Google is rolling out new TOS and "Privacy" Policy effective March 1. Among these is hidden the following:

We may use the name you provide for your Google Profile across all of the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Profile information, such as your name and photo.

Since government-approved Latin-character names are still required for your profile, this means that your government-approved name will not only be shown everywhere Google, but also to everyone who knows your email address.

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asterroc: (Astro - H-alpha)
I have an invite for a Google Voice number, which would allow me to link my personal (cell) and work numbers together, and I can select which phone rings when specific people call me, or have neither ring at all. I would give this number out to people who know me personally, professionally, or even through teh intartubes only. I've got a few ideas and I'm wondering what others think of them, or if you have other suggestions for me that aren't already taken.

[Poll #1444709]
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
"Real life should take priority over the virtual, such as cellphones, social networking, and video games."



Jan. 19th, 2009 06:37 pm
Apparently a blog I follow,, was banned from for selling things. I wonder what gives.
Twittering the debate. I'm zandperl there, as usual.
asterroc: (doll)
Dailymile is a good site to keep track of it, and to turn it into a social thing. I'm on there as zandperl as usual.
Not only is this an entertaining timeline of internet memes, but it's also wiki-esque, in that you can add your own!

Zero Hits

Jun. 13th, 2008 07:27 pm
Another phrase that has zero hits on Google (in quotations): "wikipedia purity test"
Now I forget what prompted this, but here's some Wikipedia Bingo!

Know the URL without having to type in
Edited a page you were reading for a course You have a Wikipedia page for your real nameKnow WP:NPOV policy by heart
Suggested a page for deletion
Commented on someone's user page Accepted or recommended Wikipedia as a source for a student's paper Edited a category box Removed a Copyvio Have more than one account
Used Mediawiki for your own wiki. Tagged an article with {{weasel words}} Free Space Familiar with Webcomics Deletegate Edited a non-English (en) Wikipedia page
Marked an edit as "minor" Participated in a page deletion debate Argued that Wikipedia is an acceptable source for a class paper Posted a death date Administrator account
Tagged an article with {{fact}} Contributed to a policy Posted an image for which you held the license Contributed significantly to a page later Featured Filled out the "Edit Summary"

Or maybe I should turn it into a Wikipedia Purity Test.  Too bad I don't have access to somewhere I could post scripts.  Or the inclination to figure out how to write one.  


Jun. 13th, 2008 12:03 pm
I wish I knew of back when I was in college. [ profile] czarina69, you'll love it.
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
For your entertainment, here's a service that allows you to preview your blog in multiple different browsers. I did it for my science blog, and here's what I got:

Unfortunately they don't have a screenshot of all, so if you want one you have to take it yourself.
asterroc: (xkcd - Binary Heart)
I want to set up a webcam to remotely watch my bird. (Kappa's a camera whore.) I don't have a computer located near the cage so I want this to either wirelessly connect to my Mac, or wirelessly connect to my router. I want it to automatically upload one photo every five minutes (or some other interval) to some host or other (I'm looking for recommendations there too).

Is this possible? If so, how?
Anyone use online book trading services? Frugal Reader is one I just came across (you ship books to other members in exchange for books from others, paperbacks are 1 point, hardcovers 2 points, you pay shipping), and I've heard of another though I forget the name now (you get a monetary credit to your account each time you send in a book, each book is worth a different amount, I forget if you send directly to other members or to the webpage owners). Any of these any good? My questions include:

* Is it free?
* Can it print shipping labels?
* How fast is turnover of a book you list?
* How reliable is the shipping?
* How/when does it release your address to the shipper (if another human)?
* Does it do audiobooks?
* How does it value books?
* Can you unlist a book you own?
* What if you don't get the book?
Latest intarwebs signup networking thingit, Good Reads - seems a bit like Library Thing. Don't know much about it, but I'm there.
Apparently, and as far as I can tell this's true, for a while GMail had a security hole that hackers were able to take advantage of. Specifically, the hole allowed hackers to steal your GMail password, and alter the filters in your GMail account, so that it would forward and delete emails with certain subject lines or keywords, so that you'd never see them in the first place, and they could also send email from the account. In the article linked above, an individual who did this found himself scammed out of a profitable webpage that he owned. For you as an individual, you could find yourself losing bank account or credit card information, for example.

The hole is now fixed, so no new hacks can happen, but what you may wish to do is take a couple minutes to check out the filters in your GMail account and make sure there's nothing there that is bad - although no new hacks can happen, if they had hacked you in the past and you hadn't noticed, the filters would remain. If you have many, do a search on the filters page for "forward" and "skip" (for skip Inbox) and that should catch the bad ones.


Dec. 24th, 2007 10:48 pm

Some days I just feel that way. Today is one of them.


Dec. 20th, 2007 10:28 pm
Because I need more procrastination (and cowbell), anyone got a link to how to get Twitter to post to LJ?


Dec. 18th, 2007 06:28 pm
Oh duh, RSS feed on LJ here: [ profile] wootdotcom!

Background: T$ bought us a Roomba via Woot; I bought my parents one that I'll be giving to them at the end of the week; and I want to buy one for a (married) couple friends now, and it's a pain to check every day. Woot has a different electronics item every day, dirt cheap, but always for only one day only, so normally you have to watch it like a hawk to make sure you get what you want. But now I get to watch an RSS feed on LJ!



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