Thursday, 18 June 2009

Privacy Alert

A new telephone directory of peoples mobile numbers is being launched. This means that accesss to your number will not only be available to the people that you have given it to, but to anyone who knows your name. They do not give your number out directly but forward messages from the enquirer to your mobile. This means that you can be pestered as you won't be able to block people, and whilst te charges for individual enquiries might limit this, it is likely that bulk discounts will be given to companies who buy access to thousands of numbers, and will use it for advertising or "informercial" purposes.

If you do not want to be listed in the directory, you have to opt out NOW before it is published. Go to this link and enter your mobile number. you will get a text with a code which you then enter into the site immediately to confirm that you have the mobile and are not entering someone elses number.

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Monday, 2 March 2009

Preparing to go off the the grid.

Off the Grid, phrase slang

The term off the grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

In my case its all about communications technology leaving all the moblie cell phone and data connectivity behind and living for awhile without facebook, twitter not blogging every part of my life and just for awhile enjoying the sense of isolation. This is were the fun is as I have extreme techno-joy I love my devices and gadgets and wonder how I'd ever run my life without them. I've never complete left the grid in a long time and I wonder how i will feel being unconnected by my virtual strings to the web. So from this Friday for a short while the sound you will here is the tone of 400Hz in a continous cadence. Lets hope I don't like too much and decide I want to stay there.

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