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Tools of the trade – jan erik moström - How he Organized his Domains & Subdomains
My first idea of solving my problems was to move everything to one single site but I knew from previous experiences that this wouldn’t work – it’s usually quite difficult to set up a site/system for blogging while at the same time using it for tutorials and photo galleries. Instead I decided on a single domain with sub-domains for different purposes using different tools. Making it possible to fix/move things when I had the time and without have to think about types of information. My idea was to have the following sections:

General info about myself
A micro blog – although I didn’t know that it was called micro blog at the time.
A photo gallery for photos I really liked
A tutorials section
Over time this was modified to what is described below. In addition to this I wanted one additional domain for a specific purpose, hmmm, hrmmm, make that two extra domains. My current setup looks like this:
blogging  blog-tool  technology 
17 hours ago by W6AZ
Scripting News: She attacked a silo for being a silo
I sympathize because Google lowers the rank of my blog because I use HTTP. As if that had anything to do with the authority of the information posted here (it doesn't). #
And they complain that pages that were posted before there were mobile devices aren't mobile-friendly. How can I tell them how ridiculous that is? #
And the ultimate humiliation, calling my sites NOT SECURE and their own sites SECURE. Nice going. Who appointed them arbiter of what is and isn't secure on the web? Where do I go to appeal this ruling? #
HTTPS  technology 
2 days ago by W6AZ
Classic Works in the History of Technology – Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Certain works in the History of Technology are timeless, commanding the attention of scholars over the course of time. The list below is assembled from the “Classics Revisited” series in Technology and Culture, a regular feature that reassesses in contemporary terms the enduring works of prior decades. Where a book’s title appears below in bold italic, the user can click to access extended excerpts of that work through Google Books. Where the name of the “Classics Revisited” article appears in bold, the user can click to access the article from T&C.
books  technology  bibliography 
16 days ago by W6AZ
A Basic Bibliography of Works in the Field – Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
The following bibliography was assembled for and appears as part of Technology in World History, a 7 volume set, edited by W. Bernard Carlson etal. and published by Oxford University Press (2005).
books  technology  bibliography 
16 days ago by W6AZ
Technology in World History: 7-volume set by Carlson: Oxford University Press 1st Edition. $57.54
From the invention of the wheel to the mapping of the genome, technology has always been deeply intertwined with the course of human history.

Now, this fascinating set explores the role technology has played in eighteen separate cultures in world history, and reveals the many ways people use technology to control their environment, express religious values, deploy political power, confer social status, and afford themselves varying degrees of pleasure, comfort, and security. Whether focusing on Egyptian pyramids or medieval cathedrals, the Mayan astronomical calendar or the internet, Technology in World History illuminates the amazing array of technologies that humans have developed to shape and give meaning to their lives.
books  books-to-buy  technology 
16 days ago by W6AZ
The new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and a number of RPi projects | The SWLing Post
After receiving this latest Pi, I quickly realized I’ve bought a number of Raspberry Pi models over the years and currently have them in service for a variety ofc projects.  Here’s a list of all of my current Pi-powered applications:

He also gives Amazon links for two complete $80 packages for the new Pi computer.
computer  technology  kits  stuff-to-buy 
16 days ago by W6AZ
Facebook admits public data of its 2.2 billion users has been compromised
Facebook dropped another bombshell on its users by admitting that all of its 2.2 billion users should assume malicious third-party scrapers have compromised their public profile information.
On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that "malicious actors" took advantage of "Search" tools on its platform to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide.
The revelation once again underlines the failure of the social-media giant to protect users’ privacy while generating billions of dollars in revenue from the same information.
The revelation came weeks after the disclosure of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, wherein personal data of 77 million users was improperly gathered and misused by the political consultancy firm, who reportedly also helped Donald Trump win the US presidency in 2016.
facebook  technology  privacy 
17 days ago by W6AZ
Michael Tsai - Blog - New Mac Pro Won’t Arrive Until 2019
It's frustrating because I have such an investment in the Mac platform — four figures' worth of 3rd party apps and thousands of hours of familiarity using them and the OS — but how else can I react to this news except to realize that the OS and pro hardware teams at Apple just can't seem to make it happen anymore? How else can I respond aside from begrudgingly making plans for moving on? I say 'begrudgingly' because I will now have to spend a not-insignificant amount of time, effort, and money to switch, all because the richest company in the world can no longer ship reliable products on a reliable schedule.

I sold my 2010 Mac Pro last week, and am currently dual-booting Windows 10 and MacOS on a Haswell PC I put together for $400 and some spare parts I had lying around. So far the MacOS experience is perceptibly snappier than the Mac Pro was, and I now have a modern CPU and GPU that will run circles around most of the actual Macs Apple currently ships, and will ship for years to come. Why wouldn't I use something that's better in nearly every aspect that's important to me and how I use a computer?
AAPL  technology 
17 days ago by W6AZ
How To Break The DRM On Kindle eBooks So You Can Enjoy Them Anywhere
Stripping DRM violates Amazon’s ToS. By taking ownership over the books you paid for, you are doing something they specifically told you not to do. Again, I quote from the Kindle Store ToS: “you may not bypass, modify, defeat, or circumvent security features that protect the Kindle Content.”
Kindle  technology 
19 days ago by W6AZ
Top 10 Riskiest Houses In The World!

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technology  privacy 
19 days ago by W6AZ
Scripting News: A database of feeds
This was part of the original vision of RSS. That subscription could be simple, one-button-click, and not just exportable, but dynamic. A huge difference in possibilities.#
So the first step is to fill the database with feeds, and give people a way to subscribe and unsubscribe. To accept OPML files as input too. And to publish a list of subscriptions that is dynamic, that other apps will in turn subscribe to. I'm working with the developers of two new RSS reader apps that will hook into this feed database. And my own River5 already does, it was built that way from the start, to accept externally defined subscription lists. #
I'm debugging and documenting now. Should have a pointer to the app soon.
RSS  technology  Resource  blog-tool 
25 days ago by W6AZ
feedBase by Dave Winer
The top 100 ranked feeds in the feedBase database.

