Monday, June 14, 2010

How I learned to stop worrying about privacy and love Facebook | Privacy - InfoWorld

This is scary but true, or is it a matter of who cares.

Paul Venezia writes, think for a second of what Facebook knows about you. I can't say this for certain, but I think it's safe to assume that Facebook keeps everything you've ever typed into the site, whether or not you've subsequently deleted that information. If it was stored once, assume it's stored forever, even if it's no longer visible to you. This extends to photos you've untagged and anything else tied to your account.

In addition, assume all your Facebook chats are saved and archived. Your IP address is stored for every action and every time you log in. If you're using a mobile app, your exact location may be logged, and if not, your IP address is used to locate you geographically. Cross-referencing all that information gives Facebook a surprisingly clear picture of exactly who you are. Facebook can probably build a very complete profile of users who fail to enter anything other than name, rank, and serial number; the usage patterns are enough.

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How I learned to stop worrying about privacy and love Facebook Privacy - InfoWorld

Selecting an Open Source Operating System

Open Source may not be ready to be rolled out as an independent ERP system yet. It is clear that many critical considerations need to be made such as usage, community, compatibility, and support. But these considerations are not only compulsary for open source software, but for commercial software as well. These concerns may be dealt with an inclusion of open source in an RFP, which will provide a level playing field to all intersted parties.

In my opinion Open Source lacks the acceptable buy-in from most stakeholders, especially non-IT personnel, which puts in into a position of playing catch-up to the well-known commercial packages. The bulk of the end-users are non-IT personnel. The learning curve to adapt to a new open source operating system may just pose to be a bridge to far. Although commercially acquired operating systems requires some learning as well, it is more acceptable to the end-users. It may be wise to use an open source operating system as a backup system to gain experience in the workplace. Gradually train selected employees as super-users, which in turn takes away the rude awakening of new system but also adds some level of acceptability to normal end-users.

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Selecting an Open Source Operating System

How to Convince Your Manager to Use Open Source Software

This is smart article by Stormy Peters which addresses many of the questions and myths regarding Open Source Software. I, for one, have my own reservations on open source support, security and legality. These reservations of mine are somewhat laid to rest in this article. The article rightfully acknowledges some of the concerns surrounding Open Source in the workplace, and otherwise, and makes suggestions on how to address some of those fears. I still believe the biggest challenge for Open Source acceptability is lack of knowledge of the full impact, positive that is, it can have in the workplace.

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How to Convince Your Manager to Use Open Source Software

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why watermark your photo's

A friend recently alerted me to watermark my photos that I post on facebook, needless to say, on all interactions I have through all my webpages. Facebook hit me by storm. My initial intention in posting photos of my family and myself was to keep our family and friends informed in certain parts of our lives. My friends base has grown with leaps and bounds on facebook. Never did the thought dawn on me that I may be exposing myself to piracy and invasion of my privacy. With all the tagging that goes on in facebook in particular the thought of my photo' being exposed to piracy is haunting me to say the least. I know that facebook does allow for privacy settings to "friends only", but I'm not at ease at all. Facebook has a responsibility to add a photo watermarking application.

We start with posting one or two photo albums on facebook profiles,  not thinking of watermarking our photos. Who would want our photos anyway. I have 44 photo albums on my facebook profile at the moment that needs a watermark. Many of us may don't dwell on the thought of watermarking our photos. No need to, we believe.  Identity fraud is taking place everyday and I want to protect myself against that possibility. Professional photographer Gregory Taylor talks about the pros and cons of watermarking in the next article: