TECHNOLOGY: EV cars seems to have some BIG problems — with recharging

Sans Garage
By eric-
April 15, 2021

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There are many obvious problems with electric cars as mass-market cars, most of which have been discussed. But there’s one that’s regularly overlooked:

The lack of mass-garaging.

Having a garage, of course, is not a necessity. But without one, owning – charging – an EV becomes more . . . problematic.

Without a garage – and the electrical outlets most garages have – where do you plug the electric car in overnight to recharge? An extension cord can be run from an outlet inside the house sans garage to the car parked outside – assuming you have a long enough cord.

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As a fat old white guy “e-leck-trick-cal” injineer, I know a little bit amount moving electrons.  Clearly recharging is going to be an issue in several ways.  L think that this point about recharging infrastructure is a killer.  Anyone who has recharged a phone or laptop knows how long it takes,  Now imagine if your car is unusable while you’re waiting.


SOFTWARE: EVERNOTE can’t sort the contents of a note.

Earl John S. (Evernote Help and Learning)

Apr 9, 2021, 10:04 PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for contacting Evernote Support.

I understand that you are unable to find an option to sort the contents of a note, and if it is not possible, you want to know why it isn’t.

In Evernote, you can sort your notes but not its contents. This feature is not yet built in the Evernote app. However, thank you for sharing this good idea with us. It’s super valuable in helping us build the best Evernote we can. I’ve gone ahead and made note of this for our development team. While we can’t commit to getting all feature requests into the product, we do rely on our community to tell us what they’d like to see in the future. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other ideas.

Your ideas and feedbacks are incredibly valuable to us so we built a new “Share Feedback” button into the app to make it quick and easy for you to send us your thoughts. If you are using a Mac, you can find the “Share feedback” by clicking the “Help > Share feedback” in the menu bar (Please see attached image). The comments go directly to our product team. I encourage you to use the button to submit your feedbacks and ideas.

I hope this helps.

Please message us again if you have any outstanding concerns.

Best Regards,

Earl John S.
Customer Support Representative

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Seems like a simple straight forward function to have?


TECHNOLOGY: Digital services ARE “common carriers”

BULLETINS Justice Thomas argues for making Facebook, Twitter and Google utilities
Thomas argues that some digital platforms are “sufficiently akin” to common carriers like telephone companies.
Issie Lapowsky
April 5, 2021

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Thomas argues that while private companies aren’t subject to the First Amendment, common carriers are unique to other private businesses in that they do not have the “right to exclude.” Thomas suggests that large tech platforms with substantial market power should be bound by the same restrictions. “If the analogy between common carriers and digital platforms is correct, then an answer may arise for dissatisfied platform users who would appreciate not being blocked: laws that restrict the platform’s right to exclude,” Thomas writes.

Such a restriction would substantially curb tech giants’ ability to moderate content, a proposal that both tech giants and those on the left who want to see more aggressive content moderation online would almost certainly reject.

Thomas goes on to describe the sheer scope of Facebook and Google’s market power, citing Facebook’s roughly 3 billion users and Google’s 90% market share in search. “It changes nothing that these platforms are not the sole means for distributing speech or information. A person always could choose to avoid the toll bridge or train and instead swim the Charles River or hike the Oregon Trail,” Thomas writes. “But in assessing whether a company exercises substantial market power, what matters is whether the alternatives are comparable. For many of today’s digital platforms, nothing is.”

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And, as I have often posted before, if they want to moderate content, then they should be responsible for ALL content!


APPLICATION: Gmail can’t use different stars in filters; frustrating to me

Become a Gmail pro with these 10 tools and tips
Check out these Gmail tips for accessing multiple accounts at once, setting up filters and more.
Shelby Brown  
April 2, 2021 9:41 a.m. PT

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Labels can make your inbox way more manageable. They’re kind of like filters (and you can set up a filter to send an email to certain labels). Labels live in the sidebar where you’ll find Inbox, Sent, Junk and other folders. Scroll down at click Create New Label. From there, you can name your label as well as group labels.

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A filter can only yellow star a message.

I haven’t been able to figure out a work around.

Eventually this may “cook GMAIL’s goose” with me.

Maybe it’s time to move on?


HARDWARE: Do as I say; not as I do


OK, I have put my coffee tray on my truck set many many times.

Today, it cost me when I spilt two large DD coffees on my seat.  

So was my laptop.

It appears that I now have a problem or three — sticky keys, a partially damaged screen, and some power issues.

New machine comes in tomorrow.

Reminds me of why I like CHROMEBOOKS.  Cheap and cloud based.

If only MARSEDIT would run on the CHROMEBOOK, then I’d have migrated completely years ago.

Oh well, live and learn!



