It’s Your Duty to Install Ad Blockers. But Which Ones and Why?

“Ad Blockers! I love them. They clean up my internet experience and my computer is very happy when not downloading all those ads… The featured image is from blog.mecco.me.”

edward-snowden-just-joined-twitter--and-he-is-already-trolling-the-nsaIf you value your privacy you might have taken notice this week when Edward Snowden says “it’s your ‘duty’ to install ad blockers”… “In an interview with The Intercept (a must read!), the government surveillance whistleblower gave some advice on how average citizens can shield their privacy online. One of the less obvious security tips: flip on an ad blocker.” You can read more at Mashable here.

What are companies doing to counteract ad blockers?

Yahoo has been experimenting with a feature that requires you to turn off your ad blocker in order to access your email. Probably not a popular option. You can read that here….

Websites may know that you’re using an ad blocker and if so, I think that there will be a small war against them in the near future. When you’re running an ad blocker your taking away marketing dollars from someone.

Websites supposedly know you are running an ad blocker, as also stated by mashable. I have yet to run across a website that asks me to turn off my ad blocker or states that I am running one.

As a part-time marketer I prefer having ads hosted directly on the website and people can just click on the ad image to be taken somewhere else. What’s really happening is that websites are putting up JavaScript as ads. JavaScript needs to download outside content to be viewable. This works great because ads can be updated constantly and rotated frequently because the content is somewhere else. The downside is it slows down your computer. Imagine loading a page that has 15 ads that also have to be downloaded. The download process becomes very slow and bloated. You sometimes think your computer is running slow but it’s not.

There is a huge upside to marketers using JavaScript as ads but I can’t go into all of that here. I do know that if people start using ad blockers en mass, that upside of using JavaScript for marketing won’t mean a thing.

Why to use an ad blocker?

I have been using an ad blocker for a while and I have to admit, once installed the laptop started running better than ever. So even if you think an ad blocker is not needed or you don’t mind the advertisements, you should at least know your computer will run better since it’s not downloading so much outside content.

I’m using an ad blocker called WebGuard which you can download from the Mac App Store. I have no complaints.

I would be curious as to what ad-blockers you run and why?

 

The Roosevelt Field Mall Christmas Trees are Back!

The Christmas Trees are Back!

9 Days ago I wrote a post questioning how Long Islanders may be too apathetic. Despite having a record low number of Long Islanders get out and vote on November 3rd, we all went nuts over the Roosevelt Field Mall “Holiday Display” for not having a Christmas Tree. Well… The trees are back and there are a LOT of them!

Here is the before pic:

This pic was taken by Newsday a few days after the public went nuts over the original glacier display. The mall had just flanked the glacier display with 2 little trees.

Old Mall Display

Here is the after:

This taken today (11/18). Completely redone in a true Christmas theme! Nice Job!

Roosevelt Field Mall Trees

 

The people do have power when we speak up. We just have to use it. Now what issue should we go after next?

Keep Posting to Facebook. You’re Sharing some very Personal Information with an A.I.

“Tonight I’m shaking my head over an article I’m reading. Facebook will eventually be an A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) in less than 10 years. Future robots will know every little detail about Facebook users. This A.I can currently recognize what is going on in pictures you post so it will be into Instagram too. Combine that with facial recognition and this is going to be one powerful A.I.”

The attached blurb is from the DailyMail. Read on and then follow the link to the article because there is plenty more information, including videos, documenting Facebook’s plans to use your Facebook postings to help develop an A.I. that will know everything about you.


Goodbye FacebookFacebook is set to become a lot more intelligent – and could outperform humans within ten years, Mark Zuckerberg has claimed.
In an interview with Fast Company, the Facebook founder revealed the firm’s huge investment in artificial intelligence.
This, he hopes will allow it to do everything from organise diaries to recognise friends in pictures automatically.
The firm hopes to be able to take advantage of the vast amount of data people are producing every day.
There’s just going to be a lot more data generated about what’s happening in the world, and the conventional models and systems that we have today won’t scale,’ said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s VP of engineering.
One of our goals for the next five to 10 years,’ Zuckerberg told Fast Company, ‘is to basically get better than human level at all of the primary human senses: vision, hearing, language, general cognition.

