Category Archives: Geek

Google Bug Juice

Only Constant is Change

Google has changed it privacy policies. Now data that has always been collected will be shared across all Google platforms. This means if you have a Google or Gmail account, and are logged in, Google will combine all platforms. Just some of these are Google search, Gmail, Google+, Google Docs, Picasa, and Android smart phones. I know the latter because when I use my Blogger (GMail) password to log into say, http://westernhero.blogspot.com/, my GalaxyS phone downloads my G+ posts. As I am composing this post in Google Docs I expect this to be included also.

Alternative Meds

This consolidation will only occur if you’re logged in. Me I’m fine with this. As I drink freely and deeply from the Google bug juice dispenser. BTW I like the red bug juice. If this bothers you don’t use Google products. You can search with Bing (15.2%) or Yahoo (14.1%). You can visit Google’s “Data Liberation Front” website for instructions in exporting data out of Google products. The Electronic Frontier Foundation also has instructions on removing your Google search history from your account. But remember kiddies once it’s out there, it’s there forever. Take note young gals. It might seem a lark to post a nude pic somewhere. But you’re going to have to explain this to the grand kids someday. And they will be a heck of a lot more tech savy than anyone here today.

Big Bother

And don’t forget big brother. The FTC has repeatedly investigated them so much that I ‘m sure the government either has voluntary or involuntary data access. So if you’re doing anything illegal expect a knock on the door.

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To Boldly Go

The Beginnings

I guess I could talk about Obama’s boring, pointless speech today like every other blogger is. I feel that much like Robert Mitchum’s death was over shadowed by Princess Di’s death, Current political events is towering above the 45th birthday of Star Trek. On September 8, 1966 NBC aired the first episode. The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry pitched the show as a Wagon Train to the Stars. But more importantly he secretly used the show to address social events of the day. He tackled war, interracial dealing, to the moral questions technology raised. Despite two fan based letter writing campaigns, the show was canceled after it’s third season.

Rebirth

After cancellation, Paramount studio sent the show into reruns in the fall of 1969, and by the late 1970s had been sold in over 150 domestic and 60 international markets. The reruns helped the show to develop a cult following greater than its popularity during its original run. In 1987 the show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired. It was set 100 years in the future and introduced a new cast, a newer Starship Enterprise, and a whole new set of aliens. I at first, being an old fuddy duddy, didn’t like it. But after the first season I came to like it just as good if not better than the original one. This was followed by Start Trek: deep space Nine (pretty good). Star Trek: Voyager (meh). And Star Trek: Enterprise (let it die already). There where also eleven feature films in the original Star Trek franchise.

Reboot

In May 2009 producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount released the reboot titled Star Trek. It introduced the original characters in a universe that implores the viewer to forget all other versions and accept the show as a new beginning. The film has earned considerable critical and financial success, grossing in inflation-adjusted dollars the most box office sales of any other Star Trek film. It also won the first Academy award for the Star trek franchise, for makeup. Paramount is planning to release a sequel to the reboot on June 29, 2012. Seek Out New Civilizations