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.

Sprintask Launched

Sprintask has been launched with minimal features. One feature which I really wanted to do before uploading was the ability to login. I may need couple of weekends to finish it. I want to give a new verb name for what you do in How about you sprintask in

Sprintask Launch
Sprintask Launch

Open the link and click on the gray colored bar to start with. It turns yellow to show its editable now. Type in an activity/task you are doing and press enter. Now it turns green marking that you’ve started doing that particular activity. A new gray bar is added to add new tasks. After sometime when you want to stop the current activity, just click on the green bar. It turns red marking the sprintask has been stopped. Use the whitearea (which shows ‘current chunk time taken’, ‘total time taken’, ‘end time’, ‘start time’, ‘task description’) to take reports. Simply copy it and paste in a spreadsheet to get fancy charts. Play along by adding new sprintasks, starting and stopping them. Have fun and become more productive.

Post your comments and recommendations in this blog post to improve the tool. Happy sprintasking…

iPad For Artists

By now you probably would be familiar about iPad. Its a new product line introduced by Apple in Tablet PC industry. Simply put, its a jumbo version of iPhone. It won’t fit inside your shirt pocket, but you can carry it where ever you carry a diary/notepad/journal/planner.  For a digital artist, how helpful this technological innovation can be? Let’s assess the possibilities:
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