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Monday, September 29, 2014

Privacy on Public Computers

Jasmine wears Traviata, an all-silk scarf that will be available spring 2015

Privacy is a big concern on the web. Passwords, for instance, are pretty much essential to access any site. As a student, I frequently have to use public computers at many locations. That means someone was using the computer before me and and someone else will soon use it after. I often sit down at a computer and find that the person before me forgot to log out. If they checked their email, I can open their window sometimes by a simple click on the browser history. That will give me access to that person's email inbox and all their email files with a few simple mouse clicks.

I've always been "careful" meaning, I log off, restart the computer and thought that was all I needed to do to protect my private browsing. This year I became aware of private browsing. At least a couple browsers . The link is for Google Chrome for PC, It will give you a setting choice for private windows that don't record your history. That seems like a good idea but it's not a perfect fix.

Student computers at schools and libraries are arranged so that when they are restarted, supposedly everything from the previous user is dumped and it's reset without any history. The dirty little secret of Internet browsers today is that they save history to the cloud. That means, if you don't use the private browsing feature and just use the ordinary windows, history will survive a reboot of the computer. What that meant in practice is I was able to access my history a couple weeks after I had used a computer. This freaked me out because someone could simply create a typo and my browser address that I recently visited would spring up.

Is that concerning? It's up to you to decide. What you can do to defeat this is clear your browser history every time you use a public computer and then restart the machine when you leave.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Macaw Madness

Macaw Blizzard is 100cm X 100cm, pure silk Taby, hand-finished luxury!

“soft, silky, nice against the skin, delicate, gorgeous colors (especially in the sunlight), almost afraid to play with it! But play we we squealed and laughed like a bunch of school girls! [I saw one of the neighbors come out to watch us. haha] I can hardly wait to see your Fall lineup and I can hardly wait for my girls to each pick one out.”
That quote is from a recent contest winner who was awarded the Macaw Blizzard, a silk scarf sample of what I plan to import from India. I call it Macaw Blizzard to celebrate Rocky, a Macaw resident of a friend’s parrot rescue. Her blizzard of multi-colored feathers molt seasonally and she donates them willingly.

Rocky, a female Harlequin Macaw is one of my frequent donors.

Let’s stop stealing feathers from birds. Their molts and modern printing are all we need to appreciate their generous gifts.

I was introduced to macro-photography by Ian Cummings, a fine professional photographer, and a professor at Cuyamaca College, where I am persistently enrolled. Professor Cummings showed us the basics. In my case, I had to study photography from the basement. I had never snapped before his introductory class taught me the fundamentals. Little did I suspect that photography could be more than a passing breeze in my life.

My education has been good to me. The lack of initiative I had as a youngster is finally balanced by my obsession with my schooling today. I want to thank more than Ian Cummings. Timothy Buckles “the Coach” of graphic design at CC taught a holistic approach to design. If you look at my life, art has always been present, but as an observer. Now I’m the artist. Cummings and Professor George Dowden helped me to master Photoshop. And Diane Kew was such an inspiration when she showed me her art which was brilliant. It helped to give me confidence I might discover a style of my own.

It’s exciting to change careers. Scary, of course. I am so grateful to live in a time and place that permit people to pursue their dreams. This is just a handful of the pictures I received of women who sent me pictures. I want to thank the women wearing Macaw Blizzard. You're trailblazers in fashion. Thank you for supporting Feather Rishi and for your contributions to the better lives of birds. We are conserving feathers and creating a legacy. So thank you all. Now back to it.

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