Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Facebook (and iPad) in the news (Important)

Many of you use Facebook. Yet again, Facebook is changing their “Privacy Policy”.

* Facebook alters privacy policy: Is your personal data now ‘fair game’?

Facebook is making changes to its privacy policy which will change the way you use the site. If you do not like the changes you have until tomorrow to comment. Or you can just delete your account.Read more..

I put ‘Privacy Policy’ in quotes because the founder of Facebook has publicly said he doesn’t think you have any privacy online.. is against the whole notion.
(Makes me glad I never ever even signed up….)

In other news:

* iPad 3 LTE comes to Verizon, and all hell breaks loose

The iPad 3 is going to give a lot of LTE customers “sticker shock” on their billing statements.Read more..

I read the other day that there’s, like, already 10 times more people using cellular data than they have the “infrastructure” for… but are they gonna stop selling tablets/smartphones or discouraging people from signing up? Like they should? Until they build more towers? I think they have a different strategy in mind for discouraging us from ‘streaming’ too much…

(Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry..) Saving Best For Last Department:

* New scam involves PayPal and Western Union

There’s a new variation on the old “Nigerian” or “419″ scam, one that invokes the names of PayPal, Western Union, and the FBI — and the scammers are raking in billions ¹.

Let me introduce you to the way these scum operate — and show you a few tricks that may keep you from adding to their booty..Read more..

(This is a very good read.. even if you think you’re not interested..)

* It seems Google Wave is going bye-bye.. they sent me an email: “This is a reminder that the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012.”



This is kinda fun: Test your reaction time ‘reflexes’ with this simple (and fun) test.. click here and see how many sheep you can dart.

Today’s quote:Hollywood views regular people as children, and they think they’re the smart ones who need to tell the idiots out there how to be.” ~ Trey Parker

¹ emphasis mine

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March 22, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, News | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Ahhh…. Facebook. My favorite rant. I’m just thankful that my wife is smart enough to always be sandboxed while online, keep her laptop updated (and use Secunia PSI), and never click on any advertisements or other enticing links. She may be hooked to the games, but at least she’s careful.

    I never have understood the intense attraction to social networking. There’s plenty of drama in RL… more than enough for me.

    Thanks for keeping us informed Paul. Having your finger on the pulse of the net saves us a lot of time and helps keep my head in a much sweeter smelling place than it could be!


    Comment by yoinjoco | March 22, 2012 | Reply

    • yoinjoco,
      We live in interesting times..

      And yes, IMHO, it does pay to be “smart enough” to use some good old-fashioned paranoid common sense when online.


      Comment by techpaul | March 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. Some Interesting Reads Here:

    New Scams With Pay Pal…this kind of “Need-To-Know Info” is NOT “widely published”. . Good that Tech-for Everyone is here to keep us INFORMED. Thanks, I sent this article to a few of my friends who deal with Pay Pal.

    Test Your Skill …”It is” Simple and Fun…See How Many Sheep Can You Dart…


    Comment by Gaia | March 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      One of the reasons it is not widely published – I have concluded – is because it is not widely read. People don’t want to hear it.
      (Which seems to defy William Randolph Hearst’s maxim..)

      But I post such things anyway, as I think they’re important.

      .. that sheep game is oddly.. addicting.


      Comment by techpaul | March 23, 2012 | Reply

  3. No one cares…The people are sheeple…just lead them to the slaughter.

    Now you got future employers wanting your password/signon info to Facebook. Potential employers, colleges asking for Facebook passwords
    Hmm, what if you don’t get the job..what happens to that logon info??

    Also, if your friends are applying for a job..and they give that info..won’t your info show?

    Facebook wants the one else can have it, I guess.
    Facebook speaks out against employers asking for passwords –


    Comment by delenn13 | March 23, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Thinking (using my brain) is hard work, and it hurts. Sometimes it feels to me like.. it is not fair to expect people to do it unless they’re paid to.

      Now.. some of this.. what can you say/who do you get mad at?
      Is it not perfectly reasonable to expect employers to look into what type of people they might be hiring? (I hope they do!) And what better way to do that than look at their interests/activities/”profiles”?

      And.. after 20 years of shipping all the jobs offshore, (aka “a tough economy” with “poor employment numbers”), I might tell a prospective employer where they could shove such a request.. but would I if I had mouths to feed/dress/send to college?
      (The only way such employers will stop asking is if every single one of us – each and every time – flips them the bird and gets up and walks out [when asked for passwords]. Good luck with that/it’s already too late, as people desperate for good jobs are providing their credentials.)
      I wrote this, Boseman Montana is Insane, back in mid ’09.. almost 3 years ago, now..

      Walter Lantz Studios

      Walter Lantz Studios

      I guess I’ll simply say this (again) .. think about what you post online BEFORE YOU POST IT. (Yes. Shouting.)
      People will look at it someday. And no, you can’t “erase” it.


      Comment by techpaul | March 23, 2012 | Reply

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