Before

I don’t know how to reintegrate back into "before" habits and places and friends

Last night I mentioned to Bhavna that I was having some challenges getting back into my pre-pandemic habits. Hiking, Friday lunches with friends, and early morning photography walks were some of my activities before the pandemic. I was always quick to rise. I told her that I think I am still mourning the loss of "before". When I was a child, our family moved around the Caribbean quite a bit as Dad pursued his career goals with Barclays. It would take me a year or two to make friends and learn the local customs. Moving meant leaving behind the close friends I had made and the food and culture I had adapted to. It was painful, and I think I learned to just "let go" and adjust again to the new reality. I continued that practice as I pursued my studies in the USA, moving from university to university (Madison, New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia, Ann Arbor. Michigan) and then back to New Jersey. I continued to say goodbye and move on.

I think I did the same during the two years of the pandemic. I had to let go of the "before". I let it ALL go. I adjusted to building a community around just a few places; my sister-in-law's garage and driveway, the outdoor space at the Brick Farm Tavern, and Flounder Brewing. But unlike my previous experiences, I didn’t move. Everyone and everything is still here. The pandemic ended, but all the places and people never left.

I think part of me is afraid. I don’t know how to reintegrate into "before" habits, places, and friends. I’m struggling.

EU DMA

I am so angry at the ignorance of these EU bureaucrats (aka idiots) that I cant’ clearly state why I think this is going to hurt consumers. I’ll let others speak for me.

I am so angry at the ignorance of these EU bureaucrats (aka idiots) that I cannot clearly state why I think this is going to hurt consumers. I’ll let others speak for me.

Demanding that vendors of encrypted messengers figure out how to simultaneously open up their service to interoperators and maintain security is a tall order, even though the demand is limited to very large, well-funded companies like Apple and Meta Platforms (Facebook). As applied to encrypted messaging, interoperability could encompass a range of approaches from simply requiring users to be able to connect to a service with the client of their choice, all the way to a fully federated model akin to email. These approaches would have vastly different effects on security. A technological solution that is simple to express in legislative terms can have unintended consequences, such as creating incentives for companies to compromise on the security of users’ communications. As with recent US proposals for law enforcement access to encrypted data, policymakers need to safeguard users’ access to truly secure communications.

...making encrypted messaging interoperable simply cannot happen in the timeframe envisioned by the DMA if it has any hope of resolving the significant technical and policy hurdles. The DMA’s time limits on gatekeepers to provide interoperability—three months after a request in the case of one-to-one encrypted messaging; and within two years for group messaging—are far too short. By comparison, Meta Platforms (Facebook) announced plans to interconnect and encrypt three of its own messaging products in March 2019, and this project is still not complete. Getting interoperability right would require participation by a much larger group of stakeholders as part of a standards-setting and governance process and would therefore likely move at an even statelier pace.

The computer security expert Steven Bellovin argues interoperable end-to-end encryption “is somewhere between extraordinarily difficult and impossible,

This is bananas. All third party developers get control over the secure enclave and the software that controls it? Would be good to give them such control over the camera, microphone, and location data, too.

Photo Studio

After the disappointing fiasco I had with ordering, I was excited when my Mac Studio and Studio Display arrived last week. I carefully positioned everything where I wanted it (for now), attached the external hard drives, switched on the Mac Studio and patiently waited the 20 minutes it took the Migration Assistant to transfer my profile and application configurations to the new Mac. The Studio Display is brilliant, and the new Mac Studio is snappy. It's faster than I expected it to be. I don't have much to report as yet. I imported all the images I captured on my Fuji X-T3 when I was "offline", and it will take some time to delete, edit and post those images.

As is the recent custom in our home, the computing devices are named for our favourite Lord of The Rings characters. I have decided to keep the last name, Gandalf, used for the iMac. However, a part of me wants to make a small change to Gandalf the Grey.

20 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
21 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
21 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
22 April, 2022 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR