Science and Technology : SIMPLIFY: For the plugged-in, too many choices

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  1. anAfrican

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    For the plugged-in, too many choices

    Some users become a little too socialized maintaining accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other sites. Here's how some are combating social media burnout. Plus, 8 tips for taking stock and decluttering your social media life.

    By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM
    The New York Times

    [...]Yet her devotion to one social network is not an act of sentimentality — it's part of a careful strategy for combating social media burnout. In a time when anyone with Internet access is expected to be engaged on multiple networking sites and keep a day job, Lawrence decided to focus on a singular site rather than to spread herself thin among a half-dozen.

    The relentless pressure to partake of the newest networks was underscored in June with the debut of Google+, Google's social networking site. According to Nielsen, social networking is now the most popular online activity, ahead of sending emails, searching the Internet and playing games.

    Put another way: One in every 4 ½ minutes spent on the Web is spent on a social-networking site or blog. And last year the average visitor spent 66 percent more time on such sites than in 2009, when early adopters were already feeling digitally fatigued.

    "I'm on tech overload," said Lawrence, who has Facebook and LinkedIn accounts yet barely uses them anymore. "I already feel like I'm experiencing slow death by email." While she loves technology and has been experimenting with Google+ since it was introduced, "I'm having a really hard time justifying adding yet another social tool to my toolkit," she said.

    But any attempt by weary networkers to scale back is complicated by the proliferation of websites like Klout and PeerIndex that are busily computing users' influence scores to rank them in an online hierarchy. (On Klout, each user is assigned a score from 1 to 100. If you're in the high teens, you're average; if you're in the 40s you have a healthy following; if you score 100, you're Justin Bieber).

    Depending on the person you ask, this is either awesome or terrifying. In the future, brands and even potential employers, could conceivably make decisions about you based on your score. (Some brands, like Virgin America and the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, have experimented with Klout.)[continues]
     
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    Avoid social networks if you value privacy.
     
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    how best to fleece the people except by convincing them that it is "chic" to all gather in one place? why work at hunting down one's victims when one can convince them to voluntarily line up to be data-mined?!! but, actually, by the time one gets to "social networks", it's already too late.

    just bought a new notebook - the windows live integration makes this thing a node on the global social network. with it's "windows live everything", anything on this side of the keyboard (cpu, ram, hard drive, etc.: only thing on that side of the keyboard is your physical body and rl) belongs to the internet/microsoft/industry. (a built-in fingerprint reader forsooth!! sure, it says that it is turned off, and there is no suggesting that something is sending a file of the fingerprint scan during one of it's "live updates" or some such ... )
     
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    Wipe. Re-load with the OS of your choice.
     
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    well, of course ...

    although before doing that i'd make an image of the entire drive with all the extra partitions (turn it on the first time and get into the bios settings; boot a flash drive with something on it and image the drive .. prolly over my network to one of the other machines if it is too big to burn to dvd).

    then i'd go ahead with the "first boot" and make the recovery disk set.

    then i'd strip it of everything i don't want and make another image of the results. (at this point, i'd be thinking in terms of creating a virtual machine image so that i could still make use of it for those things that still "require" windbloze.)

    then i'd wipe it and install something and have a virtual machine image for running dragon naturally speaking .. and maybe diablo ...

    actually, about to install something to change up the disk (and hopefully wipe out all personalization and passwords and things i've put on it); restore to factory settings and take it back - don't want blue ray, don't want switchable graphics (opengl would be limited to the limited graphics card and never use the extra "fat" one), would rather have 2.4Ghz rather than 1.5
     
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    I simply use Clonzilla and a portable USB disk in order to clone/backup the hard disk.

    Clonzilla will compress the images too.

    If you want to use tools more network based, you can use either Clonzilla with DBRL or my favorite, FOG (Free Online Ghost).

    You'll be able to PXE boot into either of the network solutions proposed above.

    If you want to shred the drive. I use DBAN (Derik's Boot and Nuke).

    Do you use VirtualBox as your desktop virtualization solution?

    I'm kind of moving away from VirtualBox to VMware hypervisor 4.1. I have Xen setup on two servers now.

    Given my tablets, I intend to get into Citrix and setup Citirx Receiver. That way, I can virtualize applications as well as provide another avenue for my tablets to remote my VMs.
     
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