Showing posts with label Allan Colombo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Allan Colombo. Show all posts

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some Insights Into Who I Am, Really

Do any of us truly know who we are? I think not.
But here's some additional info on who Al Colombo is.

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' My name is Al Colombo and I'm officially a trade journalist and copywriter in the physical security and life safety markets. This WebLog, however, has very little to do with security.

What it has more to do with is a hidden life led right under the noses of many professional colleagues, some of which may have suspected that there was something different about me but could never quite put a finger on it.

I did, however, reveal myself to a select few along the way. Those individuals definitely knew there was something different. Many of them were converted into believers while others probably shook their heads and never looked back. Either way, I'm good, as I've come to realize that this stuff is not for everyone. Some of us simply prefer to live our lives oblivious to the details. Not I! I need to know as it's in my nature.

Because you'll learn enough about me by way of my writings on this blog, I'll proceed by telling you about my public life. I own a digital promotional company based in Ohio called Thunder Promotions (TpromoCom). I've owned and operated it in parallel with my writing career since 1995. One of my passions is website design, and it will continue to be into the future.

As a writer, I began writing technical copy for technical magazines in 1986 and I've been writing in print and online publications ever since. I officially retired in 2015, and now I work full time on my own business.

To read the rest of the story, I've included the above plus some additional personal information. For those of you who have known me for years, this additional information will actually fill in a few gaps where it comes to specific incidents in my life where I seemed to have foreknowledge.

For others whom I have counseled as a close friend (as you have I), it will explain the reason why you often tell others things like, "he's always been ahead of the curve," or "he's been right 90 percent of the time," where it came to my insights regarding the path you should take. I'll leave it at that, but part 3 of the OBE story is yet to come. I will write when the time is right.

--Al Colombo


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

US to Pull Out of ICANN

Recent news reports concerning ICANN has
caused concerns among Internet-free activists.

According to Wall Street Journal technology reporter Gauthem Nagesh, the Obama administration’s move to divorce the United States from ICAN oversight is, in part, related to the damning revelations resulting from the Edward Snowden NSA disclosures.

“The U.S. position and that of its allies is that the Internet should be free and open and the government shouldn't interfere with it. That position has been undermined by the wrath of disclosures regarding surveillance from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. And China and Russia, who have always pushed for a more hands-on, top-down approach to the Internet that some people would label as censorship. Well, that approach has gained traction because while the U.S. has been loudly decrying this, they've also been doing a lot of stuff that people don't feel corresponds with the idea of Internet freedom,” says Nagesh (http://n.pr/1gJ3Y4N).

In an editorial penned 28 DEC 2003 (http://bit.ly/1mmEoe0), I voiced concern at that time regarding the issue of Internet freedom. The recent move by the Obama administration to divorce the US from their current oversight role should give us all concern, especially now.

Why is it so important for the Internet to remain truly free? Because there are governments, organizations, and Elitists who want to regulate it in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes, none of which are good. Although at some point in our nation’s history I would argue that the withdrawal of our government oversight is bad for a free and independent Internet, I’m not so sure that this applies today. This is because there are those in our own government who would have more regulation and government control.

Some of the ways that more control can harm us includes:

  • Censorship of the press
  • Intelligence gathering programs on individuals and organizations
  • Elimination of domain name use by individuals and organizations who dare to speak out against certain individuals in government and elsewhere in society
  • Harassment by government hacks
  • and others

One of the fears that this writer has, with regards to the withdrawal of U.S. oversight, is that socialistic and communistic nations, such as Russia and China, will eventually wrangle control of ICANN. There are many news accounts over the past few years regarding China’s effort to censor what the Chinese people read on the Internet.

One of the foremost examples involves Google Search. “Every big American Internet company is angling for the same thing, more or less: global domination. But the one country where they have the most potential for growth also has some of the most entrenched competition and thorniest human rights issues. The battle for China’s 618 million Internet users is fraught with moral and logistical problems that have sent Twitter, Facebook and Google all packing in recent years. Now LinkedIn is making an aggressive play to enter the People’s Republic, but questions remain about just what kind of sacrifices the company will have to make to please the country’s government,” says Victor Luckerson (@VLuck, http://ti.me/Q0NVdy).

There is no crystal ball that will allow us to peer into the future-a future without the U.S. in a watchdog position in ICANN. But if the United Nations can be held up as an example of what can and will happen once this divorce is final, then we already know the answer to our concerns. -30-

About the Author:
Allan B. Colombo is a trade journalist and technical writer in the life-safety and physical security markets. His work in this venue over the past 28 years is well known across the globe. Colombo also is the publisher and administrator of www.GiantKilles.Org from 1995 through 2005. For more information, go to www.AlColombo.net. To contact him, call 330-956-9003 or email him at abc@alcolombo.us.


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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.

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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.

Copyright©2013/Allan B. Colombo
www.alcolombo.us / al_colombo@hotmail.com
(Permission is given to republish blog posts providing
my contact information and copyright notice are included.)