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How to opt-out of Turnstyle

How to opt-out of Turnstyle


Posted on Feb 2, 2014 in Geekfu, Toronto

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article on Facebook about bars and cafes tracking you via the wifi receiver on your phone via a company called Turnstyle Solutions. This company and their product has been in the news a lot lately because most people seem to feel it’s more than a bit dodgy for a bar or cafe to track their patrons movements and behaviours without letting them know they’re being monitored. What’s worse, is that if an establishment has this device installed and someone walks past their doors — in other words, they aren’t even going inside — with wifi turned on in their phone or tablet, their phones are still broadcasting information to these Turnstyle devices.

How do you know if a business you patronize is tracking you? For now, there is no way.  — The Globe and Mail

I  think it’s balls that you aren’t given any notice whatsoever that just walking past a place that has that device installed is scraping information off of your phone or tablet without your permission, but at least I’ve now found a way you can opt-out. This technology should 100% be opt-in, but since there aren’t any laws in place to protect people, you have to take matters into your own hands.

How to opt-out

First, go to Turnstyle’s opt-out page, where you are going to add your device’s Media Access Control (aka MAC ) number.  This number is specific to the network adaptor in WiFi devices, ie your phone or tablet. Here’s how to find your device’s MAC number, via the excellent instructions on Optimum Online: AndroidiOSWindows. Once you have the number, enter into the text box on the  opt-out page, fill out the captcha, and you’re done! Easy-peasy.

 

Success!

Success!

Who’s using Turnstyle?

Other than Happy Child on Queen Street West, I don’t know. Unsurprisingly that information isn’t available. Oh the irony.

Alternatively, you can turn the WiFi off on your phone, but I find this to be a hassle as I use the network at home and at work and actually want my phone to automatically connect to these when I enter into their ranges. 

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Juicy!

Juicy!


Posted on Jan 19, 2014 in In the kitchen

#haul

#haul

With a friend lending me her juicer last night (she’s since moved on to using a NutriBullet), I’ve decided to give juicing a go.

I did a quick Google search, and ended up on a Beginner’s Guide to Juicing, that had this very simple recipe (along with a very excellent introduction to this whole juicing thing). I have no idea what I’m doing, and frankly the  green colour of this is slightly terrifying, but I’ve eaten worse things  (hello Maccas!) so I’m giving it a go.

It

It’s easy being green (although I did forget to add the cucumber).

Madeleine Lemon’s Favourite Go-To Juice

Yield: 8-10 oz

  • 1 apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of kale
  • 1 lemon

Another site the google lead me to was Green Juice a Day’s 5 Green Juice Recipes For Beginners. Will give some of these a go  this week as well.

This.

This.

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Nelson, NZ

Nelson, NZ


Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Daily photo, New Zealand

Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson, New Zealand

Another New Zealand photo (I have literally thousands!), this one was taken on the short hike up to the geographical centre of the country in the town of Nelson. About six months after I arrived in NZ, I spent the better part of a month working in a backpackers there in exchange for accommodation. While the pace was definitely slower than Auckland or Wellington, Nelson was a beautiful place to regroup myself for a while.

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Cox’s Bay Reserve

Cox’s Bay Reserve


Posted on Jan 9, 2014 in Daily photo, New Zealand

Cox's Bay Reserve, Auckland

Cox’s Bay Reserve, Auckland

After the cold and gray of yesterday’s photo, I thought I’d brighten things up around here with a photo from my old Auckland running route. The day I realized that the path I’d chosen lead to this one was a very happy day indeed! I really miss running in Auckland, despite the crazy assed hills, because the routes I ran were so very lovely with upside down pine trees (I never did learn what they were called), pohutukawa in full bloom in December, rivers, ferns, and wild shrubbery. Now that Im back in Toronto, surrounded by concrete and construction, I really long for my Kiwi days.

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