Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MC2 Post 1429 Two Top Executives Leaving Apple




They were shown the door without the aide of  "Google Maps". 

From:  http://www2.wspa.com 



NEW YORK, N.Y. --

Retail head John Browett was the CEO of British electronics chain Dixons before joining Apple.

The stores will report to CEO Tim Cook while the company looks for a replacement, Apple says. Apple says the head of its store operations is leaving after just six months on the job.



In addition, the long-serving head of its iPhone 
software development operations is also exiting.


And Scott Forstall was senior vice president of iOS software and joined Apple in 1997 with its purchase of Steve Jobs' NeXT startup.

The company credits him as one of the original architects of Mac OS X.

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He may have had something to do with the Google Maps fiasco.

 

Which prompted my latest Yaller Dawg Toon that I posted on Google+.

Wingman.






Yaller Dawg cartoon by Lopez.

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Craig Federighi, who is now in charge of the Mac OS, 
will add iOS to his responsibilities, Apple says.





 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

MC2 Post 1428 Sandy Halts Trains Planes and Cars on the East Coast






Looks like the lights are going to be Off, as people hunker down 
for a few Bad Days.


East Grinds to Halt as Sandy Strengthens

Hurricane Sandy strengthened as it prepared to make landfall near the New Jersey-Delaware border Monday night, unleashing life-threatening storm surges and knocking out power for thousands of people.




 



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

MC2 Post 1427 Dealing with the Reams of Information that Fill the Political Conversations?




In the words of the winning Robert Redford 
in  "The Candidate" 1972 film):


 "Marvin ... What do we do now?"
 


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John Grisham paints a dire picture 
of Money and Political Corruption 

in  "The Appeal" .

Politics has always been a dirty game.

Now justice is, too.

Carl Trudeau, with judicial elections looming, decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. 

The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a 
billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, 
his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. 

Their Supreme Court justice.



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Working with Big Datasets...


Here’s an example of D3 in action, 
making President Obama’s 2013
budget proposal understandable, 
and navigable.

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Four Ways to Slice Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal


From:  http://www.nytimes.com

 

Explore Every Nook and Cranny of 
President Obama's Federal Budget Proposal.




 See it in Action Here:





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See the Tools of  This Big Dataset

Down Below at: 

Big Data Right Now

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The Following was  Pointed to

by  Tim O'Reilly on Google+.     Wingman.

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9:28 AM  -  Public

Where He Says:

There's a slightly updated version of this article by Nobel prize
winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, with a more compelling title,
in today's New York Times.

I find Stiglitz' arguments compelling.  How about you?

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What's At Stake in This Election


Campaign Stops 
October 26, 2012, 12:20 am



Some Are More Unequal Than Others

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ









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Saturday, October 27, 2012

MC2 Post 1426 Feeling Ex-TREMELY Twichy Following the Windows 8 Launch---Yawn





The Apple Mini and iMacs Pretty Much Stole 
the Show from Windows 8 "Event".

It appeared very evident that Windows Event Promotion is Also 
Not in their Wheel House.

What did tweak My Interest A Bit was the Windows Surface Tablet--That Windows Keeps saying Is Not A Tablet or a Notebook, but 
"something" in-between. 

Yeah, work with that.



Add a Bit of Interest for ME was the Asus Windows RT Effort.



For Sanity's Sake I went over to Leo's TWICH --  

This Week in Computer Hardware Netcast.

And was able tio glean some Hardware Goodies 
for PC Builders and PC Gamers.





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PC Perspective  New PC Build with Windows 8 install Video.

About 2 1/2 Hours.

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Letting the Jelly Bean Out of The Adobe Flash BAG

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Flash for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Devices

Still Won't work on Chrome Browser but should be fine with 
Firefox and Opera. 

 Wingman.








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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MC2 Post 1425 Fact-Checking Phil Schiller on iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7





Was Apple Exec Phil Schiller correct in his charges against the Android tablet? 

More importantly, was it even fair to compare the two devices? 

Sometimes yes, and sometimes no.



From:  http://reviews.cnet.com 


Apple is growing concerned over 
Android tablets' momentum. 


How do I know? Today, the company's senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, spent a fairly unusual amount of time talking about them.

During the iPad Mini announcement this morning, Schiller got in quite the zinger when he said that "others have tried to make tablets smaller than the iPad, and they've failed." What's more, he claimed that there is a
"gigantic difference" between the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 before leveling a number of charges against the Android device. I'll admit that some of them may have been deserved, but let's take a look at a few of them
to see if they hold water.



glass of water.




 


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Do you remember when Sony was Apple?

Sony dominated consumer electronics for decades, 
but that was a long time ago.


 There was a time when Sony was the 
first name in consumer electronics.

