Small code with powerful results, the occasional opinion … and beer. 

12 Jun 2020
Spare Computing During a Crisis.. Helping to Fight the Crisis

I recently discovered a distributed computing project for COVID-19 DNA research called Rosetta@Home  ( https://foldforcovid.io/ ).  Having 8 Raspberry Pis which are lying dormant after I completed a project with them, I decided to put them online as workers. For security precautions, I decided to create a segmented guest network on my router for the Pis […]

02 Jun 2020
Government… Indirect to You!

You may have noticed a wave of channels removed recently by Google for violating content policies, and the screams from their owners about foul play–even outright censorship.  There are very important constitutional concerns about arbitrary removal of content. And viewed at its face value, it seems like targeted censorship. And then today, there is the […]

07 Apr 2020
“Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain”

That’s the famous line from the Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard is putting on quite a show for Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and The Lion, filled with smoke, lights, a large and scary projected picture of himself on the wall, while he is sternly shouting loud and bullying threats over a loudspeaker.  They […]

02 Apr 2020
COVID-19: An simple exercise in evaluating information

I recently read this article discussing a possible cover-up in the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the town where it originated: the city of Wuhan in China, population around 11 million people.  This is a great article to expand upon, in doing some basic sanity checks to check the numbers.  There is another article […]

30 Jul 2019
Think Twice Before Escalating Anything

A few weeks ago, I read the new reports based on tweets made during the diversion of a flight, on which Keanu Reeves was travelling.  And it left me a little disturbed about our social media focused society. The plane had a minor mechanical issue and had to divert to Victorville, CA, instead of continuing […]

16 Mar 2019
Unexpectedly Joining the Distributed Workforce

After an unusual set of circumstances, my company has shifted its IT and software development staff into a distributed workforce even though all of us are within a local drive of the office.  Previously other terms were used for this type of work, like working from home or working remotely.  But it is so much […]

29 Aug 2018
Real Password Security, Using the KISS Principle

Keep It Simple and Stupid! If you hate those extremely over-complicated password requirements which paranoid corporations are embracing, you will love the changes that NIST issued about a year ago.  The problem is, corporations aren’t really showing any interest in it. It is time to point them the the new guidelines, because the current ones […]

23 Jan 2018
Paper currency… its final countdown has begun

You might think I am writing about Cryptocurrency… but that would miss a much bigger picture. Back in 1999, as the Y2K scare approached, I spent a lot of time diffusing potential panic from people who not only did not understand technology, but also did not understand the book of Revelation and what it actually […]

26 Nov 2017
The Call for a Constitutional Convention

It’s time. The United States Constitution, in Article V, has a clause describing a Constitutional Convention which the states may invoke with 3/4 of the State Legislatures requesting it. It is a safety valve for an out of control federal government, and the time to pull that valve is now. The constitutional convention is initiated […]

18 Mar 2017
The endless reincarnation and death of the Fair Tax effort

Prager University has some good videos, which people will occasionally label as right-learning.  And I agree with them… occasionally.  Today, I listened to one featuring Steve Forbes entitled “The Case for a Flat Tax”.  You can watch it here. As I watched it, I became Captain Picard… and I face-palmed. I never ceased to be […]