LINKEDIN: “Save to Contacts” feature removed silently

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/43372

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Note: As part of our ongoing efforts to invest our resources in building a better LinkedIn, we’re retiring the Save to Contacts feature on February 25, 2016. You’ll still access all of the Contacts you’ve previously saved by going to your Connections list, choosing the Filter By Tag option, and selecting the Saved_Contacts tag.

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I used this feature a lot.

It just disappeared. 

Hence I’m dropping the premium feature of LinkedIn.

Sad, when these “services” go rogue.

Guess they don’t need my money!

Too bad. Argh!

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HARDWARE: Maybe a fix for WiFi’s poor performance?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

http://fortune.com/2016/02/23/eero-home-networking-review/

Struggle with Wi-Fi speeds and coverage in your home? Eero has the answer.

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A year ago, startup Eero surfaced with a bold claim: It had developed a product that would fix Wi-Fi in our homes. Using a series of small white boxes, Eero would create a smart network capable of providing a consistent connection to Wi-Fi hungry devices throughout your home.

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Steep price for a better experience.

One thing is for sure the current crop of wireless routers provided by ISPs are all no bargain.

I have FIOS, Optimum, and TWC. Gal pal has another optimum setup.

Performance is AT BEST less than perfect; in Gal Pal’s case almost unusable.

She is much less demanding and much more tolerant of the flaws than I am.

My standard is I pay to use it; not work around it, debug it, and reset things.

Argh!

Maybe I should go back to IT leadership as a career. At least, I might be able to fix the Customer experience?

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HARDWARE: iPhone Power Cord pet peeve

Monday, February 22, 2016

http://www.instructables.com/id/IPhone-Power-Cord-Protection-With-Shrink-Tubing/

iPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

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The iPhone is a significant investment but the power cord is surprisingly vulnerable to kinks and tears. To protect against this I applied a two inch length of shrink tubing. This serves to reinforce the collar.

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Pet peeve.

Every Apple cord has this type of damage.

(Except for the brand new one I have that I haven’t used yet. Argh!)

More than their resistance to break their security, how about they put another penny in to the cords?

Double Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Einstein Theory Proven Correct

Monday, February 15, 2016

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/11/major-einstein-theory-proven-correct-and-theorist-says-the-discovery-is-as-important-as-galileos-telescope/

Major Einstein Theory Proven Correct — and Theorist Says the Discovery Is as Important as Galileo’s Telescope
Feb. 11, 2016 10:50am
Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves – the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

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Now we need to hear what this really means.

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TECHNOLOGY: Driverless anything will dramatically disrupt the economy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

http://observer.com/2016/02/why-driverless-cars-will-screech-to-a-halt/

OPINION
Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt
The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge
By Steven Hill • 02/09/16 8:42am

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.

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I wouldn’t mind having a “driverless car”. 

I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.

It will hugely disrupt the economy. Hard to imagine all the impacts.

Great for the senior citizens who should no longer be driving.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.


TECHNOLOGY: Airlander 10 originally developed as part of a US Army project

Friday, February 12, 2016

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3438477/World-s-largest-aircraft-gets-ready-300ft-long-Airlander-10-final-preparations-ahead-month-s-flight.html

World’s largest aircraft gets ready for take-off: 300ft-long Airlander 10 is put through its final preparations ahead of next month’s flight

  • Airlander 10 was originally developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012
  • A British company is now converting the aircraft – a cross between an airship and an aeroplane – into civilian use
  • It recently took off inside its hangar in Bedfordshire for the first time so engineers could add the finishing touches
  • Engines and fins are being fitted this week and the 300-ft (93 metre) craft will make its debut test flight next month 

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 9 February 2016 | UPDATED: 05:54 EST, 9 February 2016

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Three years since work began on the Airlander 10, engineers are putting the final touches on the giant aircraft described as ‘part plane, part helicopter.’

The 300ft-long (93 metres) Airlander was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses. It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire.

The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium – enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools -in a test run last October and now the engines and fins are being fitted ahead of next month’s flight.

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Wow, some beautiful piece of work!

Speechless.

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TECHNOLOGY: Worried about remote overrides to stop stolen car?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/01/31/tech-q-saving-money-on-internet-finding-wi-fi-dead-spots.html?intcmp=hpff

TECHTech Q&A: Saving money on Internet, finding Wi-Fi dead spots
By Kim Komando  Published January 31, 2016  The Kim Komando Show

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Q. I love the technology coming out in high-end cars. When do you think I’ll get it in an affordable car?

A. You can expect high-end features like autopilot, “driver overrides” that take control before a crash, and remote overrides to stop stolen cars, in most cars by 2020. However, add-ons like heads-up-displays, fingerprint key fobs and dash cams should be available sooner, and you can even find some now. Learn more about car tech you’ll see soon that will keep you safe.

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Well, they better improve security before they do this. 

I can see the bad guys following a pretty young girl until they come to an “opportune location” and hitting the “remote override stop”. Instant victim.

Yes, maybe I’m paranoid who sees monsters behind every turn.

“Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” — Andy Grove

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