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The video was very eye-opening to see that a certain “conspiracy theory,” that has been played out in movie plot lines tirelessly, turns out to be true. Of course, we’re all supposed to be careful about what we say in public (that’s the price of freedom of speech), but when information can be accessed by anyone: the government, the FBI, or a hacker, could simply collect information on a person, I don’t know if either of them could handle it equally responsibly.

Anyone who wants to use the Internet at all will eventually come to a dilemma where they have to provide personal information in order to use a certain service. And it’s not just “name” and “age” they’re asking for. It’s big-ticket info such as addresses, emails, contact info, etc, that could be very hazardous if it was ever handled improperly. Seeing how the government, investigation agencies, and social media companies can access things like search results and social media posts, to help the individual or prevent a potential threat. While this is simply a tool they use to monitor people and assume threatening activity, they have shown, in this documentary, to go overboard sometimes with this kind of power.

This just proves that we need to be more careful about how we use the Internet in generally anything we use it for. Facebook shouldn’t be used as a dump for every photo and thought that comes through your head. The Internet should be treated as a public necessity where you take every precaution, that you would be okay with sharing with the world, or at least agencies that track your every move.

^DB

My Favorite App

My Favorite App

My favorite app is a game called Marvel’s Contest of Champions by Kabam. This is a fighting game in which I get to use Marvel superheroes and villains to fight each other in 1-on-1 combat. I can collect more “champions” by unlocking crystals that I earn or buy as I progress in the game. These champions can include well known characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spiderman, as well as lesser known characters like Star Lord, Ghost Rider, Captain Marvel, Black Bolt, and many others. I can use upgrades to make each character stronger, use them in teams on story mode, event story mode, or fight against other players from around the world in Arena fights. Event story mode changes almost every month so there’s always something new to look forward to. One of the fastest ways of progressing through the game is joining an alliance of real-world players that help out with alliance quests and other things. I like how despite all of the violence in this game isn’t bloody and gory, compared to other fighting games. The game is free to play and I would recommend it to anyone who just wants something with a lot of action in it.

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 represents an important shift in the way digital information is created, shared, stored, distributed, and manipulated. It describes a set of next-generation Internet technologies, and make it easier to create online applications that behave dynamically, much like traditional PC-based software. They’re also highly social, encouraging users to manipulate and interact with content in new ways. Web 2.0 tools are less expensive, sometimes even free, as compared to traditional software.

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YouTube: TV for Generation Cut

YouTube: TV for Generation Cut

There’s nothing that I love more than coming home at the end of the day, kicking back, and straight up vegging out in front of the television. If you’re an adult, busy slaving away at a job, sitting in traffic, growing older day after day as you forget the bliss of childhood, I’m sure you feel the same. Not much is better than having a nice moment to chill, right?

But since the invention of the television, and subsequently childhood obesity, Americans have had a singular quest: not to end childhood obesity (of course not, why would we do that?) but to elevate the vegging experience to new and greater heights! First we installed cable boxes in every home, followed by Enterprise-class satellite dishes, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles; We brave Americans bought anything we could to drown out the crushing weight of reality, right in our living rooms.

Now, the internet is in every home. Like me, you’ve probably thought, I have YouTube, right there on my TV! Who needs five hundred channels, when you have five thousand channels, each with their own brand of unique and captivating content, delivered daily. In fact, one in five Americans agree, who needs cable? Who needs anything but the delicious “free” content offered by our loving corporate masters at Google?

Want to see some gross cringe? How about world news, fresher than anything on traditional TV? How about a brutal car crash? An exploration on how H.P. Lovecraft’s racism and xenophobia influenced the horror in his work? Living in the grandest, wildest, most baffling empire since Rome has given each of us a seat in a digital Colosseum, with all the depravity and wonder a falling empire can offer. So kick back and enjoy it!

Hi, My Name is Steven

And I’m a Facebookaholic.

As is often the case, it started out innocently enough in my teenage years. I don’t blame my parents, as I had a great upbringing filled with plenty of wisdom and care. I don’t blame the religion I was part of at the time; there was no condemnation of my soul or touching by clergyman. No, this initial dabbling in Facebook started because of a girl.

