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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Hardware

Using a Chromebox as My Primary Day-to-day Computer

The following article has little to do with privacy, other than the fact that Chrome computers are generally considered to be some of the most secure personal computers available today. However, it does discuss my recent experiences with low-cost computing and I think it may be of interest to many readers of this blog. Here is a conversation I had recently with a friend: “A couple of weeks ago I […]

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Death of the Keyboard? Let’s Ask Alexa.

I have written often about my vision of the future of computer hardware and software. One thing I am certain of is that today’s computer state-of-the-art will not be the same the state-of-the-art in a few years. Just ask anyone who owns a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer with data storage on audio cassette tapes or has a collection of floppy disks or even CD-ROM disks. In that vein, I was […]

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A Chromebook’s Superb Security Is Another Good Reason To Leave Windows 10’s Update Failures Behind

I have written several times about the excellent security and privacy offered by Chromebooks. You can find my past articles about Chromebook security by starting at http://bit.ly/2UyLIqi. Now Kevin Murnane obvious agrees, based on his recent article in the Forbes web site. Murnane’s article focuses on the advantages of Chromebooks versus the many recent problems with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. For that comparison, I’ll refer you to Kevin Murnane’s […]

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The Simple Method of Adding a Huge Monitor to Your Computer

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with privacy. If you are looking for privacy-related articles, you might want to skip this one. However, if you would like to learn of a cheap and easy way to add a television set’s display to your computer, this article may be of interest to you. Are you using a rather small monitor on your computer, perhaps even using a laptop computer and […]

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Next-Generation Aegis Fortress L3 USB Drive

Need a secure place to keep your digital secrets or to transport them to a different computer, possibly some distance away? An encrypted flash drive is a good solution for up to 256 gigabytes of data. However, what do you do if you have more data then that to be kept secure.? Portable hard drives are available from a number of manufacturers at reasonable prices. Of course, if the information […]

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Helm Wants You to Control Your Own Data Again

A new start-up company wants you to host your own (encrypted) email messages, pictures, videos, and more where everything is under your control, not something provided by a privacy-stealing corporation. Do you use the Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail email services? If so, a large corporation can access your private messages for any reason at all. Or for no reason at all. The same is true for your photos, videos, […]

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Facebook Draws Harsh Criticism For Home Video Camera, also known as “the Spy in Your Living Room”

Yes, this is another article about Facebook’s many security and privacy problems. I guess I should be thankful for Facebook’s existence. Without Facebook, there wouldn’t be much to write about in this Privacy Blog. Facebook released its answer to the Amazon Echo this week — the Portal home device. And, predictably, the company’s announcement was met with almost universal outrage. Running through most of the responses was a common thread: […]

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