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About the Author This shall have absolutely no meaning to the general public. I am writing about personal subjects that are of my interest. Nevertheless you are welcome to stick around and provide your comments as well. The stuff you will find here is generally random stuff and mainly meant to be my private web treasure box and online sticky-web-notes-fridge-door. Occasionally there will be guest authors writing in “The Blue S”. This a place to note things, to discuss and simply record moments. If you wish to add to the experience just leave a comment.

The blog is hosted and maintained in the United States. Languages used in this blog will be mainly English and German. Certain findings can only be presented in German.

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I hope you enjoy “The Blue S” and have a great day.

And remember:

True Blue IS Everywhere

Disclaimer

This weblog is a web 2.0 instrument. It resembles journalistic work and freedom of speech. The instrument or the authors do in no way intend to copy or steal the work of others. Nevertheless it is of the nature of web 2.0 instruments that content is being linked, collected and presented with new comments. In many cases you can access original linked content by following the hyper links or using the URL (address identifiers) of linked content.

Disclaimer: The Website is provided “as is”. The author(s) and the suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither the author(s) nor the suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.

Current Blogging Platform

This blog runs on the free blogging platform wordpress.com. WordPress.com is a product of the company Automattic, Inc. Going forward we will use the words ‘WordPress’ and ‘Automattic’ as synonyms for the respective full designations. Please note: The WordPress Terms of Service (tos) and Automattic’s Privacy Policy applies.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Automattic uses cookies to help Automattic identify and track visitors, their usage of Automattic website, and their website access preferences. Automattic/Wordpress visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Automattic’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Automattic’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

This blog uses the free services of WordPress/Automattic which are ad supported. Ads appearing on any of WordPress/Automattic websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. The Automattic Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Automattic and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Website Visitors & Web Analytics

Automattic as the website provider: Like most website operators, Automattic collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Automattic’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Automattic’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Automattic may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. Automattic also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Automattic only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Analytics: WordPress uses a third party, comScore, Inc. (“comScore”), to measure WordPress.com’s audience and usage. WordPress may also use additional services to analyze web traffic. By browsing this blog on WordPress.com, you agree to assign the traffic relating to this activity to Automattic and authorize us to sign a Traffic Assignment Letter on your behalf for comScore audience measurement reports. The browsing activity may be analyzed – all data will go through an anonymization process.

Use of Facebook Social Plugins

This blog uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see developers.facebook.com/plugins.
When you visit a page of this blog that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the web page, enabling Facebook to receive information about you having accessed the respective page of this blog. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge:
The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP address to Facebook.
For information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy please visit Facebook’s privacy policy: www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our blog with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off from Facebook before entering our website. Further you can block Facebook social Plugins by using add-ons for your browser, like the “Facebook Blocker“.

Use of Google Social Buttons

This blog uses Google’s Social Buttons for example the Google +1 button provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA („Google“).
The fact that you +1’d something will be recorded by Google, along with information about the page that you were viewing when you clicked the +1 button. Your +1’s may appear to others as an annotation with your profile name and photo in Google services (such as in search results or on your Google Profile) or elsewhere on websites and ads on the Internet.
In order to use the Google+1 button, you need to have a public Google Profile, which at the very least includes the name that you chose for the profile. That name will be used across Google services and in some cases it may replace another name that you’ve used when sharing content under your Google Account. Google may display your Google Profile identity to people who have your email address or other identifying information. In addition to the above-described uses, the information that you provide to Google is used subject to the main Google Privacy Policy.
Google may share aggregate statistics relating to users’ +1 activity with the public, users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or connected sites.
Google will store data (such as your recent +1’s) locally in your browser. You may be able to access and clear this information in your browser settings.

Use of Twitter Share Buttons 

This blog uses social plugins / respectively share buttons provided by the social network twitter.com (“Twitter”). Twitter is being provided by Twitter Inc.,795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. For details regarding the features and regarding the design of the respective plugins please go to the following website: https://dev.twitter.com/docs/twitter-for-websites. When you visit a page of this blog that contains a Twitter Share button, your browser establishes a direct connection to Twitter servers. The information that you visited a certain page of our blog will be transferred directly to Twitter. If you are logged into Twitter, your visit can be assigned to your Twitter account. If you interact with the Twitter plugins, for example by clicking the “Tweet”-Button, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Twitter and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Twitter, there is a possibility that the plugins transmit your IP address to Twitter, where it may be stored. For information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Twitter, as well as your rights in this respect and settings and options for protecting your privacy please visit Twitter’s privacy policy: https://twitter.com/privacy.
If you do not want Twitter to connect and gather the data concerning your visit to our blog as well as connecting the data with your member data already stored by Twitter, please log off from Twitter before entering our website and further you can block Twitter’s social Plugins by using add-ons for your browser, like the “Twitter-Blocker” or https://disconnect.me.

Use of del.icio.us feeds

This blog displays del.icio.us content on certain pages. As an (non encompassing) example: lists of Links to other websites may be shown. Del.icio.us terms apply: https://del.icio.us/terms . The interfaces and feeds built by del.icio.us, and utilized by this blog incorporate advertising. This may mean that sponsored links are shown, they are usually marked by the word ‘sponsored’. Details can be found on the del.icio.us website.

 

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