Archive for February, 2009

Are you working for a startup and don’t know when to quit?

jobIf the following relates to you, read further.

  1. You are working for a start-up
  2. You are receiving a salary less than your market value
  3. You have worked for a reasonable number of years and in a dilemma of when to call it quits
  4. You have developed a strong bond with the management and don’t want to disappoint them by quitting.

I understand you have invested some years at your current company and have developed an attachment to the company’s success. But, this is the time for you to make a decision that is right for you and your family. Let me aid you in making the call.

If it has been more than 5 years and the company has not become profitable, quit. Take your losses. Invest your experience and time in another company. Even better, start your own company.

If the company is profitable, but still hasn’t made to the level to be bought out, then go through the following check list.

  1. Estimate your market value. Check out Do not overestimate. Also, check the job market condition.
  2. Estimate the value of your options. Underestimation is good. Don’t let your emotions judge the value, checkout a competitor that got bought out recently. Make a realistic judgment.
  3. Calculate your income per year using the below formula:

Income = Current Salary + Options Value

If your income is greater than your market value, stay and re-evaluate in a year. Otherwise, talk to the management to increase your salary or options. If you can get an options or salary increase to make your income greater than your market value, stay. If not, quit.

Good luck with your career.

Impractical not to rely on servers? Nah!

I was recently reading Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg, which describes the Chandler project; which started out as a PIM and an Microsoft Outlook alternative that could share information between users directly via peer-to-peer without intermediary servers (and Exchange Servers).

Here’s a quote from the book about OSAF rethinking their original plans for Chandler to support peer-to-peer synchronization

“Maybe there was a reason nobody had ever built software that seamlessly shared information across multiple computing platforms without relying on servers. Maybe it just wasn’t practical.”

Maybe. But Tonido does just that. Tonido Workspace and Photos share information without using any third party servers. Tonido only uses Domain (Directory) servers to locate other Tonido instances.


Then, there is a section where Kapor (who was behind Chandler) has a change of heart about using peer-to-peer.

“There was a kind of frontier idealism that was well intentioned but not practical on my part. The issue is about empowering people. It’s not about the infrastructure. … My and OSAF’s original position was, electricity is good, therefore everyone should have their own power plant! Unconsciously, I always imagined that user empowerment somehow meant a server-free or server-light environment. Now  I think that’s actually wrong.”

He later says

“This actually turns out to be a deeply charged issue. So many of the people who are thought leaders in open source value freedom and initiative, and those values have been very tied up with this American frontier myth of self-sufficiency ..”

It was a turning point for Chandler because it went from being an symbol of independence to another me-too product in the crowded market and that later became almost irrelevant by the advent of Web Apps.

It is an interesting book in several ways and particularly interesting to me because of some of the parallels between Tonido and Chandler. Tonido has idealistic notions of privacy, freedom and self-sufficiency. And usually, when software is implemented based on some ideals, the first thing that goes out of the window when there are technical problems are ideals. I would be lying if I were to say no such decision happened in Tonido, but at the end of Tonido’s development, I am proud to say that none of the core ideals were sacrificed on the altar of practicality.

Tonido is an alternative to web applications that come today and disappear tomorrow. For us it is a viable alternative. But only you will have to tell us if it is the same for you.

In one way, I am glad I read the book after Tonido reached alpha. It would have been too demotivating otherwise to have read it before. It would have told us that a project of Tonido’s scope and vision was impossible.

I guess we were too busy writing Tonido’s code. As they say, never let anyone tell you that something is impossible.

Tonido Workspace – Personal Information Manager(PIM) and P2P Group Collaboration

In our continuing roundup of Tonido applications, we covered Tonido Jukebox, Tonido Webshare and Tonido Photos. The fourth application that is part of the initial Tonido Beta is Tonido Workspace, which we will cover in more detail in this post.

Tonido stands for freedom to share information without losing privacy and Tonido Workspace continues that theme.

1) At its simplest Tonido Workspace is a Personal Information Manager (PIM). As any information manager, Workspace allows you to add and manage information items such as tasks, notes, contacts, files and calendar in your Personal Workspace. And since this is part of the Tonido platform, you can work on Tonido Workspace remotely from anywhere.

