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I read a good article from one of the emails I got from Pocket about how Google or the owners of a well-used website can determine who you are, where you work and a lot of other details about you from geotracking you and monitoring what you click on.
Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Today at 11:52:36 am »
Sure, Bob, anytime.
I'm pretty suspicious how well this works in practice. Sure, there are ways of writing apps using programs that use drag and drop to create user interfaces, but they tend not to be very good and terribly slow. And the app she shows in her video looks like crap, quite honestly. Now it may work great but it's incredibly simple which is why you might be able to make it with little code (I object to saying no code, though, something has to deal with the data). She also admits she's not a developer herself so not sure how she thinks it's possible to make all these apps without code when she's only produced one.

Now here's where it gets really weird. The app Kollection that she shows in the video on TED (linked from the article) that she created without code. I can't find it. Kollecto isn't in the app store for Apple or Android. The website says Kollecto is on Sabbatical, whatever that means and refers you to click to see what they're up which takes her to her blog which has all this advice about startups. But the links to the ToolKit don't work in Chrome (at least not for me), though they seem to work in Firefox. Several of the links lead to 404 errors from her blog, too. The last post on her blog was also in February. That's almost a year ago. Her last Kolecto tweet was from the summer of last year. I bet you that she just got a bunch of startup capital that wasn't renewed when she couldn't actually deliver on her claims.

It's a shame that BBC Business didn't actually bother to investigate her claims, see how the company is doing and so on. It looks like they just recycled a story from 1-2 years ago.
Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« Last Post by bobf on Today at 10:58:14 am »
Thank you, Jason, for the very able assist. FYI, I've implemented a "no antenna work below 4C" rule so that will help. Oh, and, HELP! We're going to have to sit down and work through that list again... It means coffee & scrumptious donuts at the least!
Thanks, Bill. I have to say, I'm not sure what to think of this. I mean, of course, websites keep track of what you type and click on. How else would we be able to interact with them? We click on menu items or links that are sent to the web server to pull up other pages and we type to put information into forms. And analytics is used by advertisers and usability companies to improve websites. We need these things for the internet to work.

I guess the real point though is that data about it is being maintained and may not have user-specific information stripped from it as it is supposed to be. Should this data then be leaked how it could be used for identity theft and other dark purposes. And some of the biggest companies are doing a lousy job of protecting their servers from cybercriminals. We do need to get better at this stuff. I notice that adblockers are mentioned at the bottom, but adblockers take away revenues from websites that need them to survive.
Meetings / Re: Weekly PLUG MUG: THURSDAY, November 23, 2017: Sign-up
« Last Post by bobf on Today at 10:53:10 am »
See you there! <^8# It *is* weird, though; I keep freaking out when I remember that it's Monday and I'm running late, then (LIGHT BULB!) Oh, yeah... Thursday... If nothing else, it'll shake at least SOME of the cobwebs out!

Maybe... <^8#
Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Build Apps without knowing code
« Last Post by ssfc72 on Today at 10:10:12 am »
A very informative BBC article about a young USA woman who has started a business to teach people the tools they can use to build an App without knowing Code.
She knows because she did it herself.  She is apparently quite smart because she has worked for companies such as Microsoft, Squarespace and Google.

Her startup school is called,  Apps without Code.

Security / Data mining by websites - another article about another method
« Last Post by ssfc72 on Today at 09:26:03 am »
An interesting security article about software being used on websites to record what you click and type.

Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Today at 09:15:36 am »
I'll look into it. No promises, though.
Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« Last Post by fox on Today at 07:07:15 am »
... Do you mean kernel parameters like nomodeset and noinitrd?

I'm trying to think of something to do, too. I might be able to do something on grub but would have to do some research myself.
That's exactly what I mean. I have encountered websites with listings of grub codes; I could email them to you if you like. I tried a bunch of them in trying to make my 2015 iMac boot without minutes of delay, but I don't understand what most of them do. I think that even a basic review of the grub entries for distros like Ubuntu, Debian and Mint would be useful to a lot of us, if you have the time to research this.
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