SciFi & Security

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Scott McGrew
I enjoy all of my assignments, but Thursday I had a real plum. I got to interview Ronald D. Moore, creator of Battlestar Galactica. This is one of my all time favorite TV shows.

I’m actually not much of a science fiction fan, but this new version of the old 70’s classic is fascinating. Rather than dwell on space battles, the show delves into politics, religion, social justice and ethics. It doesn’t take long before you realize the plot — a fight between humans and robotic Cylons — is an allegory of the fight between the Western world and Al-Qaeda. It’s not a show for kids. Check it out on the SciFi channel, Friday nights.

So it was great fun to interview the man who invented the whole series, because I could ask all the questions a fan wants to ask. I will of course run the interview at some point, but I’m also intending to learn about podcasting so I can post the whole interview in audio format — maybe create a series of downloadable interviews with interesting people. There are lots of interesting things we can do with this new blog.

Did you see this article about the loss of more than 190,000 financial records? I can’t fathom why people put sensitive records on easy-to-lose laptops without encrypting them first. So I’m making DesLock encryption software our “gadget of the week.” Download a free 60 day trial here. You put the software on any USB key and you can encrypt anything on your computer. Insert the USB key into the USB slot, and the data is unscrambled. Take the key out, and the data is rescrambled.

You might think you have nothing on your laptop that needs to be scrambled. But if your laptop were lost or stolen, are you sure you’d want those vacation pictures in the hands of a stranger? You know, the ones from Cozumel? Yes, those pictures.

I thought not.

Scott McGrew
NBC11 Business & Tech Reporter

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