2) Tonido Workspace doesn’t stop there, it has a powerful data synchronization system, that allows a set of people who are part of a Tonido group to collaboratively work together, and more importantly, almost magically without having a central server. Everyone runs a copy of Tonido Workspace in their machines and workspace data is synchronized among all the members of the group. Imagine Microsoft Outlook without Exchange server. Imagine if your Outlook directly talked to other Outlook clients and somehow synchronized information. That is Tonido Group Workspace. Yes, this is “Look Ma, No Servers!”.


Tonido Workspace as a Personal Information Manager (that runs in your web browser)

Tonido Workspace functions first of all as a full fledged personal information manager with all the functions that PIMs have. You can store and organize your life using Tonido Workspace. Including adding Tasks, Contacts, Calendars, Files and Notes. And the best part is that everything is available via your web browser whether you are sitting on your computer or half-way across the globe.

Here are some of the PIM features:


Your Workspace Dashboard, gives you a bird’s-eye view to track stuff happening in your life. It includes upcoming events from your calendar for the next 2 weeks, your tasks and a timeline of recent changes.



Add tasks, to which you can add due dates, priorities, assignees etc. You can then sort your task lists, filter it by various categories, print it etc.


Workspace has full fledged calendar support that allows setting up recurring calendar events and appointments.



Notes allows rich text formatting and longer documents to be added. Notes also supports versioning. So you can edit Notes and always keep previous versions around as well.


Contacts allows any sort of flexible data to be stored about as contact information. There are no limits on number of addresses or pre-set types. You can add any number of phones, emails, addresses and even add any number of custom fields. Import from vcard format is supported (single and multiple contacts).



Workspace allows you attach any files to your workspace. The file is copied into the workspace and can be downloaded later from anywhere.


Tonido Workspace for Seamless Group Collaboration

The features above are interesting, but what sets Workspace apart is the ability to collaborate with any arbitrary group of people by simply creating a Tonido group and enabling Workspace for that group. When each Tonido group member enables their workspace, the data in that group workspace starts to be synchronized among the members of that group directly.

For example, say you had a Tonido group with Tom, Jane and Joe as members. When Tom adds a task to his group workspace using his copy of Tonido, it will be synchronized to Jane’s and Joe’s group workspace as well. And the same thing will happen if Jane or Joe add a task or any other item. It will appear in all other workspaces automagically. Synchronization not only happens for adding, but for modifying and deleting as well. Everything gets synchronized. And it doesn’t even matter if your Tonido Workspace is offline. The next time you come online, information in your workspace gets synchronized. In fact, there is actually no difference between being online or offline, your Workspace functions identically. Perfect for the long plane trip, when you can do everything with Workspace without being connected.

Behind the scenes, Tonido Platform’s Data Synchronization framework does the heavy lifting, allowing essentially peer-to-peer data synchronization. This is one of the powerful features provided by the Tonido Platform which we will talk about in a future blog post.

And, what happens in the case of conflicts? i.e. two people edit the same information for instance.

Tonido workspace data synchronization is implemented with conflict resolution in mind. By default, Workspace can resolve conflicts by using the most recent change first, but it can use a whole host of conflict resolution methods. Not only is conflict resolution a workspace level setting, it can even be an item specific setting. For instance, you may want conflicts for a specific item to be resolved in a particular way and the rest of the workspace using another way.


A Tonido group workspace offers more than a personal workspace. In addition to the features of the PIM (shared tasks, shared contacts, shared calendar, shared notes, shared files)

Discussion Forums

You can post topics and have discussions on those topics.



Chat is built-in. All chat for that group workspace is archived and synchronized. So you never miss a thing.



Tonido workspace provides a timeline of all events occurring in the workspace. What happened when and who did what.


Hierarchical Information Management

One of the most powerful features in Tonido Workspace is the ability to organize information hierarchically. Any information item in Workspace can contain other item types as children. For example, you could attach any number of files to a task item. You don’t have to stop with files. You can add comments and additional notes to a task as well. And while you are at it, you can throw in a calendar event that will now automatically appear in the calendar. Eureka! Your task now appears in your calendar as well. The flexibility and possibilities are endless.


Want to track customer phone calls? No problem, simply add the customer as a contact in Workspace, and log phone call notes as child items to that contact. A simple CRM at your finger tips.

Want to discuss the latest design document or functional spec? Simply attach the document to Tonido workspace and let everyone comment on that file. It is now simple to get everyone involved easily, without getting overwhelmed especially if you work with a large set of documents.

