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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 
11 days ago 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 
11 days ago 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 
12 days ago by W6AZ
Pinboard - Google Group for Pinboard support
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13 days ago 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. 
28 days ago 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 
28 days ago 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 
4 weeks ago 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 
4 weeks ago 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 
4 weeks ago 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 
5 weeks ago 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 
7 weeks ago 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]
7 weeks ago 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 
8 weeks ago 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 
10 weeks ago 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
Small is the New Big – NewCo Shift by Doc Searls
When we look down the list of those six needs above, the only one that’s already ahead of the game is accounting software. To-do lists, calendars and contacts are all trapped inside the castle walls of Apple, Google and Microsoft. Email is universal and portable (you can move yours from Apple to Google to your own server, if you like), but messaging systems are fractured into hundreds of mostly incompatible competitors. Same goes for video and audio conferencing systems. And nobody is doing what I want for records under item #5.
accounting  technology 
june 2017 by W6AZ
Getting Started - IndieWeb
Get started on the indieweb by connecting with the indiewebcamp community, getting a personal domain, a place for your content, and setting up your home page & other indieweb essentials.
Perhaps you relate to all the reasons why you should be on the indieweb, but you're not sure how to get there.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to get you on your way to being on the indieweb. Each of these steps is a just a bit more challenging and will give you more independence.
indieweb  technology  OpenWeb  tutorial 
june 2017 by W6AZ
What if journalists weren’t controlled by tech? A conversation with Dave Winer. – Poynter
MK: If a journalist wanted to learn more about creating servers or spinning up their own products, where would you suggest they start? I'm thinking of smaller newsrooms, resource-strapped newsrooms, and newsrooms with very small staffs. If they can't spin up a server, what's a good first step to take?

That's a very good question!

And there is no answer as far as I know.

We need to work on this, Melody.

Let's create a flow of information for these exact organizations. The ones who are inquisitive, ready to put it all out there, who feel inspired by the opportunities in front of them, but don't know how to get started. Let's treat that exact problem as a product definition, and let's work together to solve it. I'm ready. Let's do it.
server  technology  indieweb  OpenWeb 
june 2017 by W6AZ
Can we save the open web? | Dries Buytaert
The web felt very different fifteen years ago, when I founded Drupal. Just 7 percent of the population had internet access, there were only around 20 million websites, and Google was a small, private company. Facebook, Twitter, and other household tech names were years away from being founded. In these early days, the web felt like a free space that belonged to everyone. No one company dominated as an access point or controlled what users saw. This is what I call the "open web".

But the internet has changed drastically over the last decade. It's become a more closed web. Rather than a decentralized and open landscape, many people today primarily interact with a handful of large platform companies online, such as Google or Facebook. To many users, Facebook and Google aren't part of the internet -- they are the internet.

I worry that some of these platforms will make us lose the original integrity and freedom of the open web. While the closed web has succeeded in ease-of-use and reach, it raises a lot of questions about how much control individuals have over their own experiences. And, as people generate data from more and more devices and interactions, this lack of control could get very personal, very quickly, without anyone's consent. So I've thought through a few potential ideas to bring back the good things about the open web. These ideas are by no means comprehensive; I believe we need to try a variety of approaches before we find one that really works.
OpenWeb  indieweb  technology 
june 2017 by W6AZ
[QRP-L] lithium charging questions
But we have to be clear that there are at least 3 types of lithium batteries in common use.
1. Li ion packaged in metal cylindrical tubes, think AA cells.
2 Li Polymer packaged in Polymer envelopes. They have a very similar electrolyte as Li ion but are packaged differently.
3. Li Ferrous Phosphate (LFP) also packaged in AA style metal tubes.

Li ion are commonly used in laptaps and smart phones and are comprised of 3.6v cells, and considering the millions that are in use, they're comparatively safe. Not sure what is the root of Samsung smartphone fires.

I also fly RC sailplanes, where Li Po batteries are commonly used. My basic level sail plane uses 3.7 volt cells in pack that is rated at 1100mAH at 11.1 volts These packs are designed to provide a short instant current of 15-20amps during climb out. After climb out the motor is switched off are you're looking for thermals. That's the capability of Li Po packs. I believe that this high stress environment and fast charging add to their potential of being dangerous at times. I have never had a problem with then personally, but have had plenty of bulging envelopes, indicating a cell failure. I personally would NEVER use them in a ham related application. Why take the chance ?

