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Why and how following a Google+ Collection gives you only posts that you want to see

I see there is still a lot of confusion around following a Profile vs a Collection vs a Community on Google+. The key advantage to following just a Collection, is that you only see posts in your steam that relate to that topic that the Collection deals with eg. just cat photos, just tech news, just green technology, just yellow flowers, etc. A Collection is a place where just the owner posts on a particular topic. You cannot post there, but you can usually comment, reshare and respond on any posts.

Whereas following someone's Profile will show every single public post in your stream that the persons posts. This has little focus but you may interested in everything they post, or it could be a family member or friend where you want to see everything.

A Community is a shared area where the owner, as well as members of that Community, can make posts. It could be a public or private Community, depending on what the owner has set for it. Communities can have additional admins managing them, as well as filtered areas of interest. You can also switch notifications on/off (where you get alerted via an e-mail) or opt to have their posts show up, or not, in your stream.

But back to Collections.... the point is if someone posts a lot about various topics and not all of those topics interest you, but you do have a real interest in one or two topics that they post about, then go to their Profile on Google+ and check whether Collections show up.

You can follow the two screen shots below to see how you would unfollow their main Profile, and then just click on a Collection or two which interests you. Believe me this makes your Google+ experience far more relevant, pleasant and focussed.  You do NOT have to unfollow the main Profile, unless you only want to follow a Collection without seeing any public Profile posts.  If you unfollow a Collection or two, those specific Collections will no longer appear in your stream.

So there are two main scenarios now for Collection filtering:
1. Follow just a Collection - Public Profile is unfollowed, Collection to follow is followed (or more than one).
2. Follow all posts except a specific Collection - Public Profile is followed, only specific Collection is unfollowed (maybe it is a topic that you really don't want to see, or more than one could be selected to be unfollowed).

The advantage of option 2 above is that you will still see all general Public posts, and by default would see posts for any new Collections that the person creates. But for some people who are highly focussed, option 1 could still be their best bet where they only ever see the posts made in that Collection or two that they have selected. It certainly does give a lot of granular control to followers.

You can also get a good idea of the really interesting Collections that can be found on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/collections/featured. Remember that Google+' s real niche lies around interests and hobbies. This is where excels. Although it can do plain social media too, many people may opt to use Facebook for family and friendship based socialising, and Twitter for breaking news. An example is that I post the same posts across Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr and whilst I get 100 +1's and say 50 comments on a post on Google+ I rarely get more than one or two Likes on Facebook or one or two reshares. 

I hope this short explanation will give you a more enjoyable and cleaner experience on Google+

#tutorial   #guide   #collections  
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YouMe Social - Been testing out this one month-old alternative to Google+ and loving what I see

Don't confuse this site with the dating sites of a very similar name, and I know that YouMe sounds a bit like MeWe, but it's not.

I'm a great fan of focussed Groups/Collections and from the outset YouMe Social (YMS) has got Groups with a publicly visible URL so that anyone can find them. The Groups can be public or private but I'm hoping that we get an option to allow only group owners to post new posts otherwise I fear I may not be able to moderate 7 groups successfully and it will be too noisy.

The site founder (an ex-Google+ user) is incredibly involved in what is happening which is a very good sign - with some social networks you have no idea who the owner is. After I'd posted my list of suggestions he responded publicly within 12 minutes (again better than MeWe's private message suggestions where we don't always get a definitive answer).

The site itself is hosted in the EU and respects privacy and no tracking of where you go when you leave the site, and you can delete all your data without fear of it still being kept like one very big blue social media site does. It will likely have advertising which is how it will grow and fund itself instead of users having to pay. Their privacy policy is available to be read.

The site is brand new so has a few minor things it is still expanding on but for me personally, it has more that suites me right now than MeWe (which has still not opened its Groups publicly). MeWe's followers seem to also be doing most of their own support to others and we're not yet seeing any strong admin run Groups interacting with their users.

I've included a few screenshots of what some of the different views look like. You'll see their polls have quite rich functionality. You can also create your presence there as a personal Profile or a business/organisation Page.

The can see my own profile at https://www.youme.social/-danievdm

#youmesocial #youme #socialnetwork
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Super Micro audit complete, including servers supplied to Apple: no spy chips found as claimed in Bloomberg report - Appears to have been a Smear Campaign by Entities Unknown

It's what I said from the start... how come after all these alleged chips had infiltrated supply chains to major companies did nota single one of those companies say they found anything after the story had already broken - in fact, they disputed it outright and requested a reaction of the story.

