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Google tracks your movements, like it or not – With lots of details
To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account.

And guess what?

The map includes Acar’s train commute on two trips to New York and visits to The High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell’s Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem. To protect his privacy, The AP didn’t plot the most telling and frequent marker — his home address.

All sorts of yikes in this.
privacy  technology  android 
yesterday by W6AZ
Owning an iPhone or iPad is the top way of knowing if you’re rich or not - Business Insider
A new paper from University of Chicago economists attempts to infer demographics based on people's consumer behavior or media consumption.
The researchers found that "no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone" based on 2016 data. 
In the United States, if you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, it's a strong sign that you make a lot of money.
AAPL  technology  blog-idea  micro.blog 
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email - The Verge
Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a dual-display design. According to a Microsoft internal document obtained by The Verge, it’s also going to be a pocketable Surface device.

Microsoft describes its Andromeda project as something the company has quietly incubated internally, and that will create a “new and disruptive” device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what’s considered PC and mobile. “It’s a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience,” is exactly how Microsoft describes the device internally.
computer  technology  stuff-to-buy 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
JDRF and ADA's Wary Response to Dr. Faustman's Findings
While this work has attracted attention, the study only followed a very small number of patients—nine people at the five-year time point, and three people at the eight-year time point—and must be interpreted with caution.

Overall, the findings prompt thought-provoking questions but not definitive answers, and do not provide enough clinical evidence to support any recommended change in therapy at this time. Specific limitations that should be considered include:
medical  technology 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
A cure for type 1 diabetes? Massachusetts General Hospital study finds generic drug promising
Research at Massachusetts General Hospital looks increasingly like a long-term cure for type 1 diabetes, with a newly released study on Thursday showing patients have normal blood sugar levels eight years after a clinical trial.

In research published Thursday in journal npj Vaccines, patients who had been treated with the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine -- an inexpensive, generic vaccine used around the world to prevent tuberculosis -- had normal blood sugar levels eight years after the trial ended.

While it took three years for patients to see results from the vaccine, two doses of the drug spaced four weeks apart were still having a lasting impact eight years later.

"It's kind of big news," said Dr. Denise Faustman, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital immunobiology laboratory and principal investigator of the trial. "It's the first trial showing (long-term reversal of diabetes), and more trials are on the way. But scientifically it's pretty cool."
medical  technology 
6 weeks ago by W6AZ
Setting up Blot.im and micro.blog - Where the Light Gathers by @cm on Micro.blog
This write up shows one way to have blot.im handle your micro.blog posts. I’m going to skip right to the heart of the matter here. This article assumes you have used both blot.im and micro.blog, but not yet configured them to work together.

Disadvantages: You do lose a bit of the community aspect by not posting to micro.blog from one of the tools designed to work with that system right out-of-the-box

Note: Personally, I moved away from this setup once micro.blog could have longer form posts.

This is my hastily thrown together and likely incomplete post on setting up blot.im for micro.blog integration. @vasta note that you should skip adding the entries in the entries.html file if you do not want the micro posts to show at all. Skip the "control the where and how" part of my post.
blogging  technology 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
Thoughts in My Head - Podcast Player for Android from @klandwehr on Micro.blog
My podcast player of choice for Android is the Podcast Addict it has all the bells and whistles a normal user would need. I really like the fact that you can name a category/playlist anything you want. You can add any Podcast to any category by simply changing the name of the category they are listed under. You can also rearrange the playlist in any order you want.
podcasting  technology  android  stuff-to-buy 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
Glif – Studio Neat
The all-new and completely redesigned version of the Glif holds your smartphone securely in portrait or landscape with a quick release lever, and includes three tripod mounts for additional accessories.
photography  technology  stuff-to-buy 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
Rogue Amoeba - Under the Microscope » Blog Archive » On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware
At the time of the writing, with the exception of the $5,000 iMac Pro, no Macintosh has been updated at all in the past year. Here are the last updates to the entire line of Macs:

