No Such Thing as Privacy

Why does people still do not get it? There is no such thing as privacy. Don’t surf the Internet or put your name, see previous post, real name or photos on the Internet if you don’t respect your privacy.

First, Google Streetview got slammed. It’s a cool technology that brings 360 pano to a whole new level. They got guys driving around New York snapping away with their panorama camera mounted on their vehicle.

Then, Google Apps Term of Service (ToS), stating that (since changed), Google reserves the right to modify and publish user’s content in Google Apps to promote Google’s services. Don’t use it if you’re paranoid in reading the Terms of Service in the first place. For the average user, convenience is key. So who cares?! Google shouldn’t! It’s common sense not to put important or sensitive data on the Net just for convenience sake you goon! The level of convenience needs to be balanced and weight by your common sense to your personal level of comfortability.

Say a resume. Would you save it online? Some actually blog about their or offer it as a download so potential employers, at least in theory, will visit your nice little blog or website to download a copy? Wake up dude! It ain’t gonna happen. You want the jb, print a copy, bring it during your interview and pray you don’t suck at it.

Common sense will tell you your credit card details and details will include the credit card number (duh!), expiry date and the security codeswill be one thing never to store online and preferably not even on your PC if you are paranoid. If you do, make sure you know how to protect it, passwords, encrpytion, heck, make the PC a standalone PC, not networked or connected to the Internet. PC and laptop are cheap now even in Singapore so consider!

So, back to streetview, it’s Singapore for god sake so don’t start. We’ll not whine about it if it’s implemented here and I do hope it will be! It’s like photography, if I am taking from a public place of say, a commercial building example, across the road with a tele lens, the security cannot come over, crossing the road and tell you that it is not allowed and it is not illegal unless you have the intention to do something bad about it/ to the building.

Recently, a geek friend told me, he wants privacy. He blogs but he only wants people to know as much things as he blogs ONLY. Nothing more. I think, you want privacy, you don’t live with an Internet connection, period.

600 million

yep. That’s the amount of money in USD the printer industry make in a year. Year after year after year. So why can’t it innovate?

I’m talking about one single design for a single manufacturer or brand. HP to use a single design for all their range of whatever HP printer, one single ink cartridge. That’s it. I just need to know I need a HP, not an Epson or Lexmark or Canon ink cartridge, I pop by any supplier or shop to buy a HP ink cartridge. Oh no, not a HP C3218743 ink jet printer with the color black ink cartridge part number F492 nor the Canon BJC9421 with think tanks model FS42-1 in CYAN color only. Just a plain simple HP ink cartridge. Be it in black or the color I need.


It ain’t that the printer industry cannot innovate. Who needs to when it is pouring in 600 million USD a year?! The minute you buy a printer, they invent something new, something better, something faster and EOL (end-of-life) the ink cartridge technologies that have been invented for the “very efficient”, “5 million PPM”, “more real to life print out”, “top of the line” printer you just bought.

The printer industry is of course, a big industry. 6 million dollars big and growing. 3rd party vendors have sprouted with the same frustration and/or money making scheme. They invented the “continuous ink” technology. Never change ink cartridges forever! (?). All major brands will tell you, you use them, you void all warranties of course. Others take them to court around the world. Some do proposper making big bucks still. Why again? Of course due to people. People mindset, why bother? I spend less than SGD$100 for the printer, if it breaks down, I’ll just jolly well get a new one. Buying that $100 printer for my home use, 5 to 10 changes of the ink cartridges will very well more than the cost of the printer.

Manufacturers know that. They know what people think, well of course they do. They just don’t want to.

Windows XP SP3

Network Access Protection compatibility. Announced years ago, this feature allows Windows XP machines to interact with the NAP feature in Windows Server 2008. This functionality is built into the RTM version of Windows Vista as well.

Product Key-less install option. As with Windows Vista, new XP with SP3 installs can proceed without entering a product key during Setup.

Kernel Mode Cryptographics Module. A new kernel module that “encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms,” according to Microsoft.

“Black hole” router detection algorithm. XP gains the ability to ignore network routers that incorrectly drop certain kinds of network packets. This, too, is a feature of Windows Vista.

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