March 31, 2013

Odds and Ends

I saw several mentions of Google's Doodle for Easter. Apparently it has sparked much outrage, but caused me to wonder...

Does anyone still use Google?

DuckDuckGo is a far superior and safer way to search the web. I haven't searched with Google in ages. 

Sheesh people - get with the times. Google is so yesterday.


In very earthshaking news, it seems Justin Beiber has had his monkey seized.  'nuff said.

Today was national backup day.  I had no idea.  But I suppose I should say, please backup your data. Then again I'd say that anyway.

And that's about all I have for today. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.

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March 29, 2013

Because you need to laugh

These are the funniest auto-corrects ever. Set down your drinks, grab a kleenex. You will laugh til you cry.

The 30 Most Hilarious Autocorrect Struggles Ever

Happy Friday.

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Organic Security

I was reading an article by information security expert Bruce Schneier that has caused a bit of a stir. For a few minutes twitter was hotly debating the merits and at least one podcast was released specifically to address his conclusions.

After reading it, I was more amused than anything else.

"If we security engineers do our job right, users will get their awareness training informally and organically, from their colleagues and friends."

That statement alone is comedic gold.

Yes, there is a lot of very bad security training out there. Yes, computers themselves need to be made far more fail safe than they are currently. But I still giggle at the thought of security tips being passed around organically…

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March 25, 2013


The calendar says it's Spring.  The snow on the ground outside says it's Winter. 

I don't care what the weather wants to do... it will be Spring. 

Because I say so. 

Ha. Like anyone ever listens to me.

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March 22, 2013

Apple ID Two Factor Auth

Looks like Apple has instituted Two Factor authentication for anyone with an Apple ID and a phone that receives text messages.

9 to 5 Mac has the story

I will be setting this up on my Apple ID as soon as I get a chance. However, they have not sent out any official notice yet. Also, 9 to 5 says they are still training their personnel on how it works so they can assist customers.

If you haven't ever set up Two Factor on gmail or dropbox or other platform, you may want to give it a few days. That way if you get stuck, you are more likely to get help quickly.

It's good to see this. Thank you Apple.


Then I saw this story

Apple ID Security Hole Allows Password Reset With Email Address and Date of Birth

So sooner might be better than later in going to the 2 factor auth. 


I just went through the process.  Worked in a very straightforward way.  Although be prepared for the dire warnings of what will happen if you lose the recovery password etc. 

It turns out you can verify a device like a phone, or your ipad, or ipod touch.  You don't need a cell phone I think... I did add my cell number to the process as another method.  If you don't want to give them a cell number, it might still work.  

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March 21, 2013

To Enhance Your Experience...

There is some new ad malware created specifically for Macs circulating about the interwebz.

Ad-injecting trojan targets Mac users on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome

Don't ya just love ad spammers. Yeesh.

So let's go over this once again! Please do not click on anything and install it when browsing about at a website. No matter how much you want to see that kitty jump at the red dot, this will not enhance your experience.

If you get to a site and it tells you to install a plugin to view the video... leave. Immediately.

If you have a Mac and you are worried about having picked up this barnacle, it seems to be fairly easy to check and then to rid yourself of it.

How to remove 'Yontoo' adware Trojan from your OS X system

And so ends your public service announcement for today.  We thank you for your kind attention.

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March 18, 2013

A Few Things

It was an anniversary weekend for my husband and I this last weekend. It was very nice indeed. Hard to believe it's been 34 years...  I can't quite wrap my head around that number.


I saw this story on the Chicago Tribune

Chicago police officers, hotel doorman help rescue baby

We stay at the Talbott Hotel when we are in Chicago. It's a great place.  I've met the doorman Dwayne Neff. I think I need to give him an extra tip the next time I'm in town.


There was a google drive outage this morning

It's amusing to see all the wailing and gnashing of teeth by people who expect utter perfection 24/7/365.  Why did they go with google drive in the first place?  Because they know their own systems are subject to failure and it would take far longer than a few hours to get that fixed. 


Robots that do the chores***

I want one.  Especially if I could get it to cook for me.  Of course if it cleaned the dishes once I was done, that might be an acceptable start.

***minor warning... auto run video at the link - just in case you are somewhere you don't want it speaking out


That's it for now.  Maybe more later if I find something else fun.

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March 13, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader

So Google is turning off Reader, their popular RSS service on July 1st. If you have been using this service, you might be at a loss. What now?

Fear not. There are other options.

Go to google and download your RSS feed via google takeout. Go to your google reader page --> Help --> How to --> Reading -->  How can I download my Reader data?  Click the link it will aggregate the data.  When it's at 100% click Create Archive.  It will zip it and then give you a download button.  VoilĂ .  You are done.

This format should be compatible for import to other readers.

One option to replace google is newsblur. It's open source with a web option along with iOS/Android options too.  The iOS app looks very nice.  They have instructions on how to import your google reader feed.

Of course they are currently swamped with fleeing google users even though there are a few months before the service goes away... sheesh.  The main site is either slow or down for the count tonight.  Wait a bit before trying to access it until the furor dies down a bit.

I gave up on feed reading a while back. Just couldn't keep up.  But the iOS app is so nice I may reconsider...

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March 12, 2013


Ah such a dull day.  It's been cloudy and drippy.  Then late afternoon it rained  hard.  Now the weather tweets from around here are about flooding.  What a change from last week when it was all snow.  

However I did get a little something today.  A Logitech Ultrathin  Keyboard for my ipad.  I'm typing on it now and it's pretty decent (although I'm not used to typing with the keyboard on my lap).  It's a nice size and the keys are in the right places so I'm not constantly hitting the wrong keys.  Well done Logitech.  

Now if we get some sunshine tomorrow I think everything will look much brighter.   

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March 11, 2013

We're Melting

Yes, the snow... it be melting. 

Ever since the storm last Friday, the daytime temps have been significantly above freezing.  Works for me.

Of course there is still plenty of snow on the ground and the entire meltdown will take some time (unless we get a rain storm).  We'll see how long until the majority of the grass is finally showing.  Right now the amount is zero... still all white with a number of inches to melt.


Went walking with my regular camera on Sunday.  The problem is, I didn't take a single photo worth my time to do more than glance at and pass on by.  That's pretty sad.  I seem to have lost my touch.  Or whatever kind of touch I had at one time. Oh well.  There is always next weekend.


And because I had nothing better to do, I joined (which is apparently a less cluttered version of twitter).  Not sure if I like it, not sure if I'll stay.  We'll see.  In the meantime, if you are a member I have a link in the sidebar.


Here's a cool little website you might enjoy.  Jeff Gamet was talking about this on the British Tech Big Show (which I listened to earlier today).  I may try this out tomorrow and see if it does more than make me want to scream.  We shall see.

Coffitivity: Make your office sound like a coffee shop

Just not sure the clash of coffee cups is what I need.  Hmmm...


That's it for now.  Time to give my eyes a rest from the computer screen.

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