Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

On November 15, 2013, I finished Walter Isaacson's book, Steve Jobs, founder, chairman, and former CEO of Apple Inc. What an awesome book, published in 2011 before Job’s death.

All I can say is “What a life. What a man.”

Isaacson’s book speaks loudly to me. It says that all great men are peculiarly conscious of their debt to their fellow man and society at large.

I believe the story of Job’s life has touched me in ways that no other has in a long time.

For more information on Steve Jobs, click here.

About the Author

Allan B. Colombo is a technical writer and trade journalist in the life safety and physical security markets. Colombo also is owner of Tpromo.com. Tpromo offers affordable web designs and hosting for businesses, Institutions, and Individuals in support of products, people, and ideas.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Voluntary Use of Personal Information

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In was in the early 1990s when Walgreens introduced its Advantage Card. The advantage card was not unlike most courtesy cards in use at the time. Where it differed was in its use of information collected by shoppers using it.

When you signed up, you agreed to allow Walgreens to utilize any information they got with third parties. Third parties are entities such as their product vendors, insurance companies, government--whomever wanted or needed it.

At the time, my wife and I began to debate the issues regarding privacy with regards to these new cards. Because of my strong belief in individual privacy, I made the decision, as a family, that we would no longer use this card, even though we could use the 4% savings that it offered. This was, in fact, her argument at the time, that we really could use this 4% savings.

I said no--double no.

Now, here we are--even myself, two decades later. None of us think twice about using these cards in conjunction with our credit cards, debit accounts, and other forms of identification. Do we get something in return for allowing these vendors to collect this information on our buying habits? Yes, we do--you know we do. In many cases we get points, which lead to monetary savings or free stuff. In the case of Pilot, we get a lower price on gasoline at the pump.

We know what we've gained, but do we know what we give up every time we use these cards?

So far as the MyRewards program, sponsored by the Pilot/Flying J group, which can be found on most any Interstate Highway, the following condition should be of interest:

By registering in the My Rewards Program, you hereby consent to PFJ and its affiliates’ collection and use of your information in connection with the My Rewards Program.
The key point is, once you have signed on, this company legally has the right to use your information in whatever way they deem fit. In my next blog report, we will talk about the ways in which your personal information is being used, without your knowledge.

If you have some thoughts to add to this or the next blog post, please send it along to blogger@tpromo.com.

Thank you
Al Colombo


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Judge Napolitano On NSA Spying

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The NSA has always been one step ahead technologically. This is not new, it's been going on for a long time. Most of us who have been yacking about it were usually looked on as conspiracy nuts. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and the general public is now aware.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden Reveals His Motivication for Disclosing NSA's Domestic Intelligence Gathering Efforts

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Recently it has come to light that Uncle Sam is creating an audit trail of all communications in and outside of the United States.

Surprisingly, everyone acts as though this is the first time that Uncle has monitored the population's electronic communications en masse. The fact is, back in the 1990s, we learned of a SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) program called Echelon that essentially did the same thing, only using another nation's intelligence officers to do the spying.

US CIA leaker Edward Snowden, an infrastructure analyst for CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), offers some thoughts as to why a young man with so much to lose still chooses to disclose what NSA (National Security Agency) is doing by way of massive monitoring of domestic communications.

Snowden says that his worst fear is that even after disclosure, the American public will do nothing to change things--that everything will continue on as if he hadn't made this huge sacrifice. Honestly, his career is over, perhaps his very life. And yet most of us in this nation have no idea as to what the implications is of the information that Snowden has given us. Worst yet, most of us don't even know this young man's name and most of us don't even care about what he has told us.

In time, more Snowden's are going to surface, especially as NSA becomes even more power hungry and intrusive in their intelligence gathering practices.

If you are one of those people who could give a rat's rear as to what Snowden has chosen to share with the world, despite the life-changing nature of the information he's leaked, then you need to look in the mirror. You need to give some serious thought to who you are, what you are, and what you have become.


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Al Colombo is a former trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 28-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Enemy Inside the Gate

It was in 1992, while listening to a speech given by then presidential hopeful Bill Clinton, that I found myself on an alternate path. Bill said, in essence, "If I and Al Gore are elected, we will eliminate the Constitution... it was a radical experiment that has outlived its time."

From my early youth to the age of 42 I was a socialist. It was in 1958 that I built my first shortwave radio. It was then that I began listening to Radio Moscow, Radio Havana Cuba, and other radio stations in Communist countries. At the age of 14 or 15 I began sending letters to Moscow.

After a life time of dislike for Capitalism, I suddenly came face to face with a Communist in our government who was about to become president of this country. I told my wife that Clinton is a comrade and that if elected he would turn our government upside down, which he did.

The turning point came for me later that evening when I, in the quietness of my own home, sat down and read the U.S. Constitution. This was probably the first time in my life that I seriously read it. What I found blew me away. As I told my wife, "I was duped."

My words to her were essentially this, "This document has protected this nation from subjugation by a foreign power for more than 200 years."

That was it for me. I became a Capitalist in a few minutes. Well, actually, I had already embraced Capitalism even as a Socialist by virtue of the business I once ran and the system I was involved with. At the time, in 1992, I was a trade journalist living and working in the Chicago suburbs. Now, I made it official.

When Clinton won the election in November of that year, I put a sign on my cube wall that said, "In Mourning." When management discovered that it was not a death that I was in mourning over, they ordered me to remove the sign or face the consequences.

