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Posted 12/12/13 at 4:07 PM | Barry Bowen
Last week The Washington Post reported that the FBI hacked a suspect's computer and accessed the webcam without the indicator light coming on.
There are articles on the internet that describe how to hack computers to secretly take pictures. Stalkers may attempt to spy on celebrities with these techniques and jealous spouses may use them to spy on their husband or wife.
For anyone fearful of webcam spying, there are simple techniques to stop this activity.
I put an orange sticky note over the camera on my Mac, then opened Quicktime Broadcaster to see how well this paper blocked the camera. Here's what the camera picked up: FULL POST
Posted 12/11/13 at 9:06 PM | Barry Bowen
Edward Snowden's release of internal documents from the National Security Agency continue to provide more clues about how governments spy on their own citizens as well as terror targets.
The Washington Post obtained NSA presentation slides which reveal that browser cookies are being tracked by the spy agency.
Browser cookies are small data files that allow websites to save user information. Cookies may store passwords, a list of items in a website shopping cart and address forms that have been filled out.
If this information makes you uncomfortable, you may regularly delete cookies from your computer by following instructions found in the links below. Wikipedia's HTTP cookie article has more information about the purposes of cookies, how they they work and how a person can be tracked by cookies.
If you delete all the cookies on your computer, you may be required to re-enter usernames and passwords the next time you visit some websites.
Instructions for how to remove cookies FULL POST
Posted 12/10/13 at 11:46 AM | Barry Bowen |
Where did all that time go?
December 10, 1993.
I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was graduation day and I had fears. Since I never received a message from the university confirming my graduation, I was afraid my name wouldn't be called.
Before the ceremony began I looked around at the graduating class and realized this would be the last time I would see some of these people. Sitting directly behind me was a girl named Michelle. I had a huge crush on her.
My parents also sat in the Nicholls State University gym bleachers waiting when my name was called. What a relief. I received my diploma. We went home and celebrated by eating cake with ice cream.
I studied broadcast journalism but had very little interest in being a reporter. Instead I wanted to be a filmmaker or head of programming for a TV network but didn't know where to start once I had a degree in hand. FULL POST
Posted 12/5/13 at 10:45 PM | Barry Bowen |
When the TV ratings for tonight's NBC broadcast of the live performance of The Sound of Music become available, the religious networks should examine them and think about how Christian audiences could be open to inexpensive live performances.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC spent $9 million on this musical featuring Carrie Underwood. That might seem like a lot of money, but some religious networks and many televangelists have spent millions of dollars on private jets and mansions.
There is a lot of talent in the body of Christ. Sadly this talent is underutilized by religious television. The TV series American Bible Challenge is the highest rated program on GSN (Game Show Network), The Bible set new ratings records for The History Channel and Duck Dynasty with a Christian cast is the most popular show on A&E.
But try to find a drama, comedy, or quality game show series on a religious network in prime time, and you will strike out.
Networks like TBN should adjust their priorities. According to Charisma magazine writer J. Lee Grady, "It’s time to reboot Christian television." Grady suggests seven methods to clean up religious television including a rejection of the prosperity gospel. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 10:21 PM | Barry Bowen
Perhaps you have seen the news. Almost 2 million passwords were obtained for Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, YouTube and 93,000 other websites.
According to CNN Money, the Trustwave security firm determined that infected computers were saving usernames and passwords, and sending them to a computer in The Netherlands.
Because I worked for several internet-based companies, I've had to use numerous passwords. So here are some strategies that I've used and you can too.
Whenever I develop a new password, I want it to be unique and I want to remember it.
I am going to show you how to create a password with various word and number combinations: The shorter the password, the easier it is to guess. Since I like apples, I will use it as an example (Note: none of my passwords use a variation of "apple"). FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 12:54 PM | Barry Bowen |
Pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an 8 year prison sentence in Iran. The Iranian government claimed that Saeed's church planting threatened national security.
