What are the real risks to having a google account? What are the benefits to staying out of Google's ecosystem that outweigh the inconvenience? [more inside]
I am unable to log into my Gmail account until I sign up for Google+. I have no desire to belong to Google+, can you help? [more inside]
Help me come up with math-themed "big brother"/"little sister" shirt designs for a friend's kids. [more inside]
How is google intercepting my phone calls?! [more inside]
Do you know of any good books for toddlers about becoming an older sibling? Any specific to becoming a big brother? [more inside]
Big Sister/Little Sister Program Filter: First outing with my "little sister" tonight, and I feel a little nervous or ...something.. about the whole experience so far... [more inside]
I'm sure most of you remember last year's Kindle debacle, when Amazon deleted copies of 1984 from users' machines. Now I've heard that Amazon can also track the highlight function, and stores the information of how users read. Is this true? Are there other Kindle-spylike things that Amazon can do/is doing?
Why do some people use false names when travelling? Is this legal? I'm interested in the history of people using noms de voyages, people who do it now, attitudes towards them, and what practical difficulties there are and were.
What, exactly ARE the conventions when translating familial honorifics in Chinese? You can't go around calling EVERYONE in the story aunt and uncle. [more inside]
Longshot filter: Sometime in the mid-90s, Big Brother magazine ran a photo of a male skateboarder sitting on a bench or concrete wall, skateboard in hand, and a female next to him, kissing him on his cheek. Is this photo online? [more inside]
What resolution would the Hubble Telescope be able to discern, if we pointed it at my back yard instead of into the stars? Would it be able to pick up individual blades of grass? Would it be able to see bacteria or anything not visible to the naked eye? Could it see the illuminated dial of my watch at night? [more inside]
Help me choose a VPN provider. [more inside]
My son’s elementary school Internet policy has some fairly objectionable provisions. How common are these terms, and can/should anything be done about it? [more inside]
Can FaceTime IM monitoring read the traffic on googletalk when it's being run via the browser? [more inside]
Why haven't (or to what extent have) prisons embraced video technology? [more inside]
Why was I asked for my zip code when I payed at the pump? ID verification? [more inside]
I'm considering becoming a Big Sister. I know that it's a real commitment, and I have an idea of the individual, group and school programs that are available, but I'd like to hear about your experiences as current or former Big Sisters/Big Brothers anywhere in Canada or the States. (If you were a Little Sister or Brother, I'd like to hear from you, too.) What should I expect? What went well? What didn't go well?
How can I watch the big brother 7 (US) season finale? Its mysteriously missing from the internet. [more inside]
I've spent the last couple of weeks reading Everyware: The Dawning age Of ubiquitous computing, 1984 and Brave New World and now I'm in full-on tin-hat mode. [more inside]
Clearing up the sound on a low quality avi recorded with a Casio EX-Z57? [more inside]