Email tracking! This Geek in Review for Dec. 20, 2019

Superhuman is a company that is trying to re-invent email. Unfortunately, to offer some of their services they have to violate the privacy of anyone you send email to. The idea of tracking the opening of emails isn’t new, mailing lists do it all of the time. However, in this case, it is being done to people who have never consented to being tracked in this manner. After the privacy implications were brought to light, they have since turned off the tracking. Nevertheless, it is a lesson in how you can be tracked through the most trivial of ways.

Have you ever thought about how you would like to use an Etch-A-Sketch to show pictures? No? Then thank goodness we have evil genius who envision a digital camera in using an Etch-A-Sketch as a display.

Retro cartridges can be big business, as an unsuspecting seller brought the most boring collection of NES carts to a store, along with a cartridge worth $13,000.

One way to guarantee work for an IT contractor is to plant logic bombs in spreadsheets that only the contractor can fix. Just don’t ever leave town.

And here’s why it’s USB plugs are not reversible.

Finally, if your local Kmart has closed, head on over to the Internet Archive and relive your Kmart shopping days by listening to the actual tapes that were played in the stores.