Back in 2005 when I worked for HiWired we started a tech blog that was unique at the time, providing some free tech advice to customers and non customers alike who needed it. Today I found myself looking at some old posts from the HiWired Blog and wondered how many of those posts stood the test of time. I think this one on trusting what you see on the net, particularly given the whole “fake news” debate, does, although some of the links are a tad dead.


Where are all the Moon Maidens?

For the fun of it I did a google search for “wireless network security” this is the result of the search.

You might notice that the #1 link is from a site called practically networked which is an excellent reference site, however when you read the article you will note that quite a few of the pieces of advice are contrary to things we’ve said before.

There was a time when this article would have been good advice but it’s old,that hasn’t stopped it from being #1 on the google list. If you hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button and followed the advice your system would be hackable in minutes.

If you are old enough you might remember the old Beverly Hillbillies episode where Jethro decides to go to the moon because it’s full of moon maidens. When Elly asks how he know this he says:

They wouldn’t print it in a comic book if it wasn’t true

Don’t be Jethro on the net.

Posted by Peter at August 15, 2005 04:51 PM

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I think I might repost more of these over time, I forgot just how much tech blogging I used to do when I wasn’t doing it for me.

Update: As if on cue, leftist-operated Facebook is turning to liberal “fact checkers” in their quest to quash the scourge of free speech fake news. As you read the article, keep this in mind because the drumbeat is getting louder every day. Folks, if conservatives don’t get louder, we’re going to get drowned out. Never underestimate the ability of leftist propaganda to turn good people to the left.

Liberal media is running with so many narratives right now that it’s getting hard to keep up. Russia rigged the election. Obama is leaving the economy in pristine condition. James Comey rigged the election. Snowflakes are being triggered by anything associated with Trump. Fake news rigged the election. Trump is going to take us to war against China, Iran, Mexico, North Korea, and everyone else (other than Russia). The electoral college needs to unrig the election.

Just when we thought that the floodgates of leftist propaganda was fully open during election season, the media has somehow opened them up even further. The sad reality is that if we, the conservative media and activists, don’t do something to stop it, their plan is going to work. We’re going to experience a liberal revival based on sheer brainwashing that hasn’t been seen since the Reagan era.

Things are actually much worse than they were in the 80s because now we have the internet and social media. Both venues are dominated by leftist ideology; for every conservative blog or news outlet out there, the left has a dozen to counter them. They have the advantage on social media sites, not because there aren’t enough conservatives using them but because their “algorithms” favor liberal perspectives.

The original reason I started my conservative news aggregator is the same reason I love writing for DaTechGuy. Conservatism needs more voices and it needs those voices to be louder in order to break through the false narratives perpetuated by the left. We are fighting a two-front war. On one hand, we have the known enemies on the left with liberal politicians, media, and individuals spreading their agenda. On the other hand, we have RINOs in office who are pushing the GOP to adopt more “moderate” policies, most of which would be considered outright liberal just a few years ago.

The modern conservative movement is in danger. While most of you are likely immune to the swarm of narratives the left is pushing right now, we have to acknowledge that most Americans are not. Just because they don’t trust the media doesn’t mean that the media doesn’t affect their worldview. We are all being bombarded with stories on television and the internet that tell us everything is going to fall apart with the GOP in control of the government. This “chaos strategy” works. As a strange man once pointed out, if you tell lies often enough, they become the truth.

We cannot be lazy. We cannot become complacent. We definitely cannot spend another moment basking in our election victories because the left is already hard at work trying to reverse them. They want to see big gains in 2018. They want to see bigger gains in 2020. To accomplish this, they will paint America as a nasty place that’s falling apart because of the Republicans. More importantly, they’ll blame conservative philosophies for every bad incident, herding as many Americans as possible into embracing their liberal ideology.

I have to do my part to stop this. YOU have to do your part as well. No, I’m not talking to everyone who’s reading this. Some people simply don’t have the time to invest into a political project and are lucky to have the time to even read the occasional article. There’s no fault assigned to those who are unable to help. On the other hand, those of you who have a voice need to make it louder. Those of you who can build a voice should start doing so now.

It doesn’t require starting a blog or a YouTube channel, though that would be nice. It can be done through word of mouth, social media, letters to the editors of local publications, or comments left in any of these venues. We need to call out the left’s lies. We need to highlight the right’s goals and perspectives.

Today is the day that conservatives need to realize the war is not over. We may have won some elections, but we’re still the underdogs. The left has more resources and advantages. We need to fight their propaganda even more tenaciously than we fought during the election. Otherwise, the gains that were made in 2016 can be easily wiped away in 2018 and 2020.

A couple of weeks ago I said this about potential recounts:

there is one thing that the President Elect can do that could turn Jill Stein’s Green Party fundraiser into a Democrat disaster.

If I was the Trump campaign I’d say: You want a recount? Fine, let’s assure the entire country that the election is on the up an up, lets add NY, and CA and NH and MH and Illinois.

I’m sure machine pols in NY, the folks using gang members turn out votes in Chicago the folks in Ca running up the Hillary’s popular vote score and the people who have bussed students to NH for years will be delighted to see scrutiny descend on them.

