Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Good News For Facebook Users) – Call me fuddy duddy, but I am not a Facebook fan, but I know the rest of the world is. I did not know this, but previously in Facebook after you posted something, you could not go back and edit the post. You had t to delete your post, lose all your likes and comments, and repost to edit something. This all will be changing… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (50 GBs Of Online Storage for FREE) – Take a look at Mega, which is currently in beta. I like the idea of the end-to-end encryption when you upload and download a file. May be a good service to use to store those unimportant files (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Change Or Correct The Timestamp Of Any File On Your System): NewFileTime gives you the ability to make quick corrections to the creation, last access and modification dates/times of the files or folders on their PC.  Very small (portable) app… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Very Unique Memory Card Holder): Yesterday I featured a memory card reader. Today it is a very unique card holder that will fit in your wallet (SEE BELOW)…

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Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon

@ TechCrunch

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Soon you’ll be able to edit all posts and comments from the web, Android, or iOS. To edit posts, you’ll be able to click the down arrow in the top right of one of your posts and select ‘Edit Post’ to change the text, then click “Done Editing”… READ MORE


Mega – Online File Storage and Sharing

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Get 50 GBs of storage…  Mega uses end-to-end encyption. Data uploaded is encrypted on the uploading device before it is sent out to the Internet, and data downloaded is decrypted only after it has arrived on the downloading device. The client machines are responsible for generating, exchanging and managing the encryption keys. No usable encryption keys ever leave the client computers (with the exception of RSA public keys)… SIGN UP HERE


Modify The Timestamp Of Files And Folders

NewFileTime

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NewFileTime is a small but effective tool that provides you easy access to corrections and manipulation of timestamp for any file and folder on your system.Several files and/or folders can be dispatched at the same time,add files simple via Drag and Drop or by import from a folder.In any case, it opens different ways to bring it quickly to do. You can make files proportionally younger or older, or targeted a specific time… GET IT HERE


DiMeCard-SD: SD + microSD Memory Card Holder (credit card size holder, writable label)

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Stores 2 full size SD cards or SD/microSD card adapters and 4 microSD cards or 6 microSD cards if SD/ microSD adapters (not supplied) are used. Durable memory card holder slips comfortably into wallet, purse or pocket. Store up to 768 Gigabytes depending on the size of your memory cards… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Here’s Why I Do Not Do Facebook…

March 6, 2012

Thought I would throw this article out there from MSNBC – The Redtape Chronicles , titled: Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.  READ MORE

The Red Tape Chronicles

I do carry a Facebook account; however, I do not do Facebook in the sense that other people do Facebook. I carry it for purposes of driving traffic to my blogs AND for purposes of seeing just how crazy people can get in revealing their lifestyles, behavior, likes/dislikes, locations, etc… With Facebook, and any of the social magnet sites, you are profiling yourself and revealing your soul in a manner that it can become a haunting.

This portion of the article (see below), especially caught my attention, due that this is the State I reside and I am very familiar with the State Government (having worked in a public safety capacity for State Government for over 31 years).

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.  READ MORE

Folks, I’ve been doing computers for years and have a great understanding on data storage and the internet.  I don’t care what these online services say that they will do to protect your information and privacy, it is all at risk. The information is potentially accessible from the service provider’s end and from your end.  Once it is out there, it is out there!

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The Facebook Addiction, Is it worth it?

October 15, 2010

I admit, I spend more time on the computer than the average person, but it is not on Facebook. There is just too much more to do other than to be consumed by the social antics of others and the raising of virtual animals and crops.

I had actually signed up for an account, early on, to explore the service and to share my blog articles, but it just did not connect with me. Please do not take offense, I’m just a computer guy that knows that there is a whole other world on the internet outside of Facebook and that a personal computer can do a whole lot more than raise virtual crops and animals at Farmville.

Facebook Addiction

I have come to the conclusion that most people now primarily use their computer, at home (and probably at work), to access Facebook so that they can communicate with their friends and become part of a real-world soap opera.

