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France and Germany want to cut their technological dependence on the US a NATO ally and rely more on their own products when it comes to manufacturing military equipment, according to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Read Full Article at ... read more
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Forget about face masks, engineers from Colombia have designed a special helmet similar to those used by astronauts to work as a protection bubble against the coronavirus infection. Read Full Article at RT.com
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( education / news / rss ) A consortium of the most powerful tech players like IBM, Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up with hospital networks with links to the Vatican and tech lobbying groups to shape the conversation about the future role of technology in the public sphere.
The post ... read more
( education / news / rss ) The top tech CEOs are scheduled to testify at the conclusion of an investigation into antitrust practices by the largest tech monopolies who have been engaging in unfair practices for years now. But, is it too late?
Antitrust Hearings Delayed as Tech ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Google excluded major conservative and alt-media outlets from its search results for hours, hiding hits for sites like Breitbart and RedState even in searches for the outlets' names - only to mysteriously revert to normal later. Read Full Article at ... read more
( education / tech / computers ) Boston will become the second major city in the US to ban facial recognition software for government use after a unanimous city council vote, citing concerns of racial ... read more
( education / tech / computers ) The startup, called Humu, uses machine learning to parse through employee data and then 'nudges' workers to help them improve in areas that might make their work lives ... read more
( education / tech / computers ) After connectivity issues with the Disney during its launch yesterday, Vizio has announced it's working on an update for its SmartCast TVs that could help some users access the ... read more
( culture / writing / tech / appliances ) Cool! Tetra countertop dishwasher made for small spaces.
The only dishwasher that doesn't require plumbing. Engineered for small spaces. And now a CES 2019 Best Of Innovation Award Honoree.
The ... read more
( education / research / tech / solar ) See These New Solar-Pavement Driveways Made of Plastic Bottles Can Power the Average Household
You've already heard about solar-paneled rooftops, but now, a company from Hungary is powering residential homes with ... read more
( education / tech / computers ) From NeverWare.com at neverware.com
"Ready to turn your computer into a Chrome device? You're in the right spot. The Home edition is our free version of CloudReady, intended only for personal us... read more
( education / tech / phones ) "When you're next to the pump, try connecting to Bluetooth, and if you see a long string of numbers trying to connect... then that's probably not good, says Sid Miller."
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( education / tech / phones ) Cool! This would (eventually) remove the need for environment-destroying battery factories.
"We've built what we believe is the first functioning cellphone that consumes almost zero power, said co-author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the UW. To achieve th... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Installing Ubuntu Linux on my Chromebook as per these instructions: lifehacker. I hope it works! And I hope I like it. I got tired of some of the limitations o... read more
( education / tech / crime / fraud ) Another phone scam to be aware of ...
"After the introduction comes the questions: 'can you hear me?'
All of us, our natural response is to say, yes, or sure, or yes I can, said Hughes, but she says this is exactly what you do not want to do.
Police say scammers record your 'yes' response, and then use it... read more
( education / tech / crime / fraud ) I'd never fall for this (I hope) because our only wired number is through the MagicJack, not AT&T or any major provider.Here's a link to the FCC's page: fcc.gov/guides/90-telephone-scam.
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( education / tech / politics ) "... those 217 no voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 yes voters."
via Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash... read more
( education / tech / phones ) I've got an iPhone 4 now, which I've never been crazy about. I used to have a Blackberry Curve, which I was also never crazy about. If I could combine the best features from both, that'd be nice, but probably still not good enough. :) My ori... read more
( education / tech / phones ) This is great. I think I blogged once (here), complaining that I couldn't change how my name appears on the receiving end's caller ID. It showed my legal name, William, but I wanted it to say Bill. The foreign girl in ... read more
( education / tech ) I hope this is for real: Patent Filing Claims Solar Energy Breakthrough
"In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet's rel... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Name Generator - Cool Name ideas at the click of a button!
