SOFTWARE: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

According to NASA, the aerospace company didn’t perform a full ‘end-to-end’ integration test of the software designed to automate maneuvers after the craft is launched into space.

Source: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

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Boeing is not having a good 12 months.

Someone cut one corner too many … again.

Wonder how many heads will roll?

Will this be like an auditor having Enron on their resume?

Could be career equivalent of the “kiss of death”.

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SOFTWARE: Switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”

2019-Nov-09

Shocking Proof How Google Censors Health News
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/joseph-mercola/shocking-proof-how-google-censors-health-news/

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​Have to switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”?​

https://duckduckgo.com/

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SOFTWARE: The app what3words can save frustration and maybe more

2019-Oct-07

Recently went to the Octoberfest at:

Deutscher Club of Clark 787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, New Jersey 07066, United States
///ranged.after.accent

It was mobbed. More than ususal. And, once again, we had trouble finding our firends.

If only, they were what3words Users!

They could have told me EXACTLY where on the property they were.

///making.vest.doctor (or https://what3words.com/making.vest.doctor)

And we would have linked up without the searching.

And, in case your wondering, cell phones were unusable because of poor signal and the loud music.

Argh!

It’s a great tool that EVERYONE should have for that one time when you really need it.

imho

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SOFTWARE: Microsoft Word — wonder how I can do … …

Microsoft Word — wonder how I can do … …

… …

… … I want a block of text in two places in a document and “live”.

Meaning if I update either, then the change is reflected in both places.

Any one have an idea how to do it?

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SOFTWARE: Google’s PhotoScan app RECOMMENDED

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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SOFTWARE: How useless is the IOS Wallet App?

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: Apple’s email has a poor design

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Validation
Yesterday at 7:11 PM
 
FromiCloud
Toreinkefj

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

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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?

Argh!

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

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

SOFTWARE: New release of Portable Software/USB for Windoze

https://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/editorial/?source=psp

Portable software for USB, portable, and cloud drives

Brought to you by: chriswombatcritternycmarkomlm

Editor’s ReviewRead User Reviews

PortableApps is an open source, application launcher that you install directly to your USB or cloud drive and use on any PC. You can download hundreds of portable applications from the PortableApps integrated directory, like Firefox, Skype, and more. This means you take your browser with your bookmarks and extensions, your office suite, your photo editor, your music collection, your games, your development tools, and more with you everywhere you go. And because everything stays on your drive, every PC becomes your PC. Additional features include integrated backup, interface themes, a search option, support for personal files, favorites and more. 

PortableApps.com at a Glance

It took a few minutes to install the PortableApps Platform, and several more to install six apps including ClamWin, Firefox, GIMP, KeePass, Skype, and Stellarium. To start, we launched the heavyweight GIMP without a hitch, while each additional app opened just as quickly. The idea of carrying apps around on a USB seems plausible but the idea of loading the PortableApps Platform to Dropbox, or the like, seems like an even better idea. So, without further adieu, consider trying the PortableApps Platform, especially if you’ve been thinking about the best way to take your apps for a joy ride. 

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of PortableApps’ features: 

  • Take your apps everywhere—PortableApps lets you carry all your favorite apps on a portable device or cloud drive and use them on any PC.
  • Use a portable device, cloud directory, or local drive—The PortableApps Platform comes with a smart installer that easily installs your environment to a portable device, a cloud drive (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), or a local PC, so you can safely back up data to the cloud.
  • Quickly find and install apps—PortableApps has a built-in app store that lists apps by category, title, or new and recently updated so you can install the apps you want with just a few clicks. And there’s no download limit.
  • Easily organize apps—Grow and organize your app collection with folders that group them automatically or as you see fit. Pick favorites and have the menu learn what to keep up front and center. Or use the search to find what you’re looking for.
  • Easily update apps—When a new security fix for your browser is released or a new feature in your favorite game is available, the PortableApps Updater automatically lets you know. Just click a button and the updates are downloaded and installed without messing up your settings and saved files.
  • Personalize your app menu—With a dozen bundled themes, each with a rainbow of color selections, the PortableApps Platform lets you pick a different look every day for months and never have the same menu twice.
  • Take your fonts along too—The PortableApps Platform supports the ability to carry fonts on your portable device and use them with your portable software without needing to install them on the local machine.
  • Advanced Features—The PortableApps Platform has the power and the options to work the way you want. And if there’s something we haven’t added that you’d like to see, just ask in the forums. We add new features every month!

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Always handy for when you have a windoze box to work on.

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SOFTWARE: “rm -rf”

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/man-accidentally-deletes-his-entire-company-with-one-line-of-bad-code-a6984256.html

Man accidentally ‘deletes his entire company’ with one line of bad code‘
I feel sorry to say that your company is now essentially dead,’ one person on a coding forum advised Marco Marsala
Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin 15 minutes  ago

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A man appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code.

