At a time when privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to many people, AOL has added a new provision to their AIM Terms of Service contract. Of course, there is rarely a person that ever even reads these things, so here is the text:
...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.
That is straight from AOL themselves, my friends. You waive any right to privacy. That is as clear as day. I recommend anyone using AIM to switch to something a bit more sensible, and a lot more user friendly - like Skype - available in both Windows and Mac/Linux flavors.
Read More | Houston Chronicle
If you have never been in need of a file you forgot while on the go, you are a liar. The fact of the matter is, we have all forgotten/deleted/thrown away something important at one time or another. Box.net is all about making these kinds of things less stressful. Their goal is simply to provide you with an online file storage bin that is always available. Their standard box size is 1 GB, which is more than enough to hold images, Word documents, and a few other things. Accounts can be shared, or kept all to your lonesome. We are going to be giving away three 1 GB accounts, which will be yours for one year, over the next few days. In order to win, be sure to check back daily. We will be putting a box.net hyperlink into one story per day, for three days, starting on Monday. If you see it, be the first to post your findings in the comments area of that news item and the 1 year 1 GB account is yours. In the meantime, read up on their service (which you can also opt to purchase yourself for $2.99 per month) in their “How It Works” section.
If you have ever wanted to create your own South Park character - or create yourself as a South Park character - now is your chance. The South Park Studio over at Planearium allows you to put together bits and pieces, Potato Head style, to create your own South Park characters. I must say, they did a good job with this one. It is definitely fun messing around with all the different pieces they have to offer. Feel free to link to some of your creations.
We’re all for getting tech-heads together to share ideas and have an all around good time. Meetup.com is a free online service that helps you set up meetings in your area. It includes member profiles, links to maps, event planners, picture galleries, and even a built-in message board. We’ve even planned a series of get-togethers ourselves in New York for fans of the upcoming PSP handheld. Private messaging requires a fee on the service, but hey, that’s why there’s email and IM.
Read More | Meetup.com
In an effort to reduce the amount of emails I receive per day asking for a Gmail invitation from about 300 to 295, I urge anyone that doesn’t seem to have a friend on the Internet (since it seems that everyone I know uses Gmail) that can simply send them an invitation to check out the iSnoop Gmail Spooler. Just head on over there and put in your email address. You can expect a nice, fresh Gmail invitation arrive in your Inbox shortly. If it doesn’t come, try it again. Just don’t email me asking why.
Read More | iSnoop.net
For those times when you get a Firefox crash in the midst of doing something important, SessionSaver has arrived to help. This extension remembers the tabs that were open before Firefox was manually closed and reloads the tabs the next time Firefox is started. SessionSaver even remembers past history and restores them next time Firefox is started. This extension is great on those times when reading stories on different web sites and your Internet connection is lost, no longer do you have to keep Firefox open until your Internet connection is re-established or manually save all the pages.
Read More | MozDev
We’re all for free stuff on the web…spam, pop-up ads, and viruses aside. One of my favorite past-times, java-based games, continues to give me something to do while I’m bored at work. The best part about this one is that you can download and keep it on your hard drive for those times your laptop isn’t around a WiFi connection. This game reminds me a lot of Bejeweled, only the board is more three dimensional, and you have special pieces with different abilities. Post your high score!
Play It Now | Cubis
Sometimes I have a hard time remembering what movie a certain quote came from and when I try asking friends for some strange reason, they seem to experience the same memory lock as I do at the moment. Now thanks to Google I won’t have to fret over not remembering the movie where follow the white rabbit comes from. Check out the full review after the jump.
I always thought simply jumping on an enemy’s head just couldn’t be enough to thwart their efforts - especially when my enemy is a walking dragon! Thanks to Mario Rampage, we can now rest easy knowing that Mario is able to take matters into his own hands the same way they do in the movies. My score? 3075 points, killing 91 enemies and collecting 26 coins. Shine Get!
Play The Game | Mario Rampage
Well, we knew it was inevitable. It appears that one of my personal favorites sites on the internet, AllOfMP3.com, may finally be in a position to be shut down. While many figured what they were doing was okay by Russian standards, our friends in the Russian police force felt otherwise. Now they are under criminal copyright investigation due to their pay-per-megabyte music model. Say it ain’t so! Hey, as long as they leave MP3Search alone, I’m good.
Read More | CNet