HARDWARE: Drone on drone action

Friday, December 23, 2016


This makes me want to get one


ISP: Leave Yahoo email ASAP

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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.


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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

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

It does Walgreens, but not CVS.


Am I missing something?

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


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Lafayette CSC was easiest.

USAA was easier.

But I couldn’t store my keene library card.


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SOFTWARE: Google Docs has a limit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


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How do I insert date and time in a document 

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It was so easy in Word. 

Guess I’ll have to try it in pages.


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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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SOFTWARE: Apple’s email has a poor design

Friday, November 4, 2016

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Yesterday at 7:11 PM

Dear XXXX@me.com

Your Mail Outgoing and Incoming is blocked. Reason : Daily Mail Bounce Count Exceeds Limit [ Bounce count=10 ]

Please follow the link below to unblock yourself:

Update Now

This is an automated message, please do not reply to this mail
Mac Team 2016

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The link points to http://inkallpatours.com/cgi/index.html

How can Apple design such poor software that it doesn’t highlight an obvious forgery?


While it had little chance of fooling me — a quick email from gmail and visa versa proved it “lame” — I wonder how many it does catch?

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Dear reinkefj@me.com

Your Mail Outgoing and Incoming is blocked. Reason : Daily Mail Bounce Count Exceeds Limit [ Bounce count=10 ]

Please follow the link below to unblock yourself:

Update Now

This is an automated message, please do not reply to this mail
Mac Team 2016

HARDWARE: My first night with a BPAP machine

Sunday, October 30, 2016

For those that know me, I don’t sleep well. And, evidently, I was getting worse.

I bought a FITBIT Surge for the “sleep stats” it would give me. Being an ingineer, I like “evidence based” decisions.

The initial results were troubling — 100+ steps in my sleep, terrible awake / restless numbers, and the “heart rate” was in the 80 to 120 range. The pattern continued.


So off to the doc I went.

After an initial visit and screening, a sleep study was ordered.

(Giant PIA)

That reported that I had very bad sleep apnea where I was over “60”. That meant I was breathing 60+ times per hour. (That’s scary!)


So a machine was ordered. 

I was pretty skeptical until a friend related her relative’s experience — untreated, diagnosed later with a n enlarged heart due to the struggle to supply oxygenated blood to the body, he went on to heart problems with a long list of drugs, complications, and hospitalizations, leading to eventual death from a heart attack.

That got my attention.

So, what were my “results” from the first night?

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I’d say that was a dramatic improvement.

I’d agree that having a “headset on your nose” is a “pain in the a double q”, but it seems worthwhile.

SO, for those that snore, here’s some anecdotal evidence that you should look into it further.

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