Category Archives: Geek

Geeky things. You probably won’t see Shauna using this category anytime soon.

The credit industry gets its “come to Jesus” moment

I’m pretty confident that the only people who haven’t yet heard of the massive breach at Equifax at living under a rock. The breach itself is pretty bad, comprising credit data on 3/4 of the adult population in the US. … Continue reading

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Bitcoin is an Awful Currency

The distributed blockchain protocol is one of the more interesting developments in computing. It creates a cryptographically verifiable and yet decentralized ledger of transactions. While there are many applications possible for such technology, the most popular one so far has … Continue reading

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A Plan for CrashPlan

I’ve been a very long-time CrashPlan user at home. In fact, I will have been backing up my data there for five years next month. I’ve also recommended it to many friends and family since it’s been consistently cheap and … Continue reading

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Eero makes big promises, but where’s the skepticism?

I’ve been through my share of really crappy routers and WiFi before finally settling into equipment that works properly. I can’t even imagine the frustration an average consumer must feel at having routers that don’t perform well, need constant rebooting, … Continue reading

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Why blame your phone manufacturer when Google will do?

There’s been a bunch of buzz lately about a vulnerability in versions of Android prior to 4.4 (KitKat). Google has advised that it doesn’t plan to issue any fixes for these older versions. Unsurprisingly, this has invited a lot of … Continue reading

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Are you an unwitting stalking accomplice?

At least once a week, someone on Twitter or Facebook will share a picture describing a missing person (usually a child) with one or more phone numbers to call. Our immediate reaction is to share it far and wide to … Continue reading

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Is Tor Permanently Broken?

Federal law enforcement seems to have decided that anonymizing networks are public enemy number one. They’ve racked up some impressive wins in taking down drug-trading market Silk Road, notorious child pornography site Lolita City, and now have managed to bring … Continue reading

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Let’s have a chat about gaming

Some of you gamers are really ruining it for the rest of us. You’ve threatened a game developer into fleeing her home for no discernable reason, you’ve overreacted to a clear breach of journalistic ethics with rape threats, and now … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as safe sext

Put down your pitchforks, your social justice warrior shrieking about “slut-shaming”, and your righteous indignation about, well, everything. It’s time to have a much-needed expounding upon my call to take more responsibility for the security of your personal data. The … Continue reading

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Prepaid Showdown: T-Mobile vs Cricket

Once we got relocated to Cedar City, we found a major problem: T-Mobile’s service makes Sprint look good. I suppose this is to be expected. Despite great performance in SLC, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Boston, getting any kind of usable … Continue reading

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