Facebook should be no surprise to anyone…

Seriously, if you hadn’t figured out long ago that you were the product Facebook was selling, you were not paying very much attention.

Remember all those pictures you uploaded to Facebook.  If you read the terms of service, you will find that Facebook reserves the right to do anything they want with them, including using them advertising.

Or collect biometric data from them.

Another reason to not spend time on Facebook

Leo Leporte reports that Facebook has added a new “Feature”.  Automatically uploading your mobile device photos to Facebook.

That’s right, all your photos, straight to Facebook.  If you were paying attention to the “user agreement”, Facebook reserves the right to use everything you load on it, including pictures, anyway they see fit.

That Facebook gets the right to use your stuff is nothing new.  Been that way since just about Day One, if not before.

Here is a basic rule of the Internet you Coppertops need to understand.

If you aren’t paying for the service, you are the product.

 

$250 Chromebook

$250 is a very good price point for a light laptop for basic email/web surfing/document editing.  It’s not a full feature laptop with a full OS, that is one reason the price point is the same as a 7″ Android tablet.  It’s fairly full featured hardware wise.  Web cam, USB ports, card reader and a 16GB Flash drive for storage.   This $250 laptop is a good second system.  I have a big desktop with a Drobo for storage, picture editing and other higher end functions.  For the cost of the Nexus 7, you can get a real keyboard and better monitor.  I’ve been using tablets, both iOS and Android for years, but I keep coming back to a device with a real keyboard for content creation.

For another $80, you can get a 3G version of this Chromebook, which is important if you are going to be using this device on the road.  It really does require Internet access to be entirely useful.

When Chatbots collide

This is what you get when you point chatbots at each other.

HT to my friend John for this one.

Browser wars summed up

I recently “upgraded” to IE 9 on one of my systems.  Remember that  “upgrade” doesn’t mean “better.”

This cartoon sums up the browser wars pretty damn accurately.

Google Plus

I like the circles concept of google plus.  I’ve only been on a couple of days though and and just getting the hang of it.

If you are interested in it and want an invite, let me know.

 

Local backup of GMail

Wired has the details.  I’m already using the Thunderbird method.

I’ll probably use the GetMail method on the linux box as well.

50 Free Apps

Life Hacker listed their favorite 50 free apps.

Not a bad list, but I have to disagree with #29.  I don’t use iTunes because I want to. It’s just the safest way to move data on and off my iPhone, including managing podcasts.  The app itself is kludgey and locks up at the drop of a hat, any hat, anywhere.

There are some apps on the list I use and am quite happy with though.

Chrome, Google Apps, Thunderbird, GIMP, VLC, CCleaner, Skype, 7zip, Pandora, and PuTTy.

Overall a good list, worth checking out.

Tech Tip of the Day

This one comes from Crystal and is IMNSHO bloody well spot on!

I was just thinking: If you’re viewing the internet with Internet Explorer, you’re doing it wrong.

Yup, I’ve been using Opera, Firefox & Chrome for years.  I tried using the IE the other day, and the thing just felt broken.    Just bad UI experience.

Hulu app for the iPad?

By way of Apple Insider, is this TechCrunch post about Hulu getting around the lack of flash support on the iPad/iPhone/iTouch by creating a dedicated app.

One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans.

Hulu is a major source of online videos direct from the content providers (i.e. quality streaming videos instead of hacked, malware ridden stuff), so having it on the iPad will provide a lot of added value. I still hold that the apps customized to take advantage of the iPad will be a major factor in driving sales.

HT to Vodkapundit.