In the New Yorker, psychologist and author Maria Konnikova examines studies showing that Facebook — and Internet use in general — makes people unhappy, along with those showing just the opposite, that Facebook use makes people happier, increasing social trust and engagement. How could this be? She teases out the fact that the research showing negative effects may have focused on passive use (scrolling through newsfeeds), whereas those evincing positive effects looked at active use (posting, “liking,” and so on). In short, engage with life online, don’t let it just wash over you. follow link
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
- ExtraBITS for 16 September 2013 (16 Sep 13)
How Facebook Makes You Unhappy. Or Not.