Friday, 20 February 2009

Bye bye Facebook... how to permenantly delete your Facebook account

How to permenantly delete your Facebook account....

After this last episode with Facebook's TOS entitling them to essentially do whatever they want with pictures of you, your family, etc, etc, I have nuked my account from completely.   From theconsumerist.com:

"You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof. "
Even though they back-peddled two days after the uproar, I've had enough. Obviously a lot of other people did too as there are many posts out there just like this one.

Hidden somewhere in the application is a method to delete your account, not just deactivate it.  Please note that this will remove everything for good.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Hulu in Canada and more!

I came across a slick little GNU licensed tool that runs on your Mac called Understudy. It allows access to streaming video through the Front Row interface of Mac OS X and currently supports Hulu and NetFlix.

The trick is to get it to work in Canada; enter Hotspot Shield. I posted about this little tool in the past and am doing so again. After a quick download and install, I was popped behind a US IP address quickly. Fired up Front Row and was watching The Office on Hulu in no time.