Cyber crime as any other crime

Should you be worried about all the fuzz about the hike in cyber crime? Our modern day life increasingly depends on computer systems in all shapes and sizes. So, Yes, you should be worried. But worrying is not enough. Like all the problems, worrying itself won’t do you any good, if you don’t take precautions.

Worrying is a normal and healthy response when you see a risk. But the real benefit of worrying is to take precautions to defend against the threat. Let us deal with cyber crime as any other crime. I’m not going to spell every detail of how to protect yourself. This is an attempt to tune your instincts to see things differently and kindle the curiosity in you to explore the details yourself.

  • Buy better locks to protect your house ==>> Use better passwords to protect your bank account

  • Don't share all personal info outside trusted circle ==>> Don't post everything on facebook, twitter or other social media
  • Read news to protect against new ways crimes are committed ==>> Update your software to protect against new viruses and malware

Technology critics worry about the more and more reliance on computers as a negative thing. They worry that the computer system can be hacked and put many people at risk. But how about the legal system, education system or healthcare system? Haven’t those been hacked? How many criminals are misusing these systems? But there is hope. We’re closing the gaps and filling the holes. We’re improving.

Similarly we’ll improve in defending against cyber crimes also. Cyber age is inevitable. Only way to protect yourself is to embrace it and learn about it. It doesn’t matter if you think of technology as a friend or enemy, remember this quote:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Music and Humans

Utterly mesmerized by Imagine Dragons – Demons. I was wondering how nicely few instruments were put together to produce such a great music. So, will lot of instruments clutter the music? Not exactly. After Demons song, I listened to Beethoven – Symphony no. 9. Well, you can use hundreds of instruments and still produce beautiful music.

Have we invented music? Or have we discovered it? Or have we just named a part of ourselves? What differentiates music from just talking, making noise or communicating? May be all at the same time? I don’t think it is possible to convincingly answer all the questions.

What is good music? Is there anything like that? Is it possible to categorize a piece of music good or bad? 0 or 1? Definitely not. There can be more than a million shades in between good and bad music. Like statistics, no one music or noise can be identified as a perfectly good or perfectly bad. Even a noise can contain a pattern -a signal, which can qualify it as a music.

Different music types are like different religions. Those who like one may not like -even hate- others. The level of freedom we have with music is not yet achieved in religion -at least in many parts of the world. People who have intolerance should realize that souls with completely different preference for the type of music can still be friends.

Different music types can form clusters in the good to bad scale. Remember that the scale has more than a million shades in it! Like a finger print or iris pattern, we all have our own unique pattern of placing different categories of music in this scale. It’s perfectly alright for two people to have a particular category of music in the extreme ends of the scale. They can still be friends.

They can’t listen to music in the same room though. Oops! Are we forgetting headphones?

Office Politics for Dummies

If you’re a job going person, you’ll definitely talk about the bad things in office and label it as office politics. However politics is defined as “Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions” in wiki. Being a job going person by myself for the last 3 years, I’ve also been expressing my frustrations about bad things happening in office as “politics”. If you’re suffering from “Office Politics”, the following 10 tips can help you out.
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Shellfishes – Make a Difference for atleast ONE

I read a post in my friend Balan’s blog today. You can read it here… http://poothabalan.blogspot.com/2008/12/something-to-think.html. What I understand from his post is that we should not get satisfied that we don’t have the problems of our neighbors. We should prepare ourselves to avoid or handle the misfortune, if we have to face it tomorrow, and WE SHOULD HELP THEM if possible.
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