Get a Garmin and see Preitenegg.

A software bug in a popular navigation system means that whenever an alternate route is suggested to avoid a traffic incident, it will be routed via Preitenegg from anywhere in Europe.

Since July, Garmin has received notifications that customers all over Europe, including in the UK, were being advised to divert their route through the small Carinthian town near the Styrian mountains.

Garmin says that they are–er–recalculating.


In The Guardian, Rory Carroll muses on his experiences with the Amazon Echo, which is sort of a stand-alone Siri. He suspects that it is compiling a list and checking it twice. Here’s a snippet:

A few days after my wife and I discussed babies, my Kindle showed an advertisement for Seventh Generation diapers. We had not mooched for baby products on Amazon or Google. Maybe we had left digital tracks somewhere else? Even so, it felt creepy. Quizzed, the little black obelisk in the corner shrugged off any connection. “Hmm, I’m afraid I can’t answer that.”

I am a long-time fan of H. P. Lovecraft. Granted, his plots have a certain sameness about them, but no writer I’ve encountered is more adept at creating atmosphere.

On wonders what horrors he could have imagined had he ever conceived of the Amazon Echo (or even Siri, for that matter).

More »


Oh, please.

Police are searching for the California woman who allegedly robbed a high school student of her iPhone and then used the device to take a series of “selfie” photos that were automatically uploaded to the victim’s cloud storage account.

Pig and Rat at bar.  Couple behind rat stick selfie-stick over his head and start click-click-clcking away at themselves.  Rat grabs selfie stick and beats the bejesus out of them, then says to Pig,


Twits from the Walled Orchard.

18 November 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Frolic less, enjoy it more.

15 November 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon

It’s all Tsu much.

13 November 2015 · Comments Off on Nagomatic · Categories: Geek Stuff, Personal Musings

Reg Henry has a Fitbit fit.

He has a point. Fitbit and the like are stupid tech. Ditch the nagomatic and go for a bicycle ride.

13 November 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!


I finally got the call.

The voice said, “I’m Mike from Microsoft,” but it sounded more like Raj from Big Bang.

I said, “You’re not Mike, you’re not from Microsoft, and I don’t use Windows,” and hung up.

07 November 2015 · Comments Off on . . . Where Everybody Knows Your Name Everything (Updated) · Categories: Geek Stuff

David Shariatmadari suggests that privacy was an ephemeral and transitory concept which is coming to an electronic end.

(Open tag fixed.)


There is an excellent discussion of internet privacy towards the end of this podcast.

06 November 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Running Naked through the Internet

You will be assimilated by the Zuckerborg.

05 November 2015 · Comments Off on Stop Stressing and Take the Bus · Categories: Geek Stuff

While Google fiddles about with its driverless car, Switzerland gets serious.

In what is a first for Switzerland’s public transport system, two new autonomous (that is, driverless–ed.) buses sporting PostBus’s distinctive yellow livery will be put in service in Sion during a two-year test period from spring 2016.

More at the link.

03 November 2015 · Comments Off on Make TWUUG Your LUG · Categories: Geek Stuff

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Learn how to use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, November 5.

Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6:00 PM (separate checks)
Uno Chicago Grill
Virginia Beach Blvd. & Military Highway (Janaf Shopping Center). (Map)

Join the forums.

03 November 2015 · Comments Off on Geeking Out · Categories: Geek Stuff

Streaming music from KCEA in the Qmmp media player with the Project M visualization plugin in a PC-BSD Virtual Machine running in VirtualBox on Slackware –Current.

Picture of VM

Click for a larger image.

02 November 2015 · Comments Off on What If Someone Proposed a Bill and Nobody Noticed? · Categories: Geek Stuff, Political Theatre

Everybody’s a narcissist.

Pia Kjærsgaard, the Danish People’s Party icon who assumed the powerful position of speaker of parliament following June’s elections, says Danish MPs are too busy posting to Facebook and Twitter when they should be paying attention to what’s being said in Christiansborg.

“It is completely reprehensible that people were sitting there on [parliament’s] opening day and tweeting,” Kjærsgaard told BT.

01 November 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Topless frolics.

01 November 2015 · Comments Off on Selfie-Awareness · Categories: Geek Stuff

Susan Greenberg wonders whether selfies are the chicken or the egg.

Research has shown the social networking site use is linked to narcissism- but whether narcissists use Facebook more, or Facebook makes us more narcissistic is unclear. While there has been many investigations in the past five years into social networking site use, especially Facebook, there has been comparatively little research into the selfie phenomenon specifically. However, emerging research looking particularly at selfies and narcissism is painting a bleak picture. Three studies published in 2015 found that narcissism predicted selfie-posting frequency, linked narcissism AND psychopathy with self-posting frequency amongst men and a third study found that the link between narcissism and selfie-posting was stronger in men then women.

31 October 2015 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Enforcers, Geek Stuff

Shielded twits.

27 October 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Check your privacy settings.

27 October 2015 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Mike Kelly’s buddy has bought a quadcopter and wants to take it out joyriding. Mike is not sanguine. Here’s a bit from his column.

Instead, my friend spoke about the latest gadget he had purchased — or, as he described it, “my new toy.”

A drone.

My friend, with laughter interrupting his words, went on to point out how much “fun” he was already having, flying his remote-controlled device up to 1,000 feet above ground and hovering over friends’ houses or cruising down various streets. He said he might even drop into someone’s back yard and snap some candid photographs before buzzing off, leaving everyone to wonder what had just taken place.

“Isn’t that illegal?” I asked.

“Not at all,” he said.

And that’s the problem.

Boys and their toys: a combination that unerringly eventually spells s-t-u-p-i-d.