Archive for August, 2010

Apple Pushing for Patents to Spy on you (for your own good)!

This article really makes me feel like Apple are going to get what’s coming to them soon.

Sony tried something similar and it resulted in their worst dip in sales ever and that’s not counting the massive loss in brand loyalty (it definitely affected my opinion of them).

I wonder if the now officially termed “Apple Addict” will be bothered by something like this something like this?

Steve Jobs Is Watching You: Apple Seeking to Patent Spyware | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Another Geek Webcomic – SMBC – Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal


Many of you may have already heard and read xkcd, if you haven’t and you have even basic “geek”, physics, maths knowledge or just appreciate that kind of humour then you should at least check it out.  It is a brilliant time waster.  Nevertheless this article is a brief notification of another webcomic which has kept my interest on and off over a couple of years.

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How to Use Facebook’s Friend List Function

People who follow even the slightest information on the internet are at least aware of the risks associated with your public face.  The ones which spring to mind first for me are things associated with employers checking your personal life out and possibly more seriously, identity theft.  You might think “Oh it’ll never happen to me!”, the fact is it could, and it ?might, so you might as well spend a few minutes lowering the risk.  After all ignorance isn’t really an excuse when you find out you are being held up when coming back from holiday because you’ve committed fraud in another country you’ve never been to.  Sure you might be able to sort it out in the end but it sure wouldn’t be easy to fix and can be avoided.

Why pick on Facebook? There are plenty of other sites which make your information public.

Why this article picks Facebook as it’s example isn’t only because of it’s size and popularity but mostly because of the ideals behind it’s development.  Amongst many online communities there has been a huge backlash against Facebook for their “irresponsibility”.  In fact some large communities which I read regularly have published several articles showing guides how to quit or at least “cripple” your Facebook experience.  The “irresponsibility” that a large number of people have backlashed against is because of how Facebook fundamentally operates an “opt out” mentality rather than the usual “opt in” method of offering new services to its users.  It also happens that these functions happen to always result in your information being public by default.  Ok…so what you might say?  Well there are some pretty important reasons which you should at least know about… Read more

Find the Perfect New Wallpaper and Boost your Productivity

1 What are the advantages?

(if you don’t care or just want to know about the site skip to the next heading)

What one does at one’s own computer is completely dependent on scenario, necessity (some of us) and mood.  The first two aren’t something which you can easily change.  If you need to look up how much that item of clothing costs or if you need to send some emails before 5pm  you can’t change the fact that you are using the computer for that reason.  These factors are inevitably going to affect your mood when you approach and are using your computer so having your computer in a way which is going to help your performance is obviously advantageous.

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How To Get Longer Battery Life for your Android Mobile with SetCPU

LogoSetCPU allows for Android Mobile users who have rooted their phones to change the clock speed of their CPU (their processor) thanks to the fantastic Michael Huang.  A lot of people who use gaming PC’s will want to alter their processor speed to get increased performance without having to upgrade their hardware however you can also lower your processors clock speed to save power usage.  Here is how you can use SetCPU to save your battery, by lowering your phone’s maximum clock speed. Read more

How To Increase your Mobile’s Memory with Dropbox

A lot of you who are reading this may already have heard of Dropbox and possibly are already using it as an alternative to a USB stick for backing up, storing and sharing files.  Nevertheless I will quickly cover the basics of what Dropbox does, and touch on what it can really be capable of.

As you have gathered Dropbox is a way you can store, and share files.  Dropbox puts a folder on your computer which you can save files to like any other.  Once files are put in this folder these files are uploaded, synced and stored online in a mirror image of the folder on your computer.   This allows one to be able to get the files you put in that folder from anywhere which is connected to the internet.  Remember that isn’t just computers but your mobile as well!  So you can share your files with others from your computer, your mobile, or anything internet enabled.  Indeed the cartoon to the right illustrates how many people feel when it comes to Dropbox as a file sharing method. So what could you use it for? Read more

Latte Art? Be creative with your addiction


Latte art
is something that I reckon the majority of people have either never heard of or have never given a seconds thought to.  I never did until recently but now i can see the enjoyment of it.  I’m still appalling at it, but it is pretty fun to do.  Wiki How has a good “how to” on learning how to latte art though there are plenty of great guides all over the net which offer their won tips. To be honest, considering the amount of coffee the vast majority of people drink, there is plenty of opportunity to practice. Read more

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