Lastly LFP batteries are nominally 3.3 volts per cell and comparatively stable and safe and can approximate the instant current capability of LiPo packs, but that's not their normal operating environment. Generally these packs have a Battery Management System that prevents over charging and includes under voltage protection. They are mostly more expensive than Li Ion or Li Pos. Many are designed for lead acid dropin replacements for motorcycles and electric bikes. So they can be charged like lead acid batteries, but they have BMS circuitry built in.

I use Sanyo Eneloops Nimh AA cells in my KX3, and recently Li Ion cells in my KX2. If I want to run above 5 watts on either rig I use LFP packs external to the rigs.

My plea is to please be clear on which battery chemistry you are referring to. The three types of Lithium batteries are definitely different. They each need specialized chargers and for RC usage cell voltage balancing.

Ok, back to lurking
73, Dave Lear NE5DL
hamradio  QRP  battery  technology 
june 2017 by W6AZ
Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff - The Washington Post
Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

The advance allows Google to determine how many sales have been generated by digital ad campaigns, a goal that industry insiders have long described as “the holy grail” of online advertising. But the announcement also renewed long-standing privacy complaints about how the company uses personal information.

To power its multibillion-dollar advertising juggernaut, Google already analyzes users’ Web browsing, search history and geographic locations, using data from popular Google-owned apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and the Google Play store. All that information is tied to the real identities of users when they log into Google’s services.

The new credit-card data enables the tech giant to connect these digital trails to real-world purchase records in a far more extensive way than was possible before. But in doing so, Google is yet again treading in territory that consumers may consider too intimate and potentially sensitive. Privacy advocates said few people understand that their purchases are being analyzed in this way and could feel uneasy, despite assurances from Google that it has taken steps to protect the personal information of its users.
privacy  technology 
june 2017 by W6AZ
Adding a Custom DuckDuckGo Search Bar to Your Site — Pat Dryburgh
My friend and colleague Ben Brooks is tired of Google, and I can’t blame him. In an effort to reduce the number of Google services he’s beholden to, Ben asked me to update his site’s search with the DuckDuckGo search service.
technology  Services 
june 2017 by W6AZ
About | Real Personal Computing - realpersonalcomputing.com
About The Author

Hello, my name is Frank McPherson. I am a technology consultant for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, working in Detroit, Michigan, and author of several books about handheld computers, including “How To Do Everything With Windows Mobile.” My writing has also appeared in Pocket PC Magazine, and several web sites.
Chromebooks  technology 
may 2017 by W6AZ
GalliumOS – A fast and lightweight Linux distro for ChromeOS devices
Built on top of Xubuntu to provide a lightweight and fully functional desktop.
Found in the Let's Be Frank blog (Frank McPherson).
Chromebooks  technology 
may 2017 by W6AZ
Here’s when the Pixel and Pixel XL will see their software support end | AndroidAuthority
For owners of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the end for their Android and security updates won’t be for a while, thankfully. In order to clarify things a bit more, Google has now posted when those updates will stop on its end-of-life support page.

It shows that Android OS updates for both phones are not guaranteed after October 2018. That means the Pixel and Pixel XL should not only get Android O, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017, but also the version of Android after that (Android P?) as well. Security updates for the phones are not guaranteed after October 2019, which means that both phones should be safe to use for over two years.

In addition to the new end-of-life listings for the Pixel phones, Google has confirmed on the same page that Android updates for its older Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P phones are not guaranteed beyond September 2017, and security updates for those devices may not be released after September 2018. The Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet, both of which have already reached the end of their Android updates, won’t get any more security updates after October 2017.
technology  phone 
april 2017 by W6AZ
Tektronix | Thank You
If you qualify as one of the first 500 customers, you will receive the official Wi-Fi standards poster in the mail through the United States Postal Service in the next 2 weeks.

For access immediately, we've sent a digital copy to your inbox.
march 2017 by W6AZ
Meet The Man Whose Site Mark Zuckerberg Reads Every Day - BuzzFeed News
Techmeme, then, wields tremendous power over a tremendously powerful group of people. And as its founder, Rivera has been quietly defining Silicon Valley’s narrative for the industry’s power brokers for more than a decade. But Rivera is uncomfortable — or unwilling — to reckon with how his influence has affected one of the most important and powerful industries in the world. The result is that Rivera can cast himself both as a gimlet-eyed insider with a powerful readership and as a mostly anonymous entrepreneur running a niche link blog from the comfort of his home. It’s a convenient cognitive dissonance.
technology  writing  blog-tool 
march 2017 by W6AZ
Subtle and insidious, technology is designed to addict us - The Washington Post
It is worth stepping back and asking how technological innovation and the deliberate programming of addiction have come to be so closely linked. In earlier days, inventions such as the internal-combustion engine, the zipper or the calculator weren’t solely intended to create some kind of habit in their users. They were about progress, creating a new comfort or efficiency. But today a large number of the products emerging from the world’s mightiest tech firms are geared toward getting people to do things they might not otherwise do. “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” scientist Jeff Hammerbacher once said. “That sucks.”

