Posts in category "Community"

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle
As a freelance writer and social media consultant, I rely on my Windows 10 laptop (a ten-year-old Hewlett Packard Elitebook) for my work. However, the replacement charger blew out…two weeks after the original HP-branded charger blew out, and my laptop battery drained. That meant only one thing…getting my Linux laptop out of storage while I ordered another... Read more »

Net Neutrality Update: "One More Vote" on 2/27

Net Neutrality Update: "One More Vote" on 2/27
We’ve focused on net neutrality in the past, both in terms of Ajit Pai’s destructive efforts as well as possible next steps to restore net neutrality. Thankfully, there are efforts to push this through…but things are at a bit of a standstill. So this means that not only is there further work to be done,... Read more »

How Donald Trump Taught Me The Power of Friendship and Community

No, it’s not a wacky ironic statement typical of a Gen X-er like me. Despite this blog’s focus on technology and social change, I will state for the record: Donald Trump, in his political activities, has taught me the power of friendship. Maybe it all started just a year ago when I was deciding to move... Read more »
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Net Neutrality Next Steps

Net Neutrality is one of the key issues driving conversation – and activism – in early 2018. (For an overview of the issues involved, check out this recent radio appearance). Thanks to two recent forums on Net Neutrality – one held this past Tuesday at Center on Halsted; the other driving Netsquared Chicago’s February meeting,... Read more »

This Blog's Best of 2017

This Blog's Best of 2017
Every year, I make an effort to list blog posts from the past year as a “best of” summary. Unfortunately, personal events made it hard to create a “Best of 2016”. This year has been a challenge, with no posting in one month (due to personal issues), but otherwise, here is a compilation of this... Read more »

Net Neutrality Follow Up: Radio Islam Appearance

As a follow up to last week’s Net Neutrality post and my recent post on Ajit Pai, here is the recent conversation I had on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM. Enjoy!
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Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality
(Note – as a follow up to yesterday’s item, my appearance on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM will be on Tuesday, December 19th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST. Available via radio or streaming. And now, Ajit Pai and Net Neutrality…) When Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and two of... Read more »

MEDIA ALERT: Monday Discussion of Net Neutrality on Radio Islam

With the recent FCC decision to repeal Net Neutrality, conversation and advocacy are becoming more intense…and I have been invited to join the conversation. I will be a guest on Radio Islam this Monday, December 18th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to discuss Net Neutrality. (You can either tune in live or catch it streaming via the... Read more »

Thoughts About "Thoughts & Prayers"

“Thoughts and prayers” have become a frequent refrain during community crises, with people attempting to offer comfort and empathy during very traumatic events. Usually, the conversation about “thoughts and prayers” centers around three variations on a theme: This is a tough event for anyone to handle, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to the... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago Wrap-Up: Final Thoughts

(Special thanks to Cyber Security Chicago for the complimentary pass, and please be sure to read our pieces on Kevin Mitnick, Rotem Katsir, and Mark Lambiase. And please don’t forget the Puerto Rico relief fundraiser on October 27th) When I first considered attending Cyber Security Chicago, I must admit that I felt like I “knew... Read more »