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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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An easy and light-hearted read about some experiences of John Hurst - a Microsoft certified Most Valuable Professional - about working alone. Give it a read and share your own experiences in the comments section of the article.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/33714/About-being-or-working-alone.html

Regards,

Andrew Leniart
Experts Exchange Senior Editorial Editor
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Save hours in development time and avoid common mistakes by learning the best practices to use for JavaScript.

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Glad you liked my post.  I get most of my info from toms hardware and technology review.

Ryan,
Denver, CO
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I haven't had any problems with Windows 10 upgrades.  Not so far anyway.
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Enable Sound when booting in Safe Mode with Networking

What for you may ask?

Well, for one thing, it's *very* useful for Blind people who make heavy use of screen readers and need to boot into safe mode. I've made the solution available from a public folder on my website using the following link:

https://www.computerhelpzone.com.au/publicdocs/SoundInSafeMode.zip

Credits for this great solution:

Brian Vogel - The author of this solution. Brian tutors the blind and is a volunteer moderator at Bleeping Computer forums

Bill Prew - Trusted Expert at Experts Exchange who very kindly assisted greatly with the debugging and rewriting of the included batch file to allow flawless execution when I reached out to him for help

Hope it helps someone out.

Regards, Andrew
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Disclaimer - The above has been shamelessly plagiarised from a Victorian Police LinkedIn Post  ;-)
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Warning - A respectable looking scam attempt

I get scam attempt emails all the time, however, this one caught my eye due to how cleverly it's been put together. An almost perfect reproduction of a genuine Energy Australia electricity bill. Two screw-ups from this particular scammer though - An invalid "From:" email address and the Copyright statement at the bottom of the bill is dated 2017.

Other than those two mistakes, it is an almost perfect reproduction that I fear would fool the majority of technically challenged users. Even the Sign in to My Account etc. links are genuine. Take a look at this:

EnergyAustralia Scam
















The "view your bill" link is bogus and hyperlinks to the following address, which I've purposely mangled to make it unclickable.

h t t p: // org155 DOT outdoorjacketstore DOT com / route / b65ffaead5b87a47

Give a heads up to your folks if you still have them, as well anyone else you think might benefit from this information.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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18 Signs of maturity: How mature are you?

Which of these do you relate to?

  1. Maturity is when you stop trying to change people and instead focus on changing yourself.
  2. Maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.
  3. Maturity is when you accept people for who they are.
  4. Maturity is when you understand that everyone is right in their own perspective.
  5. Maturity is when you realize that nothing is more important in this world than you and your family.
  6. Maturity is when you understand that whatever you do, you do for your own peace.
  7. Maturity is when you stop proving to the world how intelligent you are.
  8. Maturity is when you focus on positives in people.
  9. Maturity is when you do not seek approval from others.
  10. Maturity is when you stop comparing yourself to others.
  11. Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.
  12. Maturity is when you can differentiate between Need and Want, and you can let go of your wants.
  13. Maturity is when you stop attaching Happiness to material things.
  14. Maturity is when you learn to Let go, accept the situations and move on.
  15. Maturity is when you don't react to the behaviour of insane people.
  16. Maturity is when you are able to drop expectations from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.
  17. Maturity is when you are able to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, value, morals or self-worth.
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by:BillDL
I'm not sure I agree with:
15. Maturity is when you don't react to the behaviour of insane people.
It is completely out of context with the other points.
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by:Andrew Leniart
I got a hilarious response to point Number 2 from a member at another forum. He said "Some people say violence never solves anything. I think that sometimes a good hard punch in the mouth is the only solution."

Made me laugh out loud :)
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Australian SMS Scam Alert

https://auspost.com.au/about-us/about-our-site/online-security-scams-fraud/scam-alerts

Australia Post is aware that fraudulent SMSs are circulating advising customers that their address has been drawn, that results are in, that you are 1 of 5 lucky winners and then prompting you to click on a link.



The SMS asks you to click on a link that isn't related to Australia Post. The below examples lead to various scam websites and should not be trusted.



After completing the questions they will direct you to a ‘reward’ which asks for your banking information. Please do not provide your banking information – it’s how scammers can take money from your accounts.
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by:Alan
Makes sense - thanks.

Alan.
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by:Lucas Bishop
If I had to guess, this scenario:

direct you to a ‘reward’ which asks for your banking information

Is some kind of phishing attempt where they tell you that you just won something, but you need to login to your bank's website to complete the process of receiving your earnings. You're probably shown a screen that looks like your banks website and if you input any information into it, they've just figured out your bank information. Similar to what you see here:
http://www.phishing.org/phishing-examples
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US Postal Service exposed data of 60 million users

https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/26/the-us-postal-service-exposed-data-of-60-million-users/

A broken U.S. Postal Service API exposed more than 60 million users by allowing a researcher to pull millions of rows of data by sending wildcard requests to the server. The resulting security hole has been patched after repeated requests to the USPS.
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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
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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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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Rowby Goren Makes an Impact on Screen and Online
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Learn about longtime user Rowby Goren and his great contributions to the site. We explore his method for posing questions that are likely to yield a solution, and take a look at how his career transformed from a Hollywood writer to a website entrepreneur.

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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“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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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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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:☠ MASQ ☠
Reminded me of this poignant note from XKCD
Thanks guys
Go out in style Cassini :)
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Those NASA bods are so cruel.
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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.