By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, hosting provider Marco Marsala has seemingly removed all trace of his company and the websites that he looks after for his customers.

Mr Marsala wrote on a forum for server experts that he was now stuck after having accidentally run destructive code on his own computers. But far from advising them how to fix it, most experts informed him that he had just accidentally deleted the data of his company and its clients, and in so doing had probably destroyed his entire company with just one line of code.

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So where are your backups?

I don’t care what type of User you are. I don’t care if you are a “corporate drone”. I don’t care if you just “play games”. I don’t care if you just use your computer or your phone for notes. 

Where are your backups?

When the computer flames, the service provider goes bust, or the Gooferment shuts you down … …

… … … what will you do?

“Corporate drones” think they are protected by a corporate system. What happens if it just loses YOUR specific work? How’s your annual appraisal going to look?

“Gamers” can just rebut all their games and replay for hours to get where they are today.

“Note takers” can just “forget” every note they’ve taken.

Argh!

Wake up people.

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SOFTWARE: Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-add-emergency-contact-info-to-your-iphone-lock-screen/

Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen
A simple tweak to your existing wallpaper might just save your life — or at least help recover a lost phone.
by Rick Broida  @cheapskateblog / December 17, 20149:07 AM PST

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The reason we password-protect our phones is simple: If it gets stolen, the thief can’t access all our data. But there’s a flipside: If your phone is lost, or you’ve been injured and someone is trying to call your family, there’s no way to access your ICE (In Case of Emergency) info.

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I did it to mine. What about you?

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SOFTWARE: IOS “health app” can NOT accept BP

I happened to click on the IOS IPHONE “HEALTH” app. Just out of curiosity. 

It can interface with other apps to record steps for example.

But you can’t input BP.

That seems to be a glaring oversight. And, something I would have used.

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: iMessage on the MAC OS X doesn’t report completely

Found a confusing “use case” with iMessage on the MAC OS X:

Sent two texts this morning, one worked and one failed repeatedly.

Figured out why it was failing, duh.

I text from the mac because I like the full keyboard. I text X and Y every morning and night. (“I’m alive … still!”)

This morning X’s went through to her iPhone as usual, but Y’s didn’t.

Then I realized iMessage uses the iPhone to text Y with SMS. And my iPhone was out of power. And, the MAC version of iMessage just reports: “not sent”.

Which technically is true, but it should say something like “no response from your Iphone, dummy”. Argh!

Strike one for a poor design. Or is that “a feature”?

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: Can’t shift “content” that I bought to something useable

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/its-still-illegal-to-rip-dvd-and-blu-ray-discs-for-personal-use/#p3

It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use
Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.
by David Kravets – Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

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Because there is no encryption on CD music discs, however, owners of them are free to make backup copies or shift the tracks to a digital format under the concept of fair use. “These results continue to show the flaws in the law and the process of the DMCA. Even though the law clearly allows consumers to move their media between their personal devices, the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights allow the smallest mote of uncertainty to keep a common-sense activity illegal,” said Sherwin Siy, the vice president for legal affairs at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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I am STILL <synonym for having produced urine output> off.

I have tons of “content” and I can not easily, quickly, or legally transform it to something useable.

Argh!

I PAID for it. But I can’t “have” it.

That’s just wrong.

The Law is an idiot.

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SOFTWARE: ABANDONWARE should be “free”

http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/10/fighting-to-keep-abandoned-games-dead/?ncid=rss_truncated

Publishers are fighting to keep abandoned games dead
Jessica Conditt | @jessconditt | April 10th 2015 at 3:23 pm

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends civil liberties in the digital world, is facing off against the Entertainment Software Association, the organization that represents most major video game publishers in the US. The EFF wants to allow players to put abandoned games back online and has asked the US Copyright Office for an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This would allow players to legally modify the code of online games that are no longer supported by publishers, in the hope of reconnecting these titles to new, third-party servers. This includes games like Battlefield 1942, Star Wars: Battlefront, SOCOM 4, Resistance: Fall of Man and Mario Kart Wii. Many modern games rely on servers to function; if Activision pulled the plug on Destiny, for example, even its single-player campaign would disappear, since the entire game needs an online connection.

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I’ve often thought that ABANDONWARE and Out-of-print-books should be in the “public domain”.

When we, as a society, seek to encourage writing by means of the “copy right”, then it’s is incumbent on the writer to keep his copyrighted published work available. When a book is “out of print”, the copyright should lapse or suspend.

Argh!

It’s like the content creator reneges on their side of the bargain.

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SOFTWARE: Easy installs are not always secure

I have been playing with wikis.

I use two Website Service Providers.

(One for “production” and the other for “fun”.)

So I slapped up a MEDIAWIKI on WSP#1 and in short order it was being used by Chinese hackers.

Nuked it. And still trying to get WSP#1 to unsuspend the account.

