Privacy Resources

Here are some links for further information:

  • The Privacy Foundation exists to publicize threats to personal privacy.
  • Steve Gibson (who wrote the SpinRite utility) offers Shields UP, which tests your vulnerability from the web. He also offers OptOut, a free utility to let you know when one of your programs is surreptitiously spying on you.
  • The Privacy Forum provides some websites and news reports of interest.
  • I find the Computer Risks Digest extremely interesting. It contains discussions on all types of risks in computer systems, including privacy.
These resources are all pretty old. The problems with malware on the internet has only gotten worse, and this page hasn't kept up to date.
Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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