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As opposed to hot-male

Which, I think I would prefer…

It wasn’t too long ago that hotmail and other web-based(?) mail programs were used to sign into/up to various ‘sites’ on the web because we didn’t want the world to know our real name or real statistics; we wanted to be a part of the fun, but not to endure targeted ads or ‘helpful’ improvements designed specifically for us through the use of algorithms and whatnots to ensure our experience is as rich and full as they want it to be.

All of that has, apparently, changed…

Now hotmail (and others) insist on ‘knowing’ who/m is using their services. They want a verification that you are who/m you say you are and you have only ONE account associated with any given phone number.

Whoa… wait a minute! Back the train up here. PHONE number? When did I agree to offer a phone number? As far as I can tell, it is MY choice whether or not I wish to ‘verify’ my account(s). And, as far as I can ascertain, they have not changed that stipulation. Oh, but wait!

Yes, now they need to verify you so they can alert you if anything untoward happens to your account, or if someone hijacks it and begins using it for nefarious purposes. So far, the only one hijacking my VERIFIED ALREADY account(s) are/is the conductor of the site itself; yup, Microsoft.

When I signed up to hotmail I wasn’t as web savvy as I am now (and that ain’t sayin’a whole lot!) and I happily punched in all my ‘real’ info; yup, even verified with a phone number. And since the induction of Windows 8, and subsequently 8.1, I have been requested three times to re-verify my account(s). I no longer care to share my ‘real’ info with them if they cannot keep it safe during upgrades.

I now have two ‘un-verified’ accounts while my verified ones gasp pathetically and cry, “Why? Why have you abandoned us? What did we do wrong?” Oh, my name is still real, but the verification of it will never be known, you’ll just have to take my word for it…

Now, to wait until Google decides to take the same stance…

Why do they ask us to verify if they are not going to store the information permanently?

I know I have been griping about this for a while, but it really irks me that I went through all the trouble of establishing myself (twice, actually) if they keep changing the rules, I’m quitting the game… I haven’t got the knowledge to beat them at their game, so I will just refuse to play…

Next time: Happier thoughts! (I have found and COMPLETED my novels series and am awaiting covers…)

*hugs*
~khrys…

 

Stop right here if you want to read something that makes sense.

Stop here if you want to read something that is happy and light.

 

I’ve warned you.

This is an angry, p*ssed as H*LL blog that I need to plonk down before I flippin’ explode!

Is anyone else experiencing the friggen nightmare of VERIFYING your accounts?

I VERIFY when I sign in – up; WHY do you need me to do it EVERY TIME MICROF*CKINGSOFT UPGRADES???

I have no ZERO e-mail accounts I have access to. Yup: ZERO.

Well, okay, as of RIGHT now, I have TWO, and they exist because I created them not more than… well, probably an hour ago.

Am I happy about this? Oh yah, thrilled; tickled pink; couldn’t be happier… I’m a damn fine liar, aren’t I?

I now have the FUN of going into ALL of my accounts that used my e-mail and changing THEM; at least I can still do THAT… for now; I’m sure once Microsh*t reads this (cause, yeh, they’re going to… *rolls eyes*), I’m sure they’ll find a way to make me verify before I can switch.

I don’t know if this has to do with HeartBleed or not; frankly I don’t give a sh*t; this started with the download of 8.1 and has been the same nightmare that their ‘highly-touted’ Vista produced… anyone wanna bet that 8.1 is just VISTA re-packaged and shoved down our throats?

So, if you are trying to reach me, sorry, don’t have those accounts any more – and now? Now because I have to re-create new accounts, HeartBleed will INDEED have my information…

Anyone care to place bets that HeartBleed is a program developed by NSA??? (Yeah, I DO believe it.)

Well, sorry folks; not much to read except my frustration – yet again – of MS… can someone talk to my husband and convince him we don’t NEED MS??? There are LOTS of other options available, MS is soooooo outdated; even when it’s updated…

*deep breath*

Have a great week… I’ll keep my fingers crossed that WordPress holds my VERIFIED account better than MS does…

~khrys…

Ghost Writer

BOO!

You may well wonder with the number of ‘ghost-written’ blogs being presented. You know, ghost-writers? People who will, for a fee, write an article on any subject for another person to take credit for. Ghost writer.

There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, sometimes we go on vacation or are hospitalised and we don’t want our readers to be aware of our ‘disappearance’, so we hire a writer to bring a subject to life and dazzle our readers; the difficulty I have in this, is it’s not being honest.

Our readers think we are brilliant (do so!); they have come to enjoy our take on life not just to read for reading’s sake! (Or, at least I HOPE that’s how you come to read my stuff…) I’m not speaking of guest bloggers, those are awesome and bring a different outlook, (usually); a refreshing view, if you will. No, I’m speaking of those who, with a little manipulation and understanding of algorithms and ‘key-words’ pay writers to come up with original content to wow or impress their readers, only it’s not THEM who is/are doing the impressing.

It’s cheating, and I’m not a fan. I read blogs because I want to hear other opinions and get new ideas, not to get ‘high ranked words’. I like to hear a ‘voice’ come through, and having ghost-writers avoids the personality and just spits out regurgitated mumbo-jumbo.

