How to remove Facebook apps you don’t use anymore

I spend so much time banning random Facebook applications from my news feed that I forget how many there are.

I’m not kidding. This is my current block list:

There/Their/They’re Test, (Lil) Green Patch, Fish Isle, Café World, FarmVille, My Christmas Tree, Fish Life, Birthday Cards, Kidnap!, iHearts, Happy Pets, Holiday Drinks, Hallmark Social Calendar, Mafia Wars Game, NinjaTrick, YoVille, Collect Hearts, Causes, Restaurant City, Happy Island, Farm Town, Movies, Zoo World, Yearbook, @Hearts, MyCalendar, PetVille, MyCalendar 2010, Social City, Treasure Isle, FishVille, Castle Age, Pot Farm, Drinks On Me, FrontierVille, Kingdoms of Camelot, The Yes/No Game, 21 questions, CityVille, Christmas Cards!, Treasure Madness, (Lil) Farm Life, FarmVille, Who was i, in my past life ?, What Mythological creature are you?, My City Life, Commit to Vote Challenge.

These are all applications that at some point I have either received requests from or used. I’m sure your list of blocked applications isn’t anywhere near that long. But the list of applications you’ve used that have access to your personal information is probably at least that long.

Facebook has slowly eroded any sense of privacy you may have on its site. The privacy controls are a garbled mess of confusing links that even if you set the settings right, Facebook can come in one day and blow them up.

But for now, here’s how to remove Facebook applications you don’t use anymore

Step 1: Find the account tab at the top right of the page (assuming you’ve signed in already) and choose “privacy settings”

Step 2: Look for the little part at the bottom of the page that says “Apps and Websites”

Step 3: Click on the Edit Settings button

Step 4: Remove the applications you don’t use anymore by clicking the X and consider tweaking the access settings on applications you plan to continue using.

$40 PS3 orders canceled, no charges

As could have been predicted, I won’t be getting a PlayStation 3 for $40. Per an e-mail from Amazon I just received:

We are contacting you regarding your order #002-0251899-0886633 from the Target store at Amazon.com. We recently became aware of mismatched price and product information which resulted in the discontinued Sony PS3 Hardware System and the PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip being displayed incorrectly.

We are sorry, but we are unable to offer you either of these items at this time and have canceled your order.  Your credit card was not charged.

How you could have found a PS3 for $40

I read the results of a reader survey for the Appeal-Democrat last week and noticed a few people pointed out our need for more proofreaders because of typos, etc.

I can safely say the Appeal-Democrat hasn’t screwed up as badly as Target did Sunday.

On both its website and its store on Amazon.com, Target listed a PlayStation 3 for $39.99. That’s not a typo by me, but it may have been a typo by Target. The PlayStation 3 retails for $299 and $399

Alert readers on one of my favorite websites on the Internet, Reddit, seized on this opportunity and catalogued the carnage.

User BeerDrinkingRobot put the $40 PS3 in his cart, but when the order confirmation arrived, he saw it became a PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip.

Being the enterprising seeker of knowledge I am with $40 in my pocket, I placed an order for it on Amazon. Mine did not change to a shooter grip, but instead stayed as a PlayStation 3.

I contacted Amazon support and was informed they don’t know what they will do about the orders placed. Or in Amrita’s words:

“Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation. For PS3 game, we are still investigating the issue and if any change happens, we’ll let you know.”

Pokemon Black and White: If you’re trying to catch them all, sucks to be you

While Nintendo is panicking a little about the 3DS and its effects on small children’s eyes, there is some good news. By March, the latest incarnations of the wildly popular Pokemon series will hit the U.S.

Pokemon Black and Pokemon White offer another 150 new creatures solely to piss off those who thought they already caught them all. I believe off the top of my head, that should bring the total count to 600.

Go ahead, try and name 15 in the comments without peeking.

Nintendo is rightfully freaking out over kids’ eyes and the 3DS

Shock of all shocks, Nintendo is freaking out too much about the 3-D display for its 3DS, which launches this Spring.

In case you missed it, just before New Year’s Nintendo echoed its previous warnings about kids under the age of 6 using the 3DS. The company is concerned about it affecting the development of children’s eyes.

The New York Times relayed the thoughts of pediatric ophthalmologists, which can be summed up in one image

But personally I don’t blame Nintendo for being as freaked out as it is over this issue. It wasn’t long ago that idiots who couldn’t hold onto a Wii remote were griping about their broken TVs. Nintendo diffused those worries by emphasizing the use of its wrist strap and adding the Wii Condom in all remote packages.

In this case, it’s small children’s eyes. The furor that would arise if Nintendo didn’t issue the warnings it did and a kid went blind would be much worse than a couple of broken TVs.

