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So long, Facebook

Yesterday I did something that I have been thinking about doing for a long time: I permanently deleted my Facebook account.

I’ve had my Facebook account since January 2009, and in the 5-1/2 years I’ve been a member I’ve reconnected with old chums from my Longview days, kept in touch with family and friends in distant cities, and have been a mostly enthusiastic participant in the great social networking experiment that’s swept the world over the past decade.

One thing that I did not sign up for, though, was for Facebook to experiment on me. It seems that recently Facebook conducted an experiment—in secret and without notifying users beforehand—where it allowed internal (to Facebook) and external researchers to selectively hide good and bad news in users’ Facebook walls. Researchers would then examine subsequent posts by the unwitting test subjects to gauge whether this manipulation affected their emotional states.

Well congratulations, Facebook! Your manipulations certainly affected MY emotional state. You made me so angry and fed up with your shenanigans that I finally cut the cord.

This doesn’t mean that I will be withdrawing from social networking—far from it. I’m still here, and I’ll be posting here more often in the future. I’m still on Twitter (follow me at @TheScottGammans) and LinkedIn. And as soon as I find a good photo sharing site that is NOT owned by Facebook (sorry, Instagram!), I’ll be posting my non-Star Trek photos and videos there. But my Facebooking days are over.

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Five bars is a beautiful thing, baby

Five bars is a beautiful thing, baby.

Five bars on the AT&T 3G MicroCell

Five bars on the AT&T 3G MicroCell

Yesterday I happened to stop by the AT&T store near my house, and they had just received a shipment of these bad boys. After a couple of minor setup hiccups, I now have five full bars of signal strength even in the farthest edges of the house (even the basement, which was a “No Service” dead zone until this morning), and all it costs me is a negligible hit on my Verizon FiOS 25/25 broadband connection.

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I got one of the Golden Tickets!

AT&T must be absolutely petrified at the thought of losing customers to other mobile carriers. Remember those 3G MicroCells that started popping up recently (MSRP $149.99)? Engadget reported yesterday that AT&T has started sending out letters to their “most valuable customers”, good for one free AT&T 3G MicroCell.

Guess who’s a valuable AT&T customer?!

I am now the proud owner of a piece of paper redeemable for one AT&T 3G MicroCell

I am now the proud owner of a piece of paper redeemable for one AT&T 3G MicroCell

Yup, that’s right, I am now the proud owner of a sheet of paper, redeemable for one range-boosting femtocell device. I almost threw out the letter without even opening it—the envelope looks like 99.7% of the rest of the junk mail that clogs my snailbox these days.

Here’s the funny thing, though… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sorry! I suck!

Hi everyone… just letting you know that (a) I’m not dead and (b) yes, I suck! I just got back from a much-needed vacation and am now neck-deep catching up with work at my day job, but don’t worry; I haven’t abandoned this project! It’s just #3 or 4 down the list of Absolutely Must To-Do’s. Thanks for your patience…

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Excitement in da hood!

Excitement in da hood! Cops have blocked off all the streets leading into my neighborhood, looking for a burglary suspect on the loose! This po-po is stationed at the entrance to our subdivision right across the street from my front door.

Loudoun County's Finest

Loudoun County's Finest

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