Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

My Top Technology Tools in 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I started writing about my top technology tools last year and have been fascinated at how my technology needs have changed (or not!) in the past year. Hence I am writing this post to see what are my top technology tools in 2011.

This year, I realized that my technology tools actually fall under three categories: Hardware, Software and external websites (yes, I use external websites as technology tools).

In fact, the setup below is exactly what I need to work from wherever I am (which is what I want to do all the time)

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Why I use Facebook from Firefox – Private Browsing only

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

In the past year, I realized that every single person I know has a Facebook account now! This only means that Facebook has become an integral part of our daily habits…by the way, it also means that we understand what exactly Facebook is getting from us in return for the free platform to express ourselves and how much of our privacy are we ready to¬† compromise in exchange.

While Facebook and their representatives claim that they are not interested in tracking the usage and activity of their users, their Patent Application with US Government Patent Registry on 22-Sep-2011 gives a different picture.

The link to their patent claim is given below if you are interested in the details:

Facebook Patent For Communicating Information In a Social Networking System about Activities from another domain

Scary, isnt it?

Based on my knowledge about cookies, I spent sometime researching on what exactly happens when we login to Facebook account. It was quite obvious that when I was logged into facebook during any session, all my activity done in the same browser in the other tabs, or in the same tab, were easily available for Facebook to pass back to its servers. The more scary part is that even after you logout from Facebook, the cookies continue to exist and your data in future sessions are also available to be logged and tracked.

Based on the observation and study, here are the recommendations:

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I found Ubuntu

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I have been using Ubuntu for the past two months and I have started to love it. After about twenty years with Windows, finally I have spent two full months without a windows machine at home and I do not miss it at all.

Already my wife has switched to Mac about a year ago and I was using windows on some of the netbooks that I got last year. Towards the end of last year, I took two very old laptops and wanted to try and get them used at this time, as they were lying around idle. I downloaded Ubuntu OS image on my MAC machine and cut a bootable disk using it.

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