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Apple releases minor updates, one may be a big change

IOS and apple products getting minor updates

Apple vis is reporting that IOS 11.4.1 and other apple products are getting minor updates. this apple vis blog post walks you through the details of the updates. According to notations, it does not look like there are any improvements or regressions for accessibility, but it is always a possibility. Instructions for updating each apple product is given at the end of the posting for people who need it.

The biggest change that I want to highlight is the new USB locking feature. This is to lock out tools from extracting data after an hour of the phone being locked. This is a very talked about new feature of the IOS platform, and is looking to be a good thing. According toarticles, companies who develope these tools may already be getting around this restriction, but it is not confirmed as of yet.

For the casual user, this update set may include bug fixes and security improvements throughout the operation of the device being used whether phone, watch, TV, or Mac.

Thanks for reading.

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Technology podcast 279 is now up

Hi all,

I’ve seriously neglected this blog and podcast for quite a long time. I’ve read a lot, decided on stuff, and then got involved in other things. Below, please find the show notes for podcast 279 which is now up on our RSS feed for you to download. It’s also on mixcloud as well.

Welcome to podcast 279. This podcast is long awaited, and I need to get back to doing things more promptly. The news here is not so outdated, but I definitely need to work on getting stuff out more timely. Today, I talk about learning a braille transcription program which I’m continuing to learn. Next, do you know about top level domains? ICANN is allowing new TLD’s to be released, and in this article entitled Bad .Men at .Work. Please Don’t .Click published on the 11th of June, talks about several bad domains, over 50 percent of whose URL’s are “bad” and the word bad is in quotes because it needs to be. Finally, since time had elapsed, a compilation of various news items. Each segment is over 20 minutes, but maybe of interest. I’ll try to get more podcasts out more often. Thanks for listening!

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Technology podcast 278 for for June 9, 2018

Hi all,

The RSS feed has my podcast for this time for podcast 278. Here are the show notes.

Welcome to podcast 278 of the technology podcast with Jared Rimer. I’ve got several articles I’m going to link to as part of this week’s program, as well as a game update from audio game hub.

We’ve got also an update to audio game hub as described above, where they released a new game, and we also have our contact info at both ends of the podcast. See you on another edition of the podcast! Thanks for listening.

See you next time.

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Blindfold games looking for a new opportunity

Hi all,

I’ve received this email back on the 23rd of May. I’ve thought about whether to post it, or just link to its survey, and decided that the whole email is best. Marty, the creator of blindfold games, needs help, and the email is below.

Need your help – New Company: Curriculum-based Games for VI students
My business partners and I from prior businesses are about to launch a new company to provide game-based curriculum for teachers of visually impaired preK
through 12 students.
Our background includes Blindfold Games, and another company we started in the early 2000s to provide IEP management for school districts.  I am already
working with several teachers and professors in this area.
There’s a one page synopsis at the bottom of this email, which is included in this survey: 
I’m simply looking for help to distribute the survey – passing this on to any and all teachers would really help.
If I get sufficient responses that indicate this can become a viable company that makes a difference, we will finish the private funding effort and launch
the company.  I would be glad to share the results of the survey with you.
Here’s the one-page info:
Over the past 4 years our company has created 80 accessible games downloaded by more than 20,000 visually impaired people.  These games range from Puzzle
Games to Card Games to Sports Games to TV Game Shows to Board Games to Word Games.  About a dozen of the games are used by TVIs for orientation and mobility
Now, we are looking to take our successful game concept and use it to support the work of teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and
mobility specialists and others who support the educational programs of students with visual impairments.
Our team’s background include the members of Blindfold Games (mentioned above), and the founders of a company that provides comprehensive solutions for
the management and regulatory reporting requirements of Special Student Populations, including the IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
We are creating a new company that will provide educational curriculum via games for preK-12 students with visual impairments.  Games will be based on
the goals and objectives in each student’s Individual Education Plan, and will record the student’s progress automatically.  We realize IEP goals vary
from child to child and are a road map supporting children to achieve their individualized goals. We are confident you’ll find games that will support
your students in achieving their goals. All members of the IEP team: teachers, therapists, specialists and parents – will be able to monitor the student’s
We need your input to make this new company a reality.
The games we design will address all areas of the expanded core curriculum. They will be accessible to students who are screen reader users and those with
usable vision. A small sampling of topics to be covered by the games include: Sequencing, Memorization, Pattern Matching, Orientation, Grids, Calendars,
100s Charts, Simple Graphs, Rule-based games, Turn-taking, Coordinate Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra, Grade-level Spelling, and Grade-level Grammar
Our games will be fun and educational. They are based on the feedback thousands of Blindfold Games fans have provided.   Students will be able to enjoy
the games on all popular devices: mobile phones, tablets, netbooks, PCs and Macs.
The games will be built as a collaborative effort between game designers and curriculum experts, such as teachers of students with visual impairments,
orientation and mobility specialists,  and vision rehabilitation therapists. When using a game, student progress data is stored in a cloud-based infrastructure,
easily connected to most IEP systems.
Our plan is to develop and market these educational games as part of a sustainable business that will have a long-term positive impact.

