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"Strong Passwords" Can Be Dangerous

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Sometimes "Strong Passwords" are essential. Sometimes they're not.


Strong Passwords are the kinds of passwords that are designed to be harder to guess because they're longer, and require you to use a mixture of capital letters, numbers and even punctuation characters.

Since Strong Passwords are designed to protect you from bad guys, you may be wondering why I'm telling you how dangerous they can be. For this that hold personal or financial information, a Strong Password is essential. In fact, I think those kinds of sites not only should have Strong Passwords, they should also require a 2-step verification that sends validation codes via your phone.

My problem isn't with those kinds of sites. I have a big problem with sites that don't hold private information that ask yo... [More]

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User Profiles on iPad

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Sharing an iPad with family members is a pain in the neck.


If you've ever tried to share your iPad with a friend or family member, you know the frustration with trying to keep your Apps, Email, settings, and Photos private.

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Everyone loves taking Selfies. The only problem is the front camera isn't as clear as the back camera.


More pictures today are taken using an iPhone than any other camera, including traditional camera brands like Nikon, Canon, and Sony, which is why Apple spends a lot of time improving the primary camera on the back of the iPhone.

The latest iPhone can not only shoot stills that can rival some DSLRs, it can even shoot jaw dropping 4K video, which until recently, was only available in very expensive professional cameras.

With that in mind, it's hard to believe the front camera on the iPhone still can't even shoot in full 1080p HD. While this may not sound important to some people, the fact is a large number of photos and videos taken today are Selfies, taken with the front... [More]

Continue...iPhone Front Camera Should Be Full 1080p HD...

Beware of HIDDEN $6 ATM Fees

Did you know most banks charge an ADDITIONAL $3 fee to use an ATM?


Although ATMs are required to disclose their fees before you agree to use them, most people aren't aware that their own bank will charge them too, and they won't know about that fee until they take the time to read it on their statement. In most cases, that's an additional $3, and you may not even notice the second fee until weeks later.

I realized this the hard way, when I just happened to notice the $3 fee on my statement. At first, I assumed it was the $3 fee I agreed to when I used the ATM, but then I realized that the $3 ATM fee was already included in the transaction.

So, my original $20 withdrawal read $23, then there was a separate $3 ATM Fee... for a grand total of $6, for just a $20 withdrawal,

... [More]

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Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, one thing I know for sure is that certain characters will be around for many years to come.


About a year ago there was a lot of buzz over the trailer for latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Fan sites studied each frame of the trailer looking for clues about the plot, creating a wealth of rumors.

One scene in the trailer that sparked a lot of rumors is where Rey is seen standing over what appears to be a dead body... a dead FURRY body. Could it be that Chewbacca was dead? While half the Internet was buzzing about the death of Chewie, I knew there was no chance he was dead. He couldn't be killed. He's a "Perennial" Star Wars character, so there was very little chance he'd be killed off so soon into the newest trilogy.

... [More]

Continue...Why Perennial Star Wars Characters Will Live Forever...

Why isn't there at least one network for philanthropy?


Cable TV has hundreds of network in dozen's of categories, such as sports, movies, politics, and children's programming, yet with all that variety, I've never seen a channel devoted to philanthropy.

Anyone who's ever seen the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon knows exactly how powerful TV can be for raising money or awareness for a charity. The MDA Telethon brought attention and much needed funding to an otherwise obscure disease by combining entertainment, information and emotion.

Because of this, I think there should be at least one cable TV channel devoted exclusively to philanthropy. The channel itself would likely need to be a non-profit organization, with an independent board responsible for programming. Larger n... [More]

Continue...Fundraising and Philanthropy Cable TV Channels...

Spring ahead. Fall back. Can't anyone just make up their minds?


If you were to try to explain the concept of Daylight Savings Time to somebody who never heard of it, chances are they'd think you were nuts. Twice a year, just about every clock in the world needs to be either moved forward an hour... or moved back. Think about how hard it had to be for the people who invented the idea to get almost every country in the world to agree to tell their entire population that they will be adjusting time itself, twice a year. It's mind blowing.

Don't get me wrong. I love the idea of moving the clock ahead a bit so that you get a bit more time in the sun in summer. This also means that when the fall comes, we fall back to where we started, and we lose a ton of sunshine, just as t... [More]

Continue...Daylight Savings Time Should Move 30 Minutes... Then Stay That Way...