There’s a lot more to the article by dailymail.co.ukRead the entire article here…


So keep posting to Facebook about everything you do. I get the feeling it will all be used against us in the future.

The Day After the Paris Attacks, from the eyes of a “Scoper”

“I had so much planned for this weeks post. I had lots of stuff to talk about but the recent attacks in Paris stopped me in my tracks.”

As I normally do, I went straight to the Drudge Report for the most up to date information on the attacks where this article caught my eye, “President states ISIS has been contained” and posed no immediate threat. Irony. Thanks to Drudge for pointing out something that would have most definitely been buried by the mainstream media.

Then I go onto Facebook, but only briefly, where the trend was for people to change their profile picture with a superimposed image of the French flag, but no way to get a meaningful dialog going. Yes, all the major news media sites dump their content directly onto Facebook but Facebook is still not a great aggregator of news and people who use it to talk about politics have little to no training on how to facilitate a conversation. On top of that no one can really trust the mainstream medias postings anyway. Facebook is useless to me.

Meanwhile, on twitter, hashtags run rampant and with only 140 characters to use on a tweet, hardly a medium to have a realistic conversation, let alone find an intelligent one. Even if you are like me and have the ability to follow a conversation, there are just too many of them. How do you find the good ones?

Then, on to Periscope… where some of the best facilitators of conversation are just roaming around the streets. I happen to follow a Paris Scoper. If you follow me on twitter you can easily find this Paris Scoper because I tweet out a lot of his scopes as soon as he comes on… I’ve embedded one of the better scopes below but the best time to view a scope is “live” because you can follow the chat while the Scoper is interacting with his viewers.

There are such beautiful photos coming out of Paris, Beautiful videos, video chats and “Scopes” are happening on a smaller and more intimate scale… Get off the internet Ghettos (Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+… blah blah blah) and try some of these more personal social media channels which allow you to connect on a more personal level. There’s a lot of information coming out of Paris and it’s coming directly from it’s citizens.

Long Islanders are not Completely Apathetic?

We lose the Islanders, we don’t come out to vote but we save our Mall Christmas Tree?

Two things really struck a cord with me this week. 1) Long Islanders just don’t vote. 2) Take away our Mall Christmas Tree and we go nuts! Here are two stories I pulled out of the local news this week:

“All of us should feel uneasy that so few of us choose our elected leaders. Our collective lack of involvement is shameful. there’s a definitive conclusion in the big-picture contest on Long Island: As voters, we’re a sorry lot.” http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/long-island-democracy-of-the-few-for-the-many-1.11064013

And Then:

“Two Christmas trees have been added to the futuristic Santa photo area of Roosevelt Field Mall following an outcry from Long Islanders.

Photos showing this year’s photo-staging area devoid of any traditional Christmas decorations went viral online. As News 12Long Island first reported, a petition was started urging mall management to drop its new set-up, dubbed “Glacier,” and instead return to a more classic holiday display. Many customers had threatened to boycott Roosevelt Field and do their holiday shopping elsewhere. http://longisland.news12.com/news/roosevelt-field-mall-sprucing-up-its-cutting-edge-santa-display-1.11071056?1

We’re not truly apathetic. Are we?

Simon Mall

Of course we were not alone in our Christmas tree issue. Other malls around the country had the same issue as you can see from the screenshot above. It is a step in the right direction as everyday citizens are learning to use social media to coordinate change. Unfortunately, as my last post pointed out, social media is completely controllable and someone decides what story gets in front of a lot of eyes and which do not.