What is really sad is that it has had economic consequences with some telco's abandoning expensive equipment they had bought, brands have been blacklisted from bidding for upgrades.... based on nothing at all found.

"Nardello specifically tested samples of the motherboards supplied to Apple and Amazon, alongside current versions, and found no evidence of spy chips in any of them. The company also checked design files and software, to see if there was evidence of tampering with either, but found nothing there either."

"The Department of Homeland Security, the NSA and the UK’s NSA equivalent GCHQ all backed the denials; Apple repeated its denial to Congress (an insane thing for a company to do if it were lying); a leading security researcher who had been specifically seeking out evidence for this type of attack was unable to find any; and one of Bloomberg's own sources told them prior to publication that the story made no sense."

So what everyone wants to know is:
1. How does a reputable news organisation swallow such a story when no-one outside the sources they had has corroborated it?
2. Who initiated this story (they clearly fed it through to multiple sources to whom Bloomberg spoke).
3. Why has Bloomberg not retracted the story?

Why I picked up again on this today was for two reasons:
1. I'm behind on my podcasts and just listened a TWiT podcast discussing the results of the audit.
2. This morning I got a letter from the US company that I do my cloud backups to, informing me that because of the Bloomberg story last October their prices are going up by $1pm and they literally quoted (with a link) the now discredited Bloomberg story. It just shows how this story was swallowed up on face value. I responded by replying today wondering whose hardware they then could safely use.

See https://9to5mac.com/2018/12/11/super-micro-2/

#supermicro #bloomberg #spychips
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Zimbabwe orders Internet shutdown with unintended consequences - But also why need ham radio operators

When the Zimbabwean government ordered internet service providers to shutter parts of the web in an effort to curb anti-government protests, it also plunged homes into darkness because people can’t pay their utilities online.

Most people in the southern African nation use Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Ltd.’s Ecocash mobile-phone payment system for daily transactions. They buy electricity in units of $5 or less and almost all domestic users are on prepaid meters, so many buy for $1 at a time.

Purchasing aside, it is a reality in many countries around the world that Internet connectivity and sometimes even cellphone networks are either shut off intentionally or by disaster and then is when radio is still there as a backup. We cannot let radio communications become redundant just because we have modern digital networks. We enjoy the use of digital networks at the pleasure of our governments and at the mercy of Nature.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/292284-zimbabwe-orders-internet-shutdown.html

#zimbabwe #hamradio #Econet
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Why You Should Try a Digital Power Supply for Your Next PC Build

While it’s easy to measure the power draw of any appliance by picking up a handy reader — the Kill A Watt, for example, or something quick and easy like the Belkin Conserve Insight — you might want to consider a more fun and thorough solution if you’re looking to upgrade your desktop system (or build a brand-new one). The NZXT’s E850 digital power supply and system-monitoring CAM software (Windows only), can you a lot about your system’s power requirements as they can display power draw graphically per component connected to the PSU.

See https://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-try-a-digital-power-supply-for-your-next-1831724142

#PSU #power
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A smartphone camera with 10x optical zoom may be in the works - If so, the paradigm shifts again for smartphones

Cameras have become a bigger and bigger selling phone of smartphones in recent years. CPUs and RAM have all become "good enough" but the innovation has largely been happening around cameras with augmented reality, night vision, stabilisers, HDR, digital zoom, AI learning from what the camera sees, and smartphones have become the vehicle for capturing memories for most people, not to mention some really outstanding photography.

One thing that has really lacked has been actual optical zoom. This challenge (due to such thin cameras) is compounded by having such small lenses so that fewer pixels and light can be captured (versus a large lens with a larger sensor on a DSLR) so anything further away, or where you want to crop a photo, a lot of detail is just lost. Optical zoom would go a long way to actually bringing that distant detail more in focus and usable. Combine this with some of the intelligence already invented with the use of AI, and smartphone cameras could really take a leap forward. It's the next frontier to be fully explored.

Of course, patents are going to affect how we as consumers will reap any benefit or not. Or will we all buy Oppo phones? Thank goodness though it is not Huawei so the USA should also see these new cameras.

But let's keep our eyes open for the actual announcement planned for 16th Jan.

See https://mashable.com/article/10x-zoom-smartphone-camera-oppo/

#oppo #zoom #smartphone
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Apple books 50 daily flights to China, spends $150 million a year with a single airline - For an IT company where is Facetime and Video Conferencing??

