Hoping this old computer….

Hoping this old computer keeps working for just a little bit longer. Purchased six years ago at Walmart for $400.00, this laptop has just about reached the end of its life cycle. It has been my primary working machine for much of the time I’ve owned it, and now its hardware is breaking down. The keyboard often stops working, requiring a reboot to get any work done. And it’s barely strong enough to handle many tasks.

With my  move to the Philippines coming soon, the personal budget doesn’t really have room right now for another computer purchase. I have a smartphone and tablet in good working order, and a few other old computers all crippled in various ways that can keep my Internet life ongoing – sort of. Hopefully I’ll be able to wait until that move overseas is completed before investing in another big machine. Hopefully this old computer will keep working until then.

Osmo – Sometimes Simple Is Best.

Sometimes simple is best. One of the delightful little gems that came packaged with the Puppy Linux OS recently loaded onto the hard drive of an old, recently resurrected laptop is the Osmo PIM. Very lightweight, very basic, not even requiring Internet access, but doing everything I really need from it, Osmo is very much at home on the little table next to my recliner and is used daily.

Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud 

The U.S. government reported a five-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016.1 Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?

The full report from which the above paragraph is excerpted can be found at the Source, linked below:

Source: Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Since I’ll soon be traveling back and forth across the border on a regular basis, and since I maintain a relatively high level of activity on the Internet, the nature of these border searches is important for me to understand.