Monthly Archives: August 2014

Protect your privacy online

The August 24 edition of 60 Minutes alerted me to the problem of data mining and the unintended consequences of my activity o the web. I strongly recommend that you watch this segment and take action to protect your privacy.

Some of the tools that are mentioned are:

The search engine, DuckDuckGo

Disconnect privacy products, and,

MaskMe, which allows you to create disposable email addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards. Here’s a review that appears in PC Magazine, By Neil J. Rubenking

Hardly a day goes by without news of another organization suffering a data breach involving thousands or even millions of stolen user data records. If your email information appears in the mix, your antispam utility will probably see a spike in pointless mail. Abine’s free MaskMe service lets you communicate with retailers, discussion groups, and other websites without ever giving them your actual email address, so they can’t lose it in a data breach (or sell it to spammers). As a bonus, it also serves as a simple password manager. More…

Hopefully, we can prevent the internet from becoming a worse wasteland than broadcast TV. –t.h.g.

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American City Planners Take Note

This item from Quora Digest really hit home with me.

What are the differences between the American and German ways of living, but in the town planning context?

By Judith Meyer, Well-traveled native German

German city planning is based on the idea that everything you need for your daily life (groceries, kindergarten, primary school, church) should be reachable on foot and that everything else should be reachable by public transport. The city administrations draw up maps of the cities like this and determine what kind of buildings they want to see in a certain area. Read MoreĀ»