Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Blogger: What should I do?

I have a number of blogs, such as this one and Amused by Jokers, and a Black Belt at 50, that I have maintained for years using the simplest quickest way to get started which was Google's Blogger.

I've noticed that they have been kept up technically and am wondering what the smart people think I should do.

I am not technical and do not have much interest in switching but I think I have to make a decision soon. Here's my choices that I see and I'd love some feedback on them.

1. Switch to Wordpress. How and when? Host at Wordpress.com? That means moving domain DNS's around. Uhg!
2. Upgrade my Blogger theme and all the plug-ins. How would I know what to switch to? What's current?
3. Make no changes and hope that everything keeps working

Blogger: What Should I do?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apple: "Want Privacy, Choose an iPhone" - Huh?

This morning, I was greeted on Twitter by a sponsored tweet from Apple that said "The iPhone is built for privacy". As I clicked through and tried to see if Apple was actually making an announcement about some new privacy initiative, it felt Orwellian to me.

Apple, having tracked (probably) that I'm concerned about privacy and tracking, targeted an advertisement at me. This is a form of behavioral advertising which is that creepy thing that allows advertisers to track what you are interested in and advertise to you everywhere.

Googled info on St Louis?  Hotels, car rental companies, and airlines are now in your Twitter and FB feeds plus with banner ads on every site urging you to save money and time with their offering. But act now!

Having trouble with your ding dong? Turns out there's ads everywhere about polishing, fixing, upgrading, and trouble-shooting your ding dong. Even Youtube starts suggesting ding dong videos.

Back to Apple. So after reading Apple's hyping of their respect and concern for my privacy, I opened my phone to look at my privacy settings. After I clicked in, I scrolled to the bottom and clicked on Advertising and then on About Advertising and Privacy.

There's a lot to learn. I copy / pasted it below. BTW, there's no way do that easily. Apple's iPhone somehow doesn't allow a select all option when looking at the privacy text. Nor does it have a built-in way to get it emailed to myself. So I had to to that weird thing where I am selecting the text with one finger while scrolling with another to get to select all the text).


Advertising and Privacy

Apple’s ad platform is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.


Apple’s advertising platform is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

Ads that are delivered by Apple’s advertising platform may appear in the App Store on iOS, Apple News, and Stocks.

The following contextual information may be used to serve ads to you:

Device Information: Your keyboard language settings, device type, OS version, mobile carrier, and connection type.

Device Location: If the Location-Based Apple Ads system service is enabled, then your location may be used to serve you geographically relevant ads. Your device location is not stored by Apple’s advertising platform and profiles are not constructed from this information.

Searches in the App Store on iOS: When you search in the App Store on iOS, your query may be used to serve you a relevant Search Ad.

Apple News and Stocks: The type of article you read is used to select appropriate ads.

Additionally, to ensure ads are relevant, Apple’s advertising platform creates groups of people, called segments, who share similar characteristics and uses these groups for delivering targeted ads. Information about you is used to determine which segments you are assigned to, and thus, which ads you receive. To protect your privacy, your information is used to place you into segments of at least 5,000 people.

In Apple News and Stocks, the topics and publications associated with your News identifier, and the publications you allow to send you notifications are used to assign you to segments. No segments are created from search terms in the App Store.

In the App Store on iOS, Apple News, and Stocks, the following information may also be used to assign you to segments:

Account Information: Your name, address, age, and devices registered to your account. Information such as your first name in your Apple ID registration page, or salutation in your iTunes Account may be used to derive your gender.

Downloads & Activity: The music, movies, books, TV shows, and apps you download as well as any in-app purchases.

Activities in Other Apps: App developers, subject to their own privacy policies and applicable laws, may provide information regarding your in-app purchases and activities such as game level completion.

Advertising: Your interaction with advertising delivered by Apple’s advertising platform.

Other Segments: For specific advertising campaigns, advertisers may match information they have about users with Apple’s information to create segments, which must contain at least 5,000 people. Advertisers can use an Advertising Identifier, or other information they have about users, such as a phone number or email to match users to segments on Apple’s advertising platform. During the match process, these identifiers are obscured to limit personally identifiable information being disclosed. To choose which segments they match users to, Advertisers may use information they have from interactions with users. This information is acquired and used subject to the Advertisers’ own privacy policies.

Apple does not know or make available to advertisers information regarding your sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or political affiliations. No Apple Pay transactions or Health app data is accessible to Apple’s advertising platform, or is used for advertising purposes.

Apple does not sell or otherwise transmit any personally identifiable information to third parties.