So i put up MEDIAWIKI on WSP#2 and in short order it was being used by some other hackers.

Nuked it.

So I put up TIKI WIKI which looks like it installs in more secure start up mode.

It doesn’t install correctly.

Argh!

Depending upon how I make out with WSP#1 and WSP#2, I’ll reveal the identities at later date.

YMMV

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SOFTWARE: 19 Year Old Windows bug!

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2849288/microsoft-subnet/how-does-a-windows-bug-go-undetected-for-19-years.html#tk.NWWNLE_nlt_microsoft_2014-11-20

MICROSOFT EXPLORER
By Andy Patrizio
How does a Windows bug go undetected for 19 years?

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By now you have likely heard of the 19-year-old Windows bug found by IBM late last week. If not, here’s the tl;dr version of it: IBM found a vulnerability in VBScript, Microsoft’s alternative to JavaScript which was introduced in Internet Explorer 3.0 and ran on Windows 95. Even today, the bug is impervious to the sandboxing features in Internet Explorer 11

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“New” isn’t completely “new”?

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: UPDATE MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

SOFTWARE: MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks
2014-Oct-20

Get a ton of spinning lollypops every time I do a task switch or just at random times.

Guess this is how they force me to buy new hardware?

Argh!

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2014-Oct-21

After several reboots, one reboot was different.

I had lollypops so bad made it unusable.

I force quit everything. Powered down.

Waited a half inning.

Power up.

It did something different.

A green ball with a progress bar.

A minute or two.

Logon screen presents.

Seems to be running better.

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SOFTWARE: MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

2014-Oct-20

Get a ton of spinning lollypops every time I do a task switch or just at random times.

Guess this is how they force me to buy new hardware?

Argh!

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2014-Oct-21

After several reboots, one reboot was different.

I had lollypops so bad made it unusable.

I force quit everything. Powered down. 

Waited a half inning.

Power up. 

It did something different.

A green ball with a progress bar.

A minute or two.

Logon screen presents.

Seems to be running better.

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SORTWARE: IOS8 HEALTH is lame

The IOS8 upgrade carries a “HEALTH” app to the first screen.

(Even if I didn’t want it. At least “TIPS” went on the last page.)

It’s OBVIOUSLY a placeholder.

The select an emergency contact feature doesn’t work. 

And it does NOT have a provenance, versioning, or linkage to other “health” data sources.

Not Apple’s best work.

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SOFTWARE: recommending CHROME REMOTE DESKTOP

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-remote-desktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp/related?hl=en

Chrome Remote Desktop

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Access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet.
Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.

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As always, “TPIR” (http://www.priceisright.com/), and YMMV!

But I like it.

I’m recommending it.

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SOFTWARE: Freeplane for mind mapping

https://sourceforge.net/blog/june-2014-project-of-the-month-freeplane/

The Community Choice Project of the Month (POTM) for June is Freeplane, which is an application that supports mind mapping and analyzing information contained in mind maps. Congratulations to the Freeplane project on being voted as the June 2014 Community Choice POTM.

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I love “mind mapping”.

I really don’t understand why it doesn’t become more popular.

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SOFTWARE: EVERNOTE

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/jeremy-andenberg/30-ways-to-improve-your-life-and-work/

One App to Rule Them All: 30 Ways Evernote Can Improve Your Life
By Jeremy Andenberg
The Art of Manliness
February 24, 2014

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7. Grocery list. Our household goes through endless scraps of paper for meal planning and grocery lists. They end up lost more often than not. Create your weekly list in Evernote, share it with your wife or roommates, and everyone will be on the same page. You can each add items to the list as you think of them instead of risking forgetting and needing to make a return trip to the market.

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Argh!

I’m trying be serious here.

I need a pick list in any of the three “super” markets I use.

And, it would nice if the app gave me a solution that is the lowest cost.

Watson? (Not Wilson!) where are u?

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SOFTWARE: BLUEGRIFFON chokes on an errant copy and paste

2014-Mar-09

In doing my weekly Jasper Jottings, I was delayed by a data formatting error.

Apparently, when I posted an article in the daily blog, using MARSEDIT, some how the article was posted as the title.

I didn’t realize it and did a copy and paste from MARSEDIT into BLUEGRIFFON.

That cause BLUEGRIFFON to make the page width six times larger than it needed to be.

Took a break.

When I came back to it, I did CNTL Z’s until BLUEGRIFFON restored the page size.

Then the hunt for what was causing the problem.

Repeated the cut’n’paste into SIMULTRON5 text editor. Couldn’t see anything. Back into BLUEGRIFFON same result.

Deleted all the blank lines and made sure that each line had an EOL on it.

Cut’n’paste back to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted just the text part of the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; that worked correctly.

Resumed and everything was now right with the world.

Argh!

Still don’t really understand what happened.

The issue went out about 8 hours late.

Argh!

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