Real-Time Google Earth GPS Tracking
In a recent trip I incorrectly assumed that real-time tracking of
Google Earth's pre-cached maps with a GPS receiver would be sufficient
help for navigating around the highways in Los Angeles.
I therefore experimented with the way Google Earth's
sparsely-documented real time tracking works,
and wrote a small program to interface Google Earth with a GPS receiver.
Fortunately, after seeing a colleague drive with a car-GPS device
on the dashboard I came to my senses, and got a real
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US Military Removes Word Documents from the Web?
On August 25th 2004 the comp.risks forum
run an article I submitted
regarding the large number of Microsoft Word documents available
on US milatary sites (sites in the .mil domain) through Google
(23.50 "U.S. military sites offer a quarter million Microsoft Word documents").
The article documented how such documents could lead to the leakage
of confidential data.
A week later I setup a script to watch the number of Word documents
available through Google searches
to see if and when the military would recognise the threat those
documents posed and remove them.
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Google's Web Accelerator as a P2P CDN
I admire Google's guts in deploying their
Proposing to act as an intermediary for the whole planet's web
traffic takes a lot of courage and a certain amount of audacity.
Interestingly, the system's design can be quite scalable,
through the use of peer-to-peer and personalization technology.
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U.S. military sites offer a quarter million Microsoft Word documents
I was Google-searching for the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation
Center publication "Software Maintainability - Evaluation Guide". To
make my search more efficient I restricted it to military (.mil) sites,
using the Google keyword "site:.mil".
I was not able to find the publication I was looking for, but was surprised
to see a number of Microsoft Word documents in the search results.
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Google Mail and Privacy
I recently subscribed to Google mail, to obtain a reasonable alias
(I thought I could get my loved dds initials, but it turned I would
have to use at least 6 characters). However, I doubt I will use the
service, because I really don't trust Google to search through my
personal email data. I have 300MB of email now, representing about
18 years of email discussions. (I routinely remove all attachments,
which I file separately, so the size of my emails is relatively modest).
If I trusted Google, I would like to upload all my messages to their
servers, and utilize Google's awesome search capabilities. However,
the truth is, I see too many ways for the service to be misused.
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