rom

Here comes the rain again… Falling on my head like a memory… Falling on my head like a new emotion… I want to walk in the open wind… I want to talk like lovers do… I know, I know, I will stop now.

If you plan to upgrade to iOS15/iPadOS15 and MacOS Monterey as soon as they drop, then backup your devices now!

Tried to watch the #Emmys2021 and see #TedLasso win (so far, they got 2!). They said, it is on Paramount+. Went to the channel, only to say it need to pay PREMIUM. Tsk tsk.

Thanks, Jumbo

Watch it, it is funny. :)

Best Sellers

Wiping an MBA before re-assigning to another user.

Prepping for this coming Friday :) #AppleTV+ 📺

Asimov’s Foundation Book 1 ebook on Kindle

posted on Flickr

If you are sick of trolls, then stop using Facebook! Facebook promotes trolls! #DeleteFacebook

Facebook emboldens trolls by being their preferred platform! I am sure this is not exclusive to the US. It gets worse, when governments and institutions force people to go to Facebook! arstechnica.com/tech-poli……

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Facebook has been putting people in danger for a long time. There are just a lot who don’t believe it yet (but there are those who refuse to believe, and even defend Facebook).

Facebook is evil

I can download FOSS and self-host it (pay for a server, keep it secure and updated, and contemplate when to donate to the FOSS creators) or I can pay for the same service from the FOSS creator themselves and support them and future FOSS development. #selfHostingWoes

What kind of people will hide the ill effects their product brings to these vulnerable children?! All in the name of profit! #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram

Facebook knows Instagram is toxic

Repeat after me: I do not need an iPad Mini. I do not need an iPad Mini. I do not need an iPad Mini. I do not need an iPad Mini. I do not need an iPad Mini.

Bwahahaha! Epic FAIL Games!

appleworld.today/2021/09/1…

Apple patches NSO Zero-Day iMessage vulnerability with the release of iOS 14.8, MacOS 11.6 and watchOS 7.6.2. Whatever it is you are doing now, STOP and UPDATE your Apple devices. Better safe than sorry.

Why you shouldn't trust any video you see on the internet

Deepfakes make videos difficult to believe. Unfortunately, a lot of people can’t distinguish one from the real video. Personally, I take that most videos are not authentic, unless I trust the one who publishes it (and some trusted news outfits fall victim to these deepfakes, misinformation and disinformation as well), note re-sharing it does not make it more trustworthy. slashdot.org/story/21/……

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More on the untrustworthiness of Facebook. #DeleteFacebook

Facebook is the prime venue for misinformation and disinformation. Who are on this VIP list? The world needs to know who Facebook is allowing to skirt their moderation. This is another clear proof that Facebook only cares about money (getting more engagement) than preventing the spread of mis/disinformation. www.theguardian.com/technolog……

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Checking out this new TV series Kin.

I added SSH keys to MacOS Keychain. Since it syncs across Macs, can I delete old keys on another Mac and make it use the ones in the Keychain? Also, is there a way to get iPadOS apps to use those keys off of the Keychain?

Tried brewing coffee using the old Mokapot - I might have done something wrong as it was more bitter than usual. I prefer Nanopresso, Pipamoka and pour-over brewed (don’t have an espresso machine or a drip coffee maker). #CoffeeTalk

It is so dark outside that it looks like it is already 6pm #rain

If there a way to sync our Micro.blog photos with PixelFed? :)

I knew Emma will cinch it when she went up 5-2 in set 2.

Emma Raducanu bested Leylah Fernandez for the US Open trophy! Congratulations to both of you!

Off-Facebook-tarian. Are you one of us? #DeleteFacebook

Spotify parts ways with Epic Fail Games by welcoming the decision (Epic Fail Games lost!) — wonder what happens next.

Personally, unless I trust the developer and the payment processor AND the price difference is significantly lower, I won’t consider paying outside of the App Store.

The question is - will Apple enforce its contract by collecting commissions from developers even if they use alternative payment methods? How?

Apple already announced concessions in allowing third party in-app payments but for “reader” apps, this ruling opens it for all apps.

Apple to open up alternative App Store payment. EPIC FAILS big, too!

Boom! Apple is now prohibited to restrict developers from alternative payment methods. This is inline Apple’s announcement earlier (class suit settlement). What is better is that Epic(FAIL) Games will pay damages to Apple AND is OUT of the App Store until Apple says so. Bwahaha. Apple to open up App Store payment…

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No, you’re crying! 😭 #TedLasso

Why trust Facebook - it is the most untrustworthy company in the world?

Facebook consults privacy groups?

Apple needs to soften up and start cooperating. The current hard stance isn’t working at all! There are compromises that can be worked out, definitely.

An open letter to Tim Cook

If you plan on having a global company, think about what you name your company. :) #Tagalog #Filipino techcrunch.com/2021/09/0…

What a win! @Leylahfernandez wins semis! Off to the finals! #USOpen

And just like that #PLDTFibr is down in our area once again. #BetterPHInternetNeeded

So proud that the Philippines is represented in the Star Trek Universe! 🖖

My current work white noise generator is tuned on Paramount+ for the Star Trek Day live event. :) 🖖

how do you force an AirTags firmware upgrade?

Look, look, look - Steve’s back with a message :) twitter.com/nickjr/st…

Happy birthday, Mama Mary!

Awesome performance by twitter.com/leylahfer… at the US Open Tennis. Congratulations Leylah! Off to the semis! MABUHAY KA!

I agree with EFF, Apple should abandon the on-device scanning completely. Apple and Tim Cook, please do more than just delaying it.

EFF calls for on-device scanning to be dropped

Anybody tried this? Looking for reliable and affordable Thunderbolt 3 cable

UGreen Thunderbolt 3 cable

THIS is definitely a good idea - more so if Apple can contribute back to the main code/design branch. appleworld.today/2021/09/0…

Bella Ciao! Binge watching since I couldn’t sleep anyway. Money Heist

Thank you Tim Cook and Apple. Please engage with more security and privacy researchers and experts to make this better! Apple delays Child Safety features

Started watching season 1 of Code 404 but will be paused in favor of the new season of Money Heist that just dropped. Binge watching tomorrow. :)

Can you identify the plant? 🌱

blooming

posted on Flickr

w00t! Big Tech getting sued left and right - and yes, they deserve it. Still, the fines are too small IMHO.

whatsapp hit with 225M Euro fine

Let your screeching voice heard and let Apple know! SIGN NOW

This is NOT about protecting CSAM offenders (may they rot in hell), but it is about protecting our privacy & our family’s. This is not exclusive to US since the tech will be available GLOBALLY (just not yet activated outside the US). act.eff.org/action/te……

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THIS is one of the reasons why a lot of “reviews”, specially in the Philippines, needs to be taken with a grain of salt - either they’re regurgitated press releases or maybe, just maybe, along the lines of what the video is revealing. :) yewtu.be/watch

SHARENTING – simply DON’T! onezero.medium.com/sharentin…

Pretty interesting take on #privacy. pxlnv.com/blog/what…

And to think that Intel has cornered the server market. This one is HUGE! AMD FTW! https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/01/cloudflare_picks_amd_again/

And you believe Facebook will change? Political advertisement costs millions - Zuckerberg can’t resist that! www.wired.com/story/fac…

Boom! One down! South Korea passes law preventing Apple from requiring developers to use App Store in-app purchase service. Big market! Who is next, Australia?

This needs to increase! Friends don’t let friends use Chrome.

58% of Hacker News, Reddit and tech-savvy audiences block Google Analytics - Plausible Analytics

Apple - the goody goody Silicon Valley company - is now starting to smell. The stink comes from within (their employees not being treated fairly, their App Store rules are rotting, and their privacy stance starting to crumble). What will Tim Cook do?

To my little social circle - if you are on the Mastodon network, please let me know your account so I can follow. Thanks thanks.

It’s a slow day…

Garden Snail

posted on Flickr

Heard that ActivityPub is one of the technologies Twitter is considering for their decentralization. What do you think?

Second cup of coffee for the day. Yeah, not lazy today – added milk froth on my pour-over brewed coffee. No latte art (still need to learn how to do this haha).

Nikita, Fury and Batman in one movie. :)

The Protege

Great start! Hope they get to maintain this.

Vigil

Enjoying the Reuters channel on Plex.TV Live. :)

Join if you can. Don’t forget your face mask! #StopiPhoneSurveillance #ScreechingVoices

Tell Apple: No Spyware on my Phone

The lawfirm clearly FAILED this, and yet they are pocketing 30% of the settlement! They are just greedy! pxlnv.com/linklog/a…

I don’t know how blind Apple is to these kinds of App Store review nightmares. Frankly, they should be more transparent. Fire those reviewers who made those inconssitent decisions! pxlnv.com/linklog/h…

I have ditched all three (3) of these services. As of yesterday, I have gone cold turkey on Reddit. www.theverge.com/2021/8/27…

So much going on with how Samsung conducts its business. Couldn’t really trust them. hardware.slashdot.org/story/21/…

TGIF. Second cup of coffee - this time a latte with no art! LOL.

Note to self: stop going to Reddit

Change is coming to the App Store, which is good. No, not side-loading or alternative app stores, but it is a good start. www.apple.com/newsroom/…

Whilst I don’t have #Linux as a primary desktop, I do have a VPS server running Linux and a local file-server on #RaspberryPi running Linux!

I remember being the only grad student using an SGI workstation whilst my classmates were all using Windows. :) #Linux

Happy birthday, Linux!

A Linux server is always part of my arsenal. I have been Windows-free ever since I learned to install Linux using dozens of 3.5” floppy disks! #Linux

Education in the Philippines has long been suffering (not unique to this current admin) - thanks to the political leaders from all these parties! Both House and Senate FAIL to prioritize EDUCATION (yes, they have new laws etc., BUT come BUDGET time - not a priority!)

Have been saying that Stay(AWAY,NOT)Safe.ph is not effective as a contact tracing application for a long time, BUT it is highly effective as a personal data collection app - for what purposes, well… yewtu.be/watch

So I tried iCloud+ BYOD (bring your own domain) and enabled it for Family - apparently, the Family sharing part is not yet available. Yes, it is BETA. :)

Note to self - shortcuts don’t always work #Linux #SysAdForThisPM

Just watched The Chair.

Whoa! All the more reason to have E2EE iCloud Photos and Drive. iCloud Photo theft via social engineering (phishing) www.latimes.com/californi…

OMG! Another 38M personal information out in the open. www.wired.com/story/mic…

Currently listening to 80’s Summer Hits

A good read on Machine Learning. doctorow.medium.com/machine-l…

Did not get to finish The Green Knight - got bored!

What is this fuss about The Green Knight - is it any good? 📽🍿

Ditched my Ember mug (at least 2 years old) - no longer holding a charge and the ceramic coating was chipping off (shouldn’t have happened in the first place)

Coffee

posted on Flickr

Typical Filipino dipping sauce (Soy sauce + calamansi juice + chili)

Not bad. Is there a sequel? :)

Sweet Girl

Go get them, FTC! #DeleteFacebook www.macrumors.com/2021/08/1…

Let our screeching voices (of the minority?) be heard – www.theverge.com/2021/8/19… #StopiPhoneSurveillance

When will Donna and Rachel re-appear on Titans

Time for Star Trek: Lower Decks🖖

Surely, Apple, you are not deaf to all these concern. Surely, not the screeching voices of the minority as described by NCMEC.

Policy groups ask Apple to drop plans to inspect iMessages, scan for abuse images - Reuters

Spending this holiday afternoon with youngest daughter… watching a Naruto movie 🎥 🍿

Is there a Micro.bloggers Flickr group?

We need more governments to wade in - Germany writes to Tim Cook on on-device CSAM scanning concerns #StopiPhoneSurveillance

Currently transferring videos off of the iPhone to a local file storage. I use @PhotoSync_app. :)

From another point of view. I still believe that @apple could fix this by moving away from doing it on device and doing it on iCloud Photos.

www.telegraph.co.uk

Panic over Apple’s child abuse crackdown is wrongheaded

This is really terrible! How did it get to this?

www.telegraph.co.uk

Watch | Saigon then, Kabul now: Afghanistan airport evacuation compared with fall of Saigon in Vietnam War

The side-effects of algorithmic amplification need to be explained to a lot of social media users.

‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ teach people to express more outrage online - YaleNews

Daughter’s happy - her random (just scattered the seeds) papaya tree (is it a tree) is bearing lots of fruits

Papayayaya

posted on Flickr

The trick to getting good milk froth using that battery operated frother is using Bear Brand’s Full Cream milk, blasted for a couple of seconds in the microwave.

Done clearing up Keychain and populating it with relevant accounts only. Still looking for TOTP app that runs on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS - preferably open source.

It is finally over, or is it? 📽🤖

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time

It is important that it is decentralized and has privacy embedded at the onset. Otherwise, the data collected will be abused - like used in election campaigns.

Digital contact tracing apps: do they actually work? A review of early evidence - AlgorithmWatch

Dear Apple, nobody minds having their photos scanned on the cloud. Moving your on-device processing to a proxy on the cloud, instead of on-device, will be far more secure than what other cloud-based solutions are doing.

I am rebuilding my Keychain – in an effort to backup 1Password data to it and in prep for iOS 15.

What is the best TOTP app that runs on iOS, iPadOS, MacOS and watchOS and is open source?

I am seriously considering using Keychain and BitWarden (will need to explore the enterprise setup as well). I have been refusing any Electron app on my Macs and this one won’t be the first. @1Password please just enable iPadOS version on Apple Silicon Macs and ditch Electron.

Now can we have those experts, who voiced out concerns, to audit iOS 15 GM and iPadOS 15 GM? That way, users will know if the safeguards Apple claims to have are indeed sound. https://www.apple.com/child-safety/pdf/Security_Threat_Model_Review_of_Apple_Child_Safety_Features.pdf

attending my first Micro.camp live… :) sad that I won’t be able to join live tomorrow.

CODA on  TV+ is ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

It is going to be TV dinner tonight — CODA on  TV+ queued up. 📺 📽

#TedLasso made me miss Christmas in the UK haha

It’s Christmas! Happy Christmas! #TedLasso

Thanks @Windscribecom @ProtonVPN!

How Private Is My VPN? – The Markup

New, subscription-based photo service, Glass, looks like a good replacement for Instagram. Glass is actually going to compete against Flickr, which has stagnated despite Smugmug’s purchase. Flickr’s mobile app needs a complete re-design, IMHO.

Finally, an interview of an Apple executive. We need more of this so all questions will be answered – the FAQ is simply not enough. techcrunch.com/2021/08/1…

Love the ST:NG reunion scene on Star Trek:Picard, and of course, seeing 😍 Seven :) 🖖

Re-watching Star Trek: Picard. Can’t wait for the next season. 🖖 📺

Why aren’t Apple executives being interviewed about this as well? The potential to help children is enormous, but it needs to be done right the first time. Fear, uncertainty and doubt route faster, of course, but they are not unfounded.

There were a lot of assumptions and what-ifs about Apple’s Child Safety features. Apple could have explained it better than just dropping a press release and an FAQ.

Rene Ritchie explains Apple’s Child Safety features

Small countries will have really small effect, but China, US and India definitely can change this. www.theguardian.com/environme…

Let’s see Zucka weasel his way out of this.

Senators Demand Answers From Zuckerberg Over Suspended Researchers

Smugmug missed the boat

SO sad that Smugmug didn’t take advantage of this when it was first announced. Should have made a huge Flickr push to get photographers and artists off of Instagram and back to Flickr. www.theguardian.com/technolog……

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THIS is one of the reasons why I ditched Spotify a long time ago. #surveillance

Spotify tracks you

Here I go again — consolidating family photos and videos to prep for de-duplication. Once done, I can back-up to multiple external drives. I forget that I have photos in Google Takeout (back in the day, I used the service).

Apple needs to listen to the backlash

Dear Apple and Tim Cook, Please DELAY these Child-Safety features until iOS 16 or 17. It is best that you get this right the first time. Judging by the the backlash it is getting, expect that it might translate to sales later. Your partner, NCMEC, calling us users SCREECHING VOICES OF THE MINORITY, just goes to show how they value us Apple users (frankly, it is not cool!) who value privacy above all things.…

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To our photographers here, what do you use to manage your photo library? Am looking for an affordable solution that does de-duplication (and hopefully, not on the cloud).

Apple, transparency is key here, IMHO. tidbits.com/2021/08/0…

More media coverage of this Apple plan please. Apple needs to know that what they are proposing opens pandora’s box. #iPhoneSurveillance www.theguardian.com/commentis…

Let the screeching voices of the minority be heard! Apple, we know the intention, but the implementation is not ideal.

Any Photonix on Raspberry Pi 4 users out there? #SelfHosting #PhotoStorage

Is there a petition to call out Apple and stop them from distributing this? @Eff? www.eff.org/deeplinks…

ROTFL When will Facebook employees wake up and realize that the money they are getting is not worth the damage the company is doing to humanity. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Thanks, Twitter! Now I am more inclined to try out Spaces with friends, without fear that the space disappears when my connection messes up. www.theverge.com/2021/8/5/…

It is time that we call it what it is - Starbucks Desserts! Coffee is just a minor product – every new drink they come up with is loaded with sugar, which kills you! Ever heard of a new Starbucks drink that is sugar-free? :)

Of course, Facebook makes things tricky, yes, they are serious about your privacy, dumb f##ks! :) techcrunch.com/2021/08/0…

Let’s stop giving airtime to this one-hit wonder, Zuckerberg. He has not done a SINGLE innovative thing since creating that web app that rates people based on looks and calls them dumb-f##cks! www.wired.com/story/mar…

Why do people do this? www.vice.com/en/articl…

The accidental papaya tree is now giving us fruits

papaya

posted on Flickr

Nanopresso extracted coffee.

coffee

posted on Flickr

Now when will you kick Facebook’s nuts? www.wired.com/story/fra…

Every journalist on earth must have their smartphones checked. www.theguardian.com/news/2021…

Re-watching Star Trek Into Darkness 🖖

Be careful out there! Punycode used to dupe people.

Brave.com impersonator

Enjoying Jean Claude do comedy :) 📽🥋

The Last Mercenary

Post by R F on VERO

Jack Whitehall on Jungle Cruise is just so funny!!!!

Watching Jungle Cruise whilst having pork ribs sinigang and rice

Saw this earlier 📽 Rurouni Kenshin - The Beginning

How can we all go back to normal when even the vaccinated are spreading the virus, putting everyone at risk? Don’t forget the kids who are not yet vaccinated - becoming spreaders. Argh!

Vaccinated as spreaders, too

The Delta variant can be spread even by the vaccinated. Is this true?

Go Nesthy!!!! Go for gold!!! #Tokyo2020

I forget that I still have a Duke hand-puppet. #Java #JavaOne #SunMicrosystems

Duke

posted on Flickr

Facebook’s Ray-ban glasses - the never-ending pursuit of data. Yes, Zucka will promote this and gather everything it hears and sees. Need a portable, directional EMP device.

Fast and Furious 9 - Looney Tunes version! That’s all folks!

Watching Fast & Furious 9. 📽🏎🚀

This never changes whilst the *bergs are in control of Facebook! Why can’t governments understand this?

She exposed how Facebook enabled global political manipulation. Now she’s telling her story.

M1 MacBookPro failed diagnostics — it is going back for repair. Tsk tsk.

M1 MacBookPro behaving weirdly — keyboard and trackpad freeze when BT trackpad and keyboard are attached. Nuking it and re-installing from scratch.

You see the ambition of one-hit wonder, Zucka, to be a god at his metaverse – great distraction from real-world issues that he failed to address. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…

Exactly why Zucka is investing heavily on VR. www.wired.com/story/vir…

Musk dissing Apple shows he is scared of the rumoured, non-existent Apple car.

What the heck Windscribe? arstechnica.com/gadgets/2…

Updated iPhone, iPad Pro and Macs to iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1 and macOS 11.5.1 respectively

So proud of the Hidilyn Diaz for bagging the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines! Mabuhay ka!

Typhoon’s gone but still cloudy

Cloudy

posted on Flickr

You can’t (must not!) stop people from posting whatever they want, what social media must do is STOP AMPLIFYING IT FOR PROFIT. www.nytimes.com/2021/07/2…

Anybody here using this? Is it any good?

iVerify

You think Instagram is safe? Think again.

whatsApp and Instagram data shared with Facebook

Futbol ⚽️ is life… err… death… err life!!!! #TedLasso

The difference between an iPhone and an Android phone infected by Pegasus spyware

Sneaky attack on Android devices - in and out without a trace. This is scary. Pegasus Project: Apple iPhones compromised by NSO spyware - Amnesty International Thousands of Google Android phones were also selected for targeting, but unlike iPhones their operating systems do not keep accessible logs useful for detecting Pegasus spyware infection …

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Ted Lasso day starts in less than 12 minutes. Futbol is life! ⚽️

Finally, Safari Technology Preview Release 128 on Big Sur is out and it is already way better than the previous one.

Epic Games acquires SketchFab - time to look for alternatives.

Love this episode’s panel!

TWiT

Misinformation and disinformation fuel Facebook’s profit.

www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

C’mon, Apple, add RCS support for iMessage - we don’t mind if it remains green. Make SMS red to shame telcos who would rather use not secure SMS. LOL.

If you are still using Facebook, then grab a copy of the 📖An Ugly Truth by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang 📚 and find out why you should stop using it.

Ok - this is another Clubhouse-inspired d*** move. You can’t do anything without the app harvesting your address book. How can this be privacy friendly? @halloapp

screenshot of HalloApp

ControlD.com is now blocking it. Will NextDNS.io and Better.fyi add these domains, too?

Pegasus Project Domain Blocking

Apple needs to do better – random system integrity checks maybe. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Magandang maulan na umaga!

Friends, if you value your privacy, then please respect your friends’, too. If you don’t care about your privacy, then respect your friends’ nonetheless. The Data Privacy Law of the Philippines REQUIRES CONSENT.

Wow! I wish there is a hill near I live. :) Will being chased by a dog for 20-seconds count? LOL www.inc.com/melanie-c…

So spot on again. STOP FACEBOOK FROM TRACKING YOU on iOS/iPadOS. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

What’s the big deal? Google collects your search terms the moment you hit Enter, not 15 minutes after.

deleting the last 15 minutes of search history

Is it true that PayMaya is 50% owned by a Chinese company?

Looking for someone who is using a PinePhone or Librem 5 phone — what apps do you have installed? How’s the app ecosystem like?

Last academic year proved how pathetic our telecommunications infrastructure is. This coming academic year will see very little infrastructure improvement, too.

Facebook, the destroyer of democracy and decency. #DeleteFacebook twitter.com/yaeleisen…

Love seeing Amy Pond aka Nebula aka Karen Gillan kick some ass #GunpowderMilkshake 🎞

I cannot wait for Safari Technology Preview for Big Sur update to be at par with the MacOS Monterey Beta 3 Safari.

Update your Etherpad software to 1.8.14 ASAP. thehackernews.com/2021/07/c…

I hear thunder ⚡️🌩

OUCH!!!!! That goal post hit clinched it for the Italians! CONGRATULATION, Italy! #EURO2020

Less than 2 minutes left. England vs Italy. #EURO2020

Rooting for England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Daughters made sweet potato fries for snack this afternoon. Happy tummy. 🍠 🍟

So how the heck can you update an Xbox wireless controller without a console or Windows PC?

Tim Horton’s steak and cheese panini is really good. 🥩🧀🥪

Perfect playlist for the weekend, specially when reading a book (yeah, almost done cooking).

Jazz in Spatial Audio

Love this weather - drizzling outside, and I’m all alone in the kitchen, cooking food for dinner later.

Reading on a brand new Kindle Paperwhite (I wish there is something at the same price range that isn’t from Amazon) whilst listening to Jazz on AirPods Pro, sipping home-made fizzy water and patiently simmering menudo on the stove.

Fear Street Part II time 📺

Going offline. I have a date with the Black Widow :)

The Leverage team is back 📺

Never really warmed up to Discord, and dumped Slack a long time ago. medium.com/fast-comp…

THIS is exactly why YOU shouldn’t believe anything from Facebook! pxlnv.com/linklog/f… #DeleteFacebook

Way to ruin it for everyone! www.theguardian.com/football/…

Interesting trick - Breathing exercise. The Breathe app on the Apple Watch helps, too. Sometimes we need to slow down a bit.

And that’s it! CONGRATULATIONS ENGLAND!

Congratulations ENGLAND! Would need a miracle for DEN to get a goal now.

Weighed down by the rain. It is time to harvest our lone pineapple. :)

Pineapple

posted on Flickr

Listening to this whilst waiting for college general faculty assembly for this semester

Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club band

If you are beta testing iOS 15, please don’t forget to send feedback, such as, “pull to refresh/reload” on Safari won’t work when you are NOT at the top of the page.

Watching America: the Motion Picture 🍿🎥

WireGuard app works on iOS 15 beta 2. Windscribe’s WireGuard does not. :)

Instagram wants to be TikTok. TikTok wants to be YouTube. There is an opening for an Instagram replacement, maybe better Flickr app will fill this void.

The negative feedback on the Safari re-design on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey needs to be heard by Apple - unless they really want to drive away their users. Still early in the beta process - so there is plenty of time to re-design.

Cuckoo time! Lisey’s Story episode 6 on  TV+ 📺

Waiting for Popeye’s chicken burger via PickARoo delivery #burger 🐔 🍔 🦄

Now am seriously considering macOS beta, too! Hahaha

OK, let’s do this! Main iPhone and iPad Pro now running beta OS! Bring it on! #SillyMe

Tempted to get that BackBone One with that Xbox subscription thingie… but I want a controller that I can use on the iPad and Apple TV as well.

That is it! I will get another Xbox wireless controller for iOS/iPadOS/Apple TV - hoping PLDT Fibr latency and lag are enough for the Xbox xCloud games. :)

OK. what Apple TV+ shows and Netflix shows take advantage of Dolby Atmos (Spatial Audio)? Recommend please.

Currently listening to Pop in Spatial Audio

always spot on. MSFT alternative history of the web. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

If you are looking for alternative cloud storage - you may want to check out cloud.degoo.com/drive-vxacnypbmnct we get 5GB free each.

Dear Microsoft, your App Store rules are great because you do not have a mobile phone ecosystem - nothing, nada, zero, zilch! Until you do, just STFU. Why can’t you do the same for your game store? No commissions from developers - can you do that? Of course NOT.

For the first time in a long time, went out, but only for a joy ride. Didn’t leave the car except when I went to the ATM to withdraw cash (waited until no one is near the ATMs).

Majority of the internet and, of course, the web were NOT built on Windows! Whatever alternate history is being spread must be contained within Facebook, where lies thrive!

What the… apple.news

“I’m totally screwed.” WD My Book Live users wake up to find their data deleted - Ars Technica

What do you expect? Facebook DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ITS USERS, only about its revenue. #DELETEFACEBOOK After Repeatedly Promising Not to, Facebook Keeps Recommending Political Groups to Its Users – The Markup

TGIF! Lisey’s Story later — can it get any weirder? Haha 📺

Matter Reader is now on the App Store. Check it out.

Wouldn’t it be funny if Apple releases iMessage for Windows 11 but not Android and ChromeOS?

Need to sanitize the supply chain! apple.news

Ahoy, there’s malice in your repos—PyPI is the latest to be abused - Ars Technica

Wow! MSFT allows alternative App Stores on Windows. Apple is doomed! Wait, the Mac does, too, right? And also, there is NO Windows mobile OS, right? apple.news

Microsoft just turned the screw on the App Store by allowing third-party commerce in its own store - iMore

Looking for a good iOS photo editor that respects user’s privacy. HELP.

Playing with Safari Technology Preview 14.2 on Big Sur. :)

Daughter had Auntie Anne’s pretzels delivered. That cinnamon sugar is tempting but… sugar. :)

Had coffee at 4pm yesterday and had a difficult time sleeping. At work, I drink 3 cups, with 1 cup at 4pm before i head home and it was fine. Hmm..

NetNewsWire 6 for iOS soon to be available… yay! https://inessential.com/2021/06/20/nnw_6_ios_coming

Anybody using an Asus ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT - is it compatible with iOS/iPadOS?

Happy Father’s Day to all dads and single moms out there!

Why I don’t trust Facebook and Google www.nytimes.com/2021/06/1…

Just imagine an AI model trained on Facebook’s fake news and hate? spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk…

This is also a problem on iOS - enforcing Apple’s rules to ensure Privacy Nutrition Labels are true and the App Tracking Transparency settings are respected arxiv.org/pdf/2106….

This speaks more about AI researchers and practitioners being unethical than anything else. So sad venturebeat.com/2021/06/1…

Three down, one to go. Now watching 📺 #Netflix

Rurouni Kenshin: the Final Chapter Part 1 - The Final

Made avocado+chia+almond milk ice cream during the short break in between movies. Hehe. Need to stand-up for the ring! ⌚️

One down, three to go. 📺

Rurouni Kenshin Part II

Now on #Netflix, all three movies and the latest one. Now watching Origins. 📺

Rurouni Kenshin Part 1

If you haven’t ditched it yet, then there is no excuse, ditch it now. :) www.wired.co.uk/article/g…

Lisey’s story - where viewers end up crazy! Am so confused now. Haha 📺

Wouldn’t it be great if CDNs like Fastly and Cloudflare block FLoC, too? Is there a setting I can toggle somewhere, Cloudflare?

It is back to 42C!!!! Curse you, integration testing!

I agree that iOS 15 Safari UI changes made the overall experience worse instead of better. Using it now requires you to guess where the different functionalities moved - everything’s hidden! Beta 1 still, there’s still time to revamp it before release.

Remember, make sure that you evaluate the apps before using it and storing your health data. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Trying to figure out why WireGuard wasn’t working on my RaspberryPi. PiVPN was not routing properly. Ended up configuring WireGuard directly, with routing properly working when connected from outside of the network, but does not work from inside, so back to work.

Wow! Kate Hudson on season 2 of Truth Be Told on #AppleTV+. Nice.

So the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro is not arriving anytime soon, right? Will the Switch get significant discount during Prime Days? :)

Fellow TED Fellow, Professor Francis De Los Reyes, talks toilets on the TEDEd Channel! :) Mabuhay ka, Francis! www.youtube.com/watch

Sugar-free Brazo de Mercedes! FTW!

“dumb f*cks” “idiots” aka Facebook users? Well, “dumb f*cks” is what Zuckerberg calls Facebook users. mondaynote.com/mark-zuck…

Yes! Coffee is one of the superdrinks! :) www.nytimes.com/2021/06/1…

“I will not be a party to this BS, Zuckerberg!” I love it! #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram twitter.com/lajornada…

Time to focus… yeah, right 🤪

WWDC21 Coding Focus

Time to brew that second cup of coffee. Should I make it iced coffee this time?

The stability of the first iOS beta is tempting me to install it on my main iPhone, but then it is beta - the next one might not be that stable.

Still getting used to iOS Safari controls.

Enjoying the new iPadOS multitasking controls.

Did Nintendo announce the Switch Pro at E3 already?

The semester is almost over - the academic year is almost done for me (no mid-year academic load). The most hated part, i.e., reducing students’ learning to a mere number aka grading, is coming up next.

Drats! Weekend’s almost over. Can we extend it even for 12 more hours? :)

I’m craving for Ben&Jerry’s ice cream but sugar! Tsk tsk. Where can I order sugar-free ice cream?

Perfect Sunday lunch music

Studio Ghibli Essentials

Currently listening to WWDC21 Coding Chill music.apple.com/us/playli…

What does fundingchoicesmessages DOT google DOT com do? Yeah, App Privacy Report just surfaced this for me. Blocking it on NextDNS.io, ControlD.com and Pi-Hole at the moment, until I find out more about what it does. HELP.

Anybody using iOS15 beta with their main AppleID? :) any iCloud issues when mixed with non-beta iOS devices?

IYHO, what makes the micro.blog community great? Tag @cheri @jeanb @eabando if you reply, please tag others :)

What to do with used Tiles? Can I sell it? How much - 40% of original price?

Facebook works very well with sex traffickers! Protect your family and friends, STOP using Facebook! Remember, Facebook profits by promoting evil, instead of good. www.traffickinginstitute.org/wp-conten…

Protecting privacy is a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, this goes against VCs greed.

I am watching the English version and later the Filipino version.

Trese: What Netflix’s new occult anime reveals about the Philippines - BBC News

Waiting for the DC Universe cross-over to happen - when will Wonder Woman appear? Watching Sweet Tooth on Netflix. 📺

iOS 15 Safari is just an entirely new interface that takes awhile getting used to. There are buttons that we are familiar with that are no longer visible. There must be a way to balance this out between what is familiar and what will be new in future beta releases.

Loving the new protonmail.com web interface.

Did the same App Store search and this is what I got @cheri :)

Airpods Pro on, Spatial Audio on. Apple Music spatial audio feature is blowing my mind! 🤯

Google and Responsible & Ethical AI do not mix. www.wired.com/story/goo…

Tried Portrait mode during Facetime call and it needs more blur. This goes to the Feedback. :)

What? Our original iPhone SE will still get iOS 15?! Talk about support, Apple! CNt get that on any other platform IMHO!

Apple can now generate TOTP for multi-factor authentication. Hmm…

Xcode Cloud! Interesting. #wwdc21

Shortcuts on macOS Monterey. Finally! #wwdc21

Universal Control is huge! #wwdc21

Digital Legacy feature might have been pushed up the pipeline due to this pandemic. People have lost loved ones and they need access to iCloud data. #wwdc21

New Swift Playgrounds makes me excited now. Roll it out now, Apple. #wwdc21

Who’s waiting for the WWDC keynote to start? :)

Five minutes to go. Let’s do this. #wwdc21

Less than 7 hours to go… #WWDC21

Found a sugar-free, keto friendly brownies. Hmmm. Hope it does not disappoint.

Mounted OneDrive on my Raspberry Pi using rclone.org (with encryption). Now uploading 12GB of files - encrypted! :)

Dear Apple, please add virtual backgrounds on FaceTime. This is my most used Zoom feature when I am required to use video (if I cannot negotiate my way out of it).

Congratulations to my kababayan, Yuka Saso, for winning the 2021 US Open Women’s champion! Galing galing! Mabuhay ka!

Help! Any idea on how to delete this cookie?

Google’s new reCaptcha has a dark side

Will be up late on this part of the world to watch the #WWDC21 keynote tomorrow. Wondering what snack to prep. Hehe.

We should definitely end the data economy, but it needs governments to work together and bring it down. Individuals and companies are doing their share already.

Why We Should End The Data Economy by Carissa Veliz

The solution to all tech problems: blockchain, AI, and 5G!

Oh look here.. Tears of the Anaren

And because people do not care about their privacy and the US government won’t protect privacy, TikTok will still remain popular. www.theverge.com/2021/6/4/…

Neeva? Nevah! Haha. Kidding.

If Facebook spins up its own smartphone, running ZuckOS, with its own App Store, where tracking and data collection are encouraged, will you buy?