 The company's Trinitron TVs dominated the TV market for decades. In 1975, Sony's Betamax was the first widely adapted consumer video recorder format. The Walkman hit the market in 1979 and changed the way people listened to music, creating the personal audio market category. In 1982 the CD, which the company developed jointly with
Philips, changed the way we listened to music even more. Sony extended its reach when it purchased CBS Records in 1988 and Columbia Pictures in 1989, and scored a triumph in the home videogame console realm in 1994 with the first PlayStation. More recently, Sony backed Blu-ray and quickly dispatched the only other HD video challenger, HD DVD.

Like Apple, Sony's styling was always ahead of the pack. Sony's market share, products, and technologies were more widespread and influential than Apple's are now, but Sony's luster is fading fast.




The Sony D-50, the first portable CD player.
(Credit: Sony )









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I mention Sony because they Seem to be Having 
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Sony faces setback as Hackers Release PlayStation 3 Decryption Keys


Availability of "LV0" keys allows access to console's most sensitive regions.



Sony faced a setback in its campaign to control what software can run on its PlayStation 3 after hackers published one of the cryptographic keys that forms the core of the security scheme locking down the game console.






218 Freakin' Characters----ARS!






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Microsoft's First Stab at a Tablet:
Surface Reviewed
 

From:  http://arstechnica.com








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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MC2 Post 1424 Here Comes the iPad Mini --- What Do You Think About the Nexus NOW ???





The iPad Mini Vs. the Competition: Fight!



From:  http://www.engadget.com




The traditional trail of inventory listings, leaked casings and internal components have teased us enough: it's finally time to get down to the nitty gritty specs, and see how Apple's latest (and daintiest) iPad shapes
up to the competition. We've collected a trio of like-sized slabs to pit the device against, just for the fun of it.


Read on to see how it stacks up against its peers.





 


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And the New Jaw Dropping iMac.





The New iMac.
 

Performance and Design

Taken Right to the Edge.


 


Link:  http://www.apple.com/imac/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-mac-00023

 


TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/8rz79zu 



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Monday, October 22, 2012

MC2 Post 1423 With Open Source and Android You CAN Have it Both Ways


From:  http://www.ekoob.com


How to Stream Music and Photos and Videos from Nexus 7 Tablets  to 
Computer or TV





Nexus 7 does not have any HDMI output. So you can’t connect Nexus 7 to TV directly via HDMI cable. But I will show you how to stream music/videos to computer very easily. 








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New VLC Streamer Can Do It Too!

VLC Direct Pro FREE

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From:   https://play.google.com





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Sunday, October 21, 2012

MC2 Post 1422 A Very Creepy Re-Invention For Windows 8 on AMCs DEAD






Advertisers Flood the Air-ways on AMC's Hit 
The Walking Dead



Bouncing Apple iPods, Flipping Windows 'Surface" Laptops twirled like cheerleading Tablets Slide in along 

side of Upcoming Blockbuster Movie trailers and Xbox reveals.

It's a Cornicopia of Carnival-styled Big-Top Barkers.

Whew!

  The Silent Hill and 'The Walking Dead' inspired haunted houses open tonight






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Windows 8 Featured in The Walking Dead Advert, 
Used by a Zombie

Microsoft decided to take advantage of AMC's popular television show The Walking Dead for promotion of its upcoming 

Windows 8 operating system. 

A Windows 8 advertisement was spotted in the season premier,
during a break within the first half hour of the programme.

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MC2 Post 1422 What the Snitch has to Say about the Upcoming Google Event





Upcoming Google Event Revealed:


From:  http://thenextweb.com

Diverting some of the attention away from Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ unveiling on October 23 and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event on October 29, Google is to unveil a number new devices and software improvements on the same day as Microsoft - and we have all the details.

A source with knowledge of Google’s plans has told The Next Web that the search giant has been distributing a video recorded at one of its weekly all-hands “TGIF” meetings on its internal network, which details the devices that will be unveiled at its hastily arranged October 29 event (which we [TNW] will also be attending).




 


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19 October 2012, 11:55

Encryption Found Insufficient in Many Android Apps

Researchers have discovered catastrophic conditions when analysing Android applications that use encryption: more than 1,000 of the 13,500 most popular Android apps showed signs of a flawed and insecure implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol. Tests performed on 100 selected apps confirmed that 41 of them were vulnerable to known attacks. The researchers harvested users' bank and credit card details as well as the access tokens for their Facebook, Twitter and email accounts, and messaging services.

In a particularly striking test, the researchers injected a bogus virus signature into Zoner AntiVirus for Android that referred to the app itself. The AV app dutifully proceeded to classify itself as a threat and then offered to delete itself.  
See Below.



 
An embarrassing consequence of insufficient encryption: a bogus virus signature prompts the anti-virus software to try and delete itself .

