The Snnyc Blog had a good year in 2013. Visitors like you landed here 21,362 times, coming from 134 countries on 6 continents. Traffic was up 373% percent over that of the previous year. Google Analytics reported incoming visits from all of the networks listed in the illustration above, and thousands more. So, thank you for making this occasional endeavor the rewarding pursuit that it is.
For technology professionals, constitutionalists and civil libertarians, 2013 will likely forever be remembered as the year of Edward J. Snowden. While some may have instinctively known it before, Snowden finally made us all face the harsh reality that the US government and others have the means and the motive to monitor just about any electronic communications anywhere. We learned that President Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Senator Dianne Feinstein and others are willing to intentionally mislead the American people about it. And we learned that many elected representatives in both parties don’t care much for the spirit of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. As a legal matter, it’s far from settled, of course. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon recently called it, “almost Orwellian”, and likely unconstitutional, while days later, U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled it lawful. And now there’s something of a shadow over the US cloud computing, social media and mobile industries, with potentially billions of dollars in revenue at stake. At least we’re not ditching our iPhones en masse and moving to cabins in Montana.
For starters, I hope to do a couple of substantive product reviews this winter. I have it on good authority that a second-generation iFusion SmartStation compatible with the iPhone 5/5s/5c should finally be out soon. I’ve been living with an iPhone 4 that’s well past its prime so that I could keep using my first-generation iFusion SmartStation at the office. Meanwhile, I just put in an order for a product that takes a different approach to a desktop handset experience for your mobile phone, the BlueSIM Bluetooth Desktop Phone. While more expensive than an iFusion, it should sync with every smartphone out there.
There are also a couple of personal documentation projects that I’d like to work on when time allows. The first is to share how to implement end-to-end encrypted e-mail on mobile devices and popular desktop platforms, one at a time. Whether or not programs such as DROPOUTJEEP have hacked all our devices, I’d still love to see end-to-end encrypted e-mail become the norm and not the exception. At least among the can-do tech crowd. It’s not necessarily as hard as it might sound.
As for resolutions in the new year, I resolve to do more writing about technology, and less writing about writing. So here’s to a successful 2014 for all of us. Happy New Year.