It’s about time. #DeleteFacebook anti-trust investigation on Facebook

The political clowns are emerging! Whoever is whispering in their ears that they have a chance to win are probably laughing hahaha

With Google following Apple’s lead in preventing third-party tracking on Android 12, will Facebook try re-entering the smartphone market, after failing miserably?

Here we go… Lisey’s Story episodes 1 and 2 📺 tv.apple.com/us/show/l…

Stupid HBO Max Apple TV app! Tsk tsk

Which is better Synology or QNap? Just for multi-user storage, photo management, possible Docker/VM use.

Apple is freaking insane! The June 2021 Apple Watch challenges have gone bonkers! The model used to generate these needs a lot of tweaking! hahaha.

Moved several backups from one external drive to another. Ran Gemini 2 to detect duplicates and I ended up freeing around 20GB of duplicates!

What’s the best iPadOS app that supports LibreOffice open document formats?

Anybody knows how to inform the NHS that we are opting out of their deal giving our health data to third parties? Help.

The incompetence of the DOE is what causes this planned rotating brownouts. If you power up BNPP now - for cheaper, reliable and greener power supply - then consumers will be happy! Nuclear power na! Now na!!!!!

yeah, just like Location info harvesting when it is OFF, right Google? 9to5google.com/2021/05/3…

Yeah, baby! #applewatch

49C!!! This is driving me insane!!!!

Yay! 🌧 !!

The WWDC 2021 keynote will be packed again — will they keep it at 60 minutes or do the usual keynote length? Excited to find out new features, and also some pre-emptive moves to address anti-trust concerns. :)

It is unfair indeed!

Can’t get anything done this weekend. Feels like 47C is a killer!

Sun Microsystems, Inc. is one the tech companies that I love. Sad that their HQ is now occupied by one of the tech companies that I would like to fold-up soon.

Yubikey

posted on Flickr

Weekend! Do I revisit the FreedomBox RPi project or finish binge watching Ragnarok season 2, Solos and Eden? Hahah

Thank you, Pixelmator! www.diyphotography.net

Time to relax and watch the FRIENDS reunion on HBO Max :)

Is this still supported by Music app on Big Sur?

iPod nano

posted on Flickr

Season 2 of Ragnarok is now up on Netflix. Scheduled for weekend binge watch. :)

I know it is possible, but could no longer remember where the setting is — how do you unsync Apple TV apps so two or more TVs won’t have the same applications?

Developing AI systems is the trend today - however, building them properly is not easy. onezero.medium.com/a-i-is-so…

Thanks, Hector! The infosec world needs more folks like you. :) appleinsider.com/articles/…

Fools! what do you expect? Why would the greedy dictator give up power? #deletefacebook tech.slashdot.org/story/21/…

Tonight’s total Lunar eclipse is simply spectacular. I wish I have the equipment to capture a decent photo of this beauty.

I think the Apple vs EpicFAIL remedy will be that Apple will have to drop the provision that prevents developers from informing users that there is an alternative way to purchase, but not open up the ecosystem by forcing Apple to allow alternative app stores nor side-loading.

Was trying to figure out why port forwarding was not working on pfsense, only to find out that my telco hid me behind CGNAT!! Good thing I got it removed.

Anybody using Apple Podcast app? Does it sync with the other devices, I.e., I can start on iPhone, continue on iPad and then HomePod and back?

People, if you are ditching WhatsApp (you should!), choose Signal and not Telegram. www.wired.com/story/tel…

iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5, MacOS 11.4, tvOS 14.6 applied… now updating HomePods to 14.6.

Yay for rain ☔️

Ok - done with pressure cooking beef ribs using the instant pot. All up to my kids to cook whatever they’re planning for dinner later. :)

Waiting for an APNIC webinar to start…

Time to back-up your Apple devices. New OS updates dropping in less than 24 hours. :)

Wagyu Banh Mi for afternoon snack?

Yay! Mom and sister got their first AstraZeneca jab.

What is the best Chromebook make and model that can be totally nuked and installed with Linux?

Almost forget that I have Ubuntu running on an old Acer laptop. Time to update. :)

1mm of rain in the next 12 hours? Can we make that 1cm please?

Iced coffee with a drizzle of cold milk :)

Today, I will be lazy hahah but I am praying that my mom and sister will be fine after getting their first vaccine dose later today.

When will iOS 14.6 drop?

EPICFAIL wants developers to sell apps either exclusively on their store or on multiple stores with different fees - more effort, too. And no, if EPICFAIL hosts half of the App Store - good luck curating it!

TGIF! I get to work on my Raspberry Pi weekend project

When replying to an email and you are quoting it, don’t be lazy! Remove everything after the signature - the disclaimer and all the other garbage, like company logos, etc.

FINALLY, much needed rain!

Let’s get real — NOBODY could, even if they want to. Only greedy Zucka can. #DeleteFacebook If Mark Zuckerberg won’t fix Facebook’s algorithms problem, who will? - Vox

Stop believing Facebook! Whatever they do that is for the good of everyone should not be taken seriously, unless it increases their revenue. themarkup.org/citizen-b…

Whew! That meeting was excruciating!

The search is on for a sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream. Boring much? Hahaha

If you can search it, browse it or watch it, we can record it, process it and earn off of it whilst altering your behavior? LOL Google Safety Center - Stay Safer Online

Why not an option to NOT collect data at all, can you do that, Google? Highly doubt it www.slashgear.com

Anybody can make a difference in this world, if they want to, right? www.thelily.com

Just because you can means you should! This is what happens when you fire your Ethical AI team. www.techradar.com

Will coffee be enough to fuel me for the 5 Zoom meetings marathon tomorrow? Zoom meeting drains you fast, add the summer heat and your energy depletes faster. think I will need to sit on a block of ice to survive!

I wish that iOS 15 on-boarding allows us to select default search engine, browser, mail client, music app, and podcast client.

Android 12 has features that I’d want Apple to copy for iOS 16 (iOS 15 feature set is a done deal with WWDC next month), such as, camera and mic on/off toggle, privacy dashboard, too.

Am so not looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting line-up — 5 consecutive (2 even overlap!) Zoom meetings!

Anybody here tried and still using apps.apple.com/us/app/su… ? Curious.

Is this is a face-saving marketing ploy for inclusiveness after, you know, that Ethical AI team brouhaha? Besides, this should have been done on DAY 1, right? Remember the gorilla pics? www.theverge.com/2021/5/18…

Had this this morning :)

Ube and cheese multi-grain ensaymada

posted on Flickr

So that is why the M1 Macs are faster. arstechnica.com/gadgets/2…

Interesting streaming music scene play by Apple - lossless audio at no additional cost, unlike others. I don’t care about lossless, really, am waiting for spatial audio more. :)

Anybody ever asked the Chinese living in China if this is ok? https://daringfireball.net/2021/05/nyt_apple_china_icloud

THIS is great news! Now if the ASEAN countries will do the same. #DeleteFacebook www.theverge.com/2021/5/14…

Just tested this using a YubiKey on an iPad Pro and it worked. I wish that FaceID (and TouchID) works as well.

blog.cloudflare.com/introduci…

Growing slowly… a few more days before we harvest.

top view of a pineapple

posted on Flickr

Found my old geek group at #linux-ph:matrix.org — if you know PLUG, join us there :)

Summer heat kills! Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

TGIF! Yay!

Huzzah!!! #MythicQuest 📺

Fourth and final season of Castlevania 🦇 🧛‍♀️ 🧛‍♂️ 🧛 📺

It looks like the ruling will be that Apple must allow developers to inform users where they can pay for services, games, etc., outside of the App Store, without requiring Apple to allow third-party app stores.

Victory for women and people of color at @Apple - no room for someone like AGM at Apple! Bet he is welcome back at FECESBook. www.theverge.com/2021/5/12…

Subscription services (newsletters, podcasts, etc.) claim that you pay so you won’t get tracked, but their add-on service is a Discord service that collects and tracks anyway.

Checking out this new secure communication tool, Crossclave by SpiderOak. An enterprise version of Signal, but not open source? @SpiderOak

Goodbye Armchair Expert. thanks for all the fish. www.theverge.com/2021/5/12…

Earthquake that lasted a few seconds made our planning workshop facilitator to pause for a bit with each participant who felt it sounding off.

Woke up and am 12 minutes short of my deep sleep goal. Affected my morning jog - was 2 minutes/mi slower than usual.

Excited to see a new Micro.blog feature, Bookshelves. Now what about those who love watch TV series and movies? :)

It is time for Apple to awaken the beast and release the kraken that is the M1 iPad Pro when they announce iPadOS 15 next month! So much potential, shackled by the restricted OS.

Dang! I miss steak & kidney pie 🥧. Wondering where I can order one locally. Hmmm.

Wish someone will gift me this nitro cold brew kit

A couple of friends are having their first babies and this guide might help them preserve the memories created every second, every minute. Just don’t be a SHARENT. news.smugmug.com/new-to-ph…

This is awesome! Now do Mosquito Coast :) 📺 apps.apple.com

The Mythic Quest Team’s Essential Apps: Which apps would power the team behind the world’s biggest game? Tap to see.

Still using Gmail? well, read this - www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Got a refurbished iPhone 7 and 8, but will wait a couple of weeks for it to get to me. 📱

Another Starbucks summer drink. Nothing special. I’d stick with their iced tea.

cocoa golden monkey with tea foam drink

posted on Flickr

To all mothers (and those who stand in as moms), happy mother’s day.

So glad that I did not subscribe to Hey.com and also allowed my Basecamp account to expire and get deleted. www.theguardian.com/commentis…

Stop RETWEETING without validating! Trolls must die! www.nytimes.com/2021/05/0…

Snippet from NYT article "Belonging is stronger than facts"

FECESbook is notorious for being the prime source and PROMOTER of fake news! STOP USING IT! #DeleteFACEBOOKNOW www.nytimes.com/2021/05/0…

Article snippet from NYT "Belonging is stronger than facts"

There are very few services these days that don’t use recommender systems. Glad that micro.blog is one of them, right @manton and @jean? :)

twitter.com/jjcollins…

Which animation do you prefer when you hit that @Duckduckgo fire button? I prefer the Inferno!

Watching one of my favorite cop families. Blue Bloods S11E14. 📺

Today’s afternoon snack is frozen avocado with chia and a drizzle of honey.

If (when?) Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs come in color, give me that pacific blue model please.

Fecesbook is the primary distributor of disinformation - ivermictin, anti-vaxx, you name it, Fecesbook promotes it. themarkup.org/citizen-b… #DeleteFacebook

#WorldPasswordDay create protonmail.com account, enable multi-factor authentication and save it on @1Password. Subscribe to @simple_login (save credentials on @1password) and link your protonmail.com account. Now create unique aliases to subscribe to online services.

For change, instead of having cold-brew coffee, I am having hot lemon-ginger tea. :)

Apple having an App Store “preferred developers club” debunks their “every developer is treated the same”.

TGIF!

Made pork adobo for dinner. Can’t wait for the twice cooked adobo flakes version on garlic 🧄 fried rice 🍚 tomorrow

Home-made avocado ice cream 🥑🍦verdict — will make one again LOL.

Don’t forget, enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and avoid using SMS when possible. #WorldPasswordDay

Pair a unique password with a unique email address. I use @1Password and @Simple_login #WorldPasswordDay

The avocado ice cream I made is frozen solid that I now have to wait for it to thaw a bit so I can taste it. 🥑🍦

I blame this on the local telcos for being anti-net neutrality and favoring Facebook (aka Fecesbook), on @Deped_PH @PhCHED and @DICTgovPH for enabling schools, colleges and universities to subject students to FB

Filipino Youth vulnerable to fake news, misinformation

That was it? #LineOfDuty finale was rushed and a bit disappointing. Was expecting a different “H”… oh well, will miss the AC12 Team and Kate :) 📺

FECESbook was quick to shutdown the ads of Signal, but couldn’t be that fast when it comes to disinformation. Why?

If you value your freedom of expression, then own your content - create your website or a blog, self-host if you can - don’t be held hostage by the likes of FECESbook www.wsj.com

Epic: Why 30% fee? Apple: huh? same as others, didn’t you know that? Epic: but Apple is different because you have lots of profit, so gimme a piece of that pie ROTFL www.ped30.com/2021/05/0…

ROTFL. Because iOS and iPadOS browsers do not provide that many trackers for Google. twitter.com/counterno…

This clearly shows #EPICFAILGAMES is doing this for them and not every developer. Purely powered by greed. If Apple gives them a deal, #EPICFAILGAMES will abandon the Coalition members LOL. twitter.com/MacRumors…

So happy that I stuck it out with Fastmail and Protonmail instead of getting swayed by the marketing of Hey.com!

Looking for a local supplier of ostrich meat. Any leads? :)

From now on, I will refer to it as Fecebook, too. Thanks, Steve Jobs! :) 9to5mac.com/2021/05/0…

Genius, @signalapp! signal.org/blog/the-…

Wow! Imagine having multiple Teslas on the road controlled by a swarm of drones? Resistance is futile! LOL www.securityweek.com/tesla-car…

House and Senate should pass this ASAP!

Net Neutrality in PH

Success! Wyze cam is back online - now where to put this… :) Data saved locally.

Reviving an old Wyze cam… now flashing new firmware.

I wonder how my home-made avocado+chia+allulose ice cream is doing… will be tasting it later. :)

The Melinda and Bill divorce - will that mean that the patent for one of the vaccines will be waived and shared with the world now?

Apple’s decision not to implement every single web standard (which was influenced by Google mostly) is not because it hates its users, but because of the potential for abuse. Google implements them all in Chrome, and Firefox (which is funded partly by Google) does the same.

If anything, I hope that Apple reduces the commission to 12% as well.

Wow! I hope that he recruits more ethical AI scientists for Apple. www.appleworld.today/2021/05/0…

Your Mac needs some fixing, too. MacOS 11.3.1 now available. Update now.

Serious bug fixes. Update now. iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 available.

May the Fourth be with you!

Despite the issues of the app store, I am still rooting for them against the greedy #EPICFAIL. Create your own device!

Apple needs to fix the app store – the review process is inconsistent and the rules are not clear. The App Store needs to weed out scam apps and malware. Apple needs to make auto-renewal of subscription to have a toggle that users need to set and it should be OFF by default.

The iOS App Store approval process is the one that is highly contested. Apple needs to work on this and make it more transparent and consistent.

As for the fee, it is reasonable to have it - the infrastructure (hosting, payment gateway, keeping it secure) it provides costs something (not to mention they’re trusted by users). As to whether or not 30% is reasonable is up for debate.

The iOS App Store is not perfect and Apple needs to invest in weeding out scam apps and malware — they should incentivize reporting of scam apps and malware to help keep the store clean, similar to a bug bounty.

It is so much easier on the iPhone and iPad with just one store. Imagine having multiple app stores, maintaining different accounts, trusting different app stores, and there is no guarantee that these app stores will be malware free or scam free either.

It is so much easier and convenient to get software on the Mac App Store. If it is not on the MAS, I think twice or thrice before handing my personal details to the developer. It is easier (and to me safer) to get it from one App Store.

Every time I get a new Mac, I install everything from scratch. It is a pain to look for those license codes, and sometimes you need to look for the receipt to get the software from the developer. Yeah, I keep them on @1Password.

The Dept of Labor and Employment and Civil Service Commission should start crafting guidelines for government agencies www.spot.ph

Yay! Replacement iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is here!

Waiting for the replacement iPad Pro Magic Keyboard to arrive.

Installed FreedomBox from the repo on a fresh RPiOS lite, but had some configuration issues. Will have to park it and try again another day.

Tried FreedomBox.org on a RPi 3B+ that I have and for some reason, the FreedomBox crashes after booting up.

Can we extend the weekend for another 24 hours at least?

Home-made Ube latte

ube latte

posted on Flickr

Glad to know that fellow faculty members are now getting their vaccination schedules. Am still waiting for the time they allow dependents to be vaccinated — until then, I can wait.

Oh C’mon! 39C and rising… this weather is killing me. Freezer can’t make enough ice for me and my brood. Tsk tsk.

At the Spring Loaded event, Apple teased us with Ted Lasso’s shortbread recipe. The internet found the complete recipe online, so asked my daughter to whip up a batch. :) End result ain’t bad. Best paired with cold-brew coffee.

Tomorrow - my own take on the Ube latte. :)

Home-made shrimp, garlic and moringga pizza 🍕 for lunch. No fresh basil, so used sub instead.

Was not quick enough to take photos. Yum!

Is this why they lost a lot of their cases? What is the DICT doing? Shouldn’t they be ensuring that government servers are secure?

The Philippines government exposed 345,000 sensitive legal docs online - Rest of World

Whoa! Rails is in trouble, too? No Basecamp iOS team, so good luck with app updates (but then again, they hate iOS/iPAdOS anyway).

Wow! An exodus of talents - clearly a failure of management. Maybe they should spin off another company, Bye.com. :) www.theverge.com/2021/4/30…

Just to run Chrome? Hell no! apple.news

Would you pay $30 a month for a faster web browser that eats less battery? - The Verge

Gotcha! ⌚️ April challenge #AppleWatch

New social media strategy starting tomorrow. Don’t ask me about the strategy. Haha. :)

Did not get much sleep last night due to hot and humid weather. Soaking in the sun right now to get some vitamins.

Apple’s International Dance Day Challenge is the Apple Watch challenge that I skipped - I don’t dance! LOL

Daughter growing pineapples haha - I think this is the fourth or fifth already.

pineapple

posted on Flickr

Fastmail vs Hey - look - www.fastmail.com/hey-fastm…

So why do you want it on the iOS app store, if you think that Apple is bullying you? One thing - GREED. Hahaha. www.imore.com/fortnite-…

Currently listening to the Data Diva and prof. @carissaveliz overcast.fm

What timing - I just let my Basecamp account, albeit free, get auto-deleted (was not using it anyway) for inactivity. www.theverge.com/2021/4/27…

Hey! Yo! Yoohoo! Did I made a good decision NOT to subscribe to Hey.com? janeyang.org/2021/04/2…

Whoa! Why, Google, why? Give the researcher the bounty! This clearly is a big deal, c’mon! Your Exposure Notification framework exposes logs, and it is NOT good! themarkup.org/privacy/2…

Don’t wait for this to be exploited and affect you. Upgrade to MacOS 11.3 as soon as you can. www.wired.com/story/mac…

On iOS 14.5, toggle these two settings to OFF

Anybody successfully calibrated video and audio on their Apple TV 4K? @reneritchie? @imore?

Hmm was able to calibrate the Apple TV HD but the Apple TV 4K and iPhone 12 Pro won’t sync for some reason. Rebooted both already. Hmm… any ideas?

Must upgrade to macOS 11.3 techcrunch.com/2021/04/2…

It is “kick Facebook in the nuts” day! Upgrade to iOS 14.5 and ipadOS 14.5. ytprivate.com/watch

Please make tomorrow the “kick Facebook in the nuts” day. iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 please.

Yay 🌧 🌧

If you don’t want to get those notifications asking you about app tracking after you get iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 later this week (tomorrow?), then make sure this is OFF. No nagging and definitely NO tracking period.

Does Apple act as a proxy when you download podcast episodes using the Apple Podcast app?

Episode 2 of Shadow and Bone 📺

Trying out @ControlDNS global proxy feature and it works! :)

Trying out this Lola Nena Cold Brew coffee. Not bad. :)

bottle of cold brew

posted on Flickr

Whoa! Did not know that they studied this, too. The number of babies you have can make you age slower.

Bookmarking this for future purchase – need some kind of physical switch for HomeKit lights :) www.belkin.com/us/p/P-WS…

Security tip: If you updated to Firefox 88, type “about:config” and search for “pdfjs”. Look for pdfjs.enableScripting and toggle it to FALSE. This protects you from automatically executing embedded javascripts on PDFs!

I miss Costa Coffee’s Cold Brew Mojito

Cold Brew Mojito

posted on Flickr

Shots fired! Love this! It is payback time. Now, will Apple get Moxie as expert witness? This will be interesting. signal.org/blog/cell…

Can’t really trust Clubhouse. Protecting your users’ privacy should be designed in at the start, not as a hack. www.wired.com/story/clu…

continue collecting more data. Now will @PrivacyPH do the same? Highly doubt it. TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data - BBC News

Uh-oh, another “scraping” incident? Stop using Facebook! Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands - Ars Technica

So sneaky Chrome sometimes uses Google’s DNS instead of what you have configured. Whilst I don’t use Chrome, I am blocking Google’s public DNS nonetheless.

Using @Overcastfm to download @MacBreakWeekly but it is requiring a connection to chtbl.com, a tracker, which is blocked by NextDNS.io and Pi-Hole.net (but not @ControlDNS). This is NOT good.

Anybody using the iOS Micro.blog app? Having issues with Share Sheet - hit or miss for me. Wish Gluon has Share Sheet support.

So we wait until June’s WWDC event for the higher-end Macbook Pro and higher end iMacs (iMac Pro?) - are we getting M2 chips?

Anybody tried running Raspberry Pi OS on Parallels on M1 Mac? How is it?

New summer drink from @StarbucksPH

starbucks sunshine peach oolong tea

posted on Flickr

Wow! Who knew? Don’t worry - Philippine Armed Forces even welcome them INSIDE their camps! National security? What national security? www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Err, I don’t agree. Nations must protect their citizens. Companies like Facebook and Google don’t care about people - they care about money ONLY! www.wired.com/story/nat…

Zucka will be on Platformer’s Sidechannel to go on full-on PR campaign before Apple releases iOS 14.5, which will negatively affect Facebook’s tracking and third-party data collection.

What do you know? Tinkering with NextDNS.Io again, (after checking out ControlD.com) since it is cheaper than controlD, and my NextDNS issue has been resolved. Nice.

Updated pfSense router, rclone.org installs and searx instance – Linux servers all updated, too. #MondayVibes

Is this week the kick Facebook in the face week? Can’t wait for iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to drop.

Ah, in the Philippines, this is on Facebook AND Viber. www.nbcnews.com/news/mili…

Can’t innovate anymore? ROTFL www.vox.com/recode/20…

Only Denis is a career undersecretary, when the law says TWO of three must be. And the law defines three, and now how many undersecretaries are there at DICT? What is the Senate and House doing about this disrespect of the law?

newsbytes.ph

Let’s protect our children. Thanks @Flickr for doing something about it. blog.flickr.net

Vanessa is gone from the series? Time to leave, too. #VanHelsing 📺

Next up - The Year Earth Changed on  TV+

tv.apple.com/us/movie/…

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Watching HBO Documentary, The Last Cruise 📺

www.imdb.com/title/tt1…

Huzzah!!!!! #MythicQuest 📺

Pre-season 2 episode is up #MythicQuest 📺

Another reason why I don’t use Spotify - Apple pays artists more. www.appleworld.today/2021/04/1…

Cooking chicken adobo for dinner. Do you prefer adobo with sauce or without sauce (fried)?

chicken adobo

posted on Flickr

Season 2 of “Tiny World” and “Earth at Night in Color” are now up on  TV+ 📺

Wow! Now this I want to try — Ube Latte ☕️ youtu.be/T4X9VL2m2…

Watching #ForAllMankind 📺 but checking out if the special episode of #MythicQuest is now live… where is it?

Will this start the first lunar war? S02E09 #ForAllMankind 📺

What are the chances that apache and nginx will have this header by default? plausible.io/blog/goog…

If you maintain web servers, please ensure that you have this header set. PROTECT your users. plausible.io/blog/goog…

Ohh… optimized battery charging for Airpods Pro… did not notice this before. Nice.

Oh, I’ve seen this before… where’d I see it first? 9to5google.com/2021/04/1…

Woot! Pi-hole FTL v.5.8, Web v.5.5 and Core v.5.3 released - bug fixes, improvements and new darker theme (love this). Updated my instance, update yours now.

Turon (fried plantain/banana spring roll) but without sugar

no sugar turon

posted on Flickr

To Google, #FlocOff! - stop tracking users!

Can’t wait for the #AppleEvent next week - AirTags and iOS 14.5! Bring it!

The high cost of switching is what PH telcos are familiar with - they’re stalling the implementation of mobile number portability, right? And they are in bed with Facebook, too. Double whammy for Filipinos! www.wired.co.uk/article/s…

This is great news for Facebook! :) www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

Why of course! Your health data is the next frontier for Google! Imagine how much advertising money it can charge pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, etc. www.theverge.com/2021/4/12…

This is a good read @LTFGuia www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Where are our rights activists? Why are you not complaining? mashable.com/article/f…

woot! @netnewswire ios beta rocks! Now I can test FreshRSS sync between MacOS and iOS.

I miss having my RSS newsreader download feeds from a list of personal blogs from friends and writers I follow. And no, I will not follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you have an active personal blog, micro or otherwise, please let me know. :)

Been planning on getting an e-bike for quite some time already, but with nowhere to go (yeah, I’d rather just stay at home than get infected), I guess I have to wait longer. So, should I just get a Nintendo Switch then? :)

Just in case, PH Dept. of Health - look at this www.theguardian.com/technolog…

The PH Dept of Health needs to understand that partnering with the likes of Facebook to battle anti-vaccine and other COVID-19 related disinformation is useless. Facebook promotes the disinformation more than the fact-checked articles. Tell citizens to STOP using Facebook!

Heating-up leftover pizza for morning merienda.

a slice of pizza

posted on Flickr

Just deployed my own FreshRSS.org instance in preparation for NetNewsWire support on iOS. Mac version already pointed to my own FreshRSS.org instance. :)

🥵 🔥

Forty mm Apple Watch series 5 battery at 44% 12-hours running (35 minute workout included). Is it within normal range?

There are a number of Filipino politicians affected as well — and THEY ARE CLUELESS EU privacy chief victim of Facebook data leak – POLITICO

Hello long weekend. :)

Other countries are struggling to get their vaccine supply, because rich countries are hoarding (and throwing away) vaccines left and right. Hope this fixes it.

www.nytimes.com/2021/04/0…

Sent from Matter getmatter.app/rom/

Don’t use the app or web to watch YouTube videos time.com

Coded Bias is now on Netflix. Watch it. 🎥

C’mon, @Apple. I don’t dance - how can I get that International Dance Day challenge badge????

Ever reliable and always trusted haveibeenpwned.com (HIBP) now allows you to check if your mobile phone number is part of the 533M Facebook data leak. I can vouch that the PH numbers are there now. haveibeenpwned.com

When doing the ethical thing is not a priority of the organization, best to leave. www.theverge.com/2021/4/6/…

It is Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!!! Greed is the only reason I could think of — I don’t know how they sleep at night. They Pledged to Donate Rights to Their COVID Vaccine, Then Sold Them to Pharma - Kaiser Health News

Is this the same Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Pluralistic: 31 Mar 2021 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

Congratulations @manton and @jean 100 Micro @monday episodes!

Yes, Facebook, deflect and hope that this goes away. 879,699 Filipino accounts compromised. Phone numbers (and some email addresses) made available to election campaigners and malicious users. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Now is a good time to deGoogle, you know www.wired.co.uk

I remember several research projects trying to recognize and identify emotions when students take exam, play games, etc. I avoided doing something like it for ethical reasons. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Are there @halidecamera app users here? What’s your workflow like? So used to the stock camera app that the workflow is overly simple. :)

Due to one missed configuration, I ended up moving my domain’s nameservers (been planning to do this for quite sometime, though). Glad that I did transfer and also transferred another work domain off of a shared account. :)

if you haven’t seen Calls on Apple TV+, go binge-watch it. :)

Nuke your Facebook account… whilst you are at it, do the same for Instagram and WhatsApp. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Happy Easter!

weekend tasks - moving nameservers from one to another. tsk tsk.

Philippine media needs to learn from this, too. This News Publisher Quit Facebook. Readership Went Up. : NPR

Now I have pfSense running in front of the main Eero gateway node. Gives me room to do more on the network.

Took this opportunity to re-configure my home network right after telco (@PLDT_Cares) fixed my Fibr connection after 5.5 days! (½)

Open Your Hymnal’s Stations of the Cross episode - for Catholics who celebrate the Holy Week

overcast.fm/+I4OtUTZt…

This month’s challenge is quite easy to complete. 31 days to complete all three rings.

Apple Watch achievement badge

posted on Flickr

BFN Hey.com. See you in 6 months - 14-days to get used to the workflow is simply not enough haha. I guess the next thing to try is Sanebox.

Now @pusakat, did you back this? www.indiegogo.com/projects/…

I don’t like using Clubhouse as at this point, it is discriminatory (Android users are discriminated against). Now add this issue, and it becomes worse. medium.com/forbes/cl…

Couldn’t believe that I’d miss the Mabuhay Lounge arroz caldo

cup of arroz caldo

posted on Flickr

When will we be able to eat out again?

posted on Flickr

“Test from Shortcut. HT @moondeer for the tip. Was missing the post-status, that was why i was getting errors”

I’d start a microcast but I figured that I don’t like hearing my own voice… and I laugh too much. :)

Thanks @jean and @manton for the Micro Monday feature! :)

Is this the start of something bigger?

Pineapple?

posted on Flickr

I wish @StarbucksPH will offer this again. So yummy!

Purple Yam Cheesecake

posted on Flickr

Ah… Hey.com reminding me that my trial is almost over…

Just found a Notion alternative that does not have trackers and can be self-hosted focalboard. Will give it a try when I get my Fibr back up.

Some changes on my home screen - notice only one telco signal instead of two? Well, iOS 14.5 with dual-SIM 5G support is still not released. C’mon.

We need more cases like this all over the world - sue Facebook and Google for those trackers and data collection outside of its assets. www.verdict.co.uk/gdpr-appl…

iOS 14.4.2 iPadOS 14.4.2 watchOS 7.3.3 now out. Must upgrade to fix possibly actively exploited security vulnerability.

Sunbathing…

whew good thing I don’t use the top 20 privacy invasive apps. blog.pcloud.com/invasive-…

Calls 📺 on  TV+ s one heck of a production. Like a podcast but watch the visualizations as well. Binge watch worthy. :)

YouTube uses image recognition on videos to identify objects (and faces, landmarks, etc.). All the more reason NOT to use it. support.google.com/youtube/t…

Good thing I did not invest time (and photos) on Dispo mashable.com

Currently listening to music.apple.com

Hoping that I’d have an extended streak, it only lasted for three consecutive nights last week. Time to revisit what I did last week that gave me full 8 hours of sleep.

Congratulations, PH start-up Moveup.app for winning Asean Startup Awards. Now if you please do the ethical thing and remove the trackers that leak data to Facebook and Google, then it’d be better. themarkup.org/blackligh…

Experiment number 3: steaming pampano in Instant Pot for 25 minutes. Let’s see how this goes. LOL

Another report on zero-days. Tsk tsk. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Tiktok feeling the crunch. Revenue stream issues? www.theverge.com/2021/3/17…

Google follows Apple’s lead. www.theverge.com/2021/3/16…

Google tracking your movements in bed. Creepy? Bwahaha. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Philippine-strain of the COVID-19 virus is now in the UK. ARGH! Borders need to be closed off again!

People love shiny, new things, but without regard to safety (theirs and those who they subject to it). Well trained by the likes of Facebook and Google, I must say. world.hey.com/jonas/how…

Been saying this for quite some time already - move away from SMS-based 2nd factor. www.vice.com/en/articl…

swell.life is also swarming with trackers and third-party cookies. themarkup.org/blackligh…

Swell, a personal audio broadcasting app, is getting featured by tech media as a different take on audio-only social network. However, check this out - themarkup.org/blackligh… trackers and third-party cookies galore. The app collects Location info.

Another hit by Joy Of Tech. Yes, Facebook is the cancer of society - affects both online and real-life. Time to rid us of this menace. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

For a moment there I thought I read “techJOKING” Ha!

Clubhouse is finally allowing those early adopters to request the deletion of the contacts data hoovered by the app. Is it time to revisit it? :)

His Holiness @Pontiflex celebrates Holy Mass and commemorating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Thanks to micro.blog/Burk I got OpenAudible and have downloaded audiobooks for conversion and archiving. Weird that even with 32GB RAM and 4GB Radeon GPU - converting is extremely slow.

Another night, another 8-hours of #sleep. Need to keep this streak going…

Eat your greens 🥦

Broccoli

posted on Flickr

When people thought they can change Facebook from within, they’re in for a ride. www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/1…

quick question: how does your website or blog looks like when accessed using a text-based browser like lynx?

Again, this one works only if you are using Chrome on the M1 Macs. Ditch Chrome, not good for you! appleinsider.com/articles/…

OK. Did a quick scan of the paper arxiv.org/pdf/2103…. and yes, it is probably the first M1 side-channel attack… if you are using CHROME! appleinsider.com/articles/…

This is interesting. Will need to read the full paper first. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Look here - vaccine, regardless of country of origin, is better than none at all. Up to our experts to vet it. www.nytimes.com/2021/02/0…

Why is there a shortage of lentils? Can’t seem to find one at Landmark, Shopwise and S&R.

With summer fast approaching, this cactus will surely love the super hot weather.

Cactus

posted on Flickr

Repeat after me - Instagram is facebook! Instagram is facebook! - just different look and feel. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Frankly, I’m all for technologies from all over. However, with China and the rest, I wish that you will release these technologies as free, open source hardware/software. www.nytimes.com/2021/03/1…

Must install updates iOS 14.4.1 iPadOS 14.4.1 watchOS 7.3.2 and macOS 11.2.3 - don’t wait up, do it now.

Another super informative article by Prof. @zeynep - something the IATF might want to read and TRY to understand www.theatlantic.com/ideas/arc…

Why would you want to turn a powerful machine into a tracking tool? www.androidcentral.com

Now THIS is a great idea, don’t you think? @pusakat what do you think? LOL www.linux-magazine.com/Issues/20…

Nice try, Google! It is still tracking, you know. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

But, of course! Delete Instagramonezero.medium.com

I trust Twitter more than Clubhouse.

This is another great news! I use What3words.com and I wish that @GrabPH will teach their partners how to use it for more accurate pick-up/delivery destinations. Now it is even better. 9to5mac.com/2021/03/0…

New free Nikon NX Studio available! Is it for Apple Silicon? appleinsider.com/articles/…

Ohhh Plex app now adds Apple TV app support! Awesome! Up Next won’t be the same. haha.

All about the tracking… for itself, not for others www.inc.com

This is good - if done correctly, i.e., implemented locally by the browser, Chrome. So, just ditch Chrome, right? www.eff.org/deeplinks…

Watching Debris premiere episode 📺 to wind down…

Oh hello there, Micro.blog pins :)

Thanks for this @Flickr and @SMugmug, but we need a better mobile app please. blog.flickr.net/en/2021/0…

March 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 2: orange 🍊

Ernie’s portrait

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge extension

Will the force protect my privacy?

Day 30: privacy

Darth Vader Face shield

posted on Flickr

Everytime you access the PH SEC Payment Portal, Google knows. Yes, as most Philippine government websites, it leaks information to Google or Facebook, or both. themarkup.org/blackligh…

The government really loves giving citizen data to Facebook and Google. s-pass.ph has trackers from Google and Facebook. Check themarkup.org/blackligh…

March 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Is he telling the truth?

