In one of his recent comments, Smiles makes fun of the dangers of the internet. Don’t worry, he means well.
By the way, what is the opposite of well done? Well intended.
Back to a slightly safer internet experience. We mentioned the Tor project on diablog a couple of times. If you want to go a step further, pretty much everyone I trust on that issue recommends using Tails.
Tails is an operating system based on Debian/GNU Linux. The first major difference is:
Tails is not installed on the computer.
Instead, Tails is installed on a CD, DVD, USB stick, Smart Card, or other external medium. Thus, Tails works like a guest on the computer, using only the temporary memory (RAM). By default, no data is stored permanently on the computer. On most computers the RAM is cleared upon shut down. Thus, you are less likely to leave any traces on the hosting PC.
Second major difference with Tails::
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network
That means, all your email, web browsing and chats are encrypted. And it is much harder to trace you.
The additional safety has limitations. If you want to learn more about Tails, read their warning page here:
According to many websites, Edward Snowden used Tails. And the NSA / GCHQ complained, that they cannot really eavesdrop on Tails users. Or at least not as easily as on others.
Please remember, there is no such thing as 100% security. Even a concrete house with no windows and just one door isn’t 100% safe against a break-in. But certainly it is utterly useless to live in.
Many agree, not only on diablog, the Aston Martin DB5 was the ultimate English sports car. Yes, I am talking about the one James Bond drove in Goldfinger, this one:
Granted, the rear view mirrors aren’t perfect. Otherwise, it is a brilliant interpretation of the DB5, wouldn’t you agree? Everything under the hood comes from Jaguar, mostly from the XKR.
As the following shots show, Continue reading
It’s the week before Easter and things get a little light hearted on diablog.
I apologise unreservedly and in advance to anyone who takes offence at the following (worth persevering with as the out-takes are as good as the feature) piece of Australian culture which found its way into my eager grubby hands from Philippa
This proves a number of things: Philippa’s taste is worse than mine, mine is as bad as hers, Australians have a great sense of dodgy humour, there is more culture in a pot of yoghurt than in the whole of Australia, diablog is sinking into the morass since Pete had brain fade, woteva, laugh here -
- and ultimately, who cares!
Yours, diablog, sniggering and lurking behind the bike sheds
While Pete is going through the next midlife crisis, (how many can one go through?) I am filling in. Since I can’t do funny as Pete, I will add some food for thought.
Bla bla bla,… I will keep you informed.
That’s probably British code for: leave me alone, or bugger off, or get lost.
Thus, I did my own research. In case you are interested, here it comes. Otherwise: I will keep you informed.
Let’s start with all the things that do NOT play a role in the Ukraine/Crimea crisis.
- The Ukrainians – they are poor bastards, no one gives a damn
- Democracy – never mind who gets voted into Ukrainian office, nobody cares
- International Treaties – pretty much all related to the Ukraine have been broken
So, what does matter?
Now this could lead to the song of the same title by Phil Collins, but not today. While I did the monkey job of fixing all jump breaks, of course I had music on my ears. How else do you survive the dire routine?
On my playlist was Five Miles Out by Mike Oldfield, which – especially with those beautiful pictures from the BBC – fits Smiles travel habits. Enjoy:
Keep on moving,
While I spent another nightshift fixing posts of diablog – around 1,500 jump breaks should work now – our beloved commentators Caspar
But I came back to much better news. Continue reading
Glynsky is safe – at last! Not only that, but elevated to Superhero after the steam engine debacle.
Yesterday I went to see Captain America – The Winter Soldier with a collection of small(ish) boys who are now convinced that I am the embodiment of
though for me the main interest was Scarlett
as Agent Romanoff. Ooooer! She looks brill.
The plot would have been thoroughly approved of by Engine Room with…