SOFTWARE: IOS “health app” can NOT accept BP

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I happened to click on the IOS IPHONE “HEALTH” app. Just out of curiosity. 

It can interface with other apps to record steps for example.

But you can’t input BP.

That seems to be a glaring oversight. And, something I would have used.


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SOFTWARE: iMessage on the MAC OS X doesn’t report completely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Found a confusing “use case” with iMessage on the MAC OS X:

Sent two texts this morning, one worked and one failed repeatedly.

Figured out why it was failing, duh.

I text from the mac because I like the full keyboard. I text X and Y every morning and night. (“I’m alive … still!”)

This morning X’s went through to her iPhone as usual, but Y’s didn’t.

Then I realized iMessage uses the iPhone to text Y with SMS. And my iPhone was out of power. And, the MAC version of iMessage just reports: “not sent”.

Which technically is true, but it should say something like “no response from your Iphone, dummy”. Argh!

Strike one for a poor design. Or is that “a feature”?


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SOFTWARE: Can’t shift “content” that I bought to something useable

Friday, October 30, 2015

It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use
Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.
by David Kravets – Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

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Because there is no encryption on CD music discs, however, owners of them are free to make backup copies or shift the tracks to a digital format under the concept of fair use. “These results continue to show the flaws in the law and the process of the DMCA. Even though the law clearly allows consumers to move their media between their personal devices, the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights allow the smallest mote of uncertainty to keep a common-sense activity illegal,” said Sherwin Siy, the vice president for legal affairs at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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I am STILL <synonym for having produced urine output> off.

I have tons of “content” and I can not easily, quickly, or legally transform it to something useable.


I PAID for it. But I can’t “have” it.

That’s just wrong.

The Law is an idiot.

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SOFTWARE: ABANDONWARE should be “free”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Publishers are fighting to keep abandoned games dead
Jessica Conditt | @jessconditt | April 10th 2015 at 3:23 pm

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends civil liberties in the digital world, is facing off against the Entertainment Software Association, the organization that represents most major video game publishers in the US. The EFF wants to allow players to put abandoned games back online and has asked the US Copyright Office for an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This would allow players to legally modify the code of online games that are no longer supported by publishers, in the hope of reconnecting these titles to new, third-party servers. This includes games like Battlefield 1942, Star Wars: Battlefront, SOCOM 4, Resistance: Fall of Man and Mario Kart Wii. Many modern games rely on servers to function; if Activision pulled the plug on Destiny, for example, even its single-player campaign would disappear, since the entire game needs an online connection.

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I’ve often thought that ABANDONWARE and Out-of-print-books should be in the “public domain”.

When we, as a society, seek to encourage writing by means of the “copy right”, then it’s is incumbent on the writer to keep his copyrighted published work available. When a book is “out of print”, the copyright should lapse or suspend.


It’s like the content creator reneges on their side of the bargain.

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SOFTWARE: Easy installs are not always secure

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I have been playing with wikis.

I use two Website Service Providers.

(One for “production” and the other for “fun”.)

So I slapped up a MEDIAWIKI on WSP#1 and in short order it was being used by Chinese hackers.

Nuked it. And still trying to get WSP#1 to unsuspend the account.

So i put up MEDIAWIKI on WSP#2 and in short order it was being used by some other hackers.

Nuked it.

So I put up TIKI WIKI which looks like it installs in more secure start up mode.

It doesn’t install correctly.


Depending upon how I make out with WSP#1 and WSP#2, I’ll reveal the identities at later date.


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SOFTWARE: 19 Year Old Windows bug!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

By Andy Patrizio
How does a Windows bug go undetected for 19 years?

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By now you have likely heard of the 19-year-old Windows bug found by IBM late last week. If not, here’s the tl;dr version of it: IBM found a vulnerability in VBScript, Microsoft’s alternative to JavaScript which was introduced in Internet Explorer 3.0 and ran on Windows 95. Even today, the bug is impervious to the sandboxing features in Internet Explorer 11

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“New” isn’t completely “new”?


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SOFTWARE: UPDATE MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOFTWARE: MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

Get a ton of spinning lollypops every time I do a task switch or just at random times.

Guess this is how they force me to buy new hardware?


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After several reboots, one reboot was different.

I had lollypops so bad made it unusable.

I force quit everything. Powered down.

Waited a half inning.

Power up.

It did something different.

A green ball with a progress bar.

A minute or two.

Logon screen presents.

Seems to be running better.

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