Friday, October 2, 2015

PEEPLE Isn't A Bad Idea, But It Will Have Horrible Implications

What do you think of this new PEEPLE review app?

This PEEPLE app is getting a lot of attention even though it is not due out for another month. Folks are freaking out that it's bad enough how you get treated in real life, but to suddenly find yourself reduced to a mere five-star scale entity seems heartless.

But hey, either the creators are heartless or think they have a great idea. Though I'm not sure how being rated by an app can outdo a resume and great references.

But here is what I see, will be the flaws of this priceless app:


For one, any website that has a rating system will always be plagued by shills and trolls who have nothing better to do with their sorry-ass lives than bash and down-vote things on the slightest whim.

I've seen websites kill their rating systems just because of that. One website I used to visit even had vanity-laced admins who would down-vote your posts if you came anywhere near close to criticizing them or their own posts.

So ratings are at the whim of the users moods.



Speaking of "ratings at the whim," how do you think this will go for people when they are part of a group that has its distinct clicks. And if one click has a powerful influence, how these reviews or ratings will go?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

When Using Facebook Please Read The Entire Post! (Or Any Other Online Media)

Facebook: Why can't people read the print?

The term post will be in reference to emails, blog comments, Facebook posts, and FB comments, and pretty much any article on the web. But I'll be focusing a bit on posts that take place on Facebook and thought it was a great logo to put up.


I have to hand it to some of you. When you "spot" a post and respond or share it, it's amazing how little of the post you actually read sometimes. Then the rest of us fall into that hole!!!

I get the enthusiasm involved in the actions I see out there, but to be honest, a few more seconds would save everyone a lot more time. Let me expound on this for a moment.

One of my favorite blunders is when an email is sent to a group and in that email, it reads, "This event, on This date." And then you see replies asking when the event will be.  Seriously?

Or on Facebook a user puts out a post asking for something but insists that anyone who can do this to PM them.  Twenty comments later, I'm just having a tizzy screaming, READ THE REQUEST you idjits!!!

Speaking of Facebook...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Recalls: Tablets, Flourescent Lights, Children's Toys and a Few More

Product Recalls: Tablets, Flourescent Lights, Children's Toys
Below are a few more product recalls of computer tablets, fluorescent lighting, and a few products designed for children that you should be aware of.

Remember,  most products on a recall should stop being used immediately and then contact the distributor for directions on what to do. Even if it seems fine, well, it seemed fine for whoever the item malfunctioned on too, until it didn't. I myself don't like being part of the statistics.


Bexco Recalls DaVinci Brand Cribs Due to Entrapment, Fall and Laceration Hazards where a metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break, creating an uneven sleeping surface or a gap. If this occurs, a baby can become entrapped in the crib, fall or suffer lacerations from the broken metal bracket.

Contact Bexco for a replacement by calling Davinci at  (888) 673-6652 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit or and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.

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NVIDIA Recalls Tablet Computers Due to Fire Hazard

It seems that the lithium-ion battery in the tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Contact NVIDIA toll free at (888) 943-4196 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at and click on “NVIDIA Tablet Recall Program” at the bottom center of the page in green letters.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Best Junk Email Filter Practice Ever!

How to keep your personal email inbox clear of clutter

This is a quickie note on how to prepare your email inbox for potential and anticipated spam.

So every now and then I find myself entering contests or supplying an email address to various entities for whatever BS excuse they have whether it be via Craigslist or what not. I've been loathe to provide my real email address, that's for sure. I like my personal inbox to be as clean as possible.


What I have done is something I am pretty proud of and happy with.

Now I don't know how it is in Yahoo email, since it's a fairly limited and clunky interface compared to Google's Gmail, so I've set up a spare email on Gmail to create this new or second email address with.

Choose a reasonable email address so it does not stand out as fishy, especially with online bb's you might interact with. So try to avoid "MySpamBoxForYou" or "BiteMeDipShits" and such, because believe it or not, every now and then you will use it for a real purpose, making this new email address an additional buffer at first.

Plus don't use any part of your real email address that someone might be able to figure out. Then this might be all for naught. So something neutral but not too crazy. You really want it to appear real enough. Because you never know. And trust me, I thought I did.

When Will Facebook Ever Get Their Shit Together?

Will Facebook ever get it together with Video Volume and Page Posting?

When I ask about Facebook ever getting it together, I refer to the Video Volume controls And Page Posting?


How many times have you started a video in Facebook and found the volume blasting at you while being set at 100%? Yep, me too. Over and over and over.

No matter how many times I turn down the video volume to what I prefer, when I later start another video, I am blasted by the volume yet again because it is set to maximum.

You would think in this day and age, FB would be able to see what a user wants when they repeatedly take the same action, and say, hey, this user wants his video volume at 50%, we should deliver that option set that way every time he starts a video.

Well, at least you would think so.

