SOFTWARE: FINDFRIENDS interesting application

Interesting use for it. 

My friend Pete’s in the hospital in Jacksonville FL.

I know where is phone is!


I assume he still has it with him.

So, without bothering anyone, I know he’s still there.

Now if it could just tell me the altitude, I’d know if he’s still in ICU or moved to a regular room.


Stalking to a new level.

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SERVICE: GIST goes bye bye; don’t depend on anything in the cloud?

We started Gist in 2008 to make connecting with your key contacts faster and easier to help you create stronger business relationships. In February of 2011, we become part of Research In Motion (RIM) to bring the Gist vision to millions of BlackBerry customers. Since our acquisition we built the BlackBerry Playbook Contacts app and more recently, our team has been tasked with creating the native address book/contact manager for the next generation platform, BlackBerry 10.

In addition to our core focus on the Contacts app, we have been given expanded responsibility for everything social at RIM including BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter apps and instant messaging as well as much of the identity platform, location services and user analytics features.

With all this responsibility, we feel even more empowered to deliver a truly unique and amazing experience for aggregating, enhancing and connecting you deeply with your key contacts. All of this feels pretty exciting, but you may have noticed limited innovation on the core Gist product offering over the last year. In an effort to make the most of our new focus, we have, with heavy hearts, decided to shutdown the stand-alone Gist service. Sigh.

As of today, we are no longer accepting new users and will officially be closing on September 15, 2012. Click here to read the blog post and learn how to get your data out of Gist so you can transition to another service.

The Gist Team

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SERVICE: Annoyance from a dead product


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CardScan @ Your Service Discontinuance Update

Dear DYMO Customer,

As you know, CardScan At Your Service was discontinued at the end of the December. At the request of current AYS users,  we have begun working with a 3rd party software provider that may be able to offer you a similar service to store your contacts. With the new provider, you may able to synchronize your contacts from your local CardScan application with their cloud application.

Additional details about the new provider will be distributed in the coming weeks, however we wanted to make you aware of this offering as soon as administratively possible.

We would like to thank you again for being a valued CardScan user.


The DYMO team


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And, why would I care what you want to do for me? Like I’d trust anyone that you’d recommend. I bought your product (a desktop card scanner) which included your “eternal” update service. First you downgraded the service to eliminate the update. Then you left me high dry. Now you want to “save” me. Argh! Guess what I’d never buy your product or anything with the “Rubbermaid” brand again. Fool me once. I suspect the only reason your doing this is to make a few bucks off the data. Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: KODAK may go Chapter 11; are your pictures backed up

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM, X wrote:

Sent from my iPhone 

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Nah, it’ll just blow out storing pictures. Now if KODAK offered it, I’d be interested.

BTW the impending KODAK chapter 11 has led me to back up all my pictures into SUGARSYNC and I ordered and have an EOY cd.

Can’t depend upon any ONE service provider.


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Word to the wise: Cloud services are useful, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), always worry that they could disappear tomorrow.


Remember the Rawles adage: “Two is one; one is none”. Service providers or survival tools, same rules apply!

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FUN:Luddite sent me a Laughing Baby video!119&parid=E96C39C9B735AB8C!110&authkey=!ABlb_nSM43Bpn4Y

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Yeah the whole 5 Gig file in an email. Argh! So, here it is for your enjoyment. Just the link; take the file if you want it. But why? You can just share the link. Think of all those electrons you’re saving.

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HARDWARE: POGOPLUG becomes much more valuable


For a C Note and an external USB hard drive, you have your own “cloud”. This is an amazing solution. And, the fact, that it has no monthly charge, is stunning.

Put one in a friend’s house and you have off-site backup. And, it doesn’t preclude him putting his own along side it. I can see a lot of mutual back scenarios being created.

Hurry before they raise the price.

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SERVICE: Surprise GMAIL CONTACTS has quotas? Who knew!

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Over contacts quota

Because problems can occur when you have an extremely large number of contacts in your Google Account (note that this number includes the people you’re following on Google Buzz), we’ve implemented some quota restrictions. If you take an action that would put you beyond this limit, we’ll show you an error message.

One common reason for having a large number of contacts is having many duplicate entries. We recommend using the merge tools in your Contact Manager to consolidate your duplicates and make room for new additions.

You can also back up your existing contacts by exporting to a CSV file.

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Another reason “cloud computing” won’t work. Surprises!

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SERVICE: Google password change forced

Google forced me to change a password based on “suspicious activity”.

It gave me no further information.

Google doesn’t enforce three strikes and your out so what use is a password!

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And, next time into GMAIL it asked to verify a secondary email address.

Perhaps, three strikes and you’re out is coming.

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TECHNOLOGY: Cloud computing held hostage to politics

Flickr v. Free Speech. Where Is The Courage?
by Michael Arrington on August 21, 2009

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Flickr really stepped in it this time. And they’ve sparked a free speech and copyright fascism debate that is unlikely to cool down any time soon.

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People are angry over the takedown. There are lots of pictures mocking President Bush on a Time Magazine cover on Flickr that haven’t been removed. And of the Heath Ledger Joker character.

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The “big government socialists” — regardless of party — hide their prejudices in law. We can’t trust “big business”; any more than we can trust “big gooferment”. They are in a symbiotic relationship. Both are big parasites on the poor serf just trying to make a life. Business serves us; companies I’m not so sure of. When they get big or when their liability is limited, that’s when the trouble begins.

Expecting free speech isn’t in their vocabulary.

Cloud computing gives “them” power over content.