Some Facebook Facts
[Source: Facebook]

More than 500 million active users

50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day

Average user has 130 friends

People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)

Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events

Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month

More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.

I suppose sharing updates of events occurring in one’s life is important in a close family circle; however, when that sharing extends out to a virtual reality group of “so called” friends that continue to populate your social connection then I can see where it can become an actual addiction and a unsafe one at that. Your privacy and even your safety can be compromised, as a result. The more information you put out there, the higher the risk and the more overwhelming it can become to manage that information. Just remember that Facebook is a cloud based service that is managed (and controlled) on the internet level.  Once you put it out there, it is out there and there is no taking it back.

Like in real life, those virtual friends can turn on you in a heartbeat or will use information you post to spread gossip. For example, I was at work and an employee approached me about another employee, who is in a position of responsibility, and stated, “you should see how they are dressed on Facebook”. In another instance, an employee who should have been working was Facebooking.  What they forgot was that one of their connected friends was the boss.

Another thing to really think about, is that the information you are posting is like pieces to a puzzle. With enough pieces (about you), a profile is developed that is used for advertising purposes. Think about it…  How do you think Facebook makes their money?  It is through advertising. The information you are putting out there is being collected, behind the scenes, in one form or another, for advertising purposes.

Then there are the scammers, the spammers and the the malware that makes its’ rounds on Facebook.  Remember, where the people gather, the cybercriminal will prey.

To me, it is not worth all this…

It is not that I am anti-social, it is that I am concerned; especially for the younger generation being exposed to this type of social networking. They are being lead to believe it is Ok to tell all, when in fact telling it all and exposing ones’ inner self may not be for the best.

Maybe I am missing something here. I would love to here your comments about Facebook, pros and cons…

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TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger

August 18, 2009

These days the avenues of messaging and communicating with each other, on the computer, are many. There is instant messaging; messaging via the social networks; IRC (Internet Relay Chat); and email. What usually occurs is that we end up installing multiple messaging clients so that we can stay in the loop and end up slowing down our PC’s and internet connection, as a result.

There is a FREE solution and that solution is TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger. You install TrillianAstra and it will work with many of the messaging services that you have an account with.

TrillianAstra lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, managing contacts and real time status feeds efficiently.

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TriallianAstra is interoperable with any of the following instant messaging services:

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In addition (for Windows), TrillianAstra will work with:

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Consolidate all of your email inboxes into a single area of the contact list. Each item will show the amount of unread messages, sender information, and message snippets if available. Double click on any mail item to conveniently launch the inbox associated with that item.

TrillianAstra is full of features; over 400 features to be exact.  TrillianAstra is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, 7; Web ; and Tablet PC.  iPhone and Mac OS X are currently in development.

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Once It Is Out There, It Is Out There

August 2, 2009

I was thinking about the time I first accessed the internet, up to the present, AND was questioning myself; “What have I put out there?” Now, I am talking about anything and everything from emails, web accounts, web mail, online purchasing, online chatting, files, credit card numbers, etc… Actually, I try to be very careful of what I am doing; however, what little I have put out there, is out there AND there is no turning back. The little bit of information I have put out there is just enough that my identity and privacy could ultimately be breached.

Recently we all read in the news where the ESPN reporter was a victim of a peepster who posted shots of the reporter on the internet. I actually was chuckling when there were reports of trying to stop this transgression and get it back.  There is no getting it back… In this case, the internet takes over, and these shots were spinkling down on people’s PC’s like rain (a million drops a second). There is just no way to stop it and there is no way to get it back.

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It amazes me what people are putting out there on the social network sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. Remember, when the information you are posting is “all about you”, it could come back to haunt you years down the road. The younger generation, oblivious to privacy, is telling it all and exposing sensitive matters about themselves that would make a sailor blush.

Email is another interesting tool that we use that leaves a trail. My email sending policy, is to keep it short and never express my feelings about something or someone. Once you hit that send button, it rockets into cyberspace, which in essence can be infinity.  Email can remain on servers forever. To give you an example, when I retired, my email account (at a government agency) remained active for over 2 years until I demanded it be terminated.  Termination of the account took it out of the public’s view; however, my data and email correspondence was still there.

