Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Google Limits

There is nothing wrong with your computer terminal. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling this blog. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. If we so choose, we will make this blog unavailable. You have entered Google Blogger.

The hell of it is, when I went to leave a comment on other blogs - Proper Course and My Life in the Florida Keys as it happens - and was required to log in. I was then told that gmail (google) had detected "suspicious activity" on my account and therefore I needed to jump through some hoops. In the meantime, my email and blogs were "frozen".

Suspicious activity? Like the fact I often log in to gmail on my wife's computer and forget to log out before logging in on my own computer? The multiple BCC emails I send to friends and family? Or perhaps it is the complaints I made about how sucky the new universal look and feel of the "new" Google empire is, as they move toward making all of their web applications look the same in name of corporate unity and to hell with functionality? In addition, the new "privacy policy" (sic) basically combines all data gathered about you from any of Google's apps - gmail, blogger, youtube, google, google+, etc. - and puts them into one database... to "enhance" your Google experience of course!

Whatever. I apologize to my readers for any inconvenience. It was, of course, for my own security, in the same way TSA strip searches grandmas and children in the name of security, while allowing the food service and cleaning personnel access to aircraft with no check points save swiping a magnetic card at the door. Welcome to the new corporate internet world order.

I had already set up a new email account when Google announced the coming changes. I also don't do Facebook or Google+. You can bet I will find an alternative to blogger - or stop blogging. I am not one to put my whole life on the internet (I think I do plenty of that already, thank you very much), and making some young jerks filthy rich by providing my personal details for them to exploit, with advertising revenue and IPOs, doesn't thrill me. I'll be happy to do that (maybe) when they cut me a fair percentage to pay for my content - which they have yet to offer to do.

To add insult to injury, when I attempted to comply with their requests I found myself faced with a page asking for my phone provider, so that they could text me a message or a verbal one by landline. Um. I don't own a phone. No one told me that was a requirement for using Gmail or Blogger. I very rarely use a phone and when I do it is K's landline and occasionally Skype. I then was asked to provide an alternate email address. I gave them three, one of which is the one I will be using instead of Gmail from here on.

So if anyone is wondering, that is why my email and two blogs have been off line for a while. I was happy that they contacted me within a few hours and restored my blogs. They neglected to inform me why this happened so I don't know how to prevent from reoccurring.

As I told Odocker recently, I am buying a manual type writer (true). I'm trying to figure out a way to stay online and maintain my blogs, but if I can't maintain control over my own content, I may go "analog". Perhaps an old fashioned snail mail newsletter would do as well - and would be self limiting to people who really were interested. Never forget that they need us more than we need them. Prophetic clip:

Please stay tuned. Sorry, I forgot. Your other mind control machine - TV - is probably tuned to a sporting event this weekend. Perhaps I'll address how to free yourself from that as well in a future post.

Until next, sweet sailing.

End of rant transmission.
1 - The Outer Limits
2- The Prisoner (1967)


Sandscraper said...

Pandabonium, welcome back from the abyss.

Zen said...

Osashiburi desu!

Baydog said...

After this game, my TV is as good as useless until next September.

BTW, your comment on 'Doug' never made it to the blog, only my email. Try again, please!

O Docker said...

A while back, I somehow managed to end up on Blogger's 'spammer list'. Comments I left on Blogger blogs would show up for about a minute and then disappear.

Of course, I just assumed blog writers were so incensed by my comments that they were deleting them, but, surprisingly, that wasn't the case. Links I'd put in some comments had tripped some unseen algorithm and, from then on, I was busted. It took a long time to get that straightened out.

I've since learned that in order to evade Blogger's sophisticated spammer filter, you have to pretend that you don't speak English very well. Think about it, the only spam you now see looks like this:


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Try not to let the algorithms get to you. They're in charge now and there's nothing any of us can really do about it. And after 20 years of word processing, it would probably take most of us two days to type a single page on a manual typewriter.

Pandabonium said...

Indeed Odocker. Baydog's blog has been disappearing my comments yet sending notification to his email.

I try da kine pidgin maybe yes?

Well, at least no one will hack my typewriter. But relearning to type things correctly the first time, that is the gazorninplat!

Arkonbey said...

Don't stop blogging, please!

How else will I get to be tormented by food from a restaurant I'll never get to eat in?

Here's the answer:


Pandabonium said...

Thanks Arkonbey. I won't stop blogging and I have in fact been considering wordpress. I think Snabulus went through this process once, perhaps I should consult him on the ins and outs.

Thanks again.

Verif: ladigogb - yet another plain looking woman without a singing voice who proves that slutty attire and clever marketing can overcome a lack of talent every time.

bonnie said...

You can come talk pidgin on my blog anytime, Panda-san!

I too hope you'll keep blogging, I would miss your adventures ashore and under sail.

frankie said...

Panda-san... I enjoyed reading your idea to get back to a plain typewriter. I've had a similar idea by using an old laptop as a typewriter and blocking the internet entrance with tack to avoid having the urge to connect!!! :-))

Pandabonium said...

frankie - thanks. interesting idea. computers do well as word processors, but the lure of the internet is an ever-present temptation isn't it?