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Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

Targeted Marketing

An “RD rant” about the ever-present and overwhelming amount of targeted marketing on electronic entertainment media such as cable TV, and SPAM email sent to me on my computer.

I would disconnect my cable TV if it were not for my spouse who somehow can tolerate the constant barrage of all the things that must be purchased to improve our lives.

I am sooo tempted to change my email address and “go dark” except for my closest and most trusted friends. All two of them… Ha!

I realize marketing is a necessary evil in a consumer driven Capitalist society.

70 years ago, the popular media was […] Continue reading » Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

Abusive User Reports

There are a lot of trolls and grinches is the world of consumer user reports. Also, some ignorant users who have no qualms about revealing their ignorance because they have no clue how ignorant they are. The concept of finesse in using a product or tool escapes them. Their world is “plug and play”. Problems or failure is never their own. Blame always belongs to the product or maker. They enjoy a sense of “empowerment” to cast a minority negative vote on a generally good product.

In some cases, negative user reports are attempted user blackmail against the seller. “Do what I ask, or I will hurt […] Continue reading » Abusive User Reports

Blognasium is a goner.

He failed an update and when several attempts to restore from the total backup I made (just before the update) also failed, I decided to pull the plug on life support.

Maintaining Blognasium was way more effort and cost than it was worth. It started as an exercise in playing with a cloud based website (Amazon Web Service) and the StackIdeas share-site software. It was a successful experiment and I learned a lot. But with only myself and my two adult children as very occasional visitors, it was unnecessary cost and effort.

I am downsizing the number of websites I support and already dropped my special 3D […] Continue reading » Blognasium is a goner.

Spoofing Myself

I have been writing about the move of all my websites from one Internet Service Provider (ISP) to another. It wasn’t just an owner and name change. All my website software and all the support software systems that support them, were physically (electronically) moved from servers in one location to servers in a totally different part of the USA.

What that produced was two totally functional installations of all my 15 or so websites in two separate locations. The old files were copied and not erased. This is good practice in case of errors, but created some confusion.

Many of my websites are programmed to send emails announcements when […] Continue reading » Spoofing Myself

No Pictures Allowed

I suddenly developed problems loading photos (jpegs) to my CMS sites through their built-in PHP handlers. This was for Joomla and WordPress. This was only with ixwebhosting. I tested my Joomla in the AWS cloud and back end photo loading worked perfectly there.

The strange part was that it seemed to be only with .jpg files I had been editing with Adobe. But I soon discovered files straight off the camera had the same issue. It seemed to be something with not accepting the mime type. The error report said the photos were “dangerous” and the upload was blocked.

I searched the forums on the web and found some […] Continue reading » No Pictures Allowed