Day 1: truth

Permanent Record book

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

I use this when I jog outside at dawn

Bonus Day (29): light

LED light

posted on Flickr

Facebook doing what it does best - lie. www.inc.com/jason-ate…

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

No way to go but…

Day 28: Up

Mango tree

posted on Flickr

Just found out that Facebook has a new mobile application called BARF eerr BARS. Stay away!

The semester starts tomorrow. ARGH!

This is why I don’t use Clubhouse. Also, didn’t share my friends’ number WITHOUT CONSENT. www.inc.com

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

⌚️ badges 💪

Day 27: Pompasetting

Apple Watch Badges

posted on Flickr

ROTFL Clubhouse LOL mashable.com/article/c…

Thanks @1Password and KeePass for not being spies! Haha! appleinsider.com/articles/…

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

The Apple Watch ⌚️ is one of my favorite Apple tech today.

Day 26: Favorite

Apple Watch

posted on Flickr

Here’s the shortcut code - unfortunately, I couldn’t post the pseudocode without preserving the format.

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Using this Shortcut code to generate the Flickr URL for the image and post it on Micro.blog

Day 25: code

iOS Shortcut snippet

posted on Flickr

Anybody here use hey.com? Curious if you were able to use its SMTP feature on Google Workspace and Office 365 accounts using app-specific passwords

would be interested to know what you think of this new experiment, world.hey.com? @manton @gargron@mastodon.social

Didn’t like that RaspberryOS pings MSFT repository every time you do an update, so I blocked packages.microsoft.com on the network.

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Chamaecostus cuspidatus or insulin plant 🪴 babies

Day 24: baby

Insulin plant

posted on Flickr

Isn’t this clear that the Australian law isn’t a “link tax” that is claimed to end the open web? www.wired.com/story/opi…

Screenshot of the WIRED article Facebook's Petty Unfriending of Australia

Make sure you check your Macs www.cultofmac.com

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

We don’t have banana 🍌 today, as we ate them all already. Today’s challenge had me order a slice of Starbuck’s banana loaf. 🙂

Day 23: 🍌 banana

Banana bread

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Can they spell? wink

Day 22: spell

Scrabble tiles with lego minifig of Dr Strange and Wanda of MCU

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Need to buy ink refills for these pens.

Day 21: colors

Pens

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Love this weather - a bit cloudy, windy and cool.

Day 20: weather

Avocado tree on cloudy skies

posted on Flickr

  1. Link Tax is bad for the open web
  2. Displaying text snippets and images from links helps prevent click through (source does not get readers to visit their site), which translates to possible loss of revenue for source

Just 2 cents worth.

For All Mankind season 2 is now live 📺  TV+

Deleted 15GB of encrypted data off of the Google Drive. A couple of Zoom recordings remain - around 4GB.

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Need proof of life before they become lunch later

Day 19: alive

Clams

posted on Flickr

I wonder if this weather is courtesy of the typhoon or it is just windy today. Love this kind of weather. :)

This is so true! Facebook bans legit news sites - no biggie for them, because they profit more from fake news anyway. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

In bed whilst attending an online meeting. Can only be done at home. WFH 🙌

Day 18: at home

Relaxing in bed

posted on Flickr

Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel

It is the time of year. #Lent

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

I don’t drink sugar water anymore, I prefer just plain still water, but every once in awhile, I miss the fizz, so I just make fizzy water.

Day 17: still

Fizzy water

posted on Flickr

Another #EPICFAIL appleinsider.com/articles/…

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 16: erudite

Grogu

posted on Flickr

This is so spot on! www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 15: Reflection

Reflection

posted on Flickr

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Compassion is not a distinct emotion (Shaver, et.al. 1987)- but is it a combination of the very basic ones?

Day 14: Compassion

What is compassion?

posted on Flickr

Apple Music playlist – Lego® White Noise - music.apple.com/us/album/…

Another weapon for makers and creators.

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 13: Make

Pine64

posted on Flickr

I had the luxury of using a dev phone for Clubhouse. Did not allow it to access the Contacts until @ajdumanhug was looking for an invite. Good thing his number is the only one there (aside from mine). App deleted for privacy reasons.

Just goes to show the kind of company Facebook really is - www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Zuckerberg is a one-hit wonder. This is why he is scared the heck out of privacy moves by Apple and regulation by gov’t www.inc.com

Not surprised! in.mashable.com

You know how scared @intel is 9to5mac.com

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Today’s (Day 12) word is “sporg” - that organism that grows on spent coffee grounds (note: I made this up).

Sporg

posted on Flickr

Fake Friday feels – procrastinating. LOL. Long weekend ahead.

Micro.blog February 2021 photoblog challenge

Day 11: ** machine **

Clunky machine

posted on Flickr

Netflix app on Apple TV 4K keeps on logging out. Anybody figured out how to fix this? It is super annoying.

Time to generate and store some energy

Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 10: energy

SOSCharger

posted on Flickr

It is drizzling this morning. Took a quick shot of this puddle. February 2021 Photoblog Challenge

Day 9: muddy

muddy

posted on Flickr

When will the PH legislators ban facial recognition? Oh yeah, priority is to change how we greet each other. Tsk tsk www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/0…

ROTFL. This is an amazing product… NOT! www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

You know there is something going on when technology companies sponsor events and influence the event agenda. Yes, Google and Facebook sponsoring SAFER INTERNET DAY events - so their tactics will not be revealed to the public.

EU’s Vestager falls to the F.U.D. tactics of Zuckerberg. www.reuters.com/article/u…

Created a @Flickr album for the Micro.blog February 2021 Photoblog Challenge - just in case you miss a photo on the Discovery/mbfeb collection.

www.flickr.com/photos/fe…

Micro.blog’s February 2021 photoblog challenge day 8: hope

Persimmon

posted on Flickr

Day 7: craving

I wish I can have a hot bowl of Happiness Ramen for lunch today. 🍜

happiness ramen

posted on Flickr

I remember reading that an Android smartphone on Airplane mode will continue to collect location data and upload the collected data once it goes back online. BE CAREFUL! www.nytimes.com/2021/02/0…

Just when PH legislators are pushing for prepaid SIM card registration… edition.cnn.com/videos/wo…

If Facebook isn’t admired, then to make of those who work there? Simply for the money no matter the cost? www.inc.com/jason-ate…

Is Space Sweepers any good? 🎥 🍿

Can’t wait for the next episode of Resident Alien 👽 📺

Back when VainGlory was still a thing…

Day 6: Sport (eSport?)

VainGlory

posted on Flickr

Teacher’s Pet

Day 5: pets

Teacher’s Pet

posted on Flickr

If you are on @Flickr, please post your Flickr profile URL on this thread so I can add you to my to-follow list? Thank you.

Did not make the first cup of coffee for today - a kind soul offered to go to Starbucks, so I got a soy cappuccino. The second cup awaits… in the ref, brewing for an hour more or so.

February goal is to finish this, and maybe offer it as an elective course next semester. @shehackspurple

Application Security book

posted on Flickr

Need more nights like last night. GREEN! Also ran faster this morning. Ha! 🏃‍♂️ 💤

Sleep goals

posted on Flickr

One of the favorite suppliers of the Philippine government :P - www.theverge.com/2021/2/4/…

My kind of layers. :)

Day 4: Layers

We had COMELEAK. Have we learned a lesson? olhardigital.com.br/en/2021/0…

Facebook, what say you, Google going to make it difficult for non-Google advertising companies? Oh wait, you have secret deal with Google, got it! www.wired.com/story/chr…

I’m hungry…

Day 3: comfort

Facebook doing what it does best - restofworld.org/2021/how-…

Competitors catching up, huh? Nice! Better up your game, too, @DuckDuckGo www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Why aren’t you telling users that Viber collects data and monetizes it thru third-party partners? www.businessinsider.com

Australia, we are rooting for you! theconversation.com

Of course, Facebook will complain haha www.businessinsider.com

Facebook spreading F.U.D. www.inc.com

OK, now it is time to prepare my fizzy lemon water. :)

Right after breakfast - a cuppa joe - on an old Ember mug.

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge Day 2: morning beverage

Checked Exposing.ai to see if my Flickr account was used by facial recognition companies - good thing it wasn’t. Could not say the same for those I follow, though.

Minimizing what can be tracked when I’m traveling overseas, which I won’t be doing for quite some time.

February 2021 photoblogging challenge :)

tiny phone posted on Flickr

I’ve seen a lot of teachers and students use Canva. Now step back and check it out – themarkup.org/blacklight will tell you if you can trust it. #StopSurveillance

Enjoying a venti-sized home-made fizzy-cold brew after 90-minutes of garden clean-up. :)

Facebook content-moderators in the Philippines should do the same - they’re one of those who are paid so low and they need better PTSD coverage later. www.theverge.com/2021/1/29…

Weekend cooking. Done with the pancit canton for lunch. Ha! Pork sinigang for dinner later. :)

Initial observation — Smart’s 5G is fast when accessing YouTube, but slow as molasses when downloading from the iOS App Store. I exaggerate, but it is slow (like on 3G).

You know there is something going on when an “independent” oversight board, who is getting paid by Facebook, is outsourcing its job for free. www.theverge.com/2021/1/29…

With all these evidences about how Facebook fails its users, what do you call those who continue to use Facebook? www.wired.com/story/fac…

Clubhouse, the invite-only service, is, UNFORTUNATELY, another data surveillance company. Checking this out - www.linkedin.com/pulse/clu… (linked to another data vampire company, sorry)

So glad that the Messages team continues to keep us safe. appleinsider.com/articles/…

This Week in Tech mentioned that ICQ is back – but then again, it is owned by MAIL.RU. Hmmm…

Time to ditch Facebook and stop using Google search. sixcolors.com/post/2021…

I hope that the Global Privacy Control (GPC) gets traction, unlike the DNT before it. www.theverge.com/2021/1/28…

Social media companies will stay as far as possible from doing the right thing if it affects their revenue. www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/o…

No, Google isn’t out to protect your privacy – never did, never will. www.eff.org/deeplinks…

What do you think? Of course, Facebook is working with governments. twit.social/@twitnews…

Update your TOR Browser to 10.0.9.

I am not a security professional, but I have long ditched Telegram (and Viber), and you should, too. www.wired.com/story/tel…

Done updating to iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, and tvOS 14.4. :) Now updating HomePods.

Apple’s “Time to Walk” would be more interesting if they’d get the cast of Ted Lasso to start, followed by the stars on their Apple TV+ line-up. It might boost Apple TV+ subs as well.

Who is the Shawn Mendes invading my Apple Watch Workout app? How can I get rid of him?

Is the Synology DiskStation DS220j any good?

Merienda time #filipinofood

pancit canton

I cannot wait to see what @POTUS will do to protect the US and all other democracies in the world against Zucka Zuckerberg’s Biden problem - BBC News

Why having your DNA 🧬taken by third party for fun or curiosity is rarely a good idea #privacyfirst futurehuman.medium.com

Will this be protected from Google’s desire to control the open web? medium.com

So, Facebook user, which one are you? 🤣 level.medium.com

The first post did not attach the image. Here it is again - hoping this becomes a streak :)

All Apple IDs configured with 2FA before the deadline. :)

Not on the iOS 14.4 beta right now - those on beta, does 5G work when you have both SIMs active?

Project Loon just popped. tsk tsk. Typical Alphabet/Google.

Name that bug :)

Bug

posted on Flickr

watchOS 7.3 will bring ECG support for Apple Watch series 4 and above sold in the Philippines!

Time to act on it, Congress! BAN MICRO-TARGETTING! mashable.com/article/f…

Will @DuckDuckGo please stand up? Haha. 9to5google.com/2021/01/2…

Interesting storage project - space.storage

Interesting project that Beep thing. For $10/mo that breaks Signal’s E2E encryption (only end to bridge encryption done), that might not be a good idea. Beep has E2EE to server, server has E2EE to Signal (but within the server is another thing).

Dismantled a Western Digital external drive that won’t mount anymore, and then I bought a $20 all-in-one HDD cloning device. Now I am copying its contents to another drive via the Raspberry Pi. :)

Both Apple and Google should support full end-to-end encrypted back-up on their cloud services. www.reuters.com/article/u…

This is bad. @apple @tim_cook - full end-to-end iCloud backup is necessary to protect users’ privacy. For the moment, use LOCAL encrypted back-up, not on iCloud.

Signal does not (and could not) censor whatever messages are sent through its network (by design). It can, however, be booted out by Google and Apple, and not to forget Amazon, since Signal is on the AWS infrastructure. tsk tsk

In the next few hours it will be party in the U.S.A. w00t!!!!!

Yay for my Sugru re-supply. Now thinking where to setup this bulb. Hmm.

Rumour has it that Apple is bringing back magsafe for the Macbooks – how about a dual magsafe ring design to charge the power-efficient M-series chips? Merging the iPhone and Mac chargers.

what do you know - Plexserver on Raspberry Pi + Plex on Apple TV works better than using VLC on Apple TV + Samba share. Maybe it is time to remove samba on RPi - what do you think? :)

important security patch from the folks at pi-hole.net. run ‘pihole -up’ right away.

Listening to music.apple.com/us/playli… in the background…

Glad to see @joannastern feature @mewe as an alternative to Facebook www.wsj.com/articles/…

Facebook and YouTube’s algorithms promote hate. www.wsj.com/articles/…

This is a weird semester due to the pandemic, but the grades are all ready for submission. Will wait until Wednesday to see if some students can still submit the other requirements before I finally submit.

The same can be used to red-tag Filipinos. Tsk tsk. www.nbcnews.com/tech/soci…

Digital signature might be in the interest of @Apple @tim_cook in providing users with a secure and private way to sign documents, email, photos. billatnapier.medium.com/let-2021-…

Why you need to re-think that “immunity passport” - privacyinternational.org/long-read…

Streaming a file using VLC on the AppleTV from a Samba shared from the Raspberry Pi crashes the RPi. Installed PlexMedia - hoping that this will be better than VLC and won’t crash the RPi.

Does not help when schools and teachers force them to be on abusive social networks www.nbcnews.com

.@Signalapp is still down. Where’s my fax machine? Will the fax-modem work when connected to my iMac using a serial port to USB Type A to USB Type C adapter combo?

Called nearest Ace Hardware looking for CR1632 and was told they don’t carry it. Called nearest Toyota, was quoted PhP515 (USD10++) for one. Tsk tsk. It was PHP320 (USD 6.70) for 5 at Lazada.

Apple has been battling the VirnetX (ehem, troll) patent for quite some time. Why hasn’t Apple re-engineered itself out of the contested patent?

This Signal outage is taking quite some time to resolve. hmm…

Finally migrated to a mesh network at home. This weekend will fix the wires and cables. :)

Wonder why we are not hearing about the Philippines… wait, is it because the gov’t gives away the data to everyone already? Asking for a friend. thehackernews.com/2021/01/e…

Samsung intentionally used an iPhone to promote its event so media will not dwell on the fact that there’s no charger bundled with their phones, after mocking Apple. LOL

.@tim_cook teases an announcement on Wednesday (i’m from the future, it IS Wednesday already! ha) - wonder what it is (said it is not a new product). What do you think it’d be?

Warning to Android users - make sure that you only download and install applications from developers you trust. The Philippines is predominantly an Android country - be careful, this can happen, too. thehackernews.com/2021/01/w…

Wow! Will check if I still have private videos on YouTube. haha. bugs.xdavidhu.me/google/20…

Finally found a USB-C extension that works! Lesson - you get what you pay for. LOL.

Fitness+ trainer Betina reminds me of @margavsmachine — is she Filipino, too? She speaks Tagalog perfectly.

Fitness+

posted on Flickr

ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ʟᴜᴘɪɴ ᴏɴ ɴᴇᴛғʟɪx

ᴘʀᴇᴘᴀʀɪɴɢ ғᴏʀ ᴀɴᴛɪᴄɪᴘᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʜᴏʟʏ ᴍᴀss ʟɪᴠᴇ-sᴛʀᴇᴀᴍᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ sᴛ. ᴀɢᴀᴛʜᴀ’s ᴘᴀʀɪsʜ, ᴄʀᴀɴʙᴏᴜʀɴᴇ ɪɴ ᴀᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴏᴍᴇs ɴᴇxᴛ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ sᴛᴀʀ ᴛʀᴇᴋ: ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀʏ sᴇᴀsᴏɴ?

This is currently my homescreen. Lost Swarm because of quarantine (no point in keeping it here).

The rule is to wait until X dollars generated per post before shutting it down www.buzzfeednews.com

Facebook protects small businesses? ROTFL www.businessinsider.com

Highly recommended! Got this yesterday and done reading. Sharing with @npf007 . thanks @carissaveliz - great resource for my classes. :)

Privacy is Power book

Android users - do not forget to apply this patch. If your phone does not have it, then it is time to consider another make/model that does. threatpost.com/google-wa…

Anybody self-hosting @StandardNotes - would like to know if supports multiple users? HELP.

And now there are two! #shotoniphone

persimmons

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I can’t wait. www.wired.co.uk

First 5K jog for 2021 this morning!

New year, so am updating the Linux laptop to the latest version of Ubuntu. Just couldn’t find the time to replace the distro at the moment, so this will do. :)

Daughter’s experiment - planted a persimmon seed

persimmon

posted on Flickr

Ditch Instagram now! medium.com/better-ma…

Cobra Kai Season 3 is on! 📺

Grateful that our family was generally healthy last year. Here’s to having better health this 2021!

Happy New Year!

“It is time for TED” - watching some select #TED videos right now.

Good morning, Mr. snail! Where is your cousin?

Snail

posted on Flickr

Modified settings for Resilio Sync to continue backing up photo from new iPhone. Also modifying cron jobs to back-up photos on another drive and encrypting & backing up to two cloud storage services.

What kind of garden snail is this? snail posted on Flickr

Testing Shortcut on friend’s photostream. This photo was taken by @abbiereal

Bears posted on Flickr

How I wish that Hanamaruken delivers.

ramen posted on Flickr

Wrote a Shortcut to get the URL of a particular photo from my public Flickr photostream. Am planning to use Flickr more to get others to ditch Instagram for Flickr.

Testing the shortcut! :)

another coffee

Sad that this Costa Coffee branch closed. Would surely miss this Sparkling Cold Brew Mojito

Sparkling Cold Brew Mojito

Something that I could not do at home… Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew #coffee

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew

I miss visiting cafes.

Cup of CoffeeSee on Flickr

Second cup of ☕️ is brought to you by @Starbucks @StarbucksPH #coffee

starbucks christmas blend 2020 espresso roast whole beans

Today’s second cup of ☕️ is brought to you by the coffee farmers in Benguet, Philippines 🇵🇭 #coffee

pour over coffee from benguet, philippines

Saw Wonder Woman 1984 and my favorite parts are the first few minutes when Diana was a kid and the last seconds after the movie. Still prefer the origin story better - has lots of fight scenes.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Prepping for Christmas dinner - fixing potatoes, 🍰 baking in the oven, and soon firing up the grill :)

If your device can be updated, it is always best practice to update to the latest version - has security patches. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Good thing I do not have an Instagram account. www.theverge.com/2020/12/1…

Thank you, and we are looking forward to 2021, @smugmug and @flickr. The internet desperately needs an instagram replacement (without that darn tracking). Make it so please. blog.flickr.net/en/2020/1…

Facebook knows when you are sleeping, it knows when you are awake, it knows when you’ve been bad or good… offspring.lifehacker.com/kids-can-…

Apple and privacy in 2010. The open web is still here, right? It is not a threat to the open web - Facebook and Google are! invidiou.site/watch

If you cannot ditch GMail, at least ditch the application. Check out @SpikeNowHQ - free for education, too!

Filipinos should realize how Facebook is being used against them. www.theatlantic.com/technolog…

Snippet of the Atlantic article, "Facebook is a Doomsday Machine"

Telecommunications is highly regulated in the Philippines - with foreign ownership tightly regulated and controlled. What is the most popular communication media used in the Philippines? Facebook through the telcos. Isn’t there something amiss here?

If the left are truly after social good and against foreign colonialism, why aren’t they against Facebook, a digital colonialist, in the Philippines? When are they going to rally? www.theatlantic.com/technolog…

Facebook drumming up public sentiments to keep its surveillance hidden

Facebook (at the moment) is all hands on deck, as Apple EXPOSES how much data Facebook, the data vampire, is sucking from their users. “Transparency is a good business model. If you have a problem with people knowing that you are using their data and giving them the option to opt out, there’s something wrong with your business model.” - John Gruber at www.loopinsight.com/2020/12/1……

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Facebook is speaking up for small business, who they have not killed, copied or acquired yet, against Apple’s App Privacy Labels. Surfacing the data being collected and used by applications is being painted as bad for business – why? Because Facebook.

Boom! Another lawsuit against Big Tech. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

.@Smugmug it is time to build a new mobile app for @Flickr that rivals Instagram. When will you save us from the Facebook data vampire? :)

Facebook misled consumers, governments, and regulators! #DeleteFACEBOOK www.accc.gov.au/media-rel…

Time to check what data are being processed by Apple, Facebook, Zoom, Viber, Signal, etc. mb.com.ph

More… more… sue the heck out of Facebook! uk.reuters.com/article/u…

Yes! we need more open source, no tracking and no strings attached alternative to Firebase. techcrunch.com/2020/12/1…

And here’s the Google app… Google hiding what data they’re collecting? Scary!

And here’s Instagram. Yes, health and fitness data is being collected. Why? Because they can and because YOU give it to them. #DeleteInstagram #DeleteFacebook

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Look what data that Facebook app is collecting. #DeleteFacebookNow

app privacy label of facebook app on ios/ipados

Not surprising. Double shame on academics being used by Big Tech to work against privacy inkl - Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators - The New York Times

Why is privacy important? aeon.co/essays/pr…

Why is Google not providing the App Privacy details on their assets, Gmail, Google app, etc.? When will @Apple kick them out of the iOS App Store?

Limited to 5 at the moment, but full end-to-end encrypted video calls on Signal is welcome! An alternative for cross-platform video calling! signal.org/blog/grou…

Read the Privacy Policy twice

PH startups need to ensure that they respect the privacy of their clients. A privacy policy that contains “We will not disclose your personal information outside of BLEEP and its affiliates and accredited partners without your consent. We do not sell, rent, or lease personal information or our customer lists to third parties.” without disclosing who these affiliates and accredited partners are is not reassuring. If you are partnering with a known criminal syndicate, we don’t know, but still “legal” as per your privacy policy, right?…

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wow! Roblox is on a roll. :) techcrunch.com/2020/12/1…

If this is being done in Vietnam, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is also done elsewhere, like maybe the Philippines? Ditch Facebook now, Filipinos! www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Of course, Google will try to block as many tracker-blockers as possible. Ditch Chrome! www.cnet.com/news/goog…

This is why fact checking projects funded by Facebook can’t be trustedventurebeat.com

Why it is time for content creators to use other services instead of YouTube. www.eff.org/wp/unfilt…

Multi-tasking, which I don’t like doing, right now - 2 webinars and coordinating with dev team. :)

Be careful, folks! arstechnica.com/informati…

When greed is the priority… www.wired.com/story/dar…

some holiday music… music.apple.com/us/playli…

I don’t use Tiktok, but this is such great news (2020 top download, not Facebook)! Enough with Facebook - ditch it! Not worth it! www.appannie.com/en/insigh…

Reassuring themselves and investors? LOL. www.imore.com/intel-evp…

Fitbit data, here we come! www.theverge.com/2020/12/9…

Bros protecting bros? www.theverge.com/2020/12/9…

This is what 100Mbps PLDT Home Fibr is like when tested outside of the PLDT internal network.

Third party software issues on Big Sur -- Apple's problem?

That is what the BETA program is for - for developers to be able to work on the OS BEFORE it is released. Is it Apple’s fault they did not make it on time? www.techdirt.com/articles/……

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Where is Apple and the App Store Search ranking? :) www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

well, I don’t drink sugar water, but their commercial is way better than Microsoft’s 2020 Christmas ad. invidiou.site/watch

Microsoft: Find your joy, ignore your dog, happy holidays? invidiou.site/watch

One of the reasons why I don’t like Microsoft Teams www.wired.co.uk

Are the kids alright? If you are a parent or a school administrator, check this out. overcast.fm

Sorry, but will take months before I put my family at risk by dining in.

zeynep.substack.com/p/small-d…

Sent from Matter getmatter.app/rom/

Got the YubiKeys - locking down accounts this weekend.

Episode 2 of Earth at Night in Color is about the tarsiers. Seen them in Bohol, but they’re always sleeping (being nocturnal). Now, this episode shows them active! :)

Been waiting for @gruber’s take on the Forbes-Apple-is-doomed-forever Moorhead article, and here it is https://daringfireball.net/2020/12/m1_macs_truth_and_truthiness

Check your favorite Android apps if it is on the list. thehackernews.com/2020/12/s… – includes @UPSystem favorite, Viber.

Philippine congress should do the same thing - get Facebook and Google to pay the local news outfits. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

I highly recommend watching Coded Bias and learn about AI’s impact and issues.

Wow! Did not know you can transfer @getmatterapp’s audio to the HomePod Mini by the usual magical gesture :)

Facebook, doing what it does best - burying the facts and promoting hate. sea.mashable.com/tech/1342…

Ah, it was just a hiccup. @Flickr is ok. Though love that panda photo. haha

what? @flickr is down?

So Raspberry Pi just introduced a $5 fan for its Raspberry Pi 4 official case. I sure wish that @Apple will do something similar with the M1 - look, Ma, no fan! - but on “maker” board, but unfortunately, it is not their target market. hahaha!

Sorry but I blame @DICTgovPH for this. mb.com.ph

Buti pa sa US. Sana dito din - NTC needs fresh, new blood. appleinsider.com/articles/…

On research and teaching – billatnapier.medium.com/research-… – @UPSystem @teddybird

Just got an email from cortana@microsoft.com - drats! scrolled down, looked for UNSUBSCRIBE and unsubscribed with the comment “STOP SNOOPING!”. THIS is not cool, Microsoft! This should be OPT-IN, so F* OPT-OUT.

Can’t blame me for not trusting these applications - privacy by design is a must! Can’t be an afterthought mb.com.ph

Update your pi-hole install - Pi-Hole v5.2, AdminLTE v5.2 and FTL v5.3.1 are now available.

Stop using Facebook! Delete your account. www.newscientist.com

Get this tool, Krisp.ai, to suppress background noises when on online meetings. ref.krisp.ai/u/u20f75a…

UP Naming Mahal #UPFIGHT www.up.edu.ph/up-is-asi…

Crushed the Apple Watch Activity Challenge for Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and relatives.

Sana sa Pinas din. money.usnews.com/investing…

So which one is OPT OUT? This is another example of dark pattern. Yeah, Amazon is a practitioner of the dark arts. LOL

“Mark Zuckerberg is a sociopath.” BOOM! So spot on! daringfireball.net/linked/20…

Am craving for plant-based burger 🍔 but the BK branches near me don’t have them right now. 😂

Hello Mozilla, let’s UNFCK the internet, but why just mention YouTube and not Google? Oh yeah, you get money from Google, right? @bobreyes blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020…

Protonmail for iOS v. 1.12.7 can now be used as default email client. Nice!

Uh-oh. Spotify users - check your accounts, change your password if necessary. 9to5mac.com/2020/11/2…

Of course it is about control. Which corporation wants to be overly dependent on another? www.androidauthority.com/apple-m1-…

Yep! Instagram sucks! vero.co

Post by Lis Wonder on VERO

What was Facebook saying about Apple’s FaceTime? www.wired.com/story/fac…

Took out $20 from my earnings from that teeny weeny micro BTC ‘profit’ that I got. :)

Tried the plant-based Good Burger from Shakey’s. It isn’t bad. Not bad at all!

And yet people keep on feeding them with personal data www.inputmag.com

Interesting read. A lot of people are obsessed with specs, though www.pcworld.com/article/3…

OK. Got that 2021 Starbucks PH planner already. I can go back to my usual home-brewed coffee. :)

Can’t wait for 1Password 7.7 drops on Mac App Store.

Why the M1 chip by Apple matters om.co/2020/11/1…

I just hope that the PH gov’t is doing something about this threat thehackernews.com/2020/11/c…

youtube-dl is back on GitHub. dance of joy

Glad that Apple is removing the IP addresses from its logs and stopped logging them moving forward. support.apple.com/en-us/HT2…

This is exactly how it works - yeah, the VCs want more. www.macrumors.com/2020/11/1…

To my #CS10 #CS196 #CS198 students - all deadlines this week postponed. Please stay safe and help others as much as you can. twitter.com/upsystem/…

I need this NOW haha www.euronews.com

“ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” - JFK #NasaanAngCommonSense

Craving for some british scones… I remember getting them easily at Sainsbury’s.

Just reverted back to the normal Big Sur branch. Will go back to beta next year. :)

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion? Hmmm. 📺

Planning on ending my Hulu subscription this month but that Hardy Boys trailer might make me extend - wish it is as good as the original books

I wonder if the Micro.blog iOS app and Gluon iOS app are enabled to automagically be available on the Mac. I know there is a Micro.blog Mac app, but having the same app on iPhone and Mac would surely be good to have. :)

Are they finally home? 🖖 #StarTrekDiscovery 📺

how the heck can you still trust this company? it won’t change, unless it affects their bottom-line. How to do it - DO NOT USE FACEBOOK. mashable.com/article/f…

And oh, i also re-enabled Unbound on my Pi-Hole to reduce dependence on third-party DNS servers.

For several days now, sites have been slow to load (though downloads are not much of an issue) on my home network. Isolated it and found the culprit, my Firewalla was acting up. Nuked it - and now monitoring if the slow load problem re-appears. So far, so good.

This will impact a lot of users in the Philippines – they will need to download Firefox right away. mashable.com/article/a…

Halfway there… creating a disk image of a 64GB Rapsberry Pi back-up SD card

There is no saving Instagram! Zuckerberg succeeded in making it a data collection tool. Time to ditch it. medium.com/swlh/rest…

Upgraded to LittleSnitch 5. Now running it on Big Sur beta.

Why meeting face-to-face is not recommended yet. english.elpais.com/society/2…

Time to see the crew… 🖖

Cloning my Raspberry Pi SD card. Doing it in place, while it is live! Bwahaha. 64GB of awesome goodness! Need a back-up. :)

Can’t wait to see The Child again… yewtu.be/kb2K2wPFV…

Thank you, @AppleEDU and @tim_cook! 25 years!!! #ADE #ADEPH

And of course, the worst ones are Facebook Messenger and Instagram. NOT SURPRISING. www.mysk.blog/2020/10/2…

Who are these VCs? techcrunch.com

Ditch Instagram! I use @Flickr instead. @Smugmug needs to make the mobile app more community-friendly. :) www.androidauthority.com/instagram…

Saw notion.so as a beneficial tool, specially for remote learners and teachers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t just recommend it fully because of the amount of trackers on their page themarkup.org/blackligh…

Saw @gruber’s DF sponsor, Infolio.co, and saw a lot of potential until themarkup.org/blackligh… showed me alarming number of trackers - including keyboard and mouse click trackers!

Just learned that you need an extra ‘E’ on the Date Format for Siri to say the entire day and not the abbreviated version.

Spent a rainy day hacking some iOS/iPadOS shortcuts. Streamlined an old shortcut and made it shorter and friendlier.

The inconsistencies need to stop, @tim_cook @Apple – whoever is enforcing this, forcing developers to force users to auto-subscribe is very un-Apple-like appleinsider.com/articles/…

Big Tech should stop exploiting contractors! www.theguardian.com/technolog…

ROTFL Facebook can’t be trusted, oversight board or no oversight board! Look what they’re doing. mashable.com/article/q…

Was trying to use resilio Sync to back-up my photos locally and was stumped why new photos aren’t being backed-up… then I realized, the app needs access to All Photos on iOS. LOL.

Two new iOS apps to play with this weekend: the new NueralCam NightVideo and Halide MK II. Oh, I forget, the ClipDrop app, too - makes that three iOS apps then!

Can an FOI request be made to ask for all photos of PNP police officers?

Something like this - www.nytimes.com/2020/10/2… - is it legal in the Philippines?

How about this for an idea - a solar-powered raspberry pi based facial recognition for PNP police officers that can be deployed anywhere and sends identified officer’s name to the cloud? Will the PNP complain?

If you are looking for a Shortcut-enabled cloud-based database, check this out airtable.com/invite/r/… - I use it for keeping tabs of some articles.

I still can’t hack that 8-hour sleep routine. Argh! Getting closer!!! :)

screenshot of  Watch sleep report

And you are proud? youtu.be/XY6gfbDSS…

Thanks @Apple for fixing the iOS/iPadOS Mail aliases issue with 14.1. :)

Another reason why I don’t use Chrome - you just can’t trust it. #NotABugButAFeature https://www.theregister.com/2020/10/19/google_cookie_wipe/

This is something that needs to be checked. www.cambridge.org/core/jour…

Instagram is a Facebook company - not surprised. DITCH INSTAGRAM. www.businessinsider.com/facebook-…

Just watched the West Wing special. If you are an American, vote!

Dear @Apple, please implement all those tracking controls ASAP. #DELETEFACEBOOK appleinsider.com/articles/…

One reason why I don’t use Windows. :) www.theverge.com/2020/10/1…

Why are we stuck with the boring 2-piece Chicken Joy with plain rice - in the country where it all started? C’mon! www.spot.ph/eatdrink/…

Hearing anticipated Mass from St Agatha’s Parish in Cranbourne, Australia 🇦🇺

Preparing curly 🥬 for salad.

Looking for TV series or movies that support spatial audio. Recommendations?

Protect democracy, regulate Facebook. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

What is this new Mad Cafe opening near us?! Hmmm

Hairy! 📷

Ok beta 10! Might be GM in 3 weeks! :) Apple Silicon Macs!

Is it time to buy Crocs? www.theguardian.com/fashion/2…

One of my daily tools to keep me alert when an afternoon nap calls but I need to attend a Zoom meeting Taken at around 4PM (UTC+8), Oct 13, in Southeast Asia. #adayinthelife

Checking out one of my daughter’s plants. These two are ready for the harvest. Taken at around 730am (UTC+8), October 14, Southeast Asia #adayinthelife

Such a rainy Wednesday.

Here comes the rain 🌧 again…

Made a latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon :)

Enjoying the Disney music on Apple Music. Disney Instrumentals is one of the best!

This is why I love @overcastfm - those podcasts that have trackers shouldn’t be supported IMHO. themarkup.org/ask-the-m…

Facebook: we support freedom of speech, freedom of expression – but only when it gives us profit! #DELETEFACEBOOK www.vice.com/en/articl…

One of the many reasons why I don’t use Google - www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Facebook is like: “Apple is stopping our unethical practices! C’mon, how can we collect data from unsuspecting users?” appleinsider.com/articles/… #DELETEFACEBOOK

Can’t the adtech bubble burst sooner rather than later? www.wired.com/story/ad-…

The Solo Loop is really comfortable. Starting to be my daily watch band, including for workouts.