Information collected by Apple is treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.apple.com/privacy

View Your Advertising Preferences

About this Ad

To understand why a specific ad was shown to you in the  App Store on iOS, Apple News, or Stocks, tap the “Ad” button on the ad. This will present the segments and other data, such as demographic information, that resulted in you receiving the ad.

Ad Information

To see information about you that may be used to deliver targeted ads via Apple's advertising platform, including the segments that you are in, on your iOS device open “Settings”, select “Privacy”, then select “Advertising”, and tap “View Ad Information.”

To see this information on macOS, open “System Preferences”, select “Security & Privacy”, open the “Privacy” tab, then select “Advertising”, and click on “View Ad Information”.

If you have Limit Ad Tracking enabled, Apple’s advertising platform does not have Ad Preferences data for you.

If you believe information about you is inaccurate, please update your Apple ID and iTunes account information.

Choose Your Advertising Preferences

Opt-out of ads targeted based on your location

You may choose to opt out of receiving location-based advertising on your iOS device by opening “Settings”, tapping “Privacy”, tapping “Location Services”, tapping “System Services”, and sliding the “Location-Based Apple Ads” switch to “off”.

On macOS, you may opt out of receiving location-based advertising by opening “System Preferences”, selecting “Security & Privacy”, opening the “Privacy” tab, selecting “Location Services” and unchecking the “Location-Based Apple Ads” box.

Apple’s advertising platform does not receive location-based information when you turn off Location Services on your device.

Opt-out of targeted advertising

You may choose to enable Limit Ad Tracking on iOS by opening “Settings,” then tapping on “Privacy,” then “Advertising”, and sliding the Limit Ad Tracking switch to “On”. To enable Limit Ad Tracking on Apple TV open “Settings”, select “General” then “Privacy”, and set “Limit Ad Tracking” to “On.” On macOS, you may enable Limit Ad Tracking by opening “System Preferences,” selecting “Security & Privacy”, opening the “Privacy” tab, selecting “Advertising”, and checking the “Limit Ad Tracking” box.

If you choose to enable Limit Ad Tracking, Apple’s advertising platform will opt your Apple ID out of receiving ads targeted to your interests regardless of what device you are using. Apps or advertisers that do not use Apple’s advertising platform but do use Apple’s Advertising Identifier are required to check the Limit Ad Tracking setting and are not permitted by Apple’s guidelines to serve you targeted ads if you have Limit Ad Tracking enabled. When Limit Ad Tracking is enabled on iOS 10 or greater, this Advertising Identifier will be replaced with a non-unique value of all zeros to prevent the serving of targeted ads. It is automatically reset to a new random identifier if you disable Limit Ad Tracking.

Whenever you want to clear the data associated with your Advertising Identifier, you can simply reset it. To reset your Advertising Identifier on iOS, open “Settings”, tap “Privacy”, tap “Advertising”, and tap “Reset Advertising Identifier”. To reset your Advertising Identifier on Apple TV, open “Settings”, then select “General”, select “Privacy”, and click “Reset Advertising Identifier.” To reset your Advertising Identifier on macOS, open “System Preferences,” select “Security & Privacy”, open the “Privacy” tab, choose “Advertising”, and  click the “Reset Advertising Identifier” button.

If you enable Limit Ad Tracking, you may still receive the same number of ads, but the ads may be less relevant to you.

Monday, March 04, 2019

“We meet all Federal regulations”

“We meet all Federal regulations”

I read Seth Godin's email most days. It started one Sunday about 4 months ago when I heard him being interviewed on NPR on Sunday.  He didn't suck. And while I mostly don't listen to business so-called experts and writers, I found him refreshingly sensible and pleasant to listen to. Here's todays column of his.

The excuse made by large corporations for the impact of what they produce is that they simply follow the rules.
Of course, at these companies, there’s often a different department in charge of lobbying to change the rules so that they can increase short-term profits while being less beneficial to customers and communities.

It would only cost the car companies a dollar per car to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills dozens of people. When you can run the car without the key (most modern cars), it means it’s easier than ever to pull your car into the garage and accidentally leave it running, which can kill everyone in your home before morning.

When the government worked to put in a regulation requiring this fix, the car companies lobbied against it.
Why would they do that? (Now, due to outrage, they’re fixing this particular problem. But in the past, the car companies fought seatbelts and other safety measures).

Why does any organization actively fight to lobby to lower its costs when it might benefit customers and their communities? The rules are not going to lead to lower industry sales. All the standards do is raise the bar for all the competitors. I don’t think many of us want to live in the world of Sinclair Lewis.

