I’m only slightly joking with the title of this blog post, given that the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal involving the accessing of personal information of roughly 50 million Facebook users. What’s concerning is that the data from those people was gathered after only 300,000 people took a survey on Facebook. The survey then gathered information from the friends list of those people. There are two issues here. Firstly we need to be careful about what information we allow third party apps to gather on us. Secondly we need to worry about what information our friends are unwittingly giving up about us. Continue reading “Facebook Security Settings for the Paranoid”
This is a step-by-step guide to how I set up my media server. There are more elegant ways to do this, and to be honest, if I had a choice I would do it differently. My main motivation for doing it this way was that it cost me absolutely nothing. I already had a spare computer, 2 Apple TVs and all my movies and TV shows on an external HD. Continue reading “How not to Make a Media Server…”
I’ve long considered myself to be something of a geek, which I consider to be a positive thing. I love tinkering with stuff, particularly computers and electronics. It comes in handy, especially when you want to make something do things it wasn’t intended to do.
Take, for example, the Apple TV. Apple TVs are great little devices for accessing media in your computer’s iTunes library on a TV. They’re not so great if you have an extensive collection of media that’s not in iTunes, and would be too time consuming to move over. Continue reading “The Joy of Being a Geek”