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Glen “Protious” Jones
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It’s been a long time coming, but the first Steam Machines are finally here: compact computers that give you the quality of PC gaming with the living room convenience of consoles. Too bad most of them cost an arm and a leg. Here’s how to build your own for less.
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Yvi San
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Verizon Buying Yahoo!

I have a Yahoo! account that I've had for years. Not sure how much data there is on it and not sure if deleting said account would delete that data, but I would likely finally delete my legacy Yahoo! account. Would you? Do you care?

http://www.extremetech.com/internet/232247-verizon-reportedly-close-to-purchasing-yahoos-internet-business-deal-could-have-significant-privacy-ramifications

http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/346385/the-hidden-threat-in-verizon-buying-yahoo
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I am surprised to see that a good portion of people would delete their account. I though my paranoia of "my data being out there" wasn't popular. :D
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Duke Carico
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I've been using the html version of facebook for several months now because it is such a battery hog.
A new report from AVG Technologies reveals which Android apps take the biggest toll
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Toss Pokemon Go onto the list lol I think it's FB Messenger more than regular FB app causes the drain
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Duke Carico
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Remember when the Tech media used to make fun of Chromebooks? This author likes this inexpensive ASUS Flip. I have looked this one over and think it's impressive for the pricepoint! Because of the small text on this 10" display, I'll pass . . .
The ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1-inch laptop is a swift and silent silver ninja. The 360-degree hinge makes it an awesome tablet with a built-in stand.
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My bad! Asus!!!!
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Alfredo Tigolo

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Fanny packs are cool! The Rock Dwayne Johnson wore it well
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Check out my fanny model +Tanya Boulis +Glen Jones 
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Martin Fowler

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Can we rename the group Tech & Coffee & Red Wine?

Just asking 😀
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Ah the white wines gentle temptations, I'm afraid there's only red for me.... And COFFEE.
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Twitter emailed the group threatening to shut down their API access for the crime of displaying deleted Tweets. This crime, which could be traced to European data deletion laws and/or a desire to improve the general popularity of the evanescent Tweet, is banned by Twitter’s terms of service.
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Glen “Protious” Jones
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Watched this, made me want cup of coffee
 
This commercial made me appreciate coffee that much more!
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Hilarious! Thanks for sharing. Now ... where did I put that crushed seed juice ...?
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Glen “Protious” Jones
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Found on Twitter by my friend @n0v0id
Here’s how to maximize the security of your most sensitive conversations — the ones that could be misinterpreted by an employer; be of interest to snooping governments; or allow a hacker to steal your identity.
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Glen “Protious” Jones
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Try the original too. :)
#Ingress #PokemonGo
There are many reasons why Ingress is the superior Niantic offering, despite its more cultish appeal.
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It's a shame they ruined ingress (for me) by being inconsistent with portal acceptance and not caring about blatant cheaters.
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Duke Carico
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The first time I ever saw this concept was when Palm introduced the "Folio". Motorola tried it again with the Atrix. In my opinion that might have succeeded had the shell device not been priced more than a phone costs . . . This kickstarter project to sell these for $99 should be interesting to watch!
It may well be all most people need as a computer, and it may well be what we have been waiting for.
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This is a great idea, +Michael Rosenfield I do agree with you, but some times I have wished for this exact thing to happen. Sure you could use the Play store if you already have the Chromebook that is compatible with it. But if you already have the power of a smartphone in your pocket and are cool with getting an inexpensive piece of hardware like the one in the article it just seems like a good idea to me. I carry my phone all day everyday, and to be able to have my laptop use the same connection as the phone instead of paying for more data or the tethering feature would be cool!!! But you have a very valid point especially if wifi is abundant around where you are when you need it.
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Glen “Protious” Jones
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Netbook Pfsense machine

For a while I wanted to be able to know what traffic was coming and going from my network. Also I wanted it to be low power usage and not take up a huge amount of space. For a while I was piecing together the list of parts needed and would usually be about $400 or so to do this.
Now some people may be thinking just reuse an old small form factor pc like some of the Dell Optiplex or HP little pc’s. The only reason I did not go this route is the power they use and that I would have to buy one. Since I had this netbook (MSI Wind U100) here I only had to find my usb ethernet adapter.

Usb Ethernet adapter!!!!?????

