whistlewright
gpg,otr Recent revelations in the United States about how a mobile telephone company is giving it's customer information, like calls, text messages, web browsing history etc, over to the National Security Agency has sparked an interest encryption technologies like gpg and otr. Maybe there is hope for the future.
whistlewright
VOIP and JABBER

The IM client being my primary means of connecting to the internet continues.

I just did discover that I can do voice and video chats over jabber. I haven't had the opportunity to play with it much yet but I am excited by this news.

Someday I will be able to get rid of this overly complicated mess that I have for making cheap (i.e. FREE) phone calls.

Oh yeah- I am in love now!
whistlewright
IRC

The project of primarily using the IM client to connect to the internet continues...

One secret that I will share with you is that my IM client allows me to connect to internet relay chat (IRC). Back in the late 80s early 90s I played around a little with chatrooms and such but it really wasn't my thing. Let's face it I am not all that social. I am more of a lurker.

Well since I have decided to do this experiment I have spent sometime on IRC and am actually rather surprised at how much I am enjoying it.

The internet is nowhere near as fun as it used to be. It has gotten too damned civilised for my tastes. Well, with IRC I have discovered that the the seedy and shady underbelly is still out there and is still alive. It has been interesting and exciting getting the news of the various protests and revolutions going on from people who are actually there and who have no desire to feed us more of the same old propaganda.

Just for giggles give IRC a try if you don't use it already. Lord only knows how many different chat servers the world has but I am sure that you can find something that will interest you.
whistlewright
Been lazy today. Sorry about that.

Still working my experiment of using my im client as my primary means of connecting to the internet.

I have been pondering a lot on internet privacy lately. We can sign up for a jabber account on many servers without sending in our precious email addresses.

Yet it seems that everything we do outside of jabber requires us to fill out a privacy invasive questionaire.

I realise that this is mostly so service admins can keep up with who is using their service and how it is being used but in this day of Wikileaks and Anonymous I have to wonder how secure our info is on these services.

How much is enough?

I, like many others, have found suitable alternatives to most of what we use on the mystical "cloud."

From time to time I will post some of these alternatives. Hopefully you will use them. If you don't protect your privacy who will?