Thanks for your support.

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IOS 11.4 is now out

Hi all,

This apple vis article talks about IOS 11.4. Some interesting new features we have. I’ll see about getting my phone updated. Please feel free to talk about this one and let me know what you think.

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Comments to posts

Hi jared.
Firstly a minor admin notice.
Due to the fact I couldn’t get jetpack to update because of some sort of extraction error I had to completely kill and reinstall it.
If something is screwed with jetpack or wordpress settings please set things to how you want.
I have tried to set things that should be set right, but I am only human.
Thanks, crashmaster.

Specter and meltdown.
Yeah, this is old by a few days from us cert.
Is it a problem?
judging from firmware updates to the new hp remote box that came out today it seems its patched.
Just remember all that have them, if you get an update to your firmware please install it.
Please check your updates the way you do them from your manufacturer’s site.
Chances are the automatically installed software will do that when you run it but if not or you removed it, you need your machiens serial number or something to get access at least for hp units.
2. android.
Nothing is secure, be carefull where you go this thing will get fixed like everything else even if its not done allready.
Next government sites.
You’d think they would be secured, but yeah our government has been blasted because sites were not secured right.
And even if they are secure, overload that site and you may get information which is not yours or worse.
I havn’t had issues with non secured sites, but have had an issue where all benifits were cut because of a system crash.
I reported on time my situation it was noted down and shortly after that I was traveling.
I get back and am told all benifits are cut because I didn’t report.
I ring contact centre.
The data did come through but the system crashed so the output never made it.
The system was fixed, but as my situation did not go over the benifit expiry date no one thought about fixing the error and a lot of error messages got sent and that was all.
The opperater said after a pause of a minute that checks with the customs computers proved I was back and my data matched and that there in fact was no issue and the errors were just errors.
A sinical version of me though could be fooled into thinking that the data never made it and they were covering their rears.
The issue was fixed, and I was told to call back if there was an issue.
Here is the issue, after going through not only 2 step, but voice, photo, police, security, and several address checks, codes both via paper, voice and in person as well as email, you’d think if the system was nice and secure that if it screwed up someone would be able to notice it but I guess not.
Sadly an open system like android will be prone to more security issues than closed source, opensource is good, faster upgrades, faster patching, better security, and full user interaction, but the same things that make it fast are security holes.
Its the risk you take with your stuff there is nothing different.
Do I trust local and national government systems, I don’t say with my data, I do trust that they are secure enough I don’t have to worry about them if they don’t work.
Ofcause, while I need to access them the times I really need to directly access them are rarely to almost never and only have to be for security, varification checks, revarification and or if I need to travel, or update passports, address details, or services.
Most of this is automatic and so I am confident it works, ofcause if I forget my password thats a problem which I probably will since I hardly need to access the system.
I do have an access pin which I hope I never forget.
I do have questions but I just hope I don’t forget those.
There is always a ballance between user and security, you need to find it then you may be fine or maybe not.

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Meltdown and spector are not done, what’s next?

In news I read today, Meltdown and Spector are not done yet. From Cyberscoop, we have an article I’m passing along Tech giants reveal new variant of Meltdown and Spectre vulns and I’m curious on what Security Now has to say about it. This can’t be good in the long term. You’d think the patches were a start to this, but people aren’t done trying to pick these vulns out. The A.J. Sunday Retreat talks about the Meltdown and spector as we knew it, but now, there is more than we know. This aught to get very interesting.

