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Advertising is the Canary

This expression relates to the coal mining days when ventilation in coal mines was often insufficient, and mining was was a very dangerous and difficult task.

Coal miners would bring a canary with them. Canaries tend to be sensitive to methane and carbon dioxide and so when the canary died (Continued)

Chrome problems with window focus (workaround)

Found a workaround for a window focus problem with Google’s Chrome browser. (Continued)

DKIM TXT Records in DNS exceeding 255 characters

Wow. It’s 2009, and apparently DNS can only support reading configuration file lines which are not greater than 255 characters. I received the following error (Continued)

Monster should be burned at the stake for email practices

What part of "Do Not Email" do you not understand?

What part of "Do Not Email" do you not understand?

I used Monster three years ago, and they just don’t get it.

As a quick comment on the service, it’s the “shotgun” effect of (Continued)

Being Safe with Craigslist Sales

clutterWe accumulate a lot of junk in life. And when I say we, I think I mean the “American People”, but what I really mean is: me.

My mother has perfected the art of accumulating things: She still resides in the house-I-grew-up-in (a 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home) wherein each and every room is populated with (Continued)

Facebook reverts to old Terms of Service (TOS)

Score one for the users. Facebook changed their terms of service back to the pre-February-4th version.

Facebook changes their terms of service back

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Thanks to everyone who visited and participated in the discussion. It’s been quite a few days!

Facebook TOS “takes away” your ownership rights



As I’ve become embroiled in the hulaballoo over Facebook’s Terms of Service changes on Sunday, there have been many discussions on Facebook (and off) concerning the concept of ownership.

Ownership, in the legal sense, related to “rights” over content. (Or Intellectual Property, in this case.) Photos, Images, Drawings, Music, anything you type into a web browser and submit.


Upgrading … This may take a few minutes. (Firefox)

I recently updated to Firefox 3.0.6, and even prior to this I noticed a message box appeared every time a new window opened:

This may take several hours, actually.

This may take several hours, actually.

I’m not a big fan of this whole waiting thing, especially (Continued)

Technical rebuttal of Mark Zuckerberg’s rebuttal to Facebook TOS change

There is no spoon

Damage Control

Mark Zuckerberg defended the recent change to Facebook’s TOS in a blog post recently. As much as I appreciate any response from Facebook regarding their lecherous move, his rebuttal has no merit whatsoever. As a co-founder of my own startup in the 90s (unfortunately, never anything close to the scale of the 500-lb gorilla that is Facebook), this post is simply damage control.

Facebook’s new TOS: We have rights to everything posted here, forever. Sorry!

Facebook pulled a "Columbia House" on us

Facebook pulled a "Columbia House" on us

Well, as I’ve said in the past, you can’t expect to use free services and have any semblance of privacy.

Facebook updated their Terms of Service (TOS) yesterday and slipped in a little “extra” clause which (Continued)