The first girlfriend I ever had was soon going to go to a fancy art school, and would be in another state for most of the year. I didn’t have a cell phone at the time (I told you, I had wise parents), so she suggested I join something called “Facebook”. She told me “it’s like MySpace, but not ghetto”, and could keep us connected in a fun way every day. Although I really didn’t care from MySpace-esque websites, she was several points higher on the hotness scale than I was, so I quickly created an account. I didn’t know it at the time, but thus began a relationship that was more tumultuous and longer-lasting than the one I was currently in with my lovely girlfriend.

Exchanging “pokes”, taking “What Nintendo Character are you?” quizzes, and finding other high school classmates as they slowly joined over the coming months, it was actually a pretty good time!

Then I got dumped. Forget “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, the reality is “out of sight, out of mind”. She was the reason I signed up for Facebook, and the main reason I logged on almost every day. Surely I would now close my account. But that was not to be, as I discovered Facebook was the perfect median to place my new broken-hearted feelings for all to see and ponder upon! Song lyrics, enigmatic “don’t-ask-me-what-I-mean-but-I-really-want-you-to-ask-me-what-I-mean” blurbs, and soon-to-be rebound posts – “I hang out with OTHER girls, and I’m definitely going to post about it!” filled up my wall.

The rest is history. I had received a small taste of the Beast, and although I had an excuse to walk away, I didn’t. Facebook, that crafty dealer, kept releasing new and improved features – fun little games you could compete with your friends on, the ability to tag friends in posts, and even being able to use your Facebook login on other websites! Every time I would become a bit bored of the experience, they freshened it up!

Any chance I had to escape came when Facebook developed their mobile apps. Before, I was accessing Facebook from my family computer, or occasionally my school/work computers, but now I could literally access it at all times. So I did.

They made their product that much sweeter when they made it that much smarter. The Facebook interface and my newsfeed started getting ridiculously smart. It knew what kept me reading and scrolling. Their AI and data-gathering was insane, and it kept me logged in constantly. First thing in the morning, while laying in bed, throughout the day whenever I had the time (whether this time was actually mine or my employers’ was irrelevant), and laying in bed before going to sleep. It was bad, and I finally realized it.

So I stopped cold turkey. Closed my account, and walked away. Although it’s a pretty hazy memory, I do remember that this period of my life was actually pretty great. Why did I eventually return to the Beast? The Events feature of Facebook. I found that I was missing out on community events, festivals, fairs, and even local parties thrown by my friends, all because they weren’t advertised very well except through Facebook. I felt this was a legitimate reason to get back into Facebook, and here we are now.
It’s not as bad as it used to be, but dammit, 68% of the energy my phone’s battery has expended in the last 24 hours was used to power up Facebook (praise Zuckerberg that the iPhone doesn’t have a clock showing how long you’ve used various apps (or if there is, I am blissfully unaware of it)). And I’m getting better, as I no longer allow myself to use it in bed, and writing this blog has re-invigorated me to get my use back down to non-embarrassing levels.
So be sure to friend me and check your newsfeed, as I’ll be posting about my progress! facebook-addiction-1

Google Drive: Google does it again with Cloud Storage

google-drive-masthead-620The time a flash drives is almost completely behind us with cloud service available to the masses and Google Drive is the best option to go with from your basic computer user to your computer file pack rat. For starters Google gives you 15 GB of storage space that you can store any type of file you desire on for no cost at all and an upgrade to 100 GB for a small monthly fee of a $1.99 (see whole price break down here). The interface also allows for you to micromanage your files by creating folders for them within the Drive.

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And if you’re afraid of your files security being compromised you can put those fears to rest because Drive is encrypted using SSL, the same security protocol used on Gmail and other Google services. As a program Google Drive is very user-friendly and makes it easy to share files (or not your call) in the Drive to your peers from any computer connected to Wi-Fi or using the mobile app both for iOS and Android. Another big plus about Google Drive is that you can access it right from the web as long as you have Google Chrome.

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The drive also has a downloadable program making it even easier to upload your files from your computer to the World Wide Web. If your email account is on Gmail you can even sync Google Drive with your Gmail and Chome so you only need one login making Google drive and other Google amenities seamless, easy to use, and built for each other. So if you want free, safe, fast, and, easy storage that is very reliable for the storage any file you could desire with access from any device as long as you’re connected to the Internet, Google Drive is the way to go.

BS