Have your say. Linux Mint 9 is asking for input as to which background it will use as default. I voted for ‘Talento Design’, but I actually like ‘AirMint.’ This is AirMint. Vote here.
Archives for April 2010
Google Street View vehicles are all over the place. They photograph streets, people walking (albeit with blurred faces), cars, and homes. They also capture your Wifi network information including your MAC addresses and SSIDs.
From ZDNet’s article:
So here’s the scenario. Google’s Street View vehicles are traveling all over the world, sucking as much information into Google’s ginormous databases as they can find. Some of that information shows up in the publicly-available Street View application and some, apparently doesn’t. According to an article in the German SPIEGEL ONLINE (and oh-so-helpfully — and ironically — translated by Google Translate), Google’s roving spy cars are also cataloging WiFi network information, including MAC addresses and available SSIDs.
Google, according to SPIEGEL, claims that acquiring public WiFi data is nothing new or strange (I’ll save you the translation from English to German, and back to English). The basic idea is that there have been public WiFi hotspot directories for years, and Google’s act of cataloging those it finds is nothing new or sinister.
While Google’s hunger for all available data can be scary at times, there’s nothing new about gathering available wireless information. Any fairly competent IT administrator knows how to use a network protocol analyzer and if a network is configured to leak any information into the public airwaves, that’s ultimately a problem of poor network administration and not Google’s greed for digital data.
I do believe it would be unwise for Google to publish MAC addresses on Street View. It doesn’t really add any value and it would put network devices at more risk (especially if a MAC address can be ascertained by just looking at a Google map anywhere in the world, rather than having to be within wireless access distance, which is usually just down the street).
It’s probably nothing. I hope. But it’s scary how much one company knows way too much information about you!
I just spent my first minute with Ubuntu 10.04. I already don’t like it. Whose idea was it to move the Title Bar buttons to the left side? I’m not even going to link dozens of websites giving out tutorials how to move the the title buttons back to the right. And one more thing, the purple background reminds me way too much of a Mac. In the meantime, I will play around with it some more.
Scary as that may sound, Google knows everything about you. From ZDNet:
Privacy advocate Moxie Marlinspike used the spotlight of the SOURCE conference here to call attention to Google’s data harvesting practices, warning that the search engine giant can mine information to figure out even what Web surfers are thinking about.
During a presentation that discussed the changing threats to privacy, Marlinspike likened Google’s data collection to the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program and lamented that fact that it’s near impossible to avoid Google’s tentacles without “opting out of the social narrative.”
“They have an awful lot of data. They record everything. They have your IP address, your search requests, the contents of every e-mail you’ve ever sent or received. They know the news you read, the places you go. They’re even collecting real-time GPS location and DNS look-ups,” Marlinspike said.
“They know who you friends are, where you live, where you work, where you are spending your free time. They know about your health, your love life, your political leanings. They even know what you are thinking about,” Marlinspike added, warning that the company has found a way to control the terms of the privacy debate by offering what he described as fake anonymization.
Read the rest of the article.
Over a 1,018,0279 iPads have been sold according to Chikita Labs.
Apple sold 500,000 iPads in its first week, so that would mean that its pace has slowed to roughly half that, or 250,000 per week in weeks two and three.
If Apple’s indeed already sold 1 million iPads in a scant three weeks, it could close out the year with around 9 million iPads sold (assuming a pace of 1M units per month) or even as many as 10 million with a big holiday surge. Not bad for a product that it was only available for three quarters of the year.
I’m not sure if the iPad’s momentum is sustainable. The iPad certainly has exceeded everyone’s expectation. Will it sell 9 million units by year end? Time will only tell.