I thought this, above, was kinda cool for generating a pseudonym. You can also generate a Medieval name, a Twitter name, whatever. On that page, the actual generator buttons are on the right. It took me a second to tune out al... read more
( education / tech ) Cool! ... someday. From Will Graphene Supercapacitors Make Batteries Obsolete?
"Researchers with the California NanoSystems Institute recently developed a new battery-like supercapacitor, a device that s... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) I barely used it, but I found this interesting because I was once a word processor (human, not program) back in the mid-80s to early 90s.Whatever happened to WordStar... read more
( education / tech ) MIT creates solar cell from grass clippings
"A researcher at MIT, Andreas Mershin, has created solar panels from agricultural waste such as cut grass and dead leaves. In a few years, Mershin says it'll be possible to... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just the other day I had bought a second wi-fi router from a seller on Craigslist to daisy-chain the two together (somehow) to improve the wireless signal throughout my house. No, it's not a big house.Anyway, last night our power went out for about a minute. No big deal, I thought, other than having to reset all the digital clocks. I'll give you... read more
( life / tech / health ) Which airports have body-scanning technology?Airports to avoid, if at all possible:
Which airports have body-scanning technology? - CNN.com
At least my airport, Nashville Int'l, uses the less dangerous model:
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( education / tech / computers / software ) copied from helpdesk.ilstu.edu/kb/index.phtml?kbid1326 By default, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. You can create a shortcut to Outlook so it opens to your calendar instead. To force Outlook to open your calendar as your default v... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Q: I had some problems with this program. I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now. However, I've lost my contacts — the folder is blank. The funny thing is, when I type some letters in the to box, names come up. Do you have any idea how I can restore my contacts list? A: ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Open Source Human Resource Management Software. FYI in case you're looking for such, even though we hate the term human resource. Ironically, it's dehumanizing. :) via Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) - OrangeHRM. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) It all starts with Ctrl-V, followed by the number combinations shown on the screen that comes up. For example, the tilde is Ctrl-V 002, although it doesn't show up on my screen, but maybe it'll work on yours. The accent grave is 047, the accent acute is 041 if I'm reading their chart correctly. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: How do I transfer iTunes to my new computer?
ANSWER: I have copied your iTunes from the old computer to the new. If you haven't already authorized your current computer, here's how. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Fantastic online app here. It does what I've done before, but they do it better. I'm not jealous. I'm not a programmer, really, I'm an implementer/integrator. Yeah, that's it. :) Oh yeah, here's the link: ninite.com/ ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Mine got messed up somehow, and it drove me nuts until I found this: jevon.org/wiki/Changing-Open-Dialog-Default-Sort-Order-in-Windows UPDATE: Only problem is ... the above didn't work! :) Not for b ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Well, I thought I liked this version 4 better than version 3. I hated version 3. But, it turns out, version 4 is no better. It starts and finds things quicker (for me, anyway), but it ruins the computer's performance the rest of the time! Remove it from your Startup group (Start, All Programs, St ... read more
( education / tech / computers / repair ) If you get a pop up on your computer saying, You're infected! Download Antivirus 2010 or something similar to fix it!, DOn't DO IT! It's a trick. As soon as you click on it, you're infected. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) Avoid any toolbars that don't come with Windows from Microsoft. I just had a customer whose Internet Explorer wouldn't close after they installed My.Freeze.Com screensaver. Luckily, it uninstalled properly when using its uninstall program this time. These things just cause problems not worth the pretty pictures you get in return. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) QUESTION: My Show Desktop icon just disappeared from my Quick Start menu. How do I restore that?
ANSWER: It probably got bumped aside by something else putting an icon in that space. You can drag that double greater than (>%gt;) sign and make that space wider.
