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Let people look at your computer without them seeing all that weird stuff.
Everybody knows that if you're looking at something really,
really weird you can use private browsing mode to make
sure that nobody except for the NSA and your ISP know
you're doing. But if I'm on my own computer, why should I
have to hide my activities? When searching in private
passwords, forms or history is saved which is inconvenient if
you're looking at that weird stuff all the time.
Now the problem comes when I simply want to show
a funny cat video on my laptop and the autofill box returns
hundreds of furry porn results and the halfbakery.
What's needed is the opposite of private mode, a public
specifically for letting other people see the computer. The
history will be hidden, autofill will be turned off, and it will
be like your searches for high strength genital wart remover
never even happened.
Now lets refine the idea - extend it to the entire computer
that you don't accidentally display those folders of Twilight
fan fiction you wrote. On a Mac folders can be tagged now
as a certain
color. It should be relatively simple to say "hide all red
tagged folders" while InPublic mode is engaged. People
wonder what is taking up 700GB of space on your hard drive
but they won't know for sure. In order to disengage
mode you have to enter a password, so you can safely let
someone borrow your computer and not have to worry. It
may even be possible to setup facial recognition on the
webcam so that if the computer sees a second person enter
the room it will go to InPublic mode automatically.
OSX features temporary ringfenced 'guest accounts'. [rodti, Jul 21 2014]
||But _everything_ on my computer is weird! This would be like creating a completely new clean guest user account!
||Alternatively, get somebody to write a PC operating system.
||Linux and Mac are Unixen (originally developed to handle 1 host computer and a bunch of terminals in a multi-user university environment), and the core bits of Windows that actually work are VMS (business, government, record-keeping).
||The fact that there's no phones that can be found with a "memo/record" button or a full-size USB port would lead one to assume that their OS's are likewise not written with the user in mind.
||// It should be relatively simple to say "hide all red tagged folders" while InPublic mode is engaged. People may wonder what is taking up 700GB of space on your hard drive but they won't know for sure. //
||// In order to disengage InPublic mode you have to enter a password, so you can safely let someone borrow your computer and not have to worry. //
||That would require full encryption of those files, and you accessing them with private keys, including the links from browser history, etc. Might get a bit complicated, because you won't go to mark every link as porn, unless being in "porn" mode marks all them for you automatically.
||So, perhaps a triple mode would work better: (public, normal, porn).
||Setting up the guest user account is likely the best
option, and your idea really doesn't improve on it.
You still have to click a button and type in a
||//Setting up the guest user account is likely the best
option, and your idea really doesn't improve on it. You still
have to click a button and type in a password// If someone
walks in or wants to see something on your computer,
clicking a button is less suspicious than logging out and
logging back in on a guest account. Also like I said, it may
be possible for the computer to go into the mode
automatically. Typing in the password is only needed to get
back out of InPublic mode.
||Added a link to guest accounts in OSX which are sort of the right idea but as you say require you to log off first. inPublic mode needs to be seamless.
||" hundreds of furry porn results and the halfbakery."
||Yes, but there's only one item in that selection you should really be embarrassed about.