SOFTWARE: Google’s PhotoScan app RECOMMENDED

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

https://www.google.com/photos/scan/

“Get the photo scanner from the future”

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OK, I’m a sucker for apps, phones, and all technology gadgets and tchotchkes (NB: I’ve been criticized all to often for using big and or strange words so now I am linking to their meaning. OK?) (NB: A “gadget” becomes a “tchotchke” when it: (a) doesn’t work as advertised; (b) breaks; (c) gets purplanted by a better gadget; or (d) I lose a part of it — usually the power supply. I have an old digital video camera waiting for me to find the power cord to it.)

I read about the app somewhere — I’d have thought Google would let me know about it … … personally — and downloaded it BECAUSE I have a ton of old framed pictures that I was considering HOW to digitize. It’d be a lot work to take them out of the frame — if they’d survive that — scan them and put them back.

So this holiday, I tried it on two framed pictures. 

Judge for yourself the results.

2016 00xxx xx shore group

and

File Dec 26 10 17 47

Very impressive, no?

Anyway, I’m impressed. 

As usual, FWIW and YMMV.

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RANT: Kvetch from long ago and far away

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sorry to say, I haven’t written this. It was of interest to me at the disinterest in my power problems by employees of the various companies to who I turned to for help. (I was paying and not asking for charity.) Special excoriation for Dell, Sams Club, WalMark, OfficeDepot, Staples, the two 24 hour laptop repair firms in Vegas, and the pawn shop (it advertised computers, but had none). The only bright spot was Brookstones. Their EWR employee sold me something he thought would work (it didn’t) but correctly told me of their return policy. Their LAS employee accepted the return with no problem and showed me what I should have been sold. She made an interesting observation that the if the EWR site didn’t have the CORRECT one, he could have checked with the LAS site and they would have had it for me when I arrived. I intended to compliment them on that idea. The young women in Vegas is a gem. Sigh, now I have to try to make the midnight deadline for Jasper Jottings.

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I found this on my old phone. I don’t know when I wrote it, but I thought it was worth sharing.

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HARDWARE: Drone on drone action

Friday, December 23, 2016

https://youtu.be/32IPBmcwplQ

This makes me want to get one

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ISP: Leave Yahoo email ASAP

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/leave-yahoo-quit-move-gmail/

It’s Time to Leave Yahoo: How to Quit and Move to Gmail Right Now
Ben Stegner  December 20, 2016

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For the second time in recent months, Yahoo has been hit with a security breach. This time, Yahoo announced that hackers stole details from a billion accounts in August 2013.

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I’m not a fan of giving control of your email to anyone even GMAIL.

That being said you should leave Yahoo. It’s going the way of Blackberry.

May I suggest that you have your own domain? The common wisdom, or is that common whizdumb, is to own your own name as a domain name. I own “reinke.cc”. (I like saying “sea sea me at reinke.cc”! me@reinke.cc will actually work!) It gives one quite a bit of control. And, it’s very cheap.

I know three solutions at 15$/year using wordpressdotcom with gmail, 25$/year email only with 1and1, and 60$/year for domain+email+webspace also at 1and1. My point is not that you should use 1and1. http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 I could care less which one you use.

It’s that getting on to your own domain with email is cheap and easy. And, it’s not hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. It IS your own “personal brand”.

I use my own domain to receive mail and GMAIL to “handle it”.

Works very nicely.

YMMV. FWIW.

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SOFTWARE: How useless is the IOS Wallet App?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Apple Wallet (referred to as simply Wallet) is an application in Apple’s iOS (previously known as Passbook in iOS 6 to iOS 8) that allows users to store coupons, boarding passes, event tickets, store cards and, starting with iOS 8.1, credit cards, loyalty cards, and debit cards via Apple Pay.

Wallet (application) – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallet_(application)

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As far as I can determine, it only supports SOME cards. 

It does Walgreens, but not CVS.

Argh!

Am I missing something?

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AND TDBANK locks up your phone until you verify the use. 

Argh!

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Lafayette CSC was easiest.

USAA was easier.

But I couldn’t store my keene library card.

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: Google Docs has a limit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016-Nov-30

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How do I insert date and time in a document 

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Argh!

It was so easy in Word. 

Guess I’ll have to try it in pages.

Argh!

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How do I insert date and time in a document


TECHNOLOGY: Tom Woods reports that academia and old media is ignored

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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I’m just Mr. Good News lately.

This week I reported on falling profits at the New York Times, as well as my car giveaway (I’m giving away a 2017 Kia Soul, as you know from yesterday’s email).

And today it’s this:

American academics have zero impact on anything.

Five different people sent me an article on this today. It made me happy.

American academia is dominated by left-liberalism. Some good work is done. Lots of forgettable, insignificant, or insane work is done.

And most of it, thank heavens, is not read.

Some 82 percent of articles in professional humanities journals have not been cited even once, ever.

It’s estimated that the typical academic journal article is read by no more than 10 people. In some fields, that’s actually a vast overestimate.

As academia has become more and more isolated from the normal experiences of regular Americans, so too have professors begun to offer fewer and fewer policy recommendations.

In the 1930s and 1940s, 20 percent of articles in the American Political Science Review focused on policy recommendations. Now 0.3 percent do.

And that’s all to the good, if you ask me.

The New York Times is hemorrhaging ad revenue, and nobody is listening to the left-liberal academic echo chamber.

Now go celebrate.

Tom Woods

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I agree. It’s about time that the Sheeple ignore their “leaders” and do what’s right.

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