Online reviewers now free to diss inferior businesses

US Congress

US Congress

Consumers posting reviews illuminating the shortcomings of business providing public goods or services panicked when KlearGear went after Jen Palmer for posting a negative review against the company, Including somewhere in the contract that Jen had signed was a clause prohibiting Jen from disclosing anything negative about the company. Jen had to suffer through a battle with the collection agency that KlearGear engaged to harass Ms Palmer to extort $3,500 from her and to threaten her credit. Fortunately

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Purism, is it the answer to online privacy?

Purism

Purism

We all feel concerned about criminal and government intrusion into our lives, especially when they are one and the same thing, as has happened too often, so when someone claims to offer a solution its natural that our interest is piqued and we investigate further in hopes of finding that one true solution that will set us free and completely protect our privacy. That is exactly what happened today when I stumbled upon Purism and its line of Librem laptops. Continue reading Purism, is it the answer to online privacy?

Late 2016 MacBook Pro in a nutshell [Updated]

Tim Cook, Apple

Tim Cook, Apple

Apple released an all new MacBook Pro this week to much fanfare and a bit of controversy, so here in a nutshell is a quick review of all the new details. Overall its an excellent new design, not only for the Touchbar that I predict will be copied by most if not all laptop manufacturers, over time. There have been other alternative input methods offered by other laptop manufacturers but none have caught on and certainly none have made headline news like Apple has with its new Touchbar. Its a brilliant way to give you context specific touch input depending on which app route currently using and its not limited to just be a set of programmable function keys, since Apple has gotten rid of the ancient function keys altogether. Continue reading Late 2016 MacBook Pro in a nutshell [Updated]

Linux is insecure: 9 year old security flaw just discovered

Linux Logo

Linux Logo

For years each time I’ve heard so called IT experts mouth off that Linux is “completely” secure or something similar to that, I cringe. By definition something that is open source to the extent that Linux is, simply cannot be secure because its a volunteer effort, with volunteer supplying code to the public, which is a great and noble theory but in reality, the people that donate code only donate the pieces they need to use themselves. What happens is that critical security vulnerabilities (as well as many desired features) go completely overlooked. Continue reading Linux is insecure: 9 year old security flaw just discovered

Samsung orders owners to shut down Galaxy Note 7 phones

Samsung

Samsung

In an unprecedented and unexpected move, Samsung has issued orders to it sales channel to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7 phones and at the same time has told owners to turn their Note 7’s off and not use them because of the continuing flood of reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire or exploding.. This is back to square one for Samsung since their recall was ineffective (replacement units have also caught fire) but Samsung has not addressed the burning question o the hour. Continue reading Samsung orders owners to shut down Galaxy Note 7 phones

Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones puny in comparison to iPhone 7

Google Don't Be Evil

Google Don’t Be Evil

In a head to head benchmark test, Googles brand new Pixel and Pixel XL mobile phones are embarrassingly trounced by Apple’s current iPhone 7. To make it worse, the Google Pixel is also beat badly by the two year old iPhone 6 that was replaced by the iPhone 7, and even more embarrassing is that in single thread mode the 4 year old technology in the iPhone SE also beat the brand new Google Pixel. Normally I would ignore this kind of news but Google went out of its way to attack Apple’s industry leading, innovative, smartphones in a mudslinging ad campaign so its only fair to show the reality of how poor the Google Pixel really is. Continue reading Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones puny in comparison to iPhone 7

Fixed Galaxy Note 7 catches fire onboard an airplane

Samsung

Samsung

A SouthWest Airlines airplane was evacuated after being filled with smoke from a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, what makes the especially interesting and dangerous is that it was one of the Replacement Models that Samsung sent to as part of their worldwide recall program. Continue reading Fixed Galaxy Note 7 catches fire onboard an airplane

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 nearly burns down airplane in mid-flight

Samsung

Samsung

IndiGo 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai nearly caught fire when a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 emitted smoke from the overhead compartment. Fortunately passengers aboard the flight noticed the smoke and responded in time to save the place from making a forced landing. IndiGo Airlines conformed the incident and  Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 2 nearly burns down airplane in mid-flight

Yahoo hacked, change your passwords Now!

Hack!

Hack!

Yahoo, a major email service provider among other things, has admitted to a major hack that resulted in at least half a billion users’ person identification being stolen by hackers. Although Yahoo is attempting to calm down the general public’s fear by touting the advantage of the advantage of the BCRYPT encryption software that they now use, Yahoo is not admitting to their dark secret which is that Continue reading Yahoo hacked, change your passwords Now!

macOS Sierra Flash Drive Installer Instructions

macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra

Apple has released the official version of macOS Sierra but before you hit the Instal button, you might want to create a flash drive installer. Having a bootable flash drive is convenient to save on download costs if you are in a capped or tiered Internet access plan (to install Sierra on multiple Macs in your home), or if you like to have a safety net just in case your disk crashes at any time. The normal process that Apple offers for any operating system install will automatically erase the installer, when the install in completed, so a special procedure is needed to create the flash drive, as follows. Continue reading macOS Sierra Flash Drive Installer Instructions

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