OR just temporarily expand that space and drag and drop that Show Desktop ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) QUESTION: Is there any way to turn off the loud BEEP sound that occurs when Intel Proset detects a wireless network? I've tried going to control panel and muting all the sounds, but that doesn't seem to work.ANSWER: Try going into Intel ProSet Wireless, Tools, Application Settings, uncheck Show Alert Notifications.If that doesn't fix it, try g... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) QUESTION: I can't paste anything into Outlook, but I can into Word, etc.ANSWER: Open Microsoft Word, go to TOOLS OPTIONS Select the SAVE tab and uncheck Embed smart tags.Also, there's a security feature in Outlook that, in certain situations requires that you have a New Mail window open first, THEN paste into. In other words, you can't c ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just visited these sites, and my antivirus popped-up saying it had blocked a Trojan Horse coming from there (or one of their links): http://thefrist.org http://fixit.in I'll add to this list whenever it happens again.... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Question There was a couple parked on the curb on Wed from 8am to 12pm on Wed. The girl was like a look-out, it seemed. When I was going to work she gave me a suspicious look, so I drove around in a circle and drove by them getting their license plate. When I came back at around noon, they were still there but the girl looked at me ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) I hate to promote Google since they already rule the online world, but they do some things very well, e.g., their unsubscribe feature in Gmail. In a message, click on Show Details and you should see the option to Unsubscribe from this sender. The ad ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) None of these links work anymore.
A couple of useful sites here for downloading videos for later viewing. I know I often want to watch a video later, not right then and there. Anyway, here are a couple of links: splandoo.com/ videosnag.com/ There ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Got a tip, thought I'd share it here. Add the following to your HOSTS file (C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts): #fix for ytimg.exe browser hang problem
188.8.131.52 static.cache.l.google.com s.ytimg.com
Then from a Windows command prompt (DOS box), run: ipconfig /flushdns ... read more
( education / tech / advice ) A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here.
It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on www.gene ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Makes me laugh when Facebook asks why I think something is funny or amazing. I'm thinking "Bite me. I don't have the time or inclination to teach your artificial 'intelligence' algorithms what it means to be human." Not that it could ever understand it, anyway. ... read more
( education / language / tech / internet ) I got an error in a program that was in some foreign language I didn't even recognize, let alone understand. I went to translate.Google.com and typed in one of the words and chose Detect language in the Translate from... box. It told me the word was Danish.
Look here: ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Here's a cool website I just learned of:
"In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowe ... read more
( education / tech / phones ) My hero!
via rotary dial
"Rather than learn to live with a smartphone, this engineer designed her own cell phone with a rotary dial--and she is helping others to make their..." ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Hard Drive Manufacturers Slash Warranty Periods That's on new drives. So, from now on, more than ever, always have an external drive (or two) for backups.... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: I started getting notices that my mailbox is over its limit. I have archived items over 90 days. What else can I do to stop these messages?Isn't this pretty much the same as archiving to my hard drive?I use three months.ANSWER: You can create an Outlook Personal Folder (PST file) where you can move messages to reduce th ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Well, it's happened again, luckily for only the second time in my career. A customer called me to their house, only to not be home or pretend to not be home when I got there. People, if you change your mind, just call and cancel! There is no cancellation fee! In this case, I had called her about an hour prior to the scheduled time to ask a ques ... read more
( education / tech / computers ) Well, after going round and round with firmware updates, rebooting and factory resetting, the Scheduled Off feature on the R6120 Router (Firmware Version V184.108.40.206) simply DOES NOT work. And that was the only reason we bought this rather than use the WiFi function that came with our AT&T router. Oh well, just FYI. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Beware of this scam. Don't bother trying to get them to help you unlock your pc: hackers-gang-russian-bust. The fix is to download, UPDATE, and run Malwarebytes. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / software ) In Windows 7 (and possibly earlier and later versions), use NETPLWIZ and check (or uncheck) the box that says something to the effect of require users to enter passwords. Make sure that your own username is highlighted before you check/uncheck that box. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attemptsvia How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hackers attempts at breaking into your account.
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( life / health / tech ) "We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (-) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G network ... read more
( culture / tech / blog / phones ) In the process of upgrading to a new Samsung Galaxy Note II today (which should arrive in a few days), Sprint at one point showed me all of the devices I've had with them over the years (in case I wanted to trade any of them in). It was funny to ... read more