Saturday, June 17, 2017

Free Speech

There are some people that do bad things. Very bad things.
The people that do bad things like to communicate in secret. The UK government would like to stop the bad people doing that and so they want to compromise the tools that the bad people use.
That's all well and good but there's a problem. The good people use the same tools. The good people don't use those tools for bad things, they use them because their friends use them. That's a lot of people using the tools. Mostly for good.
If the government compromise the tools to catch the bad people, they also compromise the same tools for the good people. If the government can get in on a conversation so can other people. The other people that can get in might want to ruin the good people's experience of the tool and might go beyond that and ruin a lot more.
I'm not saying anything new here. It's well known that in the past various services have been compromised by government agencies and that beyond that people who don't work for the government have got hold of the methods and used that information to exploit any amount of innocent people.
It's been said thousands of times. One must learn to protect oneself.
Linux distributions are FREE! The distributions come with encryption built in and other tools are free also. These can be easily added. The whole Linux experience can reside on a USB stick, 8GB is fine, and cheap. You probably have one in a draw that you're not using because by today's standards it's a bit small for your storage needs.
Google searches for "Linux cryptography" or "Linux steganography" will keep you amused for hours. Linux is easy to get to grips with. If you start with Ubuntu you'll be up and running in no time. There is obviously some learning to do but not a great deal. YouTube is full of 'getting started' videos.
The choice is yours. Be prepared for an onslaught against your privacy or keep your fingers away from your computer or mobile device.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


In case you ever wondered...
Why I upload and then re-edit.
Some things I say are for public consumption over a limited time scale. Like most people I feel constrained by standards.
Sometimes I just talk utter rubbish and I should sensor that. In fact maybe I should sensor everything I say. It's not a bad idea and I've been thinking of doing that for a while. If for no other reason to test a theory.
So this is it. The last plain English post that I have for you. If you're not following events then you'll hit the middle of a muddle.
To the people that follow this blog:
Instructions follow.
After that. Nothing will be the same again.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


It's nearly 19 years since I welcomed Neville into our family. Today he died.
July 4th 1998 - April 17th 2017.
The original "Mr Green".

I love you. Thanks for sharing you're time with me. I learned so much from you.

I'm in limbo emotionally. I have cried on and off all evening. I'm trying to get myself together. I can't.
Mr Green has left behind two brothers, Bailey and Paul.
Paul is taking the news badly.
If there's one thing I know, it's that humans have lost our ability to instinctively know when things have changed. Spend some time around cats and you'll understand. We have so much to learn from our friends, especially the ones that interact with us on a daily basis.

I look forward to sending my life force out to someone special when I die. No gods, no angels, no religion. Just something beyond what I know or that humans may ever have the capacity to understand.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


A few weeks ago my trusty Too Much Coffee Man mug retired with a broken handle. It had seen thousands of fills and enough caffeine to keep a city awake for a decade.
I tweeted the sad demise to Shannon Wheeler, the creator of TMCM, just in case he had ever wondered what happened to the mugs once he'd posted them. In all honesty I thought that would be the end of the story.
As you might have guessed by now it wasn't. I got a reply saying that if I paid postage Shannon would replace my mug. I was gobsmacked and of course I took him up on the offer. I received my parcel yesterday but I had to wait until today until I got home to open it up.
Inside was not only a shiny new mug but an original Too Much Coffee Man artwork, a book of Shannon Wheeler's Postage Stamp Funnies and a numbered and signed print.
I know I'm sitting here writing this but what can I say? I'm stunned, really stunned.
(Gets a bit gushy here.)
For the creator of my favourite comic strip to replace my mug is really kind, but to include the extra art is beyond generous. It really is. I'm grinning like an idiot and will be for the next week at least.
Thank you Shannon Wheeler. You really are the best.