May 28, 2013

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

A little news of the day...

Want email privacy? Think about moving to Texas, if they pass the new law...

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Are you ready to drop live tv?

Not until they start giving me options for watching sports easily.

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Think you have a strong password? Think again. While I am all about strong passwords and diligence in creating them, I'm really trying to figure out if there are any passwords that are useful. 

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I need to do some reading on this artist.  This looks very interesting. 

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If you think of it, someone will build it.

We need more and better thinkers!

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We keep hearing (ha) that the cicadas are coming.  So far it's been very quiet here. This may be because they have only hatched as far north as Staten Island. 

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And last of all, this is why I don't read Vanity Fair.  Just sayin'...

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Have a lovely rest of the evening.



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May 23, 2013

I think this young woman will go far

Sabrina Brady - a high school student from Wisconsin, wins the competition for today's Google Doodle.  I don't often pay attention to these, but this one is excellent. The story and the doodle (if you haven't seen it) are posted in this WaPo article.

Go check it out.

Congratulations Sabrina!

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May 22, 2013

Shades of 1995

Today in the mail I received...

A CD along with an invitation to join Juno!!!  All I had to do was:

Load the software on my pc and I could be on the internet in no time!!! 

How exciting is that!!!!!!! 

I don't know how I could resist such an offer. The wonderful world of online can be mine just by loading software on to my pc.  I'm positively giddy with excitement over this, but not sure if I should really give it a try or not. 

Scary exciting this is.  Must think carefully and try to decide if I'm up to venturing into this whole new world. 

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May 20, 2013

Oklahoma

I'm sure, by now, almost everyone knows about the horrible devastation in Oklahoma.  If you would like to help, but can't quite decide how to do it, please consider donating to Team Rubicon.  



We can't be there to help, but they can.  Whatever you can give will go directly to helping a community in need.  

Thank you. 

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May 16, 2013

Junkware is not always considered a problem

In general I have always been careful enough when installing things to keep my system from picking up extra browser toolbars and crap like that.  Things like the very irritating Ask dot com (no I won't link to them) toolbar that installs with Java updates if you aren't careful.   They can also be very difficult to get rid of if you do pick up one of these barnacles.  


This was the topic of a rant by a caller to the Mike Tech Show podcast a couple of weeks ago.  After that lament, a number of people wrote in with fixes for the problem.  The real issue is that not everyone considers these irritations to be junk, so anti-malware/anti-virus/anti-spamware programs don't get rid of them.  

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will point you to Mike's web page for his podcast.  He has links to the relevant removal tools and he discusses them in the podcast (near the beginning).  If you have problems with these things, go check it out. 



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May 13, 2013

The Mom Manual

Just in case you've never seen it, here are all the things a mom says in 24 hours condensed to 2 minutes 55 seconds.  Yes, I have said most all of them.  Sometimes even in a 24 hour period.  


Deep breath and Go...


*** Had to update the link, the original link posted got pulled.  


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May 09, 2013

Coming up on Friday

Here are a couple of short ads that are my current favorites because they are so funny.  


This one with Mario Andretti took me a while to figure out because I had no idea what the ad was for, I was laughing too much. 


And then there is this one, currently the best commercial ever made (although it's too long for a television spot).   

The two Spocks compete (old Spock and young Spock).  Awesomeness.


Now I have to go find the Bilbo Baggins song...

Happy weekend. 

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May 02, 2013

The Eagle Has Landed

This is the most cool thing ever.  


Someone went to the trouble to put together all the feeds; audio, video, telemetry of the first moon landing.  It's played in real time with a timeline across the bottom of the screen.  When you scroll over items it will give you a pop up with a description of what you are looking at.  It's also a transcription so you can read what is being said and who is saying it. 

If you remember the moon landing, or you want to see a great piece of history, check it out.  I've already watched it several times. (it doesn't work quite so well in my Safari browser, so be warned if that is your browser of choice!)


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Some Photo Stuff

In the comments of the previous post Pam was asking about Adobe Revel.  Since I don't pay too much attention to that part of Adobe, I hadn't really heard about it, so I did some looking. 


Last year Adobe renamed their Carousel image service to Revel.  With the rename they added features for minor editing, filters to apply to photos, and added apps for idevices and mac.    Android apps are under development but it's been over a year and I don't see any listed yet, although you can upload from those devices to your account.  

It doesn't look too bad if you don't do much to your photos once you take them (if you like to play in Photoshop this would not be for you).  The idea is you upload all your photos to the Adobe Revel site. They live there, you edit there, and you don't have to take up space on your iphone/ipad/Mac.  Then you can create galleries and share images as you like.   

It's a little unclear to me from the fast look, how permissions are given out.  Apparently you can also share galleries that allow others to edit the photos in those galleries. I'm not sure I'd want that feature at all, but I suppose it works for some people. I just hope it's not a default feature but that you have to allow it when sharing the gallery. 

Sounds like it's an easy to use service for people who don't want to mess around with something like flickr, which you can forget to make private if you aren't careful!  Or picasa, which being google is free, but always wants more and more info from you. Some people don't care about that since they like the "free" part.  

The apps for iPhone/ipad are a nice touch.  Not sure how well they work since people seem to be complaining about the logo of the app itself rather than how the app works. (geeze louise!) A few were griping about network connection - I wonder if it requires wifi rather than using the data connection.  

The apps for Revel are free. The basic Revel account is free, with unlimited uploads for the first 30 days then a 50 photo upload limit per month.  For unlimited uploads all the time, it costs $5.99/month.  If you pay for a while then stop, your account is converted to a free one so you don't lose your photos just the unlimited upload feature.  

Flickr pro is less expensive at something like $29 a year (can't quite remember but it's about that).  If you like to share your photos publicly, Flickr is definitely a better bet even though you don't get editing tools with it. 

The last thing I don't know is what size photo it stores - is it the full sized jpg?  Or does it size down?  I looked, but didn't see anything posted about this. If you are using a DSLR I would guess it does not import RAW files. 

It doesn't sound too bad for someone who wants online galleries to share with friends but not necessarily the world at large.  It might be worth checking out for the 30 day unlimited upload trial to see if you like it.  If you are Mac based it might work well for you. 

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