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There have been a few updates to Facebook Privacy this week. If you are a user you’ll want to review your setting. Here is a primer to get you started.

What your Friends can share about you.

This lets your friends share info with sites on your behalf. Yeah, I don’t care how it enhances things. Where are your friends going that they sharing this info? YOU HAVE NO IDEA! I turn this off. All of it. Go here and deselect: What your friends can share about you

Instant Personalization

This setting allows select partners to instantly personalize their features with my public information when I first arrive on their websites. That sounds nifty but I’ve survived this long with out it. Additionally, this assumes you are browsing around the web while logged into Facebook. Gonna turn this off too. Go here and opt out: Instant Personalization

Activity on Applications and Games Dashboards

When people look at the Friends’ Recent Activity, Friends’ Applications and Friends’ Games sections, this setting controls who can see that information. You can let everyone see what you wrote, friends of friends, friends only or customize. I’d set this to Friends or Friends of Friends. Depends on your level of comfort with others seeing your comments and likes. Set this in the Applications and Websites dashboard.

Profile Information

You’ll also want to work your way through Profile Information. What I do is lock everything down to Friends only. Then I look back through and make any changes I think that would be ok for Friends of Friends to see.

It should be noted that there is an option that does not show up in the drop down when you are choosing who to share with. You have to enable it by clicking the Custom option. That setting is Only Me.  So, for example, maybe you don’t want even Friends seeing new photos of you that someone tagged. Choose the Custom option next to Photos and Videos of Me and set it to Only Me.  Be sure to change the settings under Photo Albums too. I set mine to Only Friends. There are plenty of other sites on the web if you want to make photos and videos public for all to see.

Another thing to note is Posts by Friends. This lets you help protect friends by setting your personal default for who gets to see comments that others make on your posts. I set mine so only friends can see what friends have posted on my profile.

Likewise, I only let Friends make comments on my posts. This is set by the Comments on Posts setting.

Contact Information

Next work through your Contact Information. This should be set depending on your level of comfort. For me, everything is set to Friends only except Add me as friend and Send me a message. Those I have set to everyone because if people can’t somehow connect with you than there really isn’t much point of sharing anything.

Facebook Ads

One other setting you may want to consider (and this is not within your profile or security settings) is whether you want your information to display on Facebook Social Ads. If you leave the default settings, when a friend views one of these ads for a product that you may be a fan of, it will say you are a fan. Maybe that is fine for you or maybe it is revealing too much about you? You can read more about this, see example screen shots and change the setting if you want on this page: Ads shown by third party applications

And finally, I suggest logging out when not actively on the site.

Only the paranoid survive – Andy Grove

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for April 22nd 2010 through April 23rd 2010:

  • Touch Pack for Windows 7 – The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a collection of games and applications that are made available to computers with multi-touch enabled displays running Windows 7.
  • PS3 3.30 System Software Update with support for 3D – This update preps the PS3 system for some upcoming new features, including 3D stereoscopic gaming, which is coming soon to PS3, in time for the launch of Sony’s 3D BRAVIA TVs.
  • From Twitter – RT @TheNextWeb Google Reader just got even cooler. Now supports video and audio tags. by @BradTNW on @TNWgoogle
  • From Twitter – via @newsycombinator Why Facebook will win the Internet & why that scares the shit out of me
  • From Twitter – RT @wizardelite Read It, Feed It – adds Google Reader
  • Your Mom’s Guide to Those Facebook Changes, and How to Block Them
    Facebook launched some fairly impressive new features and services at its recent f8 conference, but some of them were also more than just a little scary. Since a lot of what the company talked about was introduced in either “developer speak” — involving terms like API and JSON — or involved social-networking jargon such as “social graph” and “activity map,” we thought it would be handy to break it down for those who aren’t as well versed in such things (maybe your mom, maybe your brother-in-..   show all text
    JayHMT: <i>[protected tweet]</i>

    susanbeebe: .@mathewi nice article you wrote re Facebook privacy – Thanks! . h/t to @mattcutts for his tweet. 

Here is a video I created from some pictures I took of Stonehenge. Best viewed on the largest screen possible and you’ll need red-cyan glasses typically found in 3D movies.

I recently read an article over on Maximum PC titled How To: Upgrade Your 2D Movies to 3D.  The process uses a special Avisynth script to open your video in Virtualdub. The script is meant to be played in real-time if you have the proper hardware but you can also save the output given the right compression codec installed on your PC. I use x264 but you could also use xvid.

The Maximum PC article is based on an article over on the 3D Vision blog. Good comments over there to help get you started.

The script is meant for various types of output and needs to be altered depending on if you have red-cyan glasses or something else like NVidea 3D.

For anaglyph red-cyan, the main section to play around with (after you get the above settings correct) is the one having to do with width/height. You can lower the 100 number and play with the effect to get something that looks acceptable.  For the video above, I have it set at 50.

# Get video width/height and set the frame stretch factor
# Lower the value 100 to increase frame stretch, may introduce ghosting
videoW = width(video2d)
videoH = height(video2d)
ResW = videoW + (videoW / 100)
CropW = (ResW - videoW) / 2

If you try it, be sure to post a link to your video here in the comments.

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  • CintaNotes – A Free Personal Notes Manager – A free, lightweight and user-friendly personal notes manager. via @jackbrewster on Twitter
  • Trojan poses as Google Chrome extension – A Trojan, masquerading as an add-on to help you organize your mail, is infecting Google Chrome. The malware uses an .EXE extension instead of the .CRX used by Chrome.
  • Google Unveils Cloud Print – It turns out there will be no printing stack and no print drivers in Chrome OS. Instead, Google is developing a service called Google Cloud Print, which will allow users to initiate print jobs from compliant Web apps, desktop computers, or mobile devices and produce printed pages pages on any Cloud Print-enabled printer, local or remote.
  • Facebook’s ambition
    It’s the one word that kept coming up in conversations I had around the halls today at Facebook’s F8 event. Whenever I heard that word it was clear we were talking about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Compared to last week’s weak moves by Twitter, where its CEO barely even announced anything, yesterday’s moves by Facebook were huge.
    OK, I heard another few words:
    “Blown away.”
    “Zuck has balls.” or “Facebook has balls.”
    “Big moves.”
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    Scobleizer: Tip @techmeme Oh, and @gaberivera told me Techmeme will have some Tweet integration soon 
  • 10 Volunteering Sites to Help You Do Some Good « WhatGives!? Do Something Good…
    . This week (April 18th to 25th) is National Volunteer Week in the US. The week is a signature event created by the Points of Light Institute, to celebrate “ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation.” Chances are if you work or volunteer for a nonprofit you already know that. After all, volunteers are […]
    CoachDeb: RT @cfnoble: RT @whatgives 10 Volunteering Sites to Help You Do Some Good;

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