Apple's Greed is Ruining Apple TV

Apple TV would be so much better if Apple wasn't so greedy.


When Apple introduced the latest generation Apple TV, I was pretty excited because they said it would have an App Store, just like iOS and OS X. To me that was a huge breakthrough because unlike the previous generation, it means that it can finally run third party Apps. The only problem is that most of the Apps are pretty lame.

This was a big letdown because I assumed it would only be a matter of time before my favorite video services like Amazon Instant Video and Vudu were finally available on my Apple TV. Even after al this time, neither company have Apps, and there's no indication they will be appearing any time soon.

I also hoped to see shopping Apps from companies like Amazon. eBay, and Walmart. Once again... [More]

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Detergent Pods Shouldn't Look Like Candy

Why the heck are laundry and dish washer detergent pods so colorful?


On the surface, detergent pods seem like a brilliant idea. You just pop them into your washing machine or dishwasher. There's no more measuring messy powders or liquids, what could be wrong with that? I don't actually have a problem with the concept. It's the execution that's completely messed up, and it's not the fault of the inventors.

The problem comes from the marketing departments of these companies. Instead of being satisfied that people will want to use them simply because of the convenience alone, they decided to make the pods more appealing by adding colorful dyes and flowing swirls that resemble... CANDY.

When a child bites down on a detergent pod, they literally explode into their mouth caus... [More]

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Making notes and reminders with Siri is like pulling teeth.


I don't know about you, but I'm fed up with talking to Siri like a two year old, just trying to get it to create a note or reminder.

Ever since Siri was introduced, I've been making notes and reminders whenever an idea hits me. Unfortunately, Siri has an absolutely horrible track record for (accurately) transcribing whatever I said. I say something like "Remind me to get cat food", and Siri is likely to translate that into something like "Get snack food". Making matters worse, when I get home to read back my reminders, I'll scratch my head and say "Why did I put that on my list?".

If your reminder or note has somebody's name in it, you might as well give up. Siri NEVER gets names right. Just try to tell Siri... [More]

Continue...Why iOS Should Save Your Voice Recordings When You Use Siri...

Apple TV Should Be 4K

Apple dropped the ball when they decided NOT to include 4K support in Apple TV.


Why is Apple making such a big fuss over the fact that the iPhone can shoot 4K video, when they don't actually have a platform for people to actually see their creations in 4K?

For what it's worth, every video you shoot in 4K will only show in 1080p on your iPhone itself... and 1080p on your TV, unless you use another brand of streaming box, such as Sony or Roku. While it wouldn't surprise me if the Apple TV was an older generation, but the generation that is being sold right now just came out at the end of 2015, and it's not likely to be replaced with a newer model for quite a while.

This gives the competition in the increasingly crowded TV streaming device market quite a head start. The issu... [More]

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Nobody likes videos shot in portrait mode.


With a regular camera, there are two distinct ways to hold your camera, "Portrait" and "Landscape". For a regular camera, Landscape is the default position, which yields wider photos. By holding a camera sideways, you get photos that are taller. Sounds simple enough, however when mobile phones came along, the default, natural position has always been Portrait mode... with taller images.

This means that most photos taken with a mobile phone tend to be in Portrait mode. With still photography, it's not a big deal, but for videos it's a complete mess. Whenever you play a video shot in Portrait mode on a regular (wide) screen, the video doesn't fill the whole screen.

Most screens today have a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means they a... [More]

Continue...iPhones Should Automatically Shoot Videos in Landscape...

There's no reason to trigger notification alarms when you've manually launched the Mail App?


Alerts have a purpose... to let you know you should check your email. That's perfectly normal, but why does the iPhone buzz and send you an alert when you are already reading you email?

Think about it. Is there any reason whatsoever for your iPhone to buzz or make a sound while you are literally reading your email... at that exact moment? It's not only pointless, but it draws attention to the fact that you're reading your mail.

For some reason, this is the default behavior. It should be completely eliminated, or at the very least turned off by default.

A Trump Sanders Ticket is UNBEATABLE

If Donald Trump picked Bernie Sanders as his running mate, there is no chance they would lose.


Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are clearly "Anti-Establishment" candidates. Neither are particularly good fits within their respective parties, so it wouldn't be much of a stretch for them to team up.