With a link for an XML feed of the whole thing, or an XML feed for each of the 100 blogs.

Put these into Feedly and see what turns up.
RSS  technology  Resource  blog-tool 
26 days ago by W6AZ
Post-Facebook Microblogging - Mark writes
So, you've deleted your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts and all of their apps, right? Where do you social?

First, I'm the most technical boy in town, but you don't have to be for any of what I'm going to tell you. This is all fairly easy, even for a normal Human.

Second, you will have to learn things. You'll need to set aside a day or two to read, make decisions, go look terms up. I know learning is hard and scary, but go look at a motivational poster and do the thing.

Third, I'm on Mac and iOS; I have complaints with current Apple, but it's still the slowest-sinking ship. That said, you may be using Windows, BSD, Linux, or Android. Most of this is completely platform-independent, and there are some apps for other platforms.

Fourth, some of this costs money, up front for new software, and every month for hosting.
facebook  technology 
26 days ago by W6AZ
Adactio: Journal—Indie web building blocks - Great introduction to all the tools they use.
But it's worth remembering that these are just implementation details. What really matters is that you’re publishing your stuff on your website. If you want to use different formats and protocols to do that, that’s absolutely fine. The whole point is that this is the independent web—you can do whatever you please on your own website.

Still, if you decide to start using these tools and technologies, you’ll get the benefit of all the other people who are working on this stuff. If you have the chance to attend an Indie Web Camp, you should definitely take it: I’m always amazed by how much is accomplished in one weekend.

Some people have started referring to the indie web movement. I understand where they’re coming from; it certainly looks like a “movement” from the outside, and if you attend an Indie Web Camp, there’s a great spirit of sharing. But my underlying motivations are entirely selfish. In the same way that I don’t really care about particular formats or protocols, I don’t really care about being part of any kind of “movement.” I care about my website.

As it happens, my selfish motivations align perfectly with the principles of an indie web.
indieweb  technology 
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
Reverse Beacon Network on graph online
Actually a DX cluster graphical format.
hamradio  DX  technology 
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
Tim's Vermeer (2013) - IMDb
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
Director: Teller
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller
Art  technology  pictures 
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs - The Atlantic
Using the survey data and insights from research including Milkman’s, a new national plan was gradually introduced. It was called Youth in Iceland.

Laws were changed. It became illegal to buy tobacco under the age of 18 and alcohol under the age of 20, and tobacco and alcohol advertising was banned. Links between parents and school were strengthened through parental organizations which by law had to be established in every school, along with school councils with parent representatives. Parents were encouraged to attend talks on the importance of spending a quantity of time with their children rather than occasional “quality time”, on talking to their kids about their lives, on knowing who their kids were friends with, and on keeping their children home in the evenings.

A law was also passed prohibiting children aged between 13 and 16 from being outside after 10 p.m. in winter and midnight in summer. It’s still in effect today.
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
A Great Time to Buy Used… But Not Because They’re Cheap | The American Spectator
These are the “sweet spot” vehicles made from — roughly speaking — the early-mid 1990s through the early 2000s.

I think they will prove to be the high water mark of vehicle design — if the measure is economically sensible design.

They were — they are — incredibly durable, rugged, and reliable. A mid-late 1990s-era GM pick-up with a TBI-injected small block V8 and either a five-speed manual or a four-speed/five-speed overdrive automatic is a mechanical Methuselah that will endure for decades, because it is economically rebuildable almost indefinitely.

It and those like it are the last vehicles of which this can be said.

Get one — before people who aren’t car-hip realize that the new cars are short-lived, expensive throw-aways.
cars  technology  stuff-to-buy 
5 weeks ago by W6AZ
"The Company Itself was Founded on Using Facebook Data" (at 9:16 in video).
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower, Christopher Wylie. On the phone, he was clever, funny, bitchy, profound, intellectually ravenous, compelling. A master storyteller. A politicker. A data science nerd.
facebook  technology  To-MB 
5 weeks ago by W6AZ
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!
Elizabeth Holmes once dazzled the world with a story that seemed almost too good to be true: Theranos, her Silicon Valley startup, was going to revolutionize medicine with its blood-testing technology.

Now Holmes’ corporation — once valued at $9 billion — has crumbled. On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Theranos, Holmes, and Ramesh Balwani, the startup’s former president, with “massive fraud.” They are accused of raising more than $700 million from 2013 to 2015 through an “elaborate, years-long” series of lies and exaggerations about the company’s business, finances, and technology.

Theranos and Holmes have agreed to settle the fraud charges. Pending court approval, the CEO and founder will pay a $500,000 penalty, surrender nearly 19 million shares for a significant cut in equity, and give up majority voting control of Theranos. She’ll also be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for 10 years. Balwani’s claims will be litigated in court.
Startups  technology  To-MB 
5 weeks ago by W6AZ
The SW200 – A Budget AM Broadcast Processor for LPAM – and Hams Too? $430
By – Dave Richards AA7EE
Note that although the audio processor described in this article is intended primarily for Part 15 AM broadcasters, and perhaps also low power licensed AM broadcasters on a budget, it may also have applications for hams with their AM endeavors.  I’m thinking of the AM enthusiasts on 160, 80, and 40. Some of them are ex-broadcast industry professionals who like to use vintage broadcast equipment in their stations, including what one might call “legacy” audio processing gear, such as the CBS Audimax and Volumax. This little processor may not have the looks of classic vintage gear, but some hams are Part 15’ers and also do AM on the ham bands. This could be a useful box for them to have around.
radio  broadcasting  technology 
5 weeks ago by W6AZ
Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet | The New Yorker
Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are Google, YouTube, and Facebook. (Porn, somewhat hearteningly, doesn’t crack the top ten.) The rankings don’t reflect everything—the dark Web, the nouveau-riche recluses harvesting bitcoin—but, for the most part, people online go where you’d expect them to go. The only truly surprising entry, in fourth place, is Reddit, whose astronomical popularity seems at odds with the fact that many Americans have only vaguely heard of the site and have no real understanding of what it is. A link aggregator? A microblogging platform? A social network?

