22 February 2006 + *NEW* Survey

By: ofieldstream , 6:07 AM GMT on February 23, 2006

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[ WEDNESDAY ] 22 February 2006
Email Encryption ... Why? (NPR Moring Edition story)

The topic of 'email encryption, has been raised numerous times since the early 1990's beginning of the use of email as a communication tool. I've used all the variations for encryption; know how to use them well - most are quite easy to use; and have used it occassionally ... But, I really have to ask ... Why? Why consider the use of encryted email to be such an important topic. The basic premise of Internet Etiquette - referred to as "NETIQUETTE" - states this as a base-line principle: "Don't put anything in an email you don't want to become public consumption."

I am not saying there is no need for encryption - I am saying that those instances are far fewer than the massive amount of email being sent on a daily basis. Encryption is promoted as a 'security' technology for our protection. Sorry, but the best form of protection is PREVENTION. Therefore, a solid implementation of Common Sense is the best 'first line application of prevention' that can be installed.

So .. what's you position on Email Encryption? Let your position be known: POLL & COMMENT.

[For your and my protection, NO Encryption has been used in the preparation or execution of this Poll ]


On this Date in History [ Wednesday 22 February]

1632 - Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
1889 - President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
1923 - The United States begins the first transcontinental air mail route.
1924 - Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
1942 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defense collapses.
1949 - Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma and garners national media attention.
1956 - Elvis Presley enters the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".
1959 - Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
1980 - The United States ice hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in an upset dubbed the "Miracle on Ice".
1997 - In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned.


Notable Births
1732 (N.S.) - George Washington, first President of the United States (d. 1799)
1857 - Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English founder of the Boy Scouts (d. 1941)(husband of Lady Olave Baden-Powell)
1889 - Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English Chief Girl Guide (d. 1977) (wife of Robert Baden-Powell)
1892 - Edna St. Vincent Millay, American writer (d. 1950)
1918 - Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer.
1921 - Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
1932 - Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
1934 - Sparky Anderson, baseball manager
1950 - Julius Erving, American basketball player
1952 - Bill Frist, American politician
1962 - Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist and televison personality (Criekie!!)
1963 - Vijay Singh, Fiji golfer


Notable Deaths
1512 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian merchant and explorer (b. 1454)
1875 - Sir Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (b. 1797)
1890 - John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (b. 1822)
1943 - Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1918)
1943 - Sophie Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1921)
1968 - Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904) (Quote: "Well, back to the old drawing board.")
2002 - Chuck Jones, American animator (b. 1912) ( "Ehhh... What's up Doc?" )



People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
--Albert Einstein in a letter to Otto Juliusburger

les O'fieldstream



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