Now, with less than 2 years to go, the question now is “WHAT IS @COMELEC DOING?” #DeleteFacebook www.vox.com/recode/20…

What we are having now is the normal that we will be living in for quite some time - even with the vaccine.

Don’t forget to wake up those who needed waking up at the end of September.

It is International Coffee Day (Oct 1) and today I have decided to change my daily coffee routine. Let’s see how it goes. #coffee

“In-chat messages won’t be use for ad targeting” (for now), but your metadata will be. Don’t trust Facebook, remember they don’t do as they say, and then pretend to apologize later. www.imore.com/facebook-…

Taking a short break before starting another meeting.

Sorry, Fitbit users - expect that your health-related ads to be more accurate soon. www.androidauthority.com/google-fi…

Liking the new Micro.blog look and feel. Good job, @manton and team! Thanks!

Xen ported to Raspberry Pi 4! Wowowow! Time to get an 8GB RPi4 soon!

The Comey Rule - watch it! :)

Weekend project - RetroPie. #raspberrypi

Lovecraft Country is getting weirder and weirder. 🤪

A US$5000 Electric car will be a hit in the Philippines, too! www.bloombergquint.com/business/…

I think the Filipinos are so much like the Spaniards in this respect. medium.com/enrique-d…

On a lighter note - watch Utopia Series on Amazon Prime Video. It is fiction, but makes you think about this pandemic haha

Retweet or reshare if you are experiencing this www.androidpolice.com

Now let’s check out Amazon Prime Video’s Utopia series…

So far, so good. Apple TV+‘s Tehran series.

Maybe I should deploy a searx instance for the university. What do you think? Will @upsystem users use it?

My turn to cook. I’m sweating it out in the kitchen… and loving it, but not the extra pounds gained from all the tasting 🤪

When you search the internet, you say “searx” and not google. What searx returns contains the best of google, DuckDuckGo, qwant, and whatever other search engine you enable BUT without the damn tracking!!!!!

ROTFL Siri has this weird sense of humor. hahaha. but sometimes jokes are half true, right? LOL www.imore.com/apple-apo…

Just name it as it is - Coalition Against Apple - to make it clearer.

Signed up for Telepath until I saw on Bloomberg TV that the co-founder is the brother-in-law of one of the Facebook ‘bergs. Tsk tsk. What are the chances that this is funded by Facebook? Argh!

I am hungry…

Europe must never back down to Facebook's bullying

This will pave the way for more opportunities for European companies to take over and provide a better alternative for the rest of the world. Make this happen - kick the heck out of Facebook! www.vice.com/en_us/art……

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Please Europe - show the rest of the world that you are not bowing to Facebook! Kick the bully, Facebook, out of Europe! www.vice.com/en_us/art…

We need more influential people to speak up against the trash that is Facebook www.teenvogue.com

Wow! Take a look at this list.

Let’s wait for the Oracle ACE for TikTok (OAT). :)

When will the Philippine government take note of this - oh wait, it is working to their advantage, that is why they’re not doing anything about it :: www.wired.com/story/opi…

Finally, AMP, yeah that garbage technology used to capture website traffic (and user metadata) for Google, is no longer required by Google’s search ranking. www.sistrix.com/blog/core…

IT people managing enterprise wifi networks - if you require MAC address registration - Private Address setting on iOS and iPadOS might cause problems for your users.

iOS and iPadOS applications are updating to support widgets and watch complications! If you have multiple devices and you have not set it up yet, enable Sharing-Content Caching on one of your Macs on your network. Saves you a couple of MBs of download. :)

Upgrade your macOS Safari to Safari v.14, and get the Privacy Report on every website you visit. Prepare to get shocked. :)

If you are on iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 and you don’t like using Safari, you can change the default browser to @DuckDuckGo now. Note, don’t use Chrome, it is a tracker for Google. LOL.

And just like that - the 2020 iPad Pro is now slow.

Hurry, don’t forget to blur your properties flip.it

How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

Supposed to rest today… but started working on this Raspberry Pi project in the morning… giving myself another 30 minutes and then I will take a nap.

Uh-oh. @PrivacyPH look flip.it

Singapore Says Grab’s Fourth Privacy Breach Is Concerning

Applies to all democracies. flip.it

We can have social media as we know it, or we can have democracy

Survived my first day of classes today. Short Zoom meetings with students are way better than the “business” meeting I had in the afternoon.

As a classroom rule, you have 10 minutes buffer time to setup and connect to online classes. It is not as if you are coming from other buildings, right? No ikot/toki jeeps needed.

Now is a good time to take homeschooling seriously - parents are now learning/learner partners (after paying a fortune on tuition), why not just teach them yourself directly, parents? mb.com.ph/2020/09/1…

Whilst I do have a Twitter account, I couldn’t subject our students to the data collection done by Twitter - so Mastodon it is. (and no, definitely not FACEBOOK!) #CS10 #CS196 #CS198

Happy 30th Archie! :)

Ouch! Is this Zune all over again? www.wired.com/review/mi…

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. yewtu.be/watch

What has Zuckerberg been drinking - Facebook is clearly destroying society everywhere, and he does not see it? www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Doing the right thing is not always easy, but he did it. Speaks volumes about others. www.washingtonpost.com

It is not that easy to keep tabs of the podcasts episodes - no more commute! Listening to a Star Trek podcast is tempting, but finding time to sit down and listen is another matter.

Can’t wait for the new season of Star Trek: Discovery youtu.be/70dm3WzNu… #StarTrekUnitedGives

Been watching the panel discussions for the last two hours! #StarTrekUnitedGives #StarTrek

This is not good. :( flip.it

Parents urged to keep children offline after suicide video posted on TikTok

Spot on! LOL # DeleteFacebook NOW www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Been a long time since I’ve used Google Maps directly. Forget Google Maps. It’s time to try a privacy-friendly alternative - WIRED UK

Just thought I’d charge this to see if it still works! What do you know?

I’m craving for 🍕

Wonder how long those security checks take flip.it

9th Circuit Rules Apple Owes Retail Workers for Time Spent in Security Screenings

Was on Big Sur when all of a sudden, it won’t connect to the internet. It can connect to the local network. Tried tethering on iPhone for mobile data, still the same. Routing table looks normal. Argh!

DoH - is this really necessary? It is more trouble than its worth, right? www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu…

Didn’t Facebook insulted Canada’s parliament? Time for Canada to fight back against Facebook! www.thestar.com/politics/…

Watching Palo Alto webinar.

“Can you see me?” :)

Kudos to @upsystem for finally protecting its readers from surveillance via adtrackers disguised as analytics tool.

Any PH journalist interested in doing a full investigation on DICT’s Emmanuel Rey “Manny” Caintic - where he is from, what his interests are, where his loyalties lie? More importantly, why is he deciding for DICT when he isn’t the Secretary?

Now why do I have to go through proper channels to challenge App Store reviews, when I can always rant on social media and get the media riled up (since they’re thirsting for views)? LOL developer.apple.com/news/

This is awesome, overcast.fm! Surfacing the trackers is really a good idea. Now wait for Spotify and Facebook to complain against you. LOL. www.theverge.com/2020/8/31…

Look at the trackers blocked by my Pi-Hole.net instance. Dominated by Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

#coffee flic.kr/p/2jBU7zZ

Iced coffee time

If this happened in India, this can happen in the Philippines and the rest of the world! Preserve democracy! #DeleteFacebook www.wsj.com/articles/…

Call it what it is – FACEBOOK ACTIVELY PROMOTES DISINFORMATION. #deleteFacebook www.theguardian.com/world/202…

OMG, MIT complicit to personal data collection of students by Facebook’s WhatsApp? news.mit.edu/2020/mit-…

OK Elon! Can we start with your friends and family first, please? arstechnica.com/science/2…

Zucka throws content reviewers under the bus because he failed! Take responsibility! #DeleteFacebook mashable.com/article/m…

Watch out, Android users. Google issued the patch already, but not sure if all Android phones got the patch. techcrunch.com/2020/08/2…

Don’t fall for this ploy. Facebook simply wants more of your data! techcrunch.com/2020/08/2…

Dear Zucka, here’s something for you. invidiou.site/rmlUAQamF…

This (#EPICFAIL GAMES) is exactly what Steve Jobs was talking about. invidiou.site/rmlUAQamF…

Looking forward to a uBlock Origin Safari plug-in. What does it take to get it ported?

ROTFL. This is a laugh out loud type of research! www.imore.com/apple-bra…

It is a bit long, but worth the time and effort to read. Learned a lot again from Cory Doctorow onezero.medium.com/how-to-de…

Can’t wait for iOS 13.7 with the built-in COVID-19 exposure tracking feature without the need for third party apps. www.macstories.net/news/appl…

It is BY DESIGN. Why Google is still collecting your location data! arstechnica.com/tech-poli…

#EpicFAIL Games can’t be trusted. Hope the judge will see this, too. www.imore.com/did-epic-…

Look! Trackers blocked by Pi-Hole.net

This home-made Starbucks Pike Place blend cold brew #coffee with fizzy water is starting to be my favorite.

Wow! Didn’t know you can do this on Preview! www.idownloadblog.com/2020/08/2…

Is this what the Philippine National Police wants to do? And look how Facebook responded! Been saying this for quite some time, DO NOT TRUST FACEBOOK! www.theguardian.com/world/202…

This is something that the @PrivacyPH should look at with the popularity of cheap smartphones available in the Philippine market. yro.slashdot.org/story/20/…

This is great for students! unity.com/learn/edu…

Cold brew #coffee with fizzy water is awesome!

This week’s #coffee beans. ☕️

I knew it – weekly quota (to create controversial decisions) of App Store reviewers met, apology issued by @Apple - appleinsider.com/articles/…

How do we dispose of this kind of waste? @markcojuangco any ideas? :) www.wired.com/story/sol…

I use Resilio Sync to backup my iPhone’s Photo library to a Raspberry Pi. The folder on my Raspberry Pi is mirrored to an external HDD and to encrypted folders on Google Drive and OneDrive. This is in addition to iCloud back-up.

With Resilio Sync, rclone and ShellFish iOS/iPadOS app - I don’t think I’ll be needing my own NextCloud instance anymore.

Playing with Resilio Sync and rclone. Using Resilio Sync to have shared directories between devices. The directory is sync daily to an encrypted directory on Google Drive via rclone.

A slice of home-made carrot cake paired with home-made Starbucks Pike Place blend cold brew infused with cinnamon – whilst contemplating whether to deploy my own @Nextcloud instance or not.

Dear @Apple @tim_cook - please suport the startups by loweing the fee from 30% to 10%, but for big companies, leave them at 30%.

Is there a quota for the App Store reviewers to churn out questionable and controversial reviews every two weeks?

This is scary! It is often important to invest on defense than to regret it later on. @teddybird www.zdnet.com/article/u…

Currently watching Star Trek Beyond. 🖖 when is the next movie?

Lovecraft Country 📺 premiere episode looks great. Can’t wait for the next episode. www.imdb.com/title/tt6…

How can you release an app with a bug like this? flip.it

Adobe confirms Lightroom iOS photos erased due to update bug are ‘not recoverable’

Star Trek Lower Deck’s latest episode is laugh out loud funny!!! 🖖

I take it back - I forget that Up has some of those action segments! Hahaha. 😆

Where’s that delivery person? Can’t wait for our veggies. Pako salad with salted eggs!

Currently listening to the soundtrack of Up. :) relaxing.

Ok. Done listening to a podcast episode… off to the next, but before that - time for a cup of home brewed Starbucks Pike Place blend cold brew.

Youngest daughter re-learning how to play the violin.

Google does not want to share location data with third-parties, wants sole access. 9to5google.com/2020/08/2…

Maybe it is time to delete your accounts from these services. :) At the very least, change your passwords. thenextweb.com/security/…

Universities should just release it under copyleft – CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. What say you @UPSystem? www.theverge.com/21373669/…

Even big tech messes up. It is important to back-up your data! www.theverge.com/2020/8/20…

If this happened in India, there is a big chance that this is happening in the Philippines as well, Facebook/Google employees being biased. techcrunch.com/2020/08/1…

Good luck doing this on Android. flip.it

How Your Phone Is Used to Track You, and What You Can Do About It

It is time to ditch Chrome! Do it now! flip.it

Chrome Has Owned The Web for Years. The Next Version of macOS Could Change That

Facebook, true to its form being evil, continues to dupe governments. You NEVER TRUST Facebook. Fool me once, twice, thrice, four times… when will you learn? time.com/5880118/m…

Wow! This is interesting flip.it

Smartphone cameras can now detect diabetes with 80 percent accuracy

All news media outfits all over the world should look at what Australia is doing here. Philippine media outfits should follow suit. Guess where Filipinos are going to get their news. www.accc.gov.au/media-rel…

ROTFL. In a fortnight, no Fortnite will exist on iOS and iPadOS - until the case is resolved, I guess. Epic Games thought it was a win-win for them. Good luck! Apple, though, needs to do some internal soul searching and update their rules ASAP.

The Verge, as always, painting a doom and gloom picture of Apple – for every Apple issue, Apple is doomed!

No more Fortnite in a fortnight!

Google being greedy again

It used to be that Google just shows the headline and the URL so users will be directed to the news outfits. Today, Google wants everything without paying anything (they scrape the content to keep the user on Google). www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/08/g……

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Dear MSFT, it would be nice if your Surface Duo runs Microsoft OS and not Android, even if it just comes with all Microsoft software. I am sure PWA would make more third-party applications available. Frankly, I might just buy one if it is more affordable. ha!

MSFT Surface Duo is less than US$1400. An iPad Mini + Apple Pencil + Apple TV4K + Anker Projector totals around the same price. Only downside is no streaming game platform. BWAHAHA.

Yeah, still struggling to understand the use case for this device. 500ish.com/the-surfa…

Hey @Apple @tim_cook how about having a separate category for streaming services on the App Store and have some specific rules for them (instead of bundling them with the rest of the apps), like blacklisting companies that intentionally violate rules?

Hmm. interesting study - is there a study on how Facebook is promoting the revisionist history about the Philippine dictator? www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Epic Games is simply riding the anti-trust attention on Google and Apple. No, they’re not doing this for everyone - only themselves!

THIS is exactly why Epic Games is just that - in what Filipinos call “Kulang sa pansin” (KSP) - leveraging on the media reach of Apple and Google AND being greedy at the same time! daringfireball.net/linked/20…

Be careful, Epic Games might sue you flip.it

The Linux-based PinePhone is the most interesting smartphone I’ve tried in years

I hope that Apple gives in and reduces 30% to 15% across the board, but blacklists Epic Games for openly and intentionally violating the rules.

Just a word of warning to my Android friends - avoid installing APKs as you don’t know what these apps do or if the apps are legit (remember there are malicious actors crafting apps that look like the real thing). The Play Store, at least, checks apps it hosts.

GREED powers Epic Games. www.theverge.com/2020/8/13…

Wow! This is not unique to Tiktok - check out the others, too. theintercept.com/2020/08/1…

Sneaky way to get Location Services TURNED ON! www.wired.com/story/goo…

Yep! Ditch Gmail NOW! flip.it

Forget Gmail. It’s time to switch to a privacy-first email provider

Uh-oh. This is a big concern! flip.it

Exclusive: August Smart Lock Flaw Opens Your Wi-Fi Network to Hackers

Wow! flip.it

A mysterious group has hijacked Tor exit nodes to perform SSL stripping attacks | ZDNet

Hardware flaws are the most difficult to fix specially if it can be exploited remotely. Will cheap Android phone manufacturers fix this? I doubt it - they’d sell you a replacement instead, cheaper for them. blog.checkpoint.com/2020/08/0…

Running Big Sur beta on the iMac… can’t wait for this to be released for all!

THIS is the reason why I stopped using wireless charging. It degrades the battery faster (heat). So, @Apple @tim_cook please do not remove the charging port on your devices. onezero.medium.com/wireless-…

So what if I do not want to be tracked, @verge? Why isn’t there an option NOT to be tracked?

This is wrong business decision that will cost them a lot - when users find out the unauthorized data collection by Facebook 9to5google.com/2020/08/0…

LibreOffice 7 is out!!!! fosstodon.org/@libreoff…

This is how the elections will be won. politics.slashdot.org/story/20/… #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram #DeleteWhatsApp

By design! Don’t worry, your data is secure from Google’s competitors flip.it

Google smart speakers secretly updated to listen for more than wake words

These companies, specially Adobe, are employing different tricks to track users. Yes, unethical. Need to block them! blog.apnic.net/2020/08/0…

And of course, Facebook, among others, will complain. Bwahaha www.wired.co.uk/article/i…

Google wants share of US home security market.

Google wants a share of that home security data that is currently owned by Amazon’s Ring doorbell. I’d say REMOVE all of them from your home if you really want security AND privacy arstechnica.com/gadgets/2……

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Huge demand for iPads from schools and students. www.appleworld.today/blog/2020…

The advertising boycott has to continue to hurt Facebook’s bottom-line – only then will Zucka notice it. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Interesting product on Kickstarter, a pressurized adapter for Aeropress www.kickstarter.com/projects/… which looks like fellowproducts.com/products/…

Updated my Shortcut to use invidiou.site instead of invidio.us, which is closing soon (but the project still continues).

It is really time to look for alternatives to YouTube. I use Vimeo and PeerTube. news.slashdot.org/story/20/…

Whoa flip.it

Why 40 million Americans with a brain parasite linked to cats don’t show symptoms

If you use ANY of Google’s products or services, make sure that you do a Privacy Checkup! www.inc.com/jason-ate…

All this Epic Games CEO whining, why don’t you develop your own devices and ecosystem and prove Google and Apple wrong? Just like what Nintendo is doing?

Syncing 20GB worth of photos to an encrypted OneDrive subdirectory. rclone FTW!

Fresh quail eggs! Looking forward to tiny sunny side ups for breakfast. 🤪

Google One for iOS backs-up your iPhone? Thanks, but no thanks! #PrivacyOverConvenience

Anti-trust? what anti-trust hearing? www.androidauthority.com/samsung-b…

Finally got to configuring rclone to create an encrypted subdirectory on OneDrive. Been postponing it for the longest time. Haha. Now, I have both encrypted subdirectories on Google Drive and OneDrive. Privacy For The Win!

Why Google needs to be split-up. Anti-trust violations everywhere! www.wsj.com/articles/…

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

Why I don’t use Google search as much as possible, and you shouldn’t, too. I use @DuckDuckGo. themarkup.org/google-th…

New Microsoft Family Safety app is not safe at all. Run the Android version through Exodus Privacy and find out that there are 5 trackers and requires 14 permissions. WATCH OUT.

Twitter contractors snooping on accounts? Tsk tsk.

“Some of the Twitter contractors who were caught spying on celebrity accounts were employed by Cognizant Technology Solutions, but they have now been fired” - outsourced to the Philippines? 9to5mac.com/2020/07/2……

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Imagine this – Apple’s App Store, Facebook’s Advertising arm, and Google’s Advertising arm all become separate companies. Wouldn’t it be better for all?

“Google is the most anti-competitive” - @profgalloway. I agree!

Another spot-on post from @profgalloway – tech CEOs should be prepared to answer these questions. www.profgalloway.com/fire-fawn…

I am always skeptical about ad companies providing firewall and VPN services. You’d be better off getting the Guardian app guardianapp.com on its own. brave.com/firewall-…

As of July 2020, the global average amount of time spent on social media is 2 hours 22 minutes… and the Philippines, as the top user, at 3 hours 50 minutes. Mga walang magawa? LOL datareportal.com/reports/d…

Filipinos, take note! Facebook will ruin democracy for us AGAIN! flip.it

If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention

Instagram: now that they're discovered, it is a bug, otherwise, it was a big secret feature. #DeleteInstagram

When there was no camera indicator, it was not a bug. Now that they were discovered, it is bug. Sneaky! That is why I DO NOT trust anything from Facebook! Delete your Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts - not worth it. www.theverge.com/2020/7/25……

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Happy 25th, fellow ADEs! appleinsider.com/articles/…

DJI drones are vulnerable? wow. www.nytimes.com/2020/07/2…

Backing up the main Raspberry Pi SD card… current Load: 4.54 3.99 2.23

What does your smartphone homescreen look like now? How different is it from before the lockdown and quarantine?

.@aral would love this guy. LOL. Ajay Goel, so proud of his unethical behavior. www.gmass.co/blog/trac…

This has to ramp up til the end of the year, at least flip.it

Disney cuts ad spending on Facebook amid growing boycott - WSJ

Testing Windscribe’s Wireguard VPN. Not bad, eh! It is fast! blog.windscribe.com/introduci…

“why you should never post anything on Facebook without being prepared to face the algorithmic consequences.” Just #DeleteFacebook www.theguardian.com/technolog…

With @duckduckgo search not working, look for the nearest Searx instance. Don’t be tempted to give Google your search queries.

No!!! @duckduckgo is going bonkers. Why??!!!!

Just when I reverted my home network DNS from Cloudflare to another - Cloudflare DNS goes bonkers.

Be careful using Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients. www.wired.com/story/hyd…

I have nothing against subscriptions, but $40/year for this is simply too much. Won’t be surprised if Apple sherlocks this - just makes sense for them to bake it in MacOS 11. appleinsider.com/articles/…

When Facebook’s Williams says that Facebook’s issues are ‘NOT A FAILURE OF FACEBOOK LEADERSHIP”… what do you say?

Was it quieter, even for just a moment? :) www.wired.com/story/twi…

.@The_Pi_Hole has a minor update to 5.1.1 after the 5.1 release a few hours ago.

This year’s election in the US and the other democratic countries in the near future will be dictated by Facebook UNLESS something is done by the governments to protect democracy.

Oh @DuckDuckGo, please fix this asap. scripting.com/2020/07/1…

I said it before and I am saying this again - this is a huge failure of @DICTgovph - it is their responsibility to monitor the websites of the executive. mb.com.ph/2020/07/1…

Happy Birthday, Jean Luc @SirPatStew! Here’s to more galaxies to reach and explore. :) Live long and prosper!

I ditched Chrome a long time ago… when a site is misbehaving on Safari, I switch to Firefox, then to Brave (Chromium-based like Chrome, without the tracking). www.wsj.com/articles/…

The importance of open standards cannot be emphasized more. www.protocol.com/manuals/h…

Maybe it is time for Twitter to block Facebook URLs - stop spreading hate. @jack what do you say?

I have been on the fence in going all-in in supporting @EFF, and reading something like this scripting.com/2020/07/1… from someone I trust does not make it any easy.

For a moment there I thought there is a secret to keeping Google from tracking me - c’mon! This DOES NOT prevent tracking entirely - only blocks non-Google trackers. www.theverge.com/21319293/…

Time for a new ABS-CBN - one that is not beholden to *ANY* politician!

ABS-CBN needs to invest on their digital infrastructure and leapfrog the others. Broadcasting online will not need a franchise, which is overly dependent on politicians, who are almost always just minding themselves and not the FIlipinos. Prove Congress wrong - be a better network by being FAIR to all (so nobody will doubt you that you are being biased).…

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This is awesome news! You don’t need Facebook! flip.it

Danish publisher Zetland is driving more new members since quitting Facebook - Digiday

Facebook doing what they do best... putting profit over everything

Why am I NOT surprised by how Facebook’s ‘bergs will act? So what is next, #StopHateForProfit? If you do not penalize these ‘bergs by significantly affecting their bottom-line, nothing will. techcrunch.com/2020/07/0……

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If you are a current UP Diliman Computer Science @upcs student (including incoming freshmen), please accomplish this survey bit.ly/CSSurvey1… ASAP. If you know some of these students, please inform them of this very important survey.

#UnpopularOpinion this broadcast franchise issue became an issue because of politics - now it is being deliberated and again, it is political. Why not BAN political ads on TV and radio, and restrict politcal ads online? The Philippines will be better off, IMHO.

Extend it globally! Extend it beyond July, until Facebook changes or Zuckerberg is out, whichever is easier for them! #DeleteFacebook www.theguardian.com/technolog…

WWDC20 “Build trust through better privacy” session is a must-watch!

For the hardcore out there who still uses RSS readers, here’s the RSS link for @ManilaBulletin’s TechNews - mb.com.ph/category/…

Running an anti-virus scanner across all email accounts in my domain. So far, so good.

Curating a lot of OERs for use in my class this coming semester. The question now is - do I download them and make it available offline?

Playing around with Shortcuts — processing JSON-formatted output from a web service. Pure shortcuts, no third-party utilities used. Pretty powerful stuff.

Is proper email etiquette lost already? How many times do I have to see two-line replies with hundreds of lines of quoted text, complete with the signatures?!

What's wrong with the advertising industry?

Knowing all the domains used by the members of this group would be great – so we can all BLOCK them! There is always something wrong when companies want to continue doing their dirty work in the background, rather than in the open, right? www.imore.com/advertise……

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Are there strong parallels to what is happening in Hong Kong and the Philippines with new laws? Will the UK and Australia offer safe haven for Filipinos targetted by surveillance?

What do you expect? Google investment working as planned flip.it

Google-backed groups criticize Apple’s new warnings on user tracking

I hope that the UK pushes through with breaking up the Apple-Google search engine deal! 9to5mac.com/2020/07/0…

Desperate much, MSFT? www.theverge.com/21310611/…

Zuckerberg challenges #StopHateForProfit boycott. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

For someone people are saying is a genius (not!), he really is something… #DeleteFacebookNOW flip.it

Facebook’s Response to Ad Boycott Shows Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Get It

Let me guess, Chrome has all of these enabled, right? www.zdnet.com/article/a…

Hmm am running Safari 14 Technology Preview on Catalina and couldn’t find requests to google-analytics on my Pi-Hole. www.simoahava.com/analytics…

Clipboard snooping on iOS was surfaced by a security researcher flagging it as a bug. With iOS14, this is now a privacy feature - and beta testers found dozens of third-party applications snopping on your clipboard! Now, think about what they do on Android.

A good read about Apple, penned by an industry veteran. medium.learningbyshipping.com/apples-re…

Microsoft pulls out of retail by closing stores… permanently. I have been to a lot of Microsoft retail stores, some very close to an Apple store, and the difference in number of people is like night and day! MSFT’s have more employees than customers most of the time. Oh well.

Tiktok's sneaky data collection via your clipboard

This is how unethical Tiktok is – monitoring and copying the content of your clipboard without you knowing. Thanks to @Apple and its iOS14 beta, beta testers exposed them. Now, how about on Android? www.theverge.com/2020/6/26……

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I have been using AirTables via Shortcuts to log a lot of data. Pretty nifty. You should try it out. airtable.com/invite/r/…

Online Libel the number one cybercrime in PH, according to PNP.

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group reports ONLINE LIBEL as the highest crime in the PH - 4273 cases since 2013. Highest to date in 2019: 1304, then 2018:1041 and 2020 so far: 339. All these cases did not contribute to the stiffling of freedom of the press, except for 1, right? tsk tsk.…

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I wonder who will be the first PH group to sign and promote this www.stophateforprofit.org

iOS 14 tracker blocking works against SMEs?

I read an article, I think on Inc.com, that claims Apple’s move to block trackers hurt SMEs more than others. I am looking for the research that states the benefit of tracking is only 4% increase in revenue, which is small, IMHO. And oh, this is not a new feature from Apple - Apple just made it visible. Apple’s ITP have been doing it on the background already.…

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Apple moves to minimize impact of EU and US investigations – will allow third-party on Find My, allow other music services on HomePod, and allow users to change default browser and mail client.

Is the writing on the wall for Intel? tech.slashdot.org/story/20/…

When the bully loses its bullying-power, they complain. bwahaha.

This is very interesting research when applied to medical imaging. However, when used unethically, it is highly dangerous. Imagine assuming someone is carrying a firearm…

More on the app store issue - from someone who has extensive experience in the industry - twitter.com/stevesi/s…

That’s the way to do it! How about the others? grow a spine! flip.it

The North Face becomes first major brand to join Facebook ad boycott

Thank you, Time Machine, for always reminding me to back-up. :)

This is NOT good. OpenStreetMap needs to look for alternative. techcrunch.com/2020/06/1…

Mac users, beware! appleinsider.com/articles/…

Facebook is *NOT* your friend, but it is the PH government's

It is no secret that Facebook is a prime tool used by politicians, of all colors, in the Philippines. Add the fact that Facebook and the telcos are in bed together – enjoying data and monetary exchange. Now with the anti-terrorism bill waiting to be signed or junked (I hope) by the PH president, Filipino citizens who love Facebook must be aware of what this means, and this reveals how Facebook can be used against Filipinos.…

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Facebook Groups are opt-in, except that Facebook keeps on promoting them. The more divisive the group is, the more promotion Facebook will do. www.wired.com/story/fac…

Independent Group of Fact Checkers Needed

We need an independent group of patriots who can do fact checking - not a media outfit, not one funded by Facebook (or Google or any big tech). We are in for tons of fake news, deep fakes and manipulated photos (and audios) come mid-2021. www.wired.com/story/how……

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The most hated part of teaching – grading. Well, I have submitted my students’ grades (except for some, please check your email) already. Good luck. Stay home, stay safe and well.

Another reason to ditch Facebook flip.it

New Android Threat: Facebook, WeChat Apps Have Failed To Patch Known Security Risks

Choo choo! Let’s do this!

What do you know - I just finished the Coursera course on COVID-19 Contact Tracing. :)

Currently listening to music.apple.com/us/playli…

Just delete your instagram account flip.it

How to stop Instagram from tracking everything you do

“If someone doesn’t interact with you because you’re not on Facebook, they probably aren’t that good of a friend anyway.” #DitchFacebook www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

Yes! Flush Facebook, the hate for profit company, down the toilet! It is full of crap! www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

The PH government has a ‘good’ relationship with Facebook. You think this is good? Now think what those stupid congressmen voted on - Anti-Terrorism Bill - and what’s the best surveillance tool to use? Social media. Good luck!

You continue to believe Zuckerberg, after calling you ‘dumb f_ck’? After he lies and tries to change Facebook’s history? #DeleteFacebook

Both Facebook and Google allow you to delete your activity history - only after it has analyzed and processed them.

Zuckerberg, calling users ‘dumb f_cks’, has a broken moral compass, and only protects his own interests, no matter the effects to the rest of the world. www.wired.com/story/mar…

Yes, it is EASY to delete Facebook. www.wired.com/story/how…

This is the way to go - leave the hate-for-profit company called Facebook. mashable.com/article/t…

Apple software updates dropped. Homepod 13.4.6, tvOS 13.4.6, iOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5.1, MacOS 10.15.5, watchOS 6.2.6 now available

NOTHING, as in NOTHING will really change Facebook’s Zuckerberg until it affects the bottom-line. Only thing that matters to him is money. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Shuttling between computer and stove (making pork ribs sinigang) is getting my #AppleWatch rings some love. hehe.

The health advice is to stay TWO (2) METERS AWAY from others. Why is the PH gov’t allowing just ONE (1) METER distance between passengers, etc.? In this case, I’d say STAY AT HOME.

Money trumps everything to these guys - they still believe the “change from within” mantra, but that is useless with Zuckerberg at the helm. How about shutting down Facebook for a week? www.theverge.com/2020/5/29…

One of the spot-on translations of PR-speak by @gruber. Lots of suckers, IMHO! haha https://daringfireball.net/2020/05/abovitz_magic_leap_translation

So good to see Fred Willard on Space Force, probably his last series. Rest In Peace, Fred.

Space Force time! One episode before watching the finale of Defending Jacob with fam.

Yay rain!!!!!

ROTFL Hate-for-profit machine that is also known as FACEBOOK. LOL. nitter.net/ewarren/s…

Whatever is convenient, right Zuck? Or should I say, whatever gives you more money! arstechnica.com/tech-poli…

This is really tempting. flip.it

8GB Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now at $75 - Raspberry Pi

Android users, please be careful. This vulnerability might not have been patched on your phone’s Android version. thehackernews.com/2020/05/s…

This is why minimizing data collection is ideal. techcrunch.com/2020/05/2…

Is Sweden wrong in relying on herd immunity too early? www.theguardian.com/world/202…

If you are looking for a mail provider that DOES NOT collect your data (meta data included) and use it to generate revenue for themselves, then Fastmail.com is one of your best options. ref.fm/u23847016

So fun to see daughter tinker with Swift Playgrounds and control a drone.

This is interesting. I bet that if someone does this in the Philippines. it’d be such a novel case and precedent setting, too. www.bbc.com/news/tech… #DeleteFacebook

Facebook knows accounts that are potential scammers or child abusers - and yet they are NOT deleting the account - so they will just tell about it when these accounts message you. Something is not right. www.wired.com/story/fac…

Apple is rumoured to ship iPhones without earpods. If Apple does this, they will be called greedy. HOWEVER, it is means reducing the cost by $50, then I’d bite. :)

iPhone 8, 2017 Macbook Pro, 2018 iPad, and older - turn off Bluetooth if you don’t have any need for it. www.imore.com/apple-dev…

Podcast going exclusive? Good luck with that. www.theverge.com/2020/5/19…

If you have absolutely no reason to keep Bluetooth ON, then please turn it OFF permanently. Otherwise, make sure that your devices are all updated. thehackernews.com/2020/05/h…

This is a good preview of what the US gov’t will do when it actually acts on anti-trust complaints against Google. www.omidyar.com/sites/def…

The San Mateo-Batasan check point is useless - as seen on GMA News TV - multiple passengers, IDs or passes not being checked, temperatures checked selectively, motorcycle passenger gets off and walks to the other side of the checkpoint and waits for the rider. Is this right?

This is one of the reasons why I am skeptical about mail services that consolidate your email. I’d rather just let the client connect to each mail server directly. www.macrumors.com/2020/05/1…

This is also good, BUT, if the Facebook-FTC settlement is the template, Google will just pay peanuts as fine. www.theverge.com/2020/5/15…

This is good. Regulate the heck out of Facebook-Giphy deal. www.theverge.com/2020/5/15…

Giphy, now another Facebook tracker

Woke up to the news of Facebook acquiring Giphy for USD400M. Giphy is the search engine for GIF images, that is often shared on your messaging app or social network. This news made me immediately delete Giphy off of my iPhone. Why, you may ask? Well, there is only one reason for Facebook to buy Giphy - to get hold of the data that Giphy has on its users. Every time you use Giphy, either via its application or its web, data about you is captured, e.…

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Is Apple doing something similar - working as a proxy for all the searches on their GIF iMessage app? signal.org/blog/sign…

I just subscribed to @gifwrapped and followed @jellybeansoup. DELETE Giphy NOW. Giphy, now a Facebook tracking machine.

Free Coursera course on Contact Tracing by Johns Hopkins University. This trumps digital contact tracing. hub.jhu.edu/2020/05/1…

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, new series with Captain PIke and Number One – can’t wait! Now, where’s Seven of Nine’s series? :)

Facebook buys Giphy. Giphy deleted from devices. Giphy will automatically be a tracker for Facebook - just wait a few weeks.

