Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing in the equality of men—but his place as the “Father of American Cryptography” is not one of them. As a youth in the Virginia colony, Jefferson encrypted letters to a confidante about the woman he loved. While serving as the third president of the newly formed United States, he tried to institute an impossibly difficult cipher for communications about the Louisiana Purchase. He even designed an intricate mechanical system for coding text that was more than a century ahead of its time. Cryptography was no parlor game for the idle classes, but a serious business for revolutionary-era statesmen who, like today’s politicians and spies, needed to conduct their business using secure messaging. Codes and ciphers involving rearranged letters, number substitutions, and other now-quaint methods were the WhatsApp, Signal, and PGP keys of the era.
Aside from a door stop or a hand me down to someone who'll use it like a dumb phone, what are your suggested uses for this phone? A music player (if the songs are on an SD card)? Games? As far as phones go, I have what I need, so for this, anything it's good for?
Calls for lynching Equifax will not help citizens any, and the corporations will continue to raid and pillage our identities. Expecting these agencies to just "be better" is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.
Not only prolific in his own right, he also often pair with Larry Niven ( and occasionally Stephen Barnes ) to create some great award winning science fiction. He was also helped promote the microcomputer revolution, writing one of the most popular computer columns for Byte magazine, Chaos Manor
His passing is a great loss.