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SERVICE: BUG HUNT! WORDPRESSDOTCOM prime suspect; ECTO secondary suspect

I lost content on my Jasper Jottings blog. The the free, and unequaled, wordpressdotcom is the prime suspect. But, it might be ECTO, my secondary suspect.

Only on Jasper Jottings. Happened once last week. Didn’t have time or attention to chase.

Now I do!

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Using ECTO, I posted a story on 7/10. “JBlogger: Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997?] Cancer runner. Donate?”

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When I looked at my FEEDBLITZ daily email collection of stories, one was blank. So I recreated and reposted it with today’s date. It was blank on the site as well (so it wasn’t feedblitz).

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It happened last week, but I didn’t think to much of it. I thought maybe I screwed it up. Today, I’m positive, I didn’t.

I’m not sure it’s the free, and unequaled, wordpressdotcom that has a bug. It could be ecto. But, why all of a sudden, starting last week do I suddenly have a problem? I’ve been using ecto for a while and no updates. Whereas, WP being outside of my control, might have had a change last week. So I suspect, WP. No proof.

But, I’m on a “bug hunt”

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UPDATE: The the free, and unequaled, wordpressdotcom responded that the items were store blank. This makes ECTO prime.

UPDATE: Certain posts, prepositioned, are blank. That content is lost. Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Print On Demand for magazines

A Cloud In Every Garage
Russ Daniels, 05.07.09, 06:00 PM EDT
HP on how cloud computing can help re-ignite the global economy.

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HP has a cloud service, called MagCloud, that makes it possible for anyone to publish a professional-quality magazine and print, promote, sell and deliver it on demand. Printing on demand means no large press runs, no pre-publication expense, no waste.

By eliminating substantial pieces of the physical supply chain, we can offer professional-quality print to a mass audience while reducing the impact on the environment. The same on-demand technology can be extended to book publishing and allow individuals to print customized books, mixing their own content with that of professionals.

Looking ahead, we envision a rich ecosystem of printing services–connecting businesses to businesses and businesses to individuals–that delivers information where, when and how it’s needed.

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Print On Demand for magazines?

I like POD for books. It makes the family history possible. Have to see how this is implemented and how much it costs. Niche magazines might be possible if they are built on a advertising model and if they are dirt cheap. Where will be the margin for the mission?

Reigniting the world economy?


Cloud computing has major problems: version control; payment; and data ownership right off the top of my head.

Maybe I’m just an old fuddy duddy

Besides, connectivity to the cloud is NOT ubiquitous or cheap (i.e., free are very close to it). And the ISPs (i.e., AT&T, the Bells, Comcast, the Cable Companies) have other ideas on how they are going to keep their monopoly and monitize it. And, don’t forget how they are strangling peer 2 peer technology with caps and deep stateful packet inspection (i.e., poisoning).

No, this ain’t the Far East with big pipes to the home and “enlighted” politicial and technology leadership.

The inet may have been an American invention, but it’s going to be the Far East boom 2.0!

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TECHNOLOGY: WGA is one of the reasons I’ve left MSFT

Windows Genuine Advantage is still genuinely bad
Ryan Russell By Ryan Russell

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Microsoft’s system for validating Windows before users can download most updates continues to be a problem for legitimate customers and for Internet security as a whole.

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And, what exactly are you buying when you give Microsoft your hard earned money — either directly or indirectly?

Nothing. Potentially nothing.

For any reason at all they can “turn you off”.


Not for me any more.

I’m moving.

Glacially it seems at times, but moving.

To Linux.

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SERVICE: Yahoo BRIEFCASE service shutting down

Dear Yahoo! Briefcase user,

We will be officially closing Yahoo! Briefcase on March 30, 2009. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to download your files back to your computer. You will need to take action before we close, after which any files remaining on Yahoo! Briefcase will be deleted and no longer accessible.

To access your Yahoo! Briefcase account, click the link below:

If you are a Yahoo! Briefcase Premium subscriber, your current subscription will be canceled on March 30, 2009. We will refund the unused portion of your Premium subscription, if any. The refund will appear as a credit via the billing method we have on file for you. So please make sure that your billing information is correct and up-to-date. For more information, please visit

For additional information or to review a list of our frequently asked questions, click the link below:

Briefcase Help

We appreciate your being a Yahoo! Briefcase user.

Yahoo! Customer Support

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Why don’t I feel appreciated? Demonstrating a big flaw in cloud computing. Vendors quit! Even if you’re paying them!
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SERVICE: FACEBOOK mistake documented!

One of my fellow alums posted a status referring to a link.


So I queried, an she sent back:


So, clearly, we have nailed a FACEBOOK error!

The same page shows her one thing and me another.

Love it!

Talk to me about “cloud computing” some more.

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TECHNOLOGY: Cloud computing road blocks

   * 1. Availability of service

   * 2. Data lock-in

   * 3. Data confidentiality and auditability

   * 4. Data transfer bottlenecks

   * 5. Performance unpredictability

   * 6. Scalable storage

   * 7. Bugs in large distributed systems

   * 8. Scaling quickly

   * 9. Reputation fate sharing

   * 10. Software licensing

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An excellent summary. Now how do you navigate around them?

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SERVICE: CARDSCAN is down for more than 24 hours


Dear fjohn,

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. we are still trying to catch up from the move Cambridge MA to Stamford, CT… We have done some major repairs and updates to our website recently so this may be why you were having problems signing in. I just tried and was able to sign in under your profile. It shows your 8100+ names are available .

Mike Bouffard
CardScan Support

[JR: At least, some response. Some warning would have been nice. Best, avoid it entirely.]

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UPDATE: 20090202 @ 0815 Back up; no explanation

And, since it responds, it fools!

So much for “cloud computing”!

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