Saving You From Some Trouble On The Internet And Beyond

I haven’t had much to say the last couple days (energy sapping migraines will do that to ya), but I’m starting to feel a bit better so I thought I’d pop in with a couple of helpful links that will hopefully save you some trouble down the line.

I have no interest in Facebook whatsoever, but judging from the number of “so and so invites you to join Facebook!” emails I still get from people, I know a lot of you are there. Recently Facebook launched one of those personal location services that let’s you tell people where you are. For instance you can check in from a bar or restaurant in your area, and it will let all your friends and non-friends alike know that you’re there. You can also tag other people as being with you there, apparently even if they’d rather you not do that. Oh, and checking yourself in as being at somebody else’s home address, go right ahead, partner. NO problem at all. so if you’re a sensible person to whom this all sounds like a pretty terrible idea, read this CBC article calledFacebook Places: How to check out of Facebook’s new personal locator.It gives some background on what the service is, how it works, the problems with it, and some basic instructions on how to turn the damn thing off.

Moving right along, I haven’t seen any in a little while, but over the last month or so I’ve come across a few ads on our site for a penny auction service called SwipeBids.com. For me it fell into the too good to be true and the catch is going to be friggin huge category immediately (Laptops and cars for $40? Get the fuck serious!), but in case any of you still have some lingering feelings of I need to check this out, let me make you aware that Jesse Willms, the man behind it, has beensued several times for various reasons and that people tend to like complaining to the Better Business Bureau about him.While we like it when people visit the advertiser’s sites and support us, we really don’t like it when folks get hosed over, so just be careful out there. Believe it or not a lot of advertising is utter bullshit designed to part fools and their money, but a little common sense can go a long way.

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