Saturday, January 29, 2011

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

Facebook privacy policies keep going down the drain. That’s enough reason for many to abandon it. Here you will find  more:
10. Facebook’s Terms Of Service are completely one-sided
Let’s start with the basics. Facebook’s Terms Of Service state that not only do they own your data (section 2.1), but if you don’t keep it up to date and accurate (section 4.6), they can terminate your account (section 14). You could argue that the terms are just protecting Facebook’s interests, and are not in practice enforced, but in the context of their other activities, this defense is pretty weak. As you’ll see, there’s no reason to give them the benefit of the doubt. Essentially, they see their customers as unpaid employees for crowd-sourcing ad-targeting data.

9. Facebook’s CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior

From the very beginning of Facebook’s existence, there are questions about Zuckerberg’s ethics. According to, he used Facebook user data to guess email passwords and read personal email in order to discredit his rivals. These allegations, albeit unproven and somewhat dated, nonetheless raise troubling questions about the ethics of the CEO of the world’s largest social network. They’re particularly compelling given that Facebook chose to fork over $65M to settle a related lawsuit alleging that Zuckerberg had actually stolen the idea for Facebook.

8. Facebook has flat out declared war on privacy

Founder and CEO of Facebook, in defense of Facebook’s privacy changes last January: “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” More recently, in introducing the Open Graph API: “… the default is now social.” Essentially, this means Facebook not only wants to know everything about you, and own that data, but to make it available to everybody. Which would not, by itself, necessarily be unethical, except that …

7. Facebook is pulling a classic bait-and-switch

At the same time that they’re telling developers how to access your data with new APIs, they are relatively quiet aboutexplaining the implications of that to members. What this amounts to is a bait-and-switch. Facebook gets you to share information that you might not otherwise share, and then they make it publicly available. Since they are in the business of monetizing information about you for advertising purposes, this amounts to tricking their users into giving advertisers information about themselves. This is why Facebook is so much worse than Twitter in this regard: Twitter has made only the simplest (and thus, more credible) privacy claims and their customers know up front that all their tweets are public. It’s also why the FTC is getting involved, and people are suing them (and winning).
Check out this excellent timeline from the EFF documenting the changes to Facebook’s privacy policy.

6. Facebook is a bully

When Pete Warden demonstrated just how this bait-and-switch works (by crawling all the data that Facebook’s privacy settings changes had inadvertently made public) they sued him. Keep in mind, this happened just before they announced the Open Graph API and stated that the “default is now social.” So why sue an independent software developer and fledgling entrepreneur for making data publicly available when you’re actually already planning to do that yourself? Their real agenda is pretty clear: they don’t want their membership to know how much data is really available. It’s one thing to talk to developers about how great all this sharing is going to be; quite another to actually see what that means in the form of files anyone can download and load into MatLab.

5. Even your private data is shared with applications

At this point, all your data is shared with applications that you install. Which means now you’re not only trusting Facebook, but the application developers, too, many of whom are too small to worry much about keeping your data secure. And some of whom might be even more ethically challenged than Facebook. In practice, what this means is that all your data – all of it – must be effectively considered public, unless you simply never use any Facebook applications at all. Coupled with the OpenGraph API, you are no longer trusting Facebook, but the Facebook ecosystem.

4. Facebook is not technically competent enough to be trusted

Even if we weren’t talking about ethical issues here, I can’t trust Facebook’s technical competence to make sure my data isn’t hijacked. For example, their recent introduction of their “Like” button makes it rather easy for spammers to gain access to my feed and spam my social network. Or how about this gem for harvesting profile data? These are just the latest of a series of Keystone Kops mistakes, such as accidentally making users’ profiles completely public, or the cross-site scripting hole that took them over two weeks to fix. They either don’t care too much about your privacy or don’t really have very good engineers, or perhaps both.