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Did you know that Android is vulnerable? Research shows its not getting updated

In a recent article we learn that android is not all that secure because they aren’t getting updated. On the flip side, IOS and PC’s are just as bad, although PC’s don’t have to worry about it that much if you use it responsibly. No one is updating their Android devices, new data shows is the article, and you’re ready to click through to read it at your convenience. Let me know your thoughts.

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Confucius is now back, did you think it was dead?

In an article entitled Confucius Update: New Tools and Techniques, Further Connections with Patchwork – TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog and this is quite interesting. This is the beginning I think of a bigger problem we’ll have to fight.

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Running a government site? You should be ashamed of yourself for this: especially if you’re the pentagon

So I recently read an article on Cyberscoop that talks about the government, more specifically, the pentagon. You’d think that security is important when it comes with the government, however, they have proven not to care that much. Pentagon’s websites need better security, Wyden says is the name of the article, and this can’t be a good sign. Self signed certs is not the way to go now a days. You need an authority to sign certs. Check the article out, let me know your thoughts.

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If you live in California, you’ll want to read this

Hi all,

While perusing the tech news of the feeds I subscribe to, Cyberscoop was the one that wrote up a story dealing with a California Breach. The article Hackers steal PII and payment info of thousands of California residents in company breach was posted May 21, 2018 and its something we Californians need to be aware of. This can’t be good. I have a very bad hunch that this is only going to get worse, and sadly, there is nothing we can do as a whole to stop it except to not do business online. Sometimes, thats the best thing, because we want services only available online. I’m not saying that we should completely stop, but with all the breaches coming, how can we learn how to protect ourselves? This is not going to be good, but I hope that we can find a solution. Thoughts?

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Thought I’d lump everything into this thing.
1. dictation is it secure.
Sure, are your habbits secure?
Would you yell your credit card number in a public place to all that can hear.
The same is for medical information.
I would assume you would set things up when at home, or in the place if thats how you handled things.
There are just some things you type in even if you can dictate, its commen sence.
Sadly while not secure info exactly I have heard people yell conversations out in the bars on their phones or in cafes or other eateries.
Not only is it diskirtious and really insecure its annoying as muther fucking god!
We don’t need this.
If used properly then dictation is a usefull tool.
Put it this way, if you get crushed to death by your chipper because you decided to unstick a jam by putting your foot in it and giving it a shove?
Probably if its broken but if by the action you breaking it further by doing that it probably is your’s.
With technologies like dictation a lot of the owniss should actually be on the user.
Now if that info is online and gets hacked via dictation thats another thing entirely but I do think users need to use their ai systems a lot more well like you would do normally.
The net is almost the same as real life and should be treated as such.
Your identity is public, your information is public, I am sure some government agency is reading this post.
Thats what we all should be thinking, big brother is watching.
That means don’t be an intire fucking idiot, don’t be stupid.
This is the real world we are talking here, sadly some just choose or believe its not.
Text is a terrible medium to write in at any case voice is the key but there is a risk in everything.
2. klango.
I used it back when dialup existed and yeah I remember it all.
At first it was fine but as forums and groups grew out of proportion things started to go wrong.
I never used it extensively, but there were rumors of bad management, hackers, bad admin staff, one rumor from a user to another said that after reporting that after a particularly bad time with arguments with another user an admin told them to go kill themselves.
Ofcause rumors in these places like any electronic board are rife, so are banns for no reason, bad admins and the like.
I kept out of people’s way but as links broke and badness came out of it things improved klango died.
With twitter going the way it seems to be and facebook not far behind klango may rise up again it was a good platform I wish it could be continued and upgraded.
With the event of win10 and other things, privacy is a big thing, but choosing what we have on means we choose to share things like location, speech data, update information etc.
Using a modern system from windows to apple to android means to have the interactive experience we have we need to send a lot of data gigs and gigs of it.
And that data will be stored and sadly used for adds and addware because we as users want to be as low cost or free as we can.
Nothing is free even if they say it is.
And while I don’t care for adds, I do view adds and promotions for things like my shopping mall, bits for the paper, things like that.
The issue is that if I am having adds I want them for my city for things I recognise not forign adds. and ofcause the dangerous ones always exist.
You can’t control internet adds etc.
I mean we all get spam snailmail, and sometimes we read it.
In 1996 to 2001, spam email actually worked like normal junkmail.
If junk mail that we recieved via post came via email maybe once a day and not all the time, then I’d read it.
All those catalogs and whats on things.
Another issue with all this is that we try to fix what is not broken.
Most of the security is not in fact a virus, hacker or ransomware attack.
Its that we need to be carefull within ourselves and not be half asleep especially online.
And with that I will go and sleep myself.

