Matt\’s Cuppa

My take on tea, technology, and our environment

Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 02/17/2008

Posted by telecommatt on February 16, 2008

Extreme Notebook Makeover – Protecting your notebook from random searches – Download Squad  Annotated

tags: security, travel

  • If this is half as disturing to you as it is to me, then bookmark this article. And back up your machine before you travel!

    While I travel with noting on my machine that I wouldn’t want plastered onto a Powerpoint slide, I’m disturbed by the lack of justification for these search and seizures. And it’s the seizures part that really makes alarms go off in my head. Is this helpful to law enforcement? Defely. Does it make one suspicious and untrusting of our government entities? Defnitely!

    I think that this is a case where, if the government were more open, I would be more open. The article quotes a NY Times article stating that, in the government’s eyes, inspecting your hardrive is no different than inspecting your suitcase. Do you agree? I certainly don’t! Regardless, they don’t seize your suitcase to search it. Instead the merely haul out the contents for all to see. But then you get your suitcase back!

    I happen to agree with Judge Pregerson when he states that harddrives are an extension of our own thoughts and memories, things which no one can violate without just cause and certain suspicion. This is obviously something that must be tempered. I fail to believe that there is not a way that we can find the child pornographers without creating a breach of ethics and perpetuating the mistrust we carry towards our own government.

     – post by telecommatt

Small business people don’t travel without laptops. On July 24, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that US Customs and Border Patrol Officers had the right to search and seize a person’s laptop computer, computer discs and other electronic media (iPods and more). Personal and proprietary data is at risk, as is your notebook itself (some are not returned). The EFF has recently filed a suit demanding that Homeland Security disclose information on why it chooses to inspect some laptops and other electronic devices at the borders. On the government side is the argument that these search and seizures are aimed at and are helping prevent child pornography.

    Yakkle: Free IM, VoIP, desktop, and file sharing for Windows – Download Squad  Annotated

    tags: im, screen-sharing, voip

    • Like the article says, screen-sharing is pretty much the realm of commercial applications. And commercial apps = spending money. So any new entry into that realm that is free is worth it to me! I’d like to see how this stacks up against Zoho Meeting (which is also free…)
       – post by telecommatt
    Yakkle is a collaboration tool that lets you communicate with friends or colleagues over the web. While there are plenty of free tools that let you chat, make VoIP calls, or send files over the internet, few of those tools pack a screen sharing application. And while there are plenty of commercial collaboration tools like WebEx or GoToMeeting, Yakkle has them all beat in one area: it’s free.

      Global Warming by the Numbers – Operation: Climate Vote – Environmental Defense  Annotated

      tags: climate-change

      Global warming is the most serious environmental threat of our time.

      As these facts show, affordable options are available. And America cannot afford to fall behind any more in the race to invent clean, renewable energy sources.

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