Larry Conklin, author of the blog post at http://voixsecurity.blogspot.com/2015/12/privacy-breadcrumbs-and-personally.html, wrote me recently to let me know about this post in which picks up on my mention in Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, 2nd Edition about obscuring my geolocation in a screenshot. The point of his post is that with all the other public information out there, it's not all that difficult to get a reasonably good bead on where I live.

I wrote him back, of course, with the note below (also in his blog comment), explaining that the public information isn't quite good enough:

What fun! I don’t mind at all being the subject of your blog, as obviously I put out a fair amount of personal information already. In my particular case, however, the home address that appears by the methods you outline provides my mailing address, but not the location of my physical house. In my community here we have a shared mailroom, which means that 200 residential addresses all start with the same street address. My house itself has a different address that’s used by only a few contractors and service providers. (I should also add that one of the other services came up with me living in Bellevue, WA, which hasn’t been true since 1993, meaning that its pulling from outdated public records. J)

Fortunately, what I have not shared is something like an aerial photo of my house location, because if I did, you’d be able to look around the location of my mailing address and find the house itself.

At the same time, if you drove into my community, you’d probably find a sufficient number of friendly people willing to point to the house especially if you had my name and claimed to be making a special delivery or something.

I should add that quite a few of my neighbors probably aren't entirely sure where our house is, exactly! :)


I just finished publishing a body of content on unit testing for JavaScript in the context of Apache Cordova, including both command-line and Visual Studio interfaces. I had a lot of fun learning about the subject and finding ways to communicate a number of concepts. I also found a direct example of a slight difference between JS runtimes that can bite you, but I'll leave that for the articles themselves.

You can find it all on http://taco.visualstudio.com/, the docs site for the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, under the "Test" node. Here are the individual topics:

There are two other topics in that node that I'll be revising and/or integrating into the stuff above: Test Apache Cordova apps with Karma and Jasmine and Test Apache Cordova apps with Chutzpah.

I'd love to know what you think, as this material is easily the basis for a video course with Microsoft Virtual Academy as well.

In January I'll start diving into UI testing for mobile–should be fun!