Linking Support

Tonido Workspace supports the concept of links. You can link arbitrary items together. So you can always navigate from one item to another item by following the links.


Tagging Support

Tonido Workspace allows arbitrary categorization of your items by using Tags. Once you tag items, you can filter items using a specific tag; so you can work on them specifically.


Unlimited File Sizes

Tonido Group Workspace allows files to be attached to the workspace which will get synchronized to other Tonido members. But there are no size limits to the files you can attach. The files will be transmitted directly to other Workspace members.

Full Text Search

Finding stuff in Workspace is easy with full text search built right in. Type any fragment and all items of any type that match are displayed.


Tonido Workspace is a great fit for people who like to use PIMs but want the availability of online apps. It is also a great fit for distributed teams, small businesses, student project teams and families. Tonido workspace follows through the dream of a truly distributed and private collaboration system.

Like Tonido Workspace? Get Tonido.

Install Apache-PHP-MySQL-Drupal on Ubuntu 8.0.4(Hardy)

I recently installed Drupal on my Ubuntu 8.0.4 desktop. Below are my step-by-step instructions.

1. Install Apache HTTP Server

sudo apt-get install apache2

2. Install MySQL Database Server
sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.0

3. Install PHP5 and Apache PHP5 module
sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

4. Install phpMyAdmin (Optional)
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

5. Install MySQL Administrator (Optional)
sudo apt-get install mysql-admin

6. Open php.ini
gksudo gedit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

7. Add the following line in the php.ini

8. Open apache2.conf
gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

9.Add the following line of code inside apache2.conf to setup phpmyadmin under Apache
Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

10. Now restart Apache
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

11. Go To http://localhost/phpmyadmin
Login using your MySQL user name and password that you have set when installing MySQL server.Create a database for drupal.  In my case I created a database named “drupaldb”.

12. Install GD module for php5
sudo apt-get install php5-gd

13. Download the latest stable Drupal from here.
In my case I am using drupal-6.9.  Change to your default download directory.

14. Extract the drupal-6.9.tar.gz to your default web directory.

sudo tar -xvf drupal-6.9.tar.gz  -C /var/www/

15. Change to drupal sites default directory
cd  /var/www/drupal-6.9/sites/default

16. Make a copy of default.settings.php file as settings.php
sudo cp default.settings.php settings.php

17. Make the settings.php as writable
sudo chmod a+w settings.php

18. Make the sites/default directory as writable
sudo chmod a+w /var/www/drupal-6.9/sites/default

19. Now restart Apache
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart.

20. Go to . You will see drupal install page.

Install Page.

Install Page.

21. Enter database information. Save and Continue.

Enter database info.

Enter database info.

Install Progess

Install Progess

22.  Enter site name and admin email address.

Enter site name and admin email address.

Enter site name and admin email address.

23. Enter site admin name and password.

Enter admin user name and password.

Enter admin user name and password.

24. Drupal install is complete. Click your new site to go to new site.

Install Complete

Install Complete

Note: After installing Drupal, remove the write permissions from settings.php file to avoid security risks.

sudo chmod a-w /var/www/drupal-6.9/sites/default/settings.php

Tonido Photos – Private Photo Sharing Desktop-to-Desktop

In our continuing roundup of Tonido applications, we covered Tonido Jukebox and Tonido Webshare. The third application that is part of the initial Tonido Beta is Tonido Photos, which we will cover in more detail in this post.

One of the most common things people do using the internet is share pictures with each other.  For example, Facebook alone hosts more than 10 billion photos, with Photobucket around 6 billion and Flickr weighing in about 2 billion (a year ago). That is a lot of photos, considering the fact that worlds population stands at 6.7 billion. That is about 3 photos for each person in the world! And we only considered 3 photo sharing web sites. There are countless more.

There are two primary reasons photos are shared. One, as a way to show off your photographic skills, tell a story(journalism, photo blog) or to show something interesting to the world. The second one is to share your life events with a closed group of friends and family. Sites like, Flickr, photoblogs etc aim to satisfy the first scenario while, Google’s Picasaweb, Facebook and other more traditional sites target the second scenario. In both cases, the ability to comment, tag, rate adds another dimension of interaction.