The deeper reason for this, I suspect, is an enormous shift in the business models of the high-tech industry. Companies are moving away from the creation of rewarding technologies for human enhancement, such as the calculator or the bicycle, and toward technologies meant to lure people to devote large amounts of time and attention to them — think Facebook or BuzzFeed. Something like a bicycle or a calculator didn’t need to be addictive to be valuable. But for a product like Facebook, success and user addiction are the same thing.

Within the tech world itself, we need to designate the deliberate engineering of addiction as an unethical practice. More broadly, we need to get back to rewarding firms that build technologies that augment humanity and help us do what we want, as opposed to taking our time for themselves.
march 2017 by W6AZ
SPAR Hams - Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio - Statement of Principles
The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio is a non-partisan group of concerned amateur radio operators working together to ensure the vitality of the Amateur Radio Service as defined in the US Legal Code 47 CFR Part 97, especially the purposes embodied in 97.1:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
hamradio  technology 
february 2017 by W6AZ
Stages of Electronics - IEEE Spectrum
Now that the world has become addicted to portable electronics, billions of people have come to see the companies providing these gadgets as the most innovative, and the people who head those companies as the most exalted, of all time. “Genius” is a starter category in this discussion.

But clever and appealing though today’s electronic gadgets may be, to the historian they are nothing but the inevitable fifth-order elaborations of two fundamental ideas: electromagnetic radiation, the theory of which was formulated by James Clerk Maxwell in the 1860s, and miniaturized fabrication, which followed Richard Feynman’s 1959 dictum [PDF] that “there’s plenty of room at the bottom.”

Maxwell was a true genius. The history of science offers few examples of work as brilliant as unifying electricity, magnetism, and light as aspects of a single phenomenon: electromagnetic waves. As Max Planck put it, “in doing so he achieved greatness unequalled.”
technology  hamradio  vintage 
february 2017 by W6AZ
The news underground - about setting up Dave Winer rivers
To users
But wait there's stuff users can do too!

First thing, can you find a developer to set up a river for you, as described above? If so, send them to this page. Make sure they know how much you love and appreciate them, and how important their work is to the cause. Take your developer friend to lunch. It's a little secret, programmers like to be appreciated, pretty much like other people.

Until then, you can start using my rivers. I did what I describe above. I have one for politics, one for the NBA, a river of podcasts. These are of course just examples, but they are useful on their own. These are total labors of love, I'm not trying to sell you anything other than our freedom to share what we learn without using centralized systems.
Rivers  technology  server 
february 2017 by W6AZ
On using the Picaxe Micro by Rex  W1REX
If you are NOT a programming professional or
experienced programmer but a lowly beginner wanting to discover the
joys of creativity and programming and you still want to sit down at
your bench and create something cool out of you very own brain and
hamradio  technology 
february 2017 by W6AZ
Amazon.com: Cable Matters Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Male to Female Adapter - Eyefinity Compatible: Home Audio & Theater
1st comment about Surface Pro 4 dock says they use this for driving two external monitors.

Another commenter says this is the one that works:
computer  technology 
february 2017 by W6AZ
Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 - YouTube
Fantastic examples of using tools, such as scanning docs into OneNote.

He has many other videos with tips & tricks for Surface Pro 3.
computer  technology 
february 2017 by W6AZ
AE5X: WSPRing with Raspberry Pi, step by step
I still don't know much (if anything yet) about those languages but I received my Pi 3 in the mail from Amazon three days ago and a $20 WSPR shield from TAPR an hour ago and am already on the air with 100 mW on 20m WSPR and have been spotted all over the US and Canada after less than an hour's worth of transmissions in my early afternoon.

I fully expect to be heard in Europe this evening, and all with a cheap, tiny set-up that that is completely independent of my shack computer. Based on the reports the Pi appears rock stable in frequency.

My set-up procedure differed slightly from that described in the article. For those similarly interested and who may know little to nothing about these amazing devices, here is a description of how to "whisper raspberries".
hamradio  QRP  technology 
february 2017 by W6AZ
Google Voice: The ultimate how-to guide | ZDNet [2014]
In this article, and the dozen or so that follow it, you'll learn just about everything you need to know to get the most out of the Google Voice service.

