Over the years, I have sold a number of my electronics on eBay such as my beloved Gameboy SP, a Gamecube, and an iPod Touch. Most recently, I helped my sister sell her “old” 2011 Macbook Air, which was by far the most expensive and nerve-racking sale I have ever made. I prayed that whoever ended up with the laptop wasn’t some scam artist looking to pilfer credit card information, passwords, and other personal information that I inadvertently failed to make unretrievable. There are only so many horror stories an amateur online seller can handle before the paranoia kicks in.
During this mornings congressional hearing in which Apple CEO Tim Cook was summoned to address questions in regards to the company’s tax practices, Senator John McCain took the opportunity to ask a very pressing question
Why the hell do I have to keep updating apps on my iPhone all the time?
I’m so glad our taxpayers money is being used to address such important matters.
If you’ve been tuning in to the PlaceboCast, you might’ve noticed that I like to add a table of contents to podcasts. So, if you’re not interested in listening to me and Joseph rattle on about Mailbox for the zillionth time, you can skip to the topic that interests you more using the timestamp information provided.
I’m still a bit new to the whole podcasting craze but one of my favorite podcast shows I’ve found is The Shoptalk by Chris Coyier and Dave Rubert. The podcast focuses on front-end design and development and I highly recommend it for anyone interested.
The reason why I mention the show is because on the podcast page, they also provide a table of contents for their users. In fact, the timestamps are actually links that, when clicked, allows you to fast forward the player to the specific time without refreshing the page.
When I discovered this, my first reaction was “This is so cool! How do I do this for the PlaceboCast??”
After some Googling, I was able to implement it on LonePlacebo, which I will detail next.
If you regularly perform searches in Gmail, remembering all the different search operators is often a challenge. Granted, Gmail now provides a more user-friendly drop-down form to allow you to refine your search as opposed to shooting in the dark with random keywords. But wouldn’t it be awesome to somehow save some of your most frequently used search queries as a bookmark, triggering it with a simple click of a button?
We all have those Facebook friends that constantly ping us for no reason other than to distract you. You tried ditching AIM and Google Chat to avoid encountering them online, but they remained persistent.
How was your day?
What’s you favorite color? Mine is brown. Because it’s the color of your eyes.
But if ditching Facebook isn’t an option for you, what can you do?
Mashable(ugh) noted in an article that Facebook can allow you to selectively hide yourself from chat. Start a Facebook chat as you normally do, and then click on the cog icon on the top-right of your chat box. You will find an option that says “Go offline to [name].” And like that…you’re gone!
Mashable also has a more detailed walkthrough for this process if you are interested in hiding from multiple people. You can check it out here.
Photo Stream is this awesome feature in iCloud that automatically distributes your photos across all of your devices. Despite the benefit of not needing to connect your device to your Mac to access the photos, there is one drawback. For instance, to access photos in your Photo Stream, you need to launch iPhoto on your Mac. It’s not the fastest way and luckily, there is a better solution.
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Almost as embarrassing as having someone read your browsing history, autocomplete suggestions in modern web browsers can be just as painful.
Lifehacker posted an awesome tip to a question I’ve been struggling to figure out for awhile now (innocent reasons, I swear): how the hell do I stop my web browser from displaying my past web-surfing exploits every time I type something in my address bar?
I’m relatively new to the whole cryptography and computing security scene and it has always intrigued me on how so many people with their Macbooks, Netbooks, iPhones, external hard drives, and other mobile devices are so vulnerable to malicious attacks from outsiders. There has always been an age-old saying in the IT business: PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair).
While most of the problems that IT managers and security professionals deal with stem from the inability of users to practice some common sense when browsing the web, those types of problems are easy to rectify.
However, there is very little IT managers and security professionals can do about physical theft, such as a burglaries and corporate espionage. Thankfully, there is a way for ordinary people like you and me to protect your sensitive data from physical theft.