Irrespective of the reason, photo sharing is done by uploading photos to a photo hosting site and in the case of the second scenario notifying friends and family by sending a link to the photo site.

This works reasonably well but with several caveats:

1. Photos are never private. They go to a third party site. Do you know who else is looking at it? Do you know what happens to them after you remove them?

2. Photo uploading is still a painful ordeal. Trying to take a full sized jpeg from your run-of-the-mill digital camera which is about  2 MB in size and then uploading them is not fun. If you want to resize them before uploading, it is even less fun. This is going to get worser as digital cameras are still running the megapixel race, taking pictures at high resolution is pretty much useless unless you are going to print, because it becomes impractical to share large pictures easily without spending lots of time babysitting uploads.

3. A subset of people who do view the photos want a copy of the photos in their hard disk for later viewing. There are several reasons for such a requirement. Some don’t have 24×7 internet connection, so they would like to view the photos even when offline. And some want to add the photos to their photo collections.

4. Every comment/rating/tag on a photograph is in public domain in one form or another and stays in circulation long after the photograph is removed by the user.

5. Photos can only be shared in jpeg format in most cases. If there is a need to share large uncompressed raw formats then specialized services would be needed to do that task.

Introducing Tonido Photos


Tonido Photos gets rid of these caveats by taking a different tack on photo sharing. Instead of involving the photo hosting site, it makes photo sharing private and direct. When you share photos via Tonido Photos, photos are sent directly and securely via the Tonido network to other Tonido users directly to their desktop.

Some of the features Tonido Photos are:

1. Ensures the privacy of  your photos. Photos are directly transferred from your machine to whom you have shared with. Photos never are seen by anyone else.

2. Avoids photo uploading. Just drag and drop new subfolders inside a folder shared within a group and Tonido photos does the rest. There is nothing else to do.

3. Users get a copy for archiving. The copy resides locally because Tonido photos will transfer the photos directly to your computer. You don’t have to be online to view your photos.

4. Organize photos. Photos are automatically organized by user, group, tag. So it is easy to look up any photo.

5. Unlimited size. Since photos are transferred from the owner to members of group, there is no photo size limit.

6. Comment, rating and tag capability. Photos can be tagged, rated and commented. The tags, comments and rating are available to the members of the group. Now you have the power of online applications such as flickr, with the privacy of desktop applications!

7. Search capability. Tonido Photos has powerful search feature to look up photos by comments, tags and names!

Getting Started

The first thing you want to do is share a specific photo folder with a Tonido Group. Note, that a Tonido group is nothing but a group of Tonido users running on different machines that are connected to each other. You can create a new group or reuse an existing group.

The second thing..err, actually there is no second step. You are done!


Tonido photos pushes the contents of your shared photo folder to the members in your Tonido group. When you make a change to a photo or add new photos or sub-folders, the changes are seamlessly synced to other Tonido instances. Tonido photo transmission occurs using the Tonido Network, which is a peer-to-peer network. It requires no configuration or setup. Note, that Photos ensures that only members of the group that you have shared photos with actually get the photos and no-one else.

Resizing is for Dummies

Photos works with full sized images. It will automatically work with images without imposing any silly size limits or resolution limits. Now you can fully share your glorious 21 megapixel image from your 5D MKII so that your family can make a huge blowup. The only limit is the space in your hard drive. And for ease of use, Photos will generate smaller thumbnails and reasonable sized slideshow images automatically from the large image. But the full size image is just a click away if you need it. Note that photos formats [png, jpg, tiff, cr2, crw, nef, bmp, ps] will be transferred to the members of the group but the photos browser based UI will only display jpeg images.

Faster Downloads similar to Torrent

Tonido Photos allows users to download photos not only from a single person, but from multiple people in the group if they already have that photo. So, say if you are downloading photos from someone in a group, if that same photo is also available with other members in that group, your photos will reach you faster as transfer is invisibly done from multiple members at the same time. So your download speed will not be limited by the upload of a single member in a group.

Interaction Capabilities


Photos gives you the same set of tools to discuss and communicate about photos as you find in any photo sharing site, like or Flickr. You can comment and discuss photos. You can rate photos and also tag photos. In short, you can still do the same things you do on most photo sharing websites. Photos also provides activity streams, that allows you to see who has done what. Every comment, every rating generates an entry in the activity stream; so you never miss a thing.


