Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you

Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you
If there is one little word whose use dates us, it’s “Dear”. dear di(ə)r/ 1. regarded with deep affection; cherished by someone. ▪ used in speech as a way of addressing a person in a polite way. ‘Martin, my dear fellow’ ▪ used as part of the polite introduction to a letter, esp. in a ...

No spying – then and now

No spying - then and now
Our generation has a proud tradition of fighting and exposing unacceptable surveillance, e.g. exposing Cointelpro, the covert FBI spy campaign against “subversives” like Martin Luther King. And in resisting apartheid security police oppression – the list goes on. We who are not of the Facebook generation should consider carefully how we “share” our identities, how ...

What they are really doing when they fix our computers

What they are really doing when they fix our computers
Too bad that rule about older making wiser doesn’t apply when it comes to computers. A lot of us rely on people half our age for digital problem-solving. Our children, other young relatives, offspring of friends or neighbours, youthful computer consultants. After turning over our computers to these experts what do we do? Get busy ...

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting 1

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting
When we were kids a password was something you said to get into a secret club. Then there was a long period when I can’t recall much mention of passwords. We somehow muddled through life without them, back when we used pens and typewriters. It was only later in our lives, with our memories well ...