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Monday, 16 May 2016

No Chrome For Me

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:05 PM (18:05)

Way back when, say, around December, 2008, I downloaded and installed Google Chrome. At the time I first tried it, I was also having connectivity problems. Which, if you’re a Chrome user, is a big problem, because Chrome needs to connect to Google’s servers to actually, you know, function at all. When I got nowhere with it, I decided “that’s enough for me.”

Side note: This is a big reason I have no interest in buying a Chromebook, as the Chromebook also requires a connection to the Google servers. Sometimes I need to do things at home. And I prefer to store my files at home, where I know where they are — “store it on the cloud” is just a fancy way to say “trust ME with your files . . .”

Fast-forward seven years and change . . .

Today I was halfway across Albuquerque, and opened Chrome on my new phone (an LG K7) to check for Pizza 9 locations near me. I typed in “pizza9.com,” and instead of just taking me to that site, Chrome bounced me over to btnactive.net, then something else, finally ending up on pizzahut.com

Mind you, this is the FIRST TIME I’ve launched Chrome on this phone or any other device or system, since 2008.

And it’s also a brand-new phone — I purchased it on Friday at about 5:45 PM, and haven’t used it much.

So I installed Mozilla Firefox instead.

In a way, it’s sort of good that this happened, as about three hours later, I found out that my debit account had been hacked . . .


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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fooling Google and Facebook a Bit

Filed under: Humor, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:34 PM (19:34)

After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:

2015-11-15-182044-ss-gmail-google-login

Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:

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Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.

So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?

For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.

After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —

The costs of this?

  1. Linux Mint 17.216.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
  2. A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
  3. A few mouse clicks here and there . . .

. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 21 January 2008

Old Media vs. New

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Media, Networking, Philosophy, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:25 AM (01:25)

Following the current trends of internet growth, it looks like we’re about to see an explosion of creativity from the world’s population in the coming years.

Back in 2001, I made the prediction on the Smith-2004 list that television programming would start moving to the internet. One of the other list members told me that I was full of shit, as there was no way for the service providers to charge for advertising. (Look to the porn sites to see the future of the internet.) I predicted that it would start happening within ten years.

My detractor in this case was wrong in that it’s happening, and in a quicker time frame than I supposed back then. I cite YouTube and Google Video as examples.

The interesting thing about this is that it’s not only the Old Media types — the TV networks, newspapers, radio stations and publishing houses — that can get in on this gig. Anyone who has an internet connection and a bit of technical savvy can play on the field. True, the established media has a leg up on the newcomers in terms of capital, equipment, experience and track record, but that will carry them only so far. Knowing that, they’re looking to stake their ground in the New Media, as well as looking to co-opt any newcomers by incorporating them into the Old Media.

The upshot here is that, again, anyone can have a website or blog, and quite a few people do. The downside is that, as the number of content creators increases, their market share declines. Back in 1990, Dark Horse Comics released their Aliens line. One of the things that writer Mark Verheiden (now a producer on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series) predicted was a cable or satellite TV market with 10,000 channels, and each channel measured its market share in the teens.

Another aspect of this is that it’s now possible for every little religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, philosophical and political subgroup to have some sort of presence on the web, forming “cybernations” and networks. Of course, the Powers-That-Be will oppose this, saying that “it will undermine the traditional framework of society.” If it does, so what? Societies are composed of individuals first and foremost, and any social trend or movement that puts the group above the individual members that comprise it will in the end become just another excuse for tyranny.

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