TECHNOLOGY: Take Control of Your Online Presence

‘Digital Anti-Hate’ Group Puts Dr. Mercola on Hit List
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
March 17, 2021

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For example, free-speech alternatives to Facebook and Twitter include Gab, MeWe, Minds and Parler. Uncensored alternatives to YouTube include Bitchute, Rumble, Brighteon, and Thinkspot.

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Take Control of Your Online Presence

Beyond that, consider safeguarding your own online privacy if you haven’t done so already. To encrypt your text messages and keep them from becoming data mining fodder, download the Signal or Telegram app and/or use a virtual private network (VPN) on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

Telegram has grown in popularity as many who have been banned on other social media platforms have migrated there. In addition to encrypting your text messages, the app also allows you to subscribe to channels. Read-only messages (although some also have the ability to comment) are sent to your phone from any channel you subscribe to.

Lastly, if you care about privacy and free speech, stop using any and all Google products, including its search engine, browser, email service, Google docs, Google Home devices, Fitbit and Android phones. There are alternatives to all of them.

For search, check out DuckDuckGo and SwissCows. For a browser, consider Brave or Opera. From a security perspective, Opera is far superior to Google Chrome and even includes a free VPN service. For encrypted email, sign up with ProtonMail, which is based in Switzerland. As for online document sharing, Digital Trends has published an article listing a number of alternatives to Google Docs.

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I think this is an excellent list of alternatives.

And, I’m on many if not all of his suggestions.

You should be too.


TECHNOLOGY: The shopping and delivery trend

Streaming, shopping and delivery: Why COVID may have changed our habits forever
The pandemic made subscription services like grocery delivery and streaming part of daily life. We examine what’s changed and what it means for the future.
Shelby Brown  
March 17, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT

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“I’ll likely go out to stores I enjoy browsing in, but I doubt I’ll go back regular grocery shopping. It’s just too convenient,” she said. “At the end of the day, I’ll pay a little more to have it delivered so I can spend some extra time with my daughter at home than spend 2 hours at the grocery store, shopping.”

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Out of a sample size of two young women grocery shoppers, I know one who is NOT going back to the old way of schlepping to the grocery store.

The other is a tactile strap of consciousness lady who wants to see and feel stuff.

But I do think the author has identified a trend.

In my case, I’m lazy and, as a child, my sainted Mother used to drag me to go shopping many Saturdays.  Hence, I HATE it.  So for as much as like the power of Big Tech, I’m a keyboard warrior when it comes to shopping.

No going back for me unless I’m dragged into it.


TECHNOLOGY: Speaking of old technology … … Laugh!

The television disrupted internet connections for the village when it was turned on every morning
Adam Smith@adamndsmith Tuesday 22 September 2020 14:41

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TIL that for 18 months, a village in Wales was mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed at 7am every morning, until engineers “picked up a large burst of electrical interference” springing from one dude turning on his very old TV.

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And they didn’t even buy him a new TV?

I’d have “traded” it with them or begun to turn it off and on several times a day.

But, then I am just grumpy old fart.


TECHNOLOGY: The FBI Should Stop Attacking Encryption

The FBI Should Stop Attacking Encryption and Tell Congress About All the Encrypted Phones It’s Already Hacking Into

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The first step is to start keeping track of what’s happening. Congress should require that federal law enforcement agencies create detailed audit logs and screen recordings of digital searches. And we agree with Upturn that agencies nationwide should collect and publish aggregated information about how many phones were searched, and whether those searches involved warrants (with published warrant numbers), or so-called consent searches. Agencies should also disclose what tools were used for data extraction and analysis.

Congress should also consider placing sharp limits on when consent searches can take place at all. In our January blog post, we suggest that such searches be banned entirely in high-coercion settings like traffic stops, and suggest some specific limits that should be set in less-coercive settings.

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As a little L libertarian, my first step would be “no warrant; no search”.  PERIOD!


TECHNOLOGY: Google Pay loses functionality permanently

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First, starting on April 5th, the following features will no longer be available from the old app and at

Ability to send, request or receive money

View of your recent activity or transaction history

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That sounds like a pretty big change to me.

Guess google can’t compete with all the other ways to “send, request, or receive” money?

No impact to me, but maybe to Google’s Users of their phones?


TECHNOLOGY: Paytrust changes their UI and makes it unusable

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Unfortunately, the old interface is no longer available. We understand that the new interface takes some time getting used to and we are definitely here to assist. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you need further assistance with the new interface, please contact us at 800-729-8787 for your bill payment needs. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve your bill payment needs.

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What a way to lose Customers!

What pain in the A-double-Q to change out.


Oh well, an idea who’s time has past.

I wonder who did their User Interface design.


