As I wrote on my work blog – www.treebarkdesign.com/blog, I am trying a new app called Grammarly – It claims to be a “do-all” spell checker. But, most importantly, it also helps with Grammar – and as readers of my blog may know, my grammar is atrocious. It is a free tool that I have installed in my browsers (I use Firefox and Chrome) that tells you as you type where you went wrong. There is a version of the app that you can install in your browser and a version of the app that you can download for your OS. So far – so good.
I figure I would try the app by writing this post and deliberately putting in a few errors – so far so good. My biggest concern was that it would only update the text into American English – it is after all and US based app having a headquarters in San Francisco, California.
However, there is an option on the Profile page to set your default spelling and grammar to British English – it seems quite a good app and I am very impressed with it so far. The best thing about it is that it is free!
If you want to check out the free app, Grammarly, then please head over to www.grammarly.com
Things have slowed down out the back of our Flat – Last November they knocked down the derelict garage and all that is standing is a mountain of rubble, a parked JCB and some security fencing. On a Sunny day you can see all the way to ASDA.
New toy – if you click on the image above, you can navigate it as a 360º photo. This is going to be a lot of fun as I take my massive claw hand around town.
I have managed to embed the photo here on this blog using the Cardboard plugin.
I stumbled across this in my bid to beef up my security.
It seems the encrypted version of SnapChat – but is peer to peer (much like torrent sites). If you want to join in the fun – visit the site for The Tox Project and then message me using the encrypted message form on the contact page.
Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging protocol that ran without any kind of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and encrypted end-to-end, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at the same time, the protocol would be easily usable by the layperson with no practical knowledge of cryptography or distributed systems. Work began during the Summer of 2013 by a single anonymous developer (who continues, to this day, to remain anonymous). This lone developer put together a library implementing the Tox protocol. The library provides all of the messaging and encryption facilities, and is completely decoupled from any user-interface; for an end-user to make use of Tox, they need a Tox client. Fast-forward a few years to today, and there exist several independent Tox client projects, and the original Tox core library implementation is nearing completion (in terms of features). Tox (both core and clients) has thousands of users, hundreds of contributors, and the project shows no sign of slowing down. Recently, a group of some of the project’s major contributors have formed The Tox Project, an organization built around the protection, promotion, and advancement of Tox and its development.
The Tox Project shall exist for the purpose of advancing the state of secure communication of the individual. The Tox Project shall further the development of the Tox core library as its steward. The Tox Project will provide:
Funding for core developers, when reasonably within the organization budget
Maintenance of a published standard describing the Tox core protocol and library implementation
Maintenance of a published standard describing Tox client implementation guidelines
The Tox Project shall also be responsible for facilitating collaboration amongst the various Tox core and client developers (collectively termed “Tox developers” throughout the rest of this document) by providing platforms for discussion between and among the two groups. Lastly, The Tox Project will also provide (at its own discretion) at least the following services, free-of-charge, to project groups utilizing the Tox core library:
Binary and package distribution infrastructure
An outlet for public relations
The Tox Project shall ensure that its purpose and mode of operation remain within the
meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The relationship of The Tox Project to Tox is analogous to the Linux Foundation’s relationship to Linux. We’re here to make it easier for everyone to develop and use Tox, and to promote free and secure exchange of information via the use of Tox. This project / app could prove very handy in the transfer of information between me and a client.
As a Subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her Government I am worried. What am I worried about? Well, to put it simply; The Snooper’s Charter.
As a member of Liberty & Amnesty I have been keeping a close eye on cyber security and the threat posed to it by Theresa May’s Draft Communications Data Bill (nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter or Snooper’s Charter) is draft legislation proposed by then Home Secretary Theresa May in the United Kingdom which would require Internet service providers and mobile phone companies to maintain records of each user’s internet browsing activity (including social media), email correspondence, voice calls, internet gaming, and mobile phone messaging services and store the records for 12 months. Retention of email and telephone contact data for this time is already required by the Data Retention Regulations 2014. The anticipated cost is £1.8 billion.
May originally expected the bill to be introduced in the 2012–13 legislative session, carried over to the following session, and enacted as law in 2014. However, the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg withdrew his support for this bill in April 2013 and his Liberal Democrat party blocked it from being reintroduced during the 2010-2015 Parliament. Shortly after the Conservative victory in May 2015, Theresa May vowed to introduce the Communications Data Bill in the next parliament. In November 2015, May announced a new Draft Investigatory Powers Bill similar to the Draft Communications Data Bill, although with more limited powers and additional oversight.
Well, what does this have to do with me, someone who only receives emails about recording equipment and the latest trends in Web Design?
Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
So, I will be sending out invites to people I receive emails from (personal) instead of holding a CryptoParty. Because I lack the facilities to hold a cryptoparty – so – think of this post as my cryptoparty. CryptoParties are open for everyone but especially for people without prior knowledge that didn’t dare attend yet, for free, and most of all, fun.
CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.