The story, the 'evidences' and the arguments for His
from the dead convince me of a super-(more)-natural
power in existence.

My primary (current?) interest besides collecting stamps and taking an interest in the Taxicab Industry in Los Angeles is in understanding the effective use and missuse of strong encryption in the personal PC enviroment and would like to hear fror actual users about the various applications available and the how and why of particular setups - and processes of 'authentication'. (an interesting subject in the world of stamp collecting too) ...Not to mention, of course, the issues of privacy vs. '.gov'...

Some informative studies, books and articles I've found are listed in the links below. - (Some labels are my own opinion - suggestions welcome)

Go! A Rape In Cyberspace (Or TINYSOCIETY, and How to Make One) {Looks like she 'wimped out' - ajw} by Julian Dibble

Go!! The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier A little 'investigative history' by Bruce Sterling (science fiction author, privace advocate) local archive: Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Afterword

Go. The GNU Project - a history of 'free software' by Richard Stallman, "...The answer was clear: what was needed first was an operating system. ..." (the birth of GNU/Linux)

Go to and collect... Takedown - Kevin Mitnick, "America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw," eluded the police, US Marshalls, and FBI for over two years after vanishing while on probation for his 1989 conviction for computer and access device fraud. His downfall was his Christmas 1994 break-in to Tsutomu Shimomura's computers..." (updated to Mitnick's January 21, 2000 release from prision)

gogo Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman - early internet culture (at first it appears to be just a book offer but follow the 'contents' link and it's all there.) "The lore of the frontier is filled with contradictions that liken it to those great epics of the distant past populated by characters like Eric the Red and El Cid, who were uncertain of the differences between good and evil. ...

See Also: net.wars columns

And here's an 'ancient' circa 1992 Internet text: THE INTERNET COMPANION - A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking, by Tracy Laquey
with Jeanne C. Ryer, Foreword by Vice President Al Gore and presented by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company (interesting historical prespectives - aj.)

new As We May Think

by Vannevar Bush, Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, July 1945.

old but up-to-date Hobbes' Internet Timeline

by Robert H'obbes' Zakon, Internet Evangelist

OH, Really? The 16 Greatest Moments in Web History, by Dan Tynan, PC World (as presented by MSN)

Some say they've BEEN THER - DONE THAT - they lie! Books in general on the 'net

Crypto and Security 'Basics':
  • R.L.SivaPrasad's Data Encryption and Cryptography - start with basics...
  • R.L.SivaPrasad's old page at UC Berkeley - advanced; oldish but goodish...

    It Came From Planet Clipper: The Battle Over Cryptographic Key "Escrow" by A. Michael Froomkin

    - a law professor's masterful review - A "MUST READ"
    - for a quick, authorized overview click here.

    In RealAudio format:

  • Cryptography: Basic and Nontraditional Uses
    Matt Blaze, Ph.D., AT&T Laboratories cryptographer at the 8th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy - Feb. 1998 OR: The Show Schedule with links to the above and other audio files.

    Top Crypto Minds on:

  • The Strengths Of Keys and Costs of breaking them.
    - and a response by Matt Balze and Whitfield Diffee to a suspected NSA rebuttal floating around the congressional arena.

    The Politics of Keys (and Authentication)

    - a transcript from The 4th Annual (1994) Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy (Phil Zimmermann - author of PGP - quizzzzzzzzes the General Counsel of The NSA)

    Federal Guidelines for Searching & Seizing Computers

    - Obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center via the Freedom of Information Act.

    Current 'InternetNews'.com

    Personal: (this is my first page ever)

  • My favorite search points : DOGPILE.COM and the Helpware directory.
    - Dogpile is configurable and searches multiple sites, Helpware requires the promise to be helpfull ;)
    - a good list of search engines: Search the WWW

    My Pastor: Dr. Gene Scott - with a Ph.D. from Stanford Univ.,

    Well - he's always a challenge! (till he died in 2005)
    His wife, Melissa, is now Pastor of the church. click here (you can see or hear both her messages and/or his!)

    A few of my 'bookmarks' - rather disorganized was a quick and dirty job.

    Jan. 26, 2009

    AJ Ward
    3022 E. 15th Street, Apt. 7
    Long Beach, CA 90804
    United States of America

    Thanks for hangin' around this far...