TECHNOLOGY: New GE Washer needs a unavailable software upgrade?


Bought a brand new GE washer from Lowes.  

Had to wait for delivery.

Finally got it installed.

Came in one day and it sounds like it’s draining.  Unplugged it and plugged it back in.  All quiet.  A fluke?

Came in another day and the same thing,  Left it unplugged and scheduled service.

Service guys came and said: “Oh yeah they should have know that this model needs a software upgrade to fix random draining. The upgrade should be available between mid and end January. You just have to install it.  We’ll leave the report open in case that it doesn’t fix the problem.”


No one’s problem but mine!



TECHNOLOGY: Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data | Sharyl Attkisson

Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data DATED: DECEMBER 14, 2020 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON LEAVE A COMMENT Report released by Michigan court today Dominion software said to have an incredibly high 68% error rate, “by design” 2020 election data illegally deleted on Nov. 4, according to the Plaintiff’s forensic report Plaintiff’s attorney claims the forensics exam proves fraud, which Dominion and Antrim County, Michigan officials deny Plaintiff’s attorney says the forensics explain the mysterious 6,000 vote “accident” in Antrim County, in which Biden was incorrectly declared the winner until a correction showed Trump actually won

Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data | Sharyl Attkisson

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Seems like the machine IS the “smoking gun”!


TECHNOLOGY: MAC OSX 11.01 on MacBook Air (M1, 2020) always has a problem waking up

MacBookAir (M1 2020)

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TECHNOLOGY: MAC OSX 11.01 on MacBook Air (M1, 2020) always has a problem waking up.

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You would think that Apple is getting overwhelmed my automatic reports?


TECHNOLOGY: The search engines rewrite history

Google/YouTube Is Erasing All Evidence of Election Fraud
By Andrea Widburg
American Thinker
December 11, 2020

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Google/YouTube didn’t try to be subtle. It announced on Wednesday that it would delete any videos that so much as mentioned the word “fraud” in connection with Joe Biden’s patently fraudulently ascension to the top of the ticket in the days after the November 3 election. The implications of this are so enormous that it’s currently difficult to assimilate all of them, let alone understand what needs to be done to hang on to American liberty.

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The control of “history” belongs now not only to “the victors” but to the corrupt “lame stream media” and the tech giants who control the search engines.

Hopefully, “We, The Sheeple” will not forget. 

But that is asking a lot for the asleep, the dumb, and the distracted.



TECHNOLOGY: Sounds like “Social Media” won’t be afforded protection from accountability any more

‘Immediately Terminated’: Trump Calls For Abolishing Section 230 In Late Night Tweet
November 27, 202010:22 AM

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Trump and Republicans have argued for years that social media giants like Facebook and Twitter were abusing the immunity to silence conservative voices on their sites.

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Long overdue!


TECHNOLOGY: When does Facebook lose it’s immunity?

USA Today & Facebook Use Slanderous “Fact Check” to Suppress Facts About Illegal Voting By Non-Citizens
By James D. Agresti
November 24, 2020

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A “fact check” by USA Today is defaming a Ph.D.-vetted study by Just Facts that found non-citizens may have cast enough illegal votes for Joe Biden to overturn the lawful election results in some key battleground states. The article, written by USA Today’s Chelsey Cox, contains 10 misrepresentations, unsupported claims, half-truths, and outright falsehoods.

Furthermore, Facebook is using this misinformation to suppress the genuine facts of this issue instead of honoring its policy to “Stop Misinformation and False News.” Compounding this malfeasance, a note at the bottom of Cox’s article states that USA Today’s “fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.” 

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Back in the old BBS’ days, websites were immune to suits as long as they didn’t exercise “editorial control” over the content. 

Like the phone companies weren’t responsible for the conversations they carried, so to Facebook SHOULD be held accountable BECAUSE they are exercising “editorial control’1

When will they be held accountable for their biased “fact checking”, deplatforming, and selective advertising?


TECHNOLOGY: what3words app v4.7: shared lists and widget | what3words

Shared listsLists are an easy way to share recommendations and useful locations with friends, family, hobby groups and teams. Share a list with your top foodie tips in an area, plan a trip with friends, or organise activities around specific locations. All you need to do is generate a link in the app and share it.

Source: what3words app v4.7: shared lists and widget | what3words

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I think this is a neat idea to “mark” and “communicate” places that are not easily addressed in “normal ways”.

And more convenient than Google’s plus codes.



TECHNOLOGY: Was Election Software Rigged? Sidney Powell Lays Out the Trump Team’s Findings.

There are other concerns about how the software can be utilized. The attorney stated software and election officials have the ability to do things like delete ballots, force the machine not to read voters’ signatures or the down ballot. Powell said there’s also the ability for the machine to be programed to only count votes for Biden.

