If You Send To Gmail, You Should Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’

If you happen to send an email to one of the 400 million people who use Google’s Gmail service, you shouldn’t have any expectation of privacy, according to a court briefing obtained by the Consumer Watchdog website.

In a motion filed last month by Google to have a class action complaint dismissed, Google’s lawyers reference a 1979 ruling, holding that people who turn over information to third parties shouldn’t expect that information to remain private.


Privacy Conservation

How do we preserve our privacy in this world wide web world we live in today?

It’s not easy. It’s actually never been easy, even though people are acting like it’s something we’ve recently been robbed of.

Consider anything you type that’s heading over any kind of network no longer just between you and the person you are intending to see it.

Anything you send via text, email, IM, post, tweet, etc. is not yours and yours alone, nor is it the private to just the person you’re sending it to.

The best way to keep your message “secret” and away from prying eyes is to do something old fashioned, talk to them in person!

It’s hard to remember a time when we used to do that on a regular basis. It wasn’t that long ago. It has to be utilized again to preserve our privacy once again.

Here’s a random thought…the next time you really need to tell someone something important, but private – send it via a letter, through the mail.

Who knows, maybe this is what’s needed to actually save the USPS.

Fixing a washing machine – like coding a tough script, or taming a lion

Yesterday, I finished taking apart, fixing, and putting back together my washing machine (Kenmore 80 series).

What a task!

Of course, my father was invaluable with his endless knowledge, and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish it without him, Thanks Dad!

First thing I had to do – figure out what the heck was wrong.

I called my father and he was able to diagnose the issue from the sound, and some “Googling” and researching.

Next, knowing where I need to gain access to, I had to take the thing apart. (I took apart way to much, so keep that in mind, if ever in this situation — it will save you headaches later). I find this much like fixing a script when coding, knowing the issue is only half the battle.

I had to take off the pump (created a wet mess, fyi), then take off the motor (few cuts and brusies achieved), then I found the coupler (which practically crumbled in my had).

After knowing the problem, I had to track down the parts.

Of course, I went straight to Amazon first, found the part, but way too long to deliver. Then I looked on Google Maps for closest appliance repair place, and when I called, I was surprised to find that the guy had no office, but was willing to deliver the part (ONLY $13!).

Now, I thought the hard part would be putting the washer back together, but getting the new couplers (three piece set was what I bought to replace all parts, including non-broken ones) “banged” in, and then pushing the motor back in place to line up right, now that was a PAIN.

After I was able to get the motor and pump back in place, it was on to putting the washer back to how I found it.

On to the final piece of puzzle. Re-Assembly.

Much like re-entry from space, there were some very tense moments (yes, I compared putting a washer back together to coming back from space… what of it?? LOL).

At first, I put everything back together, and thought all was good, but then the washer lunged at me repeated, like an aggrevated lion at it’s keeper. So, I took it apart again, and started re-re-assembly.

I wasn’t able to do this on my own, so I had to call in the wife for backup.

We ended up having to lay the machine on its back (fetal position maybe?), and with a team effort, we managed to tuck the front lip under the frame, while simultaneously layering the sides after the frame (fun stuff), and once everything “snapped” back into place, it was done! Screwed in the remaining screws, re-attached the hoses, plugged in, loaded the machine, and bam (bam, bam, bam, whoosh!) it worked!

Knock on something, it continued to work like a charm.

I called my father to tell him the news, and he welcomed me to the coveted status of washing maching repair person.

I felt more like a lion tamer aftewards…

Pebble Watch Sleepmode

I love my new @pebble watch!

And I thought it would be useful to let people know how to put the pebble in sleepmode at night in case they don’t want it vibrating at 2am 🙂

Simply follow these steps:

1) Go to Menu

2) Go to Settings

3) Go to Bluetooth

4) Select top item (Bluetooth On)

5) Selected this will put the pebble in Airplane mode, and you won’t receive notifications

6) Done.

Copyright Derek T McKinney 2019