December 10, 2023

The Editor Speaks: You can’t hide from a birthday

Colin Wilsonweb2I used to watch a television detective show on ITV back in England in the 1960’s called “No Hiding Place”.

The title and show came to my mind today when I was startled to find over 30 ‘Happy Birthday Colin” in my emails today via Facebook.

Some of the names I don’t even remember but they are now part of my Facebook family.

So if you subscribe to Facebook there is no hiding place for you.

I rarely even go on to Facebook and I have never mastered Twitter but my eldest son in the UK uses Facebook to get in touch with me so I am Facebooked!

Is it a bad or a good thing to be on Facebook?

The Dark Side of Facebook: 10 Reasons to be Careful

By Michele McDonough •From Bright Hub

Who is not on Facebook these days? Connecting with friends, family and co-workers online can be both a blessing and a curse. Get to know the dark side of Facebook before you spread more of your personal information online and let people take advantage of you.

Why is Facebook Bad?

Facebook has had a significant impact on social networking and has changed the way people socialize with one another. There is enough material on Facebook to keep you engaged all day long. You might love it but you are at a risk, at the cost of your privacy. You may not be aware of the dangers you face making so much personal information available, but that isn’t all that is bad about facebook.

1) Privacy: “Good Privacy” is not really a term associated with social networking, especially with a giant like Facebook that is considered to be the backbone of social networking. Be careful about what you post as a status update or on another person’s wall. Double check your privacy settings to see what information is available. Applications and other users can take advantage of you if you are not cautious enough.

2) Addictive: With tons of applications available out there, Facebook is one of the most addictive sites on the Internet. People get hooked on applications and games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc. Many schools report that the average grade of students has gone down and the main cause is social networking sites. People may end up losing jobs if they are caught socializing during work hours, when instead they should have been working.

3) Unwanted Information: You would like to keep your Facebook use to a minimum but your friends are constantly sending you requests to join them in social games, or sharing information that is really better kept a secret. There are options to hide or block applications or users, but new applications are always popping up to take their place.

4) Impact on Career Life and Personal Life: People add their colleagues, family and friends to their friends’ list. Make a negative comment about anyone, and it is extremely easy to find. This can be especially detrimental at your workplace. Don’t think about telling friends you’re looking for a new job or complaining about your boss when you have them as a Facebook friend! Depending on your job, you may also be in trouble if a friend posts pictures of you with a drink in your hand or at a party. If you work with young children or in certain professional roles, this could be grounds enough to get you fired.

5) Facebook Places: The last straw of your privacy. Facebook places lets your friends know where you are and what you are doing. What’s more, you will be spammed by others’ updates too, on their whereabouts which can be very disturbing. So if you want to have your coffee in peace, make sure that your Facebook privacy settings are as per your requirements.

6) Scams: With so much of your private information available in your Facebook account, it’s easy for scam artists and hackers to use this information to target your other accounts—such as, email, banking, and PayPal.

7) Virus Attacks: No matter how secure a website is, hackers always find a way around so they can try to spread worms and viruses via the website. Since news spreads very fast on Facebook, a click on an unknown link is all that is needed to spread the virus to your friends, their friends and so on. It is always good to be careful before clicking links and following them.

8) Trouble Deleting Your Facebook Account: Until 2007 Facebook never completely deleted a user’s information even when they deleted their account. It was more like suspending an account, which meant, one can get their account and all the information back anytime if they decided to join Facebook again. In 2008, Facebook introduced an option to permanently delete the account. Even today, one has to be sure not to just deactivate their account but also check other preferences to make sure that your account is completely deleted.

9) Monopoly: Facebook is the center of all business advertisements, thanks to its huge fan base. This is affecting many other small companies and startups that have no other choice but to link themselves to Facebook to market their products. Even startups force themselves to join Facebook to promote their products.

10) Health Concerns: In the year of 2009, Facebook was the most visited site on the Internet. People spend a lot of time interacting with others and checking on what other people are doing, and you can forget to take care of yourself. Prolonged time online can lead to various health issues like headaches, back aches, eye strain and a long list of other maladies.

Protect yourself by using proper privacy settings, and don’t use the same Facebook password that you use for other online accounts. There are real gifts, real games, and real people out there. Interact with them in real life and use Facebook as a tool to keep in touch with people, but not the only means of doing so.

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There are some good things about Facebook but space does not allow.

Trivia about “No Hiding Place”

No Hiding Place carried on from where the TV series Murder Bag and Crime Sheet left off. Murder Bag featured 55 episodes. 30 in Season One (16 September 1957 to 31 March 1958), all untitled and 25 in Season Two (30 June 1958 to 1 April 1959), all titled, and all featuring the word “Lockhart” as the first word of their title. All episodes were 30 minutes long and featured Raymond Francis as Superintendent Lockhart. Backup sergeants and others changed regularly. The murder bag in the title carried 42 items which were needed in the investigation of a crime. The show was produced live in the studio.

In Crime Sheet, Lockhart had now been promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent. The writers of the series revealed to the TV Times in 1962 that Lockhart could not be promoted above this rank, as he would no longer be expected to visit the crime scene, thus hindering the potential of the storylines. 17 episodes of 30 minutes were produced from 8 April 1959 to 9 September 1959. Due to Raymond Francis contracting mumps, the final episode of Crime Sheet did not feature Lockhart but Chief Superintendent Carr, played by Gerald Case.

No Hiding Place continued to follow the cases of Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart at Scotland Yard, with a new longer one-hour format allowing for more story and character development. He was initially assisted by Detective Sergeant later Inspector Harry Baxter (Eric Lander), followed by Det. Sgt. Russell (Johnny Briggs) and Det. Sgt. Perryman (Michael McStay), and finally by Det. Sgt. Gregg (Sean Caffrey).

Still largely studio-based, the series now included more pre-recorded film segments. The series was cancelled in 1965 but there were so many protests from the public and the police that it started again for another two years.[citation needed] 236 episodes were made in total.

Detective Sergeant Harry Baxter was there from episode one until episode 141. Midway through the series he was transferred to E Division’s Q Car Squad and promoted from Sergeant to Inspector, a rank he retained when he returned to the Yard in 1963. Baxter had his own short TV series, Echo Four-Two. Unfortunately the show suffered from poor scripts and of 13 planned episodes, only 10 were made (30 minutes each, 24 August 1961 to 25 October 1961), interrupted by an actor’s strike, and no more were made.

From Wikipedia

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