Deception on the Internet - Its Not Just for Spies

Today on the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald has published a list of the 'tools' that UK spooks can use to spread disinformation online. The list is pretty impressive but generally nothing new from a technology standpoint: rigging polls, inflating page views, getting content withdrawn by publishers, sending spam, and launching denial of service attacks. The one that really stuck out to me was code-named Changeling: ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity.

Cable Management is Next to Godliness

As part of moving into the new house I've needed to run a bunch of network cables for everything from antique clocks to liquor serving robots. Considering the fact that I needed a bunch of cables, and they needed to be fairly long, I finally broke down and learned how to crimp my own network cables. One issue that emerged from this was a growing rats nest of cables in my basement.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival: How Times Have Changed

This year, for the first time in recent memory, I have reservations regarding my attendance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. I love the folk festival and have attended it for many years, but a confluence of factors this year have left me very hesitant. Here is a brief exploration around the issues that have caused my support to waver and the challenges which the folk festival may be facing.

My Approach to House Hunting

At a little over one month into 2014, I am pleased to announce that I have accomplished one of my most significant new years resolutions - purchasing a house. While the purchase of the house and all the prerequisites came together incredibly quickly, this isn't something I rushed into. In fact, I've been contemplating what I wanted in a house for a long time.

2014 Resolutions and Goals

Another year has passed, and it seems like it's a good time to update the list of resolutions and goals. I accomplished a good number of my 2013 resolutions and goals, and those which I didn't accomplish are still reasonable enough that I am rolling them forward to 2014. After spending last year in a state of transition, this year holds the potential for me to settle down a bit and put down roots. While I hope to undertake lots of fun and crazy activities, I also want to start building some sustainability in my life.

The Clone Sean Project

I've now have had a presence on the Internet for well over a decade. In 2002 I published one of my first serious efforts, The Clone Sean Project. The Clone Sean Project was a blog of manipulated images with a loose story wrapped around it. It received 10 updates over the course of a year, which was a pretty good run. While I've changed domains and redesigned my website many times of the years, I've always tried to keep it online. For the sake of historical preservation, here is the Clone Sean Project:

Reflections on the Barbot

Besides being the best looking project of mine in a while, the Barbot also has some pretty neat functionality. One of the most interesting parts of a project is working out how to turn whatever I imagined into reality. I learn how to use some new hardware and software, and along the way, I get to give my problem solving skills a good workout. Here are a few things that I learned or that otherwise caught my attention while working on the Barbot:

Stopping the Digital Arms Trade

Today I found an interesting and well designed site which threatens to expose some dirty secrets of large technology companies. Stop Digital Arms Trade is a European site which aims to educate the public that the majority of technology used in repressive regimes is off the shelf components sold by large technology companies. When a country decides to electronically track/censor/suppress its citizens, these technology companies profit off of that human rights violation.

My Introduction to Cyclocross

It's fall, and in the world of cycling fall means only one thing; cyclocross season. The keener readers among you might remember that competing in a cyclocross race was one of my new year's resolutions for 2013. This weekend I made good on that resolution by visiting Altona to participate in Southern Cross. It was the perfect opportunity to combine my love of cycling, running and portaging all in one event.

A First Look at Ubuntu Touch

Today marks the release of Ubuntu 13.10 which now includes Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu's new operating system for smart phones and tablets. I've been following the development of Ubuntu Touch for several months so I thought this would be an appropriate time to offer my thoughts on this new development.