Google Wants Data Not Users

In this day in age, I do not understand how people can support Google. They are easily the worst company when it comes to reasoning for it’s products. They will, and do, axe any product that does not mine enough of your personal data as it can. The will not keep a product alive because it makes them money and makes users happy if it isn’t harvesting the sufficient amount of data. Google reader is amongst the many fallen products. And it isn’t even just axing products that their users love. A lot of companies have to cut expenses that may effect users. But google does it not to save money but to harvest more personal data.

Imagine if any other product or service you use did this? Would you stay with that company? It would be like Netflix stopping it’s normal streaming of movies and shows in favor of having someone come into your house and examine your life and decide what movies/shows you would like to watch. Or forcing you to have a Netflix phone that you carry with you all the time and transmits information back to Netflix to decide what you should watch. People so blindly pledge their allegiance to google and it blows my fucking mind.

Beyond the forcing products that it thinks you want, it also uses its monopoly on search and personal info to subdue you into uses what it wants you to use. Android is now nearly 90% of the global smartphone market and that is thanks to Google making you feel that you cannot live without it. To really drive the point home, they throw their weight around to make sure there is no competition. Google has gone as far as blocking google maps and youtube from windows phone users to try to force them into Android. I don’t know about you, but I will never let a company make that choice for me. And will never support a company that uses those kinds of tactics. Google literally screws over it’s own users to try to keep Microsoft out of the mobile market. You cannot be a google user with a Windows Phone because google will make sure you can’t. That is not a company I will ever support.

Royal Games Fails with Browser Detection… What Year is This

Browser Detection FAIL!!!
Candy Crush Internet Explorer

First off, you developer person fail at life for using browser detection in 2013, secondly you provide links to download flash and firefox to ‘upgrade my system’ who are you to tell me my ‘system’ needs an upgrade. My first reaction was to open Firefox, but a split second later I thought, F12 that shit. So dev tools, change user agent…. MAGIC Royal Games CAN RUN IN INTERNET EXPLORER11. I also checked with IE11 in IE10 mode and it worked their too.

Candy Crush on Internet Explorer 11 - Opera User Agent

One Simple Trick to Help Manage and Find Photos in Your Collection

So you have gotten used to having a nice digital camera or even just a better camera on your smart phone. AWESOME! But when you want to try to find that great picture you took that one weekend when you were out a year or 2 years ago you have to search through thousands or maybe tens-hundreds of thousands of pictures.

Sure you can organize your pictures into dated folders, or maybe even nest some folders by year, month, etc. but that takes time and still isn’t great. So what then? Tags.

Tags Play a Part In Many Aspects of Our Digital Lives

So why not in the massive amounts of images that we have stored on our computers? Folders are great for general separation, but tags are awesome because you can add lots of tags like ‘Halloween Party’ and you can have all of your Halloween pictures come up in one search. Ok so down to business, I’ll show you the quick and easy steps to quickly getting massive amounts of images tagged on your computer. I am using Windows atm but I am pretty sure the process is very similar on Linux and Mac.

  • Select images and right click
  • Select ‘properties’
  • Go to ‘details’ tab
  • Type your tag or tags

Step 1: Select a bunch of files and right click

Step 1:  Selecting Photos and right click
Select as many files as you want here with shift + click and/or ctrl + click. You want to select files that have something in common to tag.

Step 2: Select ‘properties’ of the highlighted photos

Step 2: Select properties from the drop down

Step 3: Go to ‘details’ tab

After you have done this a few times you will notice that there will be auto suggestions. Also if you do multiple tags they will be separated by a semi-colon.

Step 3:  Go to details tab

Step 4: Type in a relevant tag or tags

tagging-photos-step-four-adding-the-tag

When you are done with this simply click OK and you are done. You can tag hundreds of photos at a time and they are not only now easily searchable but programs can use this information to make your experience better as well.

The Cool Part, or at least one of them

Now from my Windows 8 home screen I can simply type ‘Washington dc’ and hit enter. Below is the page that comes up, and you will see that the images that I had just tagged are there.

Enhanced Search Results by Tagging Photos in Windows 8

Conclusion and additional fun

As you can see this can make for a powerful tool when you are looking for pictures of a certain place, event, person, or even if you want to quickly make a slideshow of all of your past Christmas parties. Speaking of slideshows, Windows Media Center on the Xbox 360 uses tags so you can easily show friends and family slideshows of whatever you please by simply selecting the tag that you want. Now get out there and play around with tagging your massive amounts of photos. I know someone with hundreds of GBs worth of photos that I need to show this to.

Should I Buy Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 8 Pro

Microsoft has just announced it’s own line of Windows 8 tablet/ultrabooks, the Surface RT and Surface 8 Pro. The Surface RT is geared towards competing for tablet money while the Surface 8 Pro is a full fledged, high powered, Windows PC that has a form factor more like a tablet.

Tablets Are Redundant Pieces of Hardware

As I have posted before, I personally have little to no use for a tablet (in their current form) other than as a toy. I currently have a 7″ Android tablet that I play around with once in a while. Continue reading “Should I Buy Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 8 Pro”

Microsoft Smart Glass, Airplay, and DLNA

I like the presented features of Smart Glass. Although, I can’t help but feel that most of these features should have developed nicely through DLNA. DLNA as a group set out to make home media experience a nice seamless cross-platform experience, but so far has not been fruitful. Airplay on the other hand is a successful product but, it completely locks you into the Apple ecosystem so you have to buy a Mac, an AppleTV, and a iPhone/iPad/iPod to really get much out of it.

Microsoft Smart Glass Has The Extra Features

One difference is that Smart Glass is bringing more than simple media sharing across screens. Continue reading “Microsoft Smart Glass, Airplay, and DLNA”

Upgrading Windows 8 Release Preview From 8250 to 8400

UPDATE: I did not go through with the install last night because I was on my work laptop and the only option in the upgrade was to keep NOTHING. My IT department would likely be angry if I wiped everything off of there and I am not 100% positive I would be able to get back up and running with my work VPN setup. At any rate, I plan to install Windows 8400 on my netbook which currently has 8250 build also.

I was excited about all of the rumors of Windows 8 Release Preview being rumored to come out early. When I checked for updates on my Windows 8 8250 machine I saw that I had 23 updates. Excited, I thought that maybe the 8400 update would come like service packs usually do just in big updates.

Windows 8 Release Preview Requires an Upgrade

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#Windows8 Consumer Preview Is Out! Where are the videos?

Ok so I personally have never been excited about a Windows operating system. I like Windows 7 a lot more than Mac OSX and Windows XP (Ubuntu holds a special place in my heart though). However good Windows 7 is, it could use improvements and with my lovely Windows Phone 7 user interface being in my face everyday it really shows.

Windows8 at Mobile World Congress 2012

Not sure about you but, I am extremely jealous of the folks that get to attend MWC 2012. And sadly I haven’t found any videos of the Windows 8 demo at MWC. If any of you know where I could find that please please shoot me a link in the comments.

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