Real TV or Fake TV

hdr-tvThinking of buying a new TV? Bamboozled with the mass of technical terms? Lack of assistance by the sales staff when wanting explanations?

Yes, all of that so how do we choose the TV that is right for us and will last another 10 years?

It is a good thing to learn a little of the sort of things that will help to guide you to a better choice of set, because

 

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Goggle Plus now Google Minus

That’s the end, finished, kaput. GooglePlus has finally closed for good.

Originally Google+ was touted to become an all encompassing social network which would shake Facebook and become its serious competitor.

Instead it never got the wings to really take off and the death knell came by way of the enormous data scandals of recent days which not only hit Facebook and cost them billions in fines, but as we now learn, Google has not been free of data leakage and they assess that half a million users’ private details have leaked into unauthorized hands.

According to the Wall Street Journal Google has known about this since March but has kept quiet about it. An internal memo which the paper has obtained shows that Google feared the political consequences of a disclosure. The company said that the problem wasn’t big enough to publicise, and that the data which was leaked wasn’t serious enough  to make the breach public.

Last Monday Google nevertheless closed the whole GooglePlus setup.

Anti-Tracking Software

 

I was reading an article in a consumer magazine about how to protect your privacy when using Facebook and the author had added a sidebar about an anti-tracking product (Privacy Badger) that he recommended. From there I found the Privacy Badger reviews online and decided to give it a go. Privacy Badger is a free browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Firefox for Android created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When asked to give a demonstration of the product at a recent Question & Answer (Q&A) session, I took a longer look at anti-tracking extensions and decided the presentation should be a comparison between two of the available products. Continue reading

A trip down Memory Lane

A trip down M Lane

I remember IIIt really is nearly 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee gave the World the beginnings of the World Wide Web that has changed the way we live, do business, work and entertain, just about everything in the way it has impacted society.

In New Zealand back in 1961 the first computer was installed at Treasury [an IBM] but it took 20 years to 1981 before IBM gave us the PC and Bill Gates gave us the MS-DOS that was the first operating platform for the Personal Computer.

You may even remember the Commodore 64, the cheaper computer everyone loved and 1/3rd of the cost of an Apple II and an IBM PC, it might even have been

 

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