TECHNOLOGY: Does JUUL, the cigarette alternative, have a QA problem?

Sunday, July 14, 2019


I haven’t kept good stats but I know that several have died prematurely.  Had several replied easily by JUUL which is good.  But, does it have a systemic problem to have so many failures?

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TECHNOLOGY: Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A fresh-faced tech whiz used a sophisticated “SIM swapping” scheme to steal half a million dollars in 10 days from more than 50 people across the US — without ever leaving the comfort of his

Source: Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

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That’s why you should NOT rely on a phone for your two factor authentication.

I use AUTHY a free multi-platform authentication program.

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MACOSX: An upgrade to Mojave 10.14 … …

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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An upgrade to Mojave 10.14 … …

… … broke my Text Expander forcing an upgrade, BUT … …

… … Suddenly makes my “Time Machine” work?

I wonder why? 

Not that I am complaining, but I hate when “magic” happens.


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TECHNOLOGY: Revisionist History Books banned by Amazon, by Michael Hoffman – The Unz Review

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Amazon’s monopoly over the sale of books is so extensive that to be banned by Amazon is, in many cases, tantamount to a death sentence for a book. The public ought to know of the shameful tactics of the hypocrites who are so fearful of the radical scholarship for which they have no credible answer, that they must ban the books that contain irrefutable challenges to their sacred dogmas.

Source: Revisionist History Books banned by Amazon, by Michael Hoffman – The Unz Review

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Do we want Amazon as the arbiter of what books are “published”?


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HARDWARE: Can’t find a better mouse

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wireless Mouse with Nano receiver (Black) An Amazon Brand.

My fiancé needs a mouse; she hates trackpads.  She uses a CHROMEBOOK; as you know I’m a big fan of them.  This mouse just works for us.

p.s., My cockatoo lives it too, unfortunately. But at $10, it’s a lot cheaper than my MACBOOKAIR’s power cable.

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TECHNOLOGY: How not to implement a Customer facing system

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Important news about American Express Gift Cards

Dear Ferdinand Reinke,

A new American Express Gift Card site is coming soon! By June 26, 2018, please log in to your Account to access your saved information and past Gift Card orders. When the new Gift Card site launches, your American Express login credentials will not work, so you will need to create a new login. This new login will not be tied to your American Express Credit or Charge Account.Please log in now to save important account information you may need, such as order history, receipts, saved payment methods or shipping addresses.

Coming soon!
The new site will include changes such as:New Card designs
Option to add a customized message to all Cards
Ability to load any amount between $25-$3,000 on all Cards
Easy reorder
Variable Purchase Fee pricing from $3.95-$6.95

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I am surprised, as an ex-Amex employee, that this is such a  Customer hostile implementation.


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CHROMEBOOK: “Planned Obsolescence” or “End Of Life”

Friday, June 8, 2018

One of my beloved Chromebooks — ET101 Samsung — updated the Chrome OS and popped up an “End Of Life” message.


It’s EOL when it dies.

Is this part of Google’s attempt to follow in Apple’s “planned obsolesce” “architecture”?

Personally, if the Chromebook is supposed to be the “toaster” appliance of the computer age, then it should old go “end of life” when it goes to chromebook heaven.  I have toasters that lasted until the lady of the house decided the exterior could no longer be clean enough.  Not my problem, but an example of “Western Electric” telephone handset engineering.  Capable of operating after a flood or a nuke.

I am very upset.

And as if to rub my nose it (i.e., EOL), google helpfully offers me a selection of upgrades.

ARGH cubed!

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‘Planned obsolescence is the craziest thinking in the world’: Apple hits back at claims it designs iPhones to fail so consumers have to buy a new one

  • VP of marketing Greg Joswiak refuted that Apple uses ‘planned obsolescence’
  • In an interview with noted Apple blogger John Gruber, he called those claims ‘about the craziest thinking in the world’ saying the firm wouldn’t do that
  • Joswiak said Apple paid special attention to older devices with iOs 12 update
  • Comments come as Apple gave customers discounts for battery throttling
  • Apple has been charging £25 ($29) for replacements since December

PUBLISHED: 19:07 EDT, 7 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:18 EDT, 7 June 2018

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Yeah, right.  I believe that!


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