Execupundit.com: Loopholes. Sometimes, I think that the job of a lawyer is to take conventional wisdom and look for loopholes. When W.C. Fields was caught reading a Bible in later life, his response was "I'm looking for loopholes". Aren't we all?
When I came upon this 1883 image of citizens on their way to arrest a "witch", I thought about our modern society, and our fractured politics, and politically correct discourse. How many of us, even now, have our own personal "witches" that we want to arrest? I am asked why I hate politics, of all stripes. My answer is that most of us still can't tell the difference between civilized discourse, and arresting witches. Rodney King famously said: "Can't we all just get along?" It seems that we have never been able, as a species, to do that, doesn't it? Well, if peace begins with me, I hereby promise that all you witches are safe from me. This blog shall forever be a politics free, arresting mob free, peace zone. Now, go forward in your week, and stay away from the mob mentality.
Hushme may be the weirdest -- yet most useful -- wireless headphone ever created - CNET. There are people I would like to put this on; but, I value my life. So, I will just say that, if you wear one of these in public, I don't know you. In fact, if you wear one of these in public, I will wonder if an alien is about to burst from your chest and destroy the planet. I get the idea; you don't want people to read your lips while you are talking on the phone. But, if you need privacy for a call, how about going into a room with a door? Or, tell your caller you will call them back when you aren't making a fool of yourself in public? Jeez.
Online Privacy | Microsoft Safety and Security Center. My last post about keeping your Windows 10 machine secure is highlighted by my own device settings. As always, you need to set a strong password. But, you also need to set up two step authentication, so that someone trying to get into your account will be stopped even if they know your password. As an example, here is a screen grab of my page, showing attempts to get into my account from the Ukraine, China and other countries. If you think you are immune from hacking attempts, you are wrong. It isn't even about whether you have any secret information on your system. It is about gaining control of your system and using it for nefarious purposes. Get safe out there.
A new hope for the Blue-throated Macaw | BirdLife. Macaw feathers have endangered the rarest of the rare Macaw species, the Blue Throated Macaw, and efforts are underway to use artificial feathers in ceremony in South America, and the small number of these rare birds may survive.
Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem. I have mixed feelings about Microsoft controlling updates and other aspects of Windows 10. On the one hand, I don't like being a guinea pig for new features that sometimes create system problems, and have to be fixed later. On the other hand, I like the fact that I have a system that can be fixed without my intervention. I have enough other stuff to do without worrying about system security. However, I like Microsoft's new privacy initiative. While I might leave the settings on default, I like that you can now go to a dashboard and set your own preferences. Power to the people.
Tylenol Arthritis Pain Relief Caplets - 225 Count : Target. For my Saturday pet peeve, I give you Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets. Two of these will reduce arthritis pain. The only catch is that nobody with arthritis is able to open the bottle. I suppose I might get some psychological relief looking at the sealed box; and, after some anguish, I could get the box open. Of course, it takes a young body builder to get the tape off of the cap. Then, you get the pleasure of unscrewing the cap while pushing down with arthritic hands. Then, you get to peel off the interior aluminum top. These things have more security than an airport security checkpoint. Jeez.
CES 2017 Excellence Awards: The Best New Tech. Now that CES 2017 is history, the next question is what new tech or updated tech will endure? What innovations will catch on? The answer, of course, is a matter of opinion; but, you could do worse than the staff of Gotta Be Mobile. The big winner was the Dell XPS 13 2 in 1. I love my Samsung Flip 2 in 1; but, the new Dell is actually thin and light enough to feel like a tablet in tablet mode. It is also full of high end specs for under $1,000. While I don't need to upgrade right now, this one will be high on the list when I do. If you are a Chromebook fan, you should look at Samsung's new Chromebook Plus, which is one of the new Chromebooks that has access to the entire Android app library. Android apps are the future of the Chromebook franchise. She who someday will be obeyed got a little Polaroid camera for Xmas, showing that retro can succeed with new tech. A better version will be coming out in 2017, and instant paper photos are a hit again with the millennials. There is more; but, you have to read the article to find out. Enjoy.