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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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An update

Firstly, my sincere thanks for all the kind wishes, gives a person a warm feeling knowing that so many people care and took time out of their day to say so.

Since my last post, I ended up having to be readmitted into Hospital but got paroled to the "Hospital in the Home" program again today so back home again, hopefully for a little longer this time! :-)

Bless all of you and once again, thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Andrew
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by:John Hurst
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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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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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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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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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 Hurst
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:Katrina 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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What technology do you think is a fad that won’t last?
Fidget spinners... Definitely fidget spinners!
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by:Nichole LaRue
Yo-yo's are great stocking stuffers. I bet Christmas sales are #1.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Yo-Yo's are skill based. They'll never go out of style...

But so are fidget spinners. It takes an amazing amount of skill to spin one of those things.
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Trending Tech Everyone Should Know About - My Thoughts
I've been thinking about this subject for a few days now, trying to come up with something unusual. But the thing that keeps coming to mind—even though I feel it's an obvious answer that everyone already does know about—is Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.

Why? Well first, it's technology that impacts everyone, regardless of how involved you are in the tech industry. I've got little doubt that we're right on the cusp of major social change as a result of machine learning—change as significant as the Industrial Revolution. We've got self-driving cars inevitably hitting the mainstream in the near future. There's cancer detection systems that are faster and more accurate than human analysts. AI systems being trained to defend against cyberattacks. Movie dialog being written by algorithms. The list goes on and on...

And second, while these advancements will absolutely push us forward in exciting new ways, they'll also destroy many jobs. And while that job loss can be terrifying, AI opens us up for entirely new sorts of jobs, major changes to the way work is done, and more that we can't even fully conceive of yet.

Will most knowledge workers of the future become "bot wranglers"? Will some sort of universal basic income
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Lyft has been making some exciting strategic partnerships lately - yesterday they announced a partnership with Disney, launching the "Minnie Van", and today they announced a partnership with Amtrak.

Do you have a preference between Uber and Lyft, and why? If you are an Uber fan, would either of these entice you to give Lyft a try?
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by:Brian Matis
Haven't used either one yet, but I'm way more inclined to try out Lyft for the same reasons as Alicia noted. Uber seems like they've really not treated drivers and employees well.

Plus, that Minnie Van is pretty awesome and looks like a lot of fun. I'm sure kids will get a real kick out of it! :-)
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by:Doug Walton
I used to use Uber because Lyft wasn't available here.  Now that Lyft is available where I live I use them over Uber every time (mainly because of the way they treat their employees, but pickup times are usually faster, too).

It's interesting that every Lyft driver I've had also drives for Uber.
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Important Lessons on Recovering from Petya
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<  shhh .... we're not meant to talk about Fight Club ... ;)  >
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Have you read about a released feature you liked at Experts Exchange, or a bug that was fixed only to find it didn't work for you?  That's happened to me and I've just stumbled on the reason why!

You need to log out of Experts Exchange and then log back in for the new features to show up, or bug fixes to take effect on your EE account.  See below.

Log out of EE

Once you do that, all new features and bug fixes come into effect.

Hope that's helpful  
:^)
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by:Craig Kehler
I think in this particular case you may have worked around something by logging out and back in. That doesn't mean that we intentionally fixed it. "You need to log out of Experts Exchange and then log back in for the new features to show up," this is definitely not the case for new features nor should it be required for bug fixes.

Once we have all the details on how to reproduce that problem, we will have a chance to intentionally fix it. :) However right now I think it may return after you happen across the steps again.
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by:Andrew Leniart
You're most likely correct Craig.. I got a little excited when something wouldn't work and then did so probably jumped the gun a bit :)
However right now I think it may return after you happen across the steps again
Agreed.. Nailing those steps down can be a frustrating exercise though. It's like fighting with a poltergeist that only rears its head once in a while just to irritate you! lol..
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Looking at professional certifications? I've discovered that community colleges near me offer Adobe, Microsoft and CompTIA certification exams free of charge! You might find an academic testing center near you that does the same or offers a great discount. Considering these exams usually cost $150-200 when administered by private testing centers? Woot!

http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=673&roleid=101

https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker.aspx

For more information about the exams available and how to prepare for them:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/default.aspx

http://www.adobe.com/education/certification-programs.html
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July 2017 - Course of the Month at Experts Exchange

I almost didn't sign up for this months "course of the month" because at first glance, the title
"HTML5 Specialist - Certification" made it look like the content was sure to be way over my head.  Not so!  

I decided to take a look at it anyway and am now glad I did.  I'm a beginner to any sort of coding and having just completed the first 9 lessons of the course, can confidently say that I understood everything that was covered completely. The course is designed to be understood by total beginners to html coding.

If you were initially hesitant to enroll in this months course for the same reason I was, and you are interested in learning a little about coding in the HTML5 language, I highly encourage you to enroll in this course.

The instructors explanations are great and (so far in the first 9 lessons) also highly enjoyable. If it stays as easy to follow as this for the remainder of the course, I may even try to get the certification badge :)

Just thought I'd share my experience so far, as a heads up to others.

Cheers...
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I watched the Free "GDPR Attack Plan: What You Need To Know" course created by Troy Hunt the other day.  It was quite interesting.

If you're in an organisation who stores personal data of EU citizens/users then you will want to be aware of what GDPR is.  There are some regulation changes coming up in 2018 that will probably affect your business.  I've placed a link below to the free course.

https://info.varonis.com/gdpr-attack-plan
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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.