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Klango closing May 24

Hi all,
On this posting through Klango.net they announce their closing as of May 24th. OI saw an email saying I had a new message. I’ve not personally used the service in many years, and have not used the oftware in some time. I did look at it and saw some cool things, but then stopped using it. I thought it was great for those who used computers, yet wanted a simpler interface for browsing the web and listening to audio. I was able to listen to my internet station through it, and found the messaging cool. How many have used it, and what do you think is next?

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Technology podcast 277 is now available!

Hi all,

The technology podcast, podcast 277 is now up. I know I’ve neglected this blog for quite awhile, and I hope to get right back in to it really soon. Today, I finished up the work on the podcast, and our RSS feed is having a copy of it as well as the mixcloud. Please find below the podcast’s show notes where links may be given.

Welcome to podcast 277 of the technology podcast series with Jared Rimer. Is diction a security risk, especially when it comes to habits as dictating medical and other history that you may text to someone that you feel isn’t a problem? A podcast I heard dealing with the disabled braught this up, and I thought about it. Its quite interesting, and the security experts call this a trade off. Next, we have a 6 part series dealing with cyberland, and its many adventures. F-secure posted this in their youtube channel, and I thought it should be shared. Next, T-Mobile Employee Made Unauthorized ‘SIM Swap’ to Steal Instagram Account is discussed. I’ve also put similar thoughts out on the phone lines. Finally, our contact information. I hope you’ll enjoy the program as much as I have, and I’ll be back soon with another one.

Thanks so much for listening!

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The A.J. Sunday retreat is now up

On the rss feed we talk about our weeks off, and other odds and ends. Here is the show notes for this show.
After a two-week hiatus, 98.6Themix presents Episode 5 of The A.J. Sunday Retreat with Mando and Jared! In this show, the following will be discussed:

  • Ever wondered how spammers and telemarketers get ahold of your phone number? This article will explain what goes behind all this and ways to prevent from your number being exposed. You can find this article at Why Your Phone Gets So Many Spam Calls, And How To Stop Them.
  • People like myself like to at times replace certain components of electronics and other items but yet, the fear of breaking the sticker that can possibly void the warranty looms into our minds. Going to the store, or shipping the product back for replacement can be time-consuming and may set one back. This article called Those ‘Void If Broken’ Warranty Stickers Are Actually Illegal. describes how these stickers are illegal and should not be used against us who are capable of rplacing easy to replace parts.
  • Has it ever occurred to you that constant power outages can ultimately take a toll on expensive products, such as your computer, studio mixer and beyond. A recent experience will be talked about and how I solved this issue for future outages. Here is a link to the product I purchased and I hope you find this beneficial. The item I purchased is called CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System, 1000VA/600W, 10 Outlets, AVR, Mini-Tower.
  • Mando gets made fun of in our last segment.
  • Hope you will enjoy today’s show!

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technology podcast 276: the tech retrospective

Wonder how life was for me and how I was supported? My father. Listen to this retrospective as I recount what he’s done throughout his life for me and how I benefitted it. Go to the RSS feed for the show and find below, the notes.
On this podcast, I talk about dad, what he did in regards to me and technology. I also talk about a tech glitch that I found through some comments, and how I’m planning to fix it. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Read the full 2 and a half page letter to dad including any comments by clicking on the link. Thanks for listening!

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IOS and Mac updtates now ou

Hi all,

This blog post from Apple Vis indicates that there are IOS and Mac updates. Mainly security patches, but nothing huge if you’re running a 7 or below. The fixes for IOS is dealing with iphone 8 specifics.

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Tech podcast 275 is now out

Tech podcast 275 is on our RSS feed for you to enjoy.

Hello everyone. Welcome to another podcast here on the Jared Rimer Network. This is the technology podcast, podcast number 275. On this podcast, we:

  • introduce and Armando demonstrates WinSCP.
  • A ted talk talking about Grammarly and a bug that was found that allowed anyone to read what you wrote.
  • Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself was an interesting read, and I talk about it in my thoughts. It may be also discussed as part of a things to ponder segment as part of the AJSR program on the mix.
  • Medical Technology and how it is used in Africa was a very interesting talk, and we don’t see this too often and found it interesting enough to share it.
  • Understanding Code Signing Abuse in Malware Campaigns is discussed in a segment asking if you’ve downloaded anything you weren’t expecting. We all have. I rehash old stuff a little bit, compare it to what can happen today, and talk about some of the data.