The restaurant industry fought a smoking ban, and the baseball bat industry fought one on aluminum bats for kids…

Sooner or later, humans are involved. And when someone says, “not on my watch,” they commit to making things better, not simply more profitable. The rules are one thing, but what if you’re better than the rules?

“We can make it better” is a far better motto than, “we meet all the regulations.”

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fixing the Academy Awards

Surprise! The Academy Awards are again really really boring.

And again, the Academy (and all the critics) seem to miss the obvious problem.
The problem is the speeches: they’re boring and repetitive.

Does anybody really want to listen to thirty people in a row race through 45 seconds
thanking the Academy, their mom, their husband, their collaborators, their hair dresser,
their plastic surgeon, their kids, and their plastic surgeon? Actually, it would be fun if
they would be that candid but instead they are uniformly professional thanking their
family and collaborators. No, nobody takes anything away from all those thank you,
thank you, and thank yous.

It’s meaningless drivel.

How does the Academy not know this?

How to fix it? All acknowledgements get written in advance and are scrolled across the
screen when the winner jumps up to give a speech.

The speech can be about anything but they are NOT allowed to acknowledge or thank
people. Now that would be interesting! They could talk about their artistic vision. Or their
challenges. They could talk about their dreams or what they want to do next. They could
talk about how this culminates years of efforts which didn’t get acknowledged.

It would be so much more fun if the speeches, which are the emotional highpoint of the night,
forced the speakers to say something of interest and not fall back on the endless repetitive
thank you, thank you, and thank you.

They’re entertainers. Lets see them do thar thing! Many will bomb. That’ll be fun too!

Google Calendar, Blogger, and iPad Bugs!

One of the amazing, practically disconcerting behaviors of Google Calendar is that it automatically injests all flight reservations cited in my emails and places them on my calendar.

I have a friend coming to town who emails me his reservations? It’s automatically on my calendar.

My son emails me when he is coming home from spring break? It’s on my calendar.

I make a reservation or one of colleagues makes one for me and shares it with me.  Yup, on my calendar.

Once it’s on my calendar, there it is. Unmarked.

I’ve tried to open up these events on my calendar and mark them for what they are.  Can’t!!! I can delete them.  And the pencil appears showing that I can write but really all it allows is for me to write a special alert. I can’t change the title or anything meaningful to signify what these flight reservations are about.

Since my calendar is kept open for all of my colleagues to see what’s going on, there’s some confusion.  Especially since both personal and business visitors often send me their reservations (I often offer to meet people at the airport or tell them that the start time for the meeting is flexibility: when they get here we’ll start) meaning that there are a lot of reservations that keep popping onto my agenda.  And some people change their flights mid trip which of course produces an overlapping array of schedules onto my calendar. Ugh.

BTW, I found another bug this time somewhere in between all the complex vendors and technologies that control my digital life. I recently bought a fancy iPad with a keyboard.  Very cool but full of little issues. The biggest one is that whistle it feels like a computer, it should be treated like a phone. By this I mean that that we should open apps rather than use an living inside a browser.  In this case,

For instance, if I was on a computer, I would jump between tabs inside my browser between my calendar and an email and a blog.  But on the iPad, I should jump between apps.

In this case, I’m in a browser and struggling to update a Blogger blog with this post. (Yes, I know WTF am I doing on a Blogger blog but I’ve had this for around a a decade and it’s been simple and I’ve just never got around to setting it up on Wordpress).

But todays bug is a dousey.  When I’ be written enough text so I’m now writing beneath the bottom of the screen!  So instead of the  screen crolling so that I can see what I’m writing, the viewport stays above the text so I’m typing and I can’t see what I’m writing!!!

I can put my finger on the screen and scroll down to peek but as soon as I release my finger, it slides back up above so that that I’m again typing below the screen.

And another tricky thing is that I can’t seem to figure out how to do a screen capture. It doesn’t seem to work like my Mac or like my iPhone for a screen capture.  Ugh ugh ugh.

The good news is that after an hour of work yesterday, I worked out how to work by Wolf coffee system that came with my new condo work!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Real People Jokers

Can you help?

I have around a gross of jokers in what I call, the real people section.  These are contemporary people on jokers. They're not cartoon characters or distant (ie Pre WWII) figures.

There are a number of familiar faces in this section that I cannot identify.  Can you? Can you help me identify who is on these jokers?

Dammit - this post in on the wrong site. Click thru for the updated post about real people on jokers.

On the right, William Buckley. Left???

David Letterman and Jay Leno

Number 3 - Late Night TV hosts?

Number 4?

5?

medipment.pl - The PL is for Poland but who are these people? 

7

8

9

10 ?

11

Any and all help appreciated?