Christopher Robinson

NowAbout
  • Pivoting.

Listening and reading various books…

  • Maps of Meaning: the Architecture of Belief, by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
  • Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, by Steven Kotler
  • Rude, by Katie Hopkins
  • The genius of Boyan Slat — it is possible that his ingenuity will dissolve and resolve the plastic trash islands in the ocean rather quickly (five years or so, nowhere near as long as they got there).
  • Cooler Autumn weather!

Yup, ready for the Big Chill.

God Bless Our President Donald J. Trump

The best person at the right time, making hard decisions that have already created more jobs, re-patriation of foreign corporate funds, and a booming economy. It’s kind of a yuge deal. God Bless America and God Bless Our President Donald J. Trump and his family.

The Mobility Principle

When it comes to personal technology, I find portability and cross-compatibility supporting that mobility as a core principle in my gear and workflow.

For whatever I’m working on, my workflow is such that I can work on my laptop and in a whim run off to another location where I pick up the work where I left off on a suitable device for the other location, be it a tablet, smart phone, or even a TV.

With few exceptions, any software or tech device (or even a website) that fails to meet and/or fully support this Mobility Principle fully fails to be useful to me.

Despite all the tech advances and the Internet of Things, the greatest items that support mobility remain simple, old-fashioned: a fountain pen, a paper notebook, and a physical book.

The greatest items that support mobility remain simple, old-fashioned: a fountain pen, a paper notebook, and a physical book.

[Note: With a smartphone camera snapshot “wobbly scan” of the notebook pages, there’s then a digital copy on archive to retrieve on demand. To date, there’s no technological tool that truly integrates the pen and paper experience, reliability, and mobility… and that personal kinetic connection.]

Why I Left TheGrid, and Why I’m Back on TheGrid

Thinking and executing outside of the box presents inherent challenges. Included in that bundle are my own expectations.

Why I Left TheGrid (in its early days, v1.0):

  • At the time, items set up as NAV links kept changing URLs, which caused direct link and SEO issues.
  • The idea of not being able to control display elements was jolting.
  • Thought that all of AI Molly’s web designs are similar to “her” preferences, such that the differences from one site to another are not sufficiently distinctive.
  • Having a custom domain name caused weird technical “handshake” issues, making my domains look unforgivably sloppy.

Why I’m Back on TheGrid (v2.0, on cusp before v3.0):

  • The custom domain issues seem to be resolved.
  • NAV links can remain static, good for direct linking and desired SEO results.
  • AI Molly’s designs appear to have more simple-looking-but-very-complex surprises than before.
  • Meanwhile, design choices across the web are starting to all look the same: doesn’t matter if someone dumps a lot of time or money in it or not, it’s all undergoing a dull-ing effect. If it’s all the same, why spend precious time coding to get similar results.
  • TheGrid presents a strategy to enable SEO in a way that appears to be mostly content-driven, which is a methodology I strongly support.

The deal is: I don’t always have to make all the decision and coding choices for every website. I just need it to work and look decent. Overall, no web solution is perfect, the beyond-the-box thinking of TheGrid team and swimming in that lane brings on the fun.

Proxy IP Tracking and Hackers Around the World Right at Home

NBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, CNN, and beyond. The main news channels mention Russia and China as frequently being the sources of hacks and denial of service (DoS) attacks. But there's something critical to understand that well-meaning broadcast journalists and reporters do not seem to understand.

Anyone can relay their web activity bouncing across multiple servers to then appear to be from China, Russia, or Malaysia, while being any where else in the world. Just because the Web Analytics tool spits out "Russia" or "China" does not mean that's where that web traffic actually originated.

The country of origin (based on IPs) only indicate the last relay leg. 

For example, I could relay a connection from the USA to Brazil that then connects from Brazil to Russia and then from Russia connects with a website next door to my office in Texas. In real matter of fact, I merely pulled up the website of the business next door but the web analytics records erroneously claim I came from Russia. 

As a matter of fact, even on my smartphone, I can open a browser that will establish connections all around the world--often in Russia, Malaysia, and Brazil without leaving The Great State of Texas. It's so easy, but always at a cost of speed... so doing these relays for web activity are not satisfying for those who appreciate instant gratification.

But sometimes the delay is worth it. People living under extreme censorship and under totalitarian or dictatorship regimes can only access information in the FREE WORLD through these relay tactics. For that alone, it is worth it. 

Also, there are web surfers who are, on principle, fed up with being tracked every jot and tittle who surf the net FREELY with proxies and relays. It's a solution for Fourth Amendment concerns for perfectly law-abiding citizens.

And certainly, criminal elements foreign and domestic can use the same technology. Even if they used "normal" internet protocols, they have the means to remain hidden and protected. It is truly those who live under oppressive regimes who benefit from this technological advantage.

Everyone has a self-responsibility to keep their tech secure. Data breaches are always a result of some stupidity: like a password of 12345. Even a 4th grader can crack that. If you know nothing about this topic, hire an expert (like me).

But no one, not a single soul, has a right to be claiming--especially so-called journalists--that Russia or whomever is behind an attack because the last leg of a relay connection, the last node IP address, "originated" from that country. To do so is an outright ignorance of how the internet works. And sadly, many members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate fail to understand this whole interwebs thing.

While an extra dab of internet savvy can have your online visit to Williams-Sonoma appear as though you're on your computer in Siberia, that data does not make it so. And without this technology, individuals in scary countries would not be able to read The New York Times or better.

Despite the confusion, the proxy relays are truly a beautiful thing that champions freedom across the globe!