Contact information is at the end of the program, so feel free to utalize that to contact me. Thanks for listening!

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The A.J. Sunday retreat is now up

mer.net/ajsr”>Here is the RSS feed for the show. Below, please find the show notes.

98.6TheMix is proud to present Episode 4 of the A.J. sunday Retreat with Mando and Jared! In this episode, the following will be discussed:

  • We will talk to Mando’s guest who has graciously took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his experience in using a Macintosh computer and how the retirement of Nicecast has affected his radio broadcasting abilities, along with other randomness that may come up in discussion. You can read about Nice Cast retirement at Nicecast Has Been Retired
  • Effective sometime in the near future, Twitter has decided to exclude third party access to their Application Programming Interface. (APIs). If such is on the horizon, this spells the end of third-party interactive Twitter clients which means you will not be able to receive all events such as mentions, message and the like. We will listen to concerns from the pannel, as well as any other participants who wish to join us on 98.6TheMix TeamTalk server, found at 98.6TheMix Home Page. For more information about this topic, you can read this article that can be found at Your Favorite Twitter Client Is about To Break.
  • We often talk about security when using a computer and/or mobile device. However, have you considered thinking about security at home? How can you stay protected as a person who has a disability, as well as those who have limited challenges such as language barriers? In this segment, Mando will talk about his experiences with various types of home security systems, some of the challenges he faced when operating the cameras and his recent investment his family made by request.

We hope you enjoy today’s show and please send us any feedback!

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Podcasts released on the network

There were two podcasts released on the network that effect this blog.

The Technology podcast, podcast 274 which you can find on the tech RSS feed is the first to go to my mixcloud page. I’ll talk more about mix cloud later, but we have it on passing on this podcast. Here are the show notes for this podcast, which is numbered 274.

Welcome to podcast 274. Are you familiar with how someone who would get dressed could do it if they have a disability that prevents them from doing it on their own? A very powerful ted talk will talk about this, in what I’d call the low tech segment. Are you familiar with Philmore Productions? A customer gives me a file that was posted to one of their bulletine boards, and asks some questions. This 33 minute segment talks about my thoughts on the file, and it is not looking good. I’ll let you listen to the segment and decide this on your own, but I call this my thought piece. Next, have you mistyped domains? We all have. In an article pened by Brian Krebs entitled Omitting the “o” in .com Could Be Costly gives some insites that I talk about. Finally, I started a Mix Cloud page and I DISCUSS this site a little bit. All of this and contact information is all at the end. I hope you’ll enjoy the podcast, and thanks for listening!

Also, The A.J. Sunday Retreat is also up. Its RSS can be found through jaredrimer.net just like the tech podcast is. This podcast is a music and talk show as we discussed when I braught it along, and there is some tech for this podcast.

Here are the show notes for that podcast if you wish to review them.

98.6TheMix Presents Episode 3 of the A.J. Sunday Retreat with Mando and Jared!

In this episode the following will be discussed.

  • Are self-driving automobiles a good or bad idea? We will focus our attention on an article in which an executive from Toyota claims that self-driving cars will kill hundreds, while at the same time saving thousands. The article can be found at: Self-driving cars could kill hundreds but save tens of thousands
  • Herbie has expressed intrest in the subject of Amazon providing Prime Membership discounts to those who are receiving government aid such as Medicare. Despite arguments of opponents stating that even though Amazon has made such move to provide discounts, people who are low-income will not shop online regardless. can this be true? This article can be found at: Amazon Offers Prime Discount for Medicaid Recipients
  • In 2014, gun rights in Iowa have been extended to grant the ability for blind people to keep and bear arms. This in turn has law enforcement scratching their heads. What are we talking about? This article, which can be found at: Iowa grants gun permits to the blind talks about the good and bad in relation to blind people being able to carry a gun. Can this be a good or bad thing? Stay tuned as we discuss this and more on the show.
  • If time permits, we will have an open forum session in which you the listener/participant can express whatever is on your mind.

    We hope you enjoy today’s show and Thanks for listening, and please leave that feedback!

    I hope you’ll consider either of these podcasts, and I’m working on 275 for tech as we speak.

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