August 25th, 2011
If you are playing Collapse! Blast on Facebook or Google+, I can show you a few tips on getting much, much higher scores to help you stay ahead of your friends and neighbors. The premise is to click on the groups of 3 or more same colored blocks to eliminate them before either time runs out or the rows reach the top of the screen. Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2011
It seems that the latest way for websites and software to make money with their 3rd party advertisers is to give them collected about you. The first place I ran across this was Facebook and the Instant Personalization. This was where Facebook partnered up with some websites to provide us with “great, personalized experiences the moment you arrive.” Translation – we are sending information about you to these sites so they know about you and your friends. Needless to say, that was immediately disabled on my Facebook as well as everyone else’s in my household (if you haven’t done so yet, follow the steps outlined in this tech-recipe!). The next place I came across it was Amazon.com, which again wanted to give you “personalized ads on Amazon.com and its affiliated sites” as well as other 3rd party sites. Another site that needed this feature disabled (good grief!). Amazon states that you are in control, yet I never saw anything notifying me that my information was being given out unless I opted out of the service (you can disable it by following these instructions at Tech-Recipes). Finally, today I downloaded Skype to install on my Windows 7 machine. After installing the software and opened the application. I went through the options and privacy settings and found out that once again I had “opted-in” for giving out my information. Luckily it was “non-personally identifiable information,” or I’d be worried (sarcasm). So, that meant making changes to the software and writing yet another article to make sure others were aware of it being there and how to change the settings.
Is this how things are going to be from here out? Shouldn’t we be notified, up front, in a straight forward manner instead of fine print or deceptively placing the settings in some obscure place? I understand that these sites and software need to make money, that’s why they are in business in the first place, but when you are playing with the privacy of your users, I think that you are going too far. I hope this isn’t a pattern that we all need to look out for, but at this point, it doesn’t look good.
January 17th, 2010
My Town limits how often you can send gifts to your neighbors. There is a simple method for getting around this limitation so that you can send more than 1 gift to your neighbor(s). Read the rest of this entry »
November 6th, 2009
FishVille limits how often you can send gifts to your neighbors. There is a simple method for getting around this limitation so that you can send more than 1 gift to your neighbor(s).
Facebook Cafe World Cheat: Close Your Cafe When You are Away for Long Periods of Time (to preserve your Buzz Rating)
October 9th, 2009
Cafe World uses a Buzz Rating for measuring customer opinion of your establishment. If they like it, your rating increases. If they have a bad experience, it will decrease. Having your food go bad or running out of food will definitely result in a bad experience for every customer that visits during your absence. If you are going to be away from the game for a while (going on vacation, having to get ready for exams, or just taking a long break) you should “close” your cafe to prevent any customers from entering the cafe and risking a bad rating. Read the rest of this entry »
October 8th, 2009
You want to minimize the distance between the counters and the table so that the waiters will take minimal time in delivering the customers’ dishes. Wile this will work fairly well, there is a way for the dishes to be instantly served as soon as the waiter picks them up from the counter. Read the rest of this entry »
October 8th, 2009
Cafe World limits how often you can send gifts to your neighbors. There is a simple method for getting around this limitation so that you can send more than 1 gift to your neighbor(s). Read the rest of this entry »
September 7th, 2009
In Mafia Wars, Godfather points are used to purchase rare items, special upgrades, etc. If you find yourself just shy of being able to purchase that one special item, you can get an extra 5 Godfather points by following this quick tip. Read the rest of this entry »
September 6th, 2009
If you want to increase the size of your mafia, but don’t have anymore Facebook friends who will play, you can easily add people to your mafia with them being one of your Facebook friends. Read the rest of this entry »
August 29th, 2009
(Lil) Farm Life limits how often you can send gifts to your neighbors. There is a simple method for getting around this limitation so that you can send more than 1 gift to your neighbor(s). Read the rest of this entry »