Another good read. Something that IATF should actually read and try to understand. www.brookings.edu/techstrea…

THIS is what I am trying to say to friends who love posting photos. Yes, you have nothing to hide… tsk tsk. medium.com/digital-m…

This is a huge push for AR/VR. Apple has the capability of bringing AR/VR to mainstream. Can’t wait. www.appleworld.today/blog/2020…

This is so sad. Also shows the promise of K-12, particularly SHS, is not being met. @PhCHED needs to re-think how it accredits higher education institutions. www.philstar.com/business/…

Hardware is hard. Hardware + software is even more difficult. www.theverge.com/2020/5/13…

We need more people standing up against surveillance capitalists. www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

IF you are a technology company providing connectivity services and you are using @zoom_us - it is not good to get potential client to reconnect because your 40-minute free allocation is up.

This is a good read on digital contact tracing. Ping @teddybird medium.com/berkman-k…

Isolate isolate isolate flip.it

After six new cases, Wuhan plans to test all 11 million residents for coronavirus

Quick D.I.Y. face mask – nitter.net/donalscan…

Huawei dips into Filipinos' health data - any concerns?

“One of the Huawei CLOUD’s feature is the AI-Assisted Diagnosis that was installed within hospital premises to help the country’s fight in the pandemic. One of which was Baguio City’s Mayor, Benjie Magalong positive approval regarding the CT scan yielding a 98 percent accuracy rate in only two minutes. ” technology.mb.com.ph/2020/05/1… In any medical technology, specially one that involves AI, clinical testing is necessary to validate. I am wondering how this has been validated by Filipino experts.…

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Is Microsoft reading your e-mail?

So how does this actually work? Each word you type is being analyzed, server-side, to give a suggested phrase, right? In other words, MSFT is “reading” your email so it could suggest. Exactly the same way Google is doing it with GMail on your browser, right? www.theverge.com/2020/5/11……

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Launching without Airplay support is a deal-breaker. Good thing there is a free trial. Will I subscribe? Not enough reasons to, actually. www.theverge.com/2020/5/11…

I have been waiting for Pi-Hole 5.0 to come out of beta and then it dropped. Upgraded, moved DHCP server from router to Pi-Hole, and now enjoying better tracker blocking on my home network.

The PH has yet to fully manage the first wave, and it proposes to relax its quarantine, as countries warn of the second wave already. Tsk tsk. www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Interesting take on contact tracing using mobile applications. https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/me_on_covad-19_.html www.brookings.edu/techstrea…

If your iOS/iPadOS application was borked by the Facebook bug, then it is high time that you ditch it! It is NOT worth it.

So @Zoom_us bought @keybaseio, which is good for Zoom’s clients, but please don’t kill the keybase community.

Stay safe and well, folks. www.theverge.com/2020/5/7/…

Campaigns, like this one, should have been detected by @DICTgovPH. With their confidential funds, they could at least inform ALL government agencies that they might be targetted. What is DICT using the funds for? thehackernews.com/2020/05/a…

The difference between moving from a pointing system to touch and adding a pointing system to touch. It takes some design mojos to do something like the iPadOS, the other approach is a bit lazy IMHO. techcrunch.com/2020/05/0…

This is a good idea. www.wired.com/story/git…

Yes, privacy matters!

My advocacy for privacy is not for me, but for my kids and their future. If you don’t care about your children, continue supporting surveillance capitalists like Facebook and Google – for YOUR convenience, but at the cost of your children’s privacy! thenextweb.com/podium/20……

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This is probably the best graduation ever – for these kids and for the the other 2020graduates, CONGRATULATIONS. Thanks @somegoodnews invidio.us/watch

Wow! Inkscape finally releases version 1.0! Native MacOS app as well. Nice! inkscape.org/news/2020…

Digital contact tracing does not work. What Apple and Google created is an exposure notification system. Contact tracing is best done manually. www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Was trying to share a file last week and figured that I need my own @nextcloud instance - so spun off one. Took less than 30 minutes to install, configure and secure it. How awesome is that?

Watching @sirkenrobinson’s video on unite.us reminds me how he inspired me to do something for education. This pandemic might be an opportunity to re-think education – not via conveyor-belt/manufacturing style, but something else.

This is an interesting take of contact tracing using mobile applications. flip.it

Tech isn’t solution to COVID-19, says Singapore director of contact tracing app

Why isn’t @Deped_PH helping unschoolers as well? offspring.lifehacker.com/should-yo… #UnpopularOpinion

@Zoom_us in the company of Cisco, Google and Microsoft.

Frankly, @Zoom_us should step back and review their marketing folks - they’ve been called TWICE on reporting something, i.e. E2EE and DAU, that aren’t! However, banning Zoom is a knee-jerk ridiculous reaction – labelling it as malware is irresponsible, at the very least. What are the recommended options? Google? Cisco? Microsoft? Well, think again - they are as guilty as Zoom in collecting data! www.theverge.com/2020/5/1/……

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Our teachers in the Philippines should do the same thing — demand that schools provide them with PPEs for FREE, when @DepEd_Ph resumes classes flip.it

Exclusive: ‘Give PPE to all of us’ say ¾ school staff

Why pay the same price as the others when you’re constrained to watching it on a tiny screen? @Quibi has some great shows, but please just remain as producers and send the shows to Apple TV+ flip.it

Quibi has already caved and put shows on YouTube

Not cool, @Quibi! How do you make up for this stupid move? flip.it

Quibi leaked users’ emails to Google, Facebook, and Twitter

FItbit’s push to getting kids’ health data (and sharing with its owner, Google). 9to5google.com/2020/04/3…

Interesting mix of online meetings today. First is on Zoom, then on Webex and finally on Teams. Tsk tsk.

Yes, finally, Lenovo! Been nuking Windows off of your Thinkpads! :) www.techspot.com/news/8502…

How about classrooms? Tsk tsk flip.it

South Korean study shows ‘alarming’ spread of Covid-19 in open plan office

Another Theranos? Can’t wait for the documentary. techcrunch.com/2020/04/2…

Interesting read. Wonder how it is going to private universities in the Philippines No campus lectures and shut student bars: UK universities’ £1bn struggle to move online - Education - The Guardian

OK - deployed two Wireguard servers - one on a Raspberry Pi with Pi-Hole, and another on the cloud with Ubuntu Linux 20.04LTS with NextDNS.io.

How about one week in-classroom, 2 weeks at home routine for students? #UnpopularOpinion

Let’s learn from the mistakes of others. time.com/5826918/h…

Now, it is at par with the rest when it comes to client to server encryption - when are we expecting a full E2EE @zoom_us? medium.com/asecurity…

What’s the real score? Apple, please release iOS 13.4.5 already. :) arstechnica.com/informati…

There is no doubt about this! Facebook needs to make sense of the data it collects from WhatsApp, too, aka earn money off of it. www.engadget.com/facebook-…

If you can homeschool your children, do so, at least until a vaccine is readily available. Physical distancing is close to impossible inside schools as children tend to mingle. #UnpopularOpinion

Facebook does not eavesdrop on calls - sorry, I DO NOT TRUST you.

“Room calls are not end-to-end encrypted, but Facebook says it does not view or listen to calls.” Yeah, Facebook, if you say so – fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! www.theverge.com/2020/4/24……

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This won’t be covered as much as the report about the vulnerability - so best for you to be informed. flip.it

Apple responds to claim of Mail app exploit in iOS 13

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is now out. To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question. :)

For US$399 or US$522 equivalent in the Philippines (yeah, it sucks!), the 2020 iPhone SE is a beast compared to Android smartphones today. www.androidcentral.com/cheapest-…

With @Zoom_us getting a lot of media and companies and organizations banning it, how come they won’t do the same for Facebook? Look - another data leak. nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/04/2…

Huawei - why am I not surprised? Leica must not be happy that Huawei does not trust its technology. Did not even use a Leica DSLR photo! Tsk tsk. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Wow! Just wow! Hyped out of the consumer market? Tsk tsk www.theverge.com/2020/4/22…

Mail.app vulnerability - watch out, people! When another security researcher questions the press release - what does it mean? Still - be careful. www.theverge.com/2020/4/22…

And the data collection continues… it wants more data from kids so Facebook can control their behaviour in the future. about.fb.com/news/2020… #DELETEFacebook

Cost-Benefit Analysis of social/physical distancing… papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…

Be careful with non-privacy-centric contact tracing applications. www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Epic Games succumbs to Google

Fortnite is now on the Play Store. Rejoice? Well, not really. Is Fortnite already on Huawei’s app store? Amazon’s? “Open always win”? :) “Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store,” Epic…

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As the PH president continues to consult with our experts regarding the pandemic, he should also be shown this paper, https://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/roadmaptopandemicresilience_updated_4.20.20.pdf

Offense is the best defense against the COVID-19. www.newyorker.com/science/m…

This pre-print article, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0764_article, needs to be sent to the IATF ASAP. @UPSystem @Teddybird

What are we to do? flip.it

Southeast Asia could be the next coronavirus hot spot — these charts show why

Now isn’t this a great idea? Get Facebook and Google pay for news in the Philippines, too! www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

I miss this #Chuck crew ew.com/chuckreun…

Ther is no lack of testing in Singapore, and yet…

www.nytimes.com/2020/04/1…

Will breaking up Google work or regulating ad targetting a better alternative? www.msn.com/en-us/new…

DepEd issues memo requiring constituents to use MSFT Teams, Workplace by Facebook and Google Meet to ensure “video conferences are secure and strictly confidential” - really now? Well, maybe they already know that the metadata are collected by these companies.

More improvements from @zoom.us – slowly, but surely, they’re fixing their flaws. Are the trackers still there, though? tidbits.com/2020/04/1…

Yes, a state-run one is a nightmare. mashable.com/article/d…

State-controlled contact tracing… www.scu.edu/ethics/in…

The iPhone SE (2020) is the best ‘affordable’ smartphone out there. It is an investment that will provide you with iOS upgrades up to at least the year 2023, an security updates at least for another year after. How many Android phones can do that?

We need more testing!

Yes, mass testing is needed. It is more important that the testing is done correctly and accurately. False positive will flood our hospitals. False negative will spread the virus even more. Patience is needed. Stay at home and if you don’t have the symptoms, think that all of you are asymptomatic and that you can spread it.…

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Just checked out Kumu.ph - and look at their Terms of Use - you grant them unrestricted license to all your content. They can practically do anything with your data, including photos, videos and voice, for whatever purposes they want, even re-sell it (you don’t get anything!).

w00t! My Phonesoap 3 arrived. Off to sanitizing our phones!

It is not common to find nectarines in supermarkets in the Philippines.

Zoom is back in SG schools hahah flip.it

Singapore allows schools to resume Zoom use for home-based learning | ZDNet

What? What? They killed… what? open.itvshowsapp.com/series/74…

I liked S03E01 - Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey of Killing Eve! #killingeve #itvshows

Another crazy episode. open.itvshowsapp.com/series/56…

I liked S03E05 - Genre of Westworld! #westworld #itvshows

Protect your privacy flip.it

We can’t cure COVID-19 by giving up our right to privacy

This is a big concern and with what the PH IATF just stated yesterday, regarding the data of patients, is the PH leading to this? Where is @PrivacyPH and the CHR? www.theguardian.com/world/202…

whew sysad mode again. Installed and configured Jitsi Meet. Working now, my very own Jitsi Meet server. :)

Dear @Apple @tim_cook, your contact tracing aka surveillance tool, please make it a system app that you can DELETE and not baked into the OS that users cannot remove. This is the right thing to do.

The hypocrisy of banning Zoom to protect one’s privacy, but continue using Google and Facebook. Tsk tsk. Ban all three (3) whilst you are at it.

Which Philippine media outfit(s) is/are not beholden to Facebook and Google? Asking for a friend.

On Zoom, Facebook, Google and Apple...

A lot of the Zoom incidents cited that made organizations ban it stems from user errors. Add to the fact that media sensationalizes news too much these days. Why isn’t media continously feature Facebook and Google’s privacy invasion? They’re scared of these two big tech companies. And yes, they also love hitting at Apple. www.eff.org/deeplinks……

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He Has Risen! Happy Easter!

Now is NOT the time for the National Privacy Commission (@PrivacyPH) to remain silent. The Commission on Human Rights must protect the Filipinos’ right to privacy as well! Speak up NOW or it will be too late.

The Filipino people should understand that ANY web-based and/or mobile application endorsed by the PH gov’t is APPROVED by the National Privacy Commission (@PrivacyPH) by default, unless they say otherwise.

The work of the National Privacy Commission of the Philippines (@PrivacyPH) (and the Commission on Human Rights, too) is crucial right now. Protect the Filipinos from privacy-invasive mobile and web-based applications being considered for endorsement by @DICTgovPH @DOHgovPH

Apple and Google sitting in a tree...

There is an interesting “partnership” between Apple and Google brewing. If they are working on a privacy-centric solution to contact tracing in pandemic times, then I am all for it. Apple’s involvement gives me some sort of assurance that privacy will be preserved, compared to a Google only initiative. The draft specifications are already out for everyone to check out. This “collaboration” is not different from Google’s support of Apple’s SMS-based OTP proposal, nor is it any different from both companies agreeing on open standards.…

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Even in a pandemic, Facebook still capitalizes on getiing more personal health data from people. www.theverge.com/2020/4/10…

I’ve seen a demo of some of the applications being deployed in the Philippines to help tackle the pandemic. I am scared of the privacy implications of these applications. I am relying on @PrivacyPH to protect FIlipinos.

This is a huge bug — good thing it got fixed quickly. medium.com/@s3c/how-…

If every time we find a serious bug on software or hardware, we immediately ban it and replace it, I wonder which software and hardware products will remain. Hardware and software engineering is not easy.

Facebook spins off new service in an attempt to get college kids back to its fold. Called Campus, which is similar to the original Facebook, but with all the data collectors of the current one. nitter.net/wongmjane…

Google bans Zoom. Wow! Googlers not using their own Hangout and Hangout Meet?

I hope that the ex-Facebooker will not suggest how to secure and privately collect users’ data like Facebook. blog.zoom.us/wordpress…

“Is This the End of Influencing as We Knew It?” Hell yes! www.vanityfair.com/style/202…

Please please please protect privacy. Don’t open pandora’s box. www.nytimes.com/2020/04/0…

No Mandalorian, no original Marvel series. Cancelling Disney+ subscription now. Will re-subscribe when there is original content again.

Twitter app on iPhone and iPad now deleted 9to5mac.com/2020/04/0…

Make sure that these are all turned OFF to avoid Mozilla from tracking you.

Relaxing the lockdown to allow foreign travellers in might not be a good idea. It will gravely affect tourism, but that is the reality. www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Now I get it - Almost Paradise is a low budget Hawaii Five-O wannabe.

C’mon, Almost Paradise producers / Filipinos in Cebu don’t talk like that.

Watching new TV series, Almost Paradise, where a new US military base is stationed in… Cebu, Philippines! They should have stuck with the old location in Subic. Haha

The Philippines needs to do the same – flatten the curve and raising the line. www.vox.com/2020/4/7/…

Extending border closures might be necessary. www.wired.com/story/the…

Of course, Facebook is biased. What else is new? JUST STOP USING FACEBOOK! www.wired.com/story/fac…

Facebook’s new app, Tuned, “a private space where you and your significant other can just be yourselves”. Facebook, private? really? ROTFL www.reuters.com/article/u…

For parents to read to their kids nosycrow.com/blog/rele…

Wuhan re-opens after lockdown! Hmm… www.nytimes.com/video/wor…

Next to invading your privacy, Facebook is really good at apologizing! :) www.nytimes.com/2020/04/0…

Start your updates, folks. iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 are now out. Also, Firefox 75 is now available. Hurry!

This is unfortunate, as I am fond of Foursquare. Time to delete? techcrunch.com/2020/04/0…

I am sure that others will cover the livestream, too. :) 9to5mac.com/2020/04/0…

People, the iOS and OS X Safari bug that is being highlighted by scare mongers (their headlines don’t say it’s fixed) in the past several days HAS BEEN PATCHED already. Update your device OS to the latest and you are safe from that specific bug.

Where is the iPad Pro Memoji, @tim_cook @apple? ;)

Episode 2 of @somegoodnews is simply awesome! Thanks @JohnKrasinski, Emily Blunt, Robert De Niro and @Lin_Manuel and the good news contributors. :)

Is it me or that NEDA survey is getting swamped and not scaling very well?

You can read this also, if you want. :)

After reading that MB article, read the TidBITS article - so you won’t get scared.

After you read this, please read this.

You did not buy adverts, so you are now banned. Tsk tsk. DO NOT TRUST FACEBOOK EVER! www.nytimes.com/2020/04/0…

Is there a season 2? open.itvshowsapp.com/series/89…

I liked S01E05 - The Rift of Amazing Stories (2020)! #amazingstories(2020) #itvshows

I’m enjoying using TOR Browser on my Mac. I wish that the iOS version is as polished.

Here’s my plan for my family. Remain in quarantine until (1) hospitals have taken a breather and are no longer overcrowded or (2) a vaccine against COVID-19 is readily available. Everything will be done online with going out only for essentials.

URGENT. If you are using Chrome, update it now! Or better yet, STOP using Chrome! www.us-cert.gov/ncas/curr…

Thanks @netnewswire – can’t wait for 5.1 on OS X then. ;)

What’s the difference between Facebook, Google and Zoom in handling security and privacy concerns? Which one just says ‘Sorry’, and continues as business as usual? www.theverge.com/interface…

This is an interesting video that shows how face masks limit the spread of the virus.

What is/are the reason(s) why @netnewswire on OS X does not support Feedly, when the iOS/iPadOS versions do?

It is time to thoroughly review free online services and/or mobile applications being offered today. Don’t let your guard down. www.aclu.org/news/priv…

I agree that @Zoom.us needs to rapidly roll-out better encryption. medium.com/asecurity…

I think this is the right thing to do — but there needs to be an annotation on their transcript as to the circumstances why the grade is Pass or Fail only. flip.it

Universities turn to a pass/fail system as pandemic derails academic year

When your ad revenue is not going really well, forget those privacy preserving features! 9to5google.com/2020/04/0…

Mahalo! Thanks for the 10 seasons. You guys will be missed. open.itvshowsapp.com/series/57…

I liked S10E22 - Aloha of Hawaii Five-0! #hawaiifive0 #itvshows

I did not check if @Zoom.us was not honoring our CDN settings - which was NOT set to China - but if they did route it to China, this is NOT cool. techcrunch.com/2020/04/0…

Why I don’t use Android! A lot of devices are vulnerable. Yes, Google will fix it with the latest OS, but most devices out there are not running the latest OS. www.wired.com/story/tho…

Why am I NOT surprised? Of course, YouTube will use EVERYTHING, include misinformation, for the sake of PROFIT. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

I wonder if @ajdumanhug and his team already checked out rapidpass.ph — too careful about this since it collects a lot of extremely personal information.

Trying to catch up with my podcast episodes – without the weekday commute, there is no time to listen.

I miss my cold-foam iced espresso fix.

There, fixed my Twitter fimeline, thanks to @Twitterrific.

Ah, Twitterrific reminded me of the power of the MUFFLE!

My Twitter timeline is getting too toxic! Any attempt to divide the country at this time is not well placed, no matter what you say, no matter your reason!

Why I don’t use Viber - just look at the more than a dozen trackers it uses. www.viber.com/en/terms/…

Spent time outside to get some sun and look, all blue!

blue sky, no clouds

Random objects to shoot whilst soaking in sunlight and listening to The Left Right Game

And now for ‘Some Good News’ – hit SUBSCRIBE and enjoy some good news, we deserve it. https://invidio.us/watch?v=F5pgG1M_h_U

Hoping that the PH has peaked already (on 2nd week) www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2…

Dear @Zoom.US, we pay for your services - why do you need to collect data for advertising? This is such a greedy move. Can you please fix this ASAP? blogs.harvard.edu/doc/2020/…

Not cool, @zoom.us, you better fix this. This is highly unethical. www.vice.com/en_us/art…

Wow! Season finale of Star Trek: Picard is marvelous! Can’t wait for the next season, but for the meantime, the wait for Star Trek:Discovery starts.

Don't give away your privacy!

I totally agree with https://thenextweb.com/neural/2020/03/25/ai-is-searching-for-unexploded-vietnam-war-bombs-in-cambodia/ – giving the government a taste of what it can do with the data collected by the likes of Facebook and Google, among other surveillance companies, is dangerous.…

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This is a great tutorial on how you backup your iOS devices on a private IPFS network. I am waiting for a @textileio to make this a full OS X app. codyhatfield.me/2020/03/b…

Next-up, an ARM-based MacBook

Another spot on https://mondaynote.com/arm-ed-mac-we-have-an-answer-545a20419a46. The number of users that need the full power of Intel on a computer is far less than the average user, and it makes sense for Apple to shift its good-enough line to ARM. I am looking at a possible ARM-based Macbook, perhaps dubbed as iBook (after iPhone and iPad). What do you think?…

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A small thing, but every little thing helps - @Smart and @Globe - please do the same. Thanks. www.macrumors.com/2020/03/2…

NO more third-party cookies on Safari! YAHOO!!!! www.theverge.com/2020/3/24…

Check this out! Perfect for listening on your AirPods Pro - The LeftRight Game overcast.fm/+Yemw61UT…

Stop using Facebook as your source of questionable news

Imagine, for every news article that appears on your Facebook timeline, you need to do these 5-steps to know if it is legit or not - why do you still keep on using Facebook? Ditch Facebook and go straight to the sources of REAL NEWS - easier! No noise! technology.mb.com.ph/2020/03/2……

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Family movie time - Onwards :)

More vitamin D from the sun to beef up immunity and resistance to colds.

Glad that we have these people ethically reporting the bugs. flip.it/hrZO6S

Windows, Ubuntu, macOS, VirtualBox fall at Pwn2Own hacking contest | ZDNet

Had to go out and replenish supplies. The supermarket management is controlling the number of customers inside, which is good. Supplies are limited and runs out quickly.

photo of queue at the entrance of the supermarketqueue at the checkout counter

STAY AWAY FROM FACEBOOK! You are going to spend more time fact checking than simply going straight to the reliable news sources. techcrunch.com/2020/03/1… #DELETEFACEBOOK

Getting some vitamin D

Thank you very much, Globe! technology.mb.com.ph/2020/03/1…

Google has detailed location data of most COVID-19 patients.

Of all entities that can provide location data for the last three months, it is Google! Google can provide a more accurate map tracking each and every COVID-19 patient’s movements - more so, if they’re Android users. This is a known fact that has significant privacy implications, but there is no denying that they have the data.…

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This is such great news, but take a step back - KaiOS is funded by Google - expect trackers to be embedded, right? Mozilla helps modernize feature phones powered by Firefox tech - CNET

Moringa leaves!

Thank you @PLDT and @Smart for making this possible. Now, will you please whitelist edu.ph domains and other online educational resources? beta.pldt.com/article/p…

Today marks the day when everyone in Metro Manila are at home due to social distancing. Users are all online, too. @PLDTHOME fails to scale very well. No internet connection at home. Tsk tsk

Yesterday’s panic buying. Tsk tsk.

If there is one good takeaway from all these, then it is the fact that my co-faculty members are now forced to use technology for their classes. Been asking them to do this a long time ago - but all fell to deaf ears, except for a few brave souls.

Last day to report to work before I go work-from-home. Finally!

Kids, when you attend online classes via Zoom, please wear something decent. :)

Needed a cold sparkling water with a few drops of sugar-free cherry flavor.

This is playing in the background while we work… yes, no work from home just yet. invidio.us/watch

Quit Chrome now! apple.news/A-KlQBgR-…

$4 ebi tempura bento box.

If you don’t want to spend time fact-checking news articles, then stop going to Facebook!

When my main “employer” declares suspended work and the secondary one doesn’t… would prefer staying at home, really.

Fried plantains with a drizzle of honey and dash of cinnamon

I hope that this sea.mashable.com/tech/9494… goes through and gets a conviction, even with just half of the amuont as penalty!

Use technology to minimize productivity disruption

Suspending classes and work is too disruptive. Organizations need to learn to use technology at their disposal. For UP, we have Google Suite for Education (Google Hangout, Google Classroom), Microsoft Office 365 (Microsoft Teams), Learning Management System (LMS - Moodle-based or free Canvas accounts), access to digital libraries, and more. It is time for UP to take a leap of faith and be tech-savvy - now is the time.…

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Short of finding the official classes and work suspension at @Official_UPD website, you can find it at https://twitter.com/Official_UPD/status/1237044049376239616

Yesterday, I posted a photo of the Clorox wipes that I used for the office keyboard and mouse (I use it at home, too). AS of today, Apple approved using it on your iPhones and iPads as well. Just take care of the lightning/USB-C ports, making sure that it does not get wet.

Time to disinfect the keyboard and mouse!

CS194 WSG interns, Zoom link is now up. Please check it out ASAP. CS196 students, please check Canvas for important announcements.

CS194 students interning at WSG, please wait for the Zoom.us link for tomorrow’s meeting. We will do it ONLINE. For the meantime, test your mic, speaker and cameras. You need the camera on so we can check for attendance.

Happy International Women’s Day! #applewatch #achievement

screenshot of the internarional women's day 2020 apple watch badge

Support your favorite artists - go for the streaming service that pays them better. www.imore.com/apple-mus…

Went to check out the fruits and veggies from Baguio…

Quezon City Memorial Circle

Star Apple aka Caimito aka Cainito. One of my favorite tropical fruits. My cousins and I used to craft pin wheels out of its leaves.

caimito

Seeing Riker and Troi with Picard brings back lots of memories from our own adventure.

Hell no! You can’t sacrifice me to the sun! #CarrotWeather

photo of Apple Watch

Ordered from themeatplant.com - baked salmon, grilled 🍤, 🥕, 🥦, 🍅, 🧅, 🧀 on brown 🍚

Another grilled chicken. At this rate, I’ll grow wings before Easter!

Anybody has experience with kccsecure.com Is it legit? Can it be trusted with personal information?

Created an account on one device using Sign In with Apple and tried signing in on another device - just hit the Sign In with Apple button and it automatically matches the generated email. Nice!

I am so glad that @troyhunt decided to keep HIBP, instead of having selling it. I am now wondering if there is a way to donate (money, time and effort) to help him out. www.troyhunt.com/project-s…

Today’s lunch — boneless grilled chicken

Pass the Open Access in Data Transmission Bill #BetterPHInternet Sign the petition now! chng.it/HYvKTDTpR…

Forcing HTTPS is the first step to getting everyone to use AMP so it will be ‘secure’. #SayNOtoGoogle this.how/googleAnd…

Now who will be the Filipino equivalent of Johnny Ryan in fighting for compliance with the Data Privacy Law? www.protocol.com/johnny-ry…

Lazy Sunday…

There is a high degree of doubt that Facebook and Google are doing everything to combat the spread of fake news, as it goes against their revenue source. www.ft.com/content/0…

This information on how Google triages Gmail is a valuable resource for those handling political campaigns. Would be interesting to do the same for PH politics.

Hey @Apple @Tim_Cook can you provide all Apple devices with a private DNS over HTTPS server, when you turn it on? In as much as I trust Cloudflare and NextDNS, I trust you more.

Another reason why Facebook can’t be trusted. #DeleteFacebook

Amazon’s Eero now supports Apple’s HomeKit. I am still waiting for a WiFi 6, HomeKit-enabled, router with at least 4-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Ash Wednesday, Feb 26, marks the start of the Catholic’s Lenten season, when the devotees are encouraged abstinence. If you are Catholic, why not abstain from using Facebook and Instagram until Easter? If you survive, continue and delete your Facebook and Instagram accounts. :)

Why can’t all networks do this? www.cnn.com/videos/us…

Shake Shack burgers and fries (and one chocolate milk shake)

How to stop Safari from leaking your data - use @DuckDuckGo

Prof. Douglas J. Leith tested six (6) major browsers and documented the results on a paper, “Web Browser Privacy: What Do Browsers Say When They Phone Home?”. Prof. Leith found out that Safari connects to remote servers, the search engine’s and Apple’s. “This happens via the search autocomplete feature, which sends web addresses to backend servers in realtime as they are typed” To protect you, change default search engine to @DuckDuckGo and then turn off all other options, including “Include search engine suggestions”, and if you don’t trust Apple, block api-glb-dub.…

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How to connect a 5.25” floppy disk to your Apple Watch. Genius! invidio.us/watch

Don’t try these so-called baking/cooking hacks at home - they’re hacks that don’t work. twitter.com/thisisFox…

Why ACT should stop using Facebook

The Alliance for Concerned Teachers (why it is a .com instead of a .org perhaps has some hidden meaning behind it) is right in going against the Philippine National Police’s profiling of teachers and students. However, what they don’t understand is how relatively easy it is to identify teachers and students - just by microtargetting them on Facebook! If the ACT is really against profiling of sorts, they should actively go against the use of Facebook by their members and their members’ schools, and not to forget, the Department of Education (DepEd).…

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If you do Computer Vision research, then you are not foreign to YOLO. The scientist who created it just did something that most would not even consider. Kudos Joseph Redmon! twitter.com/pjreddie/…

Where is #SevenOfNine? #Picard

Dear @Smugmug, what is the future of @Flickr like? Supported it by extending subscription, but need to know where it is leading to, besides keeping the site up and running. A mobile app revamp is much needed, too.

Of course, Facebook isn’t being truthful. If you trust Facebook, then you are a fool! #DeleteFacebook privacyinternational.org/long-read…

#crowdsourcing looking for meditation/mindfulness iOS app that has no third-party trackers and does not collect and share data with third-parties. Help. #privacy

Personalized! LOL music.apple.com/us/playli…

Trying out the new @StarbucksPH #Yuzu #ColdBrew #coffee

Good for the EU! UK needs to do the same! www.ft.com/content/8… #DeleteFacebook

Wearing a mask when inside an enclosed public environment, e.g., ride sharing, makes unlocking the iPhone using FaceID impossible. However, using the Apple Watch to read important notifications is an awesome experience.

Another reason NOT to use Chrome. arstechnica.com/informati…

On Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs) - illegal or not?

This got me thinking. I have read the primer on PDRs by Mr. Raul J. Palabrica, and it seems that PDRs are legit, and that it was ridiculous for the PH gov’t to go after companies issuing PDRs. However, I did not know that such a legit instrument can be illegal, to wit: Q: Are the depository receipts issued by ABS-CBN the same as those issued by Rappler? A: Definitely not.…

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🥩 with 🥦 and 🍚 #WangFu

Created an encrypted subdirectory on Google Drive and transferred 16GB of encrypted data using rclone.org. Access to encryption key is restricted - I have the only key! Ha!

Jean Luc is slowly building up his crew! Awesome episode and nice to see another familiar face. #StarTrekPicard

Bought this HomePod online at OWC (at a discount) and am very happy. If Apple releases a cheaper, smaller version, I’d seriously think about adding one to the collection. Have a Sonos One SL coming in a few days, too.

Trying out new Micro.blog iOS app, Gluon, by @vincent - this looks awesome!

Making chicken adobo for family.

chicken adobo

“UK to host spyware firm accused of aiding human rights abuses” – UK hosting Facebook???? www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Incidents like this one can be prevented if only they’d stop using Facebook! www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/…

Just because you can means you should!

I have read a @ManilaBulletin @MBTechNews article proposing the same thing. This is NOT any different from adding a backdoor to encryption. Good intentions with high risk consequences to privacy. This opens a pandora’s box. mashable.com/article/a……

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It’s about time! I have seen three (3) mobile app stores on a public website (Paymaya.com) - iOS, Play and Huawei. Maybe MWC2020 will see this announced officially. www.androidauthority.com/huawei-op…

PH Gov't - what do citizens get besides Facebook surveillance?

Facebook to Philippines fiber!!!! Facebook knows that there is a strong tie between US and PH, with millions of Filipinos living in the US (studying, working, permanent residents-dual citizens). techcrunch.com/2020/02/0……

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Keep kids off of Facebook!!!! ww.9to5mac.com/2020/02/0…

Guy Kawasaki’s @stevewoz interview is awesome! H=F^3, but will tweak it for my purposes to H=F^4 (Food, Fun, Family and Friends = Happiness) guykawasaki.com/steve-woz…

Dear companies, Facebook is not a universal identity service - it is a global surveillance capitalist with a broken moral compass. So, please stop forcing users to validate their identity with Facebook!!!! That is so LAZY and IRRESPONSIBLE of you.

Another reason why I don’t trust Google, even when they say that they anonymize collected data. Reminder: the collect and use YOUR data to earn! www.vice.com/en_us/art…

Multi-tasking! flic.kr/p/2iooUsH

Waiting for Super Bowl 2020 half-time show

Living within the filter bubble is like getting incarcerated – you are secure (behind bars), but not private (they see everything you do), and worse, they dictate what you can see and do (personalized search results and timeline). Not bothered - you are with ‘friends’ anyway. :)

If you have not checked yet, check your Off-Facebook Activity and learn how invasive Facebook is. www.fastcompany.com/90457097/… (WARNING: Fast Company website has trackers)

What Facebook says and does are two different things. Don’t believe them. www.nytimes.com/2020/01/3…

CERN going open source to ditch Facebook Workplace. When are PH companies (and gov’t agencies?) going to do the same? home.cern/news/news…

Stay safe everyone! www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Avast! You think that you can follow the Zuck-playbook of doing something distasteful & unethical and just saying sorry would make it OK? That’s SORRY NOT SO SORRY. Maybe Avast does not want to be LIKED, too.

ROTFL it will break Google and Facebook, yes! This is an excuse fro Google to dodge the issue. See, blocking 3rd party cookies on Chrome is plain PR, nothing else. flip.it

Fixing privacy too soon could break the web, Chrome leader says

Today, Jan 28, is Data Privacy Day. Starting today, own your content – don’t post original content on Facebook (they monetize it and not share revenue with you). #BringBackYourBlog I use micro.blog, among other things (MB Technews, of course).

Today, Jan 28, is Data Privacy Day. It is also called Ditch Google Search for @DuckDuckGo day.

Today, Jan 28, is Data Privacy Day. Just because it is secure does not mean it is private. You lock your windows for security, but you draw your curtains for privacy. They complement each other, but they are not the same.

Today, Jan 28, is Data Privacy Day. It is also the day you start your Facebook-Instagram-WhatsApp detox. These services are not good for your health.

Today, Jan 28, is Data Privacy Day. Here’s hoping that the officials of @UPSystem will learn to use BCC instead of CC for official email.

Dear @Apple (@tim_cook) - please change the default Mail app settings from CC to BCC for a more privacy-oriented interface. An extra step to CC is needed so it will not be abused.

