Videos – Firefox Privacy & Security Features

Preamble (with Discussion Question)

I don’t know if there are people out there who like the way they sound in audio recordings, or look on video. I certainly don’t. I don’t think it’s a self-image issue, either; and I know I’m not alone. My recorded voice lacks the resonance I experience internally, and my recorded image just looks… mouthier (?!) than I imagine myself to be. I don’t even know what that means.

Proposed:

Nightingale’s Corollary to the Uncanny Valley Hypothesis: The depth of one’s psychological attachment to, and familiarity with, one’s own image, amplifies feelings of canny/uncanniness. This can result in greater than average affinity for moderately dissimilar representations (c.f. the popularity of “realistic cartoon avatar” generators, or caricature artists), but also particularly heightened sensitivity to minor dissimilarities.

[Discuss. Cite examples.]

The Point (i.e. Where You Should Have Started Reading)

I bring this up because the inimitable duo of Alix and Rainer recently took some of my scattered ramblings and knit them together into an educational piece on some of the security features in Firefox. I think they did a lovely job:


YouTube

In very much related news, Drew worked with Alix and Rainer to put together a video that talks about some of Firefox’s privacy features. I find it much easier to listen to Drew’s calm, matter of fact, “we did awesome stuff, and want you to know about it” delivery. I suspect you will, as well.


YouTube

3 comments

  1. Great videos! Can you add a simple way to share the Theora videos? (i.e. post a bit of html that anyone can use to post the videos to one’s own blog, etc.?)

  2. I feel the same way about my recorded voice. It sounds nothing like what I hear internally. I even came up with an idea of crossing this uncanny valley: ear-buds that record sound rather than play it back. Theoretically, this would produce a sound identical to what the speaker hears. I wonder if it would work.

  3. @gen – sure!


    <video src="http://videos.mozilla.org/firefox/3.5/security/security.ogv" controls width="400">Aw boo, you don't have a browser that supports the video tag? Perhaps you should <a href="http://getfirefox.com/">get Firefox</a>?
    </video>

    and, for privacy,


    <video src="http://videos.mozilla.org/firefox/3.5/privacy/privacy.ogv" controls width="400">Aw boo, you don't have a browser that supports the video tag? Perhaps you should <a href="http://getfirefox.com/">get Firefox</a>?
    </video>