I'm leaving Livejournal for all the obvious reasons. As a permanent account holder this in theory won't affect me, but I don't want to support Russia or Russian companies in any form until they pull their head out of their butt about LGBTQ rights. Given that they are rounding up gay men and putting them in concentration camps, I'm not holding my breath.
This is for me a near-record low weight of 210 lbs. The only time in the last 25 years that I've been at or below 210 lbs was when I was training 3 days a week with a professional trainer, trying desperately to compete with Elena Myers for a mini-bike championship. She won the championship and went on to become the first woman to win an AMA (national, televised) race. I've been bouncing around between 220lbs and 240lbs ever since.
So why is this bad? It's not because of my diet. We ate moderately well in Hawaii but way too many sweets, and frankly right now just walking is exercise for me. So how do you lose almost a pound a day with an average 2,000 steps a day, no other exercise and a vacation diet?
Massive muscle atrophy, that's how. So this is weight that I'll be wanting to get back.
A Roku 3 or streaming stick uses Wifi Direct to communicate with the remote control. This works well… unless you intended to use your wifi for some other purpose, that is. If your Roku is near your wifi access point or between your device and the access point, you’ll experience horrible wifi connectivity. A Roku in the apartment next to you could break your wifi connectivity. People have been forced to stop using them in condos due to neighbor complaints.
Well, I’ve found the problem and how to fix it.http://www.netconsonance.com/2016/06/how-to-prevent-roku-wifi-direct-breaking-5ghz/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.
I am so completely sick of people replying to a well-written article by someone expressing themselves about how insults, attacks, and closeminded judgement of them have wounded them by jumping up and telling the world (1) they've never experienced it and (2) that it must not be real because of that.
That you have not experienced it does not mean that someone else has not. That you have not experienced it likely means that through gender, race, sex, class, money, or location it has either never been applied to you, or those very same privileges have allowed you to feel safe enough to discard or ignore the threat.
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Then I had 90 minutes of Gretsky practice time. Given that we *never* have late Gretsky hours, I figured it would be packed. Thanks to the Sharks game on TV (I assume) only kids showed up, so we had about 25 people total on the ice and I was the old man by two decades.
First I had some really fast kids show me and push me through some tight 8-turns, pivot and shoot practice which I really suck at but they were really helpful and friendly. Then I ran into Dane, this really talented player from Canada who had given me help before. He approached me and asked if I wanted help! Hell, yeah.
So I got 60+ minutes of intensive training. He'd spend about 10 minutes on one thing then shift me to something else. He even picked on things I had given up on, like omg I can do a slapshot now.
Gah. I only stopped for one 2 minute break, so it was 90 minutes intensive on the ice. Much harder than a game. I was completely wrecked by the time it was over. Absolutely, totally, acid in my mouth, hands won't stop shaking wrecked.
But it was awesome. I feel completely euphoric. I had the friendliest, most helpful people around me all night. And I learned so much more than I ever expected to learn.
This year my income as a writer almost matched my consulting income. Although neither are appreciable sums, it represents a distinct shift in my non-dayjob efforts of which I am both proud, and deeply interested in developing further.You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2016/04/the-changing-nature-of-my-business/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.
Learning Puppet 4: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation
The final, professionally edited book is now available for online reading at Safari Books
Offline versions can be found at:http://www.netconsonance.com/2016/03/learning-puppet-4-is-now-available/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.
Would you like to upgrade your ereader, or give an ebook reader to a friend? This post you’ll find suggestions and advice on ebook format, digital rights management, and improved night reading.
If you aren’t sure about the recipient’s favorite way to read ebooks, give them an ereader that will read ePub books. This standard format is supported on every platform by dozens of e-reading applications. A book published in the ePub standard format will be available no matter what happens in the marketplace, or whether they shift to a different reading platform in the future. Furthermore, there are numerous easy ways to convert an ePub book to be read on Kindle readers.
A book based on the proprietary Kindle format can be converted to other formats, but the process isn’t easy and the results are less than ideal. However, if you know absolutely that the user has and prefers an Amazon Kindle, then you can gift them either format. They have already accepted the technology risk associated with the Kindle format.
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
If a book is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) it may be difficult to read on other platforms. If possible, purchase a book without DRM protection.
If the publisher of the book insists on DRM protection, your choice of platform could become important. Apple and Amazon books with DRM cannot be read on any third-party device or application.
In contrast, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and many other stores sell book with the standardized Adobe ADEPT DRM technology that third-party ereaders can properly decode and display on any platform.
LED versus e-ink
For the choice of reading device, the only significant criteria I have found is the choice of LED screens versus e-ink screens. Some people have a difficult time reading LED screens for a long period. Other people (myself included) can comfortably read LED screens for any length of time. If you want to gift someone with a new or upgraded reading device, try to learn how they feel about reading on LED screens.
The following readers provide front-lit displays that don’t shine light directly into your eyes:
- $99 on sale: The Nook Glowlight Plus is a dedicated e-reading device. This device can display any book in ePub format, ensuring upgrade protection and allowing purchase from many book vendors.
- $99 on sale: Kindle Paperwhite can only display Kindle-format books.
- $119: Kobo Glow HD is a dedicated reading device which uses Kobo’s reading software.
- €119: inkBook Obsidian is a full featured Android e-ink device which can utilize any Android reading app, including Kindle and Nook apps.
There is a wide variety of devices with LED screens, so you can pick any one which meets your needs. I recommend that you acquire and use blue light filters at night to prevent the well-documented effects of reduced serotonin generation.
This was originally posted at http://www.jorhett.com/2015/12/ebook-reader-selection-guide/. You are welcome to reply at Interactions in Real Time or here.
As Christmas is close, Winter Solstice is closer, and Hanukkah is already upon us, some of you may be looking for ways to give books to people that don’t involve shopping malls or overnight shipping. Give an eBook! Every year it has gotten easier and easier to send eBooks as gifts. Here are my short and easy instructions, with links to detailed explanations for each vendor.
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This was originally posted at http://www.jorhett.com/2015/12/how-to-give-ebooks-as-gifts/. You are welcome to reply at Interactions in Real Time or here.
I’ve been driving an EV car all week. Fun! Now I don’t tend think much of stock car stereos. Often when I bought a new car, replacing the stock radio was something I did on the way home before the car even got to my house. But I was, frankly, blown away with how good the stereo in the Chevy Spark EV was. HD FM radio? Check. Tightly integrated Sirius radio? Check. Bluetooth audio streaming? Check. Best display for interacting with my iPod I’ve ever seen. How, like, I would keep this!
When Chevy told me that the navigation system in the car worked with an app on my phone, I was very excited. “Someone finally got the right idea!” No more horrible built in Navigation. No more multi-hundred dollar map updates. I was so happy, I had such high hopes. I immediately downloaded the BringGo application and…http://www.netconsonance.com/2015/06/bringgo-review-right-idea-worst-possible-implementation/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.