Lunch! www.flickr.com/gp/feria/…

Tuna San

Trying this new way of brewing coffee www.flickr.com/photos/fe…

Pipamoka

Fish be with you! flic.kr/p/2ihZ4cZ

Grilled mahi-mahi

grilled mahi-mahi

Another masterfully crafted deflection by Alphabet and Google’s Sundar Pichai. AI needs to be regulated, just stay out of our way. thenextweb.com/artificia…

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” - Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel loves Tiktok. :) thenextweb.com/socialmed…

So excited about the new features coming with Pi-hole 5.0 <”pi-hole.net”>. It is currently in beta. Will try it out next weekend.

Now come of think of it – this is available for law-enforcement agencies; is the Philippine National Police a client of clearview.ai ?

Yes! We will now see how many third-party apps have collected data off of Facebook! www.washingtonpost.com/technolog…

This is highly disturbing, and yet we see more people posting their photos, and worse, their kids’, on Instagram and Facebook, among other services. www.nytimes.com/2020/01/1…

Don’t get me wrong, I love TIle - I own a couple of them. However, what do they want Apple to do when they complain about a rumoured Tile-like Apple product? Again, this Tile-competitor does not exist (yet?).

Thanks, Smart! WiFi-calling available! :)

screenshot of Smart VoWiFi

Lonely cactus flic.kr/p/2ifGHhx

Thorny :)

Checked out yac.chat but couldn’t find its privacy policy. hmm…

This is awesome! Read it. theoatmeal.com/comics/be…

Follow the Force - delete Facebook from your life! mashable.com/article/m…

Whilst waiting for Apple’s Ultra-wide band beacons, these will do. www.flickr.com/gp/feria/…

I track you! :)

photo of two boxes of Tile trackers

#crowdsourcing flic.kr/p/2idkd9F

What plant is this?

Yum! flic.kr/p/2idf3xS

Takeaway! #pizza

It will take years to make sure that they can collect your meta-data efficiently whilst encrypting your messages. www.wired.com/story/fac…

Just because you can means you should www.slashgear.com/neons-vis…

Please please please make Serenity fly again! arstechnica.com/gaming/20…

Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime — sorry, would rather use the Apple TV app. flic.kr/p/2icmEzx

Buttons on TV remote that I will never use.

Not a gamer… flic.kr/p/2ibTkeq

Taking control…

xbox game controller

Googe flexing its muscle once again. Nothing new. Is this a setup for possible Sonos acquisition by Google? www.nytimes.com/2020/01/0…

I need more of this…

cup of coffee

Mochi bread with home-made peanut butter for afternoon snack

mochi bread

First ramen of 2020!

happiness ramen

Whose Fault is The Tech Privacy Problem?

Is it the users’ fault? Of course, not! However, if the users push back by not participating and contributing to these companies’ revenue generator, then it will help change something, until governments do their job at regulating (as in enforcing the law to its fullest - as I have seen governments with privacy laws that are not being implemented!). www.fastcompany.com/90447583/……

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Hacked a quick iOS shortcut using AirTable.com to keep track of my articles published on Manila Bulletin to check if payments are processed.

My daughter’s new computer, which she built herself. Now she’s hacking her favorite game, Minecraft.

photo of Kano Computer (Raspberry Pi 3)

Happy New Year!

Facebook is worse, IMHO. www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

And the worst hit is the Philippines, with telcos, Smart and Globe, favoring Facebook and Google by providing free mobile data access to the platform and free wifi access. (2/2)

I honestly think that today’s leaders of the democratic countries will be re-elected for another term if these government do not do anything to control Facebook and Google’s data collection and micro-targeting. (½)

This is one of the ethical issues we discuss in class flip.it

In 2020, let’s stop AI ethics-washing and actually do something

Funny because it is true! If you haven’t yet, January 2020 is the time flip.it

Here’s Why You Should Finally #DeleteFacebook In 2020 - Tech

Am really not keen on DNS over HTTPS. It does not guarantee privacy really. Encrypting transport but have a centralized DNS? Sorry, nope. blog.apnic.net/2019/12/2…

THIS is why we need to identify these companies and block ALL traffic going to their servers. These are companies that collect data without your consent – hiding behind other applications. www.nytimes.com/interacti…

To my preggy friends, you know who you are flip.it

Husband And Wife’s Honest Comics Show How Marriage Changes After A Baby

WebAssembly will speed up web-based applications. It will also remove transparency, unlike HTML, CSS and Javascript (which you can view). Another feature to disable in favor of privacy? Discuss. ;)

#NoToChrome

The new Chrome has a setting that will check URLs in real-time, i.e., Google will know each and every URL that you visit. They claim to anonymize it, but don’t fall for it. Security != Privacy. They will offer topnotch security, but privacy is another matter (they need the data to earn revenue). I ditched Chrome a long time ago, you should, too. www.zdnet.com/article/c… notochrome.org…

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Of course it is NOT! Nothing that Google does is private - they have access flip.it

Google Calls It Private Browsing. Oh, No It Isn’t

Weekend project – using a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet dongle on the Raspberry Pi 4b, and setup a firewall, and later, an IDS/IPS. Let’s see how this goes. Not expecting Gigabit IDS/IPS throughput.

Got a new 2TB portable hard drive. Formatting it as ExFAT, but not after a two-pass secure erase. Yeah, it is new, but I’d rather zero-out the disks before using it. ExFAT because I will attach it to the router. :)

My 38mm Series 2 Apple Watch is going bonkers. Unpaired and re-pairing now. Hope that this fixes the weird “out of battery” error (when it still has 70% charge).

Keep your kids away from these apps: Rivet, Shoelace, Pigeon and Kormo. They’re surveillance tools. www.businessinsider.com/google-ar…

I remember purchasing Resilio Sync Family last year. I re-installed it on my Raspberry Pi 4b, connected to two external drives. Now I can backup a lot of files from my devices back to my home file server. Setup rsync to mirror the synced directory as back-up, too.

And no, I don’t trust (never will) Facebook and Google to handle any personal data. Just goes to show that most don’t trust them with their money as well. www.teamblind.com/blog/inde…

Wow! Larry Page stepping down from Alphabet!

Just played around with using Screens on iOS/iPadOS and connecting to a remote Linux server via SSH tunnels. Now I have my own full desktop on the cloud on my iPad Pro. www.digitalocean.com/community…

This is really great! Bully QCOM needs to change. FTC should fine them until it hurts… and companies QCOM bullied should be refunded. flip.itFour IT industry bodies support FTC against Qualcomm’s appeal: once again, The Industry v. Qualcomm

This is so good that I need to re-share it. threadreaderapp.com/thread/11…

One of the reasons why I don’t use android flip.it

Android Becomes Basically Unusable If You Turn Off All of Google’s Tracking

Delete Facebook flip.it

New Android Threat: Facebook, WeChat Apps Have Failed To Patch Known Security Risks

Let’s @DuckDuckGo it! flip.it

I ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s why you should too

Worth every minute. Watch. invidio.us/watch

Different filter bubbles that you can choose… not a bad idea flip.it

Technologist Stephen Wolfram puts a pin in social media information bubbles

Android users, beware – arstechnica.com/informati… – maybe it is time to reconsider your platform preference.

Now I am scared - the Philippine government might be dealing with both Google and Facebook to ‘sell’ Filipinos’ data. arstechnica.com/science/2…

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft earn revenue directly because you give your hard-earned money. Facebook and Google earn because you directly AND indirectly give them your data. Notice the big difference? medium.com/pcmag-acc…

Veterans’ Day challenge 2019 crushed! #AppleWatch

screenshot of apple watch badge

Currently playing… music.apple.com/us/playli…

How about the new face unlock? Did that go through dogfooding as well? flip.it

Google Spent 21 Years Learning How to Release New Products. Here’s the 1 Thing It Always Does First | Inc.com

Whilst I don’t support surveillance capitalism, but Snap, Amazon and Pinterest support might be necessary to challenge FAKEBook and Google flip.it

The Google-Facebook ad duopoly is facing a bigger challenge from the trio of Snap, Pinterest and Amazon

What do you expect from the hell hole that is facebook? flip.it

Ethiopia violence: Facebook to blame, says runner Gebrselassie

Happy Halloween to my US friends.

Boom! Need a sequel to show how the greed of the ‘bergs destroyed humanity flip.it

Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook needs to get more info about your health to sell to insurance and pharmaceutical companies, among others. Nothing good will come from this. #DeleteFacebook thenextweb.com/facebook/…

Facebook employees grew backbones to voice out against Zuckerberg and crew. Good start BUT NOT ENOUGH. They are complicit to data collection, manipulation, privacy invasion - all for the money!

Flashing another SD card for the old Raspberry Pi that is connected to the touch screen display. Will be configuring a simple photo frame and pull images off of my Flickr account. Wish me luck.

Got a new case for the Raspberry Pi 4 - this one comes with a fan. Now the RPi running Pi-hole is hovering around 47C. Not bad.

Facebook and FAKEBook are the same. It is where you get news you cannot trust. #DeleteFacebook

iOS users, check if you have downloaded these apps apple.news

Apple is examined using a different lens. Samsung and google are such do-gooders. flip.it

Why are we not shocked when flagship Android smartphones turn out to be buggy, toxic hellstews?

This student needs to be schooled. thehackernews.com/2019/10/4…

Good thing I ditched Gmail a long time ago. flip.it

Gmail Free Storage Hits Limit as Google Unveils Premium Service

This is the right thing to do. Banks should do the same for Pixel 4 - until Google fixes it apple.news

Another proof that you cannot trust Zuckerberg - he is just full of it! flip.it

Mark Zuckerberg keeps lying about Facebook’s origin story

Good catch! However, Apple can’t innovate, why follow? flip.it

Google keeps adding Pixel features it claimed it didn’t need

Impressed by that Google Recorder that works offline - wonder how long it will take before it appears on iOS. Does it work for other languages?

This is NOT new. Google will say everything to make you think it respects your privacy. flip.it

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

There you go, Facebook wants to be considered as a broadcasting company — so regulate the hell out of it! #DeleteFacebook flip.it

Facebook made the rare decision to push back directly at Elizabeth Warren and her criticism of the company, but its attempt to defend itself backfired spectacularly

Note to self - don’t use modern, dark backgrounds on your slides when presenting at DCS. Old projectors can’t cut it. Tsk tsk,

And they finally see the light. Nothing good will come out of Facebook’s Libra. www.theverge.com/2019/10/1…

Is there something similar for the Philippines? A republic act that has penalties for those who violate? www.usatoday.com/story/mon…

Star Trek:Picard is going to be an awesome series. Seeing the reunion of the ST:TNG with ST:V’s Seven of Nine makes it even more exciting. Can’t wait for January. Engage!

Whoever believes him is a FOOL www.theverge.com

Mark Zuckerberg promises Facebook won’t be biased against Elizabeth Warren

Android users, be careful. There is no patch available yet. arstechnica.com

Attackers exploit 0day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones

Tsk tsk apple.news

Taken at the same vantage point - at 0.5x and 1x. :)

An empty meeting room… people are late. Tsk tsk.

Now THIS is bad! I know a lot of people who have accounts here. tsk tsk. thehackernews.com/2019/09/z…

Android users, pay attention to who created the apps you’re downloading. If you think it is suspicious, chances are you are right. arstechnica.com/informati…

Micro.Blog iOS app request – Shortcuts support please. ;)

This is interesting news that will affect that anti-“fake news” bill being deliberated in Congress and Senate. techcrunch.com/2019/09/2…

Start with privacy and fine Big Tech apple.news

Only use software from those you can trust. BTW, isn’t uBlock Origin different from the one mentioned here, uBlock? thehackernews.com/2019/09/b…

Should urban planners change the way they design? Your Navigation App Is Making Traffic Unmanageable - IEEE Spectrum

You can’t trust all of these VPN services. Android users, please make sure you delete these apps.

Philippine Statistics Authority, please read the signs

This is actually why I am overly concerned about the Philippine National ID initiative. Knowing how the government works - budget, personnel, procurement - there is a high chance of citizens’ data will be breached/hacked/exploited externally, or worse, internally (think of one of the gov’t owned and controlled corporations). If I am not mistaken, the model used by lawmakers is India’s Aadhaar, which does not have a great track record in securing their data as well.…

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w00t! More and more are signing up for “Sign in with Apple”. This is going to be good for all users. Can’t wait for web services to add this. www.manton.org/2019/09/1…

Another awesome technical review of Apple’s camera system iPhone 11 Pro Preview: The Camera Hardware Changes - Halide

I cannot wait to get iOS 13 on 90% of devices out there. Die Facebook Die! techcrunch.com

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

It really is stupid to trust Facebook with your data. There is a reason why Zuckerberg calls its users “DUMB F*cks!” www.vice.com

Internal Documents Show Facebook Has Never Deserved Our Trust or Our Data

Commuting music :) music.apple.com/us/playli…

Yet another study that shows why @PHCHED @Deped_PH and @DICTgovPH need to ban schools and teachers from using Facebook @upsystem apple.news

What happened to Apple's Tick-Tock schedule?

The Apple iPhone design schedule goes tick-tock. Tick is when they introduce a new design, and tock, the S-year, is when the use the same design and refresh the internals, with a couple of new features thrown in. The release of the radically Home-button free iPhone X two years ago was the tick year. Last year’s XS, obviously is a tock, or S-year. This year, however, is another S year that followed last year’s S-year.…

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On Apple Watch Series 5

I am so happy that Apple did not add another health-related sensor on the Apple Watch Series 5, or I am in trouble! I skipped the Series 3, and now I’m skipping the Series 5. The Series 4 that I am using now works wonderfully. Sure, I’d love that Always-On display, but my use case of having that is very limited. The compass function is nice to have, but I am rarely in need of a compass - besides, I am rarely without the iPhone anyway.…

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This is nice, MSFT! :) invidio.us/watch

The risk of using mental health websites. Mental health advocates, please read. privacyinternational.org/report/31…

THIS is why I refused to activate @citibankPH voice authentication Fraudsters deepfake CEO’s voice to trick manager into transferring $243,000

Firefox updated to version 69! Die trackers die!

Currently listening to… music.apple.com/us/playli…

Whoa! Be careful visiting websites you are not familiar with, but then again, they might not be aware that they have been hacked, too. https://www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/bjwne5/malicious-websites-hacked-iphones-for-years?__twitter_impression=true

Wow! This is really a big blow to the company. thehackernews.com/2019/08/i…

Added a few drops of almond syrup to home-made cold-brew… yum! #coffee

Three papers reviewed this morning. One for student advisee, two for international conference. #NoClassesToday

Google pitches their version of keeping browser users’ privacy by NOT completely blocking tracking technologies. Not really enough. Stop tricking people. techcrunch.com/2019/08/2…

I have one of those ASUS routers with Trend Micro software. Yes, I don’t use it because I don’t trust it.

THIS is exactly what Facebook, Google and YouTube are doing – “training” users. cartoon from The Joy of Tech 21 August 2019 www.geekculture.com/joyoftech…

I won’t be surprised if the same can be found in the Philippines. Filipinos need to be aware when their data is being harvested. www.scmp.com/tech/apps…

Research like this strengthens the need to reduce data collection, instead of relying on anonymization.

🥑 🍦FTW!

Why do you want to know my location, @PhilStarNews? You sneaky little… STOP TRACKING US! @PrivacyPH look - no details WHY they are collecting this.

I think Wordpress getting Tumblr is good news. www.theverge.com/2019/8/12…

How to track podcast listeners? about.radiopublic.com/2019/08/0…

Spot on! #DeleteFacebook Facebook & Misinformation

This is a timely series on your data online — #mustwatch twitter.com

I stay away from Electron-based apps as much as possible. it.slashdot.org/story/19/…

You ditched Facebook for Instagram? Well, good luck! www.businessinsider.com/startup-h…

Android users take note — check for system update ASAP. www.zdnet.com/google-am…

People never learn – Facebook and Privacy DO NOT MIX. :: Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn - TechCrunch apple.news/Ak1NFPepK…

“Don’t be evil” no more. :: Leaked memo: Employee accuses Google of discriminating against her while pregnant - Fast Company apple.news/A2mPK8wEP…

Another rainy day today.

Is it time to quit social media? YES!

Each time we use these social networks, we contribute to the deterioration of these people’s mental health, at the very least. Not to forget the effects on children. This is one of the reasons why I don’t use Facebook, or any of their products! This is also the reason why I stopped using YouTube app or going to the YouTube website (use invidio.us to view, or youtube-dl to download the videos for later viewing).…

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Friends using Android phones (why?), please be careful. www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu…

Another evil plan to slurp a lot of data. Taking advantage of patients. Tsk tsk. :: Google will give 100,000 Home Minis to people with paralysis - Engadget apple.news/AKlBZLCix…

Oh @tim_cook @Apple - we know that any AI needs humans to train it, but you did not do your job at being transparent about this. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Tsk tsk. Be careful, LibreOffice users. thehackernews.com/2019/07/l…

PH Gov’t Agencies fail to protect Filipinos’ privacy

When there is a huge disconnect among government agencies when it comes to appreciating the privacy of Filipinos. @phched heralds this data collection of a foreign company. @privacyPh does not do anything about it. technology.inquirer.net/89406/goo……

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paella negra with mixed meat

The Great Hack is now live on Netflix. Watch now. www.netflix.com/title/801…

Check this out. Remember, the research does not have access to data like Facebook and Google. cpg.doc.ic.ac.uk/individua…

Get my public key and decode. :)

—–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– Hash: SHA512 Congratulations! You now have my public key. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE—– Version: Keybase OpenPGP v2.1.0 Comment: keybase.io/crypto wsBcBAABCgAGBQJdN+ztAAoJELdZqHNWnlDoyMwH/2VglGmEZnEuJE0toeGFlAZj mt1+z54CMGdJB5HWKVGr7nAVpY+FU75A1DwwB4OgOnTdVX45HWJxqC5YHS4Q/xfE lWfZArcJNBshijMn+mQFE2adm17W1ntV43v2i8FNWAgHZAeITiSn75N7oeF4CoMk 2yroP8W1C3eHg1uSM80GBouR8uyJqwPaJzZ0+kqCXE0ZEBHHH+NZYAh3kgkW5cXD HfhUOBYmN96dtER15VwhZ2flGYvIVblGNTra4GX2ztTaXTARMnxRP8drXGSBR1cy SGiswSjmCNdrJTgcwOAbIc3pkA2BP/v3EiAykEPUVk2s+MtRQsY0MpenwY3k030= =LU9e —–END PGP SIGNATURE—–…

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Just reactivated by keybase.io account. Maybe @manton might consider adding micro.blog integrated https://keybase.io/docs/proof_integration_guide

Learn how Google manipulates you through its search ads. waiting for part 5. medium.com/s/story/t…

Reduce your footprint. Delete Facebook, Delete Instagram, Delete WhatsApp.

www.technologyreview.com/s/613996/…

To protect user data, minimize the data points collected. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Sell your face for $5! 9to5google.com/2019/07/2…

Ads are not evil. Adware are. It tracks you (and collect data). It wastes your precious mobile data allocation. All for their benefit, not yours. BLOCK all of them. www.wired.com/story/adw…

Mainstream Philippine media covered the FaceApp non-issue, but FAILS to tell Filipinos that what Facebook does is worse. Why?

.@Apple please allow developers to charge for upgrades in addition to subscription and one-time payment.

MSFT ElectionGuard would be interesting to test for the Philippines. @LTFGuia please take a look at it. apple.news/AFjwOQgBV…

Currently listening… music.apple.com/us/playli…

Interesting history. www.nytimes.com/2019/07/1…

.@Cloudflare is such a big tech company. I don’t understand why they need to use Google’s ReCAPTCHA – please stop doing this and create your own instead.

Of course, it is Facebook! What do you expect? Nothing but lies. :: Facebook reportedly hasn’t contacted the regulator it says will oversee Libra’s privacy and data security - TechCrunch apple.news/A5DOfkfwX…

C’mon, QCOM is such a bully! Now that they’re in the crosshairs, they cry and spread F.U.D. on 5G technologies. Tsk tsk. push with the enforcement please. Teach QCOM a lesson. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Monopoly is ok if they play fair, but Google does not. daringfireball.net/linked/20…

Thanks @DuckDuckGo for the vote of confidence on Apple Maps. LOL. spreadprivacy.com/duckduckg…

Wow! Privacy is really not important at Google. medium.com/@robertwi…

If you have not switched yet, now is the time. @Duckduckgo #DoNotTrackUs www.nytimes.com/2019/07/1…

Study highlights the ill-effects of social media on children. Take note @DICTgovph @DepEd_PH @PhCHED @DOHgov - TAKE CARE OF FILIPINO KIDS! www.cbc.ca/news/cana…

Yes, I don’t trust Google. This is NOT surprising. www.independent.co.uk/life-styl…

Different kinds of turd.

Poo shaped pillows

Don’t leave your computer unlocked www.zdnet.com/article/a…

Academics steal data from air-gapped systems via a keyboard’s LEDs

THIS is exactly why I stopped using Google services. Yes, I try to block as many trackers as I could identify Opinion - Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet - The New York Times

Again, don’t jailbreak your iPhones… and if you can afford it, don’t use an Android phone Powerful FinSpy Spyware Found Targeting iOS and Android Users in Myanmar

Hell no! @gcashofficial asking for access to my health data.

Enjoying the last cup of cappuccino for the day.

I’d buy this one in a heartbeat if it will support HomeKit video processing (via HomeKit hub) 9to5toys.com

Wyze Cam Pan delivers 1080p feeds, free cloud storage for $32 via Amazon

Google’s busy processing the health data from Kings College London patients www.androidpolice.com

Google Fit has been broken for months, with no sign of a fix

Uh-oh. Good thing I got the official USB-C charge brick. www.zdnet.com

Raspberry Pi 4 won’t work with some power cables due to its USB-C design flaw

QCOM’s dirty tactics over? Throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, to see what will stick to keep their monopoly. www.cnet.com/news/qual…

Learn how Google ads MANIPULATE you. redirectmethod.org

To my friends who are using Android, if you don’t have the flagship models, chances are you are not getting Android Q – so you are on your own. Google is sorry, not so sorry. www.cnet.com/news/more…

WE READ YOUR POST and we think that it may be offensive. Are you sure you want to continue? techcrunch.com/2019/07/0… #DeleteInstagram

Safari, Firefox, and Brave are alternative to the privacy-invasive Chrome browser. Why use Chrome? Time to move away. www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech…

Just like Facebook, Google is “all profit, no responsibility” - time to regulate the hell out of these critters. www.theverge.com/2019/7/5/…

Why collect if you are not going to use it, right? Tsk tsk. You can’t trust Google. www.cnbc.com/2019/05/1…

Xiaomi, following the footsteps of Samsung in copying Apple but this move is the worst apple.news

YES! Not everything is about algorithmic personalization! Thanks @brentsimmons inessential.com/2019/07/0…

Another spot-on editorial. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Am ready for the 11” iPad Pro. :) The USB-C to USB-A adapter is for portable batteries - still don’t have one that has USB-C out.

The 18th Congress of the Philippines and @COMELEC have two years to prepare for the presidential election. Do NOT wait for Facebook and Google to be used against our democracy — like in the US and UK. A lot is at stake. Time to wake up and act.

The @PrivacyPH should do something about this — a slap on the wrist is no longer acceptable. Filipinos’ data are being violated. GISING! Facebook’s privacy game – how Zuckerberg backtracked on promises to protect personal data

Every lawmaker from a democratic nation needs to listen to this. @DICTGOVPH listen, too overcast.fm/+JUKMHEc6…

Apple should do the same for iOS and OS X – show alternatives to Google for the default search engine. apple.news/A6OHDwD0p…

In Google you trust… I don’t. www.appleworld.today/blog/2019…

Anonymization DOES NOT work! It is easy to de-anonymize given the vast amount of resource and data Google has. This is not good. :: Google accused of inappropriate access to medical data in potential class-action lawsuit - The Verge apple.news/AxnR3kFeq…

Using Google’s reCAPTCHA means adding Google’s trackers on your site. NO TO TRACKERS! :: Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side - Fast Company apple.news/Ateo5zKE8…

Jony Ive leaving Apple? NOOOOOOOO

Wow! Did not expect this. Maybe it is time to just turn-off comments. Ping @artsamaniego www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Android users, be careful. Malicious developers are out to get your data. Contain it and only volunteer it to Google. thenextweb.com/security/…

I trust Safari more than I trust Firefox (Mozilla gets money from Google). TOR Browser is the best one, but breaks a lot of Cloudflare protected websites (uses Google CAPTCHA). www.inverse.com

The 5 Best Browsers for Protecting Your Privacy, 2019 Edition

On iOS 13 beta, Wizards Unite eats up 60% of my battery with Audio enabled. Hmm… podcasts and music streaming don’t eat up that much. Is it recording something and sending it to their overlords in Mountain View?

Wizards Unite require Google or Facebook login – one wonders what data are being shuttled back and forth between these companies. I will wait for Sign-in With Apple before I reconsider using it again.

I remember why I stopped playing Pokemon Go, it collects your location data. This is the same with Wizards Unite. And oh, Niantic Labs, the developer of both apps, is from Google. So connect the dots.

This never fails to attract photographers like bees. :)

With the iPad getting more serious with iPadOS and Google ditching the tablet, only competitor left is Microsoft, but it is on a different segment. Frankly, though, there is no Android tablet competitor to speak of.

The advantage of targetted ads is not significant. No justification to allow it. This needs to be regualted. :: Behavioural advertising is out of control, warns UK watchdog - TechCrunch apple.news/AF5Uf-_RP…

I’ve said it earlier, Android tablets are dead on the water! Google claims to continue support for partners’ tablets, but I highly doubt it. www.pcworld.com/article/3…

this is great news. We use this in UP ITDCapple.news

I wish Bloomberg asked Sandberg - why are you and Zuckerberg ignoring the UK parliament? Canadian parliament?

Sandberg says we need to share the minimal amount of data (what is she is not saying - we want to keep the rest for ourselves).

Sandberg throws in FUD - Facebook should not be broken up because China. :)

Sandberg says no one is reading your messages. This is true to some extent (it is read by their AI), but the metadata? Ha! That’s fairgame to Facebook.

Facebook wants to extend its reach to real-world purchases. Only fools would trust them. apple.news

This is the reason why you shouldn’t buy a smart TV or if you have no choice, don’t connect it to the internet apple.news

Samsung’s security reminder makes the case for not owning a Samsung smart TV - The Verge

Wow! This is a good way to mislead users – we store photos so we can give it back you (and not openly say we train our AI using them as well). We don’t read your email, but we scan your receipts. tsk tsk. edition.cnn.com/videos/bu…

Addicts find reasons to justify their continued use of their addiction. Same goes for every Facebook user. Always justifying their continued use, even if they know it is wrong, puts everyone at risk (even their family), and is harmful to their well-being.

Whoa! Wonder if it is the same in the Philippines www.bloomberg.com

Why Is Running on the Decline?

There you have it - Facebook cannot be trusted. It will, by design, not respect your privacy. Why bother? #DeleteFacebook theintercept.com/2019/06/1…

Finally! We get Facebook to face-off with @maxschrems in Vienna! Does this mean that any EU member state can file similar lawsuits, @fosspatents? thenextweb.com/facebook/…

I hope that @mikko and his company can take over this awesome project. He’s a perfect fit to lead this. techcrunch.com/2019/06/1…

Schools should not LIKE Facebook! #DeleteFacebook www.vice.com

Parents in the Philippines Want to Stop School Projects That Are Graded On Facebook Likes

.@PhCHED will never allow this in the Philippines Opinion - The Anti-College Is on the Rise - The New York Times

So that’s the Mozilla play – paid services to get rid of Google whitelisting from ETP on Firefox? Smart… but no thanks. Will use other add-ons instead.

If there is no demand, there won’t be need for supply. Stop surveillance capitalism now :: I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me - Fast Company apple.news/AO9rPCvE_…

This should actually be more! Maybe $10 billion would get them to notice and do something! apple.news

Google appeals $1.7 billion EU antitrust fine over advertising practices - CNBC

Honesty, it is. So Mozilla, care to tell everyone that you are taking money from Google/Alphabet, too, right? blog.mozilla.org/firefox/f…

Android and iOS are more similar, and it is a good thing… EXCEPT that iOS RESPECTS YOUR PRIVACY. www.androidauthority.com/apple-ios…

OK, here’s the thing – if you send me a confidential email from Google, I will not read it, but instead reply with an encrypted email sent via Protonmail. This is Google FORCING everyone to go to Gmail so they can track them.

So you enjoy using Google Assistant? Well, read this - www.theguardian.com/technolog…

“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Facebook lawyer Orin Snyder. There you have it! #DELETEFACEBOOK www.dailydot.com/debug/fac…

Are you Facebook friends really your friends or are they fake? www.pcmag.com/news/3686…

Facebook’s Banned-Accounts Number Rivals That of Its Entire User Base

When greed trumps everything that is right –> investors supporting Facebook.

You CANNOT trust Facebook PERIOD. www.theverge.com/2019/5/29…

It’s going down… down… down… apple.news

This graph shows that time spent on Facebook is flatlining, with no growth in sight - Business Insider

“An honest individual” you say? hahaha he’s untouchable because lawmakers can’t do squat. Regulate the hell out of Facebook and he will run for an audience with you www.reuters.com

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook’s Zuckerberg snubs invitation

This spec bump to A10 whilst retaining the screen means iOS 13 will still support the form factor of the A9-based iPhone SE. apple.news

Apple refreshes the iPod touch with the iPhone 7’s processor - The Verge

Missing the Mother of Dragons music.apple.com/us/album/…

Was jogging this morning when my Nike rubber shoes decided that it was time to throw in the towel. Tsk tsk. Was able to squeeze in a few more minutes to complete my routine. Shoe shopping imminent.

Here is a list of suggestions on how to limit the data Google collects about you – but you can do more by NOT using ANY Google service. www.wired.com/story/goo…

I use @1Password, of course! :) :: The 4 Best Password Managers to Secure Your Digital Life - WIRED apple.news/AAqkUWERw…

Go! Go! Delete your Facebook accounts! www.dailydot.com

#DeleteFacebook gains momentum after the platform refused to remove doctored Nancy Pelosi videos

If it makes Facebook money, they don’t care even if it is not true, incites violence, harasses others or causes mental health deterioration. twitter.com/privacyma…

Hats-off to CrossFit.com for having the balls to QUIT Facebook. What about other companies? If they can do it, why can’t other big businesses? www.crossfit.com/battles/c…

Loving the (PRODUCT) Red Apple iPhone XS leather case I got at 70% off. :)

I wonder if it is the same in the Philippines – www.wired.com/story/twi…

Is this true? Won’t be surprised if it is so hypebeast.com

Whatsapp Is Introducing Ads and May Remove End-to-End Encryption

Wow! Hurry, delete your Instagram accounts. LOL appleinsider.com/articles/…

Huawei needs an app ecosystem if it were to survive after Google Play pull-out. It can use AOSP, OR it can have its own OS. For apps, maybe concentrate on making PWAs as first class citizen.

Wow! Huawei or another, Huawei can’t catch a break. There is no workaround for the ARM technologies - will they replace the Kirin architecture and run AOSP? www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech…

This is a great victory for the FTC! Will Qualcomm now renegotiate their settlement with Apple? Hmm. Can’t wait to see the QCOMM stocks tomorrow. www.fosspatents.com/2019/05/b…

Interesting read apple.news

4 Things Facebook and Google Don’t Want You Know About Privacy, and What You Should Do - Inc.

What else is new? Wondering how the developers’ day starts - “what will we copy from competitors today?” techcrunch.com/2019/05/2…

No wonder Smart is not collecting data, Facebook is doing it for them! And yes, Globe, too. Free facebook pa more! theintercept.com/2019/05/2…

Good thing I deleted my Instagram account a long time ago. No, I’m NOT an influencer! Bwahah www.cnet.com/news/inst…

Google cuts Android-relationship with Huawei. How about the others - Xiaomi?

Pi-hole updated to 4.3!

Wow! This is a huge blow to Huawei. apple.news

Google reportedly pulls Huawei’s Android license - The Verge

Wow! Time to upgrade it to OpenWRT! :: 33 Linksys router models leak full historic record of every device ever connected - Ars Technica apple.news/Aj0aj6wV2…

And you are still surprised? Of course Google tracks you! www.theverge.com/2019/5/17…

She’s smart! :) www.theguardian.com

Selena Gomez: ‘Social media has been terrible for my generation’

I rarely share Reddit links, but this one is worth checking out. I have not verified this as I don’t use Google Pay, but those who do, please check. https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/bokdey/hidden_settings_google_doesnt_want_you_to/

I wonder how many of the 40% who did not vote were those who went early but went home due to the VCM malfunction. 2019electionresults.comelec.gov.ph

The iPhone SE has the same processor as the iPhone 6S, I wonder why it is rumoured to be unsupported on iOS 13.

Taking its cue from Facebook that being unethical is cool. Hope that they get sanctioned and fined til it hurts the owners and investors! www.theverge.com/2019/5/10…

I can get behind this and will fully support it. @Apple and @tim_cook please make this happen. http://inessential.com/2019/05/07/the_feature_i_most_want_in_web_browsers

Google Pixel 3a XL - 2019 class camera, with 2016 class performance at half the price of the iPhone XR.

Apple has been talking about privacy for a long while. Google, under threat of regulation, now claims they’re privacy heroes to those who can’t afford Apple products. Mind you, you need latest android phones to get those NEW privacy features.

This coming from a company that exploited their users to get rich, and now that they got what they needed, they’re saying they’re the protectors! apple.news

Google CEO takes side-swipe at Apple ‘selling privacy as a luxury good’ - 9to5Mac

Yes, Google needs to read whatever is on your browser for this to work. www.androidauthority.com/google-du…

Google rapidly jumping into privacy, just like Facebook. This is expected, but they’re lip-service only. It is privacy IF IT DOES NOT HURT THE BOTTOMLINE.

Apple should release the iPhone XE (SE-sized, full-screen with FaceID, A12-powered) at the $499 range. ;)

Apple Store’s branding push did not work really well. Angela did her best, but it was not aligned with Apple’s culture IMHO. Felt the changes when I last visited the Apple Store in San Francisco.

Google’s Privacy Push? Given their track record, I don’t buy it. Chrome to block ad trackers – yes, trackers from companies that are not their friends. Adding camera on their home assistant - why? Something is planned here.

What is @privacyPH doing? technology.mb.com.ph/2019/05/0…

Wow! Now am even more excited. www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

Facebook opens war room for EU election. Did they do the same for the Philippines? They don’t care, of course. Philippine government is scared of them anyway.

