Tuesday Sweep: 14 November 2017
Your weekly reminder to back up your data, update software and otherwise pay attention to your digital environment. (Oh, and to go to the CRASH Space meeting…)
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- Welcome. If you haven’t been following along, it’s okay. You’re not behind, you’re just where you are.
- I highly recommend the coach tool at the Crash Override Network has a great step by step break down for many of the same introductory steps we did here.
- Feeling more ambitious? Review the list of OneThing articles and pick one to catch up on.
- Updated software recently? Pick a new device to check on today.
- Backups still up and running? When was the last time you made a clean disk image? Here’s a new great article on how to design a backup system.
- App and Password Gardening: Delete a low quality app from your phone or delete an account that you don’t need that doesn’t make you happy. Digital cruft builds up. Delete it. If you’re keeping it, can you move the password to your password manager (delete it from everywhere else) and add two factor authentication?
- Move to offline archive & delete your histories where you can find them.
- Double check privacy settings on your phone, social media accounts. The folks running the companies can change the TOS and add “features” before you notice them.
- NEW: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/protecting-yourself-social-networks
- NEW: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/facebook-groups-reducing-risks
- Have you frozen your credit yet?
Where do you scan for news?
- How did I not know about Lillian F. Schwartz? Go watch her pioneering on computer graphics now! And watch this short Bell Labs documentary from 1976 via OpenCulture
- I’ll admit that I’m still recovering from the amazing Hack-a-Day SuperConference this weekend. I enjoyed playing around with the badge, designed by Mike Harrison of Mike’s Electric Stuff. All of the videos made it on to YouTube as the event happened, which is great. Of special relevance to this newsletter, Kristin Paget’s “IoT Security : A study of failure” does a great job of illustrating some basic ToDo’s that should be on every IoT developer’s checklist.
- I’m also tired, because I’m tired. Dale Doherty. Naomi Wu. I’m gonna let Bunnie cover this for me with A Clash of Cultures.
Feeling dumb or stupid about how not-l33t you are? Angsting over some silly thing you “know better than to do.” Stop. That isn’t useful. Regret is only of use if it prompts an actual change in behavior. Maybe it’s NOT you that sucks. Could be it’s the technology and you could come up with a fix that would help lots of people. Look forward and make a plan.
We are a community. You are a welcome part of it.