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A miscellany is defined as a "collection of various pieces of writing by different authors", but it has come to mean something "Of items gathered or considered together of various types or from different sources" or "a collection or group composed of members or elements of different kinds". The word "miscellaneous" comes from the Latin word "miscere", meaning "to mix." You might have heard the expression "a mixed bag," which applies when you don't quite know what you're going to get. More commonly, a miscellaneous group is made up of an odd group of things that don't fit anywhere else.

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Amazon Web Services

Are you thinking about creating an Amazon Web Services account for your business? Not sure where to start? In this course you’ll get an overview of the history of AWS and take a tour of their user interface.

Amazon is launching a new business where you can franchise a branded Amazon courier service:
https://logistics.amazon.com/

Startup cost is $10k

They estimate annual profit for a fleet size of 20-40 vans at $75k - $300k a year:
https://logistics.amazon.com/marketing/opportunity

Is this the "Uber"ization of the Post Office?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
I saw that the other day too.  I think the vans turn out to be daily rentals from Enterprise. Managing 20 to 40 vans probably means managing 30 to 60 people, 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week.  If you are at the low end of $75K, that is a lot of work for that amount.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Yeah, package/mail delivery is a real grind. My parents are retired postmasters, so I'm interested to hear their take.

I could see how this would be an interesting fit for someone with experience in managing a delivery/logistics model, to be able to work for themselves. At the same time, you would have no negotiating power with Amazon as far as payment per package/van. Seems like an extremely high risk scenario.

Seems like the only way you could step into this safely, is if you could look at the historic package volume for the geographic region you'd like to service.
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The US DoD recently released (via FOIA request) footage of an F18 SuperHornet tracking a UFO:
https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/2015-go-fast-footage/

Kind of surprising this type of information doesn't create a maelstrom of headlines.

The tracking system used to capture the footage was Raytheon's Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod: https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/atflir

Interestingly, this isn't the first time UFO footage has been released:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html
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by:Alba Richi
Oh thank you for the link, it's very useful information for me.
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http://www.newsweek.com/best-buy-geek-squad-fbi-informants-834846

There are bound to be varying opinions on the legality and/or morality of Geek Squad's practice of turning over client data to the FBI; especially considering that at least one instance allegedly led to the GS employee being paid for the info. I am intrigued to hear what others think about this.
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"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards." - Fred Hoyle

Go Starman, Go
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by:Michael Arciniega
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
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It is cold up here in the northeastern USA and Canada. A bit of moderation today.
My station wagon needed washing - salt coating the outside, salt on the rubber floor mats, grunge around the door jambs.

So I was out this morning (-16 C first thing) and drove over to our church making a stop on the way. Not even warm when I turned the car off. We came out, started up and it is now -8 C (warmer than it has been for 2 weeks).  We drove around a big block and I turned the heater on high. By the time we got very near home, the car was hot, the engine was nicely warm and the moving parts (transmission / transaxle / wheels and brakes) were running properly.

So into the car wash we go (soft cloth, water vacuum at the end), into my garage, wipe off the 5 door jambs all the way around. Carefully take out the mats (salty), shake them out and bring them inside and wash them and dry them. Put them back and lock them in place and wipe down here and there.

Nice clean car inside and out in freezing cold temperatures. It is all in how you do it. The hot car warms the garage to freezing or a little warmer with the door closed.

I have another open question here about car batteries.  I had washed and dried my sedan in mid-December and had not driven it since. It is clean and dry but a bit dusty. The roads are dry, so I though it be a good idea to start it (started right up after being off 3 and 1/2 weeks). I took it on a good highway drive and got it hot, put it in the garage. …
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by:Andrew Leniart
Screw that for a joke! lol...

Damn, I'm glad I live in Australia!  

God's own country :)
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by:John
No joke here. We always get Winter although this year was a record cold year. Normally not this bad.

I have an LL Bean Flying Tiger jacket with Sheepskin lining to keep me warm when using public transit.
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The future of ergonomics! Probably.

To nerd it up for us: Imagine a keyboard made to exactly match the way your hand moves.

https://weartesters.com/brooks-superfeet-true-running-shoe-customization-running-event/
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Hi Friends,

Just a short note to explain why those of you who have been following me may be curious as to why I suddenly disappeared from EE all of a sudden and apparently started ignoring all of your messages for the last couple of months.

Without going into too much detail, I've basically been in and out of hospital with a rather serious condition. My last stint in hospital was 4 1/2 weeks and I'm finally now home again on a "Hospital in the Home" program where district nurses regularly visit my home and I go back into the hospital once a week for doctors reviews.

