I understand that online services need to verify my identity. But if the service does not involve my phone, why do I need to disclose my phone number?!? I just tried to sign up for Instagram, which is now impossible without a phone number (in spite of email verification). The only thing worse are services that ignore non-phone users, as WhatsApp had done for a long time.
Of course, I understand the reason: A phone number today is the best tool for reliably tracking individuals. Which makes it pretty clear that the user is the product being sold...
I just submitted a talk to EclipseCon France – it would be great if you could up-vote it (registration required), or forward it to other Eclipse-loving people. Thanks!
In case you are wondering: The talk is not technical, but focuses on career decisions of a developer. Not sure whether the program committee likes this, but that's what's on my mind these days.
I was surprised how often I encountered gotoMeeting over the last few years. I did not really like the software: The user interface is horrible, it is not available on Linux (which I am using), and the Android app seems unstable.
Yesterday I used TeamViewer for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised: It worked very well, had a great user interface and is available on Linux. I am prepared to pay the $500 is costs on the spot, if it turns out that I will need it on a regular basis.