Oh, most of those blogs are interesting, sort of, but they’re usually flat, because the ghost-writer has no ‘stake’ in the content. The fees paid, typically don’t equate to a high-level of intellectual involvement, just a quick jotting of words; and often times don’t ‘sound’ like what we’ve come to expect. (Although, with a few blogs being totally ghost-written, one may never become aware of this.)

I have recently taken on a few of these assignments, to ghost-write blogs for those without the time or ideas to fill their daily requirement and I must say they are a rude lot!

They demand a certain length for a paltry fee, and let you know that it will be unacceptable if it comes in at this length. They actually want it longer, but aren’t willing to cough up extra pennies to pay for the work.

They also are cagey about requesting the use of ‘key’ words. This is when you are aware you are writing for a client who is a taker. Someone who has figured the system out well enough to earn an income off of people simply clicking ad buttons on their blog that only reflects the top 100 ‘key’ words, although, the content might be great.

Again, it’s not that I’m against people benefitting from a flawed system, (how do I jump onboard?) it’s that I despise someone taking credit for something they haven’t done! Or, maybe I hate the fact that we can be duped so easily. (I say we; even though I am guilty of writing some articles, I still don’t know for WHOM I wrote them…)

So WHY do I (and other good writers) do it?

The money. I need the extra income due to some interesting developments in my personal life. (Nope still married, sorry dudes…lol). Others may want a vacation and sales give them disposable income; others may find expenses mounting and need the income; or an unexpected bill (my case). I’m not knocking the practise; just …why not admit: Written by… For…; would it be so wrong?

So, enjoy well written blogs but don’t despair over not being as ‘perfect’ or as ‘awesome’ as some – chances are it’s a community effort…

Me? I’ll keep writing whatever pays, (yup, willing to prostitute my writing – I like writing too much not to), I’ll just remember what I read may not be what the blogger actually wrote…

Now to look at these reviews and see which products I’m going to pretend I’ve used and write a glowing, or scathing, report for…

preferring the truth,
~khrys…

PS: Yep, I wrote this… think I ought to hire someone else?

PHOTO CREDIT (IRONICALLY)

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I sincerely wish I could just ignore Privacy Policies and ‘Terms of Use’ pages.

I really, truly do. It would make life so much simpler and would ease anxiety levels tremendously!

Perhaps the fact that they need to have a privacy policy in the first place is a bit unnerving.

I understand that sites need the privacy policy so they can exist because everyone is worried about what is going to happen to/with their information – and with good reason!

http://mises.ca/posts/articles/does-privacy-matter/security/

Does Privacy Matter?

It seems everyone wants a piece of us. Well, truthfully they really ONLY want a piece of our pay envelope, us they couldn’t care less about. It’s just that we, unfortunately stand between our pay packet and those greedily sucking it dry.

I wish I could find the Privacy Policy of a company I read a few years ago in which they declared, (I loved it!), TRUTHFULLY:

“We will do anything we want with any information you choose to share with us or that we gather from your computer during your visit. We do not intentionally infiltrate your computer, but what we find we will use in accordance with our policy outlined above. If you don’t like this, tough. Go away.”

I mean, sure, it’s blunt and would scare me away, but, it’s TRUTHFUL, unlike most of the policies which are mired in legalese and ambiguous statements.

But, when you hit statements, like the one below, from Google’s Privacy/Terms of Use Policies, you know there is no such thing as internet privacy.

“Google Play”: Special legal privacy protections for users may apply in cases where law enforcement or civil litigants ask Google for information about what books an individual user has looked at.

Yes, they have ‘special legal privacy protection’, but between you, me and the judge; they protect Google NOT us…

And, yup, they (Google+) store the last five pages of any book you read, as well as a complete collection of everything you’ve read or purchased. (I noticed they also collected information from ANOTHER website, not associated with Google+, I was logged in to, and recorded what I’d read THERE. Just thought you might find THAT interesting…) Not sure which part of the “Special Legal Privacy Protection” rule they invoked for that, but until they recorded it there was no issue…

This recording of our reading habits will help law enforcement, HOW? (Well, all right, if you are accused of blowing up a building and the last book you read was ‘How to Build a Better Bomb’? I can see the relevance, but I don’t see why Google should need to store that; re-creation Forensic Scientists can (easily) de-construct the computer and see what I last read without Google feeling the need to pretend it’s because of Law Enforcement, or so my account can be synchronised.)

BUT, it’s this statement below that makes my blood boil (and should ‘tick-off’ everyone).

“Add-ons developed and provided by Google may communicate with Google servers and are subject to the Google Privacy Policy unless otherwise indicated. Add-ons developed and provided by third parties are the responsibility of such third parties and may be subject to third party privacy policies. For example, a version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in is preinstalled with Chrome. Adobe’s website at http://www.adobe.com provides more information on Adobe’s privacy practices with regard to Flash Player, and you can learn more about disabling Flash Player or any other plug-ins.”

So, Google installs this program during PRE-installation of a product and they (GOOGLE) are NOT responsible for their (in this case ADOBE’s) privacy policy???