Bernie Sanders is a liberal extremist on most issues, and although Donald Trump is running as a Republican, he has liberal tendencies on quite a lot of issues, including healthcare.

"None of the Above" Candidates

One of the most common reason why people don't vote in an election is that they don't like any of the candidates.


One solution is to have a "None Of the Above" option. This means that in addition to the list of candidates, one additional choice is given for "None Of The Above".

The "None of the Above" choice would be voted for just like every other candidate, except if that candidate wins, all of the current candidates are disqualified, and the election starts off with a clean slate of new candidates. I have a strong feeling that if this option existed, the voter turnout would reach record levels and the quality of the candidates would improve.

Am I the only one who felt bad for Chewbacca when he didn't get a medal after they blew up the Death Star?


We all know the scene. After saving Princess Leia and destroying the Death Star, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo get a heroes welcome as they are presented with shiny gold medals, while everyone, including Chewbacca looks on.

It makes you wonder if there's some form of racism against Wookies?


Think about it. Chewbacca was Han Solo's Co-Pilot, best friend, and his business partner, and he played just as big a part in saving Princess Leia and destroying the Death Star as Han and Luke. Just like his human companions, he fought off Stormtroopers, shot Tie Fighters, and help pilot the Millennium Falcon as it raced to help Luke destroy the Death Star.

Although he didn... [More]

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Don't you hate when people shoot videos in portrait mode?


Everyone hates seeing videos that were shot in portrait mode, but some of the blame is on Apple, because they could easily make the camera shoot in landscape, regardless of how you hold your iPhone.

The main reason most people shoot videos in portrait is that it's a more comfortable way to hold your iPhone. While it's definitely useful to allow you to shoot still photos in portrait, there's very little reason why anyone would want a video in portrait mode.

Nothing is private when friends and family use your tablet.


Whenever you allow a friend or family member to use your iPad or Android tablet, you're giving them complete access to just about everything in your private life.

So when guests come over and you allow them to see your photos, or play some games, you are also allowing them to read your email, and even access things like your bank account apps. That's pretty scary.

While the tablet itself has a password option, once you unlock it, you are basically giving the person holding it the keys to everything. The only way to block people from accessing your private information that is to keep the entire tablet locked with a Passcode, so there is no way to allow people to use some of your apps, while blocking them from usin... [More]

Continue...Lockable, Password Protected Apps for iOS and Android...

Microsoft really, really, really wants you to run Windows 10.


Over a year ago, I created a post about why Microsoft should offer Windows Subscriptions, with free updates for life.. The main argument is that it's pointless for Microsoft to sell "upgrades" of Windows because the upgrade price wasn't worth it. To pay $100-$200 just to get the latest version of Windows was completely pointless.

As I mentioned last year, because of the high price to upgrade, most people stick with the version that came with their PC, until they get a new one. Because so few people have the latest version, there is little incentive for software and hardware companies to release products specifically designed for the newest versions of... [More]

Continue...Microsoft Shouldn't Force Windows 10 Down Your Throat...

If you ask me, they didn't exactly hide Luke Skywalker form his father, so why didn't he look for him?


In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader makes it clear to Luke Skywalker that he knows he is his son, so it raises the question... if he knew Luke was his son, why didn't he look for him sooner?

Think about it. We know Leia was immediately taken away to another planet (Alderaan), and raised as Princess Leia Organa, so that her father couldn't find her, but Luke wasn't exactly hidden. He was taken back to, of all places Anakin's home planet of Tatooine... to be taken care of by his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen Lars. Since he has no father, Aunt Beru is presumed to be his mother's sister Beru Skywalker Lars.

To top it all off, unlike Leia, they don't even bother changing hi

... [More]

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Daisy Chainable Monitors

Wouldn't it be great if you could plug multiple monitors into one device with only one cable?


Most laptops have only one HDMI port, which means you can plug exactly one monitor into them. Handling multiple monitors means your laptop would need additional HDMI ports.

My idea is to build monitors with expansion ports, specifically to add additional monitors. Technically, with a system like this, each additional monitor you add increases the number of total pixels, but not the number of monitors, so the computer will still see it as one monitor... just a bigger one.

So the computer, cable TV / Satellite converter won't need any special cards or drivers. The host system will see it as one screen with a resolution directly proportional to the connected monitors.

This also... [More]

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