Fourteen months after I officially started volunteering with OpenMedia, the OMance is still going strong, which is why OpenMedia's Community Engagement Specialist Aleks Besan recently interviewed me. Thanks to OM for deciding to showcase my contributions! <3
The recent ransomware attacks should be an IT security wake up call for all of us. For the healthcare sector, it should be a code blue.
Read my latest for OpenMedia to become terrifyingly informed.
Time after time, the security infrastructure that all our technologies depend upon has been sabotaged in the name of law enforcement. In my latest article for OpenMedia, I show how governments are moving tech-security policy in the wrong direction, and why soon enough, that's going to bite us in the ass.
This week at OpenMedia, I explore why data localization can be both a win and a loss for privacy.
I have discovered fuse beads! Known more often by their brand names (Perler, Hama, and Artkal, to name a few), they're simply coloured HDPE beads used to create 2D art, and enjoying a surge in popularity thanks in part to their being a great medium for recreating sprite art from classic 8 and 16-bit video games.
In my latest post for OpenMedia, I underscore the importance of all Canadians having access to reliable, affordable broadband.
My remote Canadian peeps, this one's for you.
When all our things have little computers in them, companies can make the rules about how and when we'll use our things, or if we can repair them. In my latest for OpenMedia, I go over all the troubling implications this new status quo presents.
On Monday, Province journalist Mike Smyth reported that a seemingly private document was freely available on the BC Liberals' public website; a document containing the e-mail addresses and postal codes of about 100 people who took part in a Liberal public-outreach effort.
A bit of a furor developed this week in BC politics, and to the potential delight of IT professionals like me, it's a story about incorrect file permissions.
In my latest for OpenMedia, I weigh into the tech-journalism spitstorm that has recently embroiled The Guardian and WhatsApp.
It was August 26th, I was browsing the internet during slack time at work. "WTF is on fire downtown??" asked someone in the /r/Vancouver subreddit, posting a picture of black smoke billowing from somewhere near the edge of Strathcona. It soon became clear that a home was on fire in that neighbourhood. As I glanced at my Facebook feed through the rest of the day, something else became clear: that I knew a person who lived in that home.
Whether you loved it, found it full of problems, or a bit of both (raises hand) Star Wars: Rogue One has made a big splash and inspired lots of punditry. One of the things that has spurred plenty of discussion is the depiction of the Imperial military archives on Scarif.
Taking a cab ride home from a friend's Christmas party, my friend Nadia and I took some time to chat about the nature of our selves. Nadia wondered to me that perhaps we have preconceived notions of ourselves that we cling to, many years after we've formed them. Are those notions of self still valid, or more delicately, useful, so many years after they were constructed?