Organizing Capabilities


Photos offers a rich set of capabilities to slice and dice photos received from others. You can choose to view photos (and slideshows) by a specific user, in a specific date range, or from a specific group. You can mark certain photos as “favorites”, so you can quickly view them later. You can tag photos, and retrieve photos with a specific tag. All these help users keep up with the huge amount of photos that can start arriving. Of course built-in search is available. You can also browse photos that are  top rated, recently comment, recently received etc!!


Controlling Tonido Photos


With such an effortless way to transfer photos, it becomes extremely important to finely control the photos that do come in. Tonido Photos allows you to set size limits on the total amount of photos that can be downloaded to your hard drive. Additionally, you can delete received photos and it will never re-retrieve them unless new photos have been added or existing photos are changed! Not only that, you can selectively block a certain Tonido member who is in your group and your photos will not reach him nor will his reach yours.

If you want your photos to reach and be adored by millions of people, Tonido Photos might not be for you, but for the rest of us who value privacy, we think that Tonido Photos is a great alternative.

Like what you see? Get Tonido.

Facebook, Sixth most populous kingdom on earth

Quoting Mark Zuckerberg from his offical response to the Facebook’s Change of Terms of Services (TOS) controversy,

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.

The reason why I am referring to Facebook as a Kingdom is because it acted very much like a monarch by changing the TOS unilaterally. Even though it is within Facebook’s rights to change the TOS, it seemed like a Royal decree saying “If you post it, we own it. “. Further, they did that without any impunity or an iota of concern to its 175 million users’ views. The move was really dumb considering Facebook’s so called 35 billion dollar valuation is totally dependent on user generated content.

I understand that people’s social maps and networks can get quite complex .When a user deletes his/her Facebook profile, removing all the user info completely may not be possible due to technical reasons. For starters ,the underlying software system might not have been designed to perform such a scenario. Instead, if Facebook had modified it’s TOS to something like the below, then there would not have been such a big uproar.

Upon termination of Facebook service, Facebook will make an attempt to remove user information to best of its ability. But we cannot guarantee that all the related information will be removed. Users should be aware of this before posting any information.

Instead they went overboard with their changes.

The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.

Now the TOS causes a real concern. Sometimes, when you mess up on a massive scale, the best way to salvage the situation is to accept the mistake and say “We are sorry. We screwed up. We sincerely apologize for our indiscretion and we will make every attempt to remedy the situation”. But that didn’t happen. Instead Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO came up with this mambo-jumbo,

Still, the interesting thing about this change in our terms is that it highlights the importance of these issues and their complexity. People want full ownership and control of their information so they can turn off access to it at any time. At the same time, people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with them—like email addresses, phone numbers, photos and so on—to other services and grant those services access to those people’s information. These two positions are at odds with each other. There is no system today that enables me to share my email address with you and then simultaneously lets me control who you share it with and also lets you control what services you share it with.

Did anybody understand what he said? Or is it just me!

Social networking sites are like banks. They create value only if people create content or deposit money (in case of banks). If the service provider sabotages customers’ trust, I don’t see a sustainable future for that particular business. Who knows, Mark Zuckerberg’s law of information sharing might take a “U” turn now. I don’t know how others view the whole episode But I have lost my trust in Facebook.

On a lighter note,check out the geekandpoke cartoon I found relevant to this controversy.


Reset your internet router now

If you have not powered off/on your home internet router for a while please do so. It might speed up your connection and save the internet as well.

Protect your children

Would you let a stranger come into your living room and browse your children’s photo album? If not, why would you use online storage services to share your children’s photos?

Every time you upload your children’s photos online to share with your friends and family, you are exposed to the risk of sharing them with unwanted strangers. Not only are you compromising your personal life, but you are letting the online services index your life.

What I mean by indexing your life is, your online activity is monitored without your knowledge. Please don’t be naive and buy into false claims of online security and privacy made by online services. Just to test your online privacy type in your name in You will get information of the online accounts you have opened and more. I am sure that when you opened those online accounts you wouldn’t have thought about yourself being exposed. These online services are selling your personal information even though they might claim they don’t.

Share your children’s photos with your trusted family and friends, not with everyone. Take control of your digital life in a better and safer way.

