Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Website Accessibility

New Accessibility Law for websites

From 1. July 2014 New a Law for accessibility is live for all websites on internet. It goes for all, both Public Government, businesses, and private sites. It should be designed With WCAG 2.0.

I have always thought this is an important thing being accessible to all, even those With poor eyesight. Sadly not all web themes on WordPress fulfill those rules coming, and the old  theme I used really did not. It have been bothering me for a long time, so this night I sat many hours trying to find a theme as Close to the recommendations in the Law as possible. I ended up With the Yoko Theme.

Some of the rules in WCAG 2.0 is

  • Text must be easy to read dark on light background.
  • Links must be blue and underlined.
  • Easy to find, use and see menu
  • Easy to find the way around the site without risk for getting lost.
  • A and AAA meaning possibility to larger the text.
  • Avoid a lot of Things that can be confusing for an eye not able to see so good, no disturbing design.
  • Images and photos should have a text describing the image.
  • Keyboard access
  • Contact form sheets must be easy to use, visible and maneuverable.
  • It is also important to know that some colors are bad and some are worse for People With bad eyesight, and some combinations are worse than others. A white background With easy to read black text and font is to prefer.

Listen to more of this (English)
http://dotsub.com/view/2ffdfef4-60ca-4b54-826d-d0596c74b4b0
Read (Engish)
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/
Read (Norwegian)
http://www.w3.org/Translations/WCAG20-no/

I have written to WordPress.com and asked them to make the accessibility better on WordPress. I hope it will happen soon. I have also  asked to get a function that allow me to fold the posts at the FrontPage. As you know I have rather long posts and it would be more presentable to have them folded. Easier to view and get a overlook, and ability to give the Reader an option to “Read more…”.

I hope you are more satisfied With my new Yoko Theme and would be happy to  hear what you think.

Thank you

Annelie


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I’m bright

I before got antivirus on my mobile through a friend. When that expired I needed one of my own. I went online with my phone to buy it, but my bank did not approve buying it using the phone. So I went online using pc and got a license. It is now installed by yours truly, and everything runs smoothly. Cleaver girl! :)

Today’s smart phones are like computers, and need protection against breakins and scanning for threats.


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Abuse of my site

The content of my website was abused by http://www.exercise-induced-asthma.com/asthma-medicine/ and they used my personal photo and text at my page Day 2 – 3 unmedicated days and made it look like I am participating in their site. I am not participating in http://www.exercise-induced-asthma.com/asthma-medicine/ and I was not back then either. Even another lady got her personal photo stolen and also her text from her blog where she blogs about being a mom to an asthmatic kid, and even her they made it look like she were participating in their site, neither did she.

I contacted them several times by email and even told the police.

Today I got this message from their site webmaster:

[Annelie on asthma, humor, and the world.] Contact
“Annelie, I finally saw your comment today about your content on my site. I purchased the site about 6 weeks ago and have not looked at the site since I bought it. I did not realize it had a scraper to pull content from other sites. I have removed all the content from the site and will be redoing it with original content. I want to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Randy ”

I wonder about the sincerity in this. He says it had a scraper to pull content from other sites. What does that mean? I have worked with some web design myself and have created several sites, and updated them as well, and I know that for some material to end up on someones website normally a person have to add it there by hand and upload it with either copy and paste, a publishing tool or FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

I sometimes put things on my blog too, to discuss a case. But I make sure that it is clear it is not I who have created the material, and I never put people in a context that make it look like they are participating with me in my site, and I do not make it look like the text and content used is something else than what it is. Also I do not use phtos in that way either. That would be abusing people, twisting the story and the truth of the text. I only put material as a quote as it is, and then comment it, and I also always state my source. This is the nice a right way to do it. And when I do so it is mostly because my blog is in english, and some articles are not. So that is why I sometimes qoute others on their sites to be able to talk about it. I have no interest in stealing others contents and made it look like I was the creator. But this http://www.exercise-induced-asthma.com/asthma-medicine/ did to me. They made it look like I was participating with my face and my text, and they made it look like they wrote the text and that they were the owner of the photo. That is not cool.

