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Is technology changing too fast

Hi all,

Well, there is a discussion on one of the distribution lists on Live Wire about technology. Thats all well and good until you include those people who for one reason or another are not able, or not capable for any reason, to use the technology of today.

I’m not saying that they are completely out of society, however, they must be able to keep up at some level. Within the next 10-20 years, technology will change in such a way where things older people grew up with will definitely be harder to find.

Let me give you an example. Someone went looking for a radio for me so I can take it with me to enjoy the ball game(s) that I may be attending. This radio is a battery operated radio, and it does work. It was definitely hard to find this radio.

I was very happy to hear that cassettes and CD Players and the players for cassettes still being able to be baught. The people who need them are those who can’t use digital equipment because they’re afraid of change, or they have issues learning or other types of issues with learning the new technology. I definitely feel for them, and I’m saddened that we’re moving toward such a point in our lives.

While I’m technologically sound, I feel that there are plenty of people who are not, for whatever their reasons. Tech is not going to slow down for thenm. They need to learn at their own pace, or find themselves behind.

Do you have thoughts? What are they?

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Tech podcast 313: Wipro, Braille 2000, 2019 Phishing report, and more

RSS and Mixcloud have copies of the show. Here are the show notes and articles.


Welcome to the technology blog and podcast, podcast 313. We’ve got a lot for you in a wide variety of news, notes, Braille 2000 stuff, and more.

  • Wipro (pronounced We Pro) is in the news big time. There are three articles which are talked about in the first segment.
  • The 2019 Phishing Trends and Intellegence Report is out. Some very interesting stats within this article that I discuss.
  • Julian Assange was recently picked up for violating the CFAA according to a report. I thought I saw multiple articles, but one article was retrieved. I talk about this development.
  • Braille 2000 is getting ready to release their next version. In a segment, I talk about the Braille 2000 percent codes in general, highlighting the entire list that I have, skipping some which aren’t available yet. They’re talked about in passing, but no code is discussed in full. The web site has removed Version 1 of the software, and version 2 that has been ran is now on the home page.
  • Two ted talks about seizures and heart attacks are talked about and the full talks are played in full. You can search the talks separately through YouTube on the ted talks channel.

The articles dealing with Wipro are hard to swallow. Clearly, nobody knows what is happening, but hopefully they’ve found the issue and corrected it. Being an IT company, you need to understand these things and do proper PR. The PR here was not good, and I’m sure they’ll feel the reprocussions for awhile.

A list of articles that accompany the podcast follows:

Enjoy the podcast, it lasts 72 minutes long. Thanks for listening and make it a great day!

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Braille 2000 soon to be getting a new version

Within the past year, I’ve added to my linedin page the fact I’m an accessibility tester for Braille 2000 a very powerful piece of software that can produce braille documents. Within the past almost year, I’ve started and talked extensively about this software, the braille transcription course, and the trials and tribulations of using this software with Access Technology. The software works for the most part with Jaws with some shortcomings, but not any major pitfalls. Thats good and bad, because NVDA won’t work within the editing pannel at all.

In recent podcasts, I’ve been talking about percent codes within working with RTF files. I’m due yet a new copy of the file, but in the upcoming podcast, I’ll be running through the list I have, briefly touching whats coming in this area.

I’ve found some very interesting bugs during my taking the braille transcription course which have been fixed. While I don’t have any timetable on the release, I can now tell you that Version 1 has been completely removed from braille 2000’s web site, and version 2 is prominent. I’m hopeful that the release will be fruitful, and both my network and braille 2000’s staff will be doing a joint release and I’ll be talking about it in full in a future podcast.

For more info, please visit the web site, and feel free to reach out with questions to Bob or myself. Its been a fun ride. I hope to have more news soon!

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In The Future, Will Your Kids Be Able To Sue You For Oversharing Online?

This article is quite lengthy, but well worth the read. I saw it on twitter today, and its a great read. It has several sides of a particular prediciment that parents get in to, and that is the sharing of their children’s lives. Some parents share everything, others share little or none. I think, that the parent needs to decide if it is something they want to do. According to the article, a French child was able to say something that got their parent in to trouble, but yet, no successful case in the U.S. has come to the courts in regards to children verses child. Will it happen? Maybe. How should we teach parents to make the right choice on what they share?

In The Future, Will Your Kids Be Able To Sue You For Oversharing Online?

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Windows Defender, does it do a good job?

Hello folks,

I had a very interesting issue with my computer. For some reason, a system scan yielded some potential severe threats which Windows Defender only found on a full system scan, not the default scan. After that scan, I ran an offline scan to determine if there was anything else. After the reboot, I was still having the issue of not being able to open anything from the start menu.

To solve this, I went over to Trend Micro’s House call page and decided to download and run it. It can be run in conjunction with other software already installed. After several minutes even though it only went through as far as the users temp directory, it seemed to have cleared up whatever issue I was having. I even did a couple of reboots to make sure and things are OK.