Ok I know there are some peoples heads that just exploded! Yes I have made one of the ports needed to use the firewall a Usb ethernet adapter. The only bottle neck for me is the speed of my internet connection. I have 30mbs down and 5mbps up and the ethernet adapter works great!! I have had no issues that were fault of the netbook and ethernet adapter so far. It is running smooth. I am still in the beginning of the running and testing the system still, but having the peace of mind that I have blocked access from some countries so that their packets stop at my firewall and go no further is great!!

Plug the ethernet from the modem to the built in ethernet on the netbook.
Plug the ethernet adapter into a Usb plug and then plug an ethernet cable from that to your network switch or your wireless router WAN port.

!! Little warning!!
I was using the built in switch on my router to try and run my network, Pfsense was handling all DHCP but for some reason the router was causing issues. I at the moment have it setup with a 5 port switch feeding the network and router. All is working pretty well!!

If you have an old laptop or netbook that is pretty much useless to you now, why not give this a try!

I used this Ethernet adapter and if you grab it I can say with some certainty this is going to work as it is working for my application!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00484IEJS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here is where you can get Pfsense.
https://www.pfsense.org/
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Duke Carico
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Like The Pirate Bay, KAT does not host individual infringing files but rather provides links to .torrent and .magnet files so that users can download unauthorized copies of TV shows, movies, and more from various BitTorrent users.
US prosecutors allege Artem Vaulin illegally distributed over $1 billion in IP.
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I hope that he does not get extradited.
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Duke Carico
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I work for a large Chemical company. Since the early 90's, we have been a Windows using company. We've "Partnered" with Microsoft and, in a nutshell, only use Windows products. Yes, there are some exceptions, but basically if it is made by or approved by Microsoft, I have access to it. Otherwise, fill out the form of what it is, and why you need it, and we'll start a testing process, and get back to you in about six months. Actually, I was shocked about a year ago when I got a note explaining that the company had decided to allow us to install the Chrome browser on our work machines. I was so happy that day. But I've learned that as much as I love Chrome, it just doesn't work in SharePoint. And this is a Microsoft product that I live in about 7 hours per day!

Last week, I got a call from a friend who told me he had permission to test Chromebooks at the company. Of course I'm interested! I installed a VM on my windows machine and am accessing via a very inexpensive HP Celeron dual core Chromebook. (Did I mention that HP was our hardware partner?) I'm about 20 hours in and haven't run into any "gotchas" yet.

Being a fan of the Chromebook platform, I'm not sure how biased I can be . . I do know I'm excited to do this testing over the next few months to evaluate these machines against the "It absolutely has to be Microsoft" mentality.
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Chromebooks are amazing. They are fully html5 compliant and if your vdi does html5, they will be more secure than any other device you can give out. (A worker can lose it and nobody can hack the files due to ChromeOS encrypting it at rest.)
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Martin Fowler

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Something new...
 
Liquid nitrogen coffee anyone? Find it with #GoogleMaps on the way from LA to Vegas, July 22-23. #MapsRoadTrip
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Duke Carico
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There was a Linux client available for the service previously, but this launch is a move by the company to get users of the operating system on the latest version of Skype. Users will get a new interface, emoticons and a file-sharing interface.

Chrome users will be able to use web.skype.com to make calls from Google's web browser and desktop operating system starting Wednesday, too. Like the Linux client, the new Chrome client is still in alpha, so there are likely to be bugs, along with missing features.
Linux and Chromebook users now have new versions of Skype to play with. Microsoft launched an alpha version of a new client for Linux on Wednesday morning, in a push to get users of the open source operating system video calling and messaging with Skype.
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Krzanich called off the event, which was to be held at his home in California in June, after the semiconductor maker received an inquiry about it from the New York Times, people familiar with the situation said at the time.
Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said he canceled an event last month with likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump when what was planned as a discussion became a campaign fundraiser.
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I wonder how Trump tried to make that happen? 😶
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Dragon Don
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Wireless printers these days...

https://i.imgur.com/yXlTyhp.jpg?1
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Absolutely, I trust my printer. Most of the time I can't connect to it, so it really can't do much to me.
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Dragon Don
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Courtesy of Onion.io - Build IoT devices easily with Python, Node.js & PHP
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Michael Rainey

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User interface elements have standardized again. At least enough that when someone tries to make a new design without following existing conventions it stands out. For example, while there weren't many word processors, they all used roughly the same iconography for their save button. I've seen this happening for share buttons as well. There may be individual buttons for favored sites, but there's generally also a button to open up more share options and that button is relatively consistent around the 'net.
Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet.
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+'Jə - 'ə' Yep. Just like this joke.
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