Where are we NOW? #1 Corporations are Watching!

from: The MAN in a BOX: 

to: the Remains of the Public who CARE!



Just in case you didn’t notice it; there was a tidbit on the news yesterday that the media flipped through quickly.

You see, many of the companies that you buy from and trustingly loaded their App onto your Smart Phone and then used it to buy products from them are now watching everything you look at, including reviewing videos you watch.

They say you should trust them because they are only watching what you watch so they can better serve you with products that you are really interested in.

Here is the CNN link to their story;

CNN says they are watching us all.

Here is the NBC News link to their story;

NBC says we need a Do Not Track

Have a Nice Day!

a MAN in a BOX info-fact by Don Bobbitt, All Rights Reserved



To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

These days, as we become more and more dependent on Smart Phones and other communication devices, we see more references to storing our data on that strange thing called “The CLOUD“.

So, here is an explanation for the common man about just what a “CLOUD” happens to be, as well as some suggestions on how to use it to our advantage.

Where is Your Data anyway?
Well, in a big city, somewhere on our planet, there is a special building.

You may drive past it everyday and if you actually take a close look at it you will probably just shrug it off as yet another ugly warehouse.

But, if you look a little closer you will notice some things that most warehouse buildings do not have.

First of all, there will probably be very large power lines attached to the building, if they are not actually buried underground.

Second, if you can see the roof, or maybe just around the building, there will be some very large and powerful Air Conditioning units that seem to run constantly.

Third, the building will probably have very few windows, and in all probability, the whole building will be surrounded by; a formidable fence, with multiple cameras on poles, and a manned security gate.

These are all signs that a building is housing something that requires special care and protection.

Living on an island and using the “Cloud”

Get off of your “data island” and use the Cloud for more storage. | Source
A Cloud is really just another computer Hard Drive ……. somewhere.
If you are a “Cloud” user then that building probably stores your personal data.

It is stored there and updated every time you log on with your PC or Tablet or Smartphone via a WIFI modem. Your data that you have designated as being available for storage on some company’s “Cloud” system is kept here, on super-fast hard drives or high-speed digital memory cards.

Kind of sounds like just another Hard Drive, doesn’t it? You know, just like the one already in your PC?

Well, essentially, that’s it; The Cloud access you purchased is just another hard drive for you to access and use remotely.

The genius was the invention of the term “Cloud”. It is beautiful, you have to admit! They give you a link to their centralized data storage systems, and call it a Cloud.

You think WOW! My data is up there, in the clouds, just floating around and ready for me to access it, and I don’t have to worry about it being secure, or about it being destroyed. And, it only costs me $XX Bucks a month! WOW!

I can be in my favorite Coffee Shop, or in the MALL, or at home, and I can access and use my stored data.

Of course, wherever I might be, I do need for there to be a WIFI access point that will give me access to the web to get there.

Your Personal Cloud
Yes, I have my own “Cloud”. I purchased my own hard drive, connected it to my web site and set it up so that I could easily access it when I traveled around the country in my RV.

I love it, because, I now own and control MY CLOUD, not some corporation managed hard drive situated somewhere else around the world.

What does WIFI mean?
We have all become accustomed to having our WIFI access to the web. This may be a little anticlimactic, but WIFI is actually an acronym for; Wireless Fidelity, Wireless Internet.

Decades ago, companies started pulling those expensive ethernet cables from the walls and setting up WIFI repeaters for their employees mostly in order to save money.

At the same time, the Desktop Computers of the world began hitting the junk heaps and we all got our new and, by the way, very portable, Notebook PCs and Tablets with built-in WIFI transceivers.

We employees got to use these newer, smaller and faster computers because it was cheaper for companies to allow workers to be more mobile and not always have search around and find a cable just for internet access.

And, of course, the standardization of the WIFI protocol, along with the dramatic drop in cost for WIFI modems, routers and buffers, gave employees the freedom to take their data and work with them wherever they might be.

In fact there were two new technologies that fed on each other.

One, the proliferation of these newer PCs with a built in WIFI modem, drove a new and expanded demand for more WIFI access in more places.

Two, the fact that WIFI access was becoming available almost everywhere, in locations like; Coffee Shops, Shopping Malls, Doctors Waiting Rooms, Airports, Train Stations, just to name a few, drove the exploding demand for more PCs with WIFI Modems.

So again just exactly what is WIFI?

Oh, don’t worry! I will not drop into some rant of technical jargon. Perhaps you have heard people mention the words eight-oh-two-dot-eleven (802.11).

