Goodbye Twitter and Google+! I am signing off now

BzeroB has left the building!

I am not a real big Twitter fan and after a while of trying to make sense of it I have decided to bugger off. That goes for Google + too.

They really has no value to me. Twitter has become a plaything for way too many people for all the wrong reasons. And politicians are getting stupid on it.  And Google+ is really a stretch for me to get involved with. Serves me no useful purpose. So I have made the unilateral decision to not participate on Twitter and Google+.  Not that it will have any impact on all of our day to day lives but so what.

Consider yourself informed! BzeroB

Wanna take a poke at the NSA? Try the new Flagger browser addon

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....

If you are like me and are not real enchanted with the NSA watching your web traffic here is a little piece of software that will make them work a little harder. It was just a matter of time before there was some ways worked out to at least poke the NSA with the same technology that they are using to snoop on us.  It’s called FLAGGER. I have installed it and I am sure that  in a short while there will be some “complications” but until then I will participate. Read on!

It’s time to make some noise.

Flagger is a browser add-on that automatically puts red flag keywords (like bomb, Taliban and anthrax) into the web addresses you visit. Install Flagger and help us send a message: government surveillance has gone too far.

If you want more info on this cool browser add-on check out the video.

Wanna take a poke at the NSA? Try the new Flagger browser addon

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....

If you are like me and are not real enchanted with the NSA watching your web traffic here is a little piece of software that will make them work a little harder. It was just a matter of time before there was some ways worked out to at least poke the NSA with the same technology that they are using to snoop on us.  It’s called FLAGGER. I have installed it and I am sure that  in a short while there will be some “complications” but until then I will participate. Read on!

It’s time to make some noise.

Flagger is a browser add-on that automatically puts red flag keywords (like bomb, Taliban and anthrax) into the web addresses you visit. Install Flagger and help us send a message: government surveillance has gone too far.

If you want more info on this cool browser add-on check out the video.

My new ASUS laptop

ASUS laptop

After having access to a handful of loaner laptops I finally broke down and got one just for me. I don’t need a killer unit just needed a good full featured unit. And a bit of shopping around got me on to a refurbished ASUS unit. And it came in under my $300 budget! Excellent!

This one has all the neat stuff. Wireless N, media card reader, and a webcam built in. So after getting it home I was able to get it outfitted the way I want it.  I am really not a big fan of all the goofy extra “trialware” that they bundle in. Along with the normal McAfee or Symantic antivirus that are not only resource hogs but subscription trials. So that went away along with a bunch of Windows 7 baggage. I reloaded in mostly open source stuff that I have used for years and I am good.

So now I can head out to the patio and check up on email and social networks. Even watch a vid or two while I am there. Car shows will be nicer to be able to download the pics and vids and see them live. So we shall see.

OMG! It’s a BzeroB mob!

Well, all I am trying to say is that I finally got a full version of my MOBILE website up and running. No biggie except that I can now get a nice looking access from a mobile device. Not the prettiest thing on a big screen but it covers all incoming hits to BzeroB.com and if they want to access the full site it can be done.

The sidebar here is that if someone wants to get to all my social hookups it can now be done from a mobile device. Way cool if I am out and about. Cruises are the main thing. And I run into a lot of people that have some sort of smart phone and no PC. So I have them covered on the basics. I am going to try to put my tech stuff up on a mobile friendly platform but one step at a time.

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BzeroB web redo – HTML5 and CSS3

Bob's Garage logo
Bob's Garage logo

Despite an advertised upgrade a few months ago it is now online. Really!

After a few months of wrestling with a new design based on HTML5 I believe I have it pretty much done…ish. My learning curve is getting better and the specs are becoming more prevalent so it makes far a much more stable site. Once again I have migrated to JQuery framework for my scripting but also fall back to some cool CSS3 features. I can actually get more on a page content wise. And the HTML 5 specs actually make more sense.

Since you probably got here through my site you already have had a glimpse of what is new and improved. With that said I will be cleaning up the site bugs in the next few weeks. If you stumble upon one of these flaws let me know and I will see if I can fix it. But for now “Cruise On Through

Webmaster Bob

You gotta be smarter than your phone! And your car!

Hey Buddy! Track This!

Think about what you do with your new “Smart Phone”! And even your “Smart car” It could cause you some pain and agony. Why? Well, pay attention. I won’t own a car with OnStar, or it’s siblings and don’t own a smart phone. Am I paranoid? Don’t think so! Am I concerned about my privacy? Yep!

Picard uses Android phone

You would think that after a information privacy skirmish on Capitol Hill where a couple of major shopping malls, one in NJ and one in CA, were attempting to implement a system tracking shoppers’ movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones. Home Depot and JC Penny are also on this track. People would get the hint that these guys have way too much access to your info and personal life patterns. Pardon the pun but see a pattern here? Gotta be hit up side your head with your phone? Hope not!

This is pretty much in the same area as OnStar basicly telling the US government that they were not obligated to shut off the OnStar units once you finish your contract or don’t pay your bill. Let’s see, they know that your air bags have gone off, they know your location, they can contact you in the car, they can call assistance.. Sorry way too much info for them to know about me! And, by the way, are they listening in? Don’t know! They said they wouldn’t. Just asking.

After its decision to update its privacy policy, and continue to collect data from cars even after a user has unsubscribed from its service, public outcry has caused OnStar to rescind the privacy policy update.

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It looks like the phone makers are not on the up and up. Ya Think?! Sprint and Verizon, now there are two upstanding citizens! HTC and Samsung a couple of major players.

An Android developer recently discovered a clandestine application called Carrier IQ built into most smartphones that doesn’t just track your location; it secretly records your keystrokes, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Is it time to put on a tinfoil hat? That depends on how you feel about privacy.

Read more here

And apparently after being exposed the Carrier IQ group threatened the whisleblower but after the EFF got involved retracted and apologized.

Carrier IQ, a maker of software to monitor smartphone performance, has withdrawn a legal attack against Trevor Eckhart and apologized after the Electronic Frontier Foundation came to the security researcher’s defense.

Eckhart published his research last week, saying that some Samsung and HTC Android phones include Carrier IQ’s software, and that Verizon and Sprint use it. He documented details of what the Carrier IQ software logs, then leveled a heavy charge by calling the software a rootkit–a program that gets privileged access to a computing device but that hides its presence.

Read more here

And this is just the stuff that has been uncovered! Whoa,Baby! Thank you Senator Al Franken / MN, for your diligence!