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Looks like my old boss is moving on up at Apple.  Glad to see Apple showing it is serious about the environment.  They had me worried a couple of years ago.
Apple today has updated the biography of Lisa Jackson on its executive leadership webpage, noting that she is now Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Previously, Jackson ...
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Mother's Day Anyway

Mom, you brought your children into the world.  You gave each one birth or chose them (e.g., adoption, remarriage, etc.).  But what really made you a Mom was that you loved.  Each child is a confusing blend of flaws and wonders uniquely their own.  They are human - just like their Mom.  Through their triumphs, stumbles, wrong turns, and achievements, you loved each child.  Your love wasn't and isn't perfect, because you, too, are human.  You gave your child your heart.  Wonderfully, some children recognize that they have been loved and served and their mothers' made great sacrifices for them.  Some children grow up healthy, successful, and grateful.  But many do not.  Many are troubled, incarcerated, broken physically or mentally.  Many are blessed but unappreciative.  The child into whom you poured your love to the best of your ability and in your own way may now ignore or even hate you. 
Remember Jesus called His famous parable, the parable of the sower, not the parable of the seeds.  The sower plants the seed but has no control over which seeds make it to fruitfulness.  A mother sows her love into the hearts of her children.  But life happens.  Relationships break even when a mother's love continues unvanquished.  But whether you are appreciated today, ignored, or even despised, if you loved your child the best you could in the way you love, I tip my hat to you.  You have sown your love.  You have done well.  God knows your love and sacrifice even when the world is silent about it.  Your children are better for having been loved by you.  May God bless you on this day that is so difficult for so many mothers.  My thoughts are with you.
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Very touching and very true. Thanks for the loving words, we all appreciaet them, especially our moms.
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Kudos to Microsoft-Down with Superfish

Microsoft apparently didn't like the idea of Lenovo bundling malware with their computers.  Lenovo stopped the practice when word got out of what they were doing.  But that left people who had previously bought Lenovo computers with Superfish installed.  MS then stepped in and treated Superfish like malware and has wiped it from tens of thousands of Lenovos.  Good PR and a good thing for them to do.
Microsoft this week said that search-and-destroy work by it, Lenovo and other software makers has reduced the daily number of Lenovo PCs infected with the Superfish adware to below 1,000.
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Consumer Reports: Subaru Wins Multiple Categories

I have long been a fan of Subaru having owned both an Impreza and an Outback.  If they ever made a mini-van, I would be all over it (unless VW came out with their microbus in the same year).
Best car you can buy, period? Tesla Model S, says Consumer Reports. Or maybe can't buy, given than it starts at about $70k, or $105k if you want all-wheel drive. Also in CR annual auto issue: Buick bumps BMW, Subaru wins most categories.
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Lenovo Installs Security Flaw on Their Computers to Sell Ads

If you own a PC instead of a Mac there is a good chance it is one of Lenovo's many fine products.  They are the best selling of the PC manufacturers.  But did you know that they pre-installed software so that their adware could see what you thought were secure communications - like with your bank?  It is scary that this is happening and that it is legal.  Sometimes I feel like a self-appointed privacy watch dog who is constantly barking, but, really?  C'mon people, we need to demand better treatment than this.

Does anyone know if Dell or HP or any other computer manufacturer pre-installs this kind of "man in the middle" software?  These are the kind of stories that make me want to give my Mac a hug.
A vulnerability has been discovered in a piece of software that ships pre-loaded onto Lenovo computers that could grant hackers access to a user's secure browser data, allowing third parties to...
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Don't forget that just removing Super fish isn't enough. There is a second certificate installer thing that has to be removed as well. 
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How not to be eaten by a shark

Last Sunday two teens were attacked by a shark while swimming near the pier you can see from our back deck.  My thoughts and prayers are with these kids and their loved ones.

Shark attacks are extremely rare and usually not at all severe in the Carolinas.  South Carolina had five last year.  North Carolina had four.  Our sharks (the black tips and sand) usually take a minor nibble and then realize it is a human and not a fish before they move along.  So, this is a complete statistical anomaly.  They think it was a bull or tiger shark hunting its way up the coast.  These guys don't usually hunt that close to the shore, so they think it was just one individual shark.

As many folks are getting ready to head out for their vacation at the beach, I thought now might be a timely opportunity to share some tips on how not to be eaten by a shark:
 
1. Stay away from piers or fishermen who are chumming the waters.  This practice imperils nearby swimmers and is irresponsible.
2. Don't go out past where the waves are breaking near dawn and dusk.  That is the sharkies snack time.
(Note that both of these tips were not being followed by the victims.)
3. The risk is higher during the new moon phase (like now) just as the tide begins to come back in.  Sharks are more likely to hunt closer to shore under these conditions.
4. When surfing don't wear flashy jewelry that might catch light and look like the flash of a fish's belly catching sunlight.
5. Always surf with a gimpy old man.  You can get away while the shark munches on the slow guy.
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I'll take 113 if it means I get to hang out with you guys Matt
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Death in Paradise

This is my tip to you.  Get on Netflix and watch this series.  I love the formulaic mysteries.  I love the beach bars and beach shacks.  I love the French and the parody of the English.  This is my latest favorite.
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Apple Watch Preconceptions

I was right.  I was wrong.  It's not my thing.

