Wifi Location Tracking is killing Privacy

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When Google’s “streetview cars” roamed around the world, they were performing wifi scans of their surrounding areas. By mapping the MAC address of your location to the van’s GPS coordinates, they built a map of locations that can accurately find your location, just by knowing the wifi router you’re connected to.

Google claimed this was “by accident”, and many countries objected to the collection of the data and the invasion of privacy.

As of 2010, Google had collected 600 gigabytes of data from over 30 nations. That list is now growing, as each new Android phone that gets purchased has the built-in ability to transfer locations of wireless networks to and from Google’s servers, to help aid in location services on the phone. The unfortunate part is even if you aren’t using these services, Google is still collecting this data via your phone.

So who has your wifi router’s location?

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Super Easy Way to Mount a Shared Drive in OSX

OSX has problems “mounting” shared drives. The typical process is to open finder, click “Go” and then “Connect to Server”….

By following these quick steps you can get a Shared Drive icon on your OSX Dock.

  1. Open Finder, go to Preferences, Enable “Show Connected Servers”
  2. Connect to a Share via Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server (Typically SMB Share from a Windows Server or computer)
  3. After Connecting, you’ll see an icon for the Share on your Desktop. Drag that icon to the right side (document side) of your OSX Dock.
  4. Click the Icon for the Share anytime you need to connect to it!

Why Apple has to make this so difficult, I’ll never know. OSX needs a “Mount Shared Drive” option like Windows does. Until then, this is the closest solution.

Guide: Hacks to Make An old iPhone Not Suck

These are the list of the iPhone hacks and Cydia apps I’ve found the most useful for turning an iPhone into an actual, GOOD phone.

Before using these hacks, read my iPhone Hacked App intro guide!

New Features / Fixes for iPhone Problems:

Phone related:

Add Multiple iPhone Ring/Tone Profiles

Add Information and Alerts to the iPhone Lock Screen

Add Alert Notifications to the iPhone Status Bar

Change iPhone SMS theme (Remove the bubbles!), Better Pop-ups for SMS, icon notifications

iPhone SMS Delivery Notifications

Change Vibration Patterns for iPhone Notifications

Change or Remove Carrier Name next to Signal Strength

Enable MMS Messages on iPhone

Fix if you have a broken Silent Switch on your iPhone

Modify iPhone Ringtones / SMS Sounds / Other Sounds

Sync Multiple Exchange Activesync Accounts on iPhone

Change iPhone Calendar Colors to Anything

Video Related:

Play AVI / Divx Video Files

Add Video Recording to an iPhone on iOS 3

Internet Related:

Firewall / Block IPs / Block Ads in iPhone Apps

Download BitTorrent Files (Bittorrent Client for iPhone)

Remove Website Ads in iPhone Browsers (AdBlock)

Monitor your iPhone’s Data Usage (Good for limited Data Plans)

Enable Wifi even when the iPhone is in Standby

Fix PUSH Notifications on Jailbroken iPhones

Change the iPhone’s Default Internet Browser

App Related:

Add Folders to Pre-iOS 4 phones

iPhone App Multitasking on iOS 3

System Related:

Make the Volume Buttons change Current Playing Track (or other actions)

Track and Monitor iPhone Battery Usage

Replace the Ugly iPhone Default Fonts

Install a Better Keyboard / Theme the original iPhone keyboard

Change Vibration Patterns for iPhone Notifications

Change or Remove Carrier Name next to Signal Strength

Misc Fixes / Cydia Apps:

T-Mobile Hacks (Tethering, MMS, other carrier settings)

Long list of various Apps and descriptions for what else you can hack your iPhone to do.

Prevent Cydia from Refreshing every time (Speed it up!)