Source: Was Election Software Rigged? Sidney Powell Lays Out the Trump Team’s Findings.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, why would one build in these type of functions?

Only one reason, FRAUD!



TECHNOLOGY: Big Data as evidence of fraud

November 13, 2020
Big Data to the Rescue: The Electoral College Meets Data Pattern Science
By Jay Valentine

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“When subject to statistical analysis against known patterns, industrial fraud stands out like a dinosaur walking through a field of peanut butter. It is unmistakable.”

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Pretty damning evidence IMHO!


TECHNOLOGY: Yet another downgrade — no reduction in price, of course

Hello Ferdinand Reinke,

You are currently using the IONOS Address Book feature.

Since this feature no longer meets our current technical requirements, we will be completely discontinuing the IONOS Address Book on 02/16/2021.

On 12/15/2020, the first step will consist of deactivating the ability to create new contacts or collect them through contact forms on your websites. 

On 02/16/2021, we will turn off the Address Book feature permanently.

Until then, you still have the possibility to retrieve your contact data via the export function as a vCard (VCF file) in order to save them for yourself or to transfer them to a system of your choice. Find out more

IONOS Customer Service

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TECHNOLOGY: Dropping Google and returning to the “less evil” empire of Apple

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Ok, I admit that my attempt to move from Apple to Google was a complete and utter failure.


  • By killing Google Cloud Print, it made my printer “obsolete” with no alternative. (Was the final straw!)
  • Google docs and sheets are no where near as good as Microsoft Office.
  • Google’s “end of life”-ing chromebooks is inexplicable.
  • Google’s 4a offering was “unsubscribable”. (A tech giant should be able to do that!)
  • Google has no support comparable to Apple’s.
  • Google Fi’s beem a disappointment compared to Altice Mobile.


  • Has a remarkable consistency in their infrastructure.
  • While killing iTunes Apple Music, iWeb, and a parade of obsolescence, it has been as disruptive as Google’s “end of life”-ing chromebooks.

I’ll continue to watch the field, but it’s no sense wasting anymore time.

I’ll still recomend chromebooks with the caveats about printing and “end of life”-ing.


(My apologies for the bad advice!)


TECHNOLOGY: Google cleaning out the app’s inventory

Over three years ago, we launched the Trusted Contacts app as a way to help people stay up to date with their loved ones’ whereabouts. Since then, we’ve built this functionality directly into Google Maps with Location Sharing – making it even easier to share your live location with trusted friends and family.

As a result, the Trusted Contacts app will be removed from the App Store and Play Store today, and will stop being supported after December 1, 2020. If the app is installed on your device, you can continue to use it until then.

If you have created trusted contacts, you can download them from the trusted contacts page until December 1, 2020. After that date, the Trusted Contact app will no longer work and your trusted contacts will be unable to see the live location you are sharing with them from the app.

To learn more about Location Sharing in Google Maps, check out our help center.

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Too bad if you were using it.

You really are NOT in control of your tools.

Makes everything that Google “gives” you for “free” suspect that it won’t be there tomorrow.



CHROMEBOOK: LaCros “fixes” “end of life” on Chromebooks?

LaCros Will Change the Way We Use Chromebook
September 12, 2020 by Dinsan Francis | Last Modified: September 12, 2020 

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It will stop getting updates when your Chromebook reaches end of life.

Using a browser that no longer gets software updates is not a safe thing to do. With this change, Google can continue to give you Chrome updates even after stopping support for Chrome OS on your Chromebook.

But that’s not what I am excited about

I use two Chrome profiles on my Mac. One has my personal account. The second profile has the Google account that I use for the blog (Analytics and Search Console, etc).

Whenever I have to switch between these two profiles to complete tasks, I tend to use my Mac. It is not easy to do this on a Chromebook. I cannot switch profiles as I do on my Mac or Windows PC.

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Maybe I don’t understand the need for “End of Life” on Chromebooks. I’ve discarded two as my secondary machine to my primary Mac Book Air. I’d have thought that Google had created the computer that was closest to an appliance like a toaster. But they threw in the EOL as planned obsolesce. Such a shame, because the EOL ones still work.

I never saw a need for “profiles”.


TECHNOLOGY: Ulterior motive of touchscreens in cars?

Rules and Rulers
By  eric – August 10, 2020

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This is considered distracting – and is often illegal for that reason . . . when it comes to the use of cell phones in cars. But it comes standard in almost ever new car. Even more cognitively dissonant is that people are encouraged to be distracted thereby since many of the car’s necessary functions cannot be controlled except via the touchscreen.

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Never thought of it this way.

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

And, I would put it past them to be thinking that.