Political Blogging and Cloud Computing

09.4.08


This is my new little home on the interwebs and at less than two months old I’m averaging 1500 unique ISP’s a week. One of two things has happened:

Y’all think I’m fabulous and can’t wait to hear what I say next
Y’all think I’m an idjiot and don’t want to miss a good train wreck

Like any good blogger I’m okay with it either way.

Here’s what’s really interesting, and you’ll have to trust me on this because you can’t see my back end stats. According to statcounter I’m getting a lot of Alaska action. When you look at my comments and people have talked about baby showers for baby Trig I’ve seen the ISP’s. They match. Alaska loves me and I’m intrigued with what Alaskans have to say about Sarah Palin.

Some of you have sent me some very personal family photos that include newborn Baby Trig and various women holding him. I’ve not seen these photos anywhere else and I’m not publishing them here because it’s unfair to the kids, all the kids. However, it makes be believe you when you say you know the family, that and the fact that your ISP is logged when you comment.

Oh, I’ve rambled.

The point is this.

Two people who have sent Palin pictures and info to me have had their computers hacked in the past 48 hours. It might be highly coincidental (I think it is) or it might not be (who doesn’t love a conspiracy theory?).

Social media is not for the faint of heart. If you’re putting yourself out there, you need to know that people will hate you for your views. This is not a moment in American history where politics is bringing people together. Talking politics right now could be alienating people and losing friends. It shouldn’t mean that your personal data will be destroyed.

Today’s email (the second of it’s kind in just as many days) reads:

My computer, a new Apple was hacked last night and hard drive was destroyed, wiped clean. I lost everything, photos, info, work.

Please tell people to be careful. If you look on these sites, protect your computer with routers with firewalls or store all your personal data on external hard drives and nothing on the computer.

I learned the hard way that the Internet has eyes and they are out to destroy those trying to inform. I also decided, it’s all true. No one is scared without truth to make them run.

No, I won’t be telling you who sent it to me.

Yes, I have always been a fan of remote storage. My computer runs faster and I can feel free to waste my days playing Word Twist on Facebook do my own PR with Social Media online.

As for the Alaskans who frequent my new little home here, I’d love to hear from you. Would you like to guest post? I’ll give you a forum. The traffic is high here and increasing daily. Email me at OnlineAuthor at gmail dot com and I’ll publish what you’ve got. You can remain anonymous or you can put your name on it. Not my decision.

OMG I’m like The Druge Report with really great hair! (couldn’t help it, taking myself too seriously is obnoxious)

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0 responses to “Political Blogging and Cloud Computing”

  1. That is both interesting and scary. It made me get my Time Machine backup drive set-up and so now I have all my dearest and closest files all backed up. Though, I really don’t understand why someone would NOT be behind a firewall nowadays. Makes my geek part just confuzzled.

  2. Mike says:

    I agree with Binary Blonde, above, about routers and firewalls etc., but this strikes me as odd:

    My computer, a new Apple was hacked last night and hard drive was destroyed, wiped clean. I lost everything, photos, info, work.

    Someone hacking into another person’s computer doesn’t surprise me (though I am wary of it happening to an individual instead of a super-duper-mega-conglomerate instead, but the fact that they hacked in and wiped an individual’s hard drive?

    Hacked in and stole info: sure. Hacked in and wiped: hard to imagine believe.

  3. I tend to think that cloud computing is necessary for anyone who participates in online social media.

    Just thought I’d pass along the info.

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