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This week’s items of interest.

Howdy folks. Here are a few items I found interesting this past week.

What’s right (and wrong) with the new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has unveiled a new lineup of tablets to take it into the holiday season. These tablets being superb hardware at a price that will make you do a double-take, but as with all things, not everything is perfect.Read more..

Apple Gets Failing Grades on New iPhone Security

In the fanfare of publicity for the iPhones 5s and 5c, and for iOS 7, a persistent and unusual motif was heard: security, security.Read more..

Norton, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender Rule New Antivirus Test

Researchers at German lab AV-Test keep twenty-odd antivirus products under observation constantly, collating and reporting their results every couple months. They cycle between testing under Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8, sometimes using 64-bit editions. The latest results relate to testing under 64-bit Windows 7. Some products scored much better than when tested under the 32-bit operating system; others lost points galore.Read more..

Tech companies have highest turnover rate

According to PayScale’s most recent survey, employee turnover rate among Fortune 500 companies is greatest in the IT industry.Read more..

[ Doesn’t surprise me.. ]

What if Verizon succeeds in killing the Internet?

Verizon is making a big push to begin actively blocking content and competition from its network. This is a bald-faced attack on the Internet in general. It’s abhorrent. But what happens if Verizon wins?” Read more..

Design lab finalists reveal gadgets of the future

From breathing walls to holograms and intelligent kitchen appliances, Electrolux Design Lab’s eight finalists reveal how we might be cooking, cleaning and improving our home environment in the future.Read/see more..

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.. if you only read one.. read the Verizon one ..

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  1. Been a bit busy lately. Binging on Netflix watching OitNB with Kate Mulgrew and getting ready to start watching House of Cards and maybe this Derek everyone is talking about. Plus I am cursing and fighing with Google+ and YouTube for wanting to combine my profiles. This is BS. I don’t want Google announcing to the world/family/friends what “Hot” videos I am watching late at night. I have “Circles” in Google+ for a reason….and I thought Google understood; that is why they supplied them. If they are gonna combine my profiles and push what I am doing to my circles..what is the point of the damn circles? If I want them to know, I will tell them.

    Anyways, Nothing new. No decent free games or software. Sorry A friend of mine made some cool Mashup videos of OitNB. If you aren’t watching, I bet your girlfriend/wife is. So here is a gift…You can make points with the girlfriend..etc. Some of the language is NSFW but there is NONE of the lesbian sex scenes from the show in these videos.

    Janeway loves coffee. Red loves chicken. Hence the Name of the video. Captain Kathryn Janeway(Kate Mulgrew) as Piper Chapman from “Orange Is the New Black”. OitNB is new run away hit on Netflix. Seven of Nine(Jeri Ryan) plays the international drug dealer/lesbian lover.

    Chicken is the New Coffee – YouTube

    Janeway as Galina “Red” Reznikov talking about “The Chicken”.

    Chicken is the New Coffee Part 2 – YouTube

    Janeway as Galina “Red” Reznikov telling her Penguin/Eggplant Joke.

    “He’s not an eggplant” – à la Janeway – YouTube

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    Comment by delenn13 | September 27, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Good to see this here.. and – though you stimulated thought – I have just two things to say:
      1) Google is evil.
      2) At sometime or ‘nother, you have probably heard the “philosophical” question – Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?” I wonder what the long-term, unintended consequences of such “gritty” shows as Breaking Bad, OITNB, etc., will be on our culture.
      Frankly, I’m not optimistic.

      (I kinda enjoyed House of Cards [I like Kevin Spacey], but haven’t seen Derek.)

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      Comment by techpaul | September 27, 2013 | Reply

      • “1) Google is evil.”

        I am believing that more and more every day. I dropped my hotmail account because MS bought it. Then I was having a fight with my ISP(and they ALL do it here) because they were censoring my email so I switched to the beta Gmail when it first began. I probably have over 3,000 emails archived in Gmail. So now I don’t know what to do. You just can’t win. I am using WinMail on Win7 because I forced it to work. I could even if I wanted to make the calendar work but I have a one already(Not in Gmail). But to change ALL my emails/newsletters/passwords/websites etc back to my Reg mail would be a really intense project.

        I really don’t watch a lot of TV. I had rather watch it on my PC and be busy doing other stuff too. Hmmm..the gritty stuff. It’s like watching a movie. So are you saying if we watch this stuff, our reality will change? Is that like blaming gaming for the violence? I watched “Tom and Jerry” and Roadrunner and I knew in real life if a person was hit by an anvil from a cliff..it would not flatten them and then they would bounce back. I knew it was a cartoon. I play games and I love scifi. But then I don’t think kids,today, know the difference… So maybe it will be like you said later on…..