The purpose of this article is to heighten your awareness about your identity and privacy; AND to make you think about what information you are giving away about yourself. It is human nature to investigate and to be curious. With just knowing your name and your zip code, a person with bad intentions can get your address, a map to your house, a photo of your residence, your property tax records, and it goes on and on.

Are you out there?

Simply by using Google or Yahoo you can find an abundance of information by simply entering a person’s name; however, there are online services that specialize in deeper searches (see below). I encourage you to perform a search for your name, using these services. If you know of any other services, please leave a comment below.

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Geek Squeaks of the Week (#19)

July 15, 2009

The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community continues to produce tech articles that are comparable, in content, to commercial blog publications. It is an honor to be associated with such a great bunch of authors that produce and deliver information with the objective in mind of helping other people.  Reflected is a sampling of posts, created by these authors, from  the past week.

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TTC Shelbyville
U.K., not North Korea,
source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The Abbey Rose
Remove the Search Box

Technize
Software Wars – Microsoft’s Battle Ground

AKS-Feel The Change
Fusion of Google, Bing and Yahoo

Tech-for Everyone
A Great Resource For The Traveler

AllThatsNew
Tumblr Launches Community Submissions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spam and Botnets – Who’s Responsible?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiVirusPro

The Spyware Biz Blog
How secure is your password nowadays?

Carol’s Vault
Surf safer, faster and smarter with OpenDNS and WOT

Snakebytez
Free Network Drive Mapper

Crazy World of G
The Yellow Gun Project

Rarst.net
Easily cut and trim MP3 files with mp3DirectCut

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Use Revo Uninstaller
to terminate unresponsive processes

Plato on-line
What Not to put on Plastic

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Piyada’s World
Automatic transfer images from Camera
to Computer with WIA-Loader

Lifehacker
Microsoft Office 2010 in Videos

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A cloud based weather app with a social appeal…

May 3, 2009

This time of year at my location, the weather is normally in the low to mid 70’s and very pleasant; however, the past 2-(two) weeks we have experienced conditions from unseasonably hot weather (above 90 degrees) to very rainy weather. During unusual weather changes, such as this, I have come to rely on internet based weather services to monitor the conditions for severe weather. I have always had a fascination with computer software applications that have the ability to provide weather stats (and alerts) and give that feeling that you have your very own weather station.

iMapWeather.com

iMap Weather

A recent search for new weather applications on the internet led me to a FREE “cloud based” application called iMapWeather. This application is a Flash based application integrated with Google Maps API that uses radar; and reportedly some of the most sophisticated forecasting available. This weather application is the first I have experienced where weather information and user-generated (social) media features are wrapped in the same package. For example; after setting up an account with iMapWeather, you can share photos, videos, posts and events with other iMapWeather users.

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This app features enhanced mapping, with a realtime doppler radar data overlay, that is precisely localized down to the latitude and longitude with roadmap, satellite and terrain views. You can also zoom in (to house and street level) and zoom out (for a broader view); AND, go full screen to precisely track current conditions.  You can toggle “on and off”, the radar, current conditions, global lightning, and buoy ship data.

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iMap Screenshot

Other facts about iMapWeather:

  • iMapWeather’s “Hurricane” tab gives users the ability to track tropical systems, follow their projected paths and view footage and commentary from bystanders who are witnessing a storm’s development.
  • With iMapWeather’s “Winter” tab, users can get snow and ice reports and fInd out current conditions at ski resorts across the United States.
  • iMapWeather’s ClickCast® provides weather information from all over the world in real time. Click on any location, from Paris to Beijing, for current weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Users can share content via e-mail from a computer or mobile device.
  • Social media content is displayed on an algorithm that includes newness, popularity (views) and ranking.
  • iMap Weather is in beta and you are required to sign-up for an account to take full advantage of the social media features.

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