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The love of my life, may she finally rest in peace.
I’ve been doing this blogging thing for going on 6+ years now but I find myself in need of finding a new place to call home when it comes to writing about technology and social media, after all the bills have to get paid somehow.
For those that aren’t that familiar with who I am I have been writing news and opinion posts about technology in general, Microsoft and Windows, as well as social media at the following sites over the past 6+ years:
Mashable – a short stint
The Inquisitr – 5+ years
FortyTwoTimes – just over a year
As well as writing here at Shooting at Bubbles, I also maintain the Winextra blog which is all about sharing all the cool things I run across daily when it comes to geeks, nerds and the wacky.
If you are in the market, or know a blog that is in the market for a talented and dedicated writer please contact me at email@example.com and lets see if we can work something out.
I just checked my email and this list of emails all from the same person saying exactly the same thing was waiting for me. The thing is that the emails came into the same specific email address that I use for my contact page at Winextra.
Seriously – how freaking stupid.
It seems that someone has gotten the brainwave that they can make money off of peoples habit of saying stupid; and sometimes very nasty things, on the various social media networks.
A British company by the name of ALLOW is now hawking what they are calling the first “social media insurance” the idea of course of being that you will pay some company to project you from “reputation damage, account jacking, and other forms of ID theft”; with the plan covering the expenses for getting legal advice and expert support.
ALLOW will offer up to £10,000 ($16,250 USD) in fees and costs for any one incident or £3,500 ($5,690 USD) towards any reputational damage for around £3.99 ($6.50 USD) a month, and will offer new customers 30 days of free coverage.
In other words paying out money to have some company supposedly protect you from your own stupidity.
via Geeks are Sexy
I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t think very much of social media or social networks (the social web is another matter) and that for the most part it is nothing more than just another way for marketers to get all slimey and make you believe that social media is the great social changer.
With this in mind I came across a book by Ryan Holiday titled “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” and if there ever was an insider book to read this is it, especially when it comes to social media and blogging. It’s an honest look at just how easily the whole blogging industry can be manipulated and a thoroughly enjoyable book to read; even if you do feel like taking a shower afterwards.
You can pick it up on Amazon in print, Kindle, or audio book format; and I don’t very often recommend books but if you are a blogger, or even someone interested in social media, you should maybe give this a good read.
The news about the hacking of an FBI laptop and the subsequent harvesting of 12 million Apple IDs is blowing up all over the web but here is the most import question about the whole thing:
What the hell was the FBI doing with a list of 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad user IDs; and how did they get them?
This crossed a line plain and simple, now we need some real answers and not some spin doctoring.
I love this .. people getting upset about possible security (?) problems when it comes to Windows 8
Using the recent RTM build of Windows 8, Kobeissi found something odd with Windows SmartScreen, an application that, turned on by default, screens everything one installs from the Internet in order to tell the user if it’s safe or not. When you tell Windows 8 to download something, it gathers information about the application, then sends the data off to Microsoft. Microsoft (obviously automated) checks out the credentials, then lets you know whether or not the application is signed with an official certificate. Pretty standard stuff. However, Kobeissi finds that Windows 8 is “configured to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install.”
This in a world where people share their dumps and other mindless minutia on places like Facebook and Twitter.
For those of you paying attention to the happenings at CES this year you will have noticed all the really, and I mean sweet hardware coming out for Windows users. From laptops err ultrabooks to tablets everything is sporting sweet lines of designs.
Here’s the real kicker: they are coming from the same people who have sold us utter crud for so long. Dang. They just, I don’t know, tried harder all of a sudden. It’s as if the engeineering teams at the various PC OEMs woke up one morning, and actually drank coffee for a change. “You know Ted, instead of shipping another round of crap, why don’t we make something that people will actually want to use?” I’m annoyed by this. I’m frustrated that we’ve been underserved and charged full price for so long. At least the drought is mostly over. As Microsoft crows here, the current crop of these ‘Ultrabooks’ are sexy and capable and, for the most part, competitively priced.
As I said on Google+ – nicely said Alex, nicely said.