SOFTWARE: EVERNOTE

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/jeremy-andenberg/30-ways-to-improve-your-life-and-work/

One App to Rule Them All: 30 Ways Evernote Can Improve Your Life
By Jeremy Andenberg
The Art of Manliness
February 24, 2014

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7. Grocery list. Our household goes through endless scraps of paper for meal planning and grocery lists. They end up lost more often than not. Create your weekly list in Evernote, share it with your wife or roommates, and everyone will be on the same page. You can each add items to the list as you think of them instead of risking forgetting and needing to make a return trip to the market.

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Argh!

I’m trying be serious here.

I need a pick list in any of the three “super” markets I use.

And, it would nice if the app gave me a solution that is the lowest cost.

Watson? (Not Wilson!) where are u?

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SOFTWARE: BLUEGRIFFON chokes on an errant copy and paste

Sunday, March 9, 2014

2014-Mar-09

In doing my weekly Jasper Jottings, I was delayed by a data formatting error.

Apparently, when I posted an article in the daily blog, using MARSEDIT, some how the article was posted as the title.

I didn’t realize it and did a copy and paste from MARSEDIT into BLUEGRIFFON.

That cause BLUEGRIFFON to make the page width six times larger than it needed to be.

Took a break.

When I came back to it, I did CNTL Z’s until BLUEGRIFFON restored the page size.

Then the hunt for what was causing the problem.

Repeated the cut’n’paste into SIMULTRON5 text editor. Couldn’t see anything. Back into BLUEGRIFFON same result.

Deleted all the blank lines and made sure that each line had an EOL on it.

Cut’n’paste back to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted just the text part of the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; that worked correctly.

Resumed and everything was now right with the world.

Argh!

Still don’t really understand what happened.

The issue went out about 8 hours late.

Argh!

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SERVICE: Google’s not infallable

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Official Google Blog
Today’s outage for several Google services
Posted: 24 Jan 2014 04:47 PM PST
Earlier today, most Google users who use logged-in services like Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents found they were unable to access those services for approximately 25 minutes. For about 10 percent of users, the problem persisted for as much as 30 minutes longer. Whether the effect was brief or lasted the better part of an hour, please accept our apologies—we strive to make all of Google’s services available and fast for you, all the time, and we missed the mark today.

The issue has been resolved, and we’re now focused on correcting the bug that caused the outage, as well as putting more checks and monitors in place to ensure that this kind of problem doesn’t happen again. If you’re interested in the technical explanation for what occurred and how it was fixed, read on.

At 10:55 a.m. PST this morning, an internal system that generates configurations—essentially, information that tells other systems how to behave—encountered a software bug and generated an incorrect configuration. The incorrect configuration was sent to live services over the next 15 minutes, caused users’ requests for their data to be ignored, and those services, in turn, generated errors. Users began seeing these errors on affected services at 11:02 a.m., and at that time our internal monitoring alerted Google’s Site Reliability Team. Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.

With services once again working normally, our work is now focused on (a) removing the source of failure that caused today’s outage, and (b) speeding up recovery when a problem does occur. We’ll be taking the following steps in the next few days:
1. Correcting the bug in the configuration generator to prevent recurrence, and auditing all other critical configuration generation systems to ensure they do not contain a similar bug.
2. Adding additional input validation checks for configurations, so that a bad configuration generated in the future will not result in service disruption.
3. Adding additional targeted monitoring to more quickly detect and diagnose the cause of service failure.

Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering

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HARDWARE: FIOS required update

Sunday, January 19, 2014

 
 
 

Dear Valued Verizon Customer,

We continually strive to improve your 
FiOS® TV service and are making enhancements to create an even simpler and better experience for you. These changes will occur on Tuesday, January 21, 2014,and will cause your Set Top Box to automatically reboot, which means turning off and on. If you experience any issues with your Set Top Box as a result of this automatic reboot, please unplug your Set Top Box and plug it back in. This should resolve most issues.

Some of these enhancements include:

  TV
       
 
Adding more Closed Captioning capabilities
   
       
 
Simplifing your FiOS TV menu by:

  • Consolidating our Customer Support section, making it easier for you to use
  • Renaming your DVR Settings to Configure & Upgrade
  • Allowing you to access all of your TV listings using the Guide View header in Guide/TV Listings
 
Your Parental Controls will also be enhanced to enable you to temporarily turn them off for a period of 4 hours. This new capability will allow you to turn your Parental Controls off to enjoy an evening of TV watching without having to remember to turn them back on later. They will automatically resume after the 4 hour period. To use this functionality, press the Options button on your FiOS® TV Remote Control while watching live TV and select Parental Controls.
       

Thank you for choosing Verizon. We hope these new enhancements help you enjoy your FiOS TV service for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Your Verizon Team

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I don’t see anything that I need. So why do I have to upgrade? Time to rethink the paradigms and memes involved.

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SERVICE: Journal by email

Monday, January 13, 2014

http://ohlife.com/

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It’s private
Only you can read what you write. No friend requests, no posting your entries publicly.

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Seems like a neat idea.

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SOFTWARE: KRYPTOKIT for bit coin and encrypted email

Sunday, January 12, 2014

http://kryptokit.com/getting-started.html

What is KryptoKit?

KryptoKit is the world’s first instant Bitcoin wallet and secure messaging system that’s built right into your browser. It’s the easiest and fastest wallet to set up, and the easiest and fastest way to make Bitcoin payments. KryptoKit is a free extension plug-in for Chrome, making Bitcoin and GPG secure messaging instantly accessible even for beginners.

We believe in frictionless systems. We do things to remove the amount of clicks and friction that can often be involved when working with webwallets or making Bitcoin transactions. Below we’ll explain how to set up KryptoKit, its wallet and messaging system, as well as some of the other features KryptoKit offers.

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SERVICE: Fandango has tickets on iPhone

Thursday, December 26, 2013

http://www.fandango.com/

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FANDANGO, the movie site, sell tickets. (No news there!)

Pick them up at the box office (wait on a long line) or at the kiosk (wait on a shorter line).

(The AMC in 22102 makes you used the automated ticket seller. And for certain shows sells specific seating. Dumb idea. Guarantees long lines for everyone! Argh! I won’t be doing that again.)

BUT, now Fandango will text you a link to a QRcode that you display on your iPhone. 

The ticket taker scans it and you’re in. No line. Love it. 

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