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Dick Hartzell
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A pretty but hopeless amateur
A pretty but hopeless amateur

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Here's a thoughtful look at the political hot potato known as Benghazi -- complete with a telling comparison of a similar disaster, with a far different outcome, that occurred during the Reagan administration.
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Levee in New Orleans, 15 September 2015
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After making an installation video for the CT100 Z-Wave thermostat I decided to do a blog post explaining some setup limitations I didn't have time to cover in my demo.  Have a look.
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Almond+ Router/Smarthome Hub Plus CT100 Thermostat = Remote Control Heat
A few years have gone by since I wrote about the original Almond
touchscreen wi-fi router and range extender and my consulting relationship
with Ram Malasani, the founder of the company that makes it. Since then Ram initiated a Kickstarter
campaign to fund ...
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Editors love to use the word "bizarre", but in this case -- it fits.
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Turn on YouTube's Speech-to-Text Closed Captions ... They’re Hilarious!
The other day I discovered that YouTube has introduced automated, possibly on-the-fly closed captioning for a lot of its videos. To see if the video you’re watching has this option, simply click on the Settings gear icon in the lower righthand corner of the...
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Super Panavision Cameras in John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix"
Note: this blog post contains what some may consider spoilers. I saw John Frankenheimer's movie Grand Prix in a theater in Times Square when it was released in 1966, though I may have seen it 1967.  Not sure. Either way I was an impressionable preteen and G...
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Dick Hartzell commented on a post on Blogger.
You guys might want to work a little harder on making YouTube Movies more discoverable from YouTube.  I did a search on "The Interview full movie" from within YouTube and utterly failed to find the movie.  Ultimately I had to go to Google to conduct the same search, which landed me here, which linked me to YouTube Movies.  I mean, WTF?
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A little while ago I happened to be on YouTube and decided to watch a video I'd posted there last winter -- a parody of the trailer for Spike Jonze's movie "Her". Imagine my incredulity, however, when I clicked play and had to watch a commercial before I could watch my video.

In case you didn't know, it's possible for anyone who posts videos to YouTube to request a Google AdSense account to monetize them. Open an account and Google will start to sell space on your "channel" to advertisers and split the proceeds with you 55/45. Not a bad deal, I guess.

But here's the thing: I've never requested (nor been accepted for) a Google AdSense account. So where does Google get off selling space to advertisers to run commercials before my videos?!? Basically they've opened an AdSense account for me on the QT and are pocketing 100% of the proceeds.

Way not to be evil, Google.
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