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Um…seriously? You didn’t bother to back up?

June 14, 2020

It’s happened again: I’ve had yet another friend that lost everything on their phone when it was lost (or possibly stolen?). “Did you back it up,” I asked. He responded, “Don’t even go there…I hadn’t backed it up for almost a year.” He lost nearly ONE YEAR of photos, videos,…

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Helping Elderly Family & Friends with Online Communication

May 28, 2020

Over the last few years, I’ve written a few times about senior citizens and technology. There is no better time than right now to figure out how you can connect with those whom you love or care about (and not just seniors!) since there are a lot of lonely and…

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COVID-19 Shutdown – My Pros and Cons

April 30, 2020

You are probably like me right now: torn over the “should we or should we not?” question to open up our country during this pandemic. That question made me think deeply about my own views and what are my pros and cons: PRO SHUTDOWN On the one hand there were,…

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Virtual Backgrounds Online Can Be Cheesy, Professional & Fun

April 28, 2020

After I wrote the post Effective Green Screen Gear You Can Buy Inexpensively, many people asked me about where I get my virtual backgrounds for usage in Zoom so I’ve added links below. I thought I’d toss up a few screenshots of me using a few of the backgrounds I’ve downloaded.…

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It Sure is Great to Have ‘Hair on Fire’ Internet During a Pandemic

April 6, 2020

Check out the speed of our Cox Gigablast service in the image above. The speedtest on the left was a server on the Cox network close to my home, and the one on the right is a connection to a test server all the way across the country in New…

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COVID-19 and the ‘Wheat and Chess Board Problem’

March 20, 2020

I’m seeing so many people struggling with understanding why our nation (and other nations) are essentially in lockdown, especially when “more people die of flu” and “just a tiny few have been identified so far“. Do you understand how quickly the growth of a virus can move throughout humans? The…

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As Always, Be *Extremely* Cautious About Installing Browser Extensions

March 6, 2020

Browser extensions are fraught with danger — which is why I rarely use them — especially those extensions that request your permission to: Access your data for all websites Access browser tabs Access recently closed tabs Read and modify bookmarks Download files and read and modify the browser’s download history…

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Google Can Track Your Individual Chrome Browser Install ID

February 7, 2020

As I take steps to extract myself from Google (and others) ubiquitous tracking, I’ve been paying attention to anything related to Google’s Chrome browser. In my news feed yesterday, I came across this threaded discussion in Hacker News:  Google tracks individual users per Chrome installation ID. I was stunned to…

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The 2019 PHEV and EV Sales Report is out and the Honda Clarity is NOT selling well

February 4, 2020

The Transportation Research Center at Argonne National Laboratory recently published this U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales by Model analysis. It turns out the Honda Clarity PHEV is not selling well at all. Introduced in the fall of 2017, the Honda Clarity PHEV sales for that year were only 903 vehicles.…

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Take a look at CNET’s CES 2020 Coverage … It Is The Best

January 10, 2020

It’s been years since I’ve gone to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, so had considered doing so this year as I could grab a cheap airfare or would likely just drive there as I’m only 4.5 hours away! With other commitments I found myself unable to go…

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SNL’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2019

Thought I’d be helpful since the holidays are approaching quickly. Enjoy this compilation of Saturday Night Live holiday skits with several I’d never seen before:

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The Premiere Issue of Wired Magazine 1.1 Changed Tech Reporting

December 4, 2019

In January of 1993, I was attending the MacWorld expo in San Francisco. At a furious pace I was hustling down a hallway to get in to a ballroom presentation when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a magazine that looked pretty dang cool. It was the…

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