Using someones personal photo and text and make it look like they are participating in an article, website or whatever without them doing so, is abuse, offensive to the owner and also it is breaking the law.

Well, now I have checked the site http://www.exercise-induced-asthma.com/asthma-medicine/ and all content on the site is deleted. Good for him. Or the police would be knocking on his door.

I have no regard for people using my photos, text and articles / content and make it look like I am in it and they are the creator. And if people are making money from it it is even worse. If someone quote me on my words and use it in a positive way, and do so to discuss my content, link to me, or use it in a school essay, plus make it obvious and totally clear that it is a quote,  that Annelie made this, and they put the source there I would not react as harsh.

If you want me to participate anywhere ask me.

/ Annelie


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Secure https surfing at Facebook

Look at the URL (address field) when you are at Facebook.

If it says http and not https you do not have secure surfing, and you can more easily be hacked.

Change this. Go to: Account > Account settings > Account Security and check the box for https. Press Save to store settings.

Voila! Now you surf on a secure platform. Facebook choose http automatically and you must choose the https manually to make it work.

But remember that if you get virus you can still get hacked, so do not click on stupid links and addons. Share this with all of your friends and let them surf secure too!

Ta ta!

Annelie


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The first laptop

– This was a quantum leap: Laptop celebrates 30th anniversary

Osborne 1 came on the market in 1981 and was the first popular laptop. Notice how smal the screen is! Photo: Norwegian Museum

Adam Osbourne Photo: Tony Bove

Today we can hardly imagine life without having an mobile in your pocket, but it is only 30 years since the first laptop computer was invented. Osborne 1 was the name of the first portable computer that was a commercial success. The revolutionary invention was launched in April 1981 by Osborne Computer Corporation, but it was a pretty heavy innovation the world saw. The computer weighed almost 11 pounds and was equipped with a hard plastic case so you could take it with him on the plane.

The man behind the Osborne 1 Adam Osborne was also present at the launch, Norway. He was a very skilled computer journalist with great technical skill who had highlighted the need to carry a tool that he could write when he was traveling. The market for the Osborne 1 was first and foremost business people who travel as an important part of the job. Osborne 1 was a success with business people on the go. The Osborne 1 cost more than £ 15,000.

Notice the small screen

The machine was equipped with two floppy disks . This was before the hard drive’s time, so people used the one station to the operating system and the other for software. The software was available early editions of Word and worksheets.

Osborne 1 had no batteries, it was dependent on electricity for functioning. The screen of the first portable computer was not as we know them today. The screen was very small and not flat so we are used to today. The graphics were far from the same as we see thirty years later.

Computer lap are common today. The first laptops were perhaps not entirely appropriate to have on your thighs when they weighed over 10 pounds. At the most, were produced 10,000 machines each month. Osborne was produced and marketed in large quantities worldwide.

IBM laptop from 1984. Photo: Digital Museum

Although Osborne 1 was popular, the company went bankrupt Adam Osborne shortly. The machine was quickly ousted by the IMB, which came with a PC for half a year later.

 
Blogged about article: http://www.nrk.no/vitenskap-og-teknologi/1.7584848
 

Amazing!

I often think about how amazing it actually is that we can call with a phone without a cord, and compute without cables. We can instantly text message on both phone and computer, we can make video calls and see the one we are talking to even if the person is on the other side of the globe. We can show people we care in an blink of an eye. And that we actually can compute at all! It really is fantastic! Think about in the old days when there were no phone, no computer or no email. Then people had to walk or travel by horse in any weather many miles and long distances and hours just to leave a message, or say hallo even. But now we have those fantastic things to help us. Mostly one only take such for granted right? Well, I don’t, I think of it rather often. I lived back then when the phone was big clumbsy and grey and had that round thingy you put your finger in it and moved it around to dial the phone number. It was plugged to the wall and you could not bring it with you. You had to plan your calles and could only do it at home, from work or from a phone boot, and now we are able to both call and compute wireless. I think people should think about this a little more often, and be more careful with their toys. And be more grateful. We live in a time when we are blessed with having things that help us keep in touch with friends long distance. It also make me think of how sad it is that some people use these wonderful things to abuse other people. This is a wonderful item that should be used to make people happy, not to abuse others.