iMac Pro: 182 days ago

iMac: 374 days ago

MacBook: 374 days ago

MacBook Air: 374 days ago

MacBook Pro: 374 days ago

Mac Pro: 436 days ago

Mac Mini: 1337 days ago

Worse, most of these counts are misleading, with the machines not seeing a true update in quite a bit longer. The Mac Mini hasn’t seen an update of any kind in almost 4 years (nor, for that matter, a price drop). The once-solid Mac Pro was replaced by the dead-end cylindrical version all the way back in 2013, which was then left to stagnate. I don’t even want to get started on the MacBook Pro’s questionable keyboard, or the MacBook’s sole port (USB-C which must also be used to provide power).

It’s very difficult to recommend much from the current crop of Macs to customers, and that’s deeply worrisome to us, as a Mac-based software company.
AAPL  computer  technology 
8 weeks ago by W6AZ
Best Password Managers 2018 - Best Picks | PCMag.com
Still using your kid's birthday as your universal password? You're heading toward trouble. With the help of a password manager, you can have a unique and strong password for every secure website. We've evaluated two dozen to help you choose.
technology  computer 
8 weeks ago by W6AZ
Silos, IndieWeb, and Me - skippy.net - Scott Merrill from Columbus, OH
I recently used the “Download your Twitter data” feature at the bottom of the Your Twitter Data portion of the Twitter account settings. This gave me all of my tweets, in several formats. I then spent several weeks poking at all of this data, and working on how to display it sanely right here on my own website.

I ended up writing several little scripts to exercise the Twitter API to obtain the original content of things I’d retweeted, as well as the original content of tweets to which I replied. It was a fun little exercise, and a bit of a diversion from the kind of techncial work I do at work.

The next step was to develop a solution for me to create content here first, and then cross-post to Twitter. In this way, I can always be the primary source of all of my content. There is a clever acronym for this process: POSSE “Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere”.
blogging  indieweb  OpenWeb  technology 
8 weeks ago by W6AZ
Scripting News: I fear Google's control of the web
My fear is this -- once Google has control of the web, they can turn off huge parts of it for whatever reason, however thoughtless, and without disclosing why. They might say they would never do it, but I've seen them do it with Google Reader. #
Their intentions might be fine and it might not be on their roadmap, but capturing RSS and then shutting it off probably wasn't on their roadmap either, until they decided to do it. Then it was on their roadmap. 💥#
They talk to me like I have no idea how tech companies work internally, but I do. After the next reorg they won't remember any commitments the previous management made. It's like when we change administrations in Washington. Very chaotic.#
That's why the wonder of the web is that it is not subject to the whims of chaotic corporate management. Now, I suppose at some point it will be owned, and then after that it will be shut down. That's how we lose huge amounts of IP, open stuff, non-corporate stuff.#
HTTPS  technology  RSS 
9 weeks ago by W6AZ
The spectacular power of Big Lens | The long read | News | The Guardian
Over the last generation, just two companies have risen above all the rest to dominate the industry. The lenses in my glasses – and yours too, most likely – are made by Essilor, a French multinational that controls almost half of the world’s prescription lens business and has acquired more than 250 other companies in the past 20 years.

There is a good chance, meanwhile, that your frames are made by Luxottica, an Italian company with an unparalleled combination of factories, designer labels and retail outlets. Luxottica pioneered the use of luxury brands in the optical business, and one of the many powerful functions of names such as Ray-Ban (which is owned by Luxottica) or Vogue (which is owned by Luxottica) or Prada (whose glasses are made by Luxottica) or Oliver Peoples (which is owned by Luxottica) or high-street outlets such as LensCrafters, the largest optical retailer in the US (which is owned by Luxottica), or John Lewis Opticians in the UK (which is run by Luxottica), or Sunglass Hut (which is owned by Luxottica) is to make the marketplace feel more varied than it actually is.

