Monthly Archives: July 2010

Here it is…we all should have seen this coming!

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/googles-wi-spying-and-intelligence-ties-prompt-call-for-congressional-hearing-98769559.html

It is now officially time to ditch your Gmail account.

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Force Quit without using the apple menu

Alright, here’s how you force quit an application in the Mac OS without using the apple menu. This is for my own reference and for anyone else who might need it).

1) Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities> ‘Activity Monitor’.

2.) from the left-most column of ‘Activity Monitor’, get the “Process-ID” of the application you want to quit. Write down the three-digit number. 

Note: Every time a process/application runs, the OS assigns it a new Process-ID.

(Above) The Activity Monitor shows a running display so you may need a quick eye to catch your Process-ID. To make it easier you can filter the processes using the “Active Processes” drop-down menu.

4.) Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > ‘Terminal’, and enter “kill [Process-ID]”. The application should quit.

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Why do you need PGP (Pretty Good Privacy)?

Because of this:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/googles-wi-spying-and-intelligence-ties-prompt-call-for-congressional-hearing-98769559.html

And this:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/alana-goodman/2010/07/23/cnn-host-calls-crackdown-bloggers-wake-sherrod-incident-something-s-g

From an article written back in the mid-’90s by one of the creators of PGP:

More and more of our private communications are being routed through electronic channels. Electronic mail is gradually replacing conventional paper mail. E-mail messages are just too easy to intercept and scan for interesting keywords. This can be done easily, routinely, automatically, and undetectably on a grand scale. International cablegrams are already scanned this way on a large scale by the NSA.

– Phil Zimmerman (from his article published at http://www.spectacle.org/795/byzim.html)

 

And that was written in the mid-’90s.

Fast-forward to today and PGP/Pretty Good Privacy is fast becoming a necessity. This story just broke today on the muckracking news site Drudge Report:

Google’s Wi-Spying and Intelligence Ties Prompt Call for Congressional Hearing

 

If anyone would like to correspond with me and they have an OpenPGP key pair (they’re often referred to as “Key Pairs” because one is public and one private) through Enigmail (a Thunderbird plug-in) or one of the PGP tools available for Microsoft Outlook Express, etc., then below is my Public Key. Just attach yours or provide your “Public Key ID”.

—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–

Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (Darwin)

mQENBEw6UgwBCAClU5o92ktXGBL3Gih+iQ0Fzikuf89Hs9PkDjGjihlC654JwjSY

rmxJzHtIKNHQQQqgtCdv8G4/K9zy4vAh4fHw9ActgFe2N/T42nnymr4HgjkFsIAa

rj7ZdjG++UZ6k67kYsG4apBL5k/vBtYTBq6NuSWofwr3Fh5kI+51sECM5JHX2cY7

XpCVuZ2ZLRvhXgRWKv4CUvBiy9WHpPAgUqRpm1bL1nf+OloB5NIEoDA31k/ihsB0

kkmtgRVEob3Snvouy8pmxA93NJMztCZzO9e9Jg4EAf0hy+Y5gFsQvZbWayv3zkKD

3M2SoOIeWZHSztJUB8CO+aFQala7CDo/nW6ZABEBAAG0JmRhdmlkIHdpbGhlbG0g

PG15Z3Jpc2dyaXNAbGF2YWJpdC5jb20+iQE8BBMBAgAmBQJMOlIMAhsjBQkJZgGA

BgsJCAcDAgQVAggDBBYCAwECHgECF4AACgkQUMpr80oM9Ox53AgApA3wzbFIGd/O

sIPt+KfV9a+qQJ+xUznOVYeyz4zQi1+S0X5/MTHjuahhea06ZeySDw+3PWKjSqfA

jym7jyzKThfgSkakGde/aadx8a1zSQn2aFoBUBq4if4RDQbF4cGLDc/+9xkJAKwF

McOUs/Igjnu4+Du9/5OfNDuNJ/fx2DoWJrTHuVb22hsSaFVof047C5qJbKIrd1XN

JGewPWA9J/yS/VFgPkCdAd2A1Ti8vQ8ci/VXnhRVVWq7yqnmiPuOWc1Yaye9DRzj

xLLkoX0SBgjVhHn7UWqjnnZoyICW+lzDSHGxDOI0YIJ1LIrHcFt57+4TSzUXLrmG

bpwpAk0TuLkBDQRMOlIMAQgA3hvtMCZzlrpVEhjY+JxmpgasP4AtWMYgdme9jUTb

CUsiESc2W+NdSd0NZC+iiQmjWbILX2TX/VhETFfPRDgW+S+oQiPqkZpJylPB3jMZ

b+pB0M+t2q9Ri+l+tcbNeEDqH/Xm3gJ7NHpQ4ZSuo9OYtOsaEBMuBrnMIy4eNdm0

WZbn6gAZinJkwvwgUKhAkcoiCS1u87VmJW2MBd6ZKxL1mlFe93snvPQVF93D4uDJ

FcPCZK+zRqVxFlQT8OpKcWCeNEKB5b3j0wwfLr2Au39JIIZkc3jgrvzlmyu0N7js

NzcurpGImpbTpsF5vMfrSoh97uXkv4UdLnevO8vfaYMeMQARAQABiQElBBgBAgAP

BQJMOlIMAhsMBQkJZgGAAAoJEFDKa/NKDPTsizIH/0EZkyA3gNhEr6KHsaKWUxr0

nAQLMNi/+jPPSU70hyAQpI2bWWPFLhNEo1QustaPi77z17ln/+y+hrIq4OD0dCAc

JuDMlRBiphQAuxuw7Jfz1xaJhd6EBZTsmPFb4+Qn2oCmQgB5h9tKArSw183bJCxR

K0+4eUxXv7+jBhw+3KmvDTYRDPCcRaucOTwMW8GRPlxZsXybSrxyMpekK0IvgkO0

aocM+C3V/aEv7QRlbKfDRdKK7YQyRV9MAv1lulX1mMyD2IVy5zph+I0EHCJCmwaq

NV4tZ52cQuEvrXDVxh0ny1Vl0vc8HoMsSi+1lhB14ByDAyQCgTe9A/8ADJp1/wg=

=FXDi

—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–

– d.g.w.

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