I’m Leaving Facebook

With recent changes in Facebook policies being a part of the big social network has less attraction then every before. I know that Facebook has a Shadow Profile of my that I can’t delete, as it has a Shadow Profile of each and every person reading this, and those can’t be deleted.

What I will not miss from Facebook.
• Facebook has become slow in my browser.
• Difficult to keep track of interactions with Facebook Friends.
• Difficult to keep track of messages received in pages. Even when Facebook shows that there is a message it is most often useless reminders, like I haven’t posted in a few days or I should buy a Facebook ad.
• Has an unethical promotion where they give you $30 in credit if you pay $10. If you don’t go over $10 before the credit expires in a short time the $30 would not be used and expires.
• Requiring connecting a personal account to manage a business page. When I used other networks to manage business pages I use them as that business, not as an account connected to family, friends, and personal interest.
• Puts a Facebook ID on every outgoing link letting the linked website know it was me.
• Trying to control how I save my password. I have a password manager and I don’t want to use whatever picture thing Facebook wants to replace passwords with.
• The hate from the Left.

What I will miss from Facebook.
• Personal stories and photos from family and friends.
• Alert for upcoming birthdays for friends and family.
• Connecting to friends and family regardless of location.
• Easy to find community news and events. Especially painted rocks!
• Lots of easy to make and find groups. There are dozens of pages and groups for Burney.
• Facebook is where many people look for organizations, businesses, events, and much more.

No more Facebook for me after April 10.

You can find me at jimvideo.wordpress.com and www.mewe.com/i/jamesglaser

Edit: You share your account when you use Facebook as a login. Is the Facebook single login worth the information you share? I don’t think so. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-are-you-sharing-when-you-sign-in-with-facebook-or-google/

Vote for me as Honorary Mayor of Burney

This is my first poster for Honorary Mayor of Burney for 2017-18.

My motto is ‘Be Prepared to Serve in All Seasons’.

My extended goal is to champion a race track around the town of Burney.

I will have a list of locations in Burney to vote, or you can vote online at https://www.gofundme.com/mayorjim/

Thank you.

Please vote for James Glaser
for Honorary Mayor of

History of Personal Computers

This is an interesting version of the history of the personal computer, I mostly agree with the story. Calling out the first personal computer is debated, at one time I thought it was the Altair. Silicon Valley was named from the radar industry, many years before the first use in WWII. Secret History of Silicon Valley

BTW, if somebody has data showing that Apple ever had the best selling personal computer please link in the comments. As far as I know only Radio Shack, Commodore, IBM, then various PC makers ever had this record.

Article: Additional Ethical Questions for Driverless Cars

Additional Ethical Questions for Driverless Cars – The New Yorker


This article pokes fun at the current studies of ethical questions for driverless cars. Most of such questions pose the AI choosing between diverse people who should live, and who should not. The study doesn’t ask the most important question; who is doing the profiling to determine what the question is? On TWIT’s Tech News Today Megan Morrone gives a possible answer to this; the government will profile us like in the Gattica where the police have genetic profiles of everybody that have entries for expected lifespan, likenesses to commit crime, possible social standing, and more. That kind of creepy database would be needed for AI to respond to situations like should the car run over a doctor or two criminals?

In ten years such cars will be significantly safer then the average driver. The sensor array will be beyond what the prototype autonomous cars have now. Being humans we will adapt to the new levels of consequence for our actions and act less safe then before, but we will be better over all.

Sundial Bridge Tour July 26, 2016

Panoramic at the Sundial Bridge in Redding
Panoramic at the Sundial Bridge in Redding

Virtually walk the Sundial Bridge in Redding.

Before noon on this sunny summer day I went to the first place I want to take photos in the area. There are other places around that are great for photos, but this one is good for a string of photos linked together.

I’m using my Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera. Find the tour at http://northstatedigital.com/websites/sundial/ Use this link to access the virtual tour.


Race for Honorary Mayor of Burney

I Promise If I win I Will Break Ground For a High Speed Rail From Burney To Disneyland (and maybe back again)

Journey to Honorary Mayor of Burney

While a member of the Enterprise Lions Club I had the opportunity to serve the community of Redding. Many of the Lions Clubs in District 4C1 help Camp McCumber, including the Enterprise Lions Club. Now in the town of Burney I’m in the Burney Lions Club, another Lions Club in District 4C1 that supports Camp McCumber.

This year I decided to participate in the annual race for Honorary Mayor. The winner gets a title, some more money for his/her chosen charity, and opportunities for public appearances. The person that collects the most money earns the Honorary Mayor of Burney title. One vote per dollar and we accept money from any place that can access this Go Fund Me page: gofundme.com/mayorjim.

I’m looking forward to participating in community events in the area supported by the Burney Chamber.

Photo from pixabay

My charity of choice is the aforementioned Camp McCumber, where if I when half of the money will be donated to the Lions District 4C1 Health Foundation for Diabetes camp. The rest will be donated to the Burney Chamber. If I come in second, it’ll be 40%/60%, third 30%/70%.

Each mayor to be needs a slogan, and mine is “to bring a high speed rail from Burney to Disneyland.”

My AmigaOS and AROS wishlist.

As a long time Amigan this is my wish list for the AmigaOS. I haven’t used AmigaOS since 3.1, so I don’t know how many are obsolete. I suppose it doesn’t matter since they are my opinion. Many items in my wish list may work for AROS as well.

  • Server farms

    • Make the AmigaOS ready to be an Apache server right out of the box.

    • Further optimize the AmigaOS for power saving.

    • Make cable standards for a rack mounted Amiga to run the coolest. A little power savings can be a big deal in a server farm, so if making one or two AC/CD converters for a rack of servers could cut cost it could iinfluence purchasing decisions by a big company.

    • Integrated power management including laptop like battery detection and smart shutdown

  • Workbench

    • Requestors that ask me to copy over other files should give me the option to choose by name five or six files at a time.

    • When a new window opens on a two monitor system the new window should not open on the active window; instead open on the other monitor and not autocratically become active for user input.

  • AmigaOS

    • Support skinning of the desktop using a new system, without specific support for dated or shareware GUI enhancers.

    • Put a ‘view folders and icons’ mode in the desktop, so it will not show files that lack icons, but will show all folders, icons or not.

    • Make Javascript/ECMAscript, or a derivative, the official AmigaOS script.

    • Make it easy for developers of new JavaScript libraries, ie AJAX and jQuerry, to work with AmigaOS scripting with as little modification as possible

    • Saving with datatypes should be as functional as loading with datatypes.

    • Combined system message and requester windows options to send messages to commodities and a standard OS messenger like WebOS and others.

    • Maybe rename commodities to something shorter.

    • Named screens, so I can open programs in specific screens and/or device and/or user.

    • Tag highlighted files in GUI/CLI/shell to add tag that displays that file different

    • A ‘this kind of icon goes here’ layer for desktop themes so I can have no icons covering parts of my desktop wallpaper or have game links appear in a wallpaper of a bowl of cereal while all other icons are in the table around it.

    • Pop ups should not take input for the first two to five seconds. I hate canceling print jobs because the print information popped up just before I hit the space bar.

    • App store.

  • Media sever

    • Let the Amiga be used as a media server to one or more remote rooms while still serving as a desktop computer.

    • Traveling GUI, letting me continue a program in a different location on my LAN with the program scaling to the new GUI.

    • Features of Media Center, Boxee, ect.

    • A standard profile commodity for game controllers.

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