The situation I'm in isn't about to change real soon, but I'm confident I'll beat it eventually  :-)

So that's my story gang.. My apologies for the lack of replies and if I do seem to disappear, please know it has nothing to do with Experts Exchange forums, which I continue to thoroughly enjoy.

Best..

Andrew
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by:John
I continue to wish you well and think of you every time someone posts in here. I hope that the outcome is now brighter for you.
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by:Jerry D.
Sending you positive thoughts and best wishes. Be well!!
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Fundamentals of JavaScript
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Fundamentals of JavaScript

Learn the fundamentals of the popular programming language JavaScript so that you can explore the realm of web development.

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by:Juana Villa
I wish people use their intelligence in an ethical way :(
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Subject of the week | Tell us about a technology you'd like to learn.
I'm fascinated by developments in Machine Learning and want to, heh, learn more about it. Not so much because I want to create Machine Learning systems myself—I have very little interest in the math involved—but so I can know how to leverage the sort of things that are being built. I easily envision the future of most work being about managing various bots and knowing how to apply them to higher level problem solving.

To get started on that path, I'm currently teaching myself Python (via several books on the subject) and would then transition into the use of it to dig deeper into the Machine Learning libraries. (And if I have to, even some refresher on the math... I did pass the AP calculus test, but that was 20 years ago!)

Any of you out there with more knowledge in these areas have some advice on this?
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by:tliotta
Not sure about "huge", but at least plausible. Lots of research needed for use by football players, since they won't quite match species evolved for constant usage like that. Veins/capillaries might not have quite the appropriate wall strength for regular stress, and other related issues might arise. Long term effects might approach those of high blood pressure.

It maybe could be much more interesting if we could learn effects at much younger ages. But it's not so easy studying younger than informed consent ages.
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by:Kyle Santos
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Reminded me of this poignant note from XKCD
Thanks guys
Go out in style Cassini :)
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by:Phil M
Those NASA bods are so cruel.
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What technology was way ahead of its time?

Adidas "Feet You Wear" technology basically introduced what most performance shoes are trying to achieve today. This was the first shoe line I can remember that created support by natural motion. Prior to this, with the exception of Reebok Pump technology, support came from straps all over the place, high ankle collars, and option lacing systems. Lines can be drawn from FYW to more recent innovations like Nike Free outsoles, Adidas Primeknit/Nike Flyknit, and clearly to Vibram FiveFingers.

It's fitting, pun completely intended, that Kobe Bryant was the poster child for FYW because he continued to introduce new innovations and trends with his Nike line. The Kobe 4s popularized low tops, the Kobe 9s started an interesting trend of ultra high(not really purposeful) collars, and the Kobe A.D. NXTs introduced a hidden lace lock system. But I digress.

https://sneakernews.com/2016/06/16/flashback-96-birth-adidas-feet-wear/
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Subject of the week | I'd never make it through my work day without this technology.
I'm really not a morning person, so the coffee maker is exceptionally helpful at starting the day ;-)
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by:Daniella Barion
I totally agree morning feelings changes after coffee.  But to wake up on the right time  I need the alarm clock from the phone.
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Become a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer
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Become a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

Curious what the top 100 Google searches are for "How to" do something? Google created how-to-fix-a-toilet.com to show top "how to" searches by country. It's amazing how so many people (including myself!) rely on technology and search engines for simple things that may have been common knowledge 15-50 years ago.

What seemingly simple things have you searched for recently? Last week I had to search for "how to sew on a button," which I know my Mom or Grandma would never have had to ask about or search for.
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by:Kyle Santos
I've definitely searched how to tie a tie. Ha.  My most recent problem I've searched for was how to water grass/lawn.  I've been struggling to keep my lawn healthy and never knew how to water it properly.  I found out the best time to water is early in the morning and to ensure the soil is saturated well enough by sticking a screw driver into the soil with little resistance = a happy lawn.  I water it about 10 minutes each morning and its looking great again.

Also, my mother in law's Chromebook stopped loading the OS so I Googled How to reinstall Chromebook and fixed it in about an hour.

Fun link.
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by:Brian Matis
How to tie a tie was a really common one for me many years ago! (I did eventually memorize it though.)

Most recent was for fixing a stuck disc drive in an original Xbox. Fortunately, "percussive maintenance" (a.k.a hitting it) was a simple solution that actually worked!

Very cool page. I'll need to go back to it to play it around and explore some more.
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Phone Battery Life
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
Here's something I miss: good battery life on my mobile phone. I remember my old Nokia cell phones and how I'd get to measure battery life in days. Those things could go a week straight with no charging needed! Whereas my iPhone pretty much needs to be charged nightly. Granted, I still think the extra capabilities are a good trade-off, but I keep hoping we can manage to get battery tech improved to the point where modern smartphones can have battery life comparable to older cell phones.