Well whether you have or not, it is a strictly defined protocol for the digital hand-shake transfer of data between two modems via a Low Power RF connection.

So, if your PC has an 802.11 modem, the software in your PC will detect if there is another 802.11 modem within range.

If there is one or more possible connections, and you know the Login and Password codes for that particular modem, then your PC will essentially be connected securely to a particular web site by way of this modem to modem link.

Simple, Right?

So, just go with it, Today, people are walking around, all over the world, with their Notebook PCs, Tablets, Smart Phones, headsets and even wristwatches that have WIFI built in.

And they all want to get connected, wherever they go!

What is your Data, anyway?
As I have already mentioned, that building I described is storing your data for you.

And your data? Your data consists of what you designate as your most valuable information that you have saved on your PC hard drive for years that you don’t want to lose.

You know, such things as; your digital photo collection, your emails from friends, your favorite music that you converted years ago, your family videos, your collection of your favorite concert videos, even your copies of your favorite movies.

And, of course, you data includes such things as; your folders of scanned receipts, scanned documents, income tax filings, and your scanned birth certificates and other documents of your children, to name just a few.

This list is your data that, although it may be useless to others, is invaluable to you. And as I said you keep it on your Hard Drive, at home and if you are a proactive person, you consider your security as having it all backed up on another hard drive of your own.

What is a Data Cloud?
So, now that the basics are out of the way, you should understand that Data stored on a “Cloud” is simply just your data stored on a hard drive owned by a company that charges you for data storage and management.

That’s it!

Generally, to hook you, the average person, will “give you a small amount of storage on their cloud for free. For instance, 2-G-bytes or 5-G-bytes is typical.

But, if you need more space at some point in the future, then you have to pay them for the added storage capacity, monthly.

Why should I want to use a Cloud Service
Now you ask yourself, why do I want to store my data on a Cloud system.

Honestly, the only realistic answer is that you will have access to your data wherever you go that you have a WIFI connection to the web. And, under some conditions, this is a very valuable thing to them having access essentially anywhere they might be.

Secondly, your data is stored, kept secure from hackers and such and backed up on a big professionally managed system for you.

These are good things that we all want, security and access.

SO, do you Cloud or do you Not Cloud? That’s your question to answer.

by Don Bobbitt, 2014



Who Crashed my PC – Part-4 – Selecting my Future PC

Selecting my Future PC


Click on the link below to read my article about my decision process when my PC crashed and I had to decide on what was the ideal PC for me to use now that my old one was dead.

It might b interesting to those of you that might run into the same problem in the near future.

Who Crashed my PC, Part-4 – Selecting my Future PC.

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Copyright Don Bobbitt, 2014

Who Crashed my PC – Part-3 Recovering my Data

My ASUS Notebook PC

My ASUS Notebook PC

Who Crashed my PC, Part-4 Recovering my Data

Click below to read my latest Blog Post on how I recovered from having my PC crash and my decision process in selecting how to get my data ba


Who Crashed my PC – Part-3 Recovering my Data

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Copyright, Don Bobbitt, 2014

Who Crashed my PC – Part-2

My ASUS Notebook PC

My ASUS Notebook PC

Who Crashed my PC – Part-2 What do I use my PC for, anyway?

I realized that this was the real question for me if I ended up needing to purchase a new PC.  I knew that how I recovered my data was an integral part of the resolution to my larger problem. My real problem was what did I need for the future, not what worked OK in the past

So, I sat back and spent some time reviewing just what I used my PC for, now that I was more involved as a writer, a traveler, and a retiree. Did I keep on down the same road, or did I need to reset my computer use goals?

My decision process is shown in my Blog listed below. Click on it and read about what a retired writer/traveler was doing with his PC.


Who Crashed my PC – Part-2

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Copyright, Don Bobbitt, 2014


Who Crashed my PC? – Part-1 This Time?

My ASUS Notebook PC

My ASUS Notebook PC

OK, It happened to me again. My PC crashed on me two weeks ago.

This insanity has to end for me and for the rest of you as honest users of the web.

I am tired of this happening to me every few months and having to go through the tedious process of running anti-virus software, Malware software and other such packages in order to just be a user of the web.

I have decided to write several short blog posts that explain what happened to my PC as well as how and why it happened.

I will also describe just what I have done to make this les likely to happen to me again.

Check out the link to my post below:

Who Crashed my PC – Part-1


by Don Bobbitt, 2014