This is what I’ve done already.
- Long ago, I’ve gone in and turned off my Google Search History. I wasn’t using it even if there were times that I wanted to see something previously sought. I just searched again.
I have the world’s worst internet provider and I’ve always looked for ways to make every bit count. To that end, I’ve installed AdBlock Plus in my browser to speed up my browser by not downloading anything that I don’t need. I even played around with the Adversity and Antisocial definitions but they blocked so much that things I need to do just weren’t happening.
To help in the cause of tracking things, I’ve installed the Ghostery plugin. It was installed originally for the same reason as AdBlock Plus.
I’ve changed my default search engine in my browser to Diigo. I like the fact that I’m searching first for content that others have found first and cared enough to bookmark. If I can’t find it there, then I’ll look to the Bings, Googles, DuckDuckGos of the world.
I’m also looking at things somewhat realistically.
- Apple knows my preferences for software for anything from the Apple Store; I have to log in to download things and if I redownload, the App Store already knows it.
- My credit card company knows so much of my preferences for purchases, that it’s downright scary. I just added to the profile tonight by dining at a Cajun Restaurant this evening.
- I went to a Peter Frampton concert last week. Again, the credit card company knows my musical preferences. After the concert, which was held at Caesars Windsor, I had to walk through the gaming floor to get to my car. It’s amazing the number of people in the casino using profile cards to collect “points”. There’s no privacy there; forget the millions of cameras, with a gambling card every pull on the slot machine is recorded!
- Speaking of points, my loyalty cards for gas, hotels, etc. have me offering up a lot of preferences pretty freely.
- Even not logged in, you’re tracked by your IP. Go to the Sun in the UK, for example and the header gives you the current weather outside your house.
- Even with all of the above, advertisements do get through. Plus online services work hard to subvert the AdBlock Pluses of the world and beat them at their own game anyway.
I’m thinking that I need to do some things a little smarter…
- I have a habit of leaving my Gmail and Google + accounts open all the time and so I’m already logged into Google should I do a search there. That will need some discipline.
- It’s not just Google services that are building a profile on me. If you’re a reader of this blog or follow me on Twitter or am a friend on Facebook or you’ve ever had a coffee with me, you probably have a pretty good idea as to who I am.
- I need to keep an eye on my Google Dashboard a little more carefully. There’s a lot of good information there.
I’m not a big clicker of advertisements anyway. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purposely clicked on an advertisement. I’m just not an impulse buyer.
So much of what we come to rely on we rely on being free. Something has to pay the bills. Like most people, I would rather put up with an advertisement that slips through all of the above rather than having a subscription internet. So, I’m just going to call uncle and move on.
I may do a few off-the-wall searches to mess up an advertising profile anyway. Those of you know know the real me know that I’m not seriously looking for that kayak build at home kit!
Powered by Qumana
5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person | Inc.com
No matter what industry we’re in, we’re all in the people business. We’ll only be successful if we really get to know our customers and colleagues. Many of my tech marketing clients are so busy that they now prefer texting to even emails or calls. Skype, WebEx and audio calls are convenient and create the illusion we’re actually having a meeting — but nothing beats the power of a truly personal, face-to-face connection.
Exploring Computer Science
A K-12/University partnership committed to democratizing computer science.
Leap Year 2012 Google Doodle Frogs Share Stage With Gioachino Rossini – Search Engine Watch (#SEW)
The frogs are back, and this time it’s musical. Today’s leap year Google Doodle on Google’s homepage marks two occasions: the extra day that shows up almost every four years on February 29, and the birthday of composer Gioachino Rossini.
WriteThat.Name recognizes signatures as soon as you receive an email and updates your address book.
Enter the Url or browse a file from your computer. Online file compressor / decompressor.
Home – UK Safer Internet Centre
Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
Thinkuknow – home
Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it.
Fuel the Brain Educational Games | Play Sammy’s Symmetry Shuffle
Learn all about symmetry online!
enThread | Web Based Image Editor
Web based image editor
Guide to Teaching Computer Science
The dynamic evolution of the field of computer science (CS) also poses educational and pedagogical challenges, such as issues of CS teacher recruitment, pre-service teacher preparation, support for teachers’ ongoing professional development, and the design of teaching and learning material.
Cool online kaleidoscope
Chemistry resources for Teachers and Students – Learn Chemistry
Faces of Chemistry Short videos highlighting real-life applications of chemistry in products we use in everyday life
The R Project for Statistical Computing
R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS.
How to Get Google Docs Form Data in an Email Message
Get Form Data from Google Docs in an Email Message [Video Tutorial]
CS ⊂ HS
A new high school Advanced Placement (AP) course in Computer Science is presently under development. The course, tentatively called Computer Science Principles, is a deep, content rich class covering the fundamentals of computing.
The True Story of Pascale Mauclair | Edwize
Within hours of the publication of the Teacher Data Reports (TDRs) last Friday, the UFT began to hear stories of teachers and their families being hounded by news reporters from the New York Post.
How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) « Evernote Blogcast
I started teaching 15 years ago and that is when I first came across this concept of a ‘portfolio.’ A portfolio is a storehouse for projects, writing pieces, art, and performances. It can be used by students, teachers, and parents to document what they’re doing (either day-to-day things or through their best work or improvements they’ve made). I see portfolios as a way to hold onto and think about what you’re doing.
A Look Inside the Digital Lives of Tweens | MindShift
While large-scale surveys have documented the types of media to which 5–9-year-olds are devoting increasing amounts of time, we know less about how and why they are using these media and what they might be learning as a result. This research provides rich details on the processes, relationships, and contexts that larger scale studies on children’s media use cannot by examining two 8-year-old girls’ engagement with video games, the Web, mobile devices, and other emerging technologies against the backdrop of family life.
Ten Videos Every Educator Should Watch (and Reflect on) | Eductechalogy
The internet abound with videos for educators, some contextual and benefit educators in particular situations at a particular time (e.g. tools tutorials) while others are timeless by focusing on what really matters in education.
Below are 10 videos that every educator should watch and reflect on his teaching context.
Android for Education resources and apps – DEN Blog Network
A colleague asked if I could put together a list of some great Android apps for education and some great Android resources for a presentation he is doing on the Kindle Fire. Here’s what I came up with:
What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked Pages
Bing launched Bing+ last week, it just skipped all the unnecessary stuff. (It’s not really called Bing+.) There’s a new feature called Linked Pages that allows Bing users (U.S. only, for now) to connect their various websites and profiles to their Bing identities, using Facebook for authentication. You can also link your Facebook friends to their pages.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.