After almost exactly a month, my CrashPlan backup of 500GB has finally finished. At long last I can unplug my external drive. Phew…

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Watching the election results live at the Edinburgh Castle Bar in san Francisco, nail biting stuff, come on Scotland, do the right thing…

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Fear Friends, unexpectedly looking for a place to stay in or around San Francisco tomorrow. Would you like to host me for a few days? :-)

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Alright, caught a ride with a Lift driver, we have arrived at our lift, and we're ready to sleep. Early departure tomorrow… :-)

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Stuck in Emeryville, somebody on the BART track, missed our Amtrak to Sacramento to catch our ride tomorrow 4am. Anyone able to help?

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The journey has begun, at the airport now, Chicago next stop, then San Francisco this afternoon, and off to Burning Man tomorrow… :-)

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Pierre from Amazon Customer Service is rocking my world today. Just upgraded me to overnight shipping so I get the order before Burning Man!

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Whoops, we had the wrong Biberach set in the GPS, small detour towards Zurich before we realised, oh well, we'll get there… :-)

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Yeehaa Burning Man. Just placed all my orders, including a GoPro Hero3+ Silver, 2 batteries, 2 SD cards. It's gonna be glorious! :-)

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Experiments with anonymous email

We recently received a letter from a German lawyer alleging a copyright violation. Time to say auf wiedersehen to internet surveillance and censorship! :-)

Many VPN providers accept payment with bitcoin. Some have zero log retention policies. Current front runner is ironsocket. But they all need an email address. So, how to get a reasonably anonymous email address?

I first tried Hushmail. Free signup, easy. But, I need to login every 3 weeks or my account is suspended, and the only way to get it back is to upgrade and pay $35/year. Too expensive.

Second step was MailFence. They need an existing email to verify my account, but they accepted my hushmail address, and maybe they’d accept a mailinator address. Account is free, doesn’t appear to expire, but doesn’t support POP / IMAP.

How to use it?

I’m wondering how far to go. I could create clean email addresses via tor, pay for a VPN with bitcoin, and in theory, have an untraceable VPN account. However, every time I connect, my originating IP would be visible, and so I’d be easily trackable. Given all of that, maybe a totally clean email address is overkill. There’s also the anonymity of the bitcoins to think about…

Privacy

Flights cancelled and rebooked. Orbitz didn't mention the $6.99 cancellation fee, but I'll survive. SFO 22 Aug, NYC 23 Sep, BER 30 Sep. :-)

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Flights bought and paid for. Burning Man here I come! San Fancisco 22 Aug, New York 25 Sept, Berlin 30 Sept. Bring it on… :-D

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