Privacy is something you have to make for yourself…

Whistleblower Edward Snowden claims that American & multinational telecom companies collaborate with the NSA.  Well Duh!  Of course!, do you really think the NSA needs to collaborate with anyone to read your email?  Let’s get real; you should have no expectation of privacy when communicating digitally.  Period.  There are steps you can take to secure your online presence and while some methods work better than others, I prefer Tor.  As for your data, any fully vetted public-key cryptosystem such as PGP (with an appropriate key length) should meet most peoples needs.  Most people.  For those of you looking to up your game in data encryption, the Villainous VooDoo has been hard at work on something.  Stay tuned…

UPDATE – 08/16/13 – It seems the NSA has been quite busy infringing on our privacy rights.  A newly leaked NSA audit documents 2,776 violations of privacy rules or court orders, mostly involving unauthorized collection of data on Americans or eavesdropping on foreign intelligence targets who entered the United States.  Watch what you say, big brother is listening…

UPDATE – 08/21/13 – A new report by the Wall Street Journal says the NSA relies on extensive collaboration with domestic telecommunications companies to get access to Internet traffic. “The programs, code-named Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew, among others, filter and gather information at major telecommunications companies.” Filtering occurs at more than a dozen “major Internet junctions.”

Kit Review – Meister Aviator

I appreciate a fine watch as much as the next guy but I don’t have the budget to support my habit.  I tend to not pay more than $300.00 for a timepiece and in my opinion, beyond that you are paying for a brand name and not much else.  I’m all about function over style and what catches my eye in a wristwatch is a large (not bullshit rapper large) face with easy to read markings with a second-hand.  I like chronographs vs. digital, leather/rubber wrist bands instead of metal.  I can’t stand a watch that ‘flops around’ on my wrist.  I’ve had plenty of Casio, Citizen and Seiko pieces over the years and they were and still are all fine timepieces.  They all kept accurate time, took a beating, etc.  No issues.

I recently found myself bored with my daily selection and would usually put on a small digital watch to get out the door.  Thought the day I would occasionally glance at it to see where I stood in my indentured servitude to ‘the man’ and in doing so I would perpetuate my problem.  Enter the Meister Aviator.

mstrAs soon as I took the watch out of the box, I loved it.  I excitedly set the time and ran across the only criticism I have which is not being able to set the date without winding the hour & minute hands through a full 24 hours to advance the date indicator.  Although the watch was designed for an aviators needs, I think it functions equally well in the field.  I like the matte finish on the stainles steel case and the canvas strap feels good on my wrist.  In the dark, the dial indicators glow just enough to read the time at close range so no worries about being stealthy.  The chronograph offers a simple start/stop & reset buttons for the hour and minute indicators adding to the clean look.  I like it.  Almost instantly I began receiving complements and inqueries into the watch.  Cool.

A wristwatch is one of those things that defines the man.  It tells you something about the man wearing it and it’s a conversation starter.  If you are looking for a wristwatch that isn’t boring, has a clean look and functions well, give Meister a look.  Don’t expect to be disappointed.

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