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Amateur Radio needs to be renamed

by on Oct.01, 2014, under Amateur Radio, Technology and geeky stuff

sky-aa6ax-at-miller-lake-2013-01Two beefs here. First, “Amateur Radio” needs a different name. Second, “Ham” radio needs another name. It has always been a bit embarrassing to me that regular people who have learned a shitload about electronics, or who like to experiment with radio, are called amateurs. I’ve met many who are as knowledgeable as a radio professional.

Of course, they are called amateur because they are not professionals, in that they are not paid for their work and it is a sideline and not their primary work in life.

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Opt out from Online Behavioral Advertising? Maybe not…

by on Jun.17, 2014, under Frothy Concepts, Identity & The End of Privacy

Advertising and cookies

Advertising and cookies

Online advertising has “gotten personal” and can adapt itself so that the ads you see are related to what you’ve been viewing, or shopping for, online.

This means, for example, that when you are viewing a sleeping bag at, you might later on see an ad for REI—an ad featuring that same sleeping bag—at another web site later that week.

A friend recently mentioned this article in Huffington Post claiming you can opt out of this kind of advertising. They say you can opt out in 2 easy steps. Turns out you can’t really opt out of the tracking, just the advertising itself. (continue reading…)

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Where’s your external brain?

by on Feb.05, 2014, under Complexity, Debris, Frothy Concepts, Learning and eLearning, The Quantified Self

SD-card-shadowedFor years I’ve kept snippets of code in a file that I refer to when I need a cookbook of sorts to perform some magic incantation I only need to invoke once or twice a year. I just don’t need to keep this kind of stuff in my head. I call the file Gems of Wisdom.

You know, in programming (which I do a lot of), there are often little gotchas that require hours or days to figure out. And once you’ve figured them out, it’s easy to forget them if you immediately move on to the next challenge. Working at the level I do, which often requires typing command-line stuff, I’d never remember this stuff character by character unless I used it every day. (continue reading…)

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Testing a new FB connector

by on Jan.29, 2014, under Software and online tools, Technology and geeky stuff

NASA Endeavour space shuttle over San Francisco 2012

Speaking of plug-ins that no longer work — the NASA Endeavour space shuttle took its last trip over San Francisco in 2012. (Click the photo for more…)

My old WordPress plugin to publish to Facebook has failed.

Now I’m trying the “built in” connector provided by It connects through, and you have to have an account there, which is where you specify whether to post just to your timeline or to your pages as well.

The plug-ins I was using, which shall remain unnamed, have not been updated for a long time. When I got a custom Facebook URL some time ago, they stopped posting to my timeline. I believe the issue was that FB gave me a new “ID” and the plug-in was mistakenly getting the old ID, which FB no longer responded to. I hope this new arrangement through is going to work.

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