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Hi all.
Its been a while since I updated this thing in ages.
First and foremost I was looking into the cloud on ms win8 with the
new ms accounts.
I wandered what would happen if you couldn’t login.
Cloud stuff is good but being a tech and a hacker of some note I have
wandered what would happen if something goes down.
the net is never fully stable.
your lines can glitch, routers can break.
Your isp will have issues from time to time.
your account could get hacked prity much exposing all the data you
have to who knows what.
the cloud servers could go.
something else along the way could go.
Oh and your security software could make login impossible to.
There are several ways to get round that.
1. create a local account and a cloud account.
2. refresh the system and install your apps again.
My responces to these.
1. if you are going to create a local then what the fuck’s the point
in making a cloud account in the first place.
Ok skip the ms junk about multipul devices, and other things if you
have a local why not set it as you have always done.
Some techs will point out your local hardware drives, etc have a limited life.
Well it was not so long ago where a google centre close to me failed.
net down, cloud down, oh dear.
it would have been much better to have the cloud only have effect
after you logged locally.
true have your settings in the cloud, your files insecure though that
may be, etc but have it that the default desktop or whatever came up
if things didn’t work out in the first place.

2. this relates to 1.
It seems pointless to me anyway that if you are going to have cloud
and it fails you have to essentually reformat.
in fact reformatting would be better, hell going back to xp or even7
would be better than 8.
Maybe I am being to strong but the fact as statued above cloud
systems can have potential pitfalls not to mention that ms update is
quite unstable really puts in question how stable ms stuff is as a whole.
All of the systems here have local login and secondary cloud access.
Ok if it fails its a real pain.
no gadgets, no news, weather no program updates, no twitter no
nothing till its up again but local stuff is accessable.
On the cloud side, if I am logging in, boom no system, need to
restore or reformat to get it working again.
Also I question the portability of the cloud in the situation where
laptops are concerned.
I will on occation have to be away without a net connection.
If I have to login to a cloud to boot I will have a major issue and
have to reformat.
So if you have loads of units maybe, or if you must then have both.
My plan is to skip cloud fully and just have local or at least have
local and see if I can login to clouds afterwards.
I also heard that there are some issues killing cloud access after
you have it and using a local instead though not sure if true which
makes me wander why I’d bother in the first place.
The only reason is if I were in a business situation where all
clouds were administered by a server.
that server went online.
as long as you could login to the server you would still have access.
Personally though I see no point for home users to worry about cloud
access at login.
I have several pcs with xp and 7 on them.
Cloud access.
aim, skype, msn, yahoo, a few other sites.
gmail, youtube etc, etc.
office, my documents every bit of software I use!
win 8 cloud.
everything if cloud doesn’t work, nothing.
If I loosse the cloud now ok no up to date info but I can live I
will bee extremely annoyed but I will live.
cloud win8.
fine everything works.
it goes down.
reformat and try again after which I would wander why the fuck I even
bothered with the cloud.
Thoughts are welcome.

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Samsung struggles to block iPhone function for the blind

I just read this article from the BBC entitled Samsung struggles to block iPhone function for the blind and this is rediculous. This would not I hope be the case in the United States where I hear a lot of people have iphones who are blind. It is the number one phone I know of that is fully accessible right out of the box. This is a win for apple I feel. Sorry Samsung, but this is utter crap. You should be ashamed of yourself that you want to exclude the blind. Can this really be happening? Only time will tell.

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Window-Eyes 8.1 is now available!


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Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Henshaws Society for Blind People

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Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Henshaws Society for Blind People.

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Last pass gets an update

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Podcasting Community Faces Patent Troll Threat; EFF Wants to Help

So I’m reading this article entitled: Podcasting Community Faces Patent Troll Threat; EFF Wants to Help and this is not looking good. This is effecting all podcasters and I believe they must read this one. I may bring this up on the podcast network as a whole, and I’ll point to this post. My thoughts? At least for me, Magnatune allows me to use their music any way I want. The fact I use their music, put my files together in to one file and call it a podcast does not seem to me to be a patent as anyone can do it including Twit and other networks out there. Please pass this along, this is not looking good.

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I’m still alive

Hi all. This is just a note to say I still live. With the demise of the tech podcast last year I have shifted most of my weekly ramblings as well as my livejournal to http://smeveriss.wordpress.com which will be where it will stay for the rest of my life hopefully anyway. Big businesses should know better like godaddy, sounds like a hacker or buggy system but it all goes back to the customer. You are probably asking what have I been doing. on here I help jared keeping things updated but to be honest I don’t really post anymore. I post on my wordpress blog once or twice a week and most of that is normal. In the tech side I have been testing a new gaming engine called tactical battle at www.blindaudiogames.com This allows you to run campaigns and maps of different things. right now I am helping with the testing and ideas and such for the starship basic trek map pack. Please read my blog for the juicyness but for those that want a breef summery of things, this year I am again doing tech experimental projects for universities and such. I have a load of personal issues that I bloged about earlier on my blog which I won’t go into here, surfice it to say I will be poorer as a result. My grandma died last week and such. On the tech front its essentually stopped though I should at some point be getting my hands on a windows8 machine. maybe a new iphone to since symbian is no more. in the hobbies department I have been doing a lot of collecting of old sound blaster and other midi and demo cds. I have just come accross a major collection of hardware, disks, cds and other junk, and when I finally get this I plan to do a podcast so I am still thinking about the cast. I am not sure when I will be doing another status update here but I will keep you informed as to what I am doing on here as time allows though note that the smeveriss.wordpress.com will be more current than this. I also don’t promis that I will release another podcast but maybe when I have the gear or when the final pack of maps is released I will run a playthrough of this which I will temperarily store on dropbox or something who knows.

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Think! — GoDaddy deletes my domains and charges me to restore them

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