YES! It is about time! :: 5 reasons Apple should dump Intel processors [Opinion] - Cult of Mac apple.news/AyRJiQMR9…

Your Filipino WiPro contractor-friends have access to your PRIVATE FACEBOOK POSTS. Yahoo! dumb fucks :: Facebook’s contract workers are looking at your private posts to train AI - The Verge apple.news/AtYXTgAvU…

SURPRISED? Am not! :: Facebook’s contract workers are looking at your private posts to train AI - The Verge apple.news/AtYXTgAvU…

A bit dated, but still relevant – when you think privacy is not important. thenextweb.com/contribut…

Wow! This is really something. The ethical thing to do is not comment at all, but no… www.phonearena.com

Court filing seems to show that the DOJ is impartial in favor of Qualcomm

.@UPsystem perhaps it is time for you to get our Resilience Institute, @Official_UPD NIP and NIGS to look into this. www.theguardian.com/world/201…

All of these don’t matter, Night Sight rocks! 9to5google.com/2019/05/0…

“We take your privacy seriously” - Mark Zuckerberg:: twitter.com/alfredwkn…

iPhone sales continue to drop. Apple is DOOMED.:: Apple stock is spiking after a decisive earnings beat - Fast Company apple.news/ApvPcLcKe…

If this were Apple, naysayers will shout “DOOM!”, but.. :: Alphabet shares on track for worst day since 2008 - The Wall Street Journal apple.news/AKL3-ieTt…

Perfect time to jump ship. :: Eric Scmidt Leaves Board of Google Parent Alphabet - Variety apple.news/APUUKsHl_…

Protecting the podcast ecosystem overcast.fm/+CdQkoLWg…

Everyday, I discover a new mobile app tracker to block. Tsk tsk.

Start the countdown - expect another major privacy breach – www.engadget.com/2019/04/2…

If you have iOS devices that you want to manage and control, specially if these are assigned to your kids, check out www.jamf.com/products/…

I just cancelled Apple News+ subscription. Will give it 3 months to see if it is worth re-subscribing.

Our kids don’t have access to devices whilst having breakfast, lunch, or dinner, unless we are eating out. youtu.be/wQ-RbWAwn…

This needs verification, but based on reputation, I am not surprised if Huawei is doing something shady www.androidauthority.com/huawei-p3…

Using Windscribe’s R.O.B.E.R.T., with everything filtered and blocked! Yes!

Could Apple’s Lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear? appleinsider.com/articles/…

Hokkaido Square for lunch :)

Another reason why I don’t like my photos taken, or posted without permission. I thank those who respect that, and curse those who don’t. www.ft.com/content/c…

THIS is the reason why I dumped Brave. mastodon.at/@switchin…

Who uses Chrome on iOS? C’mon - that is one of the major data collection vector used by Google. threatpost.com/easter-at…

I am hoping that @ProtonMail will provide OAuth to displace a lot of GMail and Facebook login on third party apps.

Having full control of the company, there is no one more accountable than Zuckerberg. Time to let him know that there are consequences to his actions. www.engadget.com/2019/04/1…

Wow! Another day, another data breach - rainbowtabl.es/2019/04/1…

For the Nth time, Facebook proves that you can’t trust it www.zdnet.com

Facebook admits to storing plaintext passwords for millions of Instagram users

Wow! Lots of unethical designers and developers out there. #CS196 students - Don’t be like them https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/craigsilverman/google-play-store-ad-fraud-du-group-baidu?__twitter_impression=true

If you or your friends homeschool their kids and they’re in the Philippines, please join groups.io/g/homesch… - we are building this community. Thanks.

It is NOT an accident! C’mon, this is Facebook, it is BY DESIGN. #DeleteFacebook mashable.com/article/f…

Viber CEO's Privacy Pledge falls short big time!

Viber CEO, Djamel Agaoua, wrote an op-ed, “Do The Right Thing”, technology.mb.com.ph/2019/04/1… , with a proposed Privacy Pledge and calling on Facebook and the rest of the industry to join him. While it is a start, the fact that he did not include “NO collection of personal data”, and “NO collection of METADATA, including, but not limited to location”, just goes to show that unnecessary data collection is still the norm for his company, and the encourages the rest of the industry to continue doing surveillance.…

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Apple’s new series of iPad Pro videos highlight what you can do with the device. I use the iPad Pro as my go to work device, unless I am doing devops or software dev – yeah, I still do these once in awhile.

Conspiracy theories are spread by Facebook and YouTube. Protecting kids from these two online sites is necessary. onezero.medium.com/online-co…

Don’t trust Facebook. www.nbcnews.com/tech/soci…

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

Google’s invasive data collection is the reason why I stay away from Google apps on my iOS devices. Yes, I also dumped Chrome on all platforms. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Game of Thrones time… 8 hours ago..

photo of Apple Watch showing Game of Thrones playing on other device

Celebrated #4SQDay last night with the PH crew. Happy 10th, @foursquare #4SQDayPH

Foursquare 10th anniversary coin and superuser pin

Facebook steals everything period. :: NYT Op-ed: Facebook Is Stealing Your Family’s Joy apple.news/Aav2oNMGr…

Tsk tsk Goes to show the culture inside the company. techcrunch.com/2019/04/1…

Lenten meals!!!!

screenshot of Honestbee Lenten meals

Please help our students. Download and use the app and inform us where to send the feedback form :) play.google.com/store/app…

No more Liferay open source projects?

What do you expect from Facebook? Of course they will track you! #DeleteFacebook www.androidauthority.com/facebook-…

woohoo!!!! QCOM needs to lose this war – they’re such jerks when it comes to FRAND licensing. appleinsider.com/articles/…

This is so spot on! Rotten from the top.

www.businessinsider.com/new-zeala…

I hate this - when malicious actors infect open source projects. www.zdnet.com/article/b…

Backdoor code found in popular Bootstrap-Sass Ruby library

Like Facebook, YouTube won’t do anything to disrupt their revenue streams, no matter the cost to humanity. Oh yes, this comes from the top. Tsk tsk. www.bloomberg.com/news/feat…

Another op-ed from Zuckerberg. Not to be believed.

Another Mark Zuckerberg production – channeling responsbility to others, when in fact they can do it on their own, but refuses to. Another PLOY. DO NOT BELIEVE. www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/……

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AMPed Email? No, thanks! I don’t want more tracking. Plaintext e-mail FTW. lifehacker.com/why-amp-i…

Rooting for Belgium! Need to get Facebook to stop their tracking even if it is just in the EU! www.fastcompany.com/90325876/…

Rooting for Belgium! Need to get Facebook to stop their tracking even if it is just in the EU! www.fastcompany.com/90325876/…

Good thing I don’t have an Asus device that needed an update for quite awhile. thehackernews.com/2019/03/a…

I knew this for quite awhile already - I just don’t trust pre-installed Android OS. I would rather install my own LineageOS. https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/22/inenglish/1553244778_819882.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

Will be getting some sleep before the Apple event later.

Purdue killing VIllanova right now. Tsk tsk, 30-point lead. #MarchMadness

Watching Purdue vs Villanova. Purdue killing them. Let’s see if Villanova can recover this second half. #MarchMadness

This is spectacular! www.cnn.com/videos/ar…

If you are diabetic or know someone who is, please download and help students test this. Send me a note so we can send you questionnaire. Thanks. itunes.apple.com/us/app/su…

SugarTraces by University of the Philippines

It can be done! I’ve practically gone Google-free! apple.news/AUi69MZpU…

Thousands of Reddit users are trying to delete Google from their lives, but they’re finding it impossible because Google is everywhere - Business Insider

It is no longer about sharing photos for Instagram. It is all about selling you products, fake news, and data collection. medium.com/cheddar/q…

Instagram is the next best source of fakes after Facebook and YouTube https://apple.news/ABQfBkcI_SLWIQa-rlsF_cw

Instagram is facing a reckoning over misinformation - The Verge

Facebook’s plaintext password stupidity’s effect is being downplayed… wait a couple of days, and the real reach and side-effects of this will be revealed. krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/f…

ROTFL! When will dumb f*cks learn that Facebook does not care about them? krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/f…

Using @Ember_Tech mug to keep my americano at my desired temp. Can’t auto-log my caffeine intake as they UNNECESSARILY COLLECT it and save it on their servers. Tsk tsk.

A dose of Nanopresso americano ☕️

Why does Facebook need data supplier passwords in plaintext and not encrypted? Makes you think that there is something happening there. They were warned about this a long time ago. Found out about it in January, HID IT FROM PUBLIC until now. CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Interesting research. Why you really need a password manager, or simply don’t use passwords at all. medium.com/@billatna…

Another awesome app from @Textile01 - am waiting for sync before using this, though :: Textile Notes: A minimalist tool for your creative ideas by @andrewxhill link.medium.com/Y0DkSiB2b…

If you are doing research, use scholar.google.com, but not google search. qz.com/1573585/w…

To the sharents, take time to read this and then ask your kids. www.fastcompany.com/90315706/…

This is the reason why I refuse to have my photos posted online, and why I don’t post photos of my kids online, too. slate.com/technolog…

If it takes the court to break Facebook, then so be it. Facebook needs to be dealt with the full extent of the law. Bury them! www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Grilled salmon on pasta

The upside of not having local TV channels is not getting political commercials that are full of lies anyway.

If your business got crippled during the Facebook outage, then it is time to rethink your strategy.

And I say it again, Don’t Be Evil No More. www.wired.com/story/how…

Interesting, Zuck! Interesting! techcrunch.com/2019/03/1…

For a moment there, I thought that it was going QCOMM’s way… as always, @FOSSpatents provides a more accurate analysis. www.fosspatents.com/2019/03/t…

Check if your photos were added to AI image training sets without your consent. www.nbcnews.com/tech/inte…

Just in case you have not seen it yet… rom.feria.name/reading-i…

Here’s what my microblog looks like if it were viewed 30 years back ;) via worldwideweb.cern.ch/browser

Watching the livestream of the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web from CERN.

Yep, now deleting Brave browser.

Apple needs to prepare US$31M for QCOMM. Tsk tsk. :: Former Apple engineer says he doesn’t claim to be a co-inventor of the tech Qualcomm patented - 9to5Mac apple.news/AeOAh6n1K…

It looks like it is IE all over again… time to ditch Chrome and Chromium-based browsers. Take back the web! :: Microsoft proves the critics right: We’re heading toward a Chrome-only Web - Ars Technica apple.news/ANC-zzINR…

And just like that - it is already mid-semester.

Happy 30th birthday, Web! Let’s protect the open web, kill surveillance capitalism. webfoundation.org/2019/03/w…

Like Facebook, Huawei can’t be trusted. Tsk tsk. www.theverge.com/2019/3/11…

Trying out Brave browser on the Mac. So far, functions the same way as Safari + Better blocker. Not to mention that I have LittleSnitch and Pi-Hole filtering URLs. Ha! Add Windscribe’s R.O.B.E.R.T. 2.0 and all trackers annihilated.

Screen Time reports usage this week is down 34%! Booyah!

Investigations? Investigate DICT for failing here. news.mb.com.ph/2019/03/0…

Whoa! Another breach? tsk tsk www.wired.com/story/ema…

Whoa! Not a surprising move from Apple, though. appleinsider.com/articles/…

I honestly think that this will become a trend… mashable.com/article/r…

Zuckerberg envies Apple’s presence in China (Facebook failed in China), and now highlights that they will never store data in China, unlike Apple.

Uh-oh. This spells trouble for Apple. appleinsider.com/articles/…

One of the reasons why I don’t buy Android phones :: iPhone crushes Androids on resale value - Cult of Mac apple.news/A0O6HNc4W…

This is exactly what the problem is apple.news/AUVgBEm_9…

Don’t rage against the machine – wage against the master, says McAfee amid AI havoc fear hype - The Register

Wow! Interesting use case for game engine apple.news/AMpjprHNv…

A Clever Tool Uses Apple’s Videogame Logic Engine to Protect Macs - WIRED

Showing the email trail as evidence will kill this case www.macrumors.com/2019/03/0…

Apple Claims Its Former Engineer Helped Invent Tech in Qualcomm Patent - MacRumors.com

Biases in AI is THE problem, rather than taking over the world (at least this not yet an issue) www.vox.com/future-pe…

If you have dark skin, a self-driving car may be more likely to hit you - Vox

You CANNOT trust Facebook

“We found an example of a Muslim prayer app using the SDK version 4.38.0 that disabled app_events_auto_logging and still sent users’ Google advertising ID immediately after the app was opened” privacyinternational.org/blog/2758… You cannot make this stuff up. Facebook is just plain evil.…

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Even in death, Facebook will still monetize you. Tsk tsk. techcrunch.com/2019/03/0…

It is finally here! blog.flickr.net/en/2019/0…

With password-less authentication, WebAuthn, now a standard. What does this mean to @1Password?

Really? You EXPECT Hot-or-not err Facebook to do something? www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Bwahaha! Putting your eggs in one basket, eh? Nah, I don’t trust Google - neither should other companies. They’re doing this not for philanthropy, but for data collection and profit. www.wired.com/story/chr…

2019 is the year of Linux on the desktop! :) lkml.iu.edu/hypermail…

When GREED powers the company, nothing is impossible. theintercept.com/2019/03/0…

Whoa! I wonder how many of your photos were viewed by others. Good thing I don’t use Google Photos! www.engadget.com/2019/03/0…

I can imagine iOS 13 to bring modern iOS devices to support this. www.cnet.com/news/good…

Thanks, but no thanks! I’m pretty happy with my podcast line-up right now. Independent producers and the @TWiT network are sufficient. Thank you very much. www.nytimes.com/2019/03/0…

This is a good article - something that you may want to consider, specially those who are still considered as dumb fXXks (Facebook users). social.cheribaker.com/2019/03/0…

No opt-out? Hmm. GDPR violation? Data Privacy Law violation, @PrivacyPH? @PrivacyPH time to shine – we need funds from Facebook fine. ;) techcrunch.com/2019/03/0…

Makes me wonder - what Facebook did to get DICT to partner with them on fiber optic cable deal. @PrivacyPH penalties for all their violations? www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Facebook SPIES on you FULL STOP. www.wsj.com/articles/… #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram

You really cannot trust Facebook! #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram twitter.com/jeremybur…

Surveillance Capitalism: What Filipino leaders and educators need to know

This should be standard reading for those running for Congress, those in the Executive, Judiciary and academe. Understand the destruction that surveillance capitalism is spreading. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2QEZE2?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=VBJ5KV84N1124BEQJ5DC…

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Aaannnnddd, I am sure that this is the same for Philippine media. twitter.com/laurahaza…

Can you see the images??? mashable.com/article/c…

Qualcomm, Huawei, the telcos are NOT talking about this. Makes you wonder why. www.fastcompany.com/90314058/…

Way, way better! Zuckerberg is the worst - just behind Sandberg. www.firstpost.com/tech/news…

Steve Wozniak says Twitter’s Dorsey better than Facebook’s Zuckerberg at handling ‘techlash’- Technology News, Firstpost

Told you! Facebook is a liar! techcrunch.com/2019/02/2… #DeleteFacebook

No such a thing as RESPECT with these Facebook folks. They are liars! Only recourse is to DELETE your account on Facebook and Instagram (and WhatsApp). www.wsj.com/articles/…

Yay! Did my Feb Challenge, on to the March challenge, which is a bit more difficult to achieve. #AppleWatch

So happy for @nbcbrooklyn99 for 7th season. Let’s make sure it reaches at least season 9! :) mashable.com/article/b…

This! #deletefacebook #deleteinstagram www.independent.co.uk/life-styl…

Another reason NOT to use Chrome. www.zdnet.com/article/g…

Wow! Another app from the @Textile01 team! medium.com/textileio…

Facebook is so desperate at looking for more ways to generate revenue, and not to forget get as much user data as possible. boingboing.net/2019/02/2…

Is anybody using RCS?

Argh! @Textile01 why did you decide to change the order of photos in Groups? The latest should always appear on top. :)

what else is new from Samsung? they have no shame ripping off other companies. www.engadget.com/2019/02/2…

Google reading your messages to make suggestions? No thanks. mashable.com

Google brings its Assistant to your text messages

Will we have the first PWA malware in the near future? www.zdnet.com

New browser attack lets hackers run bad code even after users leave a web page

Social Media is NOT the internet. Facebook is the internet’s toilet. www.nbcnews.com

Why you should delete your social media apps

Thanks, YouTube. Now blocking you off our kids’ devices apple.news

A mom found videos on YouTube Kids that gave children instructions for suicide - CNN

Ethics in Computer Science #CS196

Been teaching Ethics to computer science students for quite some time already. I just wish that my former students have learned enough to be ethical designers and engineers. If your company prevents you from being ethical, blow the whistle! (@keelacanilao, hope you learned something haha) medium.com/@michaelj……

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That is main reason why I moved out of FastMail. I loved the service, but the Australian law… you know.. www.itnews.com.au/news/fast…

Wow! Congratulations Mastodon! 2 Million users! Let’s wait for mainstream media to take note of this. @UPSystem let me know if you are interested. ;) www.techspotting.com/2019/02/2…

Let’s eat together…

Just #deletefacebook www.inc.com/minda-zet…

Facebook Can Track Your Location Even When the App Is Turned Off. Here’s How to Stop It | Inc.com

As they say in Filipino, “blockchain pa more”. www.wired.com/story/the…

Calling on @Cloudflare - please ditch ReCAPTCHA for something that isn’t from Google!

"Facebook people are either stupid or assholes"

THIS!!!!! What do you call people who fall for this Facebook tactic? “Facebook has a new feature where you can ask questions like what was your first computer. I was about to ask people what their first car was, but then realized this is often a “security” question. And then I thought geez these Facebook people are either stupid or assholes. “ scripting.com/2019/02/2……

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 still can’t beat last year’s iPhone XS, except in Graphics. www.tomsguide.com/us/galaxy…

Of course it is for show! You believe Zuckerberg? Zuckers! ROTFL www.buzzfeednews.com/article/r…

Another reason why I minimize the use of third party plug-ins and Chrome. www.zdnet.com/article/a…

When will people learn? www.cnbc.com/2019/02/2…

The US should stop this gangster-like behavior of QCOM www.fosspatents.com/2019/02/q…

Qualcomm demands an extra $1.3 billion from Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron: exorbitant late ‘processing’ charge

Is the foldable smartphone for me?

I am struggling to find a use case for Samsung’s Galaxy Fold design. I can only see it really functional as a bigger screen for viewing videos. App developers will need to target this form factor in order to take advantage of the unfolded screen. Not only this, it is way thicker as well. Will Google release the next Android with support for this form factor? Frankly, the Samsung Dex has far more better use cases than this one.…

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We need more of these companies to pull out their ad spending on Facebook, YouTube and Google. techcrunch.com/2019/02/2…

What else is new? apple.news

Xiaomi just can’t help brazenly ripping off Apple - The Verge

So sorry, we got caught… again! www.businessinsider.com/nest-micr…

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was ‘never supposed to be a secret - BI

It is NOT about ads... it is worse.

This is exactly what the likes of Google (including YouTube) and Facebook (including Instagram and WhatsApp) provide. A facility to manipulate behaviour, which is far worse than “just” serving adverts, as they claim to do. www.wired.com/story/nat……

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PH Senate and Congress candidates use Facebook, YouTube and Google to their advantage

As the Philippine midterm elections come this May, senatorial and congressional candidates are exploiting the tools provided by Facebook, YouTube and Google. I highly DOUBT that they will do something to keep these surveillance companies in check. www.theguardian.com/commentis……

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Please fix this @1Password www.securityevaluators.com/casestudi…

Yay for consumers in the Philippines! technology.inquirer.net/83588/dut…

iOS 12.2 Beta 3 is now out. Updating my iPhone 7+.

BUT BUT BUT Apple is DOOMED!!!!! www.appleworld.today/blog/2019…

Yay! More No-license, no-chips ammo! www.engadget.com/2019/02/1…

Really? It is BY DESIGN! www.engadget.com/2019/02/1…

They never heard of JPE. www.engadget.com/2019/02/1…

Linux sys-ad day. Fixed client’s server. Did another for project’s server. Now preparing Linux OS whilst waiting for new Raspberry Pi.

PH government should learn from this

Woohoo! Looking forward to getting these surveillance capitalists regulated! First, fine them in the billions. www.parliament.uk/business/… Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report published - News from Parliament - UK Parliament …

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Don’t be evil… yeah, baby! www.theverge.com/2019/2/16…

I so miss Path. Tsk tsk.

BDD! BDD! www.engadget.com/2019/02/1… #DeleteInstagram

Learned a new word today, “duplicitous” - thanks to UK Parliament and Zuckerberg. #DeleteFacebook www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Another Nexus device (Nexus 7 tablet) freed from the Google collective. LineageOS to the rescue. Awesome! The rebellion lives!

Interesting hire. www.cnbc.com

Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon

Don’t be evil my 4$$!! Yeah, Google all for the money. Don’t trust them. www.businessinsider.com

‘Google, this is bogus as hell’ — one of the fathers of the internet blasts Google for how Chromecast behaves on his home network

What the .. @Twitter?!?!!! apple.news

Twitter Has Been Keeping Deleted DMs for Years - MacRumors

Don’t bokeh me!!! apple.news

Apple’s latest iPhone ad shows a different kind of portrait mode ‘fail’ - The Verge

Same question - perhaps the medical community should voice out, too. medium.com/@brettkot…

A $50 billion fine should be the minimum, for a company perennially violating users’ privacy. techcrunch.com/2019/02/1…

Missing bikes?

bike rental rack

This is surprising. Didn’t expect publishers to bite. appleinsider.com

Apple signed ‘many’ publishers for subscription service at 50 percent revenue split, report says

“Don’t be evil” no more apple.news

A prominent former Googler says she has ‘grave concerns about how strategic decisions are made at Google today’ and how it treats employees - Business Insider

This is a great tip. Will try it out soon. apple.news

Use this quick tweak to fix the iPhone XS’ flat photos - Cult of Mac

Maximizing data collection and revenue generation via all their channels: products and services. Totally not unexpected. 9to5google.com/2019/02/1…

I have the same dilemma. One personal, one for university, one for commercial software. http://inessential.com/2019/02/13/two_factor_authentication_and_developer_ If you have a suggested solution, please let me know. Appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks.

THIS medium.com/textileio… just made things more interesting. Thanks @textile01 - you guys rock!

Relying on free, cloud services for your personal data is risky. Convenient, but very risky. cdevroe.com/2019/02/1…

When a U.N. agency enables surveillance capitalism, something is blatantly wrong. Tsk tsk. www.privacyinternational.org/blog/2712…

And the battle heats up www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-mi…

Xiaomi to steal Samsung’s thunder with Mi 9 launch on same day as Galaxy S10?

interesting take on mobile OS updates. twitter.com/TestingPe…

I am sure that the measles outbreak in the Philippines is ALSO affected by this stupid Facebook stunt of going against fake news (stupid because Facebook loves fake news, gets them more engagement). https://mashable.com/article/facebook-anti-vaccination-groups/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

The Zucking of Instagram continues. Time to ditch it. Not worth your photos, not worth your time. techcrunch.com/2019/02/1…

MyFitnessPal, 500px, Dubsmash, EyeEm accounts among those being peddled

Accounts from Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, ShareThis, Animoto, EyeEm, and 500px, among others, are available on the dark web. Tsk tsk. Some accounts’ passwords were hashed by MD5 only. NOOOOO. Change your passwords immediately. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/11/620_million_hacked_accounts_dark_web/…

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I wonder if the Philippine Competition Commission is investigating Facebook (Philippines) for anti-competitive behaviour. It has a monopoly on social media, and yet corners the market with free access via the telcos. How can alternatives compete against this monstrosity?

TSEK.ph is supported by Facebook? ROTFL this will be interesting - I am sure Facebook will take about a week before taking down fake news, after they get enough revenue from it.

I wonder why @ManilaBulletin is not part of Tsek.ph – is there something you are not telling me, boss @artsamaniego@twitter.com ?

Amazon buying Eero. Will Amazon mine the traffic going through Eero’s subscription services? Hmm… www.theverge.com/2019/2/11…

This is awesome work! github.com/felixries…

More in-depth analysis of QCOMM’s failure www.fosspatents.com/2019/02/a…

Apple has already defeated Qualcomm’s first ITC complaint with a workaround in iOS 12.1 and later, blessed by Qualcomm’s CTO

Apple vs QCOMM saga continues

Bwahaha QCOMM desperately needs to spin this with another CEO press release that settlement is near. www.macrumors.com/2019/02/1… Qualcomm’s U.S. ITC Complaint Falling Apart as Apple Implements Workaround in iOS 12.1 - MacRumors.com …

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Wouldn’t even consider this even if Facebook pays us! www.computerworld.com/article/3…

Does Workplace have a Facebook problem?

How about in the Philippine Midterm elections this May? www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/…

More than six in 10 Canadians say Facebook will have a negative impact on fall election: survey

Time to explore this blog.apnic.net/2019/02/1…

New UN tool maps Asia Pacific cybersecurity landscape - APNIC Blog

Samsung not getting a piece of Apple’s A13 chip manufacturing? Hmm…

Upgrade Pi-Hole to 4.2.1! FTW

I read about PureForce on @ManilaBulletin’s TechNews technology.mb.com.ph/2019/02/1… - checking their iOS app and website, there is NO privacy policy. @AppleSupport @PrivacyPh

The @textile01 team keeps on churning and churning code. Great! Support them! :: Textile Update | January 2019 by @carsonfarmer link.medium.com/LpWgt3DR6…

Learn about Surveillance Capitalism NOW overcast.fm/+JUKNIwwt…

Can’t wait to get this finalized. Will this trickle down to Google as well? Sure hope so. techcrunch.com/2019/02/0…

An app with noble intentions, but the fact that they collect data (and store recordings for four years!) and share it with Facebook/Google, among others, is such a turn off. Be careful. You’ve been warned. www.tarjim.ly/en

Just started “reading” “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Prof. Shoshana Zuboff, via Audible.

This! I hope it wakes up the likes of @artsamaniego of @ManilaBulletin :: scripting.com/2019/02/0…

Revived an iPhone 5c. setting it up now. should be great as a starter phone for kids.

This is really deliberate… another proof that Facebook DOES NOT care. I don’t know why people still trust Facebook. :: twitter.com/WolfieChr…

These Android developers need to be identified, named and banned. :: Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency - Ars Technica apple.news/AiXdkrUd9…

Fact checkers don’t get it. It is NOT in Facebook’s interest. Ditch Facebook. www.buzzfeednews.com/article/b…

Opinion: Fact-Checking Facebook Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole - BuzzFeed News

Unless it is an open platform, don’t bother. If you’re a publisher, don’t rely on Facebook and Google. – char.gd/blog/2019…

Let’s see Facebook’s basis (“lies”) for their appeal. Just junk the appeal. www.wired.com/story/ger…

Bitwarden on-premise install... but not for our organization

Tried installing the open source password manager, BitWarden, on my Linux VM. Got it working, but didn’t know that you need to pay for a license to get it to support an organization. If I am going to pay for it and maintain another server, might as well just go to 1Password or LastPass. Don’t get me wrong. Bitwarden is awesome. It is just not the correct solution for our organization.…

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Organizations that force you to login to Facebook are like pimps leading you to the ultimate data predator.

KIds, stay away from Messenger Kids! It is from a predator - will collect all your data. :: Facebook shutters plans for ‘LOL’ meme app before it was even released - 9to5Mac apple.news/A1fiimCGw…

Thanks, Apple. We need these apps banned. techcrunch.com/2019/02/0…

Join the revolution and detach your company from the predator, Facebook. m.signalvnoise.com/Become-A-…

The Philippine government should learn from this study, too. Zero-rating gives us more expensive broadband. mobile.slashdot.org/story/19/…

Protect against terrorism and child abuse? Myanmar? Philippines? Hahah what are these Facebook executives smoking? apple.news/AzDtltTt6…

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse - Gizmodo

The headline could very well apply to Facebook, Instagram and Google Photos. Those services that are free. No such thing as free lunch! slate.com/technolog…

Douchebag iOS app developers really exist. Time to revoke their certificates, @Apple @tim_cook https://apple.news/AiMrtiBX0QzemAW_8M6dCKQ

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking - TechCrunch

Apple is DOOMED, I tell ya! www.macrumors.com/2019/02/0…

Isn’t it difficult to trust a system with too much fake accounts? Don’t trust WhatsApp, DELETE IT NOW. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

This is a must read. Blockchain is hyped up too much. www.wired.com/story/the…

Good for these people - finally realizing the that Facebook is evil. Difficult to represent a company with a broken moral compass, unless… www.wired.com/story/fac…

If you don’t have a Google Pixel phone, good luck! It will take ages before Android manufacturers patch their phones, if they even patch it at all. thehackernews.com/2019/02/h…

Yeah, @apple, why isn’t Mac OS X covered? @tim_cook 9to5mac.com

Security researcher demos macOS exploit to access Keychain passwords, but won’t share details to Apple out of protest

A fine that is 4% of their global annual revenue would be nice www.thedrum.com

Labour wants to fine or break up social media companies that fail to protect children

Publishers should stop using Facebook. Facebook is taking advantage of them for Facebook’s profit. adage.com

Facebook to publishers: We are not here to save you

This is a desperate move to increase revenue, and position itself for a Facebook buy (which I doubt) apple.news/AHNe_Kha0…

Andy Rubin’s company gave my favorite email app a scary privacy policy - Fast Company

Time to konmari your Twitter timeline 🤪apple.news/ArrMB1TJ4…

Clean up your Twitter timeline with this Marie Kondo-inspired web app - Mashable

Next headline - “Facebook saved millions from bonus!” apple.news/Atz33NdRv…

Facebook will now evaluate employees on whether they help solve ‘social issues’ - CNBC

This Joe Rogan podcast featuring Twitter’s Jack Dorsey podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/… is teasing me to get back to Twitter right away. :) Am on Day 6 of #TwitterDetox

Android alternative: iOS, LineageOS+microG+Yalp. Chrome alternative: Safari, Brave, Firefox. #SaferInternetDay

WhatsApp alternative: Wire, Signal. Google Search alternative: DuckDuckGo. Google Mail alternative: Protonmail. Google Maps alternative: Here Maps, Open Street Maps, Apple Maps. Google Analytics Alternative: Matomo #SaferInternetDay

Instagram alternatives: Flickr, Textile Photos and Vero. Not in any particular order. If you are sharing with iOS friends, iCloud Shared Albums. #SaferInternetDay

Safer Internet Day: STAY AWAY from digital predators - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google. If you need help, ping me.

Got myself this third-party AirPods charging case (my original one broke) - works great, plus it has wireless charging support, too. Just can’t use it to pair with your devices. Mine was pre-paired. ;)

It is Safer Internet Day. Teaching kids how to protect themselves on Facebook is like teaching kids how to protect themselves while using cigarettes. For kids’ safety, “STAY AWAY FROM FACEBOOK”, it is a predator.

C’mon. If Apple changes their cut, bet you will follow. apple.news/ALYk5HN7p…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company isn’t backing down from the challenge that ‘Fortnite’ poses to the Android app store business - Business Insider

Facebook is a lost cause until Zuckerberg and Sandberg resign or the investors grow some balls and leave www.theguardian.com

Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn’t the internet, it’s Facebook

Success!!! Got rid of Google from my old Nexus 5. It is now running LineageOS and MicroG. FTW!

Don’t rely on Facebook and Google to drive viewers to your news site. medium.com/the-new-y…

It is #DeleteInstagram time - www.theverge.com/2019/2/4/…

This is great! Limit the number of JavaScript per page www.techspot.com/news/7855…

Safari engineers looking into novel way to block intrusive ads

Well, good piece, even if it is on Fox News. LOL. www.foxnews.com/opinion/f…

Whew! Reviewed 10 conference paper submissions today (for 2 conferences).

The rise of the influencer market AND the downfall of ethical disclosures. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

PSA: Upgrade to Flickr Pro, or risk your photos getting deleted. “February 5, 2019: Any items over the 1,000-upload limit will be at risk of deletion, starting with the oldest of the items. Photos licensed through Creative Commons before November 1, 2018 will not be deleted, even for accounts over the 1,000 limit.”

Why continue working with Facebook, when they aren’t serious about fact-checking anyway? #DeleteFacebook www.theverge.com

Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program

Good thing I don’t use an Android smartphone anymore. :: Google Play apps with >4.3 million downloads stole pics and pushed porn ads - Ars Technica apple.news/AM4tnUvN9…

Wow! Did not expect this. Here’s hoping that Siri starts to become a serious competitor to Google Assistant. :: Apple removes Siri team lead as part of AI strategy shift - AppleInsider apple.news/AnJc0i3Rn…

Here’s hoping that @artsamaniego can get @ManilaBulletin to change their web analytics. medium.com/fast-comp…

Still trying to get this off of one of our websites #deletegoogle apple.news/Ajwz6qp5w…

It’s time to ditch Google Analytics - Fast Company

The Philippines has a lot of “dumb f*cks” (Facebook users) because of anti-net neutrality behavior of telcos Smart and Globe www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Philippines tops world internet usage index with an average 10 hours a day

Boom! That didn’t go well for QCOM. If the appeal gets thrown out, that’s $$$ for lost potential sale given to Apple apple.news/AqRsyld4Y…

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm’s face? Apple triumphs in patent battle with chip nemesis - The Register

And the Philippines, with its exemplary record in protecting private data, embarks on something similar. Tsk tsk techcrunch.com/2019/01/3…

Indian state government leaks thousands of Aadhaar numbers

Joy of Missing Out apple.news/A5CPBzks6…

Leaving Facebook makes people happier but less informed, study says - CNN

If you are looking for a next-generation, encrypted and decentralized photo sharing application, then check out www.textile.photos - runs on IPFS!

I hope Philippine companies will do the same. Not everybody is a “dumb f*ck” and on Facebook. www.inc.com/associate…

How Small Businesses Are Finding Other Ways to Advertise Beyond Facebook and Instagram

Interesting study. @endocrine_witch @teddybird apple.news/AfFwp8nAa…

After years of uncertainty, study finds statins can benefit all ages, including those over 75 - CNN

Correction: For the longest time, I was holding on to the Skype app on the iPhone. NOW it is gone – MSFT free, too! #JoyOfMissingOut

Saw a snippet of Facebook COO Sandberg’s interview on Bloomberg – just have this to say, I don’t trust her, I don’t trust Zuckerberg, and I don’t trust the company. Sorry, they don’t have any credibility - they never learn. Until they change their business model, they will continue violating your privacy.

For those on Twitter, this is a cross-post from rom.micro.blog. If you want to send me a message, you know where to find me. LOL. This also appears on the Mastodon network. Look for me there, too. mastodon.social/@rpf

Hey! It is February 1, 2019, and as of today, my iPhone has no trace of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. #JoyOfMissingOut

If you can’t beat them, hire them ($$$$) to silence them (get them frustrated as you know their voices won’t be heard by Zuckerberg anyway). :: Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics - WIRED apple.news/AYQgvHEbi…

Apple doing the right thing – enforcing its rules. Big tech disrespecting simple rules, albeit with huge ramifications, need to be schooled. :: Apple pulls Google’s enterprise certificate, breaking internal betas & employee apps - 9to5Mac https://apple.news/AZTJ684FZR_WG_IWIXftjzA

I thought that there’s an agreement that guarantees WhatsApp data and Facebook’s won’t mix. Hmmm www.wired.co.uk/article/f…

The ticking time bomb hiding in Facebook’s record profits

You have a year to delete your Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts. www.firstpost.com/tech/news…

Zuckerberg confirms merging Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram messages by 2020- Technology News, Firstpost

No matter how Facebook spins this — they’re only interested in money, not in protecting their users. #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram #DeleteWhatsApp apple.news/AFW01xuMm…

Sheryl Sandberg: The Teens ‘Consented’ to Putting Facebook Spyware on Their Phones - Gizmodo

FLUMMOXED!!!! Office building construction with NO PLANS for structured cabling for computer networks? CLASSIC!