Source: Fahl, Harbach, Muders, Smith, Baumgärtner, Freisleben





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Saturday, October 20, 2012

MC2 Post 1421 --02 MUB Just Days before the Windows 8 Event Apple Rumors Go Bonkers





Apple will hold the event at the California Theatre in 
          San Jose, Calif., at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern,

according to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. The venue is a change from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple announced the iPhone 5 along with its updated iPod lineup last month.

The invitations sent out members of the press feature the top of Apple's iconic logo against a background of colors. 

The tagline is "We've got a little more to show you," 
hinting at the company's so-called "iPad mini."

Earlier Tuesday, AppleInsider was first to report that 24 new, different iPad configurations are set to be released by Apple. Four models ??described as P101, P103, P105 and P107 ? were detailed via stock-keeping units ranked as "good," "better" and "best," each with two color options, presumably black and white.





 



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Rumor: Image allegedly Shows 9.7-inch iPad with 
Lightning Port

An image released on Saturday claims to show a slightly modified third-generation iPad with a Lightning connector port, possibly pointing to an imminent release of the rumored device as part of Apple's move to bring parity across its iDevice lineup.


It should be noted that the authenticity of the image cannot be confirmed and is thus provided for purposes of discussion only.






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Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:20 pm

Largest Apple Store in Asia opens to huge crowd

When the Wangfujing Apple Store opened its doors to a crush of customers on Saturday local China time, the third brick-and-mortar Apple retail location in Beijing officially became Asia's largest.

According to on-site reports from The Next Web, throngs of excited Apple fans lined up hours in advance to be one of the first to enter the world's newest Apple Store.

Among the usual features, Apple's Wangfujing location boasts a central winding glass staircase spanning the store's three stories, two 360-degree Genius Bars and a facade dominated by glass. The outlet joins the company's stores in the region, five in China and two in Hong Kong, and adds to the over 390 Apple Stores operating worldwide.






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MC2 Post 1420 Writing About the 555 Timer IC -- TCM -- and The Past Is Prologue





The Two phrases I revisit again and again, 
in this Blog 
and in other places...

It's the 555 Timer IC, remembered from my Radio Shack days in the 80's.
  
And Of course my Tempestuous Liking of the Phrase:  
The Past IS Prologue.  

Any writer that cares anything about science fiction must have it fused somewhere in his anatomy.  I guess that's why the Star Trek movie about the Best of Times and the Worst of Times seems 
so sadly appropriate today.

Wingman.

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Hans Camenzind, 555 timer inventor, dies

From:  www.eetimes.com › News and Analysis

Aug 15, 2012 – In 1971 he joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding InterDesign, a company specializing in semi-custom integrated circuit design.

555 Timer Circuits and Projects - Circuits Today


 – The timer circuit is used to trigger the counter IC, which in turn ... 
of the spark plug of an automobile or to monitor the 

heart beat of a sick patient.



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Who could see a Humphrey Bogart Movie and think of Alan Alda's Hawkeye?


If You ever catch Battle Circus (on TCM), you'll know what I mean.  

It's MASH, before there was M*A*S*H. 

And really a pretty good romantic comedy in a theater of War.




Battle Circus     -(1953)  Humphrey Bogart






M*A*S*H    (1972–1983)   Alan Alda is "Hawkeye"



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Description
   
English: Future (1935, Robert Aitken) located on the northeast corner of the
National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
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Contemporary meaning

"What is past is prologue", inscribed on Future 

(1935, Robert Aitken) 
located on the northeast corner of the

National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.

The phrase means that history influences, 
and sets the context for, the present.

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Historical meaning

Although the phrase is now commonly used to mean what's stated above, 

as the phrase was originally used in The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I, it means that all that has happened before that time, the "past," has led Antonio and Sebastian to this opportunity to do what they are about to do, commit murder. In the context of the preceding and next lines, "(And by that destiny) to perform an act, Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge" Antonio is in essence rationalizing to Sebastian, and the audience, that he and Sebastian are fated to act by all that has led up to that moment, the past has set the stage for their next act, as a prologue does in a play. Therefore, this phrase might be better used in situations where people are attempting to rationalize wicked acts based on the past. It can also be taken to mean that everything up until now has merely set the stage for Antonio and Sebastian to make their own destinies; in this context it does not indicate that their future acts are fated, but rather that everything up to that point was 
merely like a prologue, not the important story.



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Prefer GNOME Shell? Download 
Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10




As you would expect, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 tries to offer most of the GNOME 3.6 applications: Web (Epiphany) 3.6, Evolution 3.6, Gedit 3.6, etc. But there are some packages which aren't updated to version 3.6: Aisleriot, Nautilus, System Settings, and Totem. That's because Ubuntu itself uses older versions of these apps, so Ubuntu GNOME Remix is stuck with them as well. But you can update Nautilus or Totem to version 3.6 by using the GNOME3 Team PPA.

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