Broken TVs you can just blame on an idiot.

Blind kids? A little harder to shake off.

Comcast spreading the love with iPad, Android apps

If you picked up today’s Appeal-Democrat, you might have noticed our CES coverage has begun in earnest. Well, actually it began Tuesday-ish, but the actual expo begins today.

One of the stories we highlighted was the fight between pay-TV companies and tech companies providing competition such as Boxee and Roku. Comcast is part of that fight and they’re bringing out apps for the iPad and for Android. The apps are boasted as ways to take your Comcast content anywhere.

The iPad version is expected in a few weeks and the Android version will be sometime this year.

Handbrake releases first update since 2009

Handbrake, my beloved choice for DVD ripping, has released its first update in more than a year. This update pushes the software to version 0.9.5. Highlights include updated presets for video encoding and a variety of things that would probably mean more to videophiles than to me. Those changes I’ll include at the bottom with a link to the official post.

The one big difference for Mac owners is this version ends support for PowerPC processors. Basically, if your computer is more than five years old, you’re probably not going to be able to use this update.

Release Highlights:

Core Library

  • * BluRay disc structure support. (No decryption support)
  • * Updated Libraries (x264, ffmpeg)
  • * SSA Subtitle support. (Including burn-in)
  • * MP3 audio now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
  • * VOBSUB subtitle now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
  • * Updated Presets for newer devices and better quality
  • * AC3 encoding support.
  • * Many Bug Fixes and other small improvements
  • * Improved DVD Main Feature detection (when using dvdnav)
  • * Universal audio downmix support (all audio types can be downmixed)
  • * Point*to*Point encoding (second or frame start and end times)
  • * Peak framerate option (Capped VFR)

All GUIs

  • * Updated x264 Advanced Panel
  • * Video Quality Slider drops % value and only shows RF for x264
  • * Batch Scan (Scan Multiple files at once. N.B: Does not include multiple VIDEO_TS folders / Image files)
  • * Many Bug fixes
  • * Many Tweaks to improve usability.
  • * Ability to edit queue jobs

Mac GUI

  • * New Audio Panel supporting >4 Audio Tracks
  • * VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications
  • * Multiple instance support

Windows GUI

  • * Encode Status in GUI. (CLI window is now always hidden)
  • * Improved Auto-Naming for Destination file name.
  • * Drag / Drop Video onto Main Window to scan.

Linux GUI

  • * Multiple instance support (run multiple copies of ghb at once)
  • * Many Bug fixes and UI improvements.

Notices

  • * Power PC (PPC) is no longer officially supported. Given limited resources and time, it simply isn’t feasible for this project to support minority platforms. For those of you still using older hardware, we recommend you stick with 0.9.4.

Goodbye Hulu Plus. Sorry your creators killed you

Hulu Plus isn’t going away. Yet. But I know I’ve decided to toss my subscription. Part of it is because of redundancy with Netflix, which now has its own iPhone app.

But mostly it’s the same thing that’s plagued Hulu since its inception – a lack of consistent content that’s consistently available.

Rather than rehash what I went through last night, here’s the rant I sent to Hulu last night with my cancelation. Unlike Netflix, they at least refunded the balance of the month I haven’t used, which was a plus on the way out the door.

Without further ado, here’s my goodbye letter.

Hulu Plus is a joke. My girlfriend and I have been watching all of Buffy The Vampire Slayer over the course of the last few weeks on my iPhone. There was an occasional ad during the episodes. The occasional 15 second blurb wasn’t that bad.

Then we decided to watch on my laptop and Hulu Plus showed what a massive pile of crap it is. First off, each ad break is suddenly two 30-second commercials. I felt weird having ads shown to me for 15 seconds when I was already paying almost $10 a month for a service, but showing a full minute of ads at each act break? It’s like you’re pissing on my head and selling me a towel to dry off with.

On top of that, I checked my queue and saw episode 4 of season 4 “Fear, Itself” has expired. No other episodes. No other seasons. Just one episode smack in the middle of the series is gone.

That last move prompted me to visit Netflix where I found my streaming service not only offers all seasons and episodes of Buffy for streaming, but there are no ads. What a concept! I pay for a service, I’m not lambasted with ads AND I actually get to watch the shows I thought I paid to access!

Another amazing concept on top of that is I can play Netflix on my Wii just fine. And guess what? That’s also included in my subscription fee.

Hulu started out as a great idea as competition to YouTube. Then the networks that created it started picking it apart. Then the ads got longer. Hulu Plus looked like a light at the end of the tunnel, but instead it’s another baseball bat to consumers’ kneecaps.

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A collection of pages designed for the Appeal-Democrat in January 2011.

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