Category Archives: Technology.

New App! Geotagged Classifieds

There’s been a lot of buzz about posting photos on Social Media sites like Twitter and Instagram because people can inadvertently share private information, like their location, with the world.

But one over-looked aspect of oversharing is in online commerce like classified ads like Craigslist. Online classified sites are a great place for people to post photos of their used junk and selling it someone who’s looking for a special treasure. Unfortunately, for many sites, GPS exif data is left in the sites photos.

A big classifieds site in my area is If anyone is selling anything used online in the Utah/Idaho area, it’s highly likely they’ve listed it on For this reason, I’ve selected them as my test app.

Check out to see examples of data-overexposure via online classified ads.

Leave a comment or contact with questions.

How long does it take Facebook to actually delete your images?

When you upload a photo on Facebook, you have the option to delete it immediately. But how long does it take Facebook to actually delete an image?

facebook image delete test

To test that, I created a sample image and uploaded it to Facebook. The sample image and uploaded it to Facebook  at 11:35 AM MST, January 2nd, 2014.

I then deleted the image from Facebook 2 minutes later. They asked me to confirm the deletion, which I did, and I received a confirmation that the image was deleted.

But before doing so, I copied the actual URLs to the images – the ones that get sent to your browser for display. You can find them here:

Full size image -

Thumbnail -

If you can still see the images via the links above, Facebook hasn’t actually deleted them yet… which makes you wonder – what else haven’t they deleted?

Comment below if you can still see the image.

update: (I made one error on the image, I said “PM” in the text instead of “AM”. This has no bearing on the actual test – oops. :) )


Vivint Wireless Internet – How is it?

Has anyone else tried Vivint Wireless Internet service? They’re launching in neighborhoods all over Utah, using a new Wireless technology, promising 50 Mbps down AND up, guaranteed for only $50 bucks a month.

I’ve personally been on the service now for for about 4 months, and it’s been lightning fast. But it seems like not everyone is happy. There’s even a  Vivint Internet Downtime Log to keep track of the outages in their neighborhood.

I have to admit, I too have experienced intermittent outages, and sometimes it seems like, as a new ISP, they’re still working on having their ducks in a row. But it’s a fantastic deal, and they’ve seemed reasonably responsive, so I’m willing to stick it out a while longer. At this point, I think they’ll either be a huge success, or an EPIC BLUNDER for a $2 billion company.

How has the service worked for you? Is it fast? Reliable? How’s their customer service? what kind of experiences have you had? There aren’t many places on the web yet talking about them, so leave a comment below.

Bad Password Policies –

I hate bad password policies.

Bad password policies encourage bad passwords, and bad password behavior (writing passwords down, picking simple passwords, etc…).

Signing up for my new Costco American Express Card, I found a new password policy that takes the cake. From

Your Password:
  • Must be different from your User ID

  • Must contain 8 to 20 characters, including one letter and number

  • May include the following characters: %,&, _, ?, #, =, -

  • Your new password cannot have any spaces and will not be case sensitive.

  • So they enforce a minimum of 8 characters, but I cannot use spaces.
  • I have to be alphanumeric, but I can’t be case sensitive – if I create a case-sensitive password, they’re kind enough to down-case it for me.
  • I can use special characters, but only from the list of 7 they’ve provided me.

What a horrible password policy. This is just the kind of thing that encourages poor passwords that are easily exploitable. Looking out on the interwebs, I’m not the first person to call attention to this, either. The first blog post I encountered had this to say:

The icing on the cake is the fact that all passwords “will not be case senstive[sic].” This reduces the number of available characters from 52 down to only 26. Once you add in numbers and the limited special characters, customers only have 43 characters to choose from.

Ridiculous. And these people are charged with keeping my credit information safe?

Have you seen a major website with a worse password policy?