I have finally hopped on the train. Follow me @gca (or pixelfed.social/gca) for pictures.

I haven't done a in a long time (thanks @brandon for the reminder).
Just editing some photos from a event this past week while enjoying some music.
Photo editor (on the left side) is Luminar 3.

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We are getting asked about "verified accounts" quite often recently, so lets try to clear this up: There are no verified accounts on Mastodon like there are on Twitter. Some Mastodon instances have a custom emoji that looks like the verified icon on Twitter and people put that in their display name, probably because it looks fancy. It does not mean anything though.

Update regarding this: A developer for that company reached out to me over Twitter and explained in some details about what is recorded. He basically said that it is a balancing act between providing enough details for people like me to be confident and vague enough to keep their lawyers happy.
I will be keeping an eye on their privacy policy and seeing what they change but still doesn't give me 100% confidence in that company (since these things weren't public to begin with).

Anyone know of a privacy-friendly company / website that will let me host my company's images on it (while being accessible around the world)?
I'm currently using cloudinary.com/ but they are very unclear with what information they collect from my website visitors (and how it's being used).
I only need about 1gb of space and 1gb of bandwidth (per month).
I would prefer free but willing to pay. Any alternatives are appreciated.

Facebook is once again trying to become the place that everyone goes to (and stays at). Facebook recently announced a news tab.

I wrote my thoughts on why it may work (and why it may not) at gregoryhammond.ca/blog/faceboo

What are your thoughts on Facebook news?

A Canadian grocery store is soon going to have "smart carts" and while it will be easier and faster for customers. I wonder what the privacy implications will be (in one of the pictures there is a camera facing the customer).
Read the story at cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/sob then let me know what you think.

Do you currently use a vpn (that isn't a work one)?
If you do which one of the these popular ones do you use? If you don't use one of these please let me know which provider you use (either via reply or email).

Why am I interested? My current VPN is expiring in a while and I'm looking for a new one.


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