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”


Shocking Proof How Google Censors Health News

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

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SOFTWARE: The app what3words can save frustration and maybe more


Recently went to the Octoberfest at:

Deutscher Club of Clark 787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, New Jersey 07066, United States

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.

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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.


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


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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

“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


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

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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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