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Monthly archive for May 2016

11 things you might want to stop doing or delete from your Facebook profile to protect your privacy

11 things you might want to stop doing or delete from your Facebook profile to protect your privacy

Facebook ‘s latest announcement has left many confused and worried about their privacy – if you’re one of them here’s what you should do.

The social media site said this week it is going to start pushing ads to every single person who uses third-party sites signed up to its advertising scheme.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/11-things-you-might-want-8083093

Beware Facebook’s cultural echo chamber

The challenge we face from the Facebook revolution is formidable. Each one of us needs to take more individual responsibility and carefully evaluate the sources and accuracy of the news we consume. We must be aware of the limitations of Facebook, as well as other media, and seek out additional sources for news and information in order to make sure that we get a well-rounded view of what is happening in the world. We must always keep in mind that the world is vast and complicated.

An interesting and on-point commentary about the ego-syntonic environment of Facebook.

http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/beware_facebooks_cultural_echo_chamber_commentary.html

Days like this remind me how lucky I am to live in the tropics

Days like this remind me how lucky I am to live in the tropics

Today's weather

Days like this remind me how lucky I am to live in the tropics

Jack is literally laying by the pool

Jack is literally laying by the pool

Jack laying by the pool

Jack. Literally laying by the pool.

New Olympic Sport

Drunk Zippo flint replacement.

Purple Go Gopher!

Purple Go Gopher!

 

Purple Go Gopher

A coworker got me a PURPLE Go Gopher!

The mascot for one of the programming languages we use (Go) is a gopher.

Hotels come with strange amenities now

Hotels come with strange amenities now

Swimming poo

Hotels come with strange amenities now.

One of our Gardenias

One of our Gardenias

Gardenia

One of our Gardenias in our garden ?

I am not a product

I am not a product

Warning: Extremely geeky post follows:

Today, most people have their digital life stored on online servers from various companies. Think Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Instagram and many others. You uploaded your pictures, your music, your daily ramblings, happy and sad thoughts. You use these services to share with others, to send and receive emails, store address books, play music and video, have your files available on any device you want. All great features, no doubt! When your phone breaks, just having to log in to the new one to find all your pictures, contacts and other settings is an amazing and reassuring capability brought by these services, often (perhaps incorrectly) called ‘the cloud’.

But you might wonder: “Where is this data? Who has access to it?[1]

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5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

Everything you look at, click, like and so on is recorded by Facebook and tied to your user profile. As a result, the site learns more and more about you in order to serve you ads that you’re most likely to click. Your profile also plays a big role as well, and there’s a great deal of personal information Facebook asks for in order to learn more about you. This info often does little or nothing to enhance your user experience though, so you might be better off omitting it.

5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share

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