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To Track or not to Track ?

5 Mar

After declining a couple of tasks to write sponsored reviews, I finally decided to accept another. The reason is that because this one is a particularly inviting, even controversial, topic for me. In the process, it will even allow me to me to write not so much as a sponsored review as a blog post of my own; – for I clearly engaged in some personal deliberations in thinking about this post.

OK. Enough of that. It’s about GPS. While the acronym itself stands for Global Positioning System, a GPS tracking unit is :

“is a device that uses the Global Positioning System to determine the precise location of a vehicle, person, or other asset to which it is attached and to record the position of the asset at regular intervals. The recorded location data can be stored within the tracking unit, or it may be transmitted to a central location data base, or internet-connected computer, using a cellular (GPRS), radio, or satellite modem embedded in the unit.” – taken from Wikipedia

Of course, a lot can be discussed on how is one going to use such tracking unit for positive ends, like crime tracking, package delivery tracking or fleet tracking. However, I started to feel uneasy when I was pondering about personal tracking. You know, it’s the kind you use to track down your kids, or even the whereabouts or your spouse if you feel that she’s cheating on you. For clearly it will be just as easy, – if not easier, to implement a tracking system to your loved ones as to utilize it for your business.

The implication of personal tracking is then inevitably points to the issue of personal privacy and ethics. How far could you go in tracking the whereabouts of someone else, – and thus infer what she does on a regular basis ? In the USA, for example, the use of GPS trackers by police requires a search warrant in some circumstances, but use by a private citizen does not. He / she can easily cite the Fourth Amendment as his basis to do so. But other laws, like the common law invasion of privacy, potentially cover the use of GPS tracking devices by private citizens without consent of the individual being so tracked.

Regulations aside, I feel that the answer to this problematic issue should lie in the personal level. There is no correct or wrong answer here. Rather, you need to be honest to yourself and see to it that you really need to track your loved one because you need to, and not only to satisfy your own trivial personal curiosity. Take the kids for example. If you live in a neighborhood rampant with crime, it is a good idea to use a tracking system just to anticipate possible kidnapping dangers. In this case, you’re not only doing the right thing, but you also are helping the police and yourselves should such thing happens.

But how about tracking your spouse ? This is exactly what I was talking about when I said that you need to be honest to yourself. You may or may not be justified to do so. If he / she is in danger, then by all means go ahead with it. But if you’re doing it to check whether he / she is cheating on you, you then need to proceed carefully and ponder all the possible implications beforehand. You wouldn’t want the scenario to backfire and ruin your relationship further.

In the end, as with other beneficial technology inventions, GPS tracking could also be used for malevolent purpose. It is us, the user, who determines what course are we using our technology to head into. As somebody once observed, it is the singer, not the song.

Disclosure : This post is a sponsored work brought to you by our mutual friends at LightningGPS.

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Lamps on the Line

27 Jan

Lamps are arguably one of the most important parts of today’s human life. It has been always like that since the first prehistoric man found out that fire is a source of light. Since that, mankind was enabled to continue its activities in the nights, unrestricted by the lack of sunlight.

Similarly, many times we are frustrated when we don’t have enough light, – or maybe too much of it. Most of the time the problem can be traced to an inappropriate use of lamp. This will lead us to go to the store, find the right lamp for our needs, and attaching it to the right spot in our homes. But what if we are kept so busy with work that we don’t have enough time to do it ?

Thanks to Farreys, this should no longer be a problem for us. Boastings thousands of lamp varieties and models, there is virtually all lamps for every kind of your lighting needs here. Table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps and even lamp shades, you name it. All you have to do is visiting the site and browse the available products which are neatly categorized by brands, applications or style. Alternatively, you can also use its search function if you already know what exactly are you looking for.

I am waiting in anticipation for Farreys’ bright future. In the meantime, I applaud what it does to us all : lighting up our lives.

Disclosure : This post is a sponsored work brought to you by our mutual friends at Farreys

Shop Smarter and Faster with ShopWiki

25 Jan

Have you ever tried to shop online and spent so many hours browsing the online stores to search just for the right product ? Or do you recall the time when you were searching just for the perfect necklace for your niece, only to become frustrated from the time it took you to find it ? For me, it makes me wish for a Google for online shopping, so to speak.

It all ended when I found out about a site that allows me to do just that. Enter ShopWiki.com. Just like Google who scour every corner of the net endlessly, ShopWiki does the hard work of crawling every online stores available. This is a novel approach since generally other online shopping sites will only display products that pay for their placement. As for us, this will translate to a wider array of options and an excellent time-saver.

When I tried their service to find something for my daughter’s impending birthday, I browsed their accessories section and quickly got taken into their wiki page for hair accessories. Far from only displaying some products, I actually got some useful information relating to what accessories to use for different hair types ! For a man like me, that information surely proves handy in every possible way.

Don’t just take my word for it. If you are a regular online shopper, or just someone who needs to find something for any immediate needs, visit ShopWiki and see it for yourself. Have fun !

Disclosure : This post is a sponsored work brought to you by our mutual friends at ShopWiki.com