To its devotees, Reddit feels proudly untamed, one of the last Internet giants to resist homogeneity. Most Reddit pages have a throwback aesthetic, with a few crudely designed graphics and a tangle of text: an original post, comments on the post, responses to the comments, responses to the responses. That’s pretty much it. Reddit is made up of more than a million individual communities, or subreddits, some of which have three subscribers, some twenty million. Every subreddit is devoted to a specific kind of content, ranging from vital to trivial: r/News, r/Politics, r/Trees (for marijuana enthusiasts), r/MarijuanaEnthusiasts (for tree enthusiasts), r/MildlyInteresting (“for photos that are, you know, mildly interesting”). Some people end up on Reddit by accident, find it baffling, and never visit again. But people who do use it—redditors, as they’re called—often use it all day long, to the near-exclusion of anything else. “For a while, we called ourselves the front page of the Internet,” Steve Huffman, Reddit’s C.E.O., said recently. “These days, I tend to say that we’re a place for open and honest conversations—‘open and honest’ meaning authentic, meaning messy, meaning the best and worst and realest and weirdest parts of humanity.”
5 weeks ago by W6AZ
Configuring WordPress for Micro.blog
Micro.blog will pretty much work with WordPress out of the box with a couple of small configurations, but I spent some time configuring my WordPress blog to handle the short posts in a specific way so I thought I’d share that here.

I prefer to keep the short, title-less posts out of the main blog and in a feed of their own (using the Status post format in WordPress). The steps below will explain how to configure Micro.blog with WordPress so everything displays correctly and feeds nicely into the Micro.blog timeline.
blogging  blog-tool  wordpress  technology 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
Forcing HTTPS is Good… Or is it Bad? – Johnathan.org (Jonathan Lyman)
I have mixed feelings. I get where folks are coming from when they say that Google shouldn’t be doing this carte blanche, but it also seems like a petty hill to die on. Google is a shit company but HTTPS is easy, free, and at least does some stuff to ensure the content you’re accessing is the content that was served. The barrier for entry into an HTTPS-enabled Web site is super low and we should be making these migrations independently of what Google is pushing.

Sure, adding that indicator is a scare tactic, and I’d bet it’ll be a good one. We should also be cautious that anywhere between your site and your visitor, there’s the very real possibility someone could very well take over that connection and replace the site or inject code on a whim. ISPs are for the most part shitty companies all around. Does moving to HTTPS only solve that problem? No, but it does provide piece of mind.
HTTPS  technology 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones
Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement.

Google’s pilot project with the Defense Department’s Project Maven, an effort to identify objects in drone footage, has not been previously reported, but it was discussed widely within the company last week when information about the project was shared on an internal mailing list, according to sources who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the project.

Some Google employees were outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations, sources said, while others argued that the project raised important ethical questions about the development and use of machine learning.

Google’s Eric Schmidt summed up the tech industry’s concerns about collaborating with the Pentagon at a talk last fall. “There’s a general concern in the tech community of somehow the military-industrial complex using their stuff to kill people incorrectly,” he said. While Google says its involvement in Project Maven is not related to combat uses, the issue has still sparked concern among employees, sources said.
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
Concerning Steve Wozniak’s Blue Boxes – 512 Pixels
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs were a part of this scene, as I recently discussed with Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications and Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum.

The Museum recently added a Blue Box built by Woz to their impressive collection,so I thought it’d be a fun chance to look at part of the pre-Apple relationship between these two men, and what this little device could do.

Stephen: I think there’s a perception that Wozniak and Jobs invented the Blue Box, but that’s not true, is it?

Kristen: The first blue box wasn’t made by Wozniak, but by Robert Barclay, in 1960. But if you’ll humor me for a minute, the central concept behind the blue box-finding ways to circumvent telephone operators-really comes down to the broad idea of automation in the telephone network, which pre-dates the blue box by at least 80 years.
technology  AAPL 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
The Good Room – Frank Chimero
Let’s take a step back in time. In 1886, Samuel Tilden, the wealthy former governor of New York state, died and left a few million dollars for New York City to establish and maintain a free, public library and reading room. This was an astronomical sum in the late 19th century, and after hearing about it a couple years later, the industrialist Andrew Carnegie, below, decided to splash an additional $5 million on to the pile. Happy days for readers, indeed.
technology  books  writing 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
[QRP-L] tips on POTA logging pse - from N2CX
My KX3 and paddle fit on a large kitchen cutting board on my lap. The 'puter was too big. I ended up using a 5x7" Dollar Store spiral paper note book and logging by hand. The notebook fits easily on the cutting board. I use shorthand with full time at the beginning of a session and only minutes thereafter. Callsigns are printed out in full, but I only record RS, not the full RST.

