Category: Technology

Web 2.0 & Privacy: Gary Vaynerchuck’s View

Gary, I completely agree with you.  If you are a good person you have nothing to worry about with new technologies and if you have things you want to hide, good luck because you won’t be able to hide it for long.  Technology has helped me learn things about people I didn’t want to learn, find old friends, connect with others, and research people before I met them.  I have a very different outlook on privacy and “openess” than most people though.  I am really, really open and don’t have anything I won’t talk about but I know others are not that way and I have no problem with it.  So far I don’t think anyone or anything has “invaded” my privacy.  For instance I know a lot of people were up in arms about Google Street view.  If you are not familiar with Google Street View it is basically a car with a camera that drives down streets and takes 360 degree images of everything.  So if you go to Google Maps you can type in the address of your home and you may have a Google Street view of your entire street/community which I thought was cool.  It helped that I had just mowed my lawn and had the house looking really nice though.  :)  So has technology invaded your privacy yet or what are your thoughts?

TikiTag RFID Programming Kit

Source >> Thinkgeek.com

“Use the power of RFID Tags for good… not evil with the TikiTag RFID Tag Programming Kit. You get a USB based RFID tag reader and 10 sticker based tags. Slap the RFID tags on any object then swipe them over the reader and trigger actions on your PC. You can open a web page, control iTunes, send an SMS message, shut down your computer, login to a website, dial up your pal on Skype… or pretty much anything else you can come up with. Use the included RFID apps or code your own with the free API and SOAP 1.2 support”

How Barack Obama Helped Digg

The Digg Blog has a post about how Obama winning the election increased traffic which helped them find some configuration errors.

“A historic moment in history has occurred with the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. For many, this moment was shared with the digg community that included a furious level of digging and commenting. In fact, election night generated the most traffic and activity in the history of Digg.

At about 8pm PST, most TV networks called the election with Obama as winner. Some interesting stats for the 8pm hour (PST):
Submitting was 108% of normal.
Digging was 202% of normal.
Burying was 137% of normal.
Commenting was 278% of normal.
Comment Digging was 619% of normal.
Comment Burying was 689% of normal.”  >> Read More