3. Facebook makes it incredibly difficult to truly delete your account

It’s one thing to make data public or even mislead users about doing so; but where I really draw the line is that, once you decide you’ve had enough, it’s pretty tricky to really delete your account. They make no promises about deleting your data and every application you’ve used may keep it as well. On top of that, account deletion is incredibly (and intentionally) confusing. When you go to your account settings, you’re given an option to deactivate your account, which turns out not to be the same thing as deleting it. Deactivating means you can still be tagged in photos and be spammed by Facebook (you actually have to opt out of getting emails as part of the deactivation, an incredibly easy detail to overlook, since you think you’re deleting your account). Finally, the moment you log back in, you’re back like nothing ever happened! In fact, it’s really not much different from not logging in for awhile. To actually delete your account, you have to find a link buried in the on-line help (by “buried” I mean it takes five clicks to get there). Or you can just click here. Basically, Facebook is trying to trick their users into allowing them to keep their data even after they’ve “deleted” their account.

2. Facebook doesn’t (really) support the Open Web

The so-called Open Graph API is named so as to disguise its fundamentally closed nature. It’s bad enough that the idea here is that we all pitch in and make it easier than ever to help Facebook collect more data about you. It’s bad enough that most consumers will have no idea that this data is basically public. It’s bad enough that they claim to own this data and are aiming to be the one source for accessing it. But then they are disingenuous enough to call it “open,” when, in fact, it is completely proprietary to Facebook. You can’t use this feature unless you’re on Facebook. A truly open implementation would work with whichever social network we prefer, and it would look something like OpenLike. Similarly, they implement just enough of OpenID to claim they support it, while aggressively promoting a proprietary alternative, Facebook Connect.

1. The Facebook application itself ****s

Between the farms and the mafia wars and the “top news” (which always guesses wrong – is that configurable somehow?) and the myriad privacy settings and the annoying ads (with all that data about me, the best they can apparently do is promote dating sites, because, uh, I’m single) and the thousands upon thousands of crappy applications, Facebook is almost completely useless to me at this point. Yes, I could probably customize it better, but the navigation is ridiculous, so I don’t bother. (And, yet, somehow, I can’t even change colors or apply themes or do anything to make my page look personalized.) Let’s not even get into how slowly your feed page loads. Basically, at this point, Facebook is more annoying than anything else.
Facebook is clearly determined to add every feature of every competing social network in an attempt to take over the Web (this is a never-ending quest that goes back to AOL and those damn CDs that were practically falling out of the sky). While Twitter isn’t the most usable thing in the world, at least they’ve tried to stay focused and aren’t trying to be everything to everyone.
I often hear people talking about Facebook as though they were some sort of monopoly or public trust. Well, they aren’t. They owe us nothing. They can do whatever they want, within the bounds of the laws. (And keep in mind, even those criteria are pretty murky when it comes to social networking.) But that doesn’t mean we have to actually put up with them. Furthermore, their long-term success is by no means guaranteed – have we all forgotten MySpace? Oh, right, we have. Regardless of the hype, the fact remains that Sergei Brin or Bill Gates or Warren Buffett could personally acquire a majority stake in Facebook without even straining their bank account. And Facebook’s revenue remains more or less a rounding error for more established tech companies.
While social networking is a fun new application category enjoying remarkable growth, Facebook isn’t the only game in town. I don’t like their application nor how they do business and so I’ve made my choice to use other providers. And so can you.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Best Ways to Earn from the Open Source

The open source community had become a big community in the Internet. These are people who advocate free software and charges only for IT consultations. But you can still earn from using these free software. Here are ways to earn from open source software.