For NPOTA I then entered the data into in the comfort of my home or
motel in the evening to get the ADIFs needed for LoTW. For POTA I first enter the data in FLE to get the simple file needed for submission to either POTA or WWFF. I flesh out that ADIF a tad with ACL for LoTW. BTW, I also retain the paper logs as backup to prevent data loss.
hamradio  QRP  technology 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
The Case Against Google - The New York Times
Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
Technology Dogmatism – Colin Devroe
Are you dogmatic about the companies you will buy technology from? Are you an Apple fanboi? Or, perhaps you’ll only run Windows and Apple sucks at everything because reasons.

I try not to be that guy. I try to look at the entire field of offerings in every category; hardware, software, cloud services, home entertainment and make purchases that reflect my needs and wants rather than be dogmatic.
technology  AAPL 
9 weeks ago by W6AZ
At Long Last, The Toshiba Chromebook 2 Gets Android Apps
Toshiba has long been out of the Chromebook arena. It’s been more than two years since they released the second generation of the Chromebook 2 and yet the device has an almost cult-like following and rightfully so. With a great screen, Core processor and Skull Candy audio, the 2015 version of the Toshiba 2 was really ahead of its time and all packaged with an affordable price tag.

Because of this, countless users have and still ping us asking and venting about the lack of Play Store support on the Toshiba. Well, thanks to the aforementioned email from Don S., it looks like their day has finally arrived.
Chromebook  technology 
january 2018 by W6AZ
D-star, DMR, Fusion, Which is right for you? — Mike Myers (K3DO)
If you are an amateur radio operator and have not been living under a rock, then I am sure you have heard of one of the digital modes: D-Star, DMR or Fusion.  You may be wanting to dip your toes into the digital modes water but not sure which pool to dip them in.  This blog post is intended to present a fair unbiased opinion on each of the modes.  

Not until the end will you learn my preferred mode.  I use all of the modes I will discuss.  There are additional digital modes like P25, and Nexedge that I have not used and are also much less prevalent that I will not discuss.  I do not have enough knowledge of those modes to represent them.

Also, I want to make sure up front that this is not intended to bash any one mode.  I like all forms of technology and really do not like the people that are so biased toward one that every other mode is bad.  Each of these modes has a place and my goal is to help you decide which one fits you the best.

I am going to start off with a quick synopsis of each of the modes we are going to discuss then we will get into the comparison.
hamradio  technology 
january 2018 by W6AZ
The best way to charge your smartphone - Battery University website
According to Battery University, the lithium-ion battery in your smartphone will last longest if you keep it 65% to 75% charged at all times.

Clearly, it's impractical to always keep your phone charge between those levels — but at least you know what's ideal.

If you can't do that, shoot for keeping its charge level between 45% and 75%.
battery  technology 
january 2018 by W6AZ
Pinboard - Google Group for Pinboard support
Pinboard Shared publicly
90 of 809 topics (99+ unread)

Join group to post
january 2018 by W6AZ
25 years of the web
The great thing about the web is the diversity it brought about. The mistake we've made, 25 years later, is being so distracted by money and the appearance of engagement that we have turned that wonderful diversity machine into a monoculture.

The people we celebrate as heroes of tech are the ones who made the most money, and that money is directly proportional to the amount of diversity they destroyed. They are the opposite of heroes. They are carpetbaggers, foreclosers, stealers of the future. 

Someone was generous enough to leave some money on the table, so they grabbed it. We should have seen that coming and protected it. 

If we want the promise that the web gave us a glimpse of, we can have it back. The raw material of the monoculture are you and me. People. We don't make any money from our use of the web. It can be a tool for more working-together, problem-solving and love-making.

If you have 15 minutes, please listen to a podcast I did on the subject a few days before the 25th anniversary of the web? We forgot so much that we used to know. But it's easy to recover it. You just have to want to. 
december 2017 by W6AZ
Why Kraft parmesan cheese?
PS: To those who wonder why I'm such a vocal opponent of the push to HTTPS, the reason should now be clear. The side-effect of this push will be to sweep aside the colorful history of the web, to make way for more monoculture. This is exactly the wrong way to go. 
HTTPS  technology 
december 2017 by W6AZ
The Making of the Pacemaker: Celebrating a Lifesaving Invention: 9781573928069: Medicine & Health Science Books @ Amazon.com
From QRP-L:
I gave the talk on pacemaker inventor and SK-ham, Wilson Greatbatch,
at Ozarkcon, in 2015.

His autobiography is a great read-


Jerry N4EO, ex-YI9EO
hamradio  medical  technology  books-to-buy 
december 2017 by W6AZ
AlphaSmart Neo review
If you don't need work processing or specialized text-based software, the AlphaSmart Neo is not for you. But a wonderful target audience is writers. You could be a student taking notes, a writer working on a screenplay, an author writing on the next bestseller, the Neo is great for those who need to simply write. It's not a laptop, but gives you full word-processing capability in a compact form any time you need it. For me, there's a very important perk: Unlike working on my laptop, the AlphaSmart Neo gives me a keyboard, screen, and nothing more. I can focus and write. Nothing gets between me and the text I'm writing.

It has 8 file slots, each carrying approximately 20,000 words (I filled one up when I first bought mine, to see how much it could carry, having read wildly varying claims about this storage online). This is 160,000 words. So using the same pages analogy as above, that is 640 pages, or at 50,000 words per month just over 3 months of writing before needing to download to another device.It has 8 file slots, each carrying approximately 20,000 words (I filled one up when I first bought mine, to see how much it could carry, having read wildly varying claims about this storage online). This is 160,000 words. So using the same pages analogy as above, that is 640 pages, or at 50,000 words per month just over 3 months of writing before needing to download to another device.
writing  technology  stuff-to-buy 
december 2017 by W6AZ
Comparing 3 Alphasmart Digital Typewriters | No Wasted Ink - get the Neo
Of the three machines, I feel that the Neo is the best choice for an author. The keyboard is the most ergonomic, the screen is the sharpest and easiest to read and it holds more data. The word count feature is a real plus too. Being able to turn on the machine and start writing in around two seconds is a real plus.
writing  technology  stuff-to-buy 
december 2017 by W6AZ
Android Oreo Review: Notifications – BirchTree
This is part 7 of a multipart series on Android Oreo. The subsequent parts in this series will be posted daily to BirchTree, so subscribe via RSS, Twitter, or Apple News.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: All the Little Things
Part 3: Google’s Assistant and Other Apps
Part 4: Third Party Software
Part 5: Performance and Stability
Part 6: AirPods
android  technology 
december 2017 by W6AZ
The DX Alarm Clock – Part 1 Software | Our HAM Station
Part 2 at:

