Showing posts from June, 2013

I am definitely an introvert :-)

If you blend what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, what would it taste like? +Chad Johnson finds out :-)

How the #NSA could be using #prism - Must Watch!!!

Watch from around 57 minutes in for around 30 minutes

+Steve Gibson from Security Now on the +TWiT Network came up with a brilliant theory how the NSA is using PRISM. I was very sceptical about this when it came out. Technically from what I learnt and know it is very difficult for the NSA to have direct access to servers e.t.c. That’s why I always thought that no way that NSA had direct access to companies servers and what was leak could not be right...

Steve Gibson came out that the NSA are tapping the routing of the connection between the user (us) and companies like Google.

When you use the Internet and say you are doing a Google Search, your request must some how get to Google. So it needs to piggy back on other Servers to get there. It is how routing works. What Steve has suggested is the NSA are tapping the traffic that has been hopping across the network to get to Google.

Now, not all data can be seen. If your connection contains “https” then you cannot see anything (technically it can be cracked overtime so you want as high bits encryption as possible). However email (SMTP is unencrypted) and addresses location and senders are public. NSA could use both or at least see trends in where data is coming from and to who...

Watch the video, it will explain it better than me.

But after watching the video, I think the NSA could go beyond what was on the video.

The NSA could be hosting routing servers either near companies that they want to target or near tier 1 ISP’s. This means more than likely that traffic would have to cross into the NSA routing servers and the NSA could take a copy of it. This means the NSA do not need to go to ISP like AT&T or Verizon to demand them to send there data to them. Other Routing servers could just be sending it to the NSA without them knowing... 

This is why I am such a Google fanboy

Just imagine never being without internet again. Just imagine anyone in the world able to get internet. Just kind blowing just thinking about it. Just awesome
I made a "Hitler finds out about the UK Parliamentary Committee on Tax" video in honour +Jeff Jarvis great efforts to speak sense to the idiotic people demanding Google do something other than obey the tax laws.

Hmm... Maybe this is a great idea to kick start the global economy :-)

Funny comparison

In case you missed the iOS 7 part of WWDC (;
Android is a beast!
Knowing that iOS7 will be coming out later in the fall and is playing catchup, it is really is interesting to see what Google has up their selves with KLP. The new Nexus 5 phone should be out by then and I would not be surprise to see 5.0 on it... Just the right time as iOS7 ships.
No new Macbook Pro with Haswell. Looks like I may have to wait a little bit longer :-(
New BBC weather app. Got to try this out when I get home

Edward Snowden is the Whistleblower

I echo +Lauren Weinstein, yea he did reveal some stuff but also some very damaging and incorrect stuff as well....
Including a lot of damaging incorrect claims as well.

What would Google do with them?

Really not sure what Google would do with having Waze onboard. Maps is much more mature then any mapping tool available... the only thing I could think of is to take the social interaction with Waze and plusing it... LOL

Hangouts Annoyances on Mobile

A couple of things are just annoying me on both on Android and iOS Apps which needs fixing.

1. Missed Notification
This is a biggy for me. I have hangouts installed on two devices. Sometimes both rings out that a message has been received, sometimes only 1 and sometimes none. I know it is missing notification because when you launch the application the messages arrives.

Maybe what is most annoying is that on one of my devices, even though a message was sent to me and I can see it on another device, the message refuse to be displayed or sent to that device.

2. Make Online and Offline contacts easier to distinguish
This is easy, don’t have grey on the contact faces. Lets stick with Green and Red. Much easier on the eye and from our culture upbringing we know what it means.

3. Disable Swipe to Archive
In this situation it does not make sense to have swipe to archive. Most of the time you want to show your message and it is highly unlikely that you would want to archive them unless you have a secret lover who you do not want to know about.

Also it prevents accidental archiving of messages due to the horrible UI...

4. What’s with the UI
On tablets, not so much, but on phones it is horrible. I don’t know who is the UX designer for this but they need a kick up the backside.

First, what with the swipe from the right? I mean all the design languages coming out from Google is “swipe from the left”. Make the UX consistent between applications please so people can understand how to work with applications.

The little overlap visual to the other screen is nice. I always felt that something visible to the end user is needed to notify them that there is something there if you swipe. The problem is that I feel that it is used in the wrong place. It feels confused on what is the main focal point of the application. There should be a main activity that the user should concentrate on and the way the UI was designed feels a bit confused.

1. Always being read
When I send a message to an iOS user, automatically that user has read my message. That needs to be fixed soon because I always assume that the other person has read my message when in fact they have not.

2. Splash screen only in vertical and not landscape
Minor thing but needs being fixed.

GMail Tabs, not for me. But maybe with Labels... I might consider it

Been using it for the pass few days and well I don't like it too much. It tries to guess too much what emails you have and I don't quite like it. I am too much of a control freak and need to make sure I get everything.

However, if the tabs were to have your Labels however then it will become a lot more useful. Maybe make it a lot more easier to set filters so that new incoming mail from certain users or certain subject matter e.t.c can be Labelled to the right area. I always found the UX for this to be a bit annoying.
Who should we believe, Google or the US government... I know who I would choose...

Dear Google users—

You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts.

First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.

Second, we provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law. Our legal team reviews each and every request, and frequently pushes back when requests are overly broad or don’t follow the correct process. Press reports that suggest that Google is providing open-ended access to our users’ data are false, period. Until this week’s reports, we had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon received—an order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users’ call records. We were very surprised to learn that such broad orders exist. Any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our users’ Internet activity on such a scale is completely false.

Finally, this episode confirms what we have long believed—there needs to be a more transparent approach. Google has worked hard, within the confines of the current laws, to be open about the data requests we receive. We post this information on our Transparency Report whenever possible. We were the first company to do this. And, of course, we understand that the U.S. and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety—including sometimes by using surveillance. But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.

Posted by Larry Page, CEO and David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer