Downloading Google Hangouts Chat for a desktop

This is just impossible to find, but super obvious once you do.  Of all ‘people’, you’d think Google would be able to find their own product.

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Adjusting mouse scroll wheel speed in Linux Mint

I occasionally install and mess around with different flavors of Linux. Linux Mint is a very interesting one, but something that made it darn near impossible to use was the crazy high scrolling rate when using a mouse wheel.

This link has a solution. One thing to note – after you download the .sh file, make sure to either use CHMOD to make it executable, or just use the file browser, go to properties, and check the allow to run as an executable flag.

I ended up using 4 as the scroll speed and it is pretty usable now.

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Link to EFF article on adjusting Facebook settings for app privacy

Keeping this handy!

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-change-your-facebook-settings-opt-out-platform-api-sharing

 

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Wired article on Facebook and the changes the 2016 election wrought

A lot of people complain that with the algorithmic changes to the Facebook news feed, they don’t see what their friends are doing (which is all many of us want). In fact, those changes let to a tremendous amount of gaming the system. At first, Mark Zuckerberg denied anything was amiss, but over time, he has changed his tune.

Wired has a great article about the transformations that Facebook is undertaking to mitigate this problem. It’s a long read, but it is a very one.

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The Onavo VPN app is spying on you

While Facebook and Onavo include some details in their license agreement, I’m 100% sure no one realizes that Facebook is using Onavo to learn what apps users are using, and what sites they’re visiting. The whole point of a privacy VPN is to have privacy, not to expose everything to Facebook.

I’m not one for regulation, but it sure feels like this is dirty pool – killing competing apps in the cradle by knowing when they are getting traction, and then adding the functionality to Facebook so that they can take the market from the startup.

Read the TechCrunch article about it.

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A simple blood test for cancer? Bring it!

This is fascinating stuff.  While this particular test is focused on women, no doubt there will be tests that are for men, and gender neutral ones as well.

 

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Todoist links of interest

Are you a Todoist user?  If so, these two blog entries may help you get more out of your investment (either time or money)

https://blog.todoist.com/2015/09/03/10-hidden-features-of-todoist/

https://blog.todoist.com/2014/06/10/a-comprehensive-guide-to-todoist/

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A Look at Google Maps Level of Detail

I received this link through Brent Ozar Unlimited’s weekly mailing list (if you’re a SQL geek at all, sign up for it by registering for their SQL First Responder Kit!).

The short version of Justin’s blog post is that Google is simply miles (kilometers for those of us not using Freedom Units) ahead of Apple maps, and everyone else. He delves into the level of data and derived information that Google has access too, which really shows how far ahead they are versus the competition.

Definitely worth the read, especially if you want to feel inadequate about your own data collection and analysis skills and systems.

https://www.justinobeirne.com/google-maps-moat

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An Insider’s View of the Amtrak Cascades 501 Derailment

Adron Hall (blogging as The Transit Slueth) has written up his first person perspective of the recent train derailment. It’s definitely worth a read.

The Story on Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Derailment

It’s a fascinating view into the environment leading up to, during, and after the derailment. Definitely worth a read.

As he points out, rail is safer than driving and this accident doesn’t change that. Personally, I’ve never travelled on Amtrak for anything except maybe some NYC to surrounding states when I was a kid.  I did used to commute via Metra from Chicago to Lake Forest for work.  Loved the overall serenity of it, but hated being tied to a schedule.  Deb and I have talked about doing some sort of high-class regional trip, just need time to get around to it.

The only disappointing thing is that he makes a reference to a Trump tweet at the end, and that has completely derailed (ha!) the comments section. I guess that’s just the state of the world today.  I think it’s okay for someone to call a President out for saying false things, but some Trump supporters do not react well to that.  I’m sure it was the same way with Obama’s tweets… oh wait, not it wasn’t – he never tweeted!

Anyway, go read the post, it’s a good one.  And if you don’t want to get your blood pressure up, you should probably skip the comments.

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Money can’t buy happiness

Some would disagree: http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20171216

 

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