Archive for the ‘Google’ Category

Google Friend Connect problems

12 August 2009

I have suddenly lost the ability to follow other people’s blog via Google Friend Connect. Since approximately 10:00 pm yesterday, I’ve been getting the error message:

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Tired of Windows?

18 July 2009

In 2010, you’ll be able to switch to Google Chrome OS – free, presumably, since it’s open source.

The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

One thing bothers me, though. If your OS is web-based, doesn’t that have data security implications? How much more data will Google be able to collect from people?

RFID, Smart cards, Google – privacy and liberty issues

14 July 2009

Katherine Albrecht, co-Author of Spychips, discusses plans to incorporate RFID into every item we own, giving corporations and governments the ability to track everything we buy, when we buy it, when we use it and our locations at all times. In so doing, they can build up a database profile on you – a history which they can (and do) share with governments.


What about the privacy issues that Google represents? Google claims to know more about us than our doctors do and if the government lets Google hold our medical records, it will know all of our most intimate details – even more so if we have Google email accounts.

Even if we don’t have Google accounts, or don’t use Google to search the internet, any sites we visit which have Google ads, can extract our IP addresses and browsing habits from those sites and build up a highly marketable personal history. Insurance companies, doctors – and the government would take a keen interest in it, as would hackers.

Find yourselves another email provider and search engine. The Startpage search engine is customisable, hides your IP address from destination sites and has stringent privacy controls.

Watch Katherine at the 2009 Libertarian Party of Connecticut Convention:

Find out more about RFID services and which products and public areas which house RFID readers at RFID Journal.