Responsible encryption »

Kurt Opsahl, The EFF:

The Department of Justice has said that they want to have an “adult conversation” about encryption. This is not it. The DOJ needs to understand that secure end-to-end encryption is a responsible security measure that helps protect people.

Ending net neutrality will end the Internet as we know it »

Steve Wozniak and Michael Copps:

The path forward is clear. The FCC must abandon its ill-conceived plan to end net neutrality. Instead of creating fast lanes for the few, it should be moving all of us to the fast lane by encouraging competition in local broadband connectivity and pushing companies to deliver higher speeds at more affordable prices. It’s the right thing for us as consumers and as citizens.

A vote for Pai is a vote against consumers and for Big Cable »

Sen. Ron Wyden:

Mr. Pai, has a long track record of putting big cable before consumers, big corporations above small businesses and pay-to-play over the free and open internet. Mr. Pai has betrayed the American consumer at every turn and has an agenda at the FCC that makes a mockery of the moniker: Independent Agency. He’s on the side of big cable and big business, and hasn’t done much of anything for the rest of us.

ISPs look to the Supreme Court to kill net neutrality »

Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica:

The lobby groups want a ruling that the FCC exceeded its statutory authority by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier service. Such a ruling could prevent future FCCs from implementing net neutrality rules as strict as the current ones, which outlaw blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. A ruling for the industry could also prevent future FCCs from reviving other consumer protections that are likely to be overturned by the commission’s current Republican majority.

None of this would be necessary if ISPs and cable companies were capable of creating and providing services that consumers actually wanted to use. Instead, they pursue legal action to cripple competitors and force consumers to use their, at best, substandard services.

Using server alerts to generate Todoist tasks

I manage a few different servers (including this one) for several different friends and clients. As part of managing each server and site hosted on it, I’ll typically receive alerts for errors, common tasks or downtime. For a while I had settled on filing these alerts into a separate mailbox to keep them from overwhelming my inbox.

This works for a while, but I’d occasionally miss an important alert or message from one of the servers. In an effort to manage my responsibilities I had started using Todoist to track my responsibilities. I set up an alias pointing to my email to inbox Todoist address, tuned the server alerts for volume and importance and routed them to this new alias. Now, if I get an actionable alert for, say, server downtime, it’s routed to my inbox with all the relevant details to resolve the issue.