard Academy, commission as a Coast Guard officer and live anywhere & everywhere. Continue reading »

My Favorite Marriage Equality "Red Equals" Picture Variations

Red equals This week the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a number of cases relating to same-sex marriage & marriage equality. To show support for those affected by the decisions on these cases, many people have been displaying an image of a red square with a pink ‘equals’ symbol in the center as their Facebook, Twitter, etc. profile picture. This being the Internet, a number of riffs off the original image have been created which run the gamut from jokes to social commentary. Continue reading »

Pebble Smartwatch Unboxing and First Impressions

Pebble in the box It’s here! After months of waiting and numerous delays, my Pebble smartwatch has finally arrived. Even though I’ve only had it for about an hour, I can already tell the wait was worth it. It feels good to wear, it looks good, and the interface is pleasantly simple. This post isn’t a review though, so let’s look at what we’re here for: the unboxing. Pebble’s product box is also its shipping box, reducing the amount of packaging required. Continue reading »

First Snow of 2013

Snow at the U.S. Naval Academy At this point in the year, I’m convinced the meteorologists in the Annapolis-Baltimore-DC area are playing jokes on us. This morning I woke up to the first actual snow we’ve had so far this year, despite a number of predictions that resulted in nothing but some rain. By the time I left my house there were already 2-3 inches on the ground, and it’s still falling steadily - all this despite a prediction of some wintry mix at worst for today. Continue reading »

The Internet is Fragile and We Need a Plan B

Danny Hillis gave a TED talk in February discussing how the notion of trust is ingrained in the protocols that form the Internet, and why that leaves the Internet vulnerable. He says that because of the network’s trusting nature and the increasing number of critical services and systems that rely on the Internet, the network itself - not just the serivces using it - is fragile. His argument is that, in addition to putting greater effort into protecting the network, we need to develop a completely separate “plan B” in case the Internet were to crash. Continue reading »

I've Found My Replacement for Google Reader

Fever's main screen Following Google’s announcement that Reader will be shuttered on July 1st, I - like most of the Internet’s voracious content-consumption/power user/geek population - went searching for a replacement. I argued right away that the new-found void left in the RSS reader space would be best filled by a new open source project to create an awesome reader that could be either self-hosted, or used as a hosted service. Given that such a product did not yet exist, I continued my search for an immediate replacement. Continue reading »
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