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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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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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Enroll in August's Course of the Month

August's CompTIA IT Fundamentals course includes 19 hours of basic computer principle modules and prepares you for the certification exam. It's free for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts!

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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<  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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Free Tool: ZipGrep
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Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

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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Portland with some ftp advice.
ftpsecurity
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When to inspect these girls....

bees-on-bin.jpg
hived on the 24th May

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Time for inspection soon, to check how they are progressing....

(yes, just not a VMware Consultant!)

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Yes, Honey Bees - I'm also a Beekeeper....nothing related to technology!

old craft of Beekeeping...

if you look carefully you can see eggs, and brood on this photo
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by:Qlemo
You definitely are missing an 'r' there, Andrew - it is "Beerkeeper" :D.
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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by:Brian B
Even in the early days of Windows, when I was doing phone support I would not have a caller drag and drop files, since they inevitably end up accidentally dropping them in the wrong place. I tend to favour R-click Copy and R-click Paste... or even resorting to the command line for particularly tricky situations.

This may be less prevalent nowadays with using remote connections rather than guide the caller. However these are still helpful tricks for bad or slow remote connections.
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Advancements in smell-based user interfaces could have "tremendous potential for AR and VR applications, as it addresses our emotions so directly.”

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90125481/smell-based-user-interfaces-are-on-the-way
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by:Brian Matis
Smell-o-vision! Also reminds me of when some old computer games used to come with scratch and sniff stickers.
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by:Brandon Lyon
Smells will make computers that much more immersive
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I wish I could endorse this 100 times. This right here is one of the reasons I care so much about technology and its potential to bring about significant quality of life improvements for so many. As a Type 1 Diabetic myself, I can fully attest to the importance of constant blood glucose monitoring and the frustration with existing solutions. Don't get me wrong, it's fantastic and amazing that we have fairly simple and accessible ways to check blood sugar, but getting a non-invasive continuous monitoring solution is indeed a complete game changer.

And having Apple branching out into medical tech is exceptionally exciting, especially considering the massive amount of resources they can bring to bear on problems like this and their unparalleled attention to user experience. Assuming they can make progress on this, I think we'll get into a golden age of health improvement. (And we sure can use it...)
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To submit complaints about the FCC getting rid of Net Neutrality, you can go here, then click "+Express" and fill out the form.

http://www.gofccyourself.com/
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by:Kyle Santos
Cool thank you
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by:Juana Villa
Done :D
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On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era
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On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

May the Fourth Be with you, While some of us wait for the 5th

Jedi holiday
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by:Lucas Bishop
Mike pronounces force
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This has nothing to do with technology, but it's a brilliant and important piece about that nature of beliefs, cognitive bias, and how the human mind responds to information that conflicts with what it already knows. You may have already seen this, but if not, I implore you to give it a read.

Perhaps, if we all understood this, we could work together a little bit more and fight a little bit less...

What do you think?
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Happy Saturday!

If you still have one of those old unlimited data plans on AT&T and you happen to reach 22GB for the month, AT&T is going to throttle you like a Le Mans driver downshifts. Enjoy! ;)
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by:Brian Matis
Thanks for the head's up! Fortunately, I think I manage to stay well under that, but I'll have to be sure to keep an eye on it.
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Thought for the day: if you have an autonomous car and get pulled over for speeding, who pays the ticket? You or the car manufacturer?
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by:Dustin Saunders
@brian - That's an interesting question, I would assume that the cars actively can process a speed limit sign and then that data gets relayed back to Google after x number of verifications and the database gets changed permanently.

There are some other interesting problems to, come to think of it- for example, I wonder how the car would react to something like a construction worker either waving you on to move forward or holding up his hand to stop you.  

For a lot of things, there's going to need to be manual interaction- and I think the variable of liability will be in who the car's black box says was in control at the time.
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by:Justin Pierce
@Brian

Maybe car companies will work with the state to help pay for electronic signs that interact with their cars. The German automakers did this for the autobahn, making it a super safe place to drive. I was astonished when my rental car automatically pulled the speed limit from the passing signs, and put it on my HUD.
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Wikipedia founder is creating a news site called Wiki Tribune.

https://www.wikitribune.com/
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by:Doug Walton
Nice!  I tried signing up to be a supporter but it refused to take my paypal or credit card info... so I gave up for now, but planning on trying again tonight.
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by:Brian Matis
Huh... wonder if they were getting too many requests at once when you tried...
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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.