So, because of my past involvement with Socialism and Communism, perhaps I have a unique perspective on the unique mindset of a leftist. Today, I see very little difference in what President Obama represents and the precepts and ideology of the Communists I listened to so many years ago on the shortwave radio. In a word, our enemy is inside the gates of our government and those of you who hail from the left do not know what you've managed to do by helping get his elected and by your current support.

If you should have any questions regarding this issue or any other, feel free to reach out and connect with me. You can do that by sending me an email at blogger@tpromo.com.


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Banker's Conspiracy Which Started the World Crisis

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Those who have followed my work over the last 25 years know that I've been warning the public of a plan involving the International Bankers, a plan that will end in the U.S. Dollar (USD) becoming merely a notation in future world history.

Up until recently, my assessment of the situation has been based on research involving the Int'l Banking community, current events, and laws passed since 1900. I have listened with great interest as China has made it known that they intend for their own currency to become the generally preferred global currency in place of the USD. And to be honest with you, in the 1990s and early 2000s I received plenty of information from intelligence sources across the spectrum that point to a significant economic collapse on a global basis, all because of an out-of-control Int'l banking community hell bent on creating a single, global central bank, complete with its own one-world currency.

Several days ago I discovered a book, called The Bankers' Conspiracy, which started the world crisis, by Arthur Kitson, published in 1933. You need to read or listen to this book on audio tape. I am providing both below:

Click on the image above to view and read this book, or listen to an audio rendering of the book (below).

Arthur Kitson -- The Bankers' Conspiracy! Which Started the World Crisis (1933), Posted to YouTube by Tim Hayes.

Added 11/10/20: On Hayes' YouTube rendering of the above audio recitation, here's a short word of wisdom, and I mean utter brilliant wisdom: 

Kitson: "Money is not international, and the attempt to make it so is part of a deep-laid plot on the part of certain international financiers to control the world politically, industrially, and financially, by means of the Bank of International Settlements established recently at Bale.

"If this Conference results in the adoption of an International Money system, the masses of mankind will be enslaved to a soulless despotism, and it will result in further wars. It will compel the workers of all countries to engage in a sordid, cut-throat wage competition, which will reduce them all to the lowest level of bare existence! The World will then be engaged in a life and death scramble for money! The only alternative to this will be raising the world's tariff barriers!"

This is, in fact, directly attributable to the COVID-19 narrative that we now have before us! --Al Colombo


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Al Colombo is a trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 30-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Facebook: Intel Gathering Effort or Social Network

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Please allow me to make a comment regarding Facebook's "Friending" pollicy

First, I want to say that it sucks. They want you to ONLY friend people you REALLY know. Second, this brings me to the issue of what a social website is. I would think a social website is intended to support current friends, to make new friends, and to introduce your current friends to your new friends.

Third, I have suspected for some time that Facebook (FB) is operated in part with money supplied by either our government or by a quasi-governmental agency, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). I mention this because FB's social policy sounds more like the government wanting to create a matrix of our associations than a social website.

As a former System Operator (SysOp) on the Compuserve network, I can tell you emphatically that these networks allow government agents to access every nook and cranny of the public portion of the network. So keep all of this in mind when you place personal information on your FB Wall. Just warning you...


There's something about a woman
with a really big gun!!


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About the Author

Al Colombo is a former trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 28-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crime Prevention Begins at the Front Door

I have always been big on crime prevention, especially since my father's home was broken into back in the early 1970s. That prompted he and I to install a home-brew alarm system consisting of relays, surface magnetic door switches, foil tape on his windows with butterfly transition devices, and Amprite delay devices to provide an entry/exit delay (that sure took me back a ways).

Here's the deal, crime prevention should be part of everyone's life. Every single day good people are victimized by bad guys. In most cases the victim was not aware of things going on around him/her. Because they did not practice situational awareness, they failed to see it coming.

One of the most common areas where victimization occurs is in the home. More and more we're hearing in the news of home invasions where the homeowner(s) is there when a criminal act take place. In a good number of them the homeowner him/herself unlocked and opened the door, thus allowing a bad guy to push his way into the home.

The lives of two children, ages 4 and 7, were threatened Tuesday night when four people entered a man’s apartment and told him they would shoot his children if he didn’t give them money. (read more)

You can greatly reduce your risk by simply NOT unlocking and opening the door to a caller. Instead, verify who they are and what they want before incurring a risk. One way to do this is to install a through-the-door peephole lens through which you can see people on the other side.

In most instances you can talk back and forth through the door to find out what they want. If this is not efficient, then have a small two-station, battery-operated intercom installed. They can actually be installed back to back when they are surfaced on the outside and inside walls. If feedback is an issue, install a thin piece of foam or rubber insulation on the backside of each unit to minimize the problem.

Not all home invasions happen as a due course of unlocking and opening a door.

Berndt Anderson, 63, was awakened around midnight by a man rummaging in his bedroom at 130 Arbor Drive, according to a police report. Anderson told police that he chased the man out, but was confronted by two other men in the house -- one who appeared to have a gun.(read more)

In this case it's wise to install a burglar alarm system covering at least your doors. If you are concerned enough and you have the money, include the windows. This will help to frighten off would-be criminals once the alarm sounds. You might also consider installing a single-cylinder deadbolt lock on your bedroom door so if someone does proceed to enter once the alarm sounds, you can minimize your risk and maximize your chances of successful police response by locking your door.

Although there is no sure way to stop a determined criminal from getting into your home, you can slow him down and maximize your chances of survival in an assortment of ways.


About the Author

Al Colombo is a former trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 28-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.