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The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

Folks, in case you don’t know, The Consumer Electronics Show is where companies bring out new technology products.. it’s a chance to look into the future. And also a chance to see what the big brains think we (the ‘average consumer’) want.. or will want someday.

Not only do I NOT want any of this.. I really wish they weren’t developing it. Half of it has kinda scary implications.. But, here you go –> Your glimpse into the future is here:

* The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

I really hope zero people buy any of that. Ever.

But you know people will.

Because they’re.. well.. humans.

Today’s quote:How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

January 9, 2017 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, News, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Out with the old…


Image courtesy of Easy Scraps

I don’t know about you, but I’m always glad to put ‘election years’ behind me.

Be safe & sane in your celebrations, and I hope you have a happy and prosperous new year!

Today’s quote:Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

December 31, 2016 Posted by | advice | Leave a comment

Season’s Greetings

I have said this before, but I’ll say it again:

Cheer up. Take deep breaths.
I know folks get a little stressed out this time of year. Rude, even.
And holiday travel can be a real challenge to the psyche (even if you’re lucky enough to not to have your flight canceled..)
And I know all about crass commercialism, and how advertisements make watching TV nigh on impossible… (do you REALLY think I am going to buy a new car as a Xmas gift??) and remind us there are such things as electric razors, but..
Just breathe.
Count your blessings.
Chant “ohm… ohm… ohm…” if that’s what works for you.

I have a policy: if I encounter rudeness and stress? I counter it with a double-dose of civility, courtesy, and charm. Yes! Go ahead and take that parking space I’ve been waiting 10 minutes for! Godspeed to you! No worries, another will open in a jiffy!
Lead by example.

Don’t forget, nor lose sight of, what’s important (hint: it ain’t getting that FitBit gift-wrapped and to the Post Office..)

And even though my timing is a wee bit early, allow this grouchy curmudgeon to wish you safe travels and the very happiest of holidays.

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Today’s quote:The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

December 21, 2016 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Are these people nuts?

Folks, the tech industry is talking about upcoming “improvements” to Windows 10. Which of course is an indicator of the evolution of our devices.. and what the big brains at the billion dollar companies think we want..

* Windows 10: Ten missing and highly anticipated features due in 2017

A look at the most significant changes due to hit Microsoft’s evolving OS in the coming year.Read more..

Okay.. I don’t want ANY of that. Do you? (Are you ‘eagerly anticipating’?) Would you even call these ‘improvements’?

The only one I think worthy of mention is for a browser I’ll never use.

I’m going to replace my desktop with a phone..? I guess marijuana is legal in the State of Washington? Cuz they gotta be high.

… It’s like they spend so much time in their labs, they have a complete disconnect with human psychology.. The numbers telling them that people are desperately clinging to Windows XP and Office 2003 must utterly baffle them.

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December 7, 2016 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Microsoft, mobile, News, PC, software, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | 3 Comments

STEMs toy ideas

Amazon’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math gift toy ‘category’ might be of interest to a few of you. If you are, click here https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_acss_gb_cg_HTLLPCGB_4a1?node=10054374011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=events-center-c-5&pf_rd_r=48YWSPTNSV9Z93E6PXZQ&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_p=ed09b6ac-6ff0-406f-863f-4a53593203e2&pf_rd_i=HTL_desktop

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December 4, 2016 Posted by | shopping for | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This is why so few posts..

I see headlines like this everyday.

And nobody seems to care.

LATEST NEWS Nov 29, 2016

Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly a Million Routers Offline

Mirai Botnet is getting stronger and more notorious each day that passes by. The reason: Insecure Internet-of-things Devices. Last month, the Mirai botnet knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours, crippling some of the world’s biggest and most popular websites. Now, more than 900,000 …

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San Francisco Metro System Hacked with Ransomware; Resulting in Free Rides

Nothing is immune to being hacked when hackers are motivated. The same proved by hackers on Friday, when more than 2,000 computer systems at San Francisco’s public transit agency were apparently got hacked. San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, also known as MUNI, offered free rides on …

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Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

Remember Steubenville High School Rape Case? In 2012, Steubenville (Ohio) high school’s football team players gang-raped an unconscious teenage girl from West Virginia and took photographs of the sexual assault. In December 2012, a member of the hacker collective Anonymous hacked into the …

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Researchers Show How to Steal Tesla Car by Hacking into Owner’s Smartphone

New technology is always a little scary, so are Smart Cars. From GPS system and satellite radio to wireless locks, steering, brakes, and accelerator, today vehicles are more connected to networks than ever, and so they are more hackable than ever. It’s not new for security researchers to hack …

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Beware! Malicious JPG Images on Facebook Messenger Spreading Locky Ransomware

If you receive an image file sent by someone, even your friend, on your Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn or any other social media platform, just DO NOT CLICK ON IT. Even JPG image file could eventually infect your computer with the infamous Locky Ransomware. Earlier this week, we reported a new …

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Worse, there’s too many people using computers who’ve never even heard of ‘ransomware’.

Well.. I’ve been pointing to important headlines such as these since 2007. Been doing my part. It’s up to you people to educate your friends and loved ones with the bleak picture. The handwriting’s on the wall, folks.

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, e-mail, gadgets, hackers, Internet, News, tech | 6 Comments