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Facebook supports Tor – Does that mean I’m safer?

The social networking giant Facebook announced that users could log in to the social network “anonymously” using the anonymous network Tor.

Really?

When I first read about this news, I was like

“Dude, you’re already giving out most of your life and your personal information through your posts on facebook. If you wanted to be anonymous, why would you be ‘selling’ all those information to facebook? Facebook itself collects enough and more data on the inside, I don’t see any point in having an anonymous link. If you truly want to be anonymous, quit facebook for good!

My perspective of facebook’s intention behind this is to get more users to use Tor which is an open, public network which can be sniffed easier than the public internet. If that happens, these so-called internet dictators can sniff over the Tor network and gather even more data. Facebook hasn’t yet changed its privacy policies for the users that are going to be using Tor, which means, all the policies that are currently applied to the users apply to the so-called “anonymous” users too. That doesn’t change anything other than 2 facts :

  1. The URL that you use to connect to facebook would be different from now on – it would be https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/
  2. You would be using a different browser, system as well as network.

Nothing else.

These are my questions to facebook and to you to ponder over :

  • Does having a different link and connecting to a different network mean you’re safer? Does that change anything at all?
  • Does that mean that your browsing is so-called “anonymous”?
  • Well, even if it was, all your data isn’t right? It still can be used by facebook however they please right?
  • Does the legal terms (especially point 2) of facebook change if you’re using Tor to log in to facebook?

So, in short, if you so much as just have an account on facebook, you’ve already compromised your “anonymity”. If you really wanted “anonymity”, you’d not have that account. And even if you have one now, and want anonymity now, go ahead and leave facebook for good. There’s nothing productive you can do on facebook these days.

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Working in the Night is More Productive

I have always believed that working late into the night would bring productive results. I have experienced it first-hand too. That is the only time when you are free from all distractions; when you can concentrate and get more thing things done than you do during the day. I’ve always been a night-guy and I’m proud of it. I’ve found myself to be more productive in the night than during the day. I love travelling at night; Taking long walks in the shadows of the nights and loving the silence of the night under the moon. I came across this article on Elite Daily by Lauren Martin. i would say it defines me so much. I can relate to everything the author has said in her post. I wanted to actually re-blog the post, but since that option was unavailable, I decided to re-post it in my own blog. This is how it goes : Continue reading Working in the Night is More Productive

The Wizard of Music

I have no idea how I got to writing this post. And NO, I’m not the wizard of Music. 😛

I was just roaming around the net jobless. And somehow I ended up on YouTube. It so seems that YouTube and me share a relationship of lifetimes. It’s like we’ve been together for ages. Every time I end up in YouTube, I loose control of myself. The makers of YouTube implemented a feature that made sure that their visitors never left YouTube. Its called Related Videos and it comes up on the right side of all the videos of YouTube. That’s the worst part. I really wish I could find one video on YouTube that didn’t have a single related video. Even video that were uploaded just seconds earlier somehow find related videos. I never get myself to leave YouTube once I get there. Well, that’s not what I’m writing this post for.

As I was clicking on the related videos on YouTube, I stumbled upon a London choir singing A R Rahman‘s Balleilakka from the movie Shivaji – The BOSS. It was awesome to see an entire foreign choir sing an Indian song; not just an individual but an entire choir. And then my focus was to listen to all those related videos to that one. There were so many. So many. I myself don’t know how many versions of the same song I’ve heard right now. ( Yeah, I have it playing in the background as I’m writing this post. 😛 ) And I don’t know how many more I’m going to hear. I think I’ve forgotten how the original song sounded like. I’ve been listening to different versions of the same song all night. 😛

Listening to all those songs, I realized how awesome we Indians are. We should be proud of it. I’m well proud of it. But this post is not about Indians either. Its one Indian in particular. The one and only A R Rahman. I have no words to describe this man. ‘Wizard’ is not just enough to describe his talent and the way he knows his talent. I wish I knew the ultimate word to describe this great personality. Continue reading The Wizard of Music

No Facebook or Twitter or Social Media? You don’t exist!

In this world of Social Media, even 10-year olds or maybe even younger kids are on facebook. Technology has grown so much that everyone knows everything today. Kids are in relationships. Babies play with iPads. Its a very weird world. Almost 99% of the world is connected to facebook almost 99% of their time. Then there’s Twitter, Google+ and lots more.

But what if one decided that they didn’t want to be wasting their precious time on such stuff anymore. How do we reach them? How do we communicate to them? eMail? Well, other than business and professional emails, the purpose of an email account is to log into facebook. Well, I think the company that benefited most from the growth of facebook must be gMail or Google because people need email IDs to log into facebook and for that they rely on gMail. And many people have more than one account on either sites. Being in college, I happen to visit colleges occasionally to conduct sessions, I generally ask a few very simple question to the students there:

  1. “How many of you use eMail actively other than for logging into facebook?”
  2. Most of the time the hands that pop up can be counted easily.

  3. “How many of you have a clean inbox? With no spam or facebook mails.”
  4. Not much again.

  5. “How many have 0-5 unread mails in your inbox at any given time?”
  6. None.

  7. “How many of you have heard of IRC / Internet Relay Chat?”
  8. None. Its like Greek to them.

The world has gone into a culture where facebook is everything and nothing else matters. People don’t know what emails are used for. Before facebook or any other instant messaging (IM) service, there was something called Internet Relay Chat (IRC). No one knew that is where all Instant Messaging services evolved.

Well, the question is if you’re not on facebook or Twitter, do you even exist? Is there is another way to reach you? If you’re a tech-savvy, you might reply that you can be contacted via eMail or IRC. But what if you’re not tech-savvy and you don’t know the real use of email or IRC? Are you dead? Are you not alive if you’re not connected online to a social network?

Watch this video and decide for yourself.

Convergence of Operating Systems to Linux

It’s a revolution of mobile devices today. You can find devices in different sizes and resolutions in the market. And to run these devices, they require something called an Operating System. To put it in technical terms :

“An Operating System (OS) is something that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.”Wikipedia

Well, if Wikipedia says so, I’d say an operating system is that thing that interacts with the computer hardware and provides a interface to the user so that they can understand what is happening under the hood.

When we talk about operating systems, the first 2 names that pop into our heads are Microsoft Windows and Android right?

Well, if you didn’t know, Windows and Android are not the only operating systems in the world. You maybe familiar with Apple‘s OS X and iOS too. But the list just doesn’t end there. It just goes on and on.

And guess what? All the companies that build these operating systems faced the same challenge when the mobile revolution came out with multiple form factors to cater to. Ever since then everyone has been trying hard to converge their operating systems on all form factors. No company has been completely successful in achieving this herculean task of making their operating system work exactly the same on all form factor devices. This is mostly because they haven’t find a smart enough method to use the space on each device in the most efficient way. So they had to design different interfaces for each form factor. They’re trying hard to integrate all the form factors into the same operating system. But no one has yet got to the ultimate convergence of operating systems. Continue reading Convergence of Operating Systems to Linux