The things that you’ve seen
A-flickerin’ on that screen,
They ain’t necessarily so.

Yet more racist frolics.

The Add-to-Any plugin, which I’ve had installed almost since the beginning of this blog, threw a syntax error preventing the blog from loading.

I FTP’d into the server and deleted that plug-in’s sub-directory, and things seem to be working again absent that plugin. I shall wait a bit before reinstalling it, in case an update comes out.

We shall see.

Also, bloggery will be light today because reasons.

Neither do I.

Pig says,

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09 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff

Dude bro twits.

07 January 2017 · Comments Off on Phoning It In · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Title:  The Social Media Education System.  Image:  Persons crossing street at crosswalk staring at their cell phones as they disappear into a pit marked by a flashing sign saying

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07 January 2017 · Comments Off on No Place To Hide · Categories: Geek Stuff, Running Naked through the Internet

“Don’t say anything. The refrigerator is listening.”

31 December 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Gunnuttery

Felonious firearms frolics.

28 December 2016 · Comments Off on Echoes of That Thing You Did · Categories: Geek Stuff

Elie Mystal explains that you can have no expectation of privacy from your Amazon echo. A snippet:

Your expectation of privacy when telling Echo to unlock the murder room should be no more than your expectation of privacy when writing down “I’ma kill that fool” in your diary.

27 December 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Geek Stuff

Fake frolics in the far northeast.

27 December 2016 · Comments Off on Looking Beyond the Surface · Categories: Geek Stuff

Microsoft Surface ad during Monday Night Football goes horribly wrong.

Microsoft has some experience with horribly wrong.

27 December 2016 · Comments Off on What’s in a Name? · Categories: Geek Stuff

Well, if the name is “Samsung Galaxy Note 7, quite a bit, it would appear.

19 December 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On, Facebook Frolics Dept. · Categories: Clone Wars, Geek Stuff

El Reg reports that Zuckerborg’s junior bird men don’t seem to be doing so well.

Facebook’s plans to beam internet access from drones has crashed, literally, after the company revealed the first flight of its “Aquila” craft ended with a bang.

The United States’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) late last week published a report about the incident that says “On June 28, 2016, at 0743 mountain standard time, the Facebook Aquila unmanned aircraft, N565AQ, experienced an inflight structural failure on final approach near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was substantially damaged.”

19 December 2016 · Comments Off on No Place To Hide · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon, Running Naked through the Internet

In the snares of the snaring economy:

In a declaration in support of his suit, Ward Spangenberg, 45, states he reported to Uber higher-ups that the company’s “lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses.”

Spangenberg, who was hired by Uber in March 2015 as a forensic investigator, goes on to say, “Uber collected data regarding every ride a user requested, their username, the location the ride was requested from, the amount they paid, the device used to request the ride, the name and email of the customer, and a myriad of other data that the user may or may not know they were even providing Uber by requesting a ride.”

And that’s just for starts.

Uber, natch, is shocked! just shocked! that anyone would think there is gambling in their establishment . . . .

18 December 2016 · Comments Off on Days of Future Passwords · Categories: Geek Stuff

Man reading about the recent news of yet another Yahoo hack:  I wish I could talk to the hackers.  Woman:  To express your frustration?  Man:  To get all the passwords I've forgotten.

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Avoid forgotten passwords: Use a password vault.* I recommend KeePassX. It’s cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux and Unix, including the BSDs) and compatible with KeePassDroid on your Android phone. If you update the database on one machine, you can just copy it to the others to keep them all up-to-date.

It does not require you to sign up for some online service, trust your passwords to the cloud somebody else’s server, or add a plugin to your browser or be restricted to a particular browser or GUI envirnoment. It just lies there on your own computer safeguarding your passwords; the only password you need to remember is the KeePassX password.


*The review at the link contains a factual error about KeePassX. The author states

. . . in order to sync your passwords across devices, you’ll have to upload your encrypted password file with an online storage service like DropBox or Google Drive.

No, you do not have to use DropBox or Google Drive. You can use an application such as AirDroid or ES File Explorer which allows you to connect to other computers in your home network via your local wireless connection to transfer your files.