Driving right into the DEA database

U.S. Spies on Millions of Drivers - WSJ

Are you driving right into the DEA database?

You can thank our Justice Department for creating a real-time database to track vehicle movement. It really further narrows any privacy that people have in their lives.

Privacy is getting so tough for even dedicated people these days. Companies like Apple promise privacy yet Apple still falters. You can only get so private for example with your CLUE score. Goole has its own privacy concerns. Here is some discussion so that you can have some internet privacy settings. Here is a list of the 15 worst internet privacy scandals of all time. Is Googles privacy evil accidental or on purpose? Do you want to have ultimate computer privacy? You can hack your computer and glasses and no one else will see. What are the effects of storing your files in Dropbox for example on privacy? Disney apparently violated children’s privacy and only had to pay $3 million dollars. I wonder how much money they made? Privacy groups applaud Senator Rockerfeller. Here is how you opt-out of online tracking. Here is a story from my past where someone says privacy is a myth. How can you hide your phone number and still receive phone calls? Apple being sued over data privacy. Many people concerned about privacy from Google and Facebook. How to increase privacy on your computer and make it faster by removing junk. Facebook is often in trouble for online privacy breaches. Hacker claims iPhone freely transmits private information.

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Experiences with web service providers

My experiences with web service providers

I have been very pleased with my current hosting company InMotion Hosting. However it always helps to research the options – here are the best companies.

Email – Gmail is ok for email for personal use. Google for business is ok for email/cloud storage but it is not what people expect. Most people want Exchange and feel uncomfortable without knowing everything is what they have always known. Rackspace has been excellent in hosting exchange email for about $10 per person. Before Office 365 was popular this was my favorite option for clients. Now with the free features that Office 365 gives, most people are better served by using that for compatibility with others.

Website hostingRackspace has great reliability, and InMotion does as well. Rackspace is priced more for business and InMotion has very affordable plans. They both have outstanding service. With that said, if money is no object then the best web host is Websynthesis. (I am not an affiliate.) The cheapest plan they offer is $47 but that is a great value for all they do. They basically do everything that you would have to pay extra for with cheaper services. It is a great value. They are managed web hosting for WordPress and just focus on that. Since my site is WordPress I am considering going to them next year.

Website CMS – The choice of what you create your website with is huge. I tried many content systems and like WordPress the best. WordPress may have been for blogging originally but it does far more than that now. Many huge companies are using it and it remarkable how quickly you can do useful things with it. If you have tried to use SharePoint in the past to share information, WordPress is what SharePoint wishes it was.

Data Storage – I use Google Drive to store my data. DropBox keeps having security issues. If I were helping a company however, Box is the service I would use. They are the standard for enterprise storage and for many companies they work reliability.

Cloud computing – This is a tough one. It really depends on what you are doing. If you are a developer then Amazon is your best choice. If you are just looking for a computer to do general purpose computing then I would go with Rackspace/InMotion. Azure is bizarre in its interface and only a few months ago it had a major outage. AWS and everyone else has outages too so I wouldn’t put all of my eggs in one basket. I would strongly suggest that you have two cloud companies and one function as a backup if you need 100% uptime.

Computer Hardware – I prefer Macintosh computers since they tend to have less quality control issues. With Citrix and outsourced services, computing platforms continue to be less relevant. However the sad truth is that if you can use a mac to get your work done you can probably also use a Chromebook. Very few people who use a mac for video/graphical work couldn’t also get it done using a Linux system. There are many companies that have Mac/Linux systems and they seem to compliment each other better than the more traditional Mac/Windows combination. Even companies that do heavy graphic work now often use grid computing on Linux servers so the old model of huge hardware on the client side is no longer the trend. Most customers can work very well on a “consumer” system like a MacBook Air.