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I’ve decided to move my blog to my own site, so, next time you’ll get there you’ll be redirected to my new “house”.

Nothing changes for you, except that you’ll be working on this new link (http://www.howictheworld.com).


Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge …

Albert Einstein


Philosophers

If all the philosophers in the world were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion…

G.  B.  Shaw


A guide to Facebook privacy settings

Ghacks has published here a small but useful guide to basi security settings in Facebook.

Suggestions include the fact that “[…] , this menu is entirely customizable. If you do not want anyone who is not on your friends list to access any of your information then you can do this from here. If you don’t mind if friends of friends also have access to your profile then this is an option too. For example, if I wanted everyone to be able to see when my birthday is then I would first click on the ‘Customize Settings’ tab. From here, I would enable everyone to see my birthday. It is as simple as that. Let’s take a closer look at each of the different settings that you can edit when it comes to Facebook privacy. […]

First of all is the ‘Posts by me’ section. This will include any status updates that you write, any wall posts that you make, or any photos that you upload. Obviously, the most sensible thing to do here is to set this to ‘Friends only’. This is because you do not want people that you do not know getting access to things that you have said, or your personal information or images.
The ‘Bio and Favourite Quotations’ section is up to you whether or not you would like to make this section private. However, it is important to remember that you may be putting private information about yourself in the Bio section which others will be able to see if you do allow this section to be public rather than private. The ‘Family and Relationships’ section is another one that is best kept private. The reason for this is because if you allow this information to be public then everyone can see members of your family which not everyone would be comfortable with. Of course, it is up to you, but it is best to be on the safe side. The rest of the information in this section of the privacy settings would usually be better if it were set to ‘Friends Only’, because it is all personal information. […]”

I think the guide is useful despite the fact that this brain confusing level of security that is implemented by Facebook for me is still unreliable and difficult to understand by average user.

This post as a comment also here.


An award winning documentary now free

The guys at Open culture (full link here), reported that “[…] In late February, Charles Ferguson’s film – Inside Job – won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. And now the film documenting the causes of the 2008 global financial meltdown has made its way online (thanks to theInternet Archive). A corrupt financial industry, its corrosive relationship with politicians, academics and regulators, and the trillions of damage done, it all gets documented in this film that runs a little shy of 2 hours.

Inside Job (now listed in our Free Movie collection) can be purchased on DVD at Amazon. We all love free, but let’s remember that good projects cost real money to develop, and they could use real financial support. So please consider buying a copy.[…]”

I don’t know if this brings copyright issues, but documentary is worth watching.


Protecting yourself from radiations

Wikihow has published a good guide to teach more useful ways to protect yourself from radiations  (full article here).

In this times of nuclear fear, worth a read.


Saudi Arabia is investing $100 bn in renewable energies

Ariel Schwartz at Fast Company reports that “[…] Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, may not be panicking quite yet about its ever-declining oil supply–but the country is certainly concerned. Consider: in February, a Wikileaks document revealed that Saudi Arabia might be overstating its oil reserves by 300 billion barrels, and the country recently asked for a slice of the UN’s $100 billion climate change fund to help diversify to other energy sources (a galling request from such a wealthy country so dependent on other people not diversifying to other energy sources). And now the kingdom has announced that it plans to spend $100 billion on solar, nuclear, and other renewable energy sources. They haven’t announced over what time period they will spend it, but that’s a lot of cash. Private investments in Chinese renewable energy projects equalled$54.4 billion last year, which was the highest of any country.[…]” (full article here).

I think that despite concerns on oil ending up, moving to renewable energies is a wise move. Is not the problem of having easy access to oil, but rather to think of the future of the planet and ensure an effort to reduce emissions.

On the “simple” economic side, in the more or less near future, oil will be less available, increasing costs. Going renewable ensures Saudi Arabia a future predominant position in energy also when oil will end.

This post as a comment also here.


7,000 visit milestone

I’ve managed to write some time later, but thanks everybody!


Listening

I like to listen..  I have learned a great deal from listening..  Most people never listen…

Ernest Hemingway


Avoid work

How people try to avoid work, and how well some of them succeed…

Willian Feather


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