Archive for January, 2011

Facebook to Sell YOUR Posts to Advertisers

Yet another reason to dump Facebook or scale back your use: – Facebook to Sell YOUR Posts to Advertisers.

I was a fan of Facebook at one time, but Mark Zuckerburg continues to push the boundaries of what users will find acceptable. Each additional step is perilous and just one misstep will spell the end of his social networking empire.

Careful, Mark. Careful.

–the civil commentator


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Laptop Compubody Sock


The title pretty much says it all:

Laptop Compubody Sock.

–the civil commentator

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A Nifty New Product – Charge Your USB Device Without Sacrifice

I may have to pick up one these!

From Geeky Gadgets:

Flipit Charges Your Gadgets Without Hijacking A Plug Socket.

–the civil commentator

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Facebook Lets Third Party Apps Access Your Address And Phone Number

Funny, isn’t it, that people are completely annoyed when a telemarketer calls them; but are letting that information and more become more and more accessible to *everyone* in the world?

From Geeky Gadgets: Facebook Lets Third Party Apps Access Your Address And Phone Number.

How many more security vulnerabilities does Facebook need to integrate into their social network before you decide to leave? Just asking.

With Facebook creating their own currency, the sky’s the limit with regards to how far they’ll go to have inroads into every single facet of your life. Are you willing to deal with the consequences?

If the Patriot Act frightens you, shouldn’t this?

–the civil commentator

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Your Friday Security Wake-Up

It seems like I’m on a Internet/electronics safety kick today. Another article for your consideration. The article is great and the comments are very informative as well.

From the website Lifehacker: How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords.

–the civil commentator


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And this morning for your perusal, two articles:

Uninformed opinion: Won’t You Be My Wireless Neighbor?.

Informed opinion: Is Using Your Neighbor’s Unsecured Wireless Router to Access the Internet Ethical?


For as often as radio ads and television news stories speak of the frequency and widespread danger of identity theft, it’s astounding how often people use unsecured wireless Internet connections.

I suppose for most people, ignorance is bliss. If you’re one of those people, consider your world just a tinge less blissful. Using any unsecured wireless connection is dangerous. Using the unsecured wireless connection of a person who’s identity is not known is dangerous and foolish. Having a wireless router with an unsecured connection is just plain foolish.

There are plenty of people who can help you secure your wireless connection at home to protect yourself and others. Ask your geeky friend; he (or she) will know what to do. If you have no geeky friends, then call out the Geek Squad or call your local computer store. Someone will be able to help you. An ounce of prevention will definitely be worth more than the pounds of cure. It will take little more than 30 minutes, and you can have peace of mind knowing that it’ll be someone else–your neighbor–who has to deal with all of the issues surrounding unsecured wireless Internet connections, and not you.

As the Internet approaches 2 billion users worldwide, it might be worth your time to put a security system on that wireless Internet connection. Just a thought…

–the civil commentator

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Who’s Responsible?

Not long after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, the pontification factory began production:

Who’s responsible for this tragedy?

You watched the news, you’ve read the articles, you’ve listened to the radio; so by now I’m sure you’ve already been informed numerous times who was responsible for this tragedy.

In all likelihood, none of the sources you’ve come across have given you the correct answer. I’ll tell you the answer: a deranged individual living in Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s district. No more, no less.

Individuals are responsible for their actions. They always have and always will be. Unfortunately for us and our children, we live in a society, a culture, an age in which personal responsibility has taken a backseat to the idea that something or someone other than ourselves is really to blame for our personal actions. Whether it be a disease, someone else’s actions, the weather, or (fill in the blank); we are told that it’s not *our* fault that we as individuals did something.

As a Christian, I believe that each of us suffers from a deficiency in our character: sin. I can’t escape that fact.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Our sin nature is not a product of our own original actions, but rather as a result of the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Though that nature is not the result of our own original actions, God does not hold us unaccountable for our own sin.

Maybe we could benefit from a bigger dose of reality. Each person is responsible for his (or her) own actions. Life happens to all of us. Tragic events come into the lives of all people. Hurtful people cross our paths frequently. Our emotions can get the best of us sometimes.

Who is responsible for my actions? Me. Just me.

I grieve with those in Arizona who lost a loved one on Saturday or whose sense of safety and security were stolen away. A sunny, ordinary day turned tragic.

Unless additional evidence is uncovered, only one person is responsible, culpable, blamable, if you will, for the tragic shooting in Arizona. His name is known, and thankfully he is in custody. He should be held to account for his actions and pay the penalty for those actions.

Each of us as humans bears the image of God. As human beings, we are unique in all of creation. When a human being takes the life of another or others, it’s appropriate for that person’s life to be taken in return; not by a random act of violence by a member of society, but rather through the proper workings of a governing body. Through the proper workings of a governing body.

Should the death penalty not be available, we as members of society must be content with the punishment issued through the proper workings of the governing authorities. Knowing that even though our government may not always adequately punish the guilty, God’s justice will ultimately prevail completely apart of any action on our part.

For the sake of society, I hope this horrific crime is punished appropriately. I hope as well, that regardless of the outcome, that we look to God and His Christ for our ultimate healing, comfort, and satisfaction.

–the civil commentator

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