I haven't blogged in a while but I had a bunch of new Chrome extensions I wanted to share. 1. Crypt-Up . Emails are very insecure; they bounce around weird servers that you cannot control. And encryption has been very annoying. Crypt-Up is an extension that beautifully implements PGP encryption for Gmail. (Right now, it's only for Chrome but mobile apps are being planned.) Under the PGP encryption scheme, every user has a private key and a public key. The private key is kept secret, and the public key has to be shared. To send an encrypted email, the sender uses the recipient's public key to scrambled the email. The recipient's private key is the only (known) way to unscramble it. Crypt-Up does a good job of keeping track of private and public keys, and sending emails. You can export your private key to use other PGP products and import your friend's public keys so you can send them emails even if they don't use Crypt-Up. Try it out! 2. Script-Safe . Do you
I recently moved offices and decided it was time to have a real phone system. At first, I looked at expandable phone systems such as the Panasonic KX-TS4200B but the reviews weren't too favorable, and it would require some new wiring to be run. Next, I considered the XBlue X16 , which sounded great. However, there was not a lot of information about the company so I decided to chose a vendor that would stick around and deliver customer service in the future. I considered running my own Asterisk VOIP PBX server, but that was just too involved and unreliable. Finally, I decided upon VOIP phone service with 8x8 (formerly known as Packet 8). VOIP is short for Voice Over IP, or phone calls over the Internet. I'm pretty comfortable with the technology, but many users may prefer to stick with regular copper phone lines for better reliability.
Dear Chickenhawk Mitt: It's time to shake your Etch a Sketch again after you said that even Carter would have okayed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. Let's get the facts straight here. Jimmy Carter spent ten years in the military. As President, Carter made the very gutsy call to insert a special forces team to extract the Iranian hostages—remember Operation Eagle Claw? This was before our special forces were as well-trained as they are currently. The operation ended in the Desert One debacle , which left eight servicemen dead after a Sea Stallion collided with a C-130 in a huge fireball that incinerated both aircraft. This event was the impetus behind the formation of the Special Operations Air Regiment (aka SOAR Nightstalkers), which now flies special operations soldiers into and out of combat. Memorably, in Black Hawk Down, a SOAR pilot hovered his Huey in a corridor between two houses with inches to spare on either side of the rotor to cut off a bunch of militants