Back to the Future Part II Proves The Future Actually Sucks…

Yeah, yeah. I was trying to be less of a curmudgeon this year, but the fact that people are waxing a wee bit too nostalgic over Back to the Future Part II and its “predictions” about the world of 2015 has roused me into a stupor over all this fanciful fawning. Let’s face it, folks: most of us are just too eager to over-appreciate some forms of technology despite realizing it’ll be abused and very royally mucked up once it gets into the paws of the public. The combination of old and new bad habits will make that otherwise cool tech too damn deadly to be of any use unless it’s under VERY highly controlled conditions… Continue reading

The (Welcome and Hopeful) Silence of the Spams…


 

Bleh. I’m trying to wind this year down on an interesting note, but my mind is elsewhere. Too much home improvement stuff, some new ventures creeping into my schedule, perhaps a business thing popping up in a weird place and so forth and so on. Meanwhile, the internet has ticked me off royally this year on a few fronts to the point I almost kicked myself off a few social sites. I hate predictions and forecasting, but I kind of feel that 2015 will be the year people want their privacy back. Nearly everywhere you look or dink around online, you’re tracked, hacked and cracked over the head continually by folks good, bad and ugly. That has to be dealt with not by so-called “security” services or outside elements telling you they’re “taking care” of the problems. It has to be dealt with by people wisely retreating from spilling all their beans to the world thinking it’s okay because a site says it’s “secure” or “values” your safety at the end of the day. I’d bet a penny that most of them don’t because they can make bad news into good and gain users from it when all is said and done by tossing stuff into the spin cycle.

Eh, I suppose being cranky like this has its merits. But I want to end this year on a high note. No, not THAT kind of high, you sillies. Just a little rest and popping up to see the sun rise on that new year before zipping out a few posts to welcome in 2015. Back in a bit…

The Woz vs. The Cloud: Oh, He’s Nailed It Just About Perfectly…

When you get the co-founder of Apple telling you the cloud sort of stinks as a reliable storage medium, you know it’s kind of important. Of course, the man works at a cloud computing service, so perhaps he’s just doing some PR for that company and scaring up some business in the process.

Anyway, I know the carefree digital hipster rubes out there who think ease of use trumps personal security are pooh-poohing his words away as they stack more files away magically to retrieve them at some later date, but let’s play a game for a minute. Can you imagine the sheer panic when (not if, kids, WHEN) there’s another Dropbox hack or worse, some natural disaster that takes out some servers in an undisclosed location, making retrieving those files next to (or completely) impossible? I’ll be sitting back with my popcorn watching people freak out because no one thought that their precious data would go up in digital smoke.

Of course, if the hit is bad enough (say, a foreign cyber-hack done right that screws us royally), I’ll be barricading myself inside with bottled water snacks  and a wall of games from the collection as my last defense against the undead hordes who can’t get their devices to do anything at all.

“Braaaaaaiiiiins…”