Proof Why to Never Upload a Compromising Image

I use Google / Picasa to publish the photos you see here. I upload them to my Google+ account, then copy the embed code here.

Recently, Google came out with a new feature, “Auto Backup” – on its own, it animates some of my photos, and on the weekend, Google made me this animated gif of my year in photos.

Here’s the problem.

I have my Google+ account organized into months, plus one private folder called, “Holding Tank”.

Days ahead of blogging, I filter photos and upload them to ‘Holding Tank’ until they’re ready to be moved to a public folder.

(the red smudge is masking the authentication key for the private folder.)

Bottom row, second from the left – that’s a private photo.

This one:

So accidentally, a private photo was published.

Proof that the only safe way to keep something protected, is not to upload it at all.

This isn’t dire, that’s me at a Canadian Tire winter tire event I haven’t blogged yet.

I’d guess  Google’s response would be that the animated gif wasn’t public until I made it so, but, if that one photo was at all compromising, I couldn’t use this .gif.

I didn’t even catch this mistake until the day after I’d blogged the gif.



Happy New Year

I’m pretty jinxy about the way I start a new year, like, it sets the tone for the year ahead. Start as you mean to go on.

The last 5 years: 

Have a few possibilities lined up for tomorrow, not yet sure which I’ll choose.

Here’s to a strong start to your new year!
Wishing for you a happy one.




The Sidebar is Looking Pretty Great, eh?!

Have you noticed the beauty?  Big blog doings, since the Sidebar is the Essence of a Blog

The new sidebar, now with:  less placeholders and more widgets; a new bio with a current photo; the return of ‘This Week’s Car'; drop down menus and multiple search bars, rotating photos, come ON

I’m being dramatic, it’s okay, it looks like nothing, I know.  But that’s 14 hours straight, no dramatics, eating at my computer, it was a Saturday, my shoulder was burning, no wonder I procrastinated so hard.

But two weekends ago, remember the big storm?  I was supposed to be travelling, so my whole day got cancelled, so I settled in, bit the bullet and built it.

I also made 50 more Sidebar Art pieces.

There’s an accompanying spreadsheet, each leads to a different post. They’re not installed yet though, just the prep work is done.

After these are live, there’s one more batch of sidebars to make, ‘Car Reviews’… I guess I can link up about 30 reviews.

After that’s done, the next project is ‘Pages’.

Have you ever clicked a link in the top nav bar?  Don’t.

Made a couple headers too.



How to Save Facebook Messages & Chats

To my research, this is the only way to do it, and it’s not elegant.

You can’t pick and choose what chats or messages you want, you must download your entire Facebook account, to get the messages. Really, the whole thing – all photos and videos, all wall posts, all.

First, you’ll need access to the Facebook account, and the email attached to it.

1 – under the gear icon > account settings

2 – bottom of that screen > click Download

You’ll be taken to a page with a green button, “Start my Archive”, click it.

Some time after, you’ll receive an email from Facebook, “your archive is ready”. This link will only work for a few days, for security reasons.

Most Importantly!

This file may contain sensitive and private information, such as: your current address or any past addresses, your cell number, including verified cell numbers you’ve added for security purposes; a credit card; Hidden Wall posts; Deleted and Removed friends; Hidden from News Feed; IP Addresses… this is a valuable file.

Download the file.  It’ll be a .zip, open it up*, and here’s the path to the messages.

The messages are output into one, unformatted, mega HTML page. I know.

Open it in a browser window, and start scrolling.  Copy paste save.

After downloading – delete the email containing the link. Be mindful where you store or send this file, and don’t upload it anywhere.