October 2006


News & Culture & Privacy31 Oct 2006 07:22 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

Online ID Fraud Not as Bad as Thought?

Did you know that customs agents can seize your laptop and keep it forever?

“No-Swipe” Credit Cards Easier to Swipe?

How to Freeze Your Credit Report

Finally, in many states you have a legal right to place a “freeze” on your credit report to help prevent identity thieves from opening credit in your name. If you are interested in freezing your credit report, check out this page at PIRG for information about your rights to do so.

Privacy & Punditry17 Oct 2006 06:09 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

Don’t like a privacy policy? Tough!

Shocking News: U.S. Government is sloppy with privacy!

Netflix fixes Web 2.0 bugs

Making Smart Phones More Secure

Remember, you can always download the audio of this hour, or any hour, from David Lawrence’s website for a micro-payment of 25¢. You can also subscribe to them and have them automatically downloaded to your iPod via iTunes at David Lawrence Unplugged.

Personal16 Oct 2006 02:35 pm

Today, Justin and I are officially San Francisco’s newest homeowners.

After several years of renting and getting the shakes every time we looked at real estate prices in the San Francisco Bay Area, we finally took the plunge. What finally did it for us, what finally pushed us over the edge, was the need to find some place closer to Justin’s new office in the South of Market (SoMa) area of San Francisco.

Read more about our home search process, and see some cool pictures of our new place, after the jump…

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News & Culture16 Oct 2006 12:06 pm

According to Nora Ephron, Steve Wynn punched a hole Picasso’s painting, Le Rêve, shortly after selling it for $139 Million. Yes, it was an accident, but it put the kibosh on what would have been the most expensive painting sale in history.

Wynn stepped away from the painting, and there, smack in the middle of Marie-Therese Walter’s plump and allegedly-erotic forearm, was a black hole the size of a silver dollar – or, to be more exactly, the size of the tip of Steve Wynn’s elbow — with two three-inch long rips coming off it in either direction. Steve Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision, but he could see quite clearly what had happened.

“Oh shit,” he said. “Look what I’ve done.”

The rest of us were speechless.

It’s quite a story, especially to hear what Wynn’s biggest concern was… Check it out.

Privacy & Punditry10 Oct 2006 09:34 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

HP Scandal Moves to Criminal Court

Websense Tallies the Phishing Toll

Congratulations Randy Boe!

Arnie Terminates RFID Bill

Privacy & Punditry07 Oct 2006 11:48 pm

Justin and I are still in Los Angeles and we decided to meet up with David and Lili for dinner. Naturally, rather than fill the last hour of the show with actual content, David asks me to give some unscripted tips on protecting privacy online. We also spend an inordinate amount of time futzing with the new FlashMic from Sennheiser, which Justin procured for his job. You can download the audio of the show at this link, only $0.25 through BitPass.

Friends & Family & News & Culture & Podcast05 Oct 2006 11:38 pm

Justin and I make a rare in-studio appearance on The David Lawrence Show. We talk about Justin’s new gig at Adobe, his presentations this week at the “Flash In The Can” conference in Hollywood. We also talk about some current news items, such as the rumored purchase of YouTube by Google and some of the cool new television shows that have started (or returned) this television season.

You can download the audio of the show at this link, only $0.25 through BitPass.

I also stuck around to do the podcast, which can be downloaded for free at David Lawrence Unplugged and on iTunes (just search for David Lawrence in the podcast section).