Think we'll get there, or will the demands of smartphone power usage keep increasing such that battery life continues to stay put?
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by:Brian Matis
My first was a Nokia and that thing could manage to go 5 days without a charge. It could even play Snake! Sure, I still wouldn't go back to that over my iPhone, but don't you think an iPhone with more than 2 days life would be nice? Imagine not having to take chargers with you for weekend trips!
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by:John
It would be nice for sure but it has never happened.

I can get by with just a USB cable because my ThinkPad now and the one before (spare) have always ON USB ports so I can carry a 45-watt AC adapter (tiny adapter) and charge both my laptop and phone.
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I miss user manuals
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
While not quite a technology per se, it's certainly related to tech: what I really miss is the instruction manuals that used to come with software, hardware and especially, video games. That's right, I'm someone that used to RTFM.

Sure, now there's tons of integrated help, information available online, and books from 3rd party publishers, but nothing quite compares to when I used to pore over the manual that came with the product. I loved how it provided a convenient way to learn, get a solid overview of all the features, and pass the time while waiting for the install to finish. And video games were the best of all because there'd often be extra story details, artwork and more. I can even remember how I'd often go pick up a new game at Best Buy during my lunch break and read through the manual while eating, just biding my time until I'd finally get home after work to play.

These days, you're lucky if you even get a single slip of paper—and it's usually just an abbreviated license agreement!

What about you? Any fond memories of user manuals?
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by:Brian Matis
Here's an image of the Falcon 4.0 manual: http://i.imgur.com/0Boyg.jpg
They sure don't make 'em like that anymore! So awesome...
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by:Adalynn eEvans
No matter what we all say, with digitalization and all, manuals will always be an important part of every product. What if something happens to your computer and you don't have access to the downloaded pdf? Yes, you may have it stored on your iPad or phone, but wouldn't it be much easier if you had it nearby?Of course, there are many opinions in this regards.
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I believe that technology is a tool to improve our lives. Therefore, the apps I use bring something positive into my life. My favorite app is Headspace <3 It is a guided meditation app. I love it because it brings mindfulness and peace into my life. In case you are not familiar with meditation, I added a nice short video that explains how to manage our emotions through meditation. My second favorite app is Instagram because I can edit all my pictures easily and I LOVE seeing nature pictures from around the world.
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by:Daniella Barion
I agree with you technology helps a lot and make life easier.   I consider a big gain the banks apps, it's a dream not to go to the bank and do all transactions online. I love the apps that help people to be in touch and closer with no fee: Facetime, Skype, Whats app.  When you live away from your family and friends, these apps make a big difference.  Thanks for the suggestion on Headspace. I will try it.
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by:Juana Villa
I also like Whats App. I totally agree with you! When family and friends are far away Whats App is very helpful.
About the financial apps, I love Mint. Thanks to this app I keep track of my debit & credit accounts. So, it is very easy to manage my money and financial goals.
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What technology do you think is a fad that won’t last?

Not sure it really qualifies as a "fad" because it's been around so long, but I'd say that a lot of existing password guidelines (special characters, changing them every 90 days, capitalization rules, etc.) are on their way out. Don't believe me? Even the creator of those rules now regrets them.

Although, I'm really looking forward to the day when passwords can just go away almost completely...
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by:Kyle Santos
Meanwhile, I just got this.  xD

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Arrrggghhhhhh!
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by:Kyle Santos
Come to think of it.  After I graduated high school and started using computers more often I realized how difficult it was to remember passwords that had all those wacky requirements, so I started choosing last names of random people which is kind of similar to what xkcd had mentioned about four random words.  Admittedly, I was doing my best to try and work around difficult password requirements by making it easier for me to remember!  Take that, Bill Burr!
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What technology do you think is a fad that won’t last?
I like Apple products but Airpods and the touch bar on their latest MacBook are those fads that won't last.
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by:Kat Donegan
I'm totally speaking hypocritically because I like my Apple machines. I understand their need to stay relevant but I have a feeling it will catch up to them if they don't come out with something revolutionary.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, I hear you on that! For such a long time they were the underdog and that helped them be really scrappy and daring. But now that they're such a powerhouse, there's a lot of fear that they could become like the Microsoft of old...
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A miscellany is defined as a "collection of various pieces of writing by different authors", but it has come to mean something "Of items gathered or considered together of various types or from different sources" or "a collection or group composed of members or elements of different kinds". The word "miscellaneous" comes from the Latin word "miscere", meaning "to mix." You might have heard the expression "a mixed bag," which applies when you don't quite know what you're going to get. More commonly, a miscellaneous group is made up of an odd group of things that don't fit anywhere else.