My running commentary on underground internet technology. Topics will include usenet, bittorrent, security & VPN's, open source, and pirate entertainment). Check the technique...
Tis the season
And Akshun J is pretty dang busy. Ridiculously busy, actually. Thus, the blog is a little slow right now. But don't worry! I'll fire off a few posts in December, and I'll be back on the blogroll come January.
So, for any new readers that I gain via G+ or wherever, here's a quick FAQ about me. 1. Where are you located and what do you do for a living ? - I'm Atlanta-based and I work in the consumer electronics industry (go figure). I know that anyone who is anyone who blogs about tech needs to live in San Fran or NY, but I figure now is a great time to start bucking that trend. Atlanta is a huge and growing city, all the major tech players have a presence here, tech startups are everywhere, we have 4G LTE coverage from all the carriers, the food is good and the cost of living is cheap. You do the math. 2. Why are you blogging about "underground" tech? - Because there's a gap in the tech media right now. Every other blog is talking about Apple this, or Samsung that. They are reviewing the latest iteration of five-inch black slab of plastic after five-inch black slab of plastic. But very FEW blogs are talking about cord-cutting and how the various programs, prot
I hate Facebook. I should just be upfront about that. Back in 2007 I thought it was the coolest thing since Star Trek, but now I loathe everything about it. From its ever changing privacy policies to how it actually shares data with your "friends" and friends of your friends, its a continuous source of irritation to me. Especially because I can't avoid using it! My family and close friends are on it. My work peers are on it. And if you ever meet anyone new, the first thing they want to do is Facebook you. Nevermind that its only full of lolcats , internet memes, and people's TMI . It's the juggernaut of social media, and if you want to have a presence online, you gotta be on Facebook. I thought Google+ would supplant Facebook at some point, but that's just not going to happen anytime soon. Facebook has mastered one half of the law of social media inertia. In short, once most regular folk are "at rest" on a social media property, they tend
I am a huge fan of cloud storage ever since I downloaded Dropbox for the first time and realized the power and efficiency of having access to critical files everywhere across all devices. In addition to storing all of my mobile-phone camera snaps, my wife and I also use it to maintain a shared finance folder for things like tax info, important receipts, etc. Dropbox is mission critical for me, and it's the first thing I install when I setup a new phone or tablet. Since 2007, when Dropbox was a relative loner in the cloudsync game, many other competitors have sprung up and a few are quite good. I personally use Evernote , Google Drive, Bitcasa , and Mega . Why would any human being need five different cloudsync services? Well, my needs have changed over time and each service has different strengths and weaknesses. Evernote has great tagging and search features, but it's focus is primarily on note-taking. Google Drive does OCR and has a document editor, but there is no