I trashed my Macbook Pro today!

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Today I had to bin my oldest Apple product that I ever purchased. This was my old 15 inch Macbook Pro from way back in 2009. This was the machine that I started editing my videos on and it was such a joy when I first purchased it. However as time passed it got slower and I dropped it a couple of times and had to replace the WiFi chip as that wasn't working, then the screen had to be fixed as the hinges had come off because of the fall and then the battery was damaged and it would only stay on as long as the power cord was plugged in!

Today I tried to replace the internal hard disk with a SSD disk to breathe new life into this old machine and while doing that I broke the already broken screen. I then figured, its time to say goodbye :-(

So I took out the old hard drive and the old memory chips that I had upgraded on this machine and decided to bin it. It was a whole lot of fun while it lasted!

The Diary - Short horror mini-series (Episode One)

Last night, I finally finished editing my latest short film and uploaded it to my YouTube channel. It took me  3 weeks to make this. Its still considered a long time frame to make a 5 minute short but then I had to re-shoot quite a lot and also I could only shoot after sunset even though the entire story is indoors.

What I am trying to achieve is to make a mini-series around the plot that I have started. So this was episode one and I need to think of ideas to expand the storyline. I reckon this will be easier than thinking about a new plot all the time like I have done in the past. One big difference is that I have done the dialogues in Hindi and the reason behind that was purely personal. I always wanted to make something in my language.

The end goal before this year ends still stands, I want to get 500 Subscribers, so let's see if I am able to achieve that!!

 

 

Finally completed - A new short film!

After over a month since I posted that I was making a short, I finally managed to complete it last night and upload it on my YouTube channel. The challenge was mainly with the availability of my other actor. She managed to give me some time and shoot her piece of the work! So now that this has been completed it's time to think about a new idea!

How much does Facebook know about you and how you can find out? (Kinda)

After the recent data breach scandal that exposed Facebook and how a data analytical company harvested information from upwards of 50 million Facebook users is truly hard to comprehend in today's times! (or is it?!)

To be honest and this is just my personal opinion, we are all have been compromised a long time back and this leak is nothing new. Remember Edward Snowden back in 2013 exposing the ways of the US government of tracking their citizens and I honestly believe this is true for most governments all over the world. If you have a phone and a computer, no matter how careful you are if they want to know about you, trust me they will! So though this data breach is truly overwhelming, not so much in terms of how they did it but how a pretty big company like Facebook could let that happen. I mean they constantly kept reminding us on how they take user privacy seriously, but apparently they don't! (and I know Mark Zuckerberg is "sorry")

This phase will pass and some month's down the line we will forget all this ever happened and get on with sharing information like we always do. If I can speak for myself, I had deleted the Facebook app from my phone some month's back, not because I wanted to stop them from spying on me but I just found myself randomly scrolling and looking at people's life without any aim and that got to me. its not that i don't use Facebook anymore, I do but ever since i have got it off my phone, I noticed I am not that interested anymore. Like they say out of sight, out of mind!

So if you want to know how much Facebook knows about you, here is what you can do. Open your Facebook account on a computer and click on settings on the top right and download your Facebook archive and have a look at that. The most disturbing thing I found out that, they have all the phone numbers of my contact list on my phone! (Now imagine that being exploited by someone). Like I have said earlier in this post, we all have been compromised the moment we signed up for using the internet and now its all in the open!

Here is how you download your Facebook archive..

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Also, while you are at this try and have a look at all the APPS that have access to your Facebook profile and if you think some of them don't really need access, then remove them so that going forward they will not be able to get your information, although they already have what they need!

PS: Remember Facebook owns Whatsapp! (some food for thought!)

Short Film - Update

Last evening, I finally completed all my scenes for the short film that I am currently trying to make. The only part left to shoot is the one with the "Ghost", who is obviously a girl. I will probably finish that by the first week of next month. The music has been completed as well and just minor editing work is pending, besides the 2 scenes of the girl.

I am almost tempted to cut a 5 second teaser, but I don't think I will do that since the entire short is just over 3 mins, it doesn't pose great value making a trailer out of it..

My YouTube channel --> https://www.youtube.com/alstarmania