opensourecmoney 10 ways to earn from open source
  1. There are companies who favor open source software over commercial ones. A major reason for this is the price of the license.
  2. Open source software developer will be a good source of income.
  3. There are companies who currently use open source for their business. These companies will need people who can maintain and even update their software.
  4. Companies may also need custom made software to meet their business needs. And they often go for open source software. And this will be another opportunity for the open source community to earn money.
  5. Smart phones are growing in popularity these days. Needs for mobile applications are also growing because of this. Mobile application development using open source software is another way to earn good money.
  6. Many companies choose open source Customer Relationship Management or CRM for their websites because it is free. For example sugar crm.
  7. You can create your own open source CRM and offer technical support for a fee.
  8. Online games and PC games are so popular today. You can create games like these using open source software. And selling these games will definitely give you a good income.
  9. You can also publish a social networking website using open source software. Social networking sites open many opportunities to earn money.for example you can use buddypress and bb forums integrations to develop a scaling social application.
  10. If you are someone who has good knowledge about open source software you can put up a blog and put some advertisements in the blog to monetize it.
These are just 10 ways to earn from open source software but if you visit some of the community in the web you can definitely find more ways.

Ten Things to remember before buying any mobile phones

Mobile Phones is such a beautiful thing created for us to keep track of anything and everything on earth from simple calling to latest news and great music. While almost every person today has a handset of their choice, some may be looking to upgrade or buy a new one. Which one should I go for, what are the best features and how worthy it is? Are some of the common questions we think before buying a mobile. In fact, with the number of cell phones available on the market and the range of tariffs, features and added on each, picking the right phone could certainly be something of a daunting task. So to help you with the decision, honeytechblog gets you some crucial point to note before making a buying decision. Here are 10 things to remember before buying any mobile phone:

1.Mobile Type – There are basically three kinds of mobiles you would come across, Candy Bar, Flip and Slider. In Slider/Flip phones the keypad are unseen and in Candy Bar keypad are exposed so you need to keep it locked to avoid accidental calls. All kinds today can be found in the stylish format, some are easily fit on the tight jean of teens. Basic features such as making calls, send/receive message, voicemail enabled, calculator, download ringtones, calendar, address book, alarm clock, stop clock, and games are available on all phones.

2.Battery life – I hate that red light on my cell phone indicating that battery is low. Yes, irritating to all, so getting a decent battery feature with good Stand-by time is very imperative. Any phone with battery life of 48 to 100 hours is common and requires recharge after it. However, if do not wish to end up with exhausted battery in middle of something important then consider going for high performing one. Note – the main reason affecting battery life is color screens, bad networks, music system and video coverage.

3.Camera phones – Gone are those days when you had to carry a camera and phone separately, today we have great camera phones available for us to take pictures and videos of precious moments. One common mistake people do when buying a camera phone is to rely only upon mega pixels. Many a times 2 mega pixels work better than 3, because various mechanism and color processing chips involved matters. So don’t buy a camera phone without reading proper review of it.

4.Connectivity: Phones today are otherwise known as mini-laptops, as we have great connectivity features that let you surf the wireless Web. Options – GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) allows you to get connected with internet. Infra Red/Bluetooth allows you wirelessly get connected with external devices. Bluetooth can also be used as wireless headset, while Infra Red let data to be exchanged on PDAs/PCs wirelessly. Then we have EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) which is enhanced version of GPRS offering you better connectivity and speeder date transfer.

5.Memory – If your mobile is going to be multimedia or business based then less memory could be of issue. We need it so as to store digital files until we take time to transfer it to our system. Mostly you may not get much of in-build memory with mobiles however, you may go with memory cards varying from 128 MB to 8GB based on your comfort. However, the great the memory the great you would enjoy clicking pics, grabbing videos and storing important data.

6.Display – Display matters because you need to protect your eyes and for having better viewing angle. Look for mobile with TFT (Thin Film Transistor) or Active Matrix screen that offers a wider viewing angle than LCDs. UFB (Ultra fine & Bright) and OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) are the newest in the technology. Also check with resolution and number of colors available before concluding.

7.Sound Quality – Clarity with Quality is the mantra for checking sound. Always go for high quality sound that can play any media files. Especially if you are music freak then check for some of the best music mobile phones that come with volume control and DSP options enabled. These days you get earphones with your handsets so make sure you check them before buying.

8.Multimedia Features – Getting a phone with MP3 support, FM radio, and ring tones is an excellent idea if you are love music. On the other hand, 3G handsets also support streaming video and videoconferencing. Best is to go for higher resolution phones if multimedia features is your go.