I have been a Ham for 5 years and my favorite thing to do is chase DX. As a new Ham it was always a thrill to work a new DXCC, but now that I have over 280 DXCCs and over 1000 band points, it is a little more difficult to find a new one. Add to that the fact that I am trying to get a DXCC in 80m and 160m., which are usually open when I am asleep. I created the DX Alarm Clock as a way to get notified that there is something new on the air when I am not down in the shack.  This article will talk about how I developed the software for the DX Alarm Clock.  Part 2 will talk about the building the Raspberry Pi based Hardware and loading the OS.

The DX Alarm Clock is a Python software program running on a Raspberry Pi that gathers data online about my log and what is on the spotting network and uses that data to alert me when there is a “new one” on the air.
hamradio  DXCC  technology 
november 2017 by W6AZ
Pale Moon (web browser) - Wikipedia
Pale Moon is an open-source web browser with an emphasis on customizability; its motto is "Your browser, Your way".[8] There are official releases for Microsoft Windows and Linux,[8] an unofficial build for macOS,[3] and contributed builds for various platforms.[4]

Pale Moon is a fork of Firefox with substantial divergence, especially for add-ons and user interface. In particular, Pale Moon continues to support the long-standing XUL and XPCOM add-on capability that Firefox removed in version 57.[9][10][11] Pale Moon has also retained the fully customizable user interface of the Firefox version 4–28 era,[9] while updating other parts of the browser with newer Firefox source code.[12]
november 2017 by W6AZ
Something doesn't smell right about the rush to "deprecate" HTTP
This is why we need to overthrow the tech industry as a governing body. It's run by people who shoot first and ask questions later. This is an awful way to be having this discussion, after the decision is made, without any recourse? This is the best argument for taking this power away from the plutocrats in tech.
privacy  technology  indieweb 
november 2017 by W6AZ
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
Detailed exposition of how Google, FB & Amazon have evolved.
computer  technology  OpenWeb  indieweb 
november 2017 by W6AZ
Bridging the digital desktop divide with the Fire tablet
But the thing that interests me is that it’s possible to get nearly the same degree of usefulness out of a sub-$100 Amazon Fire or Fire HD 8, which is now capable of running most Android apps that you can download from the Google Play Store.

Oh, a Fire isn’t going to be as good as an iPad at complex multimedia stuff, like music, photo, or video editing. But for the basic tasks—reading, writing, research—it could substitute for full-fledged desktops many times its price. This means it has the potential to bridge the digital divide in ways we might never have expected—not just for reading ebooks and assisting in education, but for more basic tasks. People with low or no incomes could search and apply for better jobs. Students could do homework and term papers on their tablet if their siblings or parents are using the desktop.

The possibilities are astounding, and I’m going to look at a few of them now.
computer  technology 
october 2017 by W6AZ
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Williams and Harris left Google around the same time, and co-founded an advocacy group, Time Well Spent, that seeks to build public momentum for a change in the way big tech companies think about design. Williams finds it hard to comprehend why this issue is not “on the front page of every newspaper every day.

“Eighty-seven percent of people wake up and go to sleep with their smartphones,” he says. The entire world now has a new prism through which to understand politics, and Williams worries the consequences are profound.

The same forces that led tech firms to hook users with design tricks, he says, also encourage those companies to depict the world in a way that makes for compulsive, irresistible viewing. “The attention economy incentivises the design of technologies that grab our attention,” he says. “In so doing, it privileges our impulses over our intentions.”

That means privileging what is sensational over what is nuanced, appealing to emotion, anger and outrage. The news media is increasingly working in service to tech companies, Williams adds, and must play by the rules of the attention economy to “sensationalise, bait and entertain in order to survive”.
newspapers  technology 
october 2017 by W6AZ
PIM Software Reviews and Download - Organizer and PIM software
Tons of different programs described, links to reviews and to buy.
Including Zoot, Zotero, CintaNotes, Einstein, Anki
technology  Tool 
october 2017 by W6AZ
ConnectedText ($40). Tinderbox($249) for Windows? | Welcome to Sherwood
I’ve written a lot about a terrific Mac application called Tinderbox. In many ways, ConnectedText makes me think of it as the Tinderbox for the PC. No they do not look alike or even behave alike. But both or remarkably flexible note management systems that you can grow into as you learn more and more about them. But they are both very useful even if you don’t learn all the power functions from the start. Both provide useful and varied views of your information. For instance, both applications give you a visual as well as a textual reference for your notes — though Tinderbox is much more sophisticated in this aspect. Both provide outlining functions.

Here’s the difference to me: I would choose ConnectedText for writing, and Tinderbox for analysis.
technology  Tool 
october 2017 by W6AZ
Security Advisory: Mobile Phones – Kraken Blog
What follows are step-by-step instructions for setting up a secure Google account (Gmail, Voice, Drive, YouTube, etc.), and following that, steps for setting up Google Voice.
privacy  technology 
september 2017 by W6AZ
Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls - The New York Times
Populous, developing countries like Vietnam are where the company is looking to add its next billion customers — and to bolster its ad business. Facebook’s promise to Vietnam helped the social media giant placate a government that had called on local companies not to advertise on foreign sites like Facebook, and it remains a major marketing channel for businesses there.

