The service is simple. Type an email and optionally attach a few files. Every few days we will send you an email with a link that verifies you are still alive. If something does happen we will send your emails 30 days after we last heard from you. Is 30 days too long? No problem, someone close to you can use an emergency release code to dispatch the emails early.
Meaning that the service could be used in an emergency situation when you’re away from your critical information (think: holiday). You can provide someone with a pre-generated emergency code for a specific kind of emergency. Could be extremely useful you need a photocopy of your passport information, but don’t want to pass that info out to anyone unless they need it.
You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk.
I genuinely don’t think Instagram intended to change their Terms and Conditions to begin selling user’s photographs to 3rd parties without their consent. However, they have opened the doors for that future abuse to occur, and this is why I’ve left the service. Unless these T&Cs are changed, it would allow future management (who might not be as trustworthy) to corrupt the service in this worst case scenario that everyone is envisioning.
Now that Instagram is owned by Facebook, I foresee more of these T&Cs blunders in the future, with a few cheeky privacy fiascos thrown in for good measure.
I’m certainly not deeply entrenched within the Instagram framework – I only use the app to apply filters to my images. I barely used the website – preferring to host the final picture on other networks such as Facebook, Google+, Tumblr & Foodspotting. I never saw the attraction in putting my artsy/indie style pictures on a site that’s bursting with other artsy/indie photographs. One’s pictures would never stand out…
If you’ve the time and inclination, you can replicate the effects provided by the Instagram app with programs such as Photoshop and GIMP.
What if Instagram doesn’t change the wording of the Terms and Conditions soon? Get out of there with your pictures – and move to another service BEFORE the deadline in January. Here – I’ll even give you a hand: http://freethephotos.com/
I’ve found over the last couple of days, people have asked me for links to useful services. So I thought I’d share one of my favourites on here too!
A useful tool for being able to remotely backup or transfer data across different machines easily. This is software that most people need, but don’t realise they do. And when I say most people, I mean everyone. Not just the tech savvy.
I <3 my Dropbox
You’re working on an excel document and using a pdf a colleague has sent you as a reference. You look at your watch, you’ve got to leave for that meeting now! You quickly (and responsibly) shut down your desktop and rush off to the station to catch your train.
On the train, you wake your laptop from its slumber. Connect to the train wifi or, if you have a newer generation smartphone, your personal hotspot. You continue working on those documents within minutes.
This is possible if you’re working from your Dropbox folder. Your desktop uploads your information to Dropbox’s centralised server, without you having to remember to do anything. You fire up your laptop, and it begins to download your files from the server. You can continue working without needing USB sticks or sending emails to yourself.
Throw in other useful features like being able to share documents/folders with other Dropbox users, being able to recover deleted documents and previous revisions? This begins to makes Dropbox a tool, you just can’t live without.
Did I mention that its free to use?
(Admittedly, this is only for a “meagre” 2GB worth of data. If you need more space, then you pay for it.)
Once upon a time, I partook in Dare To Be Digital, the United Kingdom’s premier video game development competition. Whilst my team (Contrived Studios) produced a game that won a prestigious award, we missed out on the shortlist for a BAFTA.
We were based down in Birmingham with another group of lads who produced Boro-Toro. In the end, these chaps deservedly snagged the lofty “Ones to Watch” BAFTA. A couple of them joined Rockstar North, one of them continued with University, one I lost touch with another and the last guy seems to have dropped off the face of the planet. In today’s digital ‘n’ social media driven world, it’s an impressive feat!
The guy who continued at University later began working on his own projects. Every project Graham has worked on has been interesting, it’s been consistently annoyingly enviable.
They’re hosting a digital launch party tonight, coupled with a Google Hangout. I’m really looking forward to trying out their latest creation, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Catch the Blox trailer here
For those of you who risk their sanity by following my twitter feed (@IntrepidBrit) know that I’ve had a lot going on with moving into the new office. So on-top of keeping my required contract hours, I’ve had to look at getting everything set up in, what I laughably like to call, my “free time”.
As a result, I’ve not really had a lot of time to come up with new ideas and develop them in full on this blog. Things are getting less mental now – so I”ll be able to put more content up here.
You lucky, lucky people. I know, there’s no need to thank me.
First of all, let me clarify that this blog is independent and I have no affiliation to any organisations other than my own businesses. I receive no funding and under no obligation to write articles about specific companies and products. If this ever changes, then I shall publicise it clearly on this blog by creating a post and having a permanent page explaining what and why.
Its a bit cheaper than some of the more popular brands, such as Costa, Cafe Nero and Starbucks. It has a more relaxed atmosphere, comfier chairs and (most imporantly) WiFi access that doesn’t rob you blind. They provide WiFi access for an hour free, every time you buy food/drink. Which, if you’re sitting down occupying one of their chairs for three hours, is perfectly reasonable. You ask the staff for a unique username and password that comes with your order, fire those details into their Beanscene web page login and you’re off.
And, my “regular” Beanscene does a mean beans on toast for a decent price. Awesome.
The only drawbacks? The spelling always looks wrong, no matter how many times I confirm it and trying to leave this comfy chair I keep sinking back into…
I recently picked up this tip from a colleague. He has recently gone into contracting himself and comes from a sales background. His previous employer had a “general rule of thumb” that is simple, elegant and very powerful.
If you come to someone with a problem, have a solution prepared beforehand.
It’s useful for both bossmen and minions (or managers and employees, if you’re that way inclined).
Cuts down on the number of meetings where you discuss a particular problem that has been identified by a team-member. A good manager should look to the team for solutions to particularly troublesome problems, but it can be wasteful of everyone’s time if they happen every day…
Encourages staff independence. Good if you can rely on the employee, bad if you can’t trust them as far as you can throw them! (But fixing that is an issue for another day…)
Reduces verbal, phone and mail communications. More time for you to concentrate on your main goals (properly valuing your own time) and drive the organisation forward
If a meeting does occur, it moves away from the dreaded “what do we do?” sessions, which are open ended and can drag on for hours. The proposed solution gives a basis for this discussion and it then becomes, “is this good enough?” or “can we do this better?” meetings. I find these meetings to be more focused and easier to resolve.
On the employee-side, even if your company doesn’t have this work ethos, you might want to adopt it anyway:
Less likely to be taken as a “whinger”. By bringing the solution to the table, you aren’t just seen to be complaining. Just be careful you don’t end up harassing the boss for his go ahead for every slight decision you should be making.
Makes you seem more professional. Especially if you have colleagues who only bring problems to the boss. Who will the company come to rely on? The guy who seems to always have problems? Or the guy who gets on with it / brings something to the table.
Encourages you to be independent.
If nothing else, your solution can be used to help clarify the problem to others
Admittedly, this isn’t going to rock your world or revolutionise the way you work. Its one of those concepts that’s obvious when its pointed out to you, but helps cut down on red tape and gives others a better impression of you. And that my friends, is not to be sneezed at.