Twitter Chat and Text Messaging Abbreviations Tuesday, May 26 2015 

This is good resource for all those pesky abbreviations that make a post totally unintelligible for the elder generation (who still hunt woolly mammoth for dinner)

NGS Picture ID:122644though it shortens considerably the time it takes to create a post.


Get Rid of Clutter by Throwing Things Away “By Default” Tuesday, Jan 13 2015 

By Herbert Lui

Keeping your objects as long as possible is easier on your budget, but also leads to a lot of clutter. Instead of trying to keep your stuff for as long as possible, make your default decision one to throw it out.


Most of us don’t throw stuff out unless we can think of a good reason to. Organizing consultant Marie Kondo has a different opinion. Author Tim Harford explains the lesson he learned from Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

Kondo turns things around. For her, the status quo is that every item you own will be thrown away unless you can think of a compelling reason why it should stay. This mental reversal turns status quo bias, paradoxically, into a force for change.

Even though it sounds like a small mental change, you can eliminate your status quo bias by reversing the situation. If you have a clutter problem and can’t find a compelling reason to keep an object, considering throwing it out. When you’re making a decision to declutter and are sitting on the fence, change the question from “Why throw it out?” to “Why keep it?

The next big thing Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

Apple iWatch Coming in September, But You’ll Have to Wait to Buy It, Report Says

I have not worn a watch for several years. Literally everywhere I go, there is a clock. My car, computer, Lunchroom, office/classroom. Sorry apple, if I’m not going t spend $20 on a timex, I’m not going to spend several hundred dollars on an Apple watch. I doubt that my with holding my contribution to your coffers will significantly affect your bottom line.

The following is a re-post by Adario Strange nycmsh


In the weeks leading up to the Apple event, reportedly scheduled for Sept. 9, most speculation has revolved around the debut of a new iPhone. But a new report adds to long-standing rumors that we will finally see an iWatch at the event, too.

Re/code claims that Apple will unveil a wearable device alongside two new versions of the iPhone.

SEE ALSO: Apple Snags Luxury Watchmaker Exec Ahead of Rumored iWatch Launch

With no leaked images of the device (now a common occurrence with new iPhone models), some observers had begun to believe rumors of a delay in the roll out of the device, and that 2014 would see no Apple wearable.

While no details have leaked out about the wearable’s looks, the report also goes on to claim that the device will be integrated with HealthKit and HomeKit.

Apple itself still hasn’t confirmed that it will produce a wearable. But the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has hinted in recent earnings calls that the company would be breaking into new categories this year.

UPDATED: 4:25 p.m. ET: In the run-up to Apple’s Sept. 9 event, iWatch leaks are turning into a torrent of information. According to Re/Code, Apple has considered charging $400 for its wearable device, with lower prices for different models. This report is not a confirmation of the final price, but more of a well-sourced hint at the price range that consumers might expect when the iWatch finally hits retail stores.

Put that hammer away! Don’t smash your poor, inadequate watches just yet.

As it turns out, an earlier report that said Apple’s iWatch will arrive in September has been updated with a very important caveat: You’ll have to wait to buy it.

SEE ALSO: Apple Invites Are Out: New iPhones Coming Sept. 9

Re/Code, the same website that revealed Apple’s wearable device will debut at the company’s now confirmed September event, reported on Friday that the so-called iWatch will only be “announced,” and not offered for sale at the event.

3-Year-Olds Can Learn to Code — One Robot Turtle at a Time Sunday, Jun 15 2014 

Even if you don’t have children, this is training our future competition!Image

New CityHome Technology Helps You Work Magic in Small Apartments Monday, Jun 2 2014 

New CityHome Technology Helps You Work Magic in Small Apartments



Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype Wednesday, May 28 2014 

Martins’ comments:

This is a great idea!  Been waiting for something like this since  I watched the Jetsons cartoon as a kid. I will buy one when the price becomes affordable, the flying option is available and the bugs have been worked out of the design.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Google has been building self-driving cars for years, but what we’ve seen so far has always been retrofits of existing cars — until now. The search giant unveiled on Tuesday a fully autonomous self-driving car, built from the ground up by Google and its partners.