9.Speakerphone – While a speakerphone is a common feature these days, it can handle various tasks such as handling calls driving or to make a group call. A powerful speaker phone with full-duplex features letting both to talk at the same time can just be great. Finding a great speakerphone will not consume much of time.

10.Accessories – What is important to you is what matters here. There can be thousands of accessories available and you may just need 5 out it, so careful planning is what required. Some of the accessories would include, headset, car kits, and hands free kit.
These are some important guide lines that need to be followed when buying a mobile phone. Do feel free to share if something more is to be considered!

Free Google Android Applications

With more than 40 android phones there is lot of buzz in android applications development and last year Google Reveal Android developer challenge winners. If you are interested in development then you can also watch Android developers talk about their applications.

Introduction to Android (Video)

How to Download Android applications

To download android applications into your mobile phone you just need to launch the android market in the application menu, search for “desired application”, and easily install them.androiddownload thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
Here is the list of 30 Best free Google Android Applications available in Android Market.
Update in Applications list
Shazam - To tag and discover music from mobile phone
There is an excellent application for mobiles named “Shazam” which can easily search and tag the surrounding music. You can easily get this from android market.

  1. Hi AIM – Its an AOL Instant Messenger(AIM) client for android. Data sent through network. No SMS fee. Support for smileys and chat bubble styles.aim thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  2. Android-rss – Its a fully functional Android RSS reader created as a way to learn the new Android platform SDK. This project is an ongoing effort to better understand and embrace the Android design philosophy, welcoming comments and additional contributors.rsschannellist2 30 Free Google Android Applications
  3. Twidroid – Its a one of the market leading twitter client on the android platform. today we’d like to share a sneak peak of the forthcoming twidroid pro – a new milestone release that will extend our current product line and includes features such as: multi-account support ,video posting, desktop widget, support, follower listings, interface themes and others.twidroid 30 Free Google Android Applications
  4. Loopt -  It connects you to your friends and the places around you. See where your friends are and what they’re doing. Connect on the fly and instantly share photos, comments, and cool places. Turn your phone into a social compass and never be bored or lonely again!loopt 30 Free Google Android Applications
  5. FBabble – It lets you stay in touch with your friends on Facebook wherever you go! Features include real-time chat, uploading photos, changing current status and even automatic tweets to your Twitter account.fable 30 Free Google Android Applications
  6. Opera Mini – It can browse the entire Web on your Android phone and save time and money. Opera mini is compressing pages up to 90%, making web browsing fast. Synchronize your bookmarks, history, notes and more between your computer and mobile phone, and a lot more…
    operamini thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  7. 10001 Cocktails – Its another bartender in your pocket! Browse and search our most popular recipes on your phone by drink type or search thousands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes on the web site! Add fresh drink ideas and drink reviews and save your favorite drinks to your personal list.Cocktails 30 Free Google Android Applications
  8. ChompSMS – With a great UI, chat style SMS bubbles, touchscreen keyboards and many other great features! Also coming soon, T9 predictive touchscreen keyboard and color customizations.ChompSMS thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  9. Note Everything – A notepad application where you can create different types of notes in one app, including text-, paint-, voice-, checklist- & photo notes. Your notes can be organized in folders. You can create shortcuts on home, send notes, search, encrypt, reminders, use live folders & much more! All in the look & feel of Android UI.noteeverythinglg02 30 Free Google Android Applications
  10. Voice Recorder – This application is a handy voice recorder. The data are recorded to a SD card. Available the following items on the Voice Recorder – send a data as attached file via Gmail – timer & background recording – search by TITLE and DATE – register to ringtone.voicerecorder 30 Free Google Android Applications
  11. Lyric Search – Lyric Search searches for Lyrics to virtually any song. Search by artist or song name, copy and paste lyrics into sms, email, or other applications, and save lyrics or buy the song on amazon mp3.lyrics 30 Free Google Android Applications
  12. Comeks Fun Photo Blogger – IT can create and share funny cartoon-like images. Take and filter photos, add stickers and text bubbles on them. Lots of stickers and text styles to choose from. When done, share the funny image in Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Bebo, Twitter or You can also send it as an email or MMS.comeks 30 Free Google Android Applications
  13. Pickup Lines – It can find out how to approach the other sex! With this app you can share your best pickup lines and view and rate the ones others have added. And send funny lines to your friends!
    pickuplines 30 Free Google Android Applications