ByDavid Gewirtz for DIY-IT | March 3, 2014 -- 13:34 GMT (05:34 PST) | Topic: Google
android  phone  technology 
january 2017 by W6AZ
Google Voice updates are imminent
Google did confirm to Engadget that changes were coming very soon for Voice. In a statement, a Google rep wrote, "Sorry, it looks like we must have dialed the wrong number! But don't worry, this wasn't a prank call. We're working on some updates to Google Voice right now. We have you on speed dial and we'll be sure to share what we've been up to just as soon as we can."

So, while there's no official word yet on what the refreshed Google Voice might include, it's a good bet the changes have something to do with changes to the Hangouts API and maybe tighter integration with Google's other messaging apps Allo and Duo. Also, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the desktop site is mired in a dated gmail look and the iOS app hasn't seen an update since some minor bug fixes back in June, so even a visual overhaul would make Voice feel less like an afterthought.

We've reached out to Google for additional details and will update when we know more.
android  phone  technology 
january 2017 by W6AZ
[QRP-L] 20 metre diversity receiver [actually binaural receiver]
What about Rick Campbell's (KK7B) binaural I-Q reciever?


Patrick KF4LMZ

-----Original Message-----

Perhaps what Doc is referring to is binaural reception and not diversity. I believe at one time Kanga may have offered such a RX . From memory, a HPF and LPF (at audio) are used in the left and right audio channels to give a 3D audio effect. My K3 does this a little differently by implementing a slight time delay between the left and right audio channels. The effect is wonderful, especially on a crowded CW band.
True diversity, whether polarity, spatial or frequency is an expensive
hamradio  technology 
december 2016 by W6AZ
Has the internet become a failed state? | Technology | The Guardian
The Fragile States Index, an annual report published by the US thinktank the Fund for Peace and the magazine Foreign Policy, defines a fragile state as one “whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations and sharp economic decline”.

Some, but not all, of this maps neatly on to cyberspace. There is, for example, no central government that has effective control over the network’s “territory” (though the US, for historical reasons, has had more influence over it than any other nation, much to the annoyance of the Russians and the Chinese). In fact, one of the central problems posed by the network is that it is a global system in a Westphalian world of sovereign states and local laws.

Our dilemma is that while the future of cyberspace is unknowable, we need to think about it because it affects us all.
november 2016 by W6AZ
Facebook fake news row: Mark Zuckerberg is a politician now - BBC News
Zuckerberg’s record on dealing with controversy has been pretty solid, and there’s of course no suggestion he has any bad intentions with Facebook.

But this week has demonstrated that it’s simply no longer enough for Zuckerberg to deny an issue and expect people to blindly take his word for it. Even if he is right, he’ll have to learn how to prove it.

Because the message the public appears to have given Zuckerberg, and perhaps all of Silicon Valley, is that when you’re unfathomably powerful, “no comment” is fast becoming not good enough.
facebook  technology 
november 2016 by W6AZ
Waxy.org – Andy Baio lives here
Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed. Nobody except me can change the URL structure, breaking 14 years of links to content on the web.

But the ecosystem for independent publications is fundamentally broken. Getting discovered, building a readership, and profiting from your work as an independent writer are all much, much harder than they used to be.
blogging  technology 
november 2016 by W6AZ
Vacuum Tube Workshop
Build your own triode vacuum tube.

Talk about homebrew!!
hamradio  technology 
october 2016 by W6AZ
A place to discuss designing and building diy vacuum tubes or valves.
hamradio  technology 
october 2016 by W6AZ
QRP operation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In amateur radio, QRP operation refers to transmitting at reduced power while attempting to maximize one's effective range. The term QRP derives from the standard Q code used in radio communications, where "QRP" and "QRP?" are used to request, "Reduce power", and ask "Should I reduce power?" respectively. The opposite of QRP is QRO, or high-power operation.
hamradio  QRP  technology 
october 2016 by W6AZ
#243: Mini-review & test of a variable audio bandpass filter from SOTABeams - YouTube
Here is a short review and test of the Laserbeam-VARI, a variable audio bandpass filter module from SOTABEAMS. This compact module is a powerful and flexible audio bandpass filter that is designed to be used primarily with amateur (ham) radio receivers to help eliminate signals & noise that are adjacent to the signals that you are trying to listen to. The filter is first evaluated on the test bench, then brought up to the radio shack and put inline with the receiver's audio path to see how effective the filter can be. Bottom-line: the filter is extremely easy to use, and very effective in helping you to pass only the portion of the audio spectrum that you select. The filter is designed to operation from about 100Hz to about 3.5kHz - so it is NOT designed for high-fidelity audio applications. It is intended to aid in the reception of communications grade audio signal, including voice and other modes like CW and digital modes. More info can be found at the following links
hamradio  technology 
october 2016 by W6AZ
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