Between them, Essilor and Luxottica play a central, intimate role in the lives of a remarkable number of people. Around 1.4 billion of us rely on their products to drive to work, read on the beach, follow the whiteboard in biology lessons, type text messages to our grandchildren, land aircraft, watch old movies, write dissertations and glance across restaurants, hoping to look slightly more intelligent and interesting than we actually are. Last year, the two companies had a combined customer base that is somewhere between Apple’s and Facebook’s, but with none of the hassle and scrutiny of being as well known.
9 weeks ago by W6AZ
[QRP-L] Dab o' DX on 50313 KHz this morning with FT8 by Bill, N4QA
Yesterday, I downloaded WSJT-X v1.9.1 in order to get my first taste of FT8.

On 50313 kHz this morning, along with oodles & boodles of stateside stns, the software is decoding:





this using the stock LOWER SIDEBAND rcvg K1SWL DSW-II-20 with the TenTec 1208 transverter and the PAR Electronics OA-50 Omniangle antenna at 13 ft AGL.

Elevation here is about 1700 ft AMSL.

I'm using my Microchameleon USB SPI DDS software & hardware to feed the DSW's DDS with data for 9128.78 KHz instead of the usual 19499.22 KHz for the DSW's receiver local oscillator for the required upper sideband rcv for FT8.

Been fooling around with cables, setting audio levels and whatnot.

HARRUMPH! There just may be something to all the FT8 hubbub!

Oh, BTW, this QRP setup has actually been involved in four real live 6m CW QSOS and multiple RBN etc spots...so far.

See y'all out there!


Bill, N4QA

Follow up reply:
hamradio  QRP  technology 
9 weeks ago by W6AZ
Why fax is more secure than email | Sfax
Email is far too insecure to even come close to compliance with any kind of privacy or security regulations. Many people thoughtlessly send private data by email, not realizing that the information they are sending could be intercepted along the way and potentially get into the wrong hands. If you need to send or receive sensitive documents then you should use a secure cloud faxing service. It’s easy, efficient and completely secure.
privacy  technology 
10 weeks ago by W6AZ
A Basic Z-Wave Hack Exposes Up To 100 Million Smart Home Devices
So-called "smart" locks and alarms are proliferating across people's homes, even though hackers have shown various weaknesses in their designs that contradict their claims to being secure.

Now benevolent hackers in the U.K. have shown just how quick and easy it is to pop open a door with an attack on one of those keyless connected locks. And, what's more, the five-year-old flaw lies in software that's been shipped to more than 100 million devices that are supposed to make the home smarter and more secure. Doorbells, bulbs and house alarms are amongst the myriad products from 2,400 different vendors shipping products with the flawed code. Tens of millions of smart home devices are now vulnerable to hacks that could lead to break-ins or a digital haunting, the researchers warned.
privacy  technology 
11 weeks ago by W6AZ
Uber driver pay is no better than most low-wage jobs — Quartz
It’s significant that these numbers are relatively in line because it allows the debate to advance, finally, from how much Uber drivers make to what that says about driving for Uber. Many people have long suspected that being an Uber driver isn’t a great gig, but it’s been hard to prove because there wasn’t much consensus around the hourly earnings.

If we accept $10.70 to $12.20 as an accurate range, on the other hand, we can start to make certain observations. For example, while $10.70 isn’t less than the US federal minimum wage, it is below the local wage floor in many major cities, such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. (Uber notes that drivers in cities with lower costs of living earn less, dragging down the national average.)
Uber  technology 
12 weeks ago by W6AZ
Google Announces Its Next Steps in How Chrome Will Label HTTP vs HTTPS sites
Google today announced its next steps for how Chrome labels HTTP and HTTPS sites. Starting in September 2018, Chrome will stop marking HTTPS sites as “Secure” in its address bar. And then in October 2018, Chrome will start displaying a red “Not secure” label when users enter data into HTTP pages.

