Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Ok so I haven't been updating much lately and that's due to a couple of reasons.  First, there hasn't been that much going on out there that I'd care to share here and I've been preoccupied with other things.  

One of those things is kind of a journey of getting to know myself better.  I've always felt kind of an outcast, never really seemed to fit in with most people, always kept to myself quite a bit and hardly ever contact my friends and family even though I love them dearly.  

Now I've been learning of a Personality Type system called Myers Briggs.  It basically says there are 16 different ways that people tend to think.  It talks about the way the Brain gathers information and how it decides to use it.  What the information is will determine what kind of person this person will be.  

Anyway, studying this system I've come to the conclusion that I am an INTP.  The letters themselves have a lot of meaning to them, but basically an INTP is a person who is constantly thinking, as in, we can't stop the thinking, we are constantly gathering information from around us and thinking.  Good thinking, bad thinking, boring thinking.  It becomes almost like a nightmare at times because you can't stop the thinking.  Feeling or human emotion is our least developed function and it is the one we tend to understand the least.  Doesn't mean we don't have emotions, just means we usually keep them way way inside.  But they can certainly come out quite a bit, specially with really close friends.  

A good example is when my Mom passed, people kept saying how strong I was because I wasn't crying.  It's not that I didn't feel horrible, but my brain was processing so much information that it wouldn't allow that function to kick in.  It wasn't until I was alone in the nights that I was able to really think only about mom and then I would cry like a child.  

I could sit here and talk about being INTP for days and what it all means, but I wont do that to you.  I did want to say that finding this about myself lead me to a forum called personalitycafe.com where they have subforums for each Myers Briggs type.  I started going to the INTP forum and I was amazed at how many people JUST like me were there.  It was like I was home.  

SO if you are going through life thinking that you are just not quite right, like you are just too different from everyone you know, try looking into the Myers Briggs system.  I learned a lot about myself that I did but didn't realize I did.  

There isn't one webpage for this, there is a ton.  There is a lot of good and bad information out there.  There is a lot of not very good online tests.  If you want to look into this, you have to be willing to take the time and study the functions.  More importantly you have to understand that there is no better personality.  Every personality type has it's strengths and weaknesses.  

That is all for now, just wanted to say hi, say what I've been up to and let you all know I have not forgotten you.  

Javier Torres

Friday, April 13, 2012

Verizon to charge $30 upgrade fee

Starting April 22nd Verizon Wireless is going to start charging customers $30 to upgrade their devices.

I don't understand this fee.  You are signing a new 2 year contract, which is only good for them.  Yes they give you a new phone but it's not like changing the system to go from one phone to another is so much work.  Takes minutes.  How much do Verizon employees make an hour that it costs $30 to use up 10 minutes of their time to get me a new phone?

They say this is done in order to "provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect".  Well that would be nice if this is what they were doing, but as I wrote in a previous article, it seems Verizon is doing less and less for me each year.  Now this year they want to start charging me to extend my service with them? 

Do they have so many customers that they are actually saying "Hey, if you want to continue doing business with us you'll have to pay us extra"?  

The sad part is that they are all doing it, so I can't say "F you Verizon I'm going to Sprint".  It's like all these companies get together and make agreements on how they are going to squeeze as much money as possible from the customers.  They charge outrageous prices for the Data plans as it is.  How on earth are they trying to get even more?  I mean I understand that as companies they do want to squeeze as much as possible, I guess I just don't understand how it's legal for them to keep doing these things.  

I want a good phone with good service without feeling like my behind is hurting.  Is that so much to ask for? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Facebook buys Instagram

I've been learning a lot about the Myers Briggs Personality types and because of this I've been kind of neglecting my writing here.  I apologize for that.  I figured the news of Facebook buying Instagram was a good thing to get back to writing with. 

So for those of you who don't know, Instagram is a very popular picture sharing website.  You take a picture with the program, it allows you to add some fancy looking filter to the picture to make it look different and then you can upload it.  It's all very nice and easy, but if you ask me, it's really nothing special.  However Instagram has millions of users so I must be missing something. 

Just earlier this month they released their App in the Android Market.  This upset a lot of the users since this used to be an iPhone only club before.  I'm not sure how having Android users using the application is a reason for concern.  

Anyway, this week it was announced that Facebook decided to buy this company and pay 1 BILLION dollars for it.  Yes BILLION, with a B.  This company started in 2010!  It has 13 employees and it doesn't make money.  Yet Facebook decided to buy it and pay 1B for it.  

So what exactly is facebook getting out of it?  Well, honestly, Not sure.  I guess one thing is they get to still have a bunch of user information to sell.  They were losing a lot of users to instagram since a lot of people just use facebook for picture sharing anyway.  Maybe there is some technology there that they want to use to make the mobile facebook apps better as far as picture sharing?  

Facebook did say they plan to leave instagram as a separate thing and not force it to integrate with facebook, so we shall see what happens.  Currently however a lot of the instagram users feel that they use instagram because they want to get away from facebook, so a lot of them are deleting their accounts.  It'll be interesting to see what happens :) 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, but today you can enjoy this video I found online.

Happy Easter to all of you!

Here is the real  Youtube Link.  Or just click on the video

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What the new Facebook Privacy Rules Mean

As many of you know my main purpose with this blog is to try and explain a lot of things in ways that are more understandable to the non techie.  Today I want to talk a bit about Facebooks new position on Privacy which will take effect June 1st 2012. 

Facebook, like many other social type companies have always had to deal with privacy issues.  A lot of times people don't read their privacy options correctly and they feel that facebook is trying to invade their privacy or helping others do the same.  

The new Online Privacy Banishment Act (OPBA)  President Obama signed on March 2012 brings a great relief for these social media companies.  The act states that Social media is social and that any privacy should be controlled by the user and not the company.  So what exactly does this mean?  It basically means that if you post information on the internet using a social media site, this information is considered public information.  Not only will all your friends be able to see the picture or comment you posted, but anyone using the social media site and it will also be available to show up on web search engines like Google.  

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, has applauded the OPBA.  In a recent interview he stated that "the main idea of Facebook was always to be a public place for people to meet and share experiences and make new friends, not be the closed clubs it currently has become".  

The OPBA does not mean that all social networks will be making this change, a spokesperson for Google has already said "One of the main points of Google + is our circles and we plan to keep that idea going".  But Facebook is certainly embracing the idea that if you posted it, then it must be public knowledge.  This should also help them with the problem they were having where a lot of employers were asking perspective employee's for their Facebook credentials so they could check what the person has been up to.  

When President Obama was asked about the OPBA he responded:

"It's simple, if you don't want the whole world knowing about it, then don't post it, if you just want to share it with a few friends, email it to them, no need to be posting it in a social networking site"

What do you think about OPBA?  Is this a good thing?  Or are more of our rights being taken away? 

Javier Torres