I want to design a new operating system whose entire user interface is based on navigating through an instance of Dwarf Fortress, you know just for fun. It would be like bringing back Norton Commander, but with a user experience designed by George R.R. Martin. If you wanted access to my data, you must be prepared […]
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I have a created a simple Signal batch sending script (signal-batch.sh), which works with the fantastic Signal-CLI (Command Line Interface) project. Now, you might be asking, why is this needed, or why wouldn’t I just use a group? Well, there are many cases where a person may want to send an alert or update message […]
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I am proud of this opinion piece I wrote for the MIT Technology Review, back during the height of the Apple v. FBI legal battle over encryption and forced backdoors. While I am clearly a fan of strong encryption, I am also grounded with regards to the limits of what it can achieve. Ultimately, my […]
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From CBC’s Spark radio show:
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There are lots of reasons you can find yourself offline: a natural disaster, government censorship, or simply a flaky ISP. Nathan Freitas researches alternative network technologies, and he knows first-hand what it’s like to not have internet access — he was in New York City during 911 and for the major power outage in 2004, he was in Boston during the marathon bombings and he’s lived in remote parts of Nepal.
That got Nathan thinking about alternatives to the internet — ways that small groups of people can set up their own peer-to-peer networks, from the bottom up. He thinks there are lots of ways you can share digital information without ever going online, and he calls this kind of ad-hoc sharing “Wind.”
(Originally, posted on Medium and Fold, but here since this is my *real* blog after all, and if the Internet went down, I still will have my local blog archive, and can run a teeny tiny WordPress server on my own computer, local network and/or $9 computer). This last Friday and Saturday, a group of tool […]
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