Facebook Using Profile Photos in Ads

Posted in News, Social Networking, The Web on July 20th, 2009 by Jeff – 1 Comment

As it turns out, Facebook can use your profile photo in ads. You can disable this easily enough but if you use AdBlock Plus, you’ll need to disable it before adjusting your Facebook settings. If you do not, you won’t be able to see the form.

From Jim M. Goldstein’s blog, this is the series of steps required for you to

All you have to do to prevent this is sign in to Facebook and click through to (get ready) -> Settings -> Privacy -> News Feed and Wall -> Facebook Ads -> Appearance in Facebook Ads and click “no one.”

And remember, if you use Firefox and AdBlock Plus you will need to disable AdBlock Plus in order to actually see the settings to disable the use of your photo in advertisements.

Of course, if you want to see your smiling face in online dating ads, just leave things the way they are.

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New Web Site, Again

Posted in News, Systems Administration on January 31st, 2009 by Jeff – 2 Comments

I’ve setup a new blog on a new server for a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with it being a terrible idea to host on my home network. I’ve chosen a hosting service provider rather than hosting it on my own hardware. I’m using Slicehost for now. It’s fairly inexpensive (not the cheapest by far), has a good amount of positive buzz around it and they use operating system virtualization. This is cool since I get full control of my “slice” (Ubuntu) just like a regular server but upgrades are done through a web-based management console so I don’t have to drive to a Denver hosting facility to do maintenance. If I need to upgrade memory or storage I can do so with a click or two. Plus I can take snapshots of the entire slice which can be used to rebuild the whole VPS through a nifty administrative console. They don’t offer much storage but I plan to use Amazon S3 for storage on the cheap.

Anyway, so far so good.

Next up is moving my 25 web sites to the new server! (Who knew I was so rich in Internet property!)

Anyway, I’ll be posting up my old articles and files over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime here’s a nice picture:

The Flatirons