“F*k ethics! Money is everything!” Pretty much sums up what is wrong with Facebook - from investors, top management to some of those working there. apple.news/Av5_Lb4or…

‘F*ck ethics. Money is everything’: Facebook employees react to scandal on gossip app - Mashable

Facebook and Google doing the same thing. US really needs a stricter privacy law. www.theverge.com/2019/1/30…

Facebook says will start to make products encrypted by default. Who has the keys? Which encryption algorithms? Again, another set of lies that investor injest hook, line and sinker, in search of more money. greedy!

“It was like Christmas!” Wow! www.cnbc.com/2019/01/3…

Facebook doing shady iOS app, and surprise - Google is doing the same thing. Apple - please ban the enterprise dev certificates of Google, too. techcrunch.com/2019/01/3…

Is it time to dump Twitter too? apple.news/Azsr7hWd9…

All This Newfound Cynicism Is Going to Hamper Big Tech - WIRED

Why do you guys still believe Facebook? apple.news/ADnEwMl7B…

Despite ‘transparency’ claims, Facebook stops watchdogs from monitoring ads - Mashable

Apple is still doomed!!! ROTFL apple.news/Ac23Orvlp…

Cramer on Apple earnings: The haters have ‘no more new ammunition’ - CNBC

ROTFL Facebook’s Zuckerberg’s delusional “users want tailored ads” op-ed. Just goes to show Zuckerberg going thru lengths just to defend the business model of surveillance. www.nytimes.com/2019/01/2…

Twitter on Android users - you affected by this nasty bug? www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech…

Respect of one’s privacy is clearly not a priority over generating revenue, at least with one of Alphabet’s companies – but then again, it is consistent with Google’s. theintercept.com/2019/01/2…

It is a bug that is difficult to consider during testing, as opposed to a bug that ignores a fundamental privacy setting. slate.com/technolog…

Group FaceTime bug: It is a BUG that fell off the usual test scenarios

The Apple FaceTime bug gets activated in a rare, IMHO weird, scenario - you add your own number when you’re calling someone via FaceTime. It is a difficult bug to test against. Note that Group Facetime, which enabled this bug, was introduced later, after the release of the new iOS. It is suspect that Group FaceTime uses a different protocol than the original 1:1 FaceTime. Contrast this to Google’s Location Sharing “bug” which ignored the Location Sharing settings, which is easy to test – unless it was intentional, which I suspect it was, until it was caught.…

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To prevent further damage, Apple disabled Group FaceTime, whilst fixing the bug that allows users to eavesdrop on others.

Need our security researchers on over-drive. Now it is about 5G, before it gets rolled out globally. www.eff.org/deeplinks…

PSA: TURN OFF FaceTime on your iOS devices until @Apple releases the bug fix. #DataProtectionDay #DataPrivacyDay

I am familiar with how the Apple engineers are scrambling now to fix that nasty FaceTime bug. Waiting for the fix to be released. Good luck, @Apple engineers! @Tim_cook please make this top priority.

On #DataProtectionDay #DataPrivacyDay Apple’s FaceTime facing a privacy intrusion bug. Tsk tsk. 9to5mac.com/2019/01/2…

IN addition, Philippine mainstream media, whether online, print, radio and TV, are SCARED of Facebook and Google. They never dare go against them. www.vox.com/the-goods…

A majority of Filipinos have no clue as to how Facebook and Google ad-targeting work. It does not help that the likes of @Deped_PH @PhCHED @DICTgovph are not doing anything to address this. www.vox.com/the-goods…

#DataPrivacyDay #DataProtectionDay Protect your data from evil companies like Facebook and Google. Start slow, stop using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Change your default search engine to @DuckDuckGo.

This is the day you quit Zuckerberg’s money-making scheme #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram #DeleteWhatsApp #DataProtectionDay

Got to install @textile01 on Ubuntu but it keeps complaining that there is no “textile config” command. “Textile —help” does not list “config” either. Hmm.

Installing Ubuntu on a virtualbox on the Mac Mini Server.

Here’s hoping that @artsamaniego can get MB to remove these trackers.

🤔 www.androidcentral.com/10-years-…

After 10 years, Android apps are still worse than their iOS counterparts

Of course! You can’t trust Zuckerberg. ##DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram #DeleteWhatsApp mashable.com/article/m…

Zuckerberg is breaking promises to Instagram and WhatsApp. Be concerned.

This is perfect for collecting more data and training Google Duplex. Next stop, VoIP on Google Voice. www.thestar.com/vancouver…

A quick trip to the grocery to grab a couple of bags of coal. Grilled pork belly FTW.

Got the iPhone 7+ dev phone again. Now installing iOS 12.2 beta.

THIS is the reason why Google is fast-tracking the release of Android’s replacement. :: Google asks Supreme Court to overrule disastrous ruling on API copyrights - Ars Technica apple.news/AAn0gIwkw…

This is for Philippine telcos, Smart and Globe, that claim to offer free Facebook out of the goodness of their hearts (not for profit), why not offer free international SMS instead - to connect Filipino families all over the world?

Confiant & Malwarebytes Uncover Steganography Based Ad Payload That Drops Shlayer Trojan On Mac… by Eliya Stein medium.com/p/confian…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg pens “The Facts” op-ed on the Wall Street Journal to justify its ad business. Falls short - as usual, did not address the issues. Tone-deaf.

Facebook consolidating these services to make it easier to monetize it, as its main service is threatened. Integrating Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, even with e2e, means link gathering more metadata on who you talk to and who you follow. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Re-creating my @textile01 Photos threads and populating it with photos. My favorite thread — Foodporn :)

Mac Mini running on Mojave and functioning as Cache server. Resilio Sync setup. Textile instance to start on Monday :)

Google’s “Don’t be evil” at its prime. www.wired.com/story/goo…

Note to self: [1] Re-install OS X on old Mac Mini Server. [2] Create Resilio Sync repository. [3] Install @Textile01 on Mac Mini and create Cafes.

Take control of your data. #DeleteFacebook #DeleteInstagram :: Take back your Facebook & Instagram posts by @carsonfarmer link.medium.com/v7RogxyvK…

Shakey’s thin crust garlic and cheese pizza FTW!

Need to create a bootable Mac OS X installer for the Mac Mini. Will revive it tomorrow.

Craving for pizza.

Experimental Mastodon instance now up. Testing being done as I type. Sent invites to select few, hoping to get feedback.

Found an iPhone SE on the Lazada’s Apple page. boom

Breaking up Facebook is NOT the solution. Killing it is. apple.news

Facebook is as bad for democracy as smoking, say tech experts, who think the cure is breaking up the social network - Business Insider

The negative effects of social media - another day, another research, another paper published. www.upi.com/Health_Ne…

The fact that Google is planning this is a sign that they wanted to remove user-control from the equation. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/22/google_chrome_browser_ad_content_block_change/

Security alert! Shields up! www.debian.org/security/…

Mac OS X 10.14.3, iOS 12.1.3, watchOS 5.1.3 are now available.

Trying out musi.sh

Listen to this episode and learn how big tech exploits content moderators (big tech not providing enough support, specially for the content moderators’ mental health) overcast.fm/+JUKNq6DE…

The fine is nothing to Google. thehackernews.com/2019/01/g…

w00t! Mastodon 2.7 is now out!

Apple just made available, on clearance sale, several iPhone SE models. Just snagged a 128GB model. www.apple.com/shop/refu…

Facebook and Google TRYING to justify their actions of boosting fake news more (because it gets more engagement and more revenue). www.cjr.org/tow_cente…

This is great but I don’t trust that they will keep my data private apple.news/AeReoa2WK…

Alphabet’s Verily gets FDA’s OK for ECG function in clinical studies - CNET

Am curious, do they pay income tax from their sponsored posts? medium.com/new-york-…

Philippine telcos Smart and Globe screw Filipinos by giving away their data to Facebook

“Facebook is old news to the younger generation. It’s where older folks get high blood pressure.” Filipinos can’t shake Facebook off because it is FREE to access. Thanks to anti-net neutrality moves from Smart and Globe. medium.com/s/story/f……

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A repository for videos :)

I don’t know what to call those who trust Facebook. #DeleteFacebook www.theverge.com/2019/1/17…

Another major breach detected – check out haveibeenpwned.com now for your e-mail addresses and check if you’re affected.

Another major breach detected – check out haveibeenpwned.com now for your e-mail addresses and check if you’re affected.

Another major breach detected – check out haveibeenpwned.com now for your e-mail addresses and check if you’re affected.

Another major breach detected – check out haveibeenpwned.com now for your e-mail addresses and check if you’re affected.

Android and privacy don’t mix. apple.news/AoWyaYl4g…

Android Q leak reveals system-wide dark mode and bigger emphasis on privacy - The Verge

This will continue, specially in the Philippines, where Smart and Globe continue to provide free access to Facebook, and where the gov’t agencies @DICTgovph @PrivacyPH endorse its use, where universities @Official_UPD forces students to use it to read announcements. techcrunch.com/2019/01/1…

Everyone knows Facebook is a greedy, evil company. Google is loved by the media. It has a wider reality distortion field. Google is the same as Facebook, greedy and evil. www.dli.tech.cornell.edu/blog/face…

Does this mean that they will employ deep packet inspection? Tsk tsk this is technically Wire-tapping technology.inquirer.net/82744/glo…

Globe Telecom, CAP back proposed Philippine Online Infringement Act

Wondering if my friends are among those going against their overlords or just chickening out apple.news/AG3LqdrcI…

Google and Facebook employees are teaming up against their bosses - The Verge

This is great news! However, in the Philippines, Smart and Globe enable Facebook to continue collecting user data. #BadTelco #DeleteFacebook apple.news/ApCCWkA1J…

Why Facebook faces the MySpace graveyard in Asia (and LINE, Instagram and Twitter don’t) - South China Morning Post

Of course! There is no other way for Instagram but to be Zucked! #deleteInstagram apple.news/AeDA9Jh6K…

Instagram Caught Selling Ads to Follower-Buying Services It Banned - Daring Fireball

A 2019 iPod Touch rumor is starting to get interesting. An A12 chip, FaceID, LCD screen on an XS Max-size XR form factor – yes, I will bite!

.@DuckDuckGo moves to Apple Maps is a great strategy to ensure users’ privacy. The big question is - did money change hands? spreadprivacy.com/duckduckg…

Good read. It is time for Facebook to wither away and die :: Mark Zuckerberg’s Horrible People Skills Are Ruining Facebook’s Culture by @Inc link.medium.com/A4uMmTmgu…

Somebody took time to dig up this research. Yes, we knew this for quite some time already. haha https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/dp5k7k/your-facebook-friends-who-post-inspirational-quotes-really-are-dumb-science-says-vgtrn?utm_source=dmfb

I am being critical of @PrivacyPH because I know they could do better!

Would you trust @PrivacyPH?

When the Philippines finally established the National Privacy Commission (@PrivacyPH on Twitter), I figured “FINALLY!”. I have been in communication with the Privacy Commission folks from the very start and was hopeful that our data will finally be protected against the likes of Facebook and Google. Whilst countries fine these companies for not protecting our data, I have yet to see the agency successfully do something for the Filipinos. Now with the Department of Foreign Affairs “losing” our data, I was expecting nothing less from @PrivacyPH.…

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It is not going well for Qualcomm, and it is good for the industry. They need to be fined in the billions of dollars for their business practices. www.bloomberg.com/news/arti…

New semester starts. Setting up Canvas pages for classes.

Confused. Do Apple and Chinese govt have copies of the encryption keys for iCloud in Chinese data centers? This is according to TWiT overcast.fm/+FJhNHNI

When was the last time your Android phone received a new major OS upgrade? Asking for a friend.

Spot on! “Apple is doomed!” as usual. Bwahaha. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Nobody saw this coming? Tsk tsk www.businessinsider.com/dna-testi…

Apple is doomed, as usual

Apple supports iPhones five years old and less, with only a very slight degradation in performance, thanks to iOS 12. Add a discounted battery replacement, gives older iPhones another year or two. This is a good thing for consumers - sticking on iOS ecosystem. Both good (more services subscription) and bad (longer upgrade cycle) for Apple. As an aside, there’s not much attention to Android to iOS switchers for the quarter.…

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Sometimes schools, colleges and universities are so tone-deaf that they continue putting students in danger by engaging students on Facebook and Twitter. @DepEd @teddybird @UPSystem www.sciencedirect.com/science/a…

Don’t use these weather apps! I use Carrot, Dark Sky and Apple’s bundles Weather app thenextweb.com/apps/2019…

Weather apps are secretly selling your location data to the highest bidder

Now that I am using a dual-SIM iPhone XS, it is refreshing to be carrying just one device, instead of two.

Students, read and learn! medium.com/s/no-merc…

Since Brave on iOS does not come with TOR (or I couldn’t get it to work), I deployed a TOR proxy at home. This is mobile Safari. :)

The paywall stifles the dissemination of knowledge, specially in the academic community. https://www.wired.com/story/ideas-joi-ito-academic-paywalls/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

Enabled eSIM and nanoSIM on Globe and Smart

“Focusing on Likes on Instagram makes you feel worse” TRUE! Share it somewhere else that does not collect your personal data and use it to generate money www.wired.com/story/tec…

We need to be active! www.theguardian.com/news/2019…

Walk faster, feel better. www.nhs.uk/oneyou/ac… #Active10

Just made an cappuccino with a drizzle of sugar-free caramel syrup. #coffee

Facebook collects as much data about you, your family and your friends. Do yourself a favor (and respect your family and friends), delete Facebook. www.axios.com/facebook-…

The battery replacement program and iOS 12 contributed to the low iPhone upgrades, and not to forget the significant price increase and late release of the “cheaper” iPhone model.

The iPhones did not sell well. www.apple.com/newsroom/…

Time to review your installed apps on your iPhone. Remove those that you don’t use to free up space. :)

2019 is the year I start encrypting my email, specially those that go to gmail.com. For ease of use and convenience, get a protonmail.ch account.

Watching premiere episode of Les Miserables.

Just downloaded another open source video player, iina.io, to see if it can rival VLC. This is OS X only atm, though.

Travelling? Activate your eSIM and enjoy mobile data without going to a telco. Referral code: GIGS273 appleinsider.com/articles/…

Got a battery-operated milk frother as gift from the kids, now enjoying a cappuccino with coffee (beans from @npf007 and @sabbypar) extracted via Nanopresso. :)

Watching Kids Baking Championship on Food Network, whilst waiting for kids to finish baking brownies for their party later.

First try with the NanoPresso, and I like it. www.wacaco.com/pages/nan…

Season finale of Midnight, Texas!

NO wonder some people think that using Facebook is ok. “Think different” is more apt today arstechnica.com/science/2…

Netflix’s Bandersnatch interactive film is great! Don’t watch it full-screen, the options won’t appear.

I won’t be surprised if Facebook has a PH Election Playbook favoring one party over the others. apple.news

5 Takeaways From Facebook’s Leaked Moderation Documents - The New York Times

A lot of Filipino companies are tone deaf when it comes to data privacy. tsk tsk. @PrivacyPH has its work cut out for 2019.

Got a new iPhone? Check out these applications. secure.link/nmXIDjEa

Going the extra mile in the Philippine Election IT audit. secure.link/pKg3V5ha

Creepy? Hell yes! secure.link/n9wFhrQT

Globe eSIM now available, but exclusive only for iPhones bought from Globe? Boo! Smart, what about you?

“Don’t Be Evil… NOT!” extends to YouTube, too. Tsk tsk. www.theverge.com/2018/12/2…

Watching the best Christmas movie ever, Die Hard!

Family gatherings at home is when my Pi-Hole.net instance gets on overdrive blocking all those Android app trackers and apps phoning home to China.

Of course! www.pcmag.com

Facebook Tops the List of Least-Trusted Tech Companies

Another Dawn Mass Novena completed. #SimbangGabi

Just transferred from FastMail.fm (thanks to the new Australian law) to Runbox.com.

Grab for Android has 8 trackers. Does it really need access to CAMERA, MIC and SD Card? reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/report…

And so does Landbank Android app - why do you need access to LOCATION? reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/report…

Why does the BPI Android app require access to LOCATION and SD Cards? reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/report…

Wow! Globe Rewards on Android uses 12 trackers and have access to your PHONE, CAMERA, SMS, and SD Card! reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/report…

Sharing photos of your kids

I have deleted public photos of my kids and stopped posting publicly. I still share, but only to select friends and family. I respect my kids’ privacy. Do you respect your kids’ privacy? www.theguardian.com/media/201……

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Dawn Mass Novena Day 8/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Updating Pi-hole.net…

Here’s hoping that the US gov’t will do something in 2019. :: Dear U.S. Government: Do Your Job to Stop Tech Monopolies by @profgalloway link.medium.com/QSUFmkmnQ…

Dawn Mass Novena Day 7/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Qualcomm and its “dirty(??)” tricks. Tsk tsk. If you get a legitimate win, then good for you, otherwise, shame on you. appleinsider.com/articles/…

Fantastical 2 for Mac at $25 is a steal. Time to upgrade.

Of course, it’d copy Night Sight, what’d you expect? It’s noShAMeSUNG afterall. www.engadget.com/2018/12/2…

Moving family @SignalApp chat group to @wire to allow my other kids to join in - no need for phone numbers to sign-up for account.

Another take on Apple’s business. Would be nice to have this proven by a good or great quarter. www.aboveavalon.com/notes/201…

Siri’s impressive improvement over a year gives us hope of a better overall voice assistant on iOS and OS X. Still behind Google, of course, but for how long when Apple’s ex-Googler is now one of the SVPs? loupventures.com/annual-sm…

Dawn Mass Novena Day 6/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Dawn Mass Novena Day 5/9 done. #SimbangGabi

.@PrivacyPH Before you go after schools and banks, go after Facebook, the biggest violator of data privacy law. Prove you can go after the big fish first. newsbytes.ph/2018/12/2…

If Filipinos won’t protect themselves from Facebook, maybe it is time for the National Privacy Comission @PrivacyPH to step in.

Remote Audio Data (RAD) has no benefits for podcast listeners, adds extra effort for developers, too. BLOCK this. www.cjr.org/innovatio…

Gov’t regulation is slow. Vote with your money. Stop using Facebook. m.signalvnoise.com/become-a-…

Just checked Apple Maps and the new Transit directions support for Manila, Philippines - it is mostly walking as the different public transport services are not available (no data?). How can we contribute? @Apple

I couldn’t believe it! Manila, Philippines? Seriously? Really? I wonder where Apple gets the data. www.macrumors.com/2018/12/1…

It is NOT that bad. Just [1] change third party services from FB login to e-mail, [2] de-link third party apps from Facebook, [3] download your data, and [4] delete your account. Simple.

The NYT expose makes me wonder what data Facebook’s partners in the Philippines have on us.

“Facebook empowered Apple to hide from Facebook users all indicators that its devices were asking for data. Apple devices also had access to the contact numbers and calendar entries of people who had changed their account settings to disable all sharing, the records show.” Tsk tsk even Apple!!!!! www.nytimes.com/2018/12/1…

“Facebook, in turn, used contact lists from the partners, including Amazon, Yahoo and the Chinese company Huawei” - uh-oh. www.nytimes.com/2018/12/1…

Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook. “No one should trust Facebook until they change their business model.” www.nytimes.com/2018/12/1…

The most hated part of teaching – grading – is almost over. Just three (3) more students to go. Hoping they can still submit tomorrow. #CS198

“Unfortunately, even for some search engines that are committed to those principles, such as DuckDuckGo and StartPage which both highlight their commitment to privacy and neutrality, the details of how they order search results are relatively secret ” @DuckDuckGo what say you? medium.com/@thenater…

Ditching social media is not the end of the world, as most people, specially Filipinos, think. “Pag gusto, may paraan. Pag ayaw maraming dahilan” medium.com/@gavinmcd…

It worked, right? :) promo for Apple Music on Android LOL apple.news

Apple caught using an Android to tweet - Cult of Mac

Someone is going to get fired. 9to5google.com/2018/12/1…

NAACP seeks week-long Facebook boycott over racial targeting. C’mon, you expect Facebook to change? Why not DELETE your Facebook account so you won’t see any racial targeting on that platform?

I so want Qualcomm to lose. They’re bullies.

The biases used to train the AI will still show. Besides, it is Facebook - you should delete it, it is good for nothing. www.wired.com/story/ai-…

This is an interesting free service. They claim they delete your photos after an hour or so. Can’t wait for the API. www.remove.bg

Yay! Finally replaced that Xiaomi IP camera with a HomeKit compatible one.

Dawn Mass Novena Day 4/9 done. #SimbangGabi

A lot of people think that online privacy is no big deal. It is not only about you, but about your children! Protect their future by giving them a choice whether to volunteer their data or not.

Dawn Mass Novena Day 3/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Sorry, but I don’t trust that Google will not roll this out soon, unless something changes drastically theintercept.com/2018/12/1…

It is the business model (and the leadership) that’s the problem, Facebook! You give privacy tools that can be applied AFTER you have used the data already. Tsk tsk. www.cnet.com/news/face…

Catriona Gray brings back Miss Universe crown 👸 to the Philippines. Congratulations. 🎉

Dawn Mass Novena Day 2/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Dawn Mass Novena Day 1/9 done. #SimbangGabi

Fine Facebook until it hurts them – then and only then will they learn that their “we take these issues seriously” non-apology’s never acceptable! #DeleteFacebook edition.cnn.com/2018/12/1…

NightFlyers finale 🚀

So, did you get the Facebook message that your private photos were shared to third-party developers?

Support ethical companies, right? medium.com/fast-comp…

Apple Music on Amazon Echo is now live! Streaming ‘Essential Christmas” on Amazon Echo Spot right now.

Wow! Private photos made available to third-party developers! “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.” - Zuckerberg #DeleteFacebook www.buzzfeednews.com/article/r…

Google is creepy is an understatement. www.theatlantic.com/technolog…

Let’s see if this Robinhood Checking & Savings account works share.robinhood.com/cs-cP9aWt…

A Facebook and Paypal partnership will not be good for Paypal. DIstrust of Facebook will spill over Paypal.

Like Google, Apple fails in “social”. Apple Music Connect goes Ping.

In the meantime, what is the Philippine Competition Commission doing?

www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Facebook and privacy don’t mix, and people know it. www.theguardian.com/technolog…

Rainy December morning.

It is time for Time’s Persons of the Year (2018) to ditch Facebook and call on others to do the same. Facebook DOES NOT care about the truth. It prefers fake news because it gets more engagements.

Delete Facebook NOW! www.theguardian.com

‘They don’t care’: Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

NightFlyers Episode 9 🚀

NightFlyers Episode 8 🚀

Good thing I don’t use Windows. :: “Windows 10 is still sending data to Microsoft, even if you don’t want it to” via BGR apple.news/AT6RigYx0…

Just one solution to this problem - #DeleteFacebook www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech…

Yay! apple.news

Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo - The Verge

Is this true? can’t find this on the site. tsk tsk. newsbytes.ph/2018/12/0…

Tinatanong mo pa ba yan? Go for the secure one ;) twitter.com/dyosaaah/…

whoever did design this must be scratching his/her head now. twitter.com/philippin…

Ahh, uhm, err… you know… trying to hide something, Pichai? twitter.com/moltke/st…

Oh really, Pichai? No, most Android users DO NOT know that you are tracking them. techcrunch.com/2018/12/1…

So where does this put Bloomberg’s report? apple.news

Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards - Business Insider

NightFlyers episode 7 🚀

How about Android? How can you delete Android? It collects your personal data, location history (and more) and uses it to target adverts motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art…

Delete All Your Apps

Why do people trust Facebook with photos and information of their kids? Tsk tsk www.eff.org/deeplinks…

To combat that Location tracking, delete all Facebook-owned apps. On iOS, Settings-Privacy-Location Services-System Services-Location-based Apple Ads (OFF), also Settings-Privacy-Advertising-Limit Ad Tracking (ON) and Reset Advertising Identifier.

This is #SurveillanceCapitalism at its best. It is Facebook, nothing can go wrong. Note the data that they are going to use, now think of how they are getting it – yes, you VOLUNTEER the data. www.buzzfeednews.com/article/n…

NO amount of anonymization is effective for a company that collects all your data, e.g., Facebook and Google. www.fastcompany.com/90278465/…

Qualcomm wins iPhones shipping with iOS 11 (pre-iPhone XS, XS Max, XR) ban in China. iPhones are shipped with iOS 12 now. :)

Apps that collect location data and using the data for something that you didn’t approve of is not cool. I re-checked my Location settings, most are at While Using or Never. www.nytimes.com/2018/12/1…

NightFlyers Episode 6 🚀

For the upcoming midterm elections in the Philippines, the telcos, Smart and Globe, will definitely make this scenario possible — free access to Facebook and its companies. flip.it/uJdtwp

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy | Salon.com

Wondering when micro.blog for iOS will get Siri Shortcut support :) @manton ? :)

This Pine Gap series on @Netflix is good.

Startups need to wake up that the business model of collecting data from users in exchange for free access is changing. Been reading a lot of new startups in the Philippines COLLECTING USER DATA. #surveillancecapitalism

Sad that I missed the Apple Distinguished Educators in the Philippines meetup/Christmas party earlier. Glad that we could group Facetime, though. ;) #Apple #ADE #Education

Scored wagyu burger patties buy 1kg 500g free

The latest Short Treks episode gave us Saru’s origin story. Nice! #StarTrekDiscovery

Transitioning our dev team and contractors from Skype to Signal for privacy reasons. Would have preferred iMessage, but Android. Tsk tsk

Post your favorite @hourofcode #HourOfCode photos on the new, next-generation, secure and privacy-oriented photo sharing service, Textile.Photos @textile01 @codeorg @upacm @tbc4k @upitdc @upsitf @y4it

www.textile.photos/invites/n…

Thinking of taking a photo just for the likes? DON’T! www.theguardian.com/world/201…

Hello folks! If you are participating in Hour of Code, no matter where you are in the world, share your photos here. @upitdc @upacm @codeorg @tbc4k @bitsanbeda #HourOfCode

www.textile.photos/invites/n…

Hour of Code today at UP IT Development Center, c/o @UPITDC, @UPSITF and @UPACM

I hope Apple is willing to lose the Australian market to go against this absurd law. Pull-out all your products until the law is abolished. www.wired.com/story/aus…

Have been saying this for quite some time. Facebook is evil. apple.news

A former spy boss said Facebook could threaten democracy if it isn’t ‘controlled’ - Business Insider

NightFlyers episode 5 🚀

I wonder what Apple will do. Will Apple stop the sale of their products in Australia or give-in? www.businessinsider.com/australia…

Rushing to the office after an over-extended conference call.

Don't post your kid's photo!

“Next time you consider posting a photo of your kid to social media, remember to stop and consider what type of data you could be sharing along with what seems like an innocent baby ’gram.” www.vox.com/the-goods… Don’t be a sharent!…

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So when will the US government start investigating? medium.com/s/story/a…

Apple Watch watchOS 5.1.2 is now out, with ECG and AFib detection enabled for select markets. Tried it on mine. Yay! Sinus Rhythm! ;) #AppleWatch

Dairy Queen’s Cookie buttercrisp

NightFlyers episode 4 🚀

“Dont be a SHARent!”

I can fully relate @cheri - www.cheribaker.com/eight-mon… - others should read this and learn. There are still those who are on the fence. Go and delete Facebook!

I just sent an email to @looloo asking them for my data, both they collected from app usage and those collected from Facebook, and asking them to delete it. Let’s wait and see. @FrancisAcero

If you are travelling and want to enable eSIM for data? Go for GigSky (just download their app) and use referral code: GIGS273 please. Thanks. note: not a sponsored post.

iOS 12.1.1 update came with eSIM support for the following Asian carriers: 1010, CSL, China Mobile, and SmarTone in Hong Kong; M1 in Singapore; APT in Taiwan; Airtel and Reliance Jio in India; and AIS, dtac, and True Move in Thailand. Of course, no Philippines. Bummer!

These recent Facebook revelations make me suspicious of all their partners. Not the partners’ fault entirely, but they’ve (and still are) benefitted from these questionable behaviour (collected data from the users and their friends).

Facebook faces anti-trust issues now. Question is, will they get another slap on the wrist after another “we take these issues seriously” non-apology from Zuckerberg?

Looking back, I wonder what data @looloo has right now - considering that their service is tightly-coupled with Facebook. Not only do they have access to your location, what other info do they have? Time to send them a request.

I don’t understand why people still continue using Facebook – a broken moral compass from the top is difficult, if not impossible, to change. www.engadget.com/2018/12/0…

Apple made a good decision of waiting until 2020 to roll out 5G support for its devices. Widespread deployment is necessary for 5G to be effective. Being first only gives you a few hotspots to fully use 5G in 2019. www.theverge.com/2018/12/4…

Remember, people, growth is Sheryl Sandberg’s forte (an ex-Googler). Apparently, there really is no “Don’t be Evil” in their DNA. They’re concerned about PR - public relations! Not PRIVACY. #DeleteFacebook www.theverge.com/2018/12/5…

Apologies — we celebrate the achievements of ALL our UP athletes and their coaches! This will be a very interesting Lantern Parade and 🔥 next Friday in UPD :) #UPFIGHT

The UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals are over and whilst we wait for the bonfire to celebrate the achievement of @UPMBT, back to your books - finals week is not over yet. Make the country proud. #IskolarNgBayan

Episode 3 📺 of GRRM’s NightFlyers. 🚀

.@UPMBT you’ve gone a long way. All we asked was for you guys to bring us to the Final Four, but you delivered more than that. You guys gave us a chance to be champions. Very well done! SALUDO! #UPFIGHT

Can’t really expect them to win - AdMU is at their prime and @UPMBT are playing with an injured player. #UPFIGHT

A do or die game for @UPMBT. #UPFIGHT #AtinTo

Will on the look out for the next articles… The Complete Unauthorized Checklist of How Google Tracks You by @WarmSpeakers link.medium.com/rJNaH2Hno…

Apple should introduce a new home device that is FaceTime capable, acts as a Homekit hub, and an iCloud/iTunes/Apple Music caching server. What do you think?

Startups should learn fast. Don’t rely on other companies, specially the likes of Facebook.

Startup lessons: How a dependency on Facebook led to the shutdown of this Seattle company - GeekWire apple.news/AyLl3jlbk…

This is amazing! www.theguardian.com/artanddes…

iPhone film-maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize - The Guardian

Apple has relationships with PH telcos, Smart and Globe. It should not be that difficult to pair Apple Pay with Smart’s PayMaya and Globe’s GCash. Please bring Apple Pay to the Philippines soon.

The need for a Chief Ethics Officer is getting more and more evident. This IS NOT THE FIRST TIME Samsung did this. (SHAME sung) www.theverge.com/2018/12/4…

I don’t know with you, but I stopped using Google to search. I use @DuckDuckGo. www.wired.com/story/stu…

This is one of the reasons why you should not depend on Facebook www.wired.com/story/non…

Cold-foam iced espresso with no sweetener, my favorite after the nitro cold brew

Found these guys at Uniqlo :)

This is not good => Quora discloses major breach that affects 100 million users apple.news/Al9bpNcQQ…

iPhone XS gets this year’s DPReview Award for Smartphone of the Year www.dpreview.com/articles/…

Family and friends, it is time to ditch Facebook and everything it owns. It is not worth it. www.wired.com/story/fac…

On a rainy December morning, this Disney Holiday Hits playlist brightens up the day itunes.apple.com/us/playli…

Good morning! It is currently raining.

NO to violence! www.up.edu.ph/index.php…

Just configured Windscribe VPN on an Ubuntu laptop. Surprised that their PH server is in San Antonio, Zambales.

Currently listening to “A Smooth Jazz Christmas” playlist itunes.apple.com/us/playli…

Ordered from Manna PH, via HonestBee, and am super satisfied! Fast delivery, but took time to confirm, though. :)

Apple Music on Amazon Echo this December? Awesome! Will unlink Spotify soon.

Good thing I can telecommute and delay going to the office. @GrabPH has a 2X surge, and it is not good.

Started watching NightFlyers, and loving it so far. Great job, GRRM.

They never learn. iPhones preferred over their products. LOL apple.news/AbjjS-9O9…

Samsung promotes Galaxy Note 9 display on Twitter … while tweeting from an iPhone - 9to5Mac

This is an interesting case. Perfect timing as I’m on the lookout for a new case for an iPhone 7+ with a newly replaced battery. bgr.com/2018/12/0…

A quarter kilo of lechon (roast suckling pig). FTW!

I just love how you can edit your micro.blog posts, something you can’t do (yet) on Twitter.

Read and learn. Deleting Facebook and Instagram is long overdue. Did this a long time ago. apple.news/AzKA6xuWn…

I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me happier — watch out, Facebook - CNBC

Pepi Cubano’s Pastelitos de Carne

There’s a new Starbucks Reserve branch in Quezon City. This one is at SM North EDSA.

Been hacking my coffee with cinnamon. Will look for other spices and try it out soon. apple.news/AcqSJv5Qy…

How to Make Spiced Coffee at Home - Taste Of Home

Transition

Was contemplating on ditching Twitter, but reconsidered because of the network that I have there, and not to forget that I have been posting a lot of resources for my classes there, too. Anyway, I figured that since I backed Micro.blog during its Kickstarter campaign, might as well continue supporting it. So from today, I will be using this, in both short, micro-blogging format, as well as long form full blogging.…

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Seriously thinking if I should use this, or host my own Mastodon instance. What do you think?

Apple Watch Apps

There seems to be brouhaha over apps, like eBay, Target, Amazon and Google (Maps), removing their Apple Watch support. First, think of the value add of the watch to their apps – no point bidding on eBay via the wrist (but having the notification on whether you were outbid or not is awesome, and does not need its own app); same with shopping on Target and Amazon via the watch; Google Maps, on the other hand, is a weird one, but since there is Apple Maps on the watch, it is no big deal. So, before you blow up a fuse, or something, think first if your app really news an Apple Watch extension.

American Gods # Now watching premiere episode! #xpost

Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Currently watching on TBS. #xpost

Cross-posting to Twitter

Micro.blog has a setting to auto-post to Twitter. I could just set this up, but it means all my blog posts will be cross-posted, which is not ideal. Instead, I create an IFTTT recipe to scrape the RSS feed for #xpost to trigger the specific post to be cross-posted to Twitter. Here it goes.

Who says the Apple Watch is a flop? Not for me, specially when I try to get the special badges that Apple releases from time to time.

Hello! So happy to have this finally activated! Expect more posts in the near future.