I do find it encouraging that people are figuring out they can make changes if they come together. Now if we can just light a fire under everyone because there are bigger issues to tackle. Our social security is gone, our kids futures have been stolen and they have been tricked into massive student debt, our President is starting wars without authorization, the Federal Reserve isn’t federal but controls all our money, the IRS? Don’t get me started.

A simple change.org petition won’t fix all of that but this little exercise in social media activism may be a start? We just take baby steps but we have to start running soon.

New Social Network, TSU, being blocked by Facebook

TSU.co. Yet another social media network to review… Currently TSU is invite only so if you would like to check it out use my invite link here – https://www.tsu.co/DavidDaniels

Have you checked out TSU yet? TSU is a social network very similar to Facebook that has been around for about a year. The big difference between the two social networks is that TSU will be sharing advertising earnings with you, the user. This should encourage people to post good content.

“TSU shares social revenues that come from third-party ads, sponsorships and partnerships. Once economics are created, TSU receives 10% to maintain the platform. Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content. The other half of the remaining earned revenue is distributed to the user’s network Family Tree. Users on ts? monetize their content and network in perpetuity, which continues to grow alongside the community.”

TSU Blocked

TSU Being Blocked by Facebook, they must be a threat

I recently heard about TSU through some online chatter about how you could not share TSU invites through Facebook. That’s a very interesting story. In theory, if TSU could supplant Facebook as the go-to social media network AND its users actually make money off of its use, this could be a very big and real threat to Facebook. Facebook needs users to make advertising dollars.

TSU also picked up my interest because it proves that Facebook can control the narrative on its platform. 1.5 BILLION people rely on Facebook for their communications needs. What would happen if Facebook decided to cut you off from its platform like it has done to TSU?

TSU claims to have 4.5 Million users so far and growing. I haven’t found too many celebrities using TSU yet but there are some. It’s a trickle but they are there. They will need some celebrities to get people to use the platform.

Will TSU Take Off?

I once thought that Google+ would be a serious threat to Facebook. I put a lot of time and effort into that platform hoping it would be a good alternative to Facebook. I won’t make that same mistake with TSU. I’m going to sit back, use TSU when I can and see if it takes off. I don’t know if TSU will take off or not, only time will tell, but I have earned a Whopping $0.006 so far! Whoo-Hoo! (That’s Sarcasm) Maybe this is just the incentive that is needed for content creators to use the platform.

Of course I recommend that you continue to build your own platforms and not just donate your time and energy to platforms that give you back nothing in return.

Quitting Social Media. Because it’s All Fake.

Teen Social Media Star quits and discusses the ugly truth behind social media fame.

I am watching a video tonight that was highlighted on TheDrudgeReport regarding a teen from Australia who had finally achieved social media fame after 3 years of work only to find out what many won’t ever realize… it’s all fake. Sadly I think that you have to overuse social media to get to this point where you want to just completely stop using social media altogether. I wonder how many other kids will follow her example.

Since most people don’t have that huge social media following that gets addicting, most people may never come to realize what this young woman went through. But this young woman is dropping social media cold turkey. In lieu of social media she seems to have gone back to just blogging at her new site letsbegamechangers.com. It’s a similar decision I also made this past year to really limit my social media use and stick to the blog.

 

Like this young woman in the video, after limiting my social media use I found myself gravitating towards going out to parks, beaches, cafes, basically anything that got me out of the house. I got the travel bug back and did some traveling and I am just absolutely fascinated with doing lots of outdoor activities. Even my commute to work has changed. I will now take a longer route just along the coast as opposed to taking a direct mainland route so I can enjoy the expansive ocean views.

Walking under the sun while getting my vitamin D is now a new habit that happens to be quite healthy. I’ve learned to turn the phone off for long periods of time, sometimes up to a whole day while many people who have tried to reach me in an “emergency” have learned that not everything is an emergency. Relax, I’ll turn my phone on soon.

I hope everyone watches the video link above. You can overuse social media. I think it’s becoming a bigger problem than most people realize and once you can identify the problem you can address it.

