Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thoughts on Facebook Graph Search

In the interest of supporting innovation here are some of my thoughts on Facebook's Graph Search :
1) Unlike the complicated query you need for search using + - " * ... that non-geeks may not be familiar with you can use natural language processing for your Graph Search. ( Luckily I have a college going Linguistics student. But then she likes Tumblr more than Facebook)
2) Today even if you have just the Dunbar number of friends (150) sorting is difficult. Graph Search makes that easy. You can look for friends who ski, eat and work with your favorite company. Maybe even who have already been to the Big Bend National Park like we did over the holidays.

Give it a chance and sign up at the link below for getting the Graph Search before they introduce it globally.For the people who live in the same city sample search that I did Jim Long,Jennifer Abernethy and Mark Drapeau came up first ......

( First posted on the DC Facebook Social Media Group page)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Advisory: Spend a few minutes to disable JAVA in your browsers NOW

There is a serious  advisory of a potential issue with Java that may affect computer users. The advisory is issued by the The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

 At a minimum you should spend a few minutesto take these steps: (sourced from http://java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml)


Chrome
  1. Click on the Chrome menu, and then select Settings.
  2. At the bottom of Settings window, click Show advanced settings
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy section and click on Content Settings.
  4. In the Content Settings panel, scroll down to the Plug-ins section.
  5. Under the Plug-ins section, click Disable individual plug-ins.
  6. In the Plugins panel, scroll to the Java section. Click Disable to disable the Java Plug-in.
  7. Close and restart the browser to enable the changes.
Note: Alternatively, you can access the Plug-ins settings by typing about:plugins in the browser address bar.


Firefox
  1. Click on the Firefox tab and then select Add-ons
  2. In the Add-ons Manager window, select Plugins
  3. Click Java (TM) Platform plugin to select it
  4. Click Disable (if the button displays Enable then Java is already disabled)
Safari
  1. Choose Safari Preferences
  2. Choose the Security option
  3. Deselect Enable Java
  4. Close Safari Preferences window
There are steps for Internet Explorer on the same JAVA  page using the JAva Control panel. Advanced users can also check these instructions http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/how-to-disable-java-internet-explorer/

Hope this is helpful.