  14. Save MMS – This application allows you to save pictures, audio and video from your MMS text messages directly to your memory card. Attachments are stored in the “SavedMMS” directory and are automatically accessible from the Pictures and Music apps.
    savemms 30 Free Google Android Applications
  15. – Personal Radio – Your personal radio station on your phone: Choose an artist or genre and builds the perfect playlist just for you, fresh every time, featuring your favorites and new discoveries powered by millions of users sharing the music they love. You can skip any song and find out about concerts, 30 Free Google Android Applications
  16. MultiReader 0.6.1 Text-to-speech app that reads your documents to you. It can speaks your document : text, PDF, Word, RTF, PPT.
    Note : this application which is designed primarily for adults and upper-level students can be sold on PDA, GPS, car embedded system, electronic paper (available in a near future).
    multireader thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  17. My Tracks Record GPS tracks. Monitor your performance. My Tracks enables you to record GPS tracks and view live statistics while hiking, biking, running or participating in other outdoor activities. Once recorded, you can share your tracks with friends, upload them to Google Spreadsheets, and visualize them on Google My Maps.
    mytracks 30 Free Google Android Applications
  18. Ringdroid 1.1 Record and edit sounds and create ringtones directly on your Android phone. So Why pay when you can create your own ringtones for free? Ringdroid lets you edit any MP3 on your phone or record a new sound and turn it into a ringtone, alarm, or notification. The only graphical waveform editor you’ll find on a phone!ringdroid 30 Free Google Android Applications
  19. OI File manager – The OpenIntents file manager allows you to browse your SD card, create directories, rename, move, and delete files. It also acts as an extension to other applications to display “Open” and “Save” dialogs.OIFilemanager 30 Free Google Android Applications
  20. Thesaurus – Retrieve the synonym for every word. If available you will get antonyms, related terms, similar word and user suggestions too. Tap one of the results to start a quick new search for that term. As well it keeps a history list of your search terms.
    thesauruslg02 30 Free Google Android Applications
  21. WikiMobile Encyclopedia Being a walking encyclopedia is now at your fingertips. With WikiMobile, you carry 2+ million Wikipedia articles with you, including pictures. Faster and uses just a fraction of the network data vs. the Android browser. Download free for a limited time! mobilepedia 30 Free Google Android Applications
  22. Google Sky Map Google Sky Map: A star map for Android. Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a dynamic window on the night sky. When you point your phone up you will see a map of the brightest stars, constellations, and planets in that part of the sky.
    googleskymap 30 Free Google Android Applications
  23. Meebo IM – Meebo is a free IM program that supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, MySpace IM, Google Talk, Jabber and ICQ. You can also sign in using a Meebo account and your chat history will be saved forever, and can be accessed from anywhere by logging in at thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  24. Ringo Lite – Ringtones Manager Ringo Lite is a fun way to set unique ringtones and SMS tones for each of your contacts. Now you can make your phone truly your own – set soppy tones for your loved-ones and party tones for your mates! Ringo Lite is a friendly place to manage all your phone’s tones quickly and easily, making ringtones fun again.ringtonelitemanager 30 Free Google Android Applications
  25. Mobile Banking (from Bank of America) – Check available balances, pay bills and transfer funds all on-the-go! Locate ATM and banking centers with GPS. No address input required. Download now, for one-touch access to your finances, whenever, wherever you are.mobilebankingboa 30 Free Google Android Applications
  26. StarTranslate Translator and dictionary. – Voice translation – Translate text – Translate SMS – Copy/Paste to any application – History – Swap translations – Get word definition in dictionary Many languages supported including : arabic, hebrew, thai, hindi. It is based on Google translate service. starttranslate thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  27. Sharetones for Android 1.1 beta Get ringtones on your phone based on songs you already own.Androidphonesharetone thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  28. ShopSavvy Scan barcodes with your phone”s camera and compare internet and local prices. Have a look over the article of Rob Jackson on Shop Savvy for Android: Defining The Vision . shopsavvylg01 thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  29. CraigslistChecker Want to find that rare vinyl to spin this weekend? Maybe a new car? Search craigSlist easily. Save your favorite searches and set them as alerts. Save listings and email them to your friend.
    craiglistchecker thumb 30 Free Google Android Applications
  30. Mobile Search –’s free mobile search app is easier and faster to use – and now features voice recognition! Just speak what you want to find like “Restaurants”, “Plumber”, “Florist”, or whatever and we’ll deliver local results to you. New Features: – Voice Search – Save to Contacts – Street View
    yellowbook 30 Free Google Android Applications
(Note: All the below described applications are sorted from Android Market, all the image and descriptions curtsey belongs to Android Market and respective developers sites.)