Let’s put everything on the table and see what’s there, I’ll bet it will be fun

That achievement is unlocked

It also proves the wisdom of this warning:

Democrat Bosses in Wisconsin Michigan and Minnesota had no inkling that the election was close, that being the case there was no reason why, in an age where proof of a federal offense is a cell phone video away, Dem bosses in Detroit or elsewhere felt the need to take any risk. They figured those states were won (and they were right about Minnesota) and by election night it was too late to change it.

However that won’t be the case in 2020, I’ll wager that in 2020 the bosses in Milwaukee, Detroit, Madison and elsewhere will be ready, we’ll see plenty of mail in ballots and absentee ballots that we didn’t see before in those states and plenty of voters looking to go for the GOP will be in the same spot that Steven Kruiser was on election night.

We have four years to prepare for this so we’d better get ready

If we aren’t ready for it, then it’s our own fault.

Speaking of elections it seems there is a reason why Hillary’s folks keep talking up their lead in the popular vote:

Mission accomplished!

However this hasn’t stopped the continual attempt to move electors

Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed Tuesday that 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Donald Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.

Lessig’s anti-Trump group, “Electors Trust,” has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump and has been acting as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions.

Frankly I think this is less about moving electors as it is about moving donors.

Mark Hemingway in his advice/snark for dems notes that the left has really changed its tune on Russia

we’re talking about a party that has an 80-year history of claiming Republicans were exaggerating the threat of Russia. In fact, “60 Minutes” ran a report about the effort to get Obama to pardon the Rosenbergs on October 16, three weeks before the election and 63 years after they were executed. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, we have all manner of evidence conclusively proving the Rosenbergs were spies. It’s not even a remotely controversial matter, unless, apparently, you’re a member of the media.

It seems as if the media only cares about Russian threats insofar as they harm Democrats’ electoral chances.

Now, there is one tangible precedent for the Russkies intervening in our elections. That’s because Ted Kennedy actually asked them to interfere in the 1984 election. For some strange reason this revelation wasn’t the first thing that inexplicably failed to, uh, sink Ted Kennedy’s career. Rather, it’s a story most Americans never even heard about.

It seems as if the media only cares about Russian threats insofar as they harm Democrats’ electoral chances.

Seems?

Of course perhaps Dems should have looked within vs without

A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by ‘disgusted’ whisteblowers – and not hacked by Russia.
Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.
‘Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,’ said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.’

If this pans out it will be a stake in the heart of the Russian hacker theme?

FYI on the Democrat side Jazz Shaw notices a new definition of “defamation

Despite all of the claims on the left that Congressman Keith Ellison is being smeared during his bid to become the next Chairman of the DNC, he’s clearly in trouble. The “smearing” mostly consists of people rudely pointing out things he actually said and did, such as his regular support for the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan, along with his rather blatant antisemitic comments.

In fairness this is the standard that got Stacy McCain booted from Twitter, quoting feminists in context.

Also at hotair Allahpundit in a pro-romney piece reaches one positive revelation about Donald Trump:

Incidentally, every source quoted in the piece (most of whom came from Romney’s circle) confirmed that Trump’s interest in him for the position seemed completely sincere and not part of some inane revenge plot, as Trumpers like to fantasize. That jibes with everything else written about this selection process. Evidently, for all of the hype about him being thin-skinned and vindictive, Trump was more willing to put aside personal slights and give Romney a second look on the merits than a lot of people in his orbit were.

Given that Trump’s background is business this should be no surprise as pragmatism is a vital attribute for a successful businessman.

One other good piece of advice for the left would be to stop making fake clams of hate crimes by Trump supporters

An 18-year-old college student who claimed she was verbally and physically harassed by a group of white, male Trump supporters earlier this month has been arrested and charged with filing a false report.

If this was really going on people wouldn’t need to fake them would they?  Of course if she wanted to avoid arrest she should have done this somewhere under the jurisdiction of Maura Healey.

Apparently not only are not all “hate crimes” created equal not all deflate gate scandals are created equal either

The NFL reportedly doesn’t see any wrongdoing by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being accused by the New York Giants for deflate footballs in DeflateGate 2. Shortly before kickoff on Sunday afternoon in Week 14, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer dropped a bombshell about the New York Giants accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers of using under-inflated footballs in their Week 13 matchup in Heinz Field. The world was on the cusp of DeflateGate 2… However, minutes after kickoff on Sunday afternoon, the NFL dispelled the rumors of the Steelers using deflated footballs in their Week 13 win over the Giants.

That was fast, you mean we aren’t going to see a year of this stuff when the target isn’t Tom Brady and the Patriots?

The NFL’s statement makes it clear that, beyond any new or compelling evidence, this story is dead in its eyes. That wasn’t the case a little less than two years ago when reports came out about the Indianapolis Colts having similar suspicions about the Patriots. Night turned to day four more times before the league announced its stance on the matter. Go ahead and dream up whatever you want about what the NFL higher-ups were doing during that time. Meanwhile, the Patriots, who were already suspected of being a team that plays fast and loose with the rules, were left to squirm under the white-hot media glare as that story mushroomed by the day without clarity from the NFL.

Even if the facts in the cases were materially different, which they most likely were, the point remains that there will be no further action in the Steelers case now.

Can I get a great big “unexpectedly” here?

FYI did you catch this ad from Footlocker playing on the deflategate nonsense

For the record I think balls were deflated but it is NBD.

Finally it looks like Trump isn’t the only person our friends on the left are taking their anger out on:

I don’t think the left will ever forgive the Little Sisters of the Poor for standing up to the Obama Administration.