Do this :
1) Go to Google
2) Click Images
3) type “atari breakout”
Watch as minutes of your life disappear!
Do this :
1) Go to Google
2) Click Images
3) type “atari breakout”
Watch as minutes of your life disappear!
It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.
A very close friend just sent me a video that they asked for my opinion on. The link was to a video for an app launch for a product called Rippln.
I believe that this is a scam, not because it is looking to steal people’s money, but rather it is looking to steal people’s time and is full of false promises.
Rippln seems to be a platform that will ‘allow’ you to spam your friends/family with invites to join ‘cool’ apps that you find through their platform. However, instead of doing it to build a barn, you are doing it to get cash.
It seems to be setup like a pyramid, in which you get a cut from all of the referrals that your ‘rippls’ make for you.
So what’s wrong then? Here’s why Rippln is, at best a waste of time, at worst a scam…
The video pretends that it is currently an exclusive app, and that the only people that know have signed NDAs… and that if you are being told you need to keep it secret…
Then why is it a video on YouTube?
Then why are there so many results for it on Google? (all of which are written by crazy affiliate writers trying to solicit people to join their team)
Why do they say, everyone else signed a NDA, but we trust you (random YouTube user)
Create scarcity so that people feel pressured into being a part of it.
It is a tried and true marketing method. Not evil, but not scarse.
Do you know how I know? Because it isn’t in the Apple App store.
In order for regular people to use the app, it has to be in the App store. It isn’t, therefore there are no current users.
In order to use an app on your phone that isn’t in the app store, you need to be an Apple Developer. Normal people aren’t; and it cost ~$99 (or something like that)
They made the pyramid grow out from the center, instead of downward but it is still a pyramid structure.
People ‘before you/above you’ get a cut of your profits, and you get a cut of your ‘rippls’. I guess Ripple sounds better than pyramid. Less negative connotation.
But let’s point out the problems with the actual business model, shall we?
Even if you told them about it first, they would have still joined based on someone else’s recommendation. Do you know why? Because…
Facebook/ Instagram/ Twitter/ Pintrest/ Gmail/ Mailbox/ Tumblr all gained users because they were a great user experience. People liked them.
That is why you told people about them. Because they were great. Try and name one good application that paid people to join it.
So this leads me to the next point,
The apps that you will be pushing onto your friends will be FB/TW/etc ripoffs and boring games.
Think about pyramid schemes. You buy the awesome diet mix from them because you are told it will make your skin glow, and weight melt away… and then you are told that you need to use their VOIP phone system to save thousands a year… and in the end, you are left with a closet full of powder that tastes like vomit and people can never understand your robot sounding voice when you call them.
Why did you think these were good ideas in the beginning? Because (a) the crowd of people you were with told you they were and (b) you were promised money to convince other people of the same.
Even after trying the gross diet drink, you still push it as delicious because you WANT it to be a miracle that lines your wallet.
Look up cognitive dissonance.
You are going to want to believe the apps are cool when, in reality, they will almost always suck! Everyone you try to convince to download Upset Aviaries will see they suck, but you will have your Cognitive Dissonance glasses on…
It is sad to watch. And worst yet,
If a good app does decide to market themselves via Rippln, and then gets wildly successful; it WILL leave.
If it is good enough to spread through word of mouth, why would they pay you?
Which leaves the question, who stands to benefit from this?
They talk all bad about Mark Zuckerberg and team, but are they really creating this app to help you line your pockets; or is this a bid to help gullible people, who don’t understand web technologies, line their pockets?
I am 100% sure the leadership behind Rippln is from the former illegal pyramid schemes in the US. The channels that it got to me through are similar.
One of the things that piqued my interest in the video was that eventually you will be able to sell products through it. Sounds a lot like an ‘online mall’… like Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (and related companies).
I would bet money that they will be offering VOIP and Diet Powders through your own, $99 a year, online store within the year. ;)
I am sure I could find more things wrong with Rippln and their business model, but my final advice is: Stay Away.
As far as I know you don’t have to pay to join. It is a free app. So you may ask, What do I stand to lose?
Quote me on this, Rippln is not free. It will cost you, and most participants WILL lose!
Rippln is a multi-level marketing scam. Everything about it fails the gut check. It feels scammy and deceptive, and its video screamed slimy marketing.
I don’t think you will lose the house on it, but I think it is a waste of time, and only stands to profit the owners.
Sadly, I believe it will be successful for the owners, because the pyramid scheme business model often is, and this seems to be popular in those circles (or should I say, rippls) already.
FHTM is dead! Long live Rippln! ???
UPDATE Aug 29, 2013:
As Westerley points out in the comments below, “There’s a ‘netflix region picker’ on the unblock-us website that allows you to simply choose which netflix region you want to access. Wouldn’t that be simpler?”
That is simpler. I still like our setup because it allows multiple users in the house to be on both US and Can Netflix, but Westerley’s solution is probably better for most people.
So, if you are here I am assuming you know why you would want to be able to ‘pretend’ you are on an American IP. This post is to tell you how I did it in my home.
I wanted a guest network in the house so that friends/family that visit could access the internet, but wouldn’t be able to print on my devices or see my shared drives.
With Shaw, my old service, this was no problem. My Apple Extreme router handled both, however with Telus…
There seemed to be a conflict with Apple’s router and a Double Nat error that was forcing my router into Bridge Mode. I didn’t want Bridge Mode, I wanted to use my Apple router.
The problem was that my new Telus modem was actually a wireless router too. So both machines (Extreme and V1000H) were competing to hand out IP’s on the network.
So what I did was enabled the DMZ, or “de-militarized zone”, on my Telus Router to 192.168.1.99.
