Saturday, May 1, 2010

I'm on Facebook

I finally have a facebook account. I'm linking it to my blog via feeds.

I have no idea what I'm doing , but i'll learn!

Apple raises ebook prices for everyone


I've never liked apple because of its unfair business practices and this is one example. Apple whether you like it or not is a major player here so you have a large incentive to toe their line.

This will only encourage piracy as it drives up book costs.

Oh, apple ebooks have DRM by the way.

in reference to:
"Apple requires that if you sell books through them that you absolutely cannot sell them for less through anyone else. To my understanding Amazon also requires this, so Apple and Amazon prices should be identical in the future, but Amazon doesn't force prices to end in .99. What this means is that an e-book that the author was quite happy to sell for $2.29 or $2.49 is now going to cost $2.99 from everybody."
- Slashdot Apple Story | Apple Raises E-book Prices For Everyone (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy

This article shows the different privacy policies of facebook. You can see as it slowly changes over time, getting worse and worse.

A lot of people either blissfully are ignorant of this or dont care since facebook provides something in return like say - convenience. Thats a wrong attitude since losing your privacy has very real consequences
in reference to:
"Since its incorporation just over five years ago, Facebook has undergone a remarkable transformation. When it started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice. Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default. Today, it has become a platform where you have no choice but to make certain information public, and this public information may be shared by Facebook with its partner websites and used to target ads."

Viewed together, the successive policies tell a clear story. Facebook originally earned its core base of users by offering them simple and powerful controls over their personal information. As Facebook grew larger and became more important, it could have chosen to maintain or improve those controls. Instead, it's slowly but surely helped itself — and its advertising and business partners — to more and more of its users' information, while limiting the users' options to control their own information.
- Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline | Electronic Frontier Foundation (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Apple bans online sales of apple products in japan

"Large retail stores in Japan were ordered a week ago to stop selling Apple products online (Google translation; Japanese original). The comments in the Japanese business newspapers suggest that Apple believes online shopping confers an aura of 'cheapness' on their products; but surely killing the Apple store's competition must have entered into the calculation. As of today, most of the largest retailers have notices on their Apple catalog pages asking you kindly to visit the shop if you want to acquire a piece of magic. It seems that for the moment the campaign is aimed at the big fish, as smaller shops still seem to be selling Apple products."

Another example of how dictatorial apple can be. This will only make prices go up.

Imagine if this spreads worldwide, you cant  buy apple stuff on ebay or from online sellers like in tipidpc.

in reference to: Slashdot Apple Story | Apple Bans Online Sales In Japan (view on Google Sidewiki)

Unlock Huawei Modem Dongle E160//E176/E1550/E220/E230 and more for FREE

Found this free tool to unlock the usb dongles of major ISP's

Havent tried it yet though
in reference to:
"Unlock Huawei Modem Dongle E160//E176/E1550/E220/E230 and more for FREE"
- Unlock Huawei Modem Dongle E160//E176/E1550/E220/E230 and more for FREE | Online Bits and Pieces (view on Google Sidewiki)

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