Facebook’s Privacy Dilemma, It’s Pretty Sobering

facebookscreensMany of you have heard about the Facebook story involving Cambridge Analytica and user data being mined for political use. So many things you do on the site are being stored for research and some of it is being used to manipulate behaviors and opinion. You can search for more on this story for further details.

Now as a user of Facebook I am concerned about this. They aren’t taking user privacy seriously. Now is Facebook too big to fail in this situation, no…no they aren’t. Bigger websites have fallen over the years. The average user probably doesn’t care but those who do care might find themselves moving away.

No social network is immune from data mining because there are hackers out there who will find out anything for a price. Just think about what sort of information is being transmitted everyday across the World Wide Web. Your web searches show up on websites you visit because they are looking at your cookies. Very sophisticated technologies are being used to sell and influence people. Of course there is a lot of money to be made and they are doing it search by search and click by click.

The Internet has changed the world and revolutionized how we connect and do business in our lives. We all have to be vigilant in what we share with others. So my friends how are you who are on Facebook going to react. I think we all have much to think about as it comes to Facebook’s dilemma.

Mark Zuckerberg you gotta get your company in control lest it all goes away.

AIM shuts down: AOL Instant Messenger changed the way we communicate – Vox

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After 20 years, the time has come to say a final goodbye to AOL Instant Messenger. The famed chat client more commonly known as AIM is one of the internet’s longest-lasting cultural touchstones, and one of the few pieces of software that arguably changed how people interact with each other. via AIM shuts down: AOL Instant Messenger changed the way we communicate – Vox

I used AOL Instant Messenger for a time and it was a great tool to communicate. Now its no more and a part of the early Internet experience is just a memory. Fare thee well AIM.

Sometimes An Upgrade Isn’t A Upgrade, Just Saying

636042899128040346992097692_Camera-Technology-to-Assist-Your-Property-Inspection-AppI am a Linux user and every few months there is a release of updated operating systems with loads of new things and bug fixes. Like the geek I am I check them out to see how they run and function. I have been testing three versions of the Ubuntu OS and I realize that staying put with what I am running which is Ubuntu Mate 16.04 is what’s best. iPhone users know what I am talking about when a new phone is on the market yearly it seems. Keeping up with technology let alone the Joneses is hard enough.

So sometimes an upgrade isn’t worth the hassle doing something new just because of some shiny new features that might cost one time and money. There must be a really good reason to need to switch to something new/different. So, In my thinking there is nothing wrong with staying put and making the best of what you already have.

I won’t lie I would love the new Google Pixel phone but I gotta pay the one I have off first which will come in November 2018.

So for the time being lets stick and stay. Keep things simpler that way.

Something About Harsh Critics

It’s pretty remarkable how mean some folks can be when someone does something out of the goodness of their hearts that might not be perfect or what they had in mind. Throwing criticism around is a easy thing to do these days. Granted in some situations you have to call things like you see it but for the most part the opinions of others can come across as destructive. Seems like the harshest critics are ones with a Internet connection and a social feed. There is the forgotten art of gratitude it appears. Sad.