HTTPS is a more secure version of the HTTP protocol used on the internet to connect users to websites. Secure connections are widely considered a necessary measure to decrease the risk of users being vulnerable to content injection (which can result in eavesdropping, man-in-the-middle attacks, and other data modification). Data is kept secure from third parties, and users can be more confident they are communicating with the correct website.
HTTPS  technology  To-MB 
12 weeks ago by W6AZ
Google and HTTP - Summary of Dave Winer's Points about HTTP
I've been writing about Google's efforts to deprecate HTTP, the protocol of the web. This is a summary of why I am opposed to it. DW

Here is the Google plan:
HTTPS  technology  To-MB 
12 weeks ago by W6AZ
Ham Radio Workbench Podcast - Understanding RF Receiver Specifications
Eric Swartz WA6HHQ, co-founder of Elecraft, joins us to guide our understanding of RF receiver performance specifications.  Eric introduces us to common receiver specs such as Sensitivity, Noise Floor, Dynamic Range, Intermod Dynamic Range, Phase Noise, and RMDR.  He tells us what they mean in real-world receiver performance terms, how they are tested, and whether it’s better to have a higher or lower number in each one.
hamradio  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
@manton talking about the Shure MV88 mic that he uses to record podcasts
I recorded it on my iPhone with the Shure MV88 microphone. I sometimes use our app Wavelength for those, but this one I recorded in Ferrite and moved to Logic on my Mac just in case I needed more control over the editing.
podcasting  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
@andrewford I know the guys in charge of our photocopiers at work know it - because they told me about it when we were discussing how to implement a printing system for all printers. I would hope that all people in charge of printers and copiers know that
Today I learned that nearly all office photocopiers have internal hard-drives which store a copy of all documents scanned by the machine. Makes you think, doesn’t it. Everyone takes great pains to keep digital data encrypted and preserve privacy
privacy  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
Guardian Fall Protection 6 in. x 60 Degree HD Fixed Roof Bracket - Fits 2 ft. x 6 in. Plank-2503 - The Home Depot
The Qualcraft 6 in. x 60 degree roof bracket is durable all-steel construction with 6 in. platform. You can use with 2 ft. x 6 in. planks. The roof bracket is easy to install and remove without damaging shingles. Capacity for the installed brackets is one man per 8 ft. staging plus 40 lbs. Maximum 8 ft. of spacing between brackets. Complies with OSHA regulations. Fixed angle 60 degree x 6 In. platform.

Commercial grade - 11 gauge steel construction
Heavy duty riveted construction
Unit has slots for easy installation and removal without damaging the shingles
For use on 18/12 fixed pitch roofs
Tool  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
How To Install Roof Jacks - Work Safely On A Steep Roof With Proper Roof Scaffolding
Safe Roof Repair:
Installing Roof Jacks And Planks On A Steep Roof
Roof Work Is Easier And Safer When The Proper Scaffolding Is Used

[ Good description of how roof jacks are used. ]
technology  Tool 
may 2018 by W6AZ
Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets - CBS News
At a warehouse in New Jersey, 6,000 used copy machines sit ready to be sold. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports almost every one of them holds a secret.
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.

In the process, it's turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data.

If you're in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold.

"The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms," John Juntunen said, "that information would be very valuable."
privacy  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
[QRP-L] how to determine audio isolation transformer impedance - Using computer sound card
You recall that a PC's sound card can be programmed to generate and put out an audio-frequency signal, and a computer is really good at doing repetitive (and boring) things...




But someone refers you to this page...


...For a complete explanation<g>. You can download
a 30-day trial version of the software for free, or spring for the
hobbyist version for $29.00

Note that other programs like this exist. Usual disclaimers apply.


