How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982


A very interesting article by Kevin Limonier and published by on the history of the internet from within the Soviet Union.  It is difficult for most of us to relate to the political challenges and dangers encountered in those early days.

Here is a small quote from the article, “Neither the fact that the computer room was surrounded by military guards, nor the fact that Klyosov was forbidden from going abroad had any influence. We can imagine how the situation created by this single connected Soviet computer and its only user might seem paradoxical. Just remember that the Soviet Union in the early 1980s remained a heavily cloistered state, with the authorities attempting at all costs to stop the transfer to the West of any kind of “dissident” cultural products (samizdat publications among them). In such a context, Klyosov’s case was truly exceptional.”

How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982

Data Breaches in Healthcare

The healthcare industry has seen an alarming rise in the number of data breeches over the past many years.  A number of reasons have been cited from the relatively unsophisticated security used to protect health data to the much higher street value of health records as compared to credit card numbers.

This infographic created by DataMotion illustrates a brief history of security data breaches in healthcare and how they have increased over time


Christmas in a Word

Christmas is many things to many people.  Sales, profits, gifts, family, food, tradition…

Christmas for me can be summed up in one word, love.  The love of a Heavenly Father that sent us the gift of hope and life through his Son.  The love of my wife, who I married on Christmas eve thirty-three years ago.  The love of our two children, who I also ‘married’ as a package deal on that Christmas eve.  The love of our four grandchildren and countless other family and friends.  The anticipation, tradition and giving of gifts is wonderful but in the end it is love that matters most and I want for nothing else.

May you have a blessed and loving Christmas.

Evil will not Prevail

I saw this young man interviewed on the news the day after the Paris attacks.  His name is Antoine Leiris, a Parisian whose wife was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday.  His touching message served as a reminder to me that hate driven fear mongering is only effective if we allow it to be.  I was inspired enough by what he had to say that I searched out his letter to share.


Friday night, you took an exceptional life — the love of my life, the mother of my son — but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God, for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart.

So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.

I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago. Of course I am devastated by this pain, I give you this little victory, but the pain will be short-lived. I know that she will be with us every day and that we will find ourselves again in this paradise of free love to which you have no access.

We are just two, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies in the world. I don’t have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.