So the next time I go to a park I will look for that former social media addict like myself and start up a conversation.

Talking about Ghetto Social Media Communities. Facebook, Twitter & Instagram et all

Not everyone is aware of the Drudge Report and if you are one of those people go check out that site and make it your Homepage.

Matt Drudge, who is the operator of the DrudgeReport, one of the TOP news websites on the planet, reminded me of how the internet was about 20 years ago. He steps out to talk to Alex Jones of InfoWars this past week and it’s one of the most profound interviews I have heard in a while. This interview took me back to the days before social media where ideas were freely shared and there were no corporate social media sites directing the narrative. (more…)

Is the Apple Watch in Trouble?

imagesBack in the day I predicted that the iPad would be a dud. You can read that here… and although I bought the original iPad mini I never did feel the need to upgrade. Still don’t. I still have that original mini and it comes in handy for a few things but it’s really just a luxury, not a necessity. I could easily do without it. Wednesdays Apple event MAY introduce an iPad pro. Still not something I would jump at.

The Apple Watch, on the other hand, I didn’t bother with at all and that’s a shame because I haven’t worn a watch for years until this summer. There was plenty of opportunity for Apple to get a watch on my wrist. For months I debated whether I should get an Apple watch and no one could give me a compelling reason to give up a car payment for a watch but here is what happened when I bought a WATCH out of necessity…

Watch at the BeachSummer Vacation Story:

On my summer vacation I was very worried about getting my iPhone wet and/or stolen. I can be notorious for my forgetfulness and on my second day of vacation I did go swimming with a set of headphones in my pocket… I had forgotten they were still in there and there went $30. I was carrying around the iPhone everywhere and was worried what would happen if I forgot my phone was in my pocket? Or worse, what would happen if I just left it on the beach or had it stolen… So I ended up going to a local surf shop and purchasing a very nice watch for less than $70 so that I could leave the phone behind when needed. The watch is sporty and waterproof, perfect for swimming and diving and set me free from my phone, at least for a few hours at a time.

Now that I have this new watch on my wrist it keeps reminding me to go out and play! It wants to go swimming and reminds me I have a stopwatch so start using me! It’s yelling at me: Go running! Get some sun! I even have an alarm, just like your sissy little iPhone, to wake you up for your morning run. Turn that damn iPhone off and let’s have some fun!

IMG_2154And that was the eye-opener for me. The watch can be very personal and a reflection of your lifestyle but the Apple watch is not. It’s designed to tether you to your phone, keeping you constantly updated on any and all messages throughout the many apps you may be using. I’m sure you could customize your Apple watch to be FUN but Apple has never been known for “Fun”. Their products are elegant versions of products that are already out there. The watch has been around for over 500 years and there are much more elegant versions of the watch than Apple’s. So I’m on the fence about the Apple Watch. Only time will tell but history is not on it’s side… see the iPad.

And if you are wondering about the new watch I purchased, it’s from a company called Freestyle. This is not a plug, I think I have found a gem of a company and will be purchasing more in the future. You can buy 4 awesome watches made in the USA for the price of 1 Apple Watch made in China. Don’t get me started!

That all being said, I am looking forward to spending more time away for my phone and more time playing outside. Apple had their chance to get something on my bare wrist but lost out. Apple Watch you may be in trouble…

What do you think? Is the Apple Watch in Trouble?

It’s Your Duty to Install Ad Blockers. But Which Ones and Why?


The Roosevelt Field Mall Christmas Trees are Back!


Keep Posting to Facebook. You’re Sharing some very Personal Information with an A.I.


The Day After the Paris Attacks, from the eyes of a “Scoper”


Long Islanders are not Completely Apathetic?


New Social Network, TSU, being blocked by Facebook


Quitting Social Media. Because it’s All Fake.


Talking about Ghetto Social Media Communities. Facebook, Twitter & Instagram et all


Is the Apple Watch in Trouble?