The diplomatic game that unfolded in Vietnam has become increasingly common for Facebook. The internet is Balkanizing, and the world’s largest tech companies have had to dispatch envoys to, in effect, contain the damage such divisions pose to their ambitions.

The internet has long had a reputation of being an anything-goes place that only a few nations have tried to tame — China in particular. But in recent years, events as varied as the Arab Spring, elections in France and confusion in Indonesia over the religion of the country’s president have awakened governments to how they have lost some control over online speech, commerce and politics on their home turf.

Even in the United States, tech giants are facing heightened scrutiny from the government. Facebook recently cooperated with investigators for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the American presidential election. In recent weeks, politicians on the left and the right have also spoken out about the excess power of America’s largest tech companies.

As nations try to grab back power online, a clash is brewing between governments and companies. Some of the biggest companies in the world — Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Alibaba among them — are finding they need to play by an entirely new set of rules on the once-anarchic internet.

And it’s not just one new set of rules. According to a review by The New York Times, more than 50 countries have passed laws over the last five years to gain greater control over how their people use the web.
facebook  privacy  technology 
september 2017 by W6AZ
Popular Science - Google Books
Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve their technology and their world. The core belief that Popular Science and our readers share: The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces that will help make it better.
technology  magazine  archive 
september 2017 by W6AZ
Logitech MX Master 2 Wireless Mouse for Power Users

Logitech’s flagship mouse is designed for power users and masters of their craft who want to get more done, more efficiently. MX Master 2S packs a punch with Logitech Flow that lets you seamlessly control two computers with one mouse and copy-paste content between them. Combined with other advanced features and a stunning design, it provides exceptional comfort, control, precision and customization.

Works between Windows 7, 8 & 10 machines and Mac OS X 10.10 or later

Video reviews here:
computer  technology 
september 2017 by W6AZ
Revised Mac Backup Strategy // Baty.net - by @Jack
Whenever a drive fails in one of my Macs, I usually re-install everything from scratch. This happened to me again recently when the internal drive on my iMac failed. It feels good to start with a clean slate and re-evaluate what I need (or don’t). I’m now finally back in action after a week of the usual set of “Oh yeah, I forgot I need to symlink that” and “How did I build this last time?”

Reinstalling and configuring apps is easy enough, but what about my stuff? Restoring files has gotten a lot easier over the years.
backup  technology  blog-tool 
august 2017 by W6AZ
Two-factor authentication is a mess - The Verge
For years, two-factor authentication has been the most important advice in personal cybersecurity — one that consumer tech companies were surprisingly slow to recognize. The movement seemed to coalesce in 2012, after journalist Mat Honan saw hackers compromise his Twitter, Amazon, and iCloud accounts, an incident he later detailed in Wired. At the time, few companies offered easy forms of two-factor, leaving limited options for users worried about a Honan-style hack. The result was a massive public campaign that demanded companies to adopt the feature, presenting two-factor as a simple, effective way to block account takeovers.

Five years later, the advice is starting to wear thin. Nearly all major web services now provide some form of two-factor authentication, but they vary greatly in how well they protect accounts. Dedicated hackers have little problem bypassing through the weaker implementations, either by intercepting codes or exploiting account-recovery systems. We talk about two-factor like aspirin — a uniform, all-purpose fix that’s straightforward to apply — but the reality is far more complex. The general framework still offers meaningful protection, but it’s time to be honest about its limits. In 2017, just having two-factor is no longer enough.
Services  privacy  technology 
august 2017 by W6AZ
The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People | The Wirecutter
Mesh-networking kits, which use multiple access points spread around your house, are a great alternative to traditional routers for large and troublesome homes where a single powerful router won’t cut it. After spending over 50 hours testing nine mesh Wi-Fi networking kits in a large, complicated, multilevel home, we’re confident the Netgear Orbi kit is the best choice for most people. Our testing, however, also showed that most people will still be fine with our current router pick.
indieweb  technology 
august 2017 by W6AZ
Free Lunch at the Library - The New York Times
Librarians used to forbid any food or drink to avoid staining books and attracting pests. People who tried to sneak snacks in the stacks would be reprimanded. But in recent years, a growing number of libraries have had a major shift in policy: They are the ones putting food on the table.

Hundreds of libraries are now serving federally funded summer meals to children to ensure that they don’t go hungry. The change is part of an effort to stay relevant to patrons, and to pair nutrition and educational activities so low-income children get summertime learning, too.

Enid Costley, the children’s and youth services consultant for Library of Virginia, summed up the rationale for starting to serve free food: “For kids to be well-read, they need to be well-fed.”
books  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Millennials' love of public libraries is driving an evolution in the design and culture of book repositories — Quartz
Long live the public library! It’s not dead yet. The internet hasn’t rendered physical reference centers obsolete, thanks to millennials.
According to a new analysis of Pew Research Center data on US library attendance, millennials more than other generations appear to have a use for physical libraries. They may not always come for the books, but the country’s youngest adults show up. That works out well because librarians have been designing with them in mind.
books  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them | WIRED
Neither Android nor iOS offers an easy way to turn off notifications en-masse. In both cases, you have to dive deep into Settings, then go app-by-app to turn them off. It's a massive pain, but completely worthwhile. Throw on an episode of Glow (which my notifications tell me is now available on Netflix, by the way) and just hammer through. Turn off notifications on all the social apps, the shopping apps, the fitness apps, the notifications from Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle. If you want to leave texting, phone calls, and WhatsApp, fine. Everything else has to go.
If you absolutely can't handle the idea of missing notifications, here's an alternative: On iOS, turn off everything except "Show in Notification Center." No sounds, no badges, no lock screen, no banner alerts. Nothing will interrupt you, but all the notifications will still appear when you pull down the windowshade. On Android, you can choose "Show Silently," a similar setup.
android  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Show HN: Blot, a static blog powered by Dropbox | Hacker News
As for pricing, the price will only go up in future and perhaps I'll move to a monthly fee. I just wanted to get something set up quickly.

