GeekSpeak for 2012-07-14

Privacy, Titan, NY Wifi and Dangers Over Engineering

Phones are not private, GeekSpeak.org being rebuilt and how complicated it currently is, Titan has an interesting pole, NYC is providing free wifi – re-use pay-phones. And Lyle and Miles take some listener calls.

Just for Fun

Your mouse is obviously not adequate when you can get one with ‘Cyborg’ in the name. Two-button mouse? Pshaw! Three-button mouse? So passé! Five-button mouse? Unacceptable! We need at least 13 buttons and two dials!

Mobile phone users sorely mistaken about privacy

“Despite their widespread acceptance of the increasingly liberal privacy policies of sites and services, the majority of American consumers don’t, in fact, want their data collected, their activity tracked, or their usage analyzed. A new study from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology asked 1,200 households several straightforward questions about what level of privacy they think they have when using a cell phone, and what information is and is not OK for companies to track and store. The majority thinks they have far more privacy than they do, and are unequivocally opposed to some of the most common forms of data collection.”

Apple - Environment - EPEAT

“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.”

The Titanian Seasons Turn, Turn, Turn

“Images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show a concentration of high-altitude haze and a vortex materializing at the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, signs that the seasons are turning on Saturn’s largest moon.”

Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion

“This movie captured by NASA’S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or a mass of swirling gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn’s moon Titan. The swirling mass appears to execute one full rotation in about nine hours – much faster than the moon’s 16-day rotation period. The images were taken before and after a distant flyby of Titan on June 27, 2012.”

New York City Kicks Off Payphone Hotspot Experiment

“Whatever your opinion of New York City as a whole, it’s hard to argue that the local government doesn’t occasionally come up with an interesting public-works project. This latest one is a good example of how, with a little forethought, a piece of thoroughly antiquated technology can be transformed into something that helps people in the course of their day: a pilot program that will install free Wi-Fi in payphone kiosks.”

Call: How does a layperson build a website?

Danette from San Mateo – asked how a layperson can build a website for e-commerce. Here is her website called French At Heart

“We are pleased to offer you a bit of France, whether in your chateau or the attire and baubles you display. We hope you will relax and enjoy treasures from a gentler time.”

BigCommerce vs Shopify - Andrew Bleakley

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Using our own unique method, we will take you through a few scenarios and let you quickly fight through all the marketing nonsense to the hosted shopping cart that best suits you."

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I suggested using this system for an easy online strore front. They say…

*Easy to use online store builder
*Fully customizable store design
*Secure shopping cart provided
*Ecommerce hosting included
*25,000+ stores run on Shopify