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Your email privacy

Email: Many places on the internet you are suggested to enter your email address either it is to receive newsletters, or registering accounts, or buying stuff.

Entering your email address make you in risk of either being flooded by mail from services, spam, receive unwanted mail, ads, or even virus. But there are an easy way of avoiding such. Som shady websites even sell your information on the black market and make moeny from it. This information is then used for spam, fishing, spreading viruses or other scams.

In addition to your own personal private or even work mail account I would suggest you to create a free trash account. Go to a free email account supplier and register for an account for this purpose. Call it yournameweb (for an example lisabuweb, or libuweb if you name is lisa burdon, or something else). This account you can use when registering to services and sites on the internet. All mail from those sites and services goes to your yournameweb mail account and you do not have to receive mail from all that in your personal mail or work mail account. And you also at the same time get a private username for all of those accounts when you sign in using that yournameweb mail account. You get a better privacy for your self, and your personal mail or work mail is free from such email from services. The risk of your personal mail or work mail being spammed is decreased.

NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD NOT DOWNLOAD EMAIL FROM THAT ACCOUNT TO YOUR COMPUTER USING AN EMAIL SOFTWARE. Some of the point getting a yournameweb mail account is to not download mails from it to your computer. Read it online and do not click links you do not know what is. Then you are in lesser risk of being infected by virus, spammed or what ever nasty you can get registering many places.

Since I got my own yournameweb mail account my personal mail account is free from all the irritating mails from services and such. All I get is what i really want to receive in my mail, I just check in my yournameweb mail account once in a while to see what is new.


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Your security on Facebook

Have you registered your phone number and address in your Facebook account? Then it is available for anyone to see that you have allowed to view your personal details. Are you account privacy set to all, then your phone number and address is available to all of the world. If it is set to friends of friends all of those can view it, and if set to only friends then only people added to your contacts can see it.

How much you want everyone to see about you is up to you.

Set your privacy:
In your Facebook account go to the top and choose menu

Account > Privacy settings > Connecting on Facebook
Here you can choose what those are not in your contact list, what they are able to view about you when they visit/view your account.

Account > Privacy settings > Sharing on Facebook
For best secure privacy I suggest you set it to Friends only. Click the Friends only in the menu table and then check or uncheck: Share a tagged post with friends of the friend I tag.

If you set your privacy to Friends only, then only friends will be able to view your wall, photos, videos, profile and details.

Delete your phone number and address
To delete your phone number go to the top of your Facebook account and click:

Account > Edit friends > Phone book (in the margin)

Then click link in this text on you account page:

Qoute:
Phonebook Contacts
Facebook Phonebook displays contacts you have imported from your phone, as well as your Facebook friends.
If you would like to remove your mobile contacts from Facebook, you need to disable the feature on your mobile phone and visit this page.”
End Qoute.
 

You might also want to delete your address in your profile. I got just a minimal info about me there. Really, if your friends want to know they can ask you.

Click menu: Profile > Edit profile (button) > Contact information (menu bar)

Here you can delete telephone number, address and only tell what you want people to see and what Facebook will have access to.

Everything you add in Facebook they have the right to sell to make profit from. Photos and videos also. So you might not want to add pictures they can use for that purpose, or photos that might harm you if spread.  They can sell it to a third-party, that is stated in the user agreement you agree to when you sign up for the account. It is not very nice and encouraging, but that is the way it is.