Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Why People Play Farmville

Good essay here on why people are so addicted to Farmville:

Cultivated Play: Farmville

Facebook Details Hacked

So some “jerk” for want of a better word has collected and published the personal details of 100 million Facebook users. I’m not even going to mention this guy’s name as I’m certain he’s out for recognition – no different to the idiot that released an iPhone virus just because it could be done (only on jailbroken phones).

Basically this hacker used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user’s privacy settings. He released it to torrent users worldwide to download.

What. An. Ass.

Facebook have this to say:

“People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want,” the statement read.

“In this case, information that people have agreed to make public was collected by a single researcher and already exists in Google, Bing, other search engines, as well as on Facebook.

“No private data is available or has been compromised,” the statement added.”

I’m certain my name does not appear in this download as I have only allowed trivial information to be broadcast to the world (name, bio, etc.) but please if you read this and own a Facebook page, go to your privacy settings and customize them so that only your friends can see your personal details.

BBC News have more details here

Important Advice for wives, girlfriends, fiancés, mothers, sisters, daughters…

Extremely important advice and recommendations to be passed on to wives, girlfriends, fiancés, mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. (to all women in general) These rules are to be communicated prior to the World Cup in June/July this year…

1. From 11 June to 11 July 2010, you should read the sports section of the newspaper so that you are aware of what is going on regarding the World Cup, and that way you will be able to join in the conversations. If you fail to do this, then you will be looked at in a bad way, or you will be totally ignored. DO NOT complain about not receiving any attention.

2. During the World Cup, the television is mine, at all times, Without any exceptions. If you even take a glimpse of the remote control, you will lose it (your eye).

3. If you have to pass by in front of the TV during a game, I don’t mind, as long as you do it crawling on the floor and without distracting me. My dear wife, if you decide to stand bikini-clad in front of the TV in an effort to get my attention, make sure you put clothes on right after because if you catch a cold, I wont have time to take you to the doctor or look after you during the World Cup month.

4. During the games I will be blind, deaf and mute, unless I require a refill of my drink or something to eat. You are out of your mind if you expect me to listen to you, open the door, answer the telephone, or pick up the baby that just fell from the second floor….it won’t happen.

5. It would be a good idea for you to keep at least two six packs in the fridge at all times, as well as plenty of things to nibble on, and please do not make any funny faces to my friends when they come over to watch the games. In return, you will be allowed to use the TV between 12am and 6am, unless they replay a good game that I missed during the day.

6. Please, please, please!! if you see me upset because one of my teams is losing, DO NOT say “get over it, its only a game”, or “don’t worry, they’ll win next time”. If you say these things, you will only make me angrier and I will love you less. Remember, you will never ever know more about football than me and your so called “words of encouragement” will only lead to a break up or divorce.

7. You are welcome to sit with me to watch one game and you can talk to me during half-time but only when the commercials are on, and only if the half-time score is pleasing me. In addition, please note I am saying “one” game, hence do not use the World Cup as a nice cheesy excuse to “spend time together”.

8. The replays of the goals are very important. I don’t care if I have seen them or I haven’t seen them, I want to see them again. Many times.

9. Tell your friends NOT to have any babies, or any other child related parties or gatherings that requires my attendance because: 
a) I will not go, 
b) I will not go, and 
c) I will not go.

10. But, if a friend of mine invites us to his house on a Sunday to watch a game, we will be there in a flash.

11. The daily World Cup highlights show on TV every night is just as important as the games themselves. Do not even think about saying “but You have already seen this…why don’t you change the channel to something we can all watch??”, the reply will be: “Refer to Rule #2 of this list”.

12. And finally, please save your expressions such as “Thank God the World Cup is only every 4 years”. I am immune to these words, because after this comes the Barclays Premier League, Champions League, Italian League, Spanish League, etc. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Awards Part 1

It’s that time of the year again…the grass seems greener, the suns shines brighter – school is coming to an end for many people and it’s difficult to determine who’s happier – the students or the teachers! Here are some hints and tips from the Yearbook Awards:

The Yearbook Awards Part 2

It’s that time of the year again…the grass seems greener, the suns shines brighter – school is coming to an end for many people and it’s difficult to determine who’s happier – the students or the teachers! Here are some hints and tips from the Yearbook Awards:

Don't Worry About Your Outfit

The Yearbook Awards Part 3

It’s that time of the year again…the grass seems greener, the suns shines brighter – school is coming to an end for many people and it’s difficult to determine who’s happier – the students or the teachers! Here are some hints and tips from the Yearbook Awards:

The Vanishing Act of Facebook Privacy

Very good infographic on Facebook’s privacy settings developed by Matt McKeon, an IBM researcher. In it he shows how the Facebook privacy settings have changed very quickly and quietly in just a few years.

The rings show the groups who can see a given slice of information, if you leave the default settings in place. Here is 2005:

In 2009:

And in April 2010

Of course these are all default settings, and if you’re concerned you can easily change your privacy settings to how to you want them but there is no denying that there has been a massive shift in Facebook’s privacy settings. As FastCompany perfectly sums up on their Infographic of the Day segment: ‘Why would they make those changes? The less privacy there is in general, the more irresistible Facebook becomes, because you can snoop on other people far more. And figure out exactly what to sell them.’