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caution-internetInternet should come with a warning label. Every time you open up a browser you should get a reminder of the risks with internet.
I am not against internet, on the contrary I am very dependent of it. But it is not a calm sea where seahorses bobbing around. If you don’t know what you are doing you may get, or get someone else, into serious trouble.
We use to say internet have made the world smaller, in reality it has made the world much larger. Not so long ago all we had to care about was the dangers in our block, neighborhood or city, today a perpetrator can sit on another continent only equipped with a smartphone.

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I am finally back online. With time flying by, life changes and plans are renewed my old blog was not up-to-date and somewhat limited in content.
Now with a strong comeback and a brand new web presence danfreed.se with an improved and updated photogallery, photography.danfreed.se, I am ready to meet new challenges, present my work and write of my adventures when travel and in life. I suspect there will be some stories about my new upcoming challenge – Fatherhood.

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It’s great to just disappear, grab a suitcase, switch the answering machine on and just go somewhere else. ~Dido

The last few days I have been paranoid. Saturday I saw a documentary about a man trying to disappear for a month. Showing all the ways we leave traces behind us. Nowadays mostly digital. Everything we do is saved somewhere, by governments, by banks and other private companies. Think ebay, Amazon, insurance companies. Even your grocery stores membership award program, what did you eat May 7 2009?

Later that night I stumbled across a site asking the question; Which check-in application (ie, gowalla, foursquare, facebook places etc.) do you recommend?
A CEO for a larger Internet company, which because of the current subject will remain unnamed, answered; “I don’t use location applications because I don’t want my whereabouts at a specific time will be saved online in a searchable format. For the same reason I don’t use cards to pay amounts below 500 dollars.”

Personally I don’t use check-ins either, people don’t need to know where I am all the time, and I don’t feel the need to broadcast I am not home to potential thieves. On the other hand if someone would like to wack me they just need to hang around my local coffee place and they don’t have to wait long for me to show up.
What I am doing is keeping in touch with friends and tell people what I am doing on facebook when traveling. And I always use cards to pay with when possible.
Does that really matter? Probably not, as long as you go on living your life not breaking any laws.

What if you would like yo disappear? The reason is up to you, but is that even possible today? And the fact that I am writing this post, does that put me on an alert list somewhere?
The man in the documentary Erasing David, David Bond had a 7 months pregnant wife which made things more difficult. But if you don’t have a family and no strong ties, is it possible?

I had my escape plan ready ages ago. For many years I traveled on a passport without social security number. For a short period I was even stateless, after what has to be the fastest legislation in Scandinavia that was taken care of and I got my country back. Somewhere out there it is a Lex Daniel printed.

Then some people crashed a plane into a building which led to more restricted air travel, so that didn’t pass anymore. Now I have to travel as everybody else; registered, finger scanned and photographed when passing through security.
I wouldn’t even know where to start. Of course no facebook, no twitter. Preferable no computer at all. No credit cards, no mobile. Avoid contact with old friends.
In a tent camp in Africa or a cave in Asia you probably make it, but if you want to stay in, at least, the semi-modern part of the world. Can you disappear?

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I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind! ~Unkown

Two colleagues bought Iphones last week. Good for them, but at the same time productivity dropped with 80 percent. Coincidence? I don’t know. But every time I pass their office, at lunch breaks or at a short coffee break I see their new love in their hands.
It raises the question are smartphones that smart for companies? If you have traveling personnel, like the sales department or people in leading positions constantly going to meetings no doubt it is good. But office staff whose work tool is a computer, what do they need a smart phone for?
If I need to check something on internet I use the computer and even if I feel the urge to do something not work related like check my personal mail I log in to my webmail server using the computer. Only leaves the smart phone as a toy, download funny apps to play around with.

This is not a crusade against Iphone or other smart phones. I am a tech geek and I have my android device but between sitting by a computer all day and at home I usually have a laptop running I really don’t see the need to be connected on my way to and from work. If someone wants to reach me in a hurry they can call me, and you don’t need a smart phone to receive calls.

Would be interesting to see some research of work productivity before and after Iphone.

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“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history
– with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila”

I was going to write something about the latest wikileaks and the impact it has, but it feels like a subject that has been written about enough.
Lets go geek instead, being voluntarily snowed in this weekend I took a chance to really geek out. I updated my blog, quite a lot actually but no one will probably see it.
Talked with a friend about this, putting down hours to make something better, easier, nicer or maybe just more user friendly and then no one recognize the good job you did, how fun is that? “You mean they are not the geek you are?,” was the answer. Well, I can’t argue with that.
Late last night after a few drinks I asked another friend what she thought about the my new ideas. Of course she had some opinions, actually pretty good. But it took me another 2 hours today to get it right.
Just to go trough the process, I have a local blog copy I use to play around with, checking color, fonts, space, everything. When I get where I want I have another local carbon copy I rewrite for a last check so I don’t miss anything or get something with me I don’t want. From this copy I upload to my blog server. I do put some time and energy in the appearance.
Tonight, logging in to the admin panel, I see wordpress have an upgrade. Having changed that much, not only in my theme, also in the generic wordpress templates and files I couldn’t use the automatic update.
What to do? Download the new version, upgrade my carbon copy, make all the changes again and upload to the server.
I have surfed around checking pages and they all look good, but if you see something strange, please let me now. Either it is with purpose or I have missed something in the update or/and upgrade

Have a nice week!

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Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Yesterday was not a good day with the trademark winter weather in south Sweden. Snow-mixed rain that froze through the bones. This time of year I always wish I could hibernate, sleep away a few months until the spring brings back the sun. There isn’t very much to do this season, everybody stay inside in various degrees of boredness.
It comes easy to dream away about spending the winter in Mexico.
I think this guy is on to something, I’m homeless and this is why I have an ipad. An Ipad and living the life he want. I have 3 laptops, an Android and one Sony Ericsson walkman, probably a couple of mp3 players as well. I should do pretty good as a permanent traveler.

In my first post I wrote about how I like Mexico and it gave me positive response from my Mexican friends. And some doubtful response from friends never been in Mexico. If you only know Mexico from the news I understand their doubt, all you read and hear is drug wars, gunfights, natural disasters, tropical storms and flooding.
Despite all that this friendly people still reach out a hand to help a visitor.
A few days ago I found my notes from my first trip to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and it woke some memories, while I was going through customs and trying to figure out how to get to the hotel, the first person I met outside the airport offered me a ride, and I hadn’t been on Mexican sole for more than 30 minutes.
Walking around in the city everybody I asked was eager to help me find my way, if they themselves didn’t know they just asked the next person on the street. Some even followed me and showed the way. A cynical friend said, “Sure, they help you if they can get something out of it”. So what? In Sweden they don’t help, just expect you to give them money anyway.
However I don’t care what other people think. I have seen enough of the world to now we all value different things. I always make sure to get my own opinion of places and people and is traveling with an open mind.

Keep your hat and winter coat on, it’s freezing outside

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