Kahomono - It Means Lucky

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Working from Home

Working from home today and for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in my area. For me, this is a comfortable thing – I have worked from home for a large part of the last several years. But many people don’t have much experience with it. It was a slow process of discovering what helped me pull it off smoothly. One of the less-obvious items I never would have predicted I would need: this A/B switch.

By hooking my two monitors and all my peripherals (including keyboard and mouse) through this gem, I have a quick and easy way to use my already-comfortable desk setup for my personal PC for my work PC, which can be humming away on the side of my desk, connected to all the “2” hookups.

I found that the disruption to my desktop arrangement was too great if I tried to shoehorn in even a laptop. And the comfort of a full-sized keyboard and two big monitors that I afford myself for my personal rig need not be sacrificed if I am on the work machine 9 hours a day.

Other arrangements like dining-room tables and so on seem to be to be guaranteed to be quite uncomfortable in the long run, not to mention generating considerable resentment among other household members.

Surveillance Society

The entire economy is moving from oil to data.

Click Click Click!

What data? Data about you. Data they can use to get you to buy crap.

Are you OK with this?

Really Happy About This

My new workplace, come March.

The Eye

The power of The Eye compels you to click through!

The surveillance state is here and the government didn’t even have to impose it. We welcome into our own lives and homes everything from smartphones (to track our every move) to Alexa who listens in all your conversations and reports them to who-knows-where. Ring cameras keep all the video of what’s going on around your home indefinitely, just in case the police happen to want it. This convenience is also available to criminals, because building reasonable security into things like this is not something their manufacturers have ever cared about.

Elf On The Shelf trains tots to accept all this as perfectly normal. By the time your tots are in university, the school will require them to install a Panopticon app on their phones to monitor, well, everything. (The data breach from that little gem is going to be really fun!)

Sauron was just ahead of his time.

posting delayed

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