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Random Antenna Upgrades

I was updating my OTA channel list after I bought a new antenna when I realized that it’s actually kind of difficult to go out and get a decent antenna, unless you really know what you’re looking for.  And quite frankly, I have no idea what I’m looking for.  Most people will go to walmart or futureshop and just get the “hd tv” antenna that they see.  Which is effectively a piece of crap.  I did that when I first moved to Toronto and the $30 I spent at walmart worked for about 5 channels.  Then I moved to a taller building and that same antenna only got about 4 channels.  That made no sense to me, but it was cheap.   After a short little experiment with some coat hangers and a piece of wood out on my balcony, I quickly realized that almost anything is better than what those retail stores sell.   This weekend I went out and got a real antenna – but even after that I realized I should’ve forked over the extra $5 for the adjustable one.  But things are good. Now all my channels come in great, with a few minor exceptions.  My coat hanger served me well, but this minor upgraded gives me just a few more channels — and more reliable signals for the ones that were iffy before.

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Google’s Security Updates…

Google seems to be rolling out an interesting pack of security updates for their sites.  The only official announcement I’ve seen is for Gmail, but I’d expect this to come for many other services.

Currently a lot of Google services work fine with https (docs, calendar, blogger.com) but none seem to offer the same default options that Gmail has.  Hopefully that will change soon.

Co-incidentally, it may just have something to do with this recent announcement from their Chief Legal Eagle.

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Facebook’s New Policy: Bad News

A little off topic for me, but it’s newsworthy, and since I make Facebook Apps, this is slightly annoying.

Facebook has changed their Terms of Service recently, and it’s causing quite a bit of outrage among users who actually know what’s going on.  There’s a good explaination here of the differences between Facebook and other social sites.  In short, Facebook thinks they can claim ownership of whatever you post forever and do whatever they want.  I don’t know how they think they can get away with this.

Outrage is well documented throughout the blog-o-sphere.

UPDATE: looks like the power of social networks smacked facebook in the face.

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.