Monday, September 14, 2015

PRODUCT RECALLS From IKEA, Teavana, Husqvarna, Whirlpool...

PRODUCT RECALLS From IKEA, Teavana, Husqvarna, Whirlpool.

I thought I'd toss out a few more recent recalls that have come out over the last month or so, focusing on purely the products with a large distribution or ones that impact the safety of children"

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- IKEA Offers Free Wall Anchoring Repair Kit for Chests and Dressers Due to Tip-over Hazard After Two Children Died

Children's and adult chests and dressers can tip over if not attached to the wall, posing an entrapment hazard.

About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the nationwide repair program.

The Remedy is a Repair

Contact  IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime or online at for more information on how to receive a free wall anchoring kit.

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Teavana Recalls Glass Pitchers Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards, where the glass pitchers can break or leak, posing laceration and/or burn hazards to consumers if filled with hot tea.

Contact: Teavana toll free at (888) 665-0463 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on "Tristan Glass Pitcher Recall" for more information.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fixing My DSLR Single Point Focus Problem

A few weeks ago I noticed that my Canon EOS 7D camera started using only a single focus point and not the 19-point averaging system that my auto-focusing system should have been using. Below is how I fixed it, albeit temporarily.


The other day my Canon D7 auto-focus function started to act up a wee bit. Sadly I discovered this after the fact while I was on a journalistic photo.

The problem was that it was using a single, center point of the image and not averaging out the focus in the image with its infamous 19-point auto-focus function.

Grr. (That was not my first verbal reaction, but this was my first printable reaction.)

Whether it be race cars or disc dogs, I had issues. (Did you know that race cars spelled backwards... well, you'll see.)

At least with the disc dog event, I was traveling with the target and was able to post some "artsy" images. LOL...  not. But my NASCAR shooting assignment scrapped about a third of my pictures, or, right after my camera's focusing system started "acting up" for the rest of that weekend.

Double Grr.

My Acceptable Experience Trying To Use Vimeo Video Service

Vimeo is another in a long line of online video hosting providers. It has various options for the product user that ranges from the limited freebie mode to a nice and serviceable pricey mode. Either way, Vimeo does meet your video hosting needs, to a point. But one thing is for sure, and that is that Vimeo Ain't No YouTube. If you're looking for a freebie hosting, it is a free video platform that has limitations designed to push you to either upgrade to an annual fee account, or back to YouTube. What you do, is up to you.

To be honest I get the impression that Vimeo does not like freeloaders.

Approximately 10 days ago I requested help from Vimeo regarding an account I had set up some time ago. Their policy is that if you have a free account, they will respond to your help requests in no less than three days time. That three days seems to be their default buffer for those with free accounts.

Having a free (Basic) Vimeo account means several things... it means that

    500MB per week of upload space
    Up to 720p HD
    No Priority Video Conversion (More on that later)
    No HD embedding
    No Domain level privacy
    No 4-Hour priority support
    The ability/limit to upload 10 videos per day
    The ability/limit to create 1 Channel, 1 Group, and 3 Albums
    The ability to download converted video files
    Basic-yet-robust privacy controls
    Basic embedding features


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

YAHOO Acting Like A Virus or Malware

Is Yahoo Acting Like Malware?

Today I started noticing a few odd things about my interactions with Yahoo. And keep in mind my online existence is purely Google-based. My search engines, some blogs, image hosting... well you get it. The only interaction I have with Yahoo is because I am forced to use it with a specific club I interact with and they use Yahoo Groups from yesteryear. It's not horrible but it's a bit rough or non-intuitive to use.


With that said,

First up was that I could not download any attachments in an email I had in Yahoo. I HAD TO FORWARD IT to a good working email system like Google's Gmail to be able to download the attachments. (Yes, they were from a trusted source.)

Then I noticed that when I opened my Chrome browser, rather than opening to my pre-designated home page, I was getting two tabs now, which included my home page and the Yahoo Search engine page.

Yahoo... you are getting on my nerves.

But wait, I am not done.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Hilarious And Sad Aspects Of The Ashley Madison Breach

If you did not know, the Ashley Madison customer database was broken into a while back. Then threats came from the cyber intruders saying they need to shut down their service or they will expose all of their clients. Some folks were publicly pissed that this was going to happen, which kind of outed them. Others were funny about it, saying, hey, I didn't know my spouse was on here with me too! And some felt it was a violation of their trust. SERIOUSLY? Think that one through.

In case you don't know, Ashley Madison (AM) is a website where cheating spouses can go and make hookups with other people. In other words it's a cheaters site. Or at least they want you to think that they are a popular/successful cheaters site.

And according to estimates they had almost 40 million accounts of data.

But now that the perpetrators released their goods, unleashing the database on the world for all to see who the cheating people are in the world, it turns out that the only good way to cheat is the old fashion way, what ever that is. But it is not via Ashley Madison.