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Held for Ransom

He’s not a hacker, he’s a stock photo model

Today’s blog is at Safer Computing, about how your data can be held for ransom, and what you can do about it.


Technical Bleg

As you know, Google+ is going away.  This blog is not one of the several I have written / will yet write kvetching about that.

What I am looking for is some tools that must already exist, but have not come to my attention yet.  I think maybe a reader can help.

I am using the Google+ Exporter from FriendsPlusMe, and I really like it. It grabs everything with reasonable efficiency. Given that its performance is limited to what Google will allow it to do, it’s just fine.

So now I have a fistful of WordPress XML Import files and I’m still not happy. Because, a WordPress blog seems wrong for preserving the archive of my G+ activity. The site will be forever frozen after April 2, and really, a huge PHP application regenerating the same HTML over and over seems like a waste.

So what I want is a way to create static HTML from the XML or the JSON forms of my Google+ life. With some flexibility as to format, for which I will be happy to work.

But: most people I have asked about this so far respond, Oh that’s easy, just start writing Python. That’s not how I envisioned it, shall we say.

It seems inconceivable that there is no fairly general tool already written to transpose JSON data of a stream of social media postings to a static HTML page.

Yes. I know.

SO here’s my request for the reading community: can you point me to any tools you know that generate readable HTML pages from JSON (or XML) data? Even if they are some really good jq filters, I think I would rather deal with that than “Step 1 Learn Python / Step 2 Write an awesome Python filter to do what you want...”

Ads Get Worse

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about how online ads just get worse and worse.

Antisocial Media

Photo: NYTimes

The Senate report on social media influence in the 2016 election is out and… it’s bad.  To compare the 2016 election cycle to a Pearl Harbor-type attack via the internet would not be extreme.  In fact, it would put you in good company, such as with the New York Times.

Click it!  You know you want to.

It’s hard to know what to do about this that’s effective.  Encourage everyone you know to vet news sources.  The Times (NY and LA alike), the Post, CNN and MSNBC are still showing me some commitment to reporting reality and not propaganda.  Even the WSJ is OK if you just avoid its editorial page, which is basically the reincarnated spirit of Ayn Rand.

And get the hell off Facebook, finally.  In fact, pretty much all “social media” is vulnerable to this influence, so using it in any way as a source of news is completely insane.


Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about data breaches and what they mean to you.

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