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Firefox, Greasemonkey and Google+

July 8th, 2011 1 comment

Ok, a lot of people are asking me how they can get in at Google+.
They have an invite, or someone shared a post with them, but Google keeps telling them they have no capacity and they should check back later. Well, sometimes there are openings, you just have to check at the right time. And who wants to sit and hit F5 all the time, right? ;)

Enter Firefox and Greasemonkey. There is a userscript which will keep refreshing by clicking the “You+” button once every 10 seconds. If the page changes, and shows the input fields and combo boxes for actually accepting your invitation, it’ll stop refreshing. So the only thing you’ll have to do is check sometimes, if it’s already there.

Prerequisites:
– You need to have a Google account with a profile and a Gmail address bound
– You need to be logged in to the Google account to which the invite or share was sent
– Google needs to be displayed in English

Here’s the userscript, which some Tweaker on GoT wrote:

// ==UserScript==
// @name Google+ Invitation
// @namespace http://gathering.tweakers.net
// @description Checks whether you are logged into Google +. Otherwise the script will “push” on the “U +” button for you after 30 seconds.
// @include https://plus.google.com/*
// ==/UserScript==
if (document.body.innerHTML.indexOf(‘Keep Me Posted’) !== -1) {
setTimeout(function() {
document.location.href = ‘https://plus.google.com/?tab=XX';
}, 10000);
} else alert(‘Welcome at Google+!’);

– Install Greasemonkey add-on in Firefox
– Install the script above in Greasemonkey
– Go to https://plus.google.com/?tab=XX
– It’ll automatically start refreshing

This works flawlessly if all prereqs are met. Did this for multiple friends so far.

Good luck!

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Terms of Service and privacy

May 12th, 2011 No comments

Twitpic just announced they now have an agreement with the Brithish Wenn. Wenn can now use and sell uploaded pictures of Twitpic users to third parties. Is this bad? I think it is. So I just deleted all my pictures there, and “deleted” my account and moved to Mobypicture, who currently is about the only one I can find who has a decent TOS (for now).

So what can Wenn do with your pictures? Here’s the excerpt from Twitpic’s TOS, which were changed yesterday:

You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

Source
By the way, here’s the old TOS, which were last changed February 12th, 2010.

Now, what does this all mean? A simple example says it all. Imagine, you upload a picture of yourself showing a new t-shirt. Wenn sells a database with all pics to an advertiser. Advertiser browses through the database and thinks you look good, and will be perfect for a page sized ad in a porn magazine. There’s nothing you can do about it. :)

Another example. You shoot a picture of something special, Wenn sells that picture for a lot of money to all news station’s around the world, after which it’s used everywhere on paper and TV. Normally you have copyright, and you should get paid for your copyright. Now you get nothing.

Of course a lot of people will say; “Well, don’t upload pictures to the net then if you don’t want them to be publicly used”. That’s my opinion too. I’m always careful about what I upload so it doesn’t show sensitive information, however what Twitpic is now doing is something completely different, and in my opinion everyone should abandon the service, and move to a service who doesn’t do this stuff. Moving to yFrog? Don’t:

Any media that you submit to Imageshack may be redistributed throughout the Imageshack network of sites, the internet, and other media channels, which may include third-party advertisers.

Source

Mobypicture located in Amsterdam then? Looks safe (for now):

Content Ownership
All rights of uploaded content by our users remain the property of our users and those rights can in no means be sold or used in a commercial way by Mobypicture or affiliated third party partners without consent from the user.

But they have (of course) the right to update it at anytime, and they say this about it:

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason; each version will apply to information collected while it was in place. We will notify you of any material changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy on our Site. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.

See the bold part? It’s interesting. It means that every image you upload now is safe, because it was uploaded under the current TOS.

Source
Your content is yours

 

Is this something new? No it isn’t. Just look at Facebook’s TOS:

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

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See? It’s exactly the same thing. So it kinda annoys me so many people are uploading for example their kids pictures. Don’t be surprised if your kid suddenly shows up on a massive advertising campaign for diapers and you won’t be a able to get your kid removed from it, or see a penny for it.

This is what happens if you don’t read Terms of Service ;)

Let’s try this blogging thing

May 29th, 2010 No comments

About a year ago I started twittering. I liked it. Suddenly I got lots of info from people which were interested in the same thing. Storage, virtualization and other techie stuff. But Twitter has it’s disadvantages. 140 characters max. Of course. It’s understandable and pure logic. Why else call it microblogging. But lots of times I wanted to say more then 140 characters, and other people just posted a link to their blog. Easy as that.
I played with the idea of starting my own more then once. But I saw it coming…. Maintaining and updating a website. Been there once, but haven’t got time anymore for that. So I dropped the idea. Until I purchased an iPad yesterday. Lots of people are asking me how it is to own one. If I like it, what do I do with it, do I keep it. Once again I thought that it would be easier to just post a review on my blog. So I googled for WordPress, and hey, you have one running in a few seconds, hosted and all. Great. So that’s why I started it.
Don’t know if I will keep the blog, don’t know if I will update regularly, don’t know anything yet. We’ll see.

Oh, here’s something about me…

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