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Oh, good. Someone found a new way to sell spyware.

Posted on February 18, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

 

Spyware

 

Yes, that was sarcasm in the title.  Why is it that we will go to tremendous lengths to rid our computers of spyware, then voluntary download it if it is packaged as a "convenience" to us.  In some cases, we will even pay for the spyware, if someone manages to convince us that it'll protect children online (see: This software can protect children online...are you KIDDING me?!)

 

Now a company has found a way to provide you with additional spyware for FREE (imagine that!).  My6Sense promises to learn your reading habits based and pick the items out of your RSS reader that will be most interesting to you.  If that's not the definition of spyware, what is?

 

This would never work for me, because my reading habits change on a daily basis.  One day I may be interested in reading about current events in Egypt, and the next, about a dread disease one of my friends thinks she might have.  By the end of the week, I may be focused on entertainment news, and/or a blizzard that is happening in some place I want to travel to.  This does NOT mean I want to read about all of these things on a daily basis.  Also, I have a few links in my feed reader of friends who only post occasionally.  I want to read all of their posts - even if they only post twice per year, and the spyware would not understand that.

 

Yes, I can see how this would work for some people in certain circumstances.   Just be aware that this is a data-harvesting application, and the company is eventually going to need to make money - most likely through targeted ads - but there is no telling where that data will eventually end up. 

 

Download wisely, and have a nice weekend!

 

 

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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My Fav Five Tech Blogs (besides this one, of course)

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

 

For those of you who have been wondering what blogs I read for the inspiration to keep writing these posts five times a week...OK, well, technically, no one has actually asked me about this, but I sort of felt the inquiring vibes, so...the long wait is over.  Here are my current five favorite tech blogs (note: this list is subject to change without notice).

 

Facebook Blog:  How else would I know what Facebook is up to, so I can complain about it (or occasionally sing its praise)?  Like it or not, Facebook is the Google of social networking, and not at least knowing what it is up to is to be ignorant of what is happening on the web. 

 

TechDirt: While I don't always agree with the political views of the writers of this blog, their research is great, and their insights are very helpful in understanding what is going on in the world of technology, especially as current events and pending legislation is likely to affect it. 

 

TechCrunch: All of the updates in technology gadges is pretty overwhelming.  This blog does a great job of sorting through what's important, and posting on what everyone who is considering the purchase of a phone or computer or wireless device (and who isn't?) needs to know.

 

Mashable: This site is really awesome for keeping up with what is going on in social networking (top networks, start-ups, industry news).  The articles are written so that anyone (even a complete newbie) can understand them (I know this, because it was one of the first blogs I subscribed to - long before I understood the treasure I had found). 

 

Neowin: A lot of the stuff on this blog is a a little over my head, but it's a great resource for an alternative viewpoint on just about anything tech-related.  It covers gadgets, social networking, and industry news. 

 

So those are my favs.  What are yours?

 

Also see our "You might want to add these to your RSS Feed" from last year (five-part series).

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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Powerpoint Schmowerpoint

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

 

From time to time, you may want to show your website or blog readers how to do something.  One popular way to do this is to post a slideshow tutorial.  In the olden days (circa 1999), this required purchasing one of the more expensive versions of Microsoft Office which included Power Point (or similar).  

 

But this is 2011, and this can now easily be done using your favorite photo-sharing site, such as Photobucket, or Flickr.  Some of the social networks even have this feature, such as Facebook, as do some blogging platforms, such as Wordpress.  Koinup, an international site for those who enjoy virtual art has created entire gtoup dedicated to photo editing, here, using what they call "storyboards," which are the same as slideshows. 

 

Below, I have posted an example of how to do this in Photobucket.

 

 

 

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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Emergency Preparedness Online

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

 

First Aid Kit

 

 

For several months, now, I've been hearing a commercial on the radio in the Tulsa area encouraging us to "Get Red Dirt Ready."  There has been a lot of discussion locally about whether or not that's really Morgan Freeman's voice on the commercials (it sure sounds like him).  Every time I hear the commerical, I think, "I really need to blog about that!" but I keep forgetting.  Today's the day.

 

Red Dirt Ready is funded by the Department of Homeland Security. I know, I know...but we're going to leave the politics surrounding this agency for another day.  And another blog. The fact remains that this is a tax-payer funded program, so if you're a taxpayer, you should know about it.  There are actually some pretty good resources and common-sense ideas on the site for getting ready for any type of emergency, including an act of terrorism.

 

If you're not in Oklahoma, go here, to find your state's program.

 

There's info about putting together a kit of emergency supplies (always good advice), developing a communications plan, and information about specific types of emergencies, like fires, floods, earthquakes, explosions, etc..

 

There are links to help you get connected with one of several different agencies as a volunteer, or to set up a neighborhood watch.  And then, of course, there are the phone numbers you need to call to report suspcious activity (with no explanation as to what that means). 

 

I'm wondering if I should report this:

 

People of Wal-Mart

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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What to do with that Old Keyboard

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

Sprouting Keyboard

 

A friend of mine lost a computer keyboard this weekend to a cup of spilled coffee.  Naturally much discussion ensued, including suggestions for what to do with the fried piece of equipment.  My suggestion was one that my co-workers and I did with a keyboard when our boss went off to the World Cup in Germany a few years ago.  (Photo above.)  I got the suggestion from website in 2006, and modified the instructions to:

 

Take all of the keys off, and put a layer of cotton down, and moisten it with a spray bottle of water.  Sprinkle alfalfa seeds on the cotton, and spray the cotton down again.  Replace the keys, and place the keyboard in an area that gets sunlight. For the next several days sprinkle the whole thing with water and voila!

 

Some other people have found some very interesting things to do their old keyboards.  Have a look.

 

Keyboard Rings

From ZedoMax

 

From Udustar

 

Keyboard Purse

From Marketing Alternatif

 

Keyboard Rubik's Cube

From Craziest Gadgets

 

Keyboard Snake

From Emphasa

 

Keyboard Shoe

From Instructables

 

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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Three Things I "Like" about the new Facebook Page Format

Posted on February 11, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

 

 

Facebook finally started rolling out the long-awaited new page format. I've tried it out on three of my clients' pages, and I must say I really like the change.  Here are a few reasons:

 

1) The new pages look, feel, and function like a profile.  Before now, people who are a whole lot more popular than I am have been developing profile pages, and adding friends like crazy.  Then, when they get close the maximum number of friends allowed  per profile (5,000), they start a "fan page," and start all over - trying to get eveyone to switch to their fan page (which most people never do).  Then, the page has never functioned the same way a profile did, so the users had to maintain both, and it has been a big hassle.  No more - Facebook just fixed that.  Users can post to their own or other pages either as themselves, or as the admin of their page interchangeably (toggling back and forth from their page) without having to sign on and off.   Very cool.  I'm sure most of the more well-known users will now keep their profiles private, for their friends and family, and their pages for their fans.

 

2)  The new pages have their own feed.  This has been a much needed feature for a long time.  Now fans can add their favorite Facebook pages to their newsreaders.  How cool is that?

 

3) The new pages have the ability to "feature" up to five favorite pages and page owners.  This give much more flexibility for shared pages, and and more networking opportunities with peers. 

 

As you all know, I do not hesitate to criticize Facebook when I don't like what their doing over there, but this is one time I'm very excited about something they have done. 

 

Mashable has more on the redesign.

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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