Then I opened my Airport Utility and set the Internet tab to “Static” with the following settings:
(you need to make sure these settings are correct for your house…)
Basically, this allows the Airport Extreme to bypass the Telus V1000H Router and handle all of the IP address assignments.
I then setup the router to have a Primary Network, a 5GHz network, and a Guest Network.
I also disabled the Telus Wireless at this time… who needs four networks? But then I realized I still had to conquer problem number 2:
In Canada, Netflix is GREAT. However, the US has different content than us, and we occasionally would like the option to access that content.
I started by using a VPN service that would forward the data to me through a US IP address. It is great… in theory. In reality it dramatically slows down your transfer speeds.
We found we usually got 1-2 Mbps with the VPN, and we were used to ~15 Mbps.
We cancelled the service 6 days in, and switched to…
Unblock-us.com is a Canadian service that you pay monthly for that allows you to access
Best part, it doesn’t slow down your connection because it simply acts as your DNS server.
So, because I wanted my wife to be able to easily switch between the US and Canadian Netflix streams, I wanted to make it as easy as changing which network you are on.
In order to do this, I decided to enable the Telus Wireless network (I had disabled, see above) and set it up to use Unblock-us’ DNS servers.
Unfortunately the basic Telus V1000H login doesn’t allow you to change the DNS settings. Luckily, a quick google search showed me that I could use the ‘tech’ login to modify more options that regularly allowed.
So, I simply logged in with
and I was able to set my DNS settings to point at Unblock-me.com’s DNS servers
Primary DNS: 22.214.171.124
Secondary DNS: 126.96.36.199
And everything was good.
My home network is now a beautiful thing…
Anyone visiting can access the internet via my Kiers’s Visitor. My devices connect via Kiers’ Adobe (or 5GHz) and whenever we want US Netflix we connect to the KiersUSconnection and restart the netflix app.
Good luck, and hope this helps someone out. :)
It seems that telus’s recent update to Firmware Version 31.30L.57 has broke the Tech login above. If so, then I suggest resetting the router to factory defaults and setting the DNS up quick. Once the DNS servers are set up, the update should not affect you.
So the names were released today for the name your fair contest for Capital Ex/ Klondike Days rebrand V2.
Congratulations to the 6 nominations! May the odds be ever in your favor…
Personally, I am saddened at the selections though. I feel the organizers chose predicatable, safe, conservative names to represent Edmonton’s biggest summer festival. It seems to me that they opened it to voting to try and stifle backlash at another name change by making it ‘democratic’.
The 6 suggestions are:
Probably my favourite of them all…
Wow. These really excite me to go to the Exhibition. -_-
Vote splitting and nostalgia have set up K-Days to win.
The organizers have set Edfest (IMHO the strongest of the Edmonton names) to lose by siphoning away votes, and I think that the River city votes will split as well.
Since I know some of you will ask, here are my tongue-in-cheek suggestions. (The submission stage had closed by the time I found out about the contest).
I am 85% sure that the organizers have set up K-Days to win by strategically selecting the other 5 names to kill themselves.
I give 14% to EdFest. I believe that the similatity to the two other ‘Edmonton Summer Exhibitio’n names make some vote splitting likely to happen, pushing it under k-days.
We will see when the results come in, but I am pretty confident!
Let me know your thoughts below!!! :D
So yesterday I finally made the call to remove the Google+ App from my iPhone. Fo the record, I haven’t deleted my Google+ account, I just removed it from the device I use for 95% of my social media. I removed it when I realized that I hadn’t opened it in over four months.
Here are my 5 reasons I am avoiding the party:
Google+ promised to revolutionize the social media world; or at least tech ‘experts’ everywhere said it would. When it launched, everyone was impressed with the UI and way they had improved on Facebook’s tools. “Facebook will be dead in the year” proclaimed some Google zealots, and friends I know.
The problem with Google+ is that, like a party, church, or any social event, you can have the best programs, games, decorations, drinks, and food; yet, without people, it will still still suck. Social things need people.
I have ~700 ‘friends’ on Facebook, and regularly communicate with about 70. On Google+ I have about 70 Connections, and not one person I know posts things on Google+ that they don’t share on Facebook.
As you can see from my comments above, I compare Google+ to Facebook. This is probably wrong, yet everyone I know does the same thing.
Google+ suffered because everyone came to check it out, saw it was like Facebook, but there was little activity, and they left. It wasn’t unique enough to prompt any sort of change from users who have invested 6+ years in Facebook.
I would probably quit Twitter if it wasn’t for Hootsuite. It allows me to send messages to Facebook and Twitter, Facebook only, or Twitter only. It also allows me to schedule messages for the future.
I use twitterfeed to post RSS feed messages, and use third party tools to give me analytics…
Google+ still* doesn’t let third party apps access it, or post to it. This makes it inconvenient for me to actually be a part of the #FAIL
*Last time I checked
I know what Facebook’s purpose is. I know what Twitter’s purpose is. I know what LinkedIn’s Purpose is. I do not know what Google+’s purpose is. It has no heart, no soul. Back to point #2, it seems to just be a Facebook clone
Many people think it is great that Google+ doesn’t have your mom/grandmother/creepy uncles on it. The problem is though, that you can’t become a dominant social media platform when only 18-28 year old males seem to use your service (and all the ‘social media experts’).
I want the party to include my family and friends, not just my geeky friends. See point #1.
I still have Google+. I will still put the +1 button on websites. I still may log on randomly. I just don’t really care, so I deleted the app off my phone.
So is Google+ a failure? I think so. Although, as point #4 implied, we don’t really know what it’s purpose is.
If it tried to take out Facebook, it failed… If it just exists to data-mine it’s users, I’d say it is a success.