Gozzie launches Maclord’s Blog

Maclord's blog

Yet another blog featuring tips and tricks about Macs, OS X, and cross-platform working and the iPhone. Sounds like another “me, too” blog, right?

Well, hopefully, the Maclord’s Blog will create an otherwise impression soon enough – with some truly extraordinary stories like:

Could you imagine, for example, that you could corrupt an iPod with exported calendar info from your Facebook account when synced with your Calendar app and then sync it with iTunes?

Did you know you could not only read NTFS volumes mounted on your Mac or Mac OS X-machine but also write to them?

You are welcome to Maclord’s Blog.

Feel free to post comments here for any suggestions – topics and subjects, for example, that you wish to be covered on the blog.

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Facebook Shocker: New Privacy Controls Sort of Naive

Chris Soghoian reports on Facebook’s new privacy controls, which feature the ability to classify what kinds of people can view particular elements of their profiles:

“This sounds like a great idea, and should be a significant benefit to those students who find that their Facebook-advertised parties were busted by police who found out about the events through the social-networking site.

“The primary problem is that Facebook has no way of determining what someone’s university status is. The company is only able to verify that the user has a valid .edu e-mail address, which could mean that the person is a student, staff member, professor, or alumni. As a result, Facebook asks users to self-report this information.

“Given an example situation where a student doesn't wish for the Facebook-using professors at their university to be able to view their profile, it would be trivially easy for a professor to log in, and change his or her own status to that of an undergrad.”

Yoinks!

“This new system provides little in the way of real additional protection, yet may give users a false sense of security, leading the millions of users to post even more stupid and embarrassing things to the site than they currently do.”

Which gets us into the territory of encouraging people to just not put stuff up on Facebook that they wouldn’t want to put up on billboards all over town.

Source: http://www.opennetworkstoday.com/2008/03/facebook-shocke.html

Related link: http://www.cnet.com/8301-13739_1-9898098-46.html

Del.icio.us or Not

I resisted not to sign up with a del.icio.us account for a loooong time, but in the end (and that is about a couple of days ago) I decided that I should keep up with the trends since I’m a blogger getting deep in the rabbit hole day by day.

So I did. At first I had a little bit of difficulty in understanding how it works, because it does not seem to allow you manually add links (bookmarks) without importing a whole bunch of bookmarks, neither did it seem to work in an attempt to import individual Internet Explorer shortcuts (.lnk files).

In the end, I thought it might be a good idea to import all of my Safari bookmarks from my Mac which could be an alternative way of transferring my stuff to use elsewhere including my PC. After all, isn’t this partly why Del.icio.us was established?

So far so good, the annoyances began when I was browsing through several hundred bookmarks on my del.icio.us page and suddenly this happened:

Del.icio.us error page
Next, I contacted Yahoo! informing them about this bug. As a newcomer to del.icio.us and a newbie, my first impressions are thumbs down.

Bloggers need add-ons and extras which actually do work and the last thing they (we) need is another buggy third party service.