Saturday, June 30, 2012

MC2 Post 1309 Every Now and Then The CLOUD Does Go Down







The Storm Takes Down Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud





Tweets were flying by the outage 
hitting Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest 
and SocialFlow.



Instagram Still Down After Storm Cuts Power During Brutal Heat Wave

Popular mobile photo-sharing service Instagram is still down this morning after violent storms in Virginia knocked out the cloud computing services that run it.

Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, which powers sites like Netflix and Pinterest, and SocialFlow, as well as Instagram, was impacted during the widespread power outages that affected the region.

On its EC2 support forum, Amazon posted the following updates about the N. Virginia region:

Affected users took to Twitter and Facebook to rail against the service outages.


However, the storms that caused the loss of Instagram and Netflix also knocked out power across wide swaths from Indiana to New Jersey, according to the Washington Post. A large portion of the outages centered around Washington, D.C., which has just posted its worst heat wave since 1934, with a temperature of 104. Two deaths have been reported so far, both from fallen trees.






The power outage is expected to last several days.




Latest snap from a google+ weather man.

Wingman.


From:  http://mashable.com






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From:  http://www.msmsoftware.com





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Friday, June 29, 2012

MC2 Post 1308 US Navy’s High-Resolution Radar can See Individual Raindrops in a Storm






US Naval Research Laboratory says study could help develop new severe weather monitoring applications

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers said recently that a Navy very high-resolution Doppler radar can actually spot individual raindrops in a cloudburst, possibly paving the way for new weather monitoring applications that could better track or monitor weather and severe storms.



From:  http://www.networkworld.com








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This is NOT a Recommendation or an AD..


Just a Reminder of What Smart Phones,
Tablets and eBook "readers"
Are doing to the Rest of The MARKET..


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This is NOT a Recommendation or an AD..


Just a Reminder of What Smart Phones,
Tablets and eBook "readers"
Are doing to the Rest of The MARKET..


WINGMAN.



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

MC2 Post 1307 A Replacement for OpenOffice 3.3 LibreOffice









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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MC2 Post 1306 What's Inside Google I/O


From:  http://news.cnet.com


1 of 19 from An early glimpse inside Google I/O (pictures)


The map pin marks the spot for developers this week outside Moscone West in San Francisco, where Google is preparing to host thousands of developers at the annual Google I/O developer's conference.

According to Google, it took 90 days to sell out I/O 2009, 50 days to sell out I/O 2010, and 59 minutes to sell out I/O in 2011. This year? Google I/O 2012 sold out in just more than 20 minutes.




185 Pulse-Linked Characters  --- Still Too Much.


Live Blog Coverage at:

 CNET will be live blogging the keynote, starting at 9:30 a.m. PT   Wednesday. 

Join us here.

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And Live VIDEO podcast at TWIT.TV at around 9:00 am Wednesday.



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Google Tablet Set to Limbo in at Low $199 Entry Point

The Google Nexus tablet will be co-branded with Asus. More importantly, 


it will be inexpensive at $199.



An Ungodly 237 Characters...To The Link (Not Shown)

TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/7bwfst4

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Apple Wants to Build Cloud Data Center Near Reno



Apple is looking to set up shop in the Biggest Little City in the World, with 


local and state government footing the bill for a possible 


$89 million in tax breaks, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. 




Apple's data center in Maiden, N.C.
(Credit: Apple)


Apple is planning to open a data center in northern Nevada as part of the company's plan to spend $1 billion in northern Nevada over the next 10 years, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.






233 Characters for another Disgusting Record 


for Too Long Links....

TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/7ybzpww

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How to Power Four Simultaneous Screens with 
the Retina MacBook Pro

With dual DisplayPort and HDMI, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a surprising number
of video connections.


The new MacBook Pro with Retina display has many noteworthy features, from a unique 2,880x1,800-pixel screen to new Nvidia graphics to large SSD storage options. But, the most surprising may be the multiple video outputs -- something not seen on a MacBook before now.


If 150 characters to a LINK  is My Limit   Guess What 
I Think About 254 characters....

I Blame Pulse....

This is the Kind of Stuff that Keeps Advertisers from MONETIZING the Web Like it Does Television.

A Dying Media That's Still Grabbing The Big BUCKS.
 
The WEB ???  


It's Still Too Messy...and Sneaky.

Wingman.


TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/7rwc556


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MC2 Post 1305 MC2 has Harped About Cable TV Being Dead




To that I Add this Very Weak Caveat:  It's Mostly Dead.

Holding on to a broken model that turns Cable TV into an 

advertising Copy of yesterday's RADIO.


Which According to Tim Wu's  "The Master Switch"  kept

the more advanced form of Radio (FM) at bay for Decades, because

Bell didn't want to upset its advertising model  in AM, 

a very lucrative Cash Cow.


