IMPORTANT UNANNOUNCED OPT-OUT FACEBOOK POLICY CHANGE


Between today and tomorrow, the New FB Privacy setting called “Instant Personalization” goes into effect.
The new setting shares your data with non-FB sites & it is automatically set to “Enabled”.
Go to Account>Privacy Settings>Apps & Websites>Instant Personalization>edit settings & uncheck “Enable”.
BTW If your friends don’t do this, they will be sharing info about you as well

EFF Sues Feds Over Social Network Surveillance


The EFF is suing the Feds to see if they are over stepping any boundaries when it comes to tapping social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to investigate possible criminal activity.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, seeks information from a number of federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) who are listed as defendants in the case.

The EFF is asking for records from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concerning their use of social networking Web sites as investigative, surveillance and data collection tools.

more info: http://www.internetnews.com/government/article.php/3851051

How to Free the High School kids of New South Wales


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G’day kids, I recently found out that no one trusts you, not your teachers, not your principals, not your parents…
but hey I do. Before you start wondering “So who is this bloke?” I’m one of those pain in the butt hippie types your parents don’t want you talking to, and why am I doing this? Because I’m 24 years old, in one year no one should trust me (never trust anyone over the age of 25) so I had better get this in now.

Ok so Lenovo and the Department of Education and Training provided laptop “personal” computers to you guys and your teachers. I put personal in quotes because that’s crap. They are not personal computers they are personnel computers, as in someone else has control over them. They have installed some of the same type of software on there that if it was put there under any other circumstance it would be called “Spyware”. This is not good no matter what they tell
you.

Two examples of the “innovative technologies” introduced by Lenovo with the IdeaPad S10e (which you all received) include “advanced network security and remote manageability tools”. Advanced network security tools prevent users (that’s you kids) from accessing unauthorized internet content and control access to NSW DET networks. This means not only can they keep you off of Myspace and Facebook, but they can watch what sites you are allowed to go to.

Remote manageability tools allow NSW DET to remotely monitor and manage the devices on demand, wherever they are located, maximizing their efficiency and effectiveness. This means that even when you are at home the DET can spy on you, fun huh?

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e features ground breaking theft protection features such as hardware level reporting, retrieval and remote disabling functions and RFID tagging. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e presents a zero value theft proposition thereby removing any incentive for them to be stolen and protecting the students and teachers that use them. This is all marketing speak, what it really means is that they can break your new cool laptop and RFID is a tracking system created by the manufacturing industry to track pallets. Guess what kids you are not people, you are property. And these are not features that will keep you safe. Anyone can track you with $100USD (yeah I’m an American) worth the hardware that you can buy online. The only way I know of to kill a RFID is to microwave it… and that’s a bad idea, it will kill the laptop and get you in heaps of trouble. But I do know what you can do. If you are worried about someone tracking you on your way to and from school and stuff like that, wrap the whole laptop in Aluminium Foil it will block all of the signals going in or out.

There is this thing called Linux. It runs on cellphones, servers, computers, all kinds of stuff. It also doesn’t have to be installed on your laptop to be able to use it. You can install it on a USB “thumb” drive, which is pretty cool.

If you go to http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ it will tell you how to install it on your thumbdrive. Yeah it
looks a little hard but I promise it isn’t, just follow the instructions and it will work. Just make sure you
download the Windows version of unetbootin. In unetbootin there are several different kinds (also known as distributions) of Linux listed. I have had great success with Ubuntu and Fedora, but any of the ones listed should be good also.

What this will do is let you use the computer without letting the DET spy on you, and wont mess up the computer so while you are at school you can do all the stuff they want you too with out getting in trouble. This works because it uses the thumbdrive as a harddrive so the bigger the space on the thumbdrive the more stuff you can install and store on there!

If you want some more tips and ideas on how to be a pain in the butt with technology have a look at Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother which you can get for free here http://craphound.com/littlebrother/

Theme for seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest is “40 Years of UNIX”


The seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest will be on September 25-26, 2009 at
the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

*** HISTORY IN THE MAKING ***
The theme for the seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest is “40 Years of UNIX”.
The first keynote speaker, Doug McIlroy, is a major contributor to
UNIX, and is personally responsible for the concept of
pipes—inter-process data streams that no true Unix / Linux geek can live without.

As we look ahead to the next 40 years of Linux, Shawn Powers, editor
of Linux Journal, will share with us his vision for how Linux can help
fix the economy. Shawn’s involvement in Linux spans over a
dozen years, and ranges from the purely technical to general Linux
advocacy.

*** CELEBRATE ***
Ohio LinuxFest wants your help to celebrate their continued success!
They are asking that you help spread the word on blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, Digg,
Reddit, and any other outlet. Ohio LinuxFest has thrived for six years
on strong personal recommendations from attendees. This is your chance
to participate in that word-of-mouth advocacy that has benefitted Ohio
LinuxFest so well!

To join them, point your IRC client to irc.oftc.net and join #ohiolinux.

*** PARTICIPATE ***
If you’re interested in sharing your experience with the Ohio
LinuxFest community, it’s not too late! The Call for Presentations is
still open. This is your chance to share your passion and experience
with your peers. Working on a cool new project? Have expertise with
something amazingly useful? Submit a presentation!

*** REGISTER ***
As always, registration for Ohio LinuxFest is completely free. OLF is
about community, and communities work best when they work together.

For those that wish to help Ohio LinuxFest, a Supporter Package is
available for $65. Supporters get a catered lunch on Saturday, and a
commemorative shirt.

A Professional Package is available for people looking to improve the
Linux skills they use in the workplace. In addition to Saturday’s
conference, the Professional Package provides access to Ohio LinuxFest
University, a full day of intensive, hands-on training in a number of
technical tracks on Friday. This is an excellent opportunity to hone
your existing skills with training from the League of Professional
System Administrators (LOPSA), or boot strap your Linux knowldge with
an introduction to Ubuntu offered by FreeGeek Columbus.

*** DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS ***
For more information, or to register, please see the Ohio LinuxFest
website at http://www.ohiolinux.org/

Projects are taking a backseat for a bit


My dear friend Ryan has gone MIA. I think he may just be hiding, or something may be wrong. I don’t know. He doesn’t answer his phone, and hasn’t responded on facebook, twitter, or pownce. I think its because I’ve been pushing to hard to try and get txtbasket up and running. So next week I think I’ll go back to working almost full time at my other job and make some extra cash and possibly put up a $100 bounty for someone to create a “complete n00bz guide to setting up stet”, licensing it CC BY-SA, and posting it to the wiki (txtbasket.info). when I come up with the cash that will be the bounty so anyone out there who wants to get a head start can.

Twitter on Facebook


Hey guess what, this is not as hard as I thought this was. It’s two smegging setps.

1. Add twitter app on facebook

2. after you “Allow Twitter extended access to your Facebook account” You’ll notice a link that says: Want Twitter to update your Facebook status? Click here! Do it, and that’s it.\

I got this info from twistimage.com