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Google is Tracking where you Click, by Name, but you Can Opt Out

See the article Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking, by Julia Angwin. Apparently, Google no longer takes Internet users’ privacy seriously.

. . . means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.

To opt-out of Google’s identified tracking, visit the Activity controls on Google’s My Account page, and uncheck the box next to “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services.” You can also delete past activity from your account.

There is an old story about two guys standing in the front room of a house, looking out the window at the street. Suddenly, police cars and SWAT vans race up, their lights flashing, and cops rush out and point guns at the window. Bullets begin to fly, and the glass shatters. One guy drops to the floor and puts his hands over his head. The other guy just stands there and watches. The guy on the floor shouts, “Get down, you idiot!” The one standing up says, “Why? I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Don’t Track Me, Google!

If you don’t like how Google keeps track of your searches and clicks, visit this site… http://donttrack.us/

Semester Grades are In

I’ve been posting my grades from McNeese State University here on IHateGoogle.org, so my friends can follow my academic career. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Here are the latest grades:

Grades, Spring of 2008

I have two semesters left.  Here’s a link to my university web page.

Last semester, I was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for accredited business schools. Hopefully, if I can maintain my A-average, I will graduate magna cum laude. My cumulative grade point average is 3.61. My average since starting at McNeese in 2006 is 4.00.

Clamping Down on IPLists.com

I’m seeing a very serious bandwidth crunch on IPLists.com. Today (so far) I’ve used over 30 gigs. So, in order to clamp down a bit, I’m restricting access to the site to those requests which contain a User-Agent header. It seems that the majority of requests for the lists come from bots with no User-Agent header. I don’t mind if people access the lists, but at least be polite about it. Tell me who you are, for Pete’s sake!

KloakIt users should not suffer any adverse effects, but just in case–especially if you are using a very old version (post v3.5)–I recommend you update to the latest version.

IHateGoogle.org Under Heavy Construction

I have decided to switch from bBlog to WordPress. You can find the old bBlog version of IHateGoogle.org here.

Please bear with me while I painfully wrench my chosen template into something half-way acceptable.

IPLists.com Was Down

My Site IPLists.com was down for awhile during the last couple of days.  I have since moved to a new server and hopefully the new nameserver settings have fully propagated.

After the switch, and during my upload of files to the server, a .htaccess file became corrupted which temporarily caused server errors when trying to access anything in http://www.iplists.com/nw .  This has been fixed.