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Trust or Bust

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As the news spins tales of Cyber War threats, malicious activity between power brokers, privacy loss, and now UFO activity the focus still remains on political angles to convince the public all is not well. Everything must have an angle for someone's agenda, whether it be political, or financial. Yes, we live with the possibility of Cyber War offensively and defensively to some degree. Could this be because we rely way too much on computer networks, a limited selection of operating systems and applications? What's the average user supposed to do? Simple, don't rely on something you can't control. Businesses are limited by financial decisions - sometimes this is not so good. Individuals are also limited by financial realities but will often find that they have more flexibility in the choi...

All Hail the Creators

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Traditional media continues to slide into mediocrity and obscurity. Large scale operations and multi-tiered productions are rapidly being overtaken by competition from small independent content creators. Music production, distribution, and promotion have been successful for independent artists for years. Today's technology has put professional quality media creation into the hands of many content creators.Bloggers, Podcasters, and Vloggers can produce professional quality content with affordable “consumer” or “prosumer” rated equipment. The amount of content produced by individuals or small production teams is truly amazing if you compare such productions to major studios of the past. Social media outlets, YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon make it possible for creators to get their content out t...

10 Year Challenge: AI Edition

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The "10 Year Challenge" seems like any other social media challenge, however it may have a major effect in the world of facial recognition. The Challenge as it is now, is to post two pictures of yourself side by side. One of the pictures is from 2008 while the other is from 2018. Seems pretty harmless at first glance, however Fortune 500 adviser and tech writer Kate O'Neill had this to say on Twitter. Me 10 years ago: probably would have played along with the profile picture aging meme going around on Facebook and Instagram Me now: ponders how all this data could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition Kate O'Neill With the growth of data mining and facial recognition software it will be interesting to see if this has any ef...

Work, work, work

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Big storm on the way, lots of snow, cold, and ice. Hunker down and avoid unnecessary travel. Sure, not an option for everyone, but for some it’s a good opportunity to lay low, read a good book, binge on Netflix or .......work. When the opportunity comes along to rest and unwind, many don’t.Stay home with a cold? Sure, get your laptop out and work. Snow storm, apocalypse, end of the world.....still a good time to get a little work done. We love to work, and we work to live. Sad, but true.Tonight despite the storm, you’re going to want power and Internet connections to work. Most likely the people who keep the lights on, and communications working may be out responding to trouble calls in this mess. It’s a cold night to be working outside, and traveling to get to a job won’t be too easy. Th...

Focus, Focus, Focus

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We begin a new year, with a new focus, or shall we say a re-focus on working smarter, more efficiently, more productive, more economically, and hopefully with less stress. If you’re still using Windows 7, then make note that the support clock may be winding down. If you’re using Windows 10, then you may be looking forward to the possible Spring update, or not.I’ll most likely continue working with Windows when absolutely necessary, but Linux based objectives should remain my main focus.As noted in early posts, I remain a big fan of Lenovo laptops (mostly older models) - which really shine once you dump the Installed OS and install an up to date version of Linux.It's possible that some people are not overly excited about using older, less powerful hardware, but once you find the Linux Dist...