        The networks and cable companies, as far as Netflix is concerned, better wake up. I am enjoying watching TV WHEN I want. I do have to watch my bandwidth..Netflix exec: Canada’s broadband caps “almost a human rights violation” — Tech News and Analysis They charge an arm and a leg. I am paying around 60.00 a month for 90G. My entire cable bill is 190.00. I have “Ma Bell” out of life. So my cable bill is internet, phone and cable and i have the basic cable…No pay channels. We did invest in a Roku box and have been checking it out…In the next few months we may be saying bye bye Cable TV and just raising our cap.

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        Comment by delenn13 | September 27, 2013 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          To answer your specific questions (posed in para#2), I feel compelled to say that I am not a sociologist, and I have no direct stats to cite inre: media/propaganda (ala Joseph Goebels), but my personal belief is that answer 1 is “yes”, and 2 is “no” (violence existed prior to violent video games) however, I would posit that the violence seen in our culture/media – such as is portrayed in video games and movies and lyrics – will/does have an effect. (Perhaps very, very subtle, and perhaps immediate and blatant.)

          .. for example, if everywhere you turn on TV (and whatever movie you watch) people are using the foulest, basest, language (to portray gritty realism) the message is being sent that such foul-mouths are perfectly acceptable. (The apologists say that the “art” is just imitating real life.. that [some] people do in fact cuss every other word..) To me, and many I know, such language is not only not acceptable, it’s offensive. But… we do live in the era of Target The Lowest Common Denominator.

          See.. I believe that Goebels (and his ilk) proved that the media can control (um.. “heavily influence”) people’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors (in his day: print, radio and film+censorship). I further believe that TV is an excellent propaganda tool, and that it is being used as such.. only we call it “advertising” and “politics” (and mine only comes on for football).

          I freely admit my thinking is not mainstream, and I don’t want/mean to invite debate.. it is just what I currently believe (after decades of observation), and — you asked.

          * My latest project has been to set up my own mail server. None of the currently available (public) services, I am aware of, are trustworthy (and subject to “outages”). (And, I need a use for my iMac.)

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          Comment by techpaul | September 27, 2013 | Reply

          • Paul,

            Yes, I did ask.

            But I think we will just have to agree to disagree.

            BTW we had one of those Microsoft Phone calls last night. The hubby said, “And what is wrong with the computer I don’t have?

            Exact words

            The Tech:…”It’s all F—-d up and sending out viruses.” He said the “F word”.

            Hubby: But I don’t have a PC. I have an iPad.”

            The “tech guy” hung up.

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            Comment by delenn13 | September 28, 2013 | Reply

            • delenn13,
              I can agree to that. (But I am thinkin’ the “tech guy” watches a lot of TV/movies and listens to Hip Hop.. ;-) )

              It was finally my turn to get one of those calls, about two weeks ago. The “tech guy” was a woman.

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              Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2013 | Reply

  2. My Overview Of Comments On This Posting

    Yup, I’ve had some of those calls from those Con Artists, so has my friends from all over Canada. The “up side” is: we did NOT get conned by those mongrels … ending up with just another rant!

    Re: Paul’s Quote: “I Agree to strongly Agree…” “to portray gritty realism, the fowl mouths/actions are perfectly acceptable”… I agree to the end of his quote and then some!

    Further… Google being Evil: Yes, we know that Google and “others” like Face Book has made their careers on “our interactions” on the web.

    In order to survive we have to Think Critically, be Aware and take our stuff as far as we are comfortable with.

    Our lives on line is “Interwoven in ways we are not aware of or even understand.” It’s no longer enough to be skilled at thinking about our “own vested interests.”

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    Comment by Gaia | September 28, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Your comment’s timing is very apt, as in just a few days National Cyber Security Awareness Month begins.

      “Washington, DC, September 24, 2013 – With just one week until the kickoff of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) encourages everyone to get involved this October. The month’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility,” ¹ which calls on everyone who uses the Internet to take steps to make it safer for all. This process begins with taking three simple steps before going online – STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”

      More info on that is here: http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/

      ¹ Emphasis mine

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      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2013 | Reply

  3. Paul, Thanks for this Stop,Think, Connect web site. I listened and read it …even though it is kind of long and dry. Hopefully people will be interested enough… will take the time to pay attention to it. I have a long list of people to send the info.out to, including a lot of busy people, who mainly text…but who knows??? it’s worth a try!

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    Comment by Gaia | September 28, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      That’s the ticket. It is incumbent upon those of us who are aware to spread the news. (Even if getting them to stop playing angry birds or candy crush long enough to listen is a challenge.)

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      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2013 | Reply


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