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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.

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macOS Localhost:8080 SOCKS Proxy Issue

The Proper Normal Screen

There has been an Issue with my MAC mini with Mojave V. 10.14.5. I am being specific here as I don’t know how universal this issue is.  Some thing (maybe a virus) has been installing a SOCKS proxy server at localhost port 8080. on my Ethernet connection. I haven’t tried a Wifi connection. I want the speed of a wired LAN connection.

What that does, is create many timeouts with the MAC Mail application and blocks access for Safari from reaching the internet. I have searched the internet and found other users experiencing the problem. However, no-one has posted a solution.

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Broken Threads

Emails that are like a conversation and are exchanged back and forth, with each participant adding their comments above or below existing text is called threading. It lets each participant read the complete conversation as parts are added.

That threading on my email servers was broken without my knowledge. I was responding to friends and customers as I usually do by adding my text and pushing reply.

Customers were telling me they were not hearing back from me, but there was no indication of undelivered email. No bounce, nothing. Most of my send / received email was working just fine.

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