I've worn the same Rip Curl Tidemaster for about 10 years.  As much as I love gadgets, I haven't been tempted to buy a smartwatch.  Even my Mom was surprised that I wasn't standing in line waiting to order an Apple Watch for myself.

The Sport Watch doesn't do anything an Android Watch can't do and looks pretty nearly as unattractive.  I was right to be dismissive.

But when I saw the mid-tier Apple Watch in real life, I had to eat crow.  It isn't "just another smartwatch".  It is, in fact, a nice piece of jewelry.  The stainless steel looks like it is liquid somehow holding its form.  It is beautiful.  If you don't need to know the tides, phase of the moon, whether it is neap or spring tide, or how long is left in your competition's heat and you don't need to get wet, it is a stunning piece of jewelry.  Pair this puppy up with a Milanese Loop band and you have a watch suited to "the most interesting man in the world".  I was wrong.

But unless you're either very narcissistic and desire to impress people by what you can afford to buy or you have wealth beyond my imagination, the Watch Edition, starting at $10,000, just isn't of interest.

Congratulations to Apple for jumping into the watch game with the realization that it is quite different from buying a phone, tablet, or computer.  It has to have the same satisfaction from the interface, but it also has to express one's personality and style.  With the Apple Watch, they pretty well nailed it.
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Do you guys get excited when you see that the Apple store is down for changes?  I have to confess that I get a little giddy.  C'mon 1pm Easter time.

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I have not enjoyed this winter so I am glad to see some signs of spring. I have been sitting way too much and look forward to being outside again.
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Are You Listening?

Great tip on being human.  How do you feel when you are talking to someone who is looking at their device and not at you?
And that time should be anytime someone is talking to me in real life. I can't say that I have always done this but after a conversation with my mom this morning I am going to, positively, make sure I do it from now on. As we were talking and sharing this morning, she told me about her recent ...
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I saw a story on TV about an older woman who works several hours a day delivering food to homeless shelters and shut-ins.  She was unloading bags from the back of a pickup.  She smiled at the reporter and said, "Some people help me unload these things."  He laughed and started pitching bags.  Maybe a sweet smile (the part I have never learned) and, "Some people look at me when I'm talking to them."?
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Cleaning Lenovo's Mess

ars technica has a very thorough post on how to remove Superfish and its attendant security risks from your Lenovo computer.  I mentioned yesterday that up until December, Lenovo was installing software that created false security certificates so that ad companies could intercept your secure connections (like to your bank).  Lenovo admitted later in the day that this was a "mistake" or as I would paraphrase it, "Oops.  We got caught.".

They originally said that they were temporarily stopping pre-installing Superfish until they could get the software to stop generating pop up ads, which was the clue that initially gave away that this pernicious software was snuck onto your computer.  They planned to return to installing it when they could do it when there would be no obvious clue to their misdeeds.

However, this week security experts announced that the fake certificate's key had been cracked and published so that anyone with the key could perform a man-in-the-middle attack on infected computers.

Lenovo claimed there was no foul because if you read your terms of service you would have known that they were rerouting your internet service through their ad software.  But yesterday they finally claimed they realized they had been wrong and promised to never do it again.

Unfortunately, I only read their mea culpa in text so I couldn't tell if they had their fingers crossed or gave a "wink wink" as they wrote it.  Given the corporate ethos that would execute such a nefarious program in the first place, I suspect their vow means that they plan to never get caught again.  Hopefully, I'm wrong because I love Lenovo's hardware.  They make good stuff.

But even Lenovo's new page about how to remove the software doesn't go through how to remove the phony security certificates.  I posted a link yesterday that showed how to remove it from the Windows store, but today ars technica explains that Firefox and Thunderbird users have additional locations that require the certificate to be used.

The good news is that you can make your Lenovo computer secure again.  The bad news is that you have to risk making a potentially crippling (to your computer's functionality) mistake in editing your registry.

I am gratified that Lenovo has owned up to their error and promised not to ever be naughty again.  But in the last 48 hours I've gone from being a real Lenovo fanboy to being highly distrustful.
Uninstalling the software doesn't undo the damage it does to your system.
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Samsung Explains Eavesdropping TV Controversy

Not quite sure what their privacy policy means, but Samsung claims that it doesn't mean what it says.
Over the weekend, quite a few people panicked at the phrasing of Samsung's smart TV privacy policy. Its warning that third parties would get your sensiti
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In Jesus, I am an adopted child of God.  I am an environmentalist and writer.  Born and raised in West Virginia.  A brief stint in Hawaii as a toddler followed by numerous return visits may have infected my spirit with a deep desire to be wet and warm while listening to great music and enjoying the scent of fragrant tropical flowers.

What some people don't like about me?  My attempts at humor, my subpar singing and general music(noise)-making, and my inability to keep my opinion to myself.

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"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
– Mark Twain

"I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead"
– Jimmy Buffett

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - Jesus (John 10:10)

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