[Now $20/year.]
blog-tool  indieweb  OpenWeb  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Caret Innovates - iPadpedia
I am always looking for innovation in the text editor space. Frankly, there hasn't been much for a while. Everything seems sadly derivative of each other. Caret, to its credit, adds some elements which are new.

Preview and editing are the same window.

Typora displays the preview as soon as your cursor leaves the markdown tag. Caret.io doesn't do that, it just shows you the preview, in the same editing window, it is a toggle tied to the ⌘ + P keystroke. You get to toggle the preview off and on. I find it more useful than the standard always on preview window on the right of the editing window.

Context commands or spelling suggestions through ⌃ + spacebar

While you are writing in Caret, you can press ⌃ + Spacebar, and a dropdown menu appears. In the case pictured, you have the ability to search for the word that the cursor is on.
blog-tool  writing  markdown  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
A List of Keyboard Commands for Caret - iPadpedia
I wanted a list of keyboard commands and I couldn't find one. So, I made one myself.

Keyboard Commands for Caret
blog-tool  writing  markdown  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Caret Hits Version 2 and Sprouts a Command Palette - iPadpedia
You have the ability to change or assign any keyboard shortcut to any command you want. Caret gives you the ability to customize your use of the editor and use any keyboard shortcut you are familiar with. I love it. I can standardize on the keyboard shortcuts I use across programs and that makes my use of Caret more efficient. Learn once. Use everywhere.
blog-tool  writing  markdown  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Caret, the Multi-Platform Markdown Editor, Shines on macOS - iPadpedia - has Win version - $25
A cross-platform markdown editor, Caret is an interesting new entrant in the markdown based text editor category.

If iA Writer is the markdown solution for writers, Caret and Typora are two examples of markdown editors for the more technical writer. Since Typora is in beta, I am not going to talk about it here. I am going to concentrate on Caret in this article.

Caret supports the original Markdown and the Github Flavored Markdown specifications. It is a complete markdown based writing solution with some interesting extras.

In addition to the usual Markdown syntax (bold, italic, links and images), Caret provides syntax highlighting for:

inline math
block math
table of contents
YAML front matter
One of the areas Caret shines in is the assistance it provides in writing markdown syntax.

A feature in Caret, I love, is the ability to highlight a word and paste a URL on it, to form a link. The application encloses the highlighted word in square brackets and then encloses the URL in brackets and pastes it right next to the closing square bracket. It is an obvious and intuitive solution to making links in markdown and now I wonder why this is not supported by other editors.
blog-tool  writing  markdown  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Revisions for Dropbox Is an Essential Addition to Dropbox - iPadpedia

This is the best solution to manage the versioning feature in Dropbox. If keeping track of edits and changes are important to you, this is an essential tool for Dropbox users.

Update 2017-05-22

The developer of Revisions has made the product free. It is in maintenance mode at this point.
blog-tool  writing  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Blogging with blot.im - iPadpedia
I came up with a list of features which would make me happy. There were:

Write in Markdown.
Less friction. I wanted it to be as easy as possible to write something and publish. I wanted to increase the frequency of my postings and wanted to thus reduce the friction in the process.
Customizable themes. I wanted my blog to look a certain way, and wanted to be able to achieve that easily.
My domain. I wanted to be able to use ipadpedia.net. The absence of this feature would be a deal-breaker for me.
I wanted the creation of a RSS feed to be automatic.
I wanted it to be possible to monetize the site with sponsorships.
blog-tool  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Blot - Help - publishing-with-blot
You can organize your folder however you like. There are three folders which Blot treats differently:

Files in a folder called 'Pages' are added to your blog's menu and do not become blog posts.
Files inside a folder called 'Drafts' are not published. Blot creates a preview for that file instead.
Public files
Files inside a folder whose name starts with an underscore (e.g. '_Media') are not converted into blog posts. You can use this feature to embed an image in a blog post or serve static files.
blog-tool  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Hacking Meta Data with Blot.Im - Part 1 - Neural Market Trends
It all starts with your blog post. For me that’s writing in a markdown format but it doesn’t matter what format you choose. What matters is at least 4 bits of metadata.

What I’m talking about is your Title, Date, Permalink Structure, and Tags.

The Title is important because if you do your templates right, your webpage title should be the same as your article title. This is an important aspect of SEO, each webpage should have a unique title.

The Date is important from a personal organization point of view but less so from an SEO standpoint. Unless there is an important need to timestamp your articles, don’t do it. Who wants to read an old (but great) article that’s timestamped 5 years ago? Date the article for your personal organization but don’t show it in the actual blog post.

The Permalink Structure (PS) is all important. This is something I learned over the past few months. I used to have a PS with the /Year/Month/Day/Title format. It was great from a personal organization standpoint but people could see how dated some of my posts were and moved on to more current ones. Do yourself a favor and just use a /Title convention for all your blog posts, it works better.

The last bit of information is Tags and their use is for internal Blog navigation. I use them quite a bit to let my visitors navigate to similar tagged articles. Take the time and think about your tagging structure. Focus on the main category tags and a few subcategory ones and don’t go crazy tagging your post with 100′s of tags. Tagging does NOT help yourSEO.

