This is a bad time for bad jokes

They say that humor can help you with bad stress. But this is not the time for bad jokes.

This picture was done as an attempt at humor in the moment..

But it is not really funny. Absurd?  Yes, but in bad taste.

The contra virus has brought wold-wide fear among most countries of the world. People have become near hysterical due to the constant attention from the media. Yes, I mean the virus.

Now about the artwork abive. It is nothing to do with the current problem. It is not about goats and it is not about milk. No is it about straws. Still, many feel that out food, our farm animals and even plastic straws are somehow related to the fear and anger many now experience.

So now we have to stay inside and put up with the reality.  But is that so hard to do? Is it a good idea to think of anything funny? Yes, that does help. But be careful about telling it to other people.

Why you need ZOOM, not Skype or Face time

Because new Zoom videoconferencing is far better than Skype or Facebook or most of the other videoconferencing applications out there.

This is about videoconferencing.

You’re probably already familiar with either face time or Skype and you probably are thinking about continued use of those time-tested programs. Think again.
Really, Zoom has been around for a while and is just getting better and better. First of all, you can get a free version you can use to test out the features and see if it’s worth your while. The your friends can sign in and hook into your account and share the video conference with a number of people at the same time.
What is nice about the paid version of Zoom is that only one person has to pay for the account. The moderator of the forum should be the one that pays the bill, which is about the same as what you would pay for Netflix or some other streaming service. The low price is very attractive for both business and personal users.
Like other videoconferencing services, you can either focus on the face of one individual or have thumbnails that show you the faces of several. Both all it wants. It will work on android and on your iPad as well as your desktop. Of course, you have to have an Internet connection or to work. Most smart phones now have some provision for a data plan so you can get Internet through your cell phone service. But for many people it’s more economical to have a non-Internet service provider that let you have a local Wi-Fi connection. Your local Wi-Fi connection to the Internet should be much cheaper than using your cell phone data for videoconferencing. Of course, you have to have an Internet plan which in some cases will be more expensive than your cell phone plan anyway.
Either way, zoom is a real good contender for your videoconferencing needs whether it be personal, business or for your club.

Check out this article on USA today.

Tou will like it.


Intel will not fix the flaw

There is yet another security flaw in chops made by Intel.

This bug can be used only if somebody has physical access to the computer.

So what can you do? Either lock up your computer or stop using it for anything. Really. This is not a joke.

At this point I would like to tell you a story to illustrate how serious this issue is. This is based on a true story that was related to me recently, but I’m not going to give the details about when and where and who.
A certain individual was bit by a spider and had to go to a hospital for treatment. Right about that time somebody stole her identity and she lost all the information that would prove who she was and things like that.
As you can imagine, this came at the worst time for this individual. No some people would think that bad things like that only happen to bad people. That is not so. Preferably good people that have very bad things happen to them at the worry worst time. Now the question is, how did somebody manage to steal her identity?

Here is my conjecture. Somebody either snuck into core house or her automobile and Stolte a personal computer. Perhaps it was a notebook computer or laptop. Either way, if it was a computer was an Intel chip it could have been compromised by a skilled hacker with an evil intent. So far there has been no publicized reports of any such things. But it could have happened and something like that probably will happen in the near future.
The number of notebooks and computers that have Intel chips is somewhere in the millions. The issue is not just one generation of chips made by Intel. It has to do with part of the chip called the firmware. This is the code that is started when powers turned on to the computer and it actually precedes the B IOS system. So there’s no way you could patch the B IOS or anything else. It is actually physically inside the chip itself and it becomes active as soon as power is applied. However, to take advantage of this flaw a hacker would have to actually be in front of the computer to introduce some type of malware that would exploit this flaw. Personally, I have no idea how it is done, but the researchers who reported this on Thursday have stated there is no such thing as a workaround that would prevent anybody from doing this if they had physical access to the computer. This means you have to have the computer in a locked room with bars on the windows. Most of us are not going to do that. I know I won’t, because I just don’t have any way of doing that. In fact, I have to leave a crack in one of my Windows so my Internet cable can go outside. You can imagine there are many people that are not able to physically lock up their computers or notebooks.
Can you see what I’m getting at? This means there’s a possibility of thousands or even millions of people having their private information taken from them and it would not be the fault of Google or Microsoft or any of those companies. The issue would lie entirely upon Intel, the maker of the CPU chips. It remains to be seen if Intel can and will do anything about it. My guess is they will do nothing and Intel will eventually lose their market share.
The above is based on information I have read recently and should be considered a personal post made by me on this personal website. I do not represent any organization.

What about the new 5G technology?

Will it really be here as soon as they say?

Not very likely unless you live in certain areas.

AT&T and Verizon as well as other carriers are moving on to a new form of  technology that they call 5G. Basically, all it really means is that it is supposed to be better than the current 4G technology. However, most of the claims made are marketing efforts to interest people in upgrading their cell phones. The technology is not really as great as they pretended it to be. Already the cell phone technology has advanced quite a bit so that now more and more people can have access to cell phones and the quality and reliability is becoming better. Of course, it is not better for everybody. A number of customers are still having difficulty with their cell phones and coverage in their area. Hopefully, the new technology will make things
Now then, let us back up just a little bit. When the 4G G technology came out be tacked onto it the letters LTE.

Th the intent was to suggest that the 4G technology would stick with this for a while and would progressively become better for everybody . Now if that is so, why do we need to move ahead to the new 5G technology. Will it stick around for a while or will be soon be telling us to go up to the next level?
Yes, I’m being very skeptical. But I do hope the new technology will make an improvement. Time will tell.

Service Interruption. Again

Once again, Geek9pm has lost some web service. Sorry about that.


More about the Boeing 737 max crashes.

Critics say Boeing shod have done a better job on informing pilots..

Boeing knew there was a problem and did not make an issue about it. Apparently some pilots did not get the message.

If yu want to read more details, you can do your own search on your favorite search company. I have used the phrase:

Truth about 737 max

and found lots of informative reports using Bing.

Here are just three of many:

Some of these stories are old, before the second crash.

You can decide for yourself. Bear in mind that Boeing is a very large company and has its friends and enemies. Read the news  very carefully.

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The 737 max problem was lack of a safety option.

Boeing made a very bad mistake.  It put a price on human like.

That sounds like an overstatement. No, it is not. Somme way a simple feature was not implemented on all of the 737 max aircraft that was sold. Management diced to make the era measure of safety a option the customer could order.

This is not a bad joke. It now has been confirmed. They knew there was a potential flaw in the system. The intent was to make the aircraft stable and easy to fly. But to do that and not draw attention to a design meekness, they added a new untested feature. The new feature could fail and drive the plane down into the ground. That happened twice.  So the entire world fleet was grounded.

Here is a link that explain the problem with some detail.

The DLC: feature that could’ve prevented 737 crashes was sold as an option

You really need