You give me a ‘freebie’ I don’t ask for and tell me my computer experience will not be as enriching if I choose NOT to use it and yet don’t GUARANTEE the product is safe; DON’T guarantee it’s conducting itself in a way that is inline with your policies; and suggest Icheck out their policy’ before using the product???

If a product comes PRE-INSTALLED WITH ANOTHER ONE, I DON’T CARE IF IT IS FROM A THIRD PARTY – YOU BETTER BE DAMN SURE YOU GUARANTEE THE PRODUCT FULLY!!! IF YOU DON’T TRUST IT, WHY THE HELL SHOULD I???

Sorry for yelling (and swearing) but I’m hoping program developers (particularly Google’s) are listening.

I know they are not and don’t care about my concerns – heck, if you want to be private, don’t use the internet, right??? Such a cop out.

They don’t want to create programs that don’t let NSA, CSIS, SIS (or MI5), keep careful tabs on us so they dress it up under the disguise of “personalised ads”. (PO Personal Opinion.) At least I am still ahead of them on that and have not seen a single ad that even ‘kinda’ interests me…

I must be doing something wrong…

http://www.alctraining.com.au/introduction-security/

Human Element

Or they’ve already got enough cookies and markers stuffed in my computer to track me any and everywhere. I’m thinking this is probably the correct response. (PO)

Have fun and say “hi” to the authorities as you pass them lurking along the information highway greedily misdirecting traffic; tell them I say ‘hi’, too… ‘cause I’m not speaking to them!

What policies have you come across that make you scratch your head and say, “What’s the point? Here’s my first born, blood-type, DNA sample and link to everything I MIGHT EVER ‘like’…”

~khrys…

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LINKS:

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WAFFLES!

Waffles.covered.in.red.jam.coated.in.whipped.cream

Who knew?

“So, what,” you yawn?

Come on!

  • These were from a PACKAGE! Store bought, frozen waffles! In MY freezer… something wrong somewhere…
  • Still, convenient… if you’re tall enough to reach the ‘conveniently wrapped’ packages from the bottom of the chest freezer… (step stool helped.)
  • Struggled opening package; what is this plastic made of anyway? Use scissors. Try to pull only two out (suggested serving size), four tumble to the counter.
  • Push two into toaster; two back… back! Back I say! Back… in package.
    Frozen-waffle-coated-in-jam-covered-in-whipped-cream

    Tastes better than it looks…

  • Tossed remainder in kitchen freezer.
  • Set toaster to high (it doesn’t brown all that well any more) and push ‘frozen’ button.
  • Flush. (Who coined that term; ‘flush?)
  • They are HOT when the pop – be careful!!!
  • Decide to coat waffle in jam; one in raspberry, the other in strawberry.
  • Holes are deep enough to count as mini-canyons! Put jam away in fridge… hey? I wonder…
  • Pull out CANNED WHIPPED CREAM… (what is the world coming to; who did the shopping last???)
  • Tilt head, grin and… swirl whipped cream on top of jam!
  • One swirled from the outside-in, the other from the inside-out…
  • Took photo, cause they were so purdy…

Actually a really satisfying, FAST dessert to finish off practically any meal, ‘cept maybe breakfast…? LOL. 

Thinking the addition of chocolate drizzled over top of the whipped cream would have been perfect. Well, at least I have something to look forward to! 

Frozen-waffle-coated-in-jam-covered-in-whipped-cream

Fancy, ‘eh?

And for a ‘fancy-shmancy’ dessert add some toasted almonds or fresh berries!
Who wasn’t prepared for the girls to show up for tea?! Fancy ‘em out! LOL
I think I’m going to keep some frozen waffles in my freezer and whipped cream in my fridge!
I’ll NEVER be able to keep chocolate… 

Sweet-tooth satisfied,
~khrys…

PS: Store bought waffles tasted okay; don’t know how they’d taste with syrup… Store bought whipped cream needs to be served and eaten quite soon after spraying. Falls within 15-minutes… Still, I suppose, if I had fifteen minutes I would have made home made waffles to start with!

Okay, you got me; I had 15-minutes to spare… I was looking for a quick ‘snack’… this just happened! But if you don’t have time to spare, or burned the dessert for the dinner party… I think it would make a quick save!

khrystleraine:

Gorgeous!

Originally posted on retireediary:

Everything seem to be relative : the good vs the bad, fast vs slow,  beautiful vs ugly and, of course, inside ve outside.DSC_0179

For my last two posts on this challenge, the objects ( the Stupa inside a temple in Angkor Wat and the bats inside a dark cave) were taken completely insideDSC_0180.

One would appreciate more about the “inside” if one can also visualize the “outside”.DSC_0181

Here is a series of pictures which I have taken as we moved towards a sea cave in Langkawi from the outside to the inside and finally, out on the other side where you can see light again.DSC_0182

Inside the cave, we didn’t see much as there was darkness all over the place. One can only see part of the inside with our portable touches.DSC_0184

The transition from light to darkness and back to light again, after seeing all the beautiful rocks in the cave…

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