Brad AA1IP
hamradio  computer  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
Open Libraries | Everyone deserves to learn
Open Libraries
a project by the Internet Archive
Project Inquiries: Wendy Hanamura

See the image of a book scanner. Write to Hanamura about it.
books  technology 
may 2018 by W6AZ
Welcome to OpenStreetMap!
OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license.
technology  OpenWeb 
april 2018 by W6AZ
Google Revamps Gmail’s Web Interface - TidBITS
Gmail’s Web interface on the desktop has just undergone a significant overhaul, the first in some time. This won’t make any difference to those who read Gmail via an app like Mail on the Mac, and even if you use Gmail in a Web browser or via Mailplane, you won’t be dumped into the new interface automatically.

To switch to the new version of Gmail, you must click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and choose “Try the new Gmail.” Many of these changes come from Google’s alternative Inbox email interface, which, at least for now, isn’t going anywhere.
april 2018 by W6AZ
OPML Editor home - This is the Windows version - free and open source
The OPML Editor is an outliner, an editor that works with chunks of text that slide around on rails. You can control the level of detail you look at, and reorganize according to structure.
It's great for writing technical notes, presentations, program code, legal briefs, product plans, to-do lists, blog posts, entire websites, anything where ideas need organization.
See the outliner cribsheet for an idea of how outlining works.
Open source#
The OPML Editor is a distribution of the open source (GPL) Frontier programming environment.
It can run apps written for Frontier, but it's unique in that it boots up as an outliner, ready to edit OPML documents.
technology  RSS 
april 2018 by W6AZ
Scripting News: Frontier love - now called the OPML Editor. There IS a Windows version!
Hearing from lots of Frontier users after Gruber's writeup yesterday. #
I didn't know that he had used Frontier. It was really interesting to read his perspective. The connection between the language and the object database is something so simple it can be hard to explain. 💥#
Some people wish it would "come back." For them I have good news. Thanks to solid engineering and generous work from Ted C Howard, Frontier runs on today's Macs, except now it's called The OPML Editor, because it's configured as an outliner. Long story. It's totally Frontier.#
I'm using v10.1b19 as my IDE for my JavaScript work. I've built a real sweet code deployment environment, it's as if S3 is my file system. All this to say that Frontier is as rock-solid as ever. If you're a Mac user and want a Frontier experience, it's available to you. Not as a memory.#
Ted maintains a GitHub repository with the latest version. The list is in reverse chronologic order.#
There is a Windows version, I don't know how well it runs. You can download it from home.opml.org. #
PS: For questions, there's a rebooted Frontier-user list on Google Groups.#
technology  RSS 
april 2018 by W6AZ
Don’t buy the MacBook Pros even on sale, in my opinion | The Outline
few months ago, I wrote about how my one-year-old MacBook Pro's keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there, and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem. Today, Best Buy announced it is having a significant sale on these computers, marking them hundreds of dollars off. Interesting. Still, I’d suggest you do not buy them.

Since I wrote about my experience, many have asked me what happened with the new top half of the computer that the Apple Geniuses installed, with its pristine keyboard and maybe-different key switches. The answer is that after a couple of months, I started to get temporarily dead keys for seemingly no reason. Again.

I still had my 2013 MacBook Pro around, so I sold my 2016 MacBook Pro back to Apple’s refurb program, and now I just use the 2013 as my laptop (I used the recovered money to build a PC, lord help me). This old MacBook Pro is still fine, and most importantly, all the keyboard keys work. The new MacBook Pro is gone. When I started working at The Outline, I was offered a choice of a new MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air for my work computer, and I chose the MacBook Air, with its good keyboard that doesn’t break from dust. I’m fully committed to this bit.
AAPL  technology 
april 2018 by W6AZ
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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 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 
april 2018 by W6AZ
Top 10 Riskiest Houses In The World!

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technology  privacy 
april 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 by W6AZ
Reverse Beacon Network on graph online
Actually a DX cluster graphical format.
hamradio  DX  technology 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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.
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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.”
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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.
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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 
march 2018 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?
february 2018 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 
february 2018 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
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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
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