Entries by Eric W. Austin

TECH TALK: Internet “outing” – social conscience or vigilante justice?

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor A couple of weeks ago, a violent clash broke out between protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence occurred at a rally organized by white nationalists, angry at the imminent removal of a memorial for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. I was home and watching […]

TECH TALK: How technology could save our Republic

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor Elbridge Gerry, second-term governor of Massachusetts, is about to do something that will make his name both legendary and despised in American partisan politics. It’s two months after Christmas, in a cold winter in the year 1812. Typical of a politician, the next election is forefront […]

TECH TALK: The Internet – At War with Itself

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor There’s a war going on, although you might not be aware of it. It’s a war between the almighty dollar and the information superhighway. I began my career in the early ‘90s, just as the internet-fueled tech boom was taking off. I’ve watched the internet grow […]

TECH TALK: Welcome to Reality 2.0

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor Let me take you back a few decades to the 1980s. I was 12 years old and cruising around the neighborhood on my ten-speed mountain bike. On this particular day, I was exploring the garage sales along Lakeview Drive that are so prevalent this time of […]

TECH TALK: Human or A.I.? The Thin Blurred Line

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor The land line rang at 5:29 p.m. Suspicious. I picked up the hand-set. “Hello?” “Hello! Do you have a few minutes to talk this evening?” It was a vivacious young lady. But something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it. “What is this about?” […]

TECH TALK: Firewalls and VPNs, Oh my!

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor This week I’ll talk about two networking related topics that every modern computer user should know about. You’ve likely heard the term “firewall” thrown around in the dialog of movies or television shows during a computer hacking scene — as in, “They’re breaching the firewall, Jack!” […]