Friday, September 30, 2011

Security and Privacy

There has always been a fine line between the two and it becomes very confusing about where to draw the line between what needs to be known and people's privacy.

I believe that privacy should supersede security only in your own home. But in public places like airports, taxi cabs, shopping malls, security should prevail. The reasoning behind this thought is that people are already paranoid to some extent; either from what they see in media or personal experience. It's one thing to keep people secure, it's an entirely different matter when homes and personal spaces are invaded in the name of security.

Honestly, I don't mind cameras watching me in public, it doesn't make me feel any safer or more paranoid: right now it's just a fact of life. Unless you are in a position of power, there's nothing to be done but sit back and watch the battle unfold. I believe the only private place left is your home and bathrooms. Those right now are the only two places one can go where there are not cameras watching them.

But the moment governments move cameras into homes, there will be hell to pay. The home is a personal space, one that gives you comfort; but if there are cameras there, how can one feel comfortable anywhere? This is my biggest fear, is that governments will move cameras into private places in the name of security and people will mindlessly accept them into their homes. People have a right to privacy and security.

Prying into people's private places in the name of security is the worst thing a government or group can do. Human beings are naturally secretive, and invading that would only cause trouble.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Yeah, you guys knew this post was coming sooner or later. At first I really liked my iPhone 3G; I felt like I was on top if the world, it was fast, had nice apps and was a good phone. Then the 3GS came around and right then I knew there was a problem with iPhones.

In the past people used their cellphones until they either broke or burned out the battery. Then smartphones rolled around, saying 'hey! I can help connect your business and make your life easy!' which was fine and dandy.

Then iPhones came out. If you notice, each release of iPhone has only little increments of improvement, between the 3G and the 3GS there was: faster processor, better GPS, and a compass. Now unless you're the real outdoorsy types why would anybody need a compass?

Plus there were many features iPhone lacks and still does for example an SD-Mini reader. Lots of older phones are better than iPhone just because of this feature, the ability to increase the storage without buying a new unit.
With custom text tones, apple is only now coming around to the idea of custom tones, which have been with other phones for years and years. It's really sad to see such a forward thinking company be so sluggish with changing times.

Apple wants to make iPhone 5 a global phone, capable of being on any network. The thing is though, motorola already beat them to the punch with the Photon. It puts the previous iPhones to shame and running for it's money.

Technology moves at a blistering pace and while everyone waits with bated breath to see iPhone 5, I can assure you that there are plenty of phones currently available that can match or exceed apple's next offering.