The History of the Greenbury Point Radio Towers

Anyone who’s spent time in Annapolis is likely familiar with the radio towers on Greenbury Point. The three remaining towers, at 800’ high each, are visible for miles and are a major landmark for residents and travelers. However, the towers as they stand today are just the remnants of what was once a massive complex of naval communications. A YouTube channel called A History of the Navy in 100 Objects has produced a video that covers the history of the facility that stood for over 80 years. Read On →

Today's Net Neutrality Decision Screws Us All

Net neutrality is dead A federal appeals court today struck down some key provisions of the FCC Open Internet order. The court determined that, because ISPs do not have “common carrier” classification the way telephone providers do, the FCC does not have the authority to force ISPs to treat all traffic equally. This is a massive blow to the very foundation of what makes the Internet work the way it does, and has potentially devastating consequences. Read On →

First Snow of 2014

Well the weather didn’t waste time ringing in the new year. Our first snow of 2014 arrived last night, giving us about 4-5 inches of snow in the Annapolis area. The snow never got all that heavy, but it did bring very cold temperatures and plenty of wind. The temperature in Annapolis as of noon on January 3rd By and large an uneventful storm, but a nice dusting of snow nonetheless :-)

2014: The Year of Tangible Accomplishments

It’s a new year! Huzzah! Let’s celebrate new beginnings and look forward to the good times ahead! Yes, facetiousness abounds. In truth though, that’s what we’re all doing. Rather than fight it and scoff like I have in years past, I’m going to embrace it. 2013 was, despite my optimistic outlook, a fairly lackluster year. I pretty much maintained status quo, and didn’t make much forward progress. It was, by all accounts, a placeholder year. Read On →

The Best Reads of 2013

Best reads of 2013 This year I started a recurring segment on my blog, to catalog my favorite articles from around the web. I've decided to borrow a page from @om's book and start doing "What I'm Reading" posts on my blog. — Christiaan Conover (@cconover) June 24, 2013 It seems fitting, then, that I look back on the year and pick out the highlights of what I read. Since this is a yearly summary I’ve got more than my usual 3 or 4 links to share, so I’ve broken them down by category. Read On →

The Case Against Encrypted Text Messaging

Yes, you read that title correctly. I, of all people, am advocating against increased security measures for texting. Before we go any further, I want to be clear that I am 100% in favor of encrypted messaging. Let’s put encryption everywhere we can, and lots of it. Lest we forget, this site uses full-time TLS and there isn’t even sensitive data being passed back and forth. There’s a caveat to my security gusto, however: do it right, or don’t bother. Read On →

My Blog in 2013

WordPress.com creates an end-of-year report for every WordPress site that runs the Jetpack plugin and has Stats enabled. Mine showed up yesterday evening. Here’s an description: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people. Mostly I just like watching the fireworks :-) Read On →

Wreaths Across America at the Naval Academy

Wreaths Across America Wreaths Across America came to the U.S. Naval Academy today, to lay wreaths on graves at the Naval Academy cemetery. I snapped a few photos while they were here. Wreaths waiting to be placed on graves at the Naval Academy cemetery. The procession of vehicles for Wreaths Across America, including motorcycles and vehicles from various police departments in Maine (where the program got its start). Volunteers lay wreaths on graves at the Naval Academy. Read On →

New WordPress Plugin: Author Customization

I’ve released a new WordPress plugin, called Author Customization. This plugin gives you much greater flexibility in managing post authors on your WordPress site. Rather than having to rely entirely on the one-size-fits-all user management system, you can customize author names and bio entries on a per-post basis. You’ll also be able to enable a WYSIWYG editor for biographical info (the same editor used by WordPress for editing posts), to have richer formatting of author bio entries. Read On →

Goodbye, Google Voice

Google Voice logo I’ve been a Google Voice user since June 2009, when it was still invite-only and had the promise of doing to phones what Gmail did to email. When I finally got access I was excited, and even though I didn’t have a smartphone (which meant using Voice was cumbersome) I was happy with its performance. It was one of the driving factors behind my getting an Android phone, and at first things were awesome. Read On →