For me from a tech perspective, the destination and the wisdom about putting this on a poster is not the big thing... What UI just wonder is that companies like Google, Facebook and Apple all have their own video conferencing apps. Why so much travel?

E-mail is unhealthily entrenched in corporate culture but adoption of video conferencing is furthermost removed. It's not just about cost, but more the important loss of time and productivity. It suggests to me that tech companies are not quite comfortable with how VC integrates into the way they work?

Microsoft is not listed so maybe it says their Skype for Business just works a lot better? Chevron makes 100% sense on the list as they sell fuel so the more they travel the more of their product gets sold?

It's definitely a culture issue as I've seen free Jitsi installed internally in an organisation that is literally "click to VC" - no account registration, no software install, yet no dent in the travel budget.

So hopefully the Apple saga brings the topic to many boardroom tables about how an organisation is using its VC, and whether the travel budget has been reduced, and if not why not. Too many times organisations motivate the purchase of VC installations and then do not use them or they are an expense over and above travel.

See https://mashable.com/article/apple-united-air-travel-leak/

#videoconferencing #apple #travel
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Finally realised I needed a labelling printer and bought one today - helping me to organise my cables, drawers, etc

Apart from the fact my handwriting is terrible and even I can't often make it out, I finally realised yesterday that all these USB-C, Mini-USB, camera, two similar Fitbit cables, an Apple cable, etc all look fairly similar (especially to my wife) so I decided I really did need a labelling printer and went out and bought one.

I used to scoff when I saw these "useless gadgets" in the stores and I just never saw any useful need for them. Maybe the cleaning out some boxes yesterday got me in the organising mood I don't know but when I decided I wanted one they were nowhere to be found in a store. I went to Makro (who had sold out because they had a special on) and no stores at Canal Walk Mall had either (including both computer shops). So ironic as I remember only a week ago still seeing them on a display somewhere but I had no idea where. After a third trip I got the very last one at Waltons at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre... funny when you're looking for something you can't find it, but when you're not they are all over the place.

I got the Brother P-Touch H110 mainly because of the easy-to-use cable label feature. Seems the Brother models are a bit notorious for wasted label tape lengths (due to the positioning of the cutter says Brother, but label tape is quite expensive so I suppose they benefit from the waste). There are a few tricks to get around this like don't print each label separately, but put the text one after each other and leave a double space between, and cut it with a pair of scissors, or use the chain printing function (although to be honest I tried it but it either needs a rocket scientist or a Chinese speaker to figure it out as what the manual says and what the display says, are two different things).

Anyway, all cables, some light switches, antenna cables, the alarm system and my whisky is all labelled (whiskey is so my wife does not give out my good stuff by mistake if anyone visits - the label that says "best whisky" is my worst whisky).

There are actually lots of uses for label printers:
* Cables
* Multifunction switches
* Electrical distribution board
* Instructions
* On laptops etc to be returned if lost
* Lunchboxes
* Anything that must be used in sequence
* On item you loan out
* Bookshelves
* Bike helmets

#labels #printing #organising
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SuperTuxKart’s Online Multiplayer is Ready for Testing - This looks like Fun and you could host it on a Raspberry Pi yourself

The SuperTuxKart dev team has announced a new beta version of the karting game that features long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated feature online racing support.

SuperTuxKart online multiplayer lets you:
* Race against other players worldwide in LAN or WAN games
* Multiple game modes, inc. regular race and ‘capture the flag’
* Easily host a game server on your own computer
* Maintains a global ranking list
* Just like online Mario Kart, you can join a server while a race is in progress.
* You’ll be able to watch the current race until the race finishes and instantly join in on the next race when ready.

Given that a Raspberry Pi 3 is powerful enough to act as a game server, I expect to see the diversity of game servers increase as the feature rolls out to more users.

It will run (race) on Windows, macOS, Android and Linux (inc a Raspberry Pi).

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/01/supertuxkart-online-beta-testing

#supertuxcart
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CES 2019: Skin printer wipes years from your face - Photoshopping in Real Life

A handheld printer for the face and hands is on show at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. Procter and Gamble's device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amounts of make-up to hide age spots, burst blood vessels and other blemishes.

The BBC challenged the firm to make its technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones look younger.

Yes, it is actually make-up but it certainly applies quickly and accurately. The beauty business is certainly big business and ever expanding.

See https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-46831270/ces-2019-skin-printer-wipes-years-from-your-face
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