Company co-founder Sergey Brin revealed his plans at Recode’s Code Conference in southern California. He told Recode editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (who has ridden in the car), that there’s a safety benefit in a custom-built self-driving car. Because the car doesn’t have a steering wheel, accelerator or brakes, it has more sensors in strategic spots than is possible in a regular vehicle. It is also equipped with a big “stop” button. In addition to all this tech, Google’s autonomous car includes internal power steering and power brakes.

“It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, ‘What should be different about this kind of vehicle?'” Chris Urmson, director of the Self-Driving Car Project, wrote in a blog post about the new car.


Swisher said riding in the all-electric car was like going on a Disney ride. Considering it currently has a maximum speed of roughly 25 mph, this makes sense. Brin described riding in the car, which in one test was programmed via smartphone, as “relaxing,” and similar to catching a chairlift. He added that the car will eventually go up to 100 mph once it’s proven to be able to travel safely at that speed.

As for when the cars — which are significantly smaller than traditional cars and include couch-like seating — might actually make it to real highways, Brin said Google will soon test them with drivers. “Within a couple of years, we’ll — if we’ve passed the safety metrics we’ve put in place, which is to be significantly safer than a human driver … have them on the road,” he said.



by Lance Ulanoff

How Documents Stored On Box And Dropbox Could End Up On Google Thursday, May 8 2014 

A rival to both cloud-storage services explains how links to your Dropbox and Box documents could end up in the wrong hands.


Those files you’re storing on cloud services like Dropbox or Box may not be as secure as you think.

Both services, like other cloud-storage providers, allow users to share links to their stored documents. But sending those links out, even to trusted individuals, can also inadvertently give third parties access to your files as well, according to findings publicized by the file-sharing company Intralinks—which, by the way, is a competitor to both Box and Dropbox.

Dropbox says it’s working to fix the problem by disabling any previously shared links that might be vulnerable to leakage. Box released an email statement saying that it has found no evidence that anyone has abused such “open links” and touting the various privacy settings it offers its users to “help manage access to their content.”

Intralinks chief security officer John Landy wrote that his company inadvertently stumbled upon the vulnerability in the course of running a Google Adwords campaign that mentioned its competitors. That campaign turned up shared-file URLs that led straight to sensitive files that ordinary users had stored on Box and Dropbox—including bank records, mortgage applications and tax returns. Security blogger Graham Cluley, who also blogs for Intralinkprovides some examples.

How That Leakage Happens

How, exactly, that happened involves some conjecture. Landy wrote that some Dropbox and Box users apparently created shared links to their files, which they or their recipients then mistakenly entered into a browser search box instead of the URL bar. Doing so and then clicking on an ad—which may seem a fairly unlikely occurrence, at least until you multiply it by the number of people sharing files across the Internet—would then send the file’s URL to the ad network.

One Intralinks executive quoted by Cluley estimated that in one of the company’s Adwords campaign, five percent of all hits (presumably meaning ad clicks) yielded URLs to private files, half of which required no password to access. That “small” campaign turned up more than 300 documents.

There’s also a second way links to private files could leak out to the world. If a shared Dropbox or Box document itself contains links to other sites, clicking on one will pass along the document’s URL to the next website as part of what’s known as a referer header, where administrators of the second site could see it.

It’s not clear if similar vulnerabilities exist for other cloud-storage services such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

No Password Required

The problem for Box and Dropbox is that they don’t make their shared links more secure, Landy wrote. Recipients of shared links should have to log into the service to authenticate themselves by default, he suggested.

Dropbox engineering vice president Aditya Agarwal said in a blog post that his company hasn’t detected any malicious attacks involving shared file URLs. Dropbox decided to disable any affected document links anyway. The vulnerability has been patched for any shared links going forward, so only previously shared items are affected.

Dropbox customers can recreate their shared links, and the company will restore old links as it confirms that particular documents aren’t vulnerable. Agarwal also noted that Dropbox for Business users can require password access to shared files; ordinary users of Dropbox’s free service don’t have that option.

The Dropbox post only addresses one of the two vulnerabilities outlined by Intralinks—the leak-via-referer-header method. In an update, Agarwal wrote that Dropbox is aware that file URLs could leak via search engines that pass them to ad partners, but said that issue is “well known” and that the company “doesn’t consider it a vulnerability.”

Like Dropbox for Business customers, users of Box can also require passwords for file access, although in neither case is that security feature turned on by default. “Box also displays a message to help users understand the permissions for their content,” a Box spokesperson said via email.


 Anthony Myers May 07, 2014


11 Brutal Reminders That You Can and Will Get Fired for What You Post on Facebook Wednesday, May 7 2014 

11 Brutal Reminders That You Can and Will Get Fired for What You Post on Facebook

In this new society that we’ve all agreed to be a part of, your Facebook page is an extension of yourself. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to post anything there that you wouldn’t normally say, for example, to your boss.

The unfortunate folks below didn’t get that memo. Here are 11 examples of Facebookers who weren’t so careful with what they shared and, as a result, put their employment statuses in jeopardy because of it.

(VERY RELATED: Check out our guide to keeping your Facebook posts private, especially from people who can fire you.)


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Daniel Bean

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May 6, 2014

Lost Collection of Andy Warhol Art Recovered From Floppy Disks Friday, Apr 25 2014 


If you as an artist, want your work to be around for a long time, make sure the technology you use will be accessible in the future.



Art historians have recovered a collection of lost Andy Warhol paintings, which were never turned into physical prints, from 30-year-old Amiga floppy disks.


In 1985, computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore International commissionedAndy Warhol to create art using the company’s Amiga 1000 computer. Warhol saved many of his experimental images to Amiga floppy disks.

“Warhol saw no limits to his art practice,” said Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum. “These computer-generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media — qualities which, in many ways, defined his practice from the early 1960s onwards.”




Stan Schroeder

Stan has been writing for Mashable since 2007, and having the benefit (or the curse) of working in a European time zone, he’s taken the post of European Editor. He’s been a pro IT journalist in Croatia for over 9 years,


SEO, Your Website & You: 5 Myths & 10 Tips Monday, Apr 21 2014 

SEO, Your Website & You: 5 Myths & 10 Tips

April 14, 2014

Amazingly, even in 2014, many people have heard bits of information about websites and search engine optimization (SEO) that are either no longer relevant, completely misplaced, or simply erroneous. These all need to die really horrible deaths.

SEO Mythbusting



Myth 1: If You Build it, They Will Come

Myth 2: Link Building is Dead

Myth 3: Using Google Analytics Lets Google Spy On You

Myth 4: Ranking (Positioning) Doesn’t Matter

Myth 5: Social is the New Link Building


10 SEO Tips

OK, now we’ve debunked those common myths, what shouldn’t you ignore? Let’s look at some things that actually matter. Here are 10 of the most common missed SEO opportunities.

1. Google Authorship

2. Citations

3. Content

4. URLs

5. The Alt Attribute

6. Page Speed

7. Robots.txt

8. Penalties

9. New Sites

10. Get a Site Audit Every Year

SEO Isn’t Voodoo (or Black Magic or Even ‘Bovine Feces’)

SEO Voodoo DollRemember a few years back when SEO was considered “voodoo” or “black magic” by anyone who didn’t understand it?

Really, SEO is based on the rules of a mathematical algorithm. This means the site meets or doesn’t, certain points on a mathematical scorecard and your site is then adjusted accordingly.

Though we haven’t been given these rules by the search engines, we can test against the algorithm and do things we know work because a + bc. Math is predictable, testable, and somewhat verifiable.

So yes, even though Google does still suggest that SEO is… well, um, “bovine feces” – it really isn’t. As long as you’re doing it right.


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