Sites of the Week: August 12, 2012

The following comes by way of my friend Jack:

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.

H. L. Mencken

In response to my DoNotTrack Plus (http://abine.com/) site, my friend Dale D wrote:

 A comment about DoNotTrack Plus:  In functionality, DNT+ is very similar to Ghostery.  So, either one is a good choice for the limited action they take in blocking tracking by web sites.  I happen to use Ghostery.  However, to be really secure in blocking all the intrusive tracking and spying done by web sites, you need to also consider all or some combination of:

1.  Better Privacy
2.  Ad Block Plus
3.  Noscript
4.  Ghostery or DNT+ (but not both)

The beauty of Better Privacy is that it can also delete Flash Cookies (or LSOs).  Flash Cookies are used by many web sites to track you on the web, even when you don’t look at content requiring Adobe Flash Player.  The use of Flash Cookies is a technique used to plant a different type of “cookie”, even when you have told your browser to delete, or disallow, the normal web browser cookies.  This is a very insidious approach used by web sites.”

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out two ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. 

Amazon Cloud Player

www.amazon.com/cloudplayer  

I thought of my friend Dale H when I read about this service. Amazon Cloud Player is a digital music storage and streaming service from Amazon. You can store your complete music collection online and the Cloud Player app lets you manage and play your music anywhere without the hassle of loading and syncing. You no longer need to worry about running out of space either.  Both free and paid versions of Cloud Player are available. The free version allows you to store up to 250 songs that you did not purchase through Amazon, plus an unlimited number of Amazon purchases. For just $24.99 per year, you can store and stream up to 250,000 non-Amazon songs, plus all Amazon purchases. The Cloud Player’s “cloud match” scans your devices for music files—including your iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries—and matches them against Amazon’s licensed inventory of 20 million tunes. Matches are automatically added to your Cloud Player account without any uploading.

The Amazon Cloud Player service currently supports many mobile devices, including Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch and Kindle Fire.  Soon, the Sonos home entertainment system (which I own) and the Roku streaming player will be supported. Cloud Player supports up to ten devices per user account.

  

Use Skype as a Remote Video Security Monitor      

http://www.von-phone.com/skype-home-security-monitor-howto.php 

Interested in an easy and way to set up a remote video security monitor at your home? It’s even free if you already have a video camera. This site explains the quick, simple steps to set up a Skype video security monitor. Once established, you can sign into your account on your mobile device and your home Skype account will automatically answer and start sending you live video  from your home Webcam.

 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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