These 4 items are something you should think about as you write your awesome blog post.
blog-tool  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Hacking Tags with Blot.Im - Neural Market Trends
This is a feature that I just started using and love it from the get-go. It’s super simple and all you do is create a folder with []’s in your Blot folder. For example, I have a lot of Tutorial posts that I want to tag as “Tutorial.” I just create a folder called [Tutorial] and dropped all posts in there. Instantly they all get tagged as Tutorial.

It gets better. If you create a subfolder called [RapidMiner] in your parent [Tutorial] folder, a post that get’s dropped into the subfolder will be auto tagged as “Tutorial, RapidMiner.”

This is a handy feature and it keeps things organized and logical, at least for me.
blog-tool  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Electric River howto - Dave Winer
This is a quick guide to using Electric River on your desktop.
What is it?#
It's a river of news feed reader that runs on your Mac.
It periodically reads feeds and shows you the newest stuff in a single page display you scroll through.
Until now, to run a river you had to run it on your own server, but thanks to some new technology it's now possible to do it on a Mac. All you need is a net connection.
RSS  technology  Rivers 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Macphun launches beta of Luminar photo editor for Windows: Digital Photography Review
Macphun, the California-based developer known for delivering award-winning products for Mac, today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar for Windows. To download the beta, please visit macphun.com/beta.

Luminar is a powerful photo editor designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. Users can choose between levels of image processing complexity based on their experience, and adapt the workspace controls to their skill level, moving up to more advanced modes as they learn. Luminar works in non-destructive fashion and aims to take “work” from photo editing “workflow” for photographers worldwide.

In April, only 5 months after its launch, Luminar for Mac won the prestigious TIPA award for Best Imaging Software 2017. This all-in-one photo editor is a cutting-edge solution for creating fascinating images without extra hassle. Luminar includes over 300 robust tools that make fixing, editing and perfecting a photo as easy as moving a slider.
photography  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
FIDO U2F Security Key | U2F USB Two Step Authentication | Yubico
The FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico is a specially designed YubiKey, relying on high-security, public-key cryptography. Durable and conveniently sized, just slide it out of its protective sleeve, insert it into any USB port, and it works with any website that supports the FIDO U2F protocol, such as Facebook, Google’s Gmail, Google Cloud and G Suite, GitHub, Dropbox, and Dashlane. And all it takes is a simple touch of a button!


Enter your usual username and password in the login field of any app that supports FIDO U2F.
Insert your Security Key in a USB port with the gold side up.
Simply touch the gold button on the Security Key to generate your secure login credentials.
privacy  technology  stuff-to-buy 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance. By Jane Gleeson-White
Ms Gleeson-White resuscitates Pacioli’s reputation as a fine specimen of Renaissance man. Near the end of the book, the author begins to lose her way with a scarcely relevant critique of the calculation of GNP. But she has already justified Pacioli’s most significant contribution to economic history. As a neat, transparent way of collecting information about a business and rewarding capital investment, double-entry book-keeping offered a soaring new sense of the bottom line.
accounting  technology  book 
july 2017 by W6AZ
The history and definition of ‘Debits and Credits’ in accounting. | Basic Accounting Concepts
It is interesting to note that the concept of negative numbers was not generally accepted in mathematics in the 1500s when Luca first codified the double-entry bookkeeping system. This may further explain why he used “Debits and Credits” rather than + and – which is the system that the accounting software of today uses to process financial transactions. Still, let’s not get any more confused other than point out that a lot has changed in the world in past 500 years, but the double-entry bookkeeping system is not one of them.

Luca’s book was written in the vernacular of the age – Latin. [Not correct. Written in Renaissance Italian, the language of the street. See Cripps Foreward.] So the terms he used for Debit and Credit in his book were “Credre” and “Debere” . In Latin the word “Credre” means “to entrust” and “Debere” means “to owe”. These Latin meanings give us our first glimpse into the underlying principles that the “Debit and Credit” classification system seeks to maintain. These principles will be explained in greater detail later in the series of articles on this topic. It is also clear that we got the Debit abbreviation of “Dr.” from the Latin, because unlike the Latin term, there is no ‘r’ in the English term Debit.
accounting  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
How can I better understand debit and credit? | Basic Accounting Concepts
I personally think that trying to understand the debit and credit concept in accounting is near impossible when you are first confronted with it. Learning how to apply the debit and credit concept is far easier. You can be an outstanding bookkeeper or accounting student by just learning the application rules that are taught in courses.
accounting  technology 
july 2017 by W6AZ
Double Entry | Jane Gleeson-White
Double Entry ‘is the first primer to accounting history and its relevance to the modern world that I have ever seen … The messages it contains are clear and unambiguous and all accountants, practising or not, ought to note the tone of invocation for change. Jane Gleeson-White is to be congratulated.’ Alan Sangster, Accounting History
accounting  technology  book 
july 2017 by W6AZ
The second coming of double-entry bookkeeping – Medium by Doc Searls
Many years ago, in a column about journalism, William Safire surfaced a tasty bit of inside jargon: the word “MEGO.” It stood for “My Eyes Glaze Over.” Any story that was too important not to run but too dull to interest anybody was a MEGO. His example of a one-word MEGO was “eurodollars.”*
Lately a three-word MEGO has come up in conversations about VRM (itself, admittedly, a MEGO): double-entry bookkeeping. As it happens I have some source material for those conversations, in the form of a chapter of The Intention Economy that didn’t make it into the book because, well, it was a MEGO.
It’s still too important not to write about, however, even if it is too dull to interest more than a few people for a few minutes at a time. But hell, that’s why we have blogs, no?
What makes double-entry bookkeeping important is that maybe it can save our asses from what computing did to our hands-on knowledge of how business works — or ought to work — in a hearty economy. Hence the hope behind the headline above.
accounting  technology 
june 2017 by W6AZ
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