Supporters of Saeed are raising awareness about his imprisonment on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Here are two photos shared on Facebook profiles on behalf of Saeed:
The #freesaeed and #savesaeed hashtags are being used on Twitter as part of a viral awareness campaign.
This YouTube video provides advice on how to spread the message to ask for Saeed's release.
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Posted 12/3/13 at 4:54 PM | Barry Bowen |
I always find search engine statistics to be fascinating. They reveal what the globe collectively thinks about.
Yahoo has announced its end of the year review of 2013. I was surprised to learn that football player Tim Tebow is the most popular athlete in America's search results. Tebow is not playing for a football team this season.
Tebow has been raising donations for the Philippines (his birthplace) following a recent typhoon.
Google Trends reports in October (the latest month available) The Bible is more popular than the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Psalms is listed #7 on Google Trends.
One disappointment: Dogs are more popular than cats on Google. I must fix this problem.
Searching for information is a skill that was valuable even in Bible times and the most important search is the one that leads to God.
"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." Proverbs 25:2 FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 3:09 PM | Barry Bowen |
The Friendly Atheist blog has a complaint that is worth our consideration. Its headline says it all: Televangelist Paul Crouch Leaves a Dirty Legacy; Evangelical Christians Look the Other Way.
Terry Firma writes about the founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, "As legacies go, Crouch undoubtedly leaves a troubling one — but don't expect most other Christians to call him on it."
The Christian Post has published an article with tributes to Crouch.
But is it okay to criticize religious leaders after they die or is this a matter of bad manners?
The Golden Rule requires that we treat people the way we want to be treated.
Sensitivity is appropriate because family and friends are in mourning. Last year Brittany Crouch Koper, the former chief financial officer for TBN, revealed in an interview with Jackie Alnor (author of The Fleecing of Christianity) that she cared deeply for her grandfather Paul Sr. FULL POST
Posted 11/30/13 at 12:46 PM | Barry Bowen |
This morning Brandon Crouch reported the death of his grandfather, Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch, on Twitter and Instagram. According to Christian singer Vicki Yohe, "Dr. Paul Crouch passed away at 2:32am this morning .. Say a prayer for the family !"
Paul Crouch and Jim Bakker founded TBN in 1973. Earlier this year the network celebrated its 40th anniversary. TBN would become the world's largest religious network.
Paul left behind wife Janice Bethany Crouch and sons Paul Crouch Jr and Matthew Crouch (not biological). Paul's granddaughters Brittany Crouch Koper and Carra Crouch are involved in litigation with the network.
Before working in television, Paul worked at the Assemblies of God film library and production studio which produced and rented 16mm Christian films to churches. In 1990 TBN would get involved in feature film production starting with the movie China Cry.
Although Wikipedia credits Paul with writing five books, author Sylvia Fleener alleges the books were ghost written. Fleener sued TBN after her book Omega Syndrome was used as the inspiration for the movie The Omega Code. FULL POST
Posted 11/27/13 at 11:57 PM | Barry Bowen |
In the followup to a CBS program 60 Minutes story about philanthropy, correspondent Steve Kroft quotes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders:
'60 Minutes calls Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson a philanthropist. What Pete Peterson has done is throw hundreds of millions of dollars into lobbying campaigns to cut Social Security, Medicare, and disabled veterans' benefits. That, to my mind, is not philanthropy.'
Is that true? Did Peterson really "throw hundreds of millions of dollars into lobbying campaigns"?
The media bias monitoring website Newsbusters noted the criticism of Peterson. So I decided to check out Peterson's charity The Peter G. Peterson Foundation which was founded in 2008.
Charities file the Form 990 with the IRS and this financial disclosure document is a matter of public record. The foundation has posted these forms on its About Page.
Based on a review of these documents, we can conclude that Sanders' criticism of Pete Peterson is inaccurate.
2011 - 2012: $13,772,671
2010 - 2011: $23,805,593
2009 - 2010: $14,663,221
2008 - 2009: $18,967,707
2007 - 2008: $256,655