Leistungsschutzrecht: Verlage erteilen Google Recht auf Gratisnutzung – SPIEGEL ONLINE | copyblock.|

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Leistungsschutzrecht: Verlage erteilen Google Recht auf Gratisnutzung – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Schätze mal, das wird Signalwirkung im Hinblick auf den Streit zwischen GEMA und YouTube/Google haben… – nicht zum Nutzen der Künstler natürlich. “Wer zahlt, schafft an”, hieß es auch früher schon immer… Tja. Die Zeiten ändern sich eben doch nicht wirklich….

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There is a pretty annoying issue that can happen after installing freebie software from some providers (we’re not naming names now). Sometimes, the installers of those freebies add something called “Genieo” and it circumvents your choice of search engine in Safari (or your preferred web browser). Apple’s Discussion forum offers a few solutions for this nuisance, however I believe there can be a fairly quick and painless fix so this. This is what I found to be working for me:

I noticed that search terms get redirected to http://search.strtpoint.com before they get further redirected to bing.com When you enter http://search.strtpoint.com in Safari’s address bar and hit return or enter, you’ll land on a simple search page that looks like this:

search redirect page and uninstall

From the text links below, click “Remove InstallMac”, the one I circled red. It will first download a disk image with an uninstaller. Find the uninstaller image in your Downloads folder, mount it using DiskUtility or by simply double-clicking it, then run the uninstaller. There are a couple more instructions, such as resetting Safari’s preferences, i.e. not opening on bing.com as a homepage and if you got “Omnibar” Extension installed and activated, also make sure you reset the search engine being used to “default” instead of “Genieo”. In my case, following the above procedure did it without needing to locate “hidden” directories and removing files using the command line tool, let alone back up and reinstall the system and such things.

Hope, this helps someone save some time and sanity….

Chromebook vs. Mac?

I happened upon this article on G+ today:

7 Reasons Your Church Should Stop Buying Apple Computers and Move to Chromebooks | unseminary.

While I’m reluctant as to Rich Birch’s reasoning being appliccable to creative people and content producers other than writers, I do think that he has a good point or two as far as the expense-productivity-ratio is concerned, particularly in regards to field staff, who live in the browser and on email most of the time. And ironically, it was the very company he pitches Chromebooks against that introduced the digital hub strategy as the precursor to the cloud strategy more than a decade ago. Ten years later it turns out that the late Steve Job lived up to his enigma of a visionary once again as the industry at large and Apple in particular continue to shift more and more of their data, apps and overall processing power previously residing on standalone computers to the cloud.

I think it naturally follows from above linked sources that you don’t require a Mac or other standalone PC-like device any longer to harness the power that resides in the cloud. If Rich Birch is happy using a Chromebook, fair enough. An iPad or other tablet might do just as well.