Category Archives: Technology

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Love him or hate him it’s an interesting little history lesson…

“Even as hundreds of thousands of users expressed their disapproval of News Feed, their behavior indicated the opposite.”

“I just think I take more chances, and that means I get more things wrong,”

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-lost-notebook/

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NeverSSL

Ever connect to a wi-fi hotspot only to have nothing happen? Enter NeverSSL. After connecting to the hotspot, enter the URL (web address) http://neverssl.com into your browser of choice and watch magic happen.

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Is it time to quit social media?

As I read this article what was running through the back of my mind was, “is it time to quit social media?”, and to be honest… but for being involved in real estate and a large bulk of that requiring being “engaged” I’m not sure I have much use for it. Never before has it been easier for marketers to target and connect with their “target audience”. You do realize that’s what social media has become right? The proverbial barrel where the fish are to shoot.

So, is it possible to take back the social networks? I’m not sure it is – at least with the current companies. Built from the ground up, or under a completely different model – maybe. But as the article linked to above points out it would be to the detriment of the “bottom line”.

Would I like a feed where I only see posts from my family, and maybe some other groups at my leisure? Of course, but unless I’m paying for that the only recourse I have is to a platform that has the resources to provide it based on the party that is willing to pay for it – the marketers.

So what would this “social media” service of the future look like? Number one, it should be built on a privacy, no-advertising first model. Second, I believe it should be decentralized, but speak a standard protocol – just like how email service is provided. Then, organizations like companies, teams, or even families could manage their own little groups and individuals could determine what they want to see or who they want to connect with…

And yet, as I sit here writing this, I wonder if it’s even possible or needed. After all, I’m able to run my own little blog right here. You can share it on social media if you so choose. In fact, I’ll probably post it to my account – and try not to look at the “likes” or “comments” that fuel the FB “engagement” engine.

So, while I may have just rambled for a number of paragraphs, let me finish by encouraging you to consider your use of social media, and at a minimum strongly consider turning off your notifications and moving the app to a sub-folder on your phone (just those two things alone have made a huge difference in my life). I would also encourage you to look into downloading and using Signal Messenger in place of text messaging and especially in favor of the social media messaging platforms.

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This Week in Tech 663 Reasonably Miserable

You need to listen to this Twit episode.

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What’s it like to be a robot?

Super interesting talk on how to adapt tech using robotics and the consequences of little design choices.

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How to Delete Your Phone Contacts from Facebook

If you’re not going to delete your FB account completely then at least look into how to not throw your friends under the bus.

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Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

I โ€œlikeโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ almost all the ideas here…

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The Matador Defense – TWiT

I would strongly recommend listening to the segment on Facebook

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A Funny Look at the Unintended Consequences of Technology

Funny and scary at the same time…

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The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Do While โ€œMultitaskingโ€

So true. Please enable โ€œDND while drivingโ€ on your phone! Both the iPhone and Android have the feature. I’ve been using it since I updated to iOS 11, and it works well. Just getting the notifications I found was a distraction, and since I can still get calls from my “favorites” it’s been a huge help.

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