The destruction of nature is synonymous to the destruction of humanity. Trees, animals, birds, plants, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers—everything that exists in nature—is in desperate need of our kindness, compassionate care and protection. If we protect them, they in turn will protect us.

Mata Amritanandamayi

… the cloud isn’t an amorphous collection of billions of water droplets.

The cloud is actually a finite and knowable number of large companies with access to or control over large pieces of the Internet. It’s Level 3 for fiber optic cables, Amazon for servers, Akamai for CDN, Facebook for their ad network, Google for Android and the search engine. It’s more of an oligopoly than a cloud.

And, intentionally or otherwise, these products are now choke points for control, surveillance and regulation.
Jennifer Stisa Granick

The prognosis for publishers is grim. Repent! Find a way out of the adtech racket before it collapses around you. Ditch your tracking, show dumb ads that you sell directly (not through a thicket of intermediaries), and beg your readers for mercy. Respect their privacy, bandwidth, and intelligence, flatter their vanity, and maybe they’ll subscribe to something.
Maciej Cegłowski, The Advertising Bubble

smcFanControl to the rescue of your iMac

During the previous week I found myself trying to manage an early 2008 iMac with some serious issues booting. After having tried any trick I knew I decided myself to use the Apple’s Hardware Tests. Here I found some glitches with the fans. This mac was used in a man’s luxury tailor shop … so the outside was shiny!

Never I could ever imagine the amount of dust collected inside…

Without opening the iMac chassis I tried a first cleaning using an air-compressor. Then I remembered of smcFanControl, a software more commonly used to tame the heating of Apple’s notebooks. After the download I’ve started it and created a new cooling profile called “Cleaning” setting all the 3 fans inside the iMac to their maximum speed. Then I’ve selected it and … WOW … a cloud of dust was blown away from all the case’s fences! Incredible!

I had the iMac running this way for near twenty minutes, then made come it back to its default. Since then the iMac is working smoothly like when it was brand new. Zero euro spent, maximum result!

Bogdan Rauta – one of the authors of Infographic Monster News – has recently got in touch with the il social enterpreneur Robb Shecter recently came under the spotlight with his translation work of the Software Licence of Apple’s OS X 10.11 to a down to Earth language: OS X El Capitan License in Plain English.

There are many little surprises in the license, mainly because like everybody I never took chance to read the license in all its length. Bogdan summarized ulteriorly the work of Robb with the following Infographic, that I hope you’ll enjoy!