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Old 03-20-2013, 08:49 AM
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Nolan - you will appreciate Firefox once you try it

Bigdog - unanswered works for me with Firefox

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Hey Dave, I'm fairly sure that you have grown tired of intrusive tracking methods employed by web browsers, web sites that sell advertising, web sites that sell user information to other web sites, etc., etc., etc. I think I have realized that when the tracking reaches a certain saturation point, it slows your PC functions to a point of being useless. Just as soon go back to ordering paper catalogs, newspapers, books, encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Recent news reports here in La. indicate that the State wants to track online purchases of goods by residents for the purpose of collecting taxes. Proposals by legislators include but are not limited to, allowing purchases on the internet without sales taxes up to a given percentage of your annual income, but taxable if purchases exceed a given percentage of your annual income. This fact and all the tracking that goes on is starting to seem kind of spooky.

Maybe I should start a thread on this but, whats your knowledge on this? I'm afraid I don't know enough about the whole internet realm of things. What internet movements are still sacred? Recently I read that some ISP or search engines actually read all your email to gather key words about what you do, to target you with advertising. How about a little seminar for guys like me that don't really know how the whole internet world works? If google makes your computer slow because of tracking that makes advertising money, how does google chrome allow your computer to run faster when you know dam well its tracking too? What does your favorite internet forum do in the background that they don't want you to know? Who's tracking? What are they tracking? Why are they tracking? Who can hack your computer with a key stroke? Can the feds/state just open up your computer and read at will remotely? I don't have anything to hide from anyone, but it just makes me really curious as to how it all works. Nolan

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:26 AM
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Ahhhh 'puters and the internet. Ya gotta love 'em to hate 'em.

Tracking - no matter what you do, your computer and whatever search engine is tracking you, be it via search history (Google, Bing, etc), cache and cookies - and on your computer - you should delete at a minimum, every few days. I do mine at least once a day, more often if I'm on a lot. Firefox has a History drop down that you can empty plus a Tools drop down that will clear you cookies and cache. Next - Trojan Horses - here's a good (bad??) explanation : Trojan horse (computing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Then you need a viruscide that you can use to do additional cleaning. I've been using AVAST, the free version, but also used their very inexpensive Pro version - and it works much better for an individual then Norton, McAfee or Kaspersky which are way too intrusive and really slow things down. Then there are applications that start when you push the 'ON' button, many of which aren't needed for start up and not only slow the start, but also keep grabbing some of the RAM (memory). Then your hard drive. Even if you delete something, there are traces left until such time as it get written over - or maybe not. This is how law enforcement nails undesirables. I have a terabyte of hard drives - chance of over write happening soon, slim to zip

Am I a 'puter expert - absolutely not. But have built several, gotten them to work well, but have not a clue as to what goes on with the innards. Heck, on the home built desk top, I'm still using XP, but only for another 9-10 months.

La. collecting sales tax - in New York, if the company has a presence, sales tax gets charged - AMAZON being one - if not a NY company, you are supposed to 'fess up and pay. Uh huh! Sure we will

Google - I will NOT use Chrome. Google already knows too much about me and shares with the gov't.

Posting comments on or about political sites - not any more. Call me paranoid, but my politics and the current administration aren't the same, therefore I try to keep a reasonably low profile. There are other reasons, but not for discussion here. I also try not to go to sites that have specific aggressive words or are probably being watched for big brother to get alarmed over.

Nolan - it is what it is. Tracking will tell a web browser company who and what to charge based on hits. They just carry it beyond reason so target you for 'crap'. With Firefox, you can download the ADBLOCK add on which will defeat 99% of the targeted garbage as the ads don't make it to your computer.

'Nuff said, lunch time

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Originally Posted by Irelands child View Post
Nolan - you will appreciate Firefox once you try it

Bigdog - unanswered works for me with Firefox

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Originally Posted by OLNOLAN View Post
Hey BD, It works for me on Google Chrome, BUT it is filled with tons of threads that have been answered. Perhaps it hasn't been cleaned up in a long time? Nolan
I use firefox too. Yea the link works, but all the threads have been answered So i don't even know what it's taking me to. Maybe recent posts? Dunno but it sure isn't unanswered posts.
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