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Protecting Yourself on Facebook

December 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services, Tricks

Protecting Yourself on Facebook

The reality is that while Facebook’s new privacy settings are actually pushing people to share more of their personal life, we simply can’t just drop the social networking site. Right? Right, especially if you’re addicted to your online life—and if you’re an online marketing professional who wants to keep tabs on what the masses are up to.

Anyways, it’s harder to be private on Facebook, and Facebook is a sort of must-have these days. Both are currently facts of life, so reading Yahoo’s recent tips on improving your privacy on Facebook makes sense. Aside from reminders that some parts of your …read more

Create Your Own goo.gl URLs

December 17, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

The home page of goo.gl, Google’s new URL shortening service, claims that it’s “not for broader consumer use”. But thanks to Alexandre Gaigalas, who created a third-party goo.gl URL shortener, that’s not true.
Visit https://gaigalas.net/lab/googl, type in any URL and press “Shorten” to get your very own goo.gl URL!

Thanks for the tip Andry!

My Webwill Fulfills Last Wishes Online

December 12, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

My Webwill Fulfills Last Wishes Online

While estate planning is a must-do for anyone, especially for rich dudes who want to keep squabbling heirs in line, how many take the same approach with our online profiles? Inevitably, Swedish company My Webwill caters to this need (or “need”, for those who aren’t active online anyway).
There are already various online services that automatically send emails on the behalf of the dearly departed. Yet My Webwill hopes to differentiate itself by asking customers for access to their respective social networking accounts. A Facebook user could have his account deactivated upon his death, for instance.
My Webwill is free, but for …read more

Dead Guy Found on Google Street View

December 10, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Services

Dead Guy Found on Google Street View

Is this for real? Take a quick look through Google Street View at the corner of 29th street and Park Avenue South in New York City. You’ll see what seems to be a dead guy sprawled on the road, with several individuals looking on. A woman has her hands pressed to her cheeks, expressing shock.

This snapshot of the busy New York intersection has been accessible through Street View feature for quite some time now. From the first sighting to the publication of this post, more than 11 hours have passed. I’ve sent a complaint to Google; let’s see if they …read more

Are New Printers Really Cheaper Than Ink?

December 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Peripherals, Services

Are New Printers Really Cheaper Than Ink?

Recently a shopper in the US shared a shopping expedition. The objective? Find new ink for the printer! The conclusion? It makes sense to actually buy a new printer, rather than pay more for ink cartridges!

For those who can’t see the pic above, here’s a transcript:

I went to buy some black ink for my printer today…
Then I realized that it would be cheaper to just buy a new printer that already came with black and color ink… (picture of Canon PIXMA iP2600 costing $30)
Then I decided to see how much ink for the new printer would cost… (picture of black …read more

The New AOL Logo is Not a Logo

November 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Ramblings of a Gadget Geek, Services

The New AOL Logo is Not a Logo

Call me a judgmental a-hole, but I think AOL’s new branding will be a LOL. The beleaguered  online and media services company will now act independently, spinning off from Time Warner. To mark this change, the familiar blue triangle will disappear—replaced by a totally minimalist logo.
Well, it’s not really a logo, because the new AOL branding involves plastering what’s spelled out as “Aol.” (in Arial) over various objects, apparently to reflect the new company’s dynamic and ever-changing nature. I’m not totally convinced, and maybe you’ll share my sentiments once you see the sample use of this new branding below:

The marketing …read more

A Totally Effective Porn Blocker

November 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services, Virtual Hilarity

A Totally Effective Porn Blocker

It seems the minds behind The Tonight Show hosted by Conan O’Brien have struck a gold mine. Looks like they’ve come up with the perfect porn blocker. Watch the mock ad below.
Looks good on paper. Someone put up a company to create this! Whoever decides to turn the Parent Porn Blocker will likely have an uphill battle though. Not only will they have to deal with the numerous workarounds sure to pop up once the product hits the market. I can imagine the makers coming under fire for turning innocent children into Oedipuses (Oedipii?).
Other than automatically replacing the heads of …read more

Oh You Poor Verizon Subscribers!

November 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Services

Oh You Poor Verizon Subscribers!

Seems Verizon has been the target of NYT Personal Tech columnist David Pogue for some time now. Aside from not heeding Pogue’s call to eliminate unnecessary voicemail instructions, the operator seems hellbent on charging its customers for data usage—to the point that one of its employees has actually blown the whistle.
First, Verizon redesigns the phone’s interfaces to make it easier for users to accidentally access the operator’s data services:
Here’s how it works. They configure the phones to have multiple easily hit keystrokes to launch ‘Get it now’ or ‘Mobile Web’—usually a single key like an arrow key. Often we have …read more

Internet Addresses to Become More International

October 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

Internet Addresses to Become More International

Continuing our focus on the Internet (it is, after all, 40 years since the Internet started to exist as the ARPANET): the ICANN recently approved non-Latin web addresses. In layman’s terms, web addresses will no longer be limited to characters within or similar to the English alphabet, or numbers. We’ll probably see website domains in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian scripts.

It’s news that should please the Internet’s non-English users and domain name speculators alike. The former will now enjoy a web that’s no longer limited to English, potentially opening it up to new users. The latter will now have more names …read more

The Cost of Affordable High-Speed Internet

October 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

The Cost of Affordable High-Speed Internet

If the Top 20 Nations in Internet Speeds and Costs, according to the ITIF Broadband Rankings, are accurate, then can we assume that the cost for really cheap yet super-fast internet access is a higher cost of living?

Here’s the table ranking the top 10 countries. Thanks to the US-centric tech media, poor America is listed at number 15, with an average connection speed of 4.8Mbps, with an average $3.33 cost for a 1Mbps connection.

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