Its Good Friday, its the Vroom Room, we have espresso this morning, come in join the conversation.
Safe to say that Spring is here, the snow is gone, and Sunday is Easter, and the days are getting longer.
If you are of a certain age, you evolved at a time when personal freedom, a sense of independence, was gaining momentum. The idea that "Big Brother" is always watching was contrary to the sense of freedom of the time.
The advent of the Internet promoted this idealistic perspective that we could connect far and wide with a myriad of individuals and promote a sense of a wider community...agreed 20 years ago it was idealistic thinking. That idealism spawned fertile exchanges with some smart and interesting people.
This is back in the day when folks were investing serious money upgrading from a PC that could deal with spreadsheets to a PC that was compatible with the nascent Internet, e-mail, and dial up modems. Lets not forget the cumbersome 15 inch screens.
At the same time the idea that "Big Brother" could be watching, lurking in the background was opaquely omnipresent.
Back in the days of "give me a real phone number, not a cellular number, give me a real e-mail address, not a Hotmail address.
Today we are constantly connected with our smart devices, with our cars, with our work, we literally go around with tracking devices to further enable "Big Brother" to watch over us.
Interesting enough we see a "padlock" in the URL bar, and think its safe, secure, and in the past few days we discover that Heartbleed is an immense security problem. You also become aware that OpenSSL is an idealistic open software that was adopted by a myriad of entities seeking inexpensive security software.
Fascinating to see the extent of "entities" that preferred to acquire an inexpensive security system (reminds you of the car alarms bleeping in mall parking lots), and the number of "entities" that took advantage of the situation to perpetuate and strengthen the notion that "Big Brother" is watching.
Keep in mind that "Big Brother" is also watching you in vehicles.
Gotta love this Road and Track article from 1963...Corvette vs Cobra.
Stunning photography and old cars from the Tour Auto Rallye 2014...take a few moments enjoy.