I’m thinking that something got picked up that was removed, although no threats were found from the scan, or it fixed an error with the drive itself when scanning things. I just found this weird. Do you think Windows Defender is still good? Its the only accessible piece of software besides house call that is accessible to us. Trend Micro also has an app within house call called Ransomware buster which can protect files in directories. Don’t know how accessible that is, but that was very interesting. Thoughts?

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tech podcast 312

Tech podcast 312 is now up on RSS and Mixcloud. Transcription software, a woman getting caught with malware, and email signatures are the topics today. I hope you all enjoy!

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Bug Allows HIPAA-Protected Malware to Hide Behind Medical Images

OK, here we go. This aught to get interesting. This is strange.

The ubiquitous nature of the flaw opens the door for rapidly spreading, crippling cyberattacks.

Source: Bug Allows HIPAA-Protected Malware to Hide Behind Medical Images

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new dropbox rules

This is a coppy of a post I put on lists about dropbox, I will replicate it on my blog to.

From march this year, all basic accounts are limited to 3
devices.

What does that mean?

Nothing, except that dropbox remembers every device and session
ever made.

So you reformat your computer or change your account name, or
get another computer and don’t unlink first, your device becomes
a ghost device same with app programs, and brouser sessions.

1.  sign into dropbox.

The easiest way to do this is to login with your own client,
click the tray icon and launch dropbox.

Now near the top of the page is a menu called my account hit
space on that, scroll down to settings, hit shift space to exit
forms mode then hit enter.

Don’t move about else things will just not work right.

Now dropbox settings load.

hit control home for the top of the page then h.

2.  select security tab, in the same way, enter forms mode once
you scroll down to the list of tabs, and locate security.

get out of forms mode and hit enter.

Next control home again.

then hit t.

3.  The next thing to do is locate every session in the first
table which has an end session button it and hit the space bar
till they are all gone.

Next  locate the device tree which is directly below the brouser
treeview.

The first device in the list is your device.

scroll to the end of that list.

Every device you have ever linked including every ghost device
linked in the past will exist, I had 6, my dad had 2.

Hit unlink button on all the devices bar the one that says its
been modified in the last hour.

Every other device will have a time when it was last valid.

Finally go through the steps of going to my account, then
settingss however next select the connected apps view.

Then disconnect every app you don’t use and service.

If you need to link devices take note of the devices you want to
connect.

A basic user can connect up to 3 devices.

Those can be a computer, a phone and one other device or 3
computers.

You can buy, but to be honest, if you get this warning and are
only using 1 device, then you probably have a lot of ghost
devices.

I’d also update your password at this time if you have forgotten
it if you havn’t allready.

I’d also check to see if you know what all the devices you have
are, if you find something you don’t know, then chances are
someone has hacked your account or you linked to a device
somewhere else.

In a way this while annoying is good in a way.

I had no idea dropbox kept all devices from all reformats and
all times I had changed dropbox.

I had 6 devices, 1 is my device I had.

The next one before that was my old win7 device which I may
relink later.

The rest were my win7 and xp devices and their reformats
including profile changes etc.

My apps were not needed ones and I clobbered them.

As for my brouser sessions including the current one there were
19 others which were still signed in from devices that were no
longer active.

In the case of my dad’s system, there were 2 devices, the
current one, and an older instance of the same device which
existed before it, its good to know that I was able to kill
things.

Now I know about this, if I need to reformat my first thing
after I get back in is to kill the ghost devices that linger
inactive after the fact.

This actually is a good reason to check security on my account
if anything else.

Its worth noting that if you need more space and upgrade you
won’t have to bother with this though even if you do knowing
what I had, its worth looking at the site anyway.

I didn’t need all those 20 sessions logged in at once, nore did
I need the 6 devices 4 of which were ghosts of old linked
devices and one which is not on the network.

I guess knowing that I could link that one but even so I will be
carefull to check every linked system I service to make     sure
its all clear of stuff that shouldn’t be on it.

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Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years – Motherboard

This is quite interesting. I’m looking at twitter and found this. I never knew who was behind the 2nd part of the silk road, but knew there was a second version of it Very interesting.

Source: Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years – Motherboard

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Tech podcast 311 is now out!

Hi all, the RSS, Mixcloud, and telephone options have the podcast. I’m slow in regards to updating this blog, and for that, I’m sorry.

If you need links and or a phone number, contact me.


Welcome to the technology podcast, podcast 311. We’ve got a very interesting braille transcription update which makes me very excited to push forward in this course. Besides that, a transit update, and we start with several articles in discussion. The articles will be linked, and the podcast runs 82 minutes. I hope you enjoy the program!

Thanks so much for listening! That completes the article listings and do feel free to read them if the discussion interests you. See you next podcast!

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