The Big Think

February 21, 2012

Do Not Track

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 3:05 pm

I’m installing this on all my computers today.

*UPDATE* I just installed it and rebooted Firefox. In just the boot process, DNT+ prevented my info from being shared with 41 different requesters. Pretty cool.

There’s an opt-in “gentlemen’s agreement” idea floating around out there in different browsers. It’s basically a box that you check that says I don’t want to be tracked. It was championed by browser companies and the like as a way to pacify people who want to keep their business private. Here’s the thing: it’s not mandatory, nor does it actively prevent companies from tracking you- it just expresses your preference. Companies are free to ignore that little box and go right on tracking you.

But now that DoNotTrack+ has moved the enforcement mechanism into consumers’ hands, some companies are starting to cry foul. Makes their previous agreement to honor that little voluntary box seem a bit suspicious, doesn’t it?

I, for one, am happy that the option is there. Kind of like opting out of junk mail.

Sing a Song

Filed under: Audio,Business,Disclosure,Maker,Music — jasony @ 11:30 am

Sorry for the lack of posting the past few weeks. The truth is that this is my annual Sing crunch and I have very little energy for anything outside of rehearsals and performances. The first weekend is over and we’re in mid-week rehearsals now. It’s amazing how many tweaks and little improvements you can do to a “finished” show. I’m sure we could keep improving it and improving it forever, but alas, this Saturday is the final judging night. Months and months of work will come down to the results and we’ll find out who makes Pigskin (the “bonus show” in November for the top 8 acts out of the 17 currently competing).

It’s been a great year with a wonderful show full of zany creativity, oddball ideas (some that work and some that don’t), and lots of new friends. I am thoroughly blessed that I get to do what I love and that I get to do it with fun, encouraging, and enthusiastic people. Even though my job takes a pretty big toll in energy and work, I’d be a fool to complain about it. What fun!

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