BlockChain….. will change the world!?

BlockChain is touted as the force that will democratize business and empower entrepreneurial creation.  It does sound exciting however, I do recall the same promise for the InterNet….. and guess who owns all the profit centers?  Is it you?  Not likely!  However,  why miss what may be the opportunity of your lifetime? Learn more here!

 

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Blue Origin Launches Rocket Into Space and Lands It Safely for 2nd Time

blue-origin-new-shepard-rocket-launch-jan-22-2016Blue Origin has done it again. The private spaceflight company has launched its privately built New Shepard rocket into space and landed it back on Earth. And the company used the same rocket from an earlier test flight as an added bonus.

Source: Blue Origin Launches Rocket Into Space and Lands It Safely for 2nd Time

In Hope Of Real Change!

One Egyptian man on Facebook started the Arab Spring in Egypt.  It looked good but went terribly wrong.  This short Ted Talk, by the man who started the revolution, explains how it started,  why it failed and how there is hope for the modem democracy H Ross Perot dreamed of.

Techno Poop – FitBit

I am having a fit over a bit of technology, FitBit.  This morning I wasted over an hour of my life trying to install the software and gettechnology-overload2 it to work.  I would not have done this but I tried because it was a birthday present from my daughter and I did not want to disappoint her by not using it.   Oh, by the way,  I am a geek who writes software and builds computers without any directions from left over parts.

FitBit is just another example of technology we do not need. Technology made because we CAN  rather than because we NEED it. How do you sell stuff people don’t need and want?  You make it Sexy and Cool by advertising!  FitBit is just another piece of Techno Poop that has plopped out of the ass of Tech industry.

If you read history you will see that there is a cycle of the pendulum where everything gets to an extreme and then collapses in a back swing of correction.  We have arrived at this point with technology made cheap by Chinese labor camps and American corporate greed.

My wife had a Mercedes Benz S500 a few years ago.  We sold it, in part, bercause it had so many buttons on the dashboard that we could not remember what they were all for!  We realized it was way over technologized and so a future problem waiting to happen. Windows 8, is a window on absurd over coding. So many ways to do something that nothing is useful and no one can figure it out,  probably not even the geeks at Microsoft.  Every year Intuit adds features to its once excellent QuickBooks program. It is now so cumbersome that is is slow down a fast computer and each update is a frustration to its users.

Lets pass the word around: “Techno Poop,”  which is defined as the excessive use of technology to do something that is much easier without the technology but marketed to consumers as being “hip,”  “cool,”  “sexy,”  “young,”  or “modern.”

I have a smart phone because I really though it was the tool of the future. It still may be.  However, now the Techno Poop will come out to interface with it,  trust me you will buy some!  You will be frustrated, annoyed and angry at yourself for getting sucked in  and you will then say, “Techno Poop!”

McAfee Is The Virus!

My new Acer Win 7 Computer arrived with McAfee preinstalled.  I knew from previous experience that McAfee  caused conflicts with some programs I use, so I purchased Trendmicro and uninstalled McAfee… I thought!  Then I spent hours installing custom programs we use at our office. 

Over the weekend I did not use the computer.  When I came back to work Monday,  ALL my new installs of programs were  gone!  Hours of work!  McAfee had risen from the dead and not only removed Trendmicro, without permission, but also remove ALL my hours of work.

Days earlier,  I had personally watched McAfee uninstall as Trendmicro would not install until McAfee was gone. I even ran the TaskManager to be sure it was gone.  How did it re-install?  I still have no idea.

Today I started to  again tried to uninstall it, but this time it refused to uninstall!  I was busy so I had my staff call McAfee who then showed  them how to uninstall it when the usual process would not work.  Just to be sure,  I later ran TaskManager.  Guess what?  It had uninstalled as it did the first day.  To be sure checked “services”  and I found a small McAfee “service.”   Now I had an idea how it had destroyed my work!  I tried stopping the service but could not.

We searched online and found the McAfee support again, at least it claimed to be McAfee support  (I would not use this link!)  They were of course Indian.  They asked to log into the computer and my staff member let them via LogMeIn.com.   Then when they told her the computer had hundreds of Trojans and the registry was badly damaged.   They wanted $200.00 to fix it.   She was suspicious. She called me.  As I tried to get the tech to explain this damage,  I was closing down all the windows he had opened and logging him off.  I then re-booted.  I told him I though I would call ACER and I then hung up.   Of course the computer was fine,  other than the small McAfee service.  I then looked on the Internet and found how to use Command line code to uninstall this service (others had had this issue too!).  This finally,  I hope did it!  The TaskManger showed no McAfee after I restarted.

If you like and trust McAfee,  good luck to you!  I have never seen it work well.  Now I will never trust them for anything!