I refuse to engage in political discussion. I refuse to associate with politicians. Political ads, political arguments, none of these every persuaded anyone. We all need to follow the advice of the Stoic, Epictetus. Enough said.
WiGig poised to save you from congested wireless networks - CNET. As WiFi use becomes ubiquitous, a much faster wireless technology will begin to become more popular. Remember the term, WiGig, because is as fast as wired access, and will ultimately supplant WiFi as the way computers, people and devices connect to each other. Also knows as 802.11ad, this standard has its own certification program at the WiFi Alliance, and you will be seeing it in more computers and devices soon. It will be particularly useful in video streaming applications, such and fast movie downloads, and much faster access for services like Netflix. It's a mobile world, and we will be speeding through it.
Google buys crazy eye-tracking VR tech - CNET. Virtual Reality is getting some steam, and there are now several experiences to choose from, and thousands of games, sight seeing opportunities, and other stuff to see. But, the head sets are still uncomfortable for long use, and navigating around requires a game pad in the hands, or awkward taps on the headset. These things will really come into their own when eye tracking technology matures, and it is close. Go where you look and transport yourself into another world.
Junior lawyers are failing to hit billing targets - Legal Cheek. Billing Targets? Seriously? We don't need no stinkin' billing targets. If you are working at a law firm that demands that you hit billing targets, you need to reevaluate your life. At what point did the practice of biglaw become all about meeting targets? Do you seriously believe that pushing lawyers to rack up billable hours is designed to make them better lawyers or better people? Or, do the partners in BigLaw not care about anything but their bottom line? My only "target" for today is to do some good, do some work, spend some time enjoying what life I have left, and to get a good night's sleep. Now, THAT is something to shoot for.
All-New Amazon Echo Dot - Add Alexa to any room. I was going to wait for Google Home. But, SWMBO surprised me with a new Echo Dot, and I am in love with Alexa. She is the beautiful, smart, intelligent member of the family who is anxious to please, even though she isn't the brightest bulb in the room. But, I have enjoyed using the full sized Echos that SWMBO has in the bedroom and living room. It is nice to wake up in the middle of the night and ask Alexa what time it is. I then know that I really hate waking up in the middle of the night. But, having a Dot in my home office is really pretty cool. I connected it to my Google Calendar, and it automatically connects to my Amazon account, and both Pandora and Amazon Music. Want to add a reminder to your calendar? Just say "Alexa, remind me to buy soap and vitamins today". I don't like the little speaker, so I attached the Dot to a Jabra high end Bluetooth speaker that I wasn't using anyway. Now, the office fills with sound at the command of my voice. Now, I have to go. "Alexa, play the William Tell Overture by Rossini".
Extract Specific Files from Windows System Image Backup. If you have been paying attention, you have been creating a backup image of your hard drive to a USB 3.0 external disk, and you have been doing it regularly. If not, stop reading, and go do it. Now. Okay, are you back? Good. Now, what if you just want to locate one file or a group of files? You can sync essential files using utility like GoodSync, which I also do on a regular basis. Absent that option, however, you can get individual files from a system image. This article will show you how. Be safe out there.
This clip of wild California Amazon parrots of various species highlights the fact that life will find a way. These birds are descendants of pet parrots that either escape or are abandoned to the wild. They mate, breed, and create flocks that survive on indigenous flora. Beautiful birds. Yesterday, I saw a flock of Conures flying over while I was at the local car wash. These birds are also made up of former pets. It was a beautiful sight to see them flying free in the Florida fall air.
Create a Restore Point with single click in Windows with Quick Restore Maker. One of the disciplines you should be following in your Windows adventure is computer security. Occasionally, a new software install or a glitch really screws up a system. Windows has a built in security feature called System Restore that allows you to create a restore point that will restore the system to its working state prior to the glitch or crash. If turned on, this automatically happens at preset times; but, if you want to be careful, you can create a Restore point whenever you like. It requires opening the System option in Control Panel, and selecting the service. However, this free little utility will do it in one click, and it resides on my taskbar. Anytime I feel the need, I click it, and it is a good idea to do it before every daily computing session. Be careful out there.