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Tonido Webshare – Share your files to the web directly from your desktop

Previously, we covered the Tonido Platform, which is a personal web application platform that safeguards your online privacy and gives back control of your data. We also covered one of the Tonido’s applications, which is Tonido Jukebox, that will ship with the beta; that allows you to listen to your music collection from anywhere.

Another application that will be part of the Tonido beta is Tonido Webshare. Tonido Webshare allows sharing files in your desktop directly to authorized users using a web browser.

Tonido Webshare attempts to solve the file sharing problem that so often crops up for users. You have a large file that is several hundred megabytes that you want to send to a friend. Or, you want to download files from your machine or lookup a document from a remote location. Unluckily, you also don’t have access to the machine. If you had physical access, you could have solved it easily by a myriad number of ways including using a USB drive.

Webshare solves this problem by allowing you to add specifc folders that you want to make available from a remote location. For security, these folders cannot be accessed directly without credentials. So you need to setup user accounts that can access these folders. Then it is pretty simple after that, users can use their credentials to login and view the folder. They can browse all the files and subfolders in the share and download files as needed.

Tonido Webshare Share

Tonido Webshare Shared Folder

When users actually browse the folder, they see a folder view with information on file type, size and last modified date. They can click on the file name to start a download.

Tonido Webshare File View

Tonido Webshare File View

Dynamic Photo Galleries: Not only does Webshare serve up folders and files, it also can handle photo galleries in a special way. When adding a share, you can optionally choose to make the view a “Photo Gallery” view. Webshare will then present the folder contents as a photo gallery, which you can click on individual pictures to begin a slide show of the pictures in that folder. You can also download individual photos.

Tonido Webshare Photo Gallery

Tonido Webshare Photo Gallery

Built in Access History
:When you share your files via Webshare, the number one question you will want to answer is if these files were accessed, when and by whom. Tonido Webshare shows you a complete file access history including time, the user and the file size downloaded.

Send Shares via Email: Webshare allows you to send email directly with the URL of the share. Start sharing in a few clicks.

Private and Secure:Webshare helps you access and share your files privately. You don’t need to upload your files to an online storage just so that someone can access them. Webshare needs credentials for any access to your shared files. In fact, there is no way to even share files without user credentials.

Shares with Expiry Dates: We understand that people sometimes share folders for a limited time and want to turn it off after some time period. But most often they might forget to do that. Webshare helps by allowing you to set up shares that have an expiry date. Past that date, none of the allowed users can access those shares.

No Size Limits:Most online services have size limits to what you can share or if they don’t they can cost money. Tonido Webshare has no such limitations. File and Folder sizes are only limited by your computer’s hard drive capacity.

No Uploading: Most times, sharing is not a lot of fun, because of the time you need to spend uploading. Once you share a folder with Webshare and send the share to someone, you can share additional files and folders by simply copying them to be inside that shared folder. There is nothing else to do.

On the Internet or the Intranet: Tonido Webshare makes your files accessible whether you want to access them from the internet or from the intranet. You could have Tonido running on your central file or media server and can use Webshare as the interface for your files and media.  Who needs Windows Home Server?

Tonido Webshare is no-nonsense direct file sharing at its simplest and most effective.

Like what you see? Want to check out Tonido Webshare? Get a Tonido Beta Invite.

Spyware – No longer a threat?

In the days long gone by, if a company wants to collect your personal information through your PC it has to follow the illegal route. Spyware is secretly bundled in software that you want to install on your PC and the company hopes and prays we (people) download and install them. On top of that, they have to take care of all the lawsuits because of their illicit action.

Spyware is “tracking software” installed on your PC without your knowledge. Usually, they are used to track, monitor, and collect personal information. But now, if a company out there still relies on spyware to monitor user actions they have to be extremely foolish.

I am running a company and I want to collect your data? What can I do?

Simple: Just ask us and we will give it.

That is the current state of affairs on the Internet. We have grown into a generation that is willing to share anything publicly. This is an information age and we are willing to give out our valuable personal information so easily. Look at millions of profiles in Facebook and MySpace with all the personal data from addresses to hobbies. Google is willing to store any information you want to give up including your medical records.

When will hell break loose? Only time will tell.

In my opinion, before the end game some big corporations are going to play monopoly with our personal data.

On a final note, spyware will no longer be a threat, they will disappear sooner than later or at least start taking different forms and actions (such as destroying your PC).