Category Archives: tech

mouse-o-matic

I like it when a website interferes with a right click to make copy/paste harder, yet CTL+C and CTL+V (or middle click) still work fine.

mysterious numbers and a lever

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alcatel enthusiastically throws customers under the bus

A list that will surely grow of Alcatel stock apps that somehow update into ad-serving malware. They cannot be uninstalled. You can uninstall updates and uncheck “auto-update” in the Play Store. If you want to be extra careful, go to “Settings”, then “Apps”. Find the offending app. Revoke any permissions granted. Then choose “Data usage” and enable “Restrict app background data”.

Alcatel, especially with the Idol 3 and Idol 4 models, was a good way to get good hardware and an almost stock Android at a budget price. This will be my last Alcatel, made by TCL, due to so badly going corrupt.

The days of getting away with it, budget wise, by buying Alcatel have ended.

Some of the malware apps are made by “Hawk App Studio”, which seems to be owned by TCL, maker for Alcatel. The one-star complaints about the apps in the Play store are numerous, and the responses by Hawk App Studio and Alcatel are amusingly ridiculous. Both companies also have an army of shill reviewers that come in and praise the apps.

I wish Blackberry would release another Android device. Their things look nice.

#alcatel #hawkappstudio #tcl #malware #filemanager #soundrecorder #musicplayer #candygallery

Alcatel Idol 4 malware app list screenshot

Alcatel Idol 4 malware app list screenshot

the final day of AIM – AOL Instant messenger

AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) will be taken offline this Friday, 15 December 2017. It has been years since I have used the service much, yet I have kept my handle in continuous service since 1998. That’s over 19 years.

AIM was able to give me a readout of the moment Brian and I joined.  See “Member Since” in the images.

ICQ was our first messenger in 1996. I still keep that one in operation, too.  UIN #1564254

These days, people use services like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, and others more.

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the daily postal mail adverts

No company has sent me more postal mail over the years than AT&T. It has arrived several times a week for years. I can’t imagine the container that it would fill if I had it all together at one time.

It’s always pushing some mediocre copper-line DSL plus DirecTV satellite rolled into a bundle that takes paragraphs full of asterisks to describe.

The last thing I want is a raft of equipment to funnel a little TV and Internet into the house which I can thankfully get somewhere else through a thin fiber-optic line. Most people don’t have that option.

As many times as AT&T, Verizon, and some others get paid and incentivized to lay down some fiber, they just can’t quite get around to doing it here, yet they stand ready to make trouble for anyone else who does.

the big players are into the censorship game

If your favorite news site is of alta kvalito, qualitas altus, or maybe even of высокое качество (high quality), and it prods the “status quo”, you might find it dropping off of search engine and social media indexing, which, in effect, means your dear favorite ceases to exist for many.

It is a good time to do an end run around these things by subscribing to good old-fashioned e-mail updates to the sites. Everybody already gets too much e-mail, so you have to “handle” it. Good e-mail providers let you automatically filter certain types of e-mail into folders where you can have a look at your leisure without clogging the inbox, otherwise, deleting those you don’t have time for only takes a moment.

In short, direct e-mail updates can save you from filtering by Google, Twitter, and others. What if your e-mail provider IS Google? You might be OK, still. Who knows. A paid e-mail provider is best, but not many people are into that.

Next thing, even if you know how to sidestep derating by mainline search engines, your favorite sites might fold anyway due to income starvation due to reduction of donors and ad revenue.

Just thinking out loud.

firefox test pilot

I enjoyed doing the Firefox Test Pilot experiments due to my fondness for Firefox. Yesterday, a survey was sent down relating to news feeds. One question required picking a political affiliation. There were only two choices, Democrat and Republican, and the question was required, meaning that I could not complete the survey without answering. F**! that. I’m off the program. 😜

I will continue with Firefox as always. I just won’t do the Test Pilot anymore. By the way, I also love the Vivaldi browser and am looking forward to a mobile edition.

Hopefully participants outside of the USA were not bothered by this fun “survey”.