Thankfully there is Still TCM on Cable TV 


and Upcoming Smart TV 


which adds  Internet choices of dubious value,


and currently is not too far removed from 


Cable's DUMB choices.  




What Steve Jobs liked to called 


Amateur Hour.


And Yes, his Apple TV IS coming....


Whatever That Is?


  Thankfully Netflix streaming is still fighting the 


good fight with it's collection of TV's better days..

Wingman.


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Jaye Posted a Good Link to a


INFO Page regarding 

Facebook's recent changes to Your 


@facebook.com   Email address.

Facebook Sneakily Swapping Users' Default email Addresses



Link:  http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/06/26/facebook-user-default-email-address/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=status+message&utm_campaign=naked+security  


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Monday, June 25, 2012

MC2 Post 1304 What About NFC Security What did Pacino Say in Donnie Brasco


What About NFC Security?  

"What did Pacino 
Say in Donnie Brasco?"





"Forget About It."

Android application reads credit card data 
over NFC



German security consultant Thomas Skora has published an Android application that is able to read details from contactless credit cards over a near field communication (NFC) connection. The open source application was available in Google's Play store for a while but has now been removed. Its code is still hosted on GitHub.



From:  http://www.h-online.com







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Hacker Extracts RFID Credit Card Details



The widespread use, especially in US credit cards, of RFID chips which can be read through clothing or wallets for contactless payments can lead to cards being read without the owners knowledge or permission. At the Shmoocon security conference held in Washington D.C., US business magazine Forbes reports that Kristin Paget impressively demonstrated the ability to read data on RFID chipped credit cards and make a payment that hadn't been authorised by the card owner. However, credit card manufacturers don't think that there is an increased risk.


From:  http://www.h-online.com/security/





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Global Payments: data theft compromised fewer than 1.5 million cards



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Report: Google Wallet's PIN fails to fully protect - Update



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

MC2 Post 1303 Why Cash is Losing its Currency


From:  http://www.cbsnews.com     Sunday Morning...





If You followed the Apple WWDC Show last week, You must know that EVERYONE wants to get into Your Wallet...












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How the Cost of a Shirt Adds Up


From:  http://www.cbsnews.com    Also Sunday Morning...








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The euro crisis: Everybody's Problem

From:  http://www.cbsnews.com    Ditto above.











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  All of this stuff is Not Just A Crock.  But the Folloowing IS
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From:  http://www.cbsnews.com   You Guessed it, also from Sunday morning...

When we look back on the Great Depression, we tend to picture it in black and white. The soup-lines, the closed-up shops, the shanty-towns - all just shades of gray in our collective memory.


So it's a bit surprising that in the midst of that drab time, a rainbow of color flooded into homes across the country, when an iconic piece of Americana - Fiesta dinnerware - was born.


Joseph Wells III is President and CEO of the Homer Laughlin China Company, a pottery business his family has owned since 1897.







TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/7aowehm



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

MC2 Post 1302 Quietly Old Styled Radio is Fast Becoming Very Tasty Podcasts






While many stations struggle to become 
"relevant" again.




The Crappiness of TV is Helping the 
Move To Cut the Cable.

And re-openning the Door for 
Good Audio Broadcasts.




Lots of Audio stuff here...



Even the Hourly News Re-Capped

Plus Audio stories hard to find any where else.


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From:  http://www.npr.org


Link:  http://www.npr.org/event/music/130263930/esperanza-spalding-tiny-desk-concert


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Reviews and Interviews






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Friday, June 22, 2012

MC2 Post 1301 Google Releases I//O Application on Google Play







Runs on Android Smart Phones and Tablets 
and Even on Windows 7's BlueStacks, 
an Android Emulator, which I'm Testing...





Lots and Lots of Android Apps and Widgits



Even Angry Birds in Space...



From:  http://www.neowin.net









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SSDs Cost Half as Much as They Did in 2011


So It’s Time to Upgrade

While last years Thailand floods saw the cost of HDDs skyrocket, the price of solid state drives has been slowly dropping. In fact, since early 2011 prices have dropped on average by 46 percent.

Tech Report has taken a long and thorough look at the changing prices of SSDs, and the news is good: the drops in price has been steady, but significant. That's largely thanks to healthy, if aggressive, competition between big players in the market. Except on the part of Intel, which has shied away from discounting its drives.



Link:  http://gizmodo.com/5920453/ssds-cost-half-as-much-as-they-did-in-2011-so-its-time-to-upgrade



TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/85mbcco

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MC2 Post 1300 Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 8 for Fall Release





Incompatible with Current Devices 








From:  http://www.engadget.com







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