Some Very Useful but Hidden Commands in Windows Operating Systems

Just like the commands of Windows, The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. If you turn the pages and insert your head in the basic of Windows then there are some thing to explore, here are few examples of some hidden secret commands in Windows:

1. ‘systeminfo’

It boasts how long it can stay up. Whereas previous versions of Windows were coy about how long they went between boots, XP is positively proud of its stamina.
Go to the Command Prompt in the Accessories menu from the All Programs start button option, and then type ‘systeminfo’. The computer will produce a lot of useful info, including the uptime. If you want to keep
these, type ‘systeminfo > info.txt‘. This creates a file called info.txt you can look at later with Notepad. (Professional Edition only).



2. gpedit

You can delete files immediately, without having them move to the Recycle Bin first. Go to the start menu, select Run… and type ‘ gpedit.msc‘; then select User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer and find the Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin setting. Set it.
Poking around in gpedit will reveal a great many interface and system options, but take care — some may stop your computer behaving as you wish.
(Professional Edition only).

3. rundll32.exe

You can lock your XP workstation with two clicks of the mouse. Create a new shortcut on your desktop using a right mouse click, and enter ‘rundll32.exe
‘ in the location field. Give the shortcut a name you like. That’s it — just double click on it and your computer will be locked. And if that’s not easy enough, Windows key + L will do the same.

4. sysoc.inf

XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word ‘hide‘ and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your prey, exposed and vulnerable.

5. schtasks

For those skilled in the art of DOS batch files, XP has a number of interesting new commands. These include ‘eventcreate‘ and ‘eventtriggers‘ for creating and watching system events, ‘typeperf’ for monitoring performance of various subsystems, and ‘schtasks’ for handling scheduled tasks. As usual, typing the command name followed by /? will give a list of options — they’re all far too baroque to go into here.

6. ipv6

XP has IP version 6 support (the next generation of IP). Unfortunately this is more than your ISP has, so you can only experiment with this on your LAN. Type ‘ipv6 install‘ into Run… (it’s OK, it won’t ruin your existing network setup) and then ‘ipv6 /?‘ at the command line to find out more. If you don’t know what IPv6 is, don’t worry and don’t bother.

7. taskkill

You can at last get rid of tasks on the computer from the command line by using ‘taskkill /pid‘ and the task number, or just ‘tskill’ and the process number.
Find that out by typing ‘tasklist’, which will also tell you a lot about what’s going on in your system.

8. zipfldr.dll

XP will treat Zip files like folders, which is nice if you’ve got a fast machine. On slower machines, you
can make XP leave zip files well alone by typing ‘regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll‘ at the command line. If you change your mind later, you can put things back as they were by typing ‘regsvr32 zipfldr.dll‘.