Think Before You React. And Maybe Consider Not Being There in the First Place

(This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) According to more than one news report, political extremists are planning to engage in some sort of high profile behavior on Sunday, January 17. Inauguration Day is three days later. I haven’t heard where they’ll be, but I’ll plan on staying home. I live a few blocks from the Civic Center and Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, so that’s prudent. It’s each person’s judgment call to make, depending on where they live and whether it’s possible to stay home. Personally, I’ll be prepared to “keep a low … Continue reading Think Before You React. And Maybe Consider Not Being There in the First Place

Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

My blogsite was hacked, once.  Fortunately, I was signing in often to look at tracking data, so I discovered the problem immediately (my password had stopped working) and recovered the account on the same day.  I don’t believe any harm was done. Always use an obscure password which you don’t use on other accounts.  Ideally, every online password should be like a single fingerprint.  The advice on how often to change a password varies. The mistake I made was using a foreign word (with a correct diacritical mark, which seemed so clever at the time), followed by a predictable series … Continue reading Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

A Hateful Rant and Too-Quick Reactions

I won’t include a link to any news stories about this.  At the moment, it’s best to address the unfortunate incident in general terms only. Yesterday, someone went into a restaurant in New York City and shouted racist remarks.  Video of his tantrum was recorded and posted on at least one news site. The site I looked at emphasized that the identity of the man had not been confirmed, but some other sites have posted the name of a professional with an office in Manhattan.  Now, an online petition is being circulated to have his professional license revoked. The restaurant … Continue reading A Hateful Rant and Too-Quick Reactions