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Passwords Again?

Episode 566 December 7, 2019 This bLog has discussed passwords many times, yet knowing passwords remains a challenge for most users. As human beings we know 20,000 words and use 5,000 of them while routinely speaking or writing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w-1MR1E6so Why is it so hard to remember the 5 or 6 passwords we use all the time? The main reason people do not know their passwords is that we teach our computers to remember them for us. When setting up email we tell the mail app to remember our email password. When setting up a computer for the first time we...

To Grandmother’s House

Episode 565 November 30, 2019 How did you get to Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving? “Over the river and through the woods?” Did  the “horse know the [Waze] to carry the sleigh, through (the) white and drifted snow?” Was “the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLSHSVNvbto i have so many options for finding my way to Grandma’s house. My plan was to pick up the pumpkin pie on the way, avoid the traffic and the weather and arrive on time to “Grandmother’s cap i spy!” My first inclination is to ask Siri on my iPhone how to get to...

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Episode 564 November 23, 2019 In days gone by, would you have left home without your keys, ID, money, address book and calendar? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8Ttbzqdns Nowadays you only have to remember to bring your phone. An iPhone can lock and open the front door of your house. It allows you to drive your Tesla. Passwords that admit you to virtual locations, such as your bank, shopping and other websites, are stored in the iPhone. In California, a bill was passed in 2015 to study the feasibility of a digital driver’s license app, but was vetoed by the Governor. In Arkansas digital...

One is Many

Episode 563 November 16, 2019 i am fascinated with words that have two meanings or things that do multiple tasks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQdFD6U5zQc The word “marked” indicates something that has a mark on it, such as “marked playing cards.” The word “marked” tells of a notable event, such as “a marked change in her attitude.” “Marked” (in the second meaning) is sometimes even pronounced differently, such as “mar-ked”, yet "marked" is still one word. The right click on a computer mouse is a single action that evokes a number of different results. The menu that appears with a right click is called...

Puzzles

Episode 562 November 9, 2019 Puzzles keep your mind alive. Navigating life is like the turns in a maze. Every decision we make takes us down another path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YSSO_cS_6E “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the...

Dynamic

Episode 561 November 2, 2019 Projects, tasks and procedures are dynamic. We are taught in school to follow step by step procedures to accomplish a goal or arrive at a conclusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mpGsTORq5o This is OK if you memorize how to do everything all the time wherever you are. Maybe that is the point of Google. Prior to starting any project we can Google a YouTube and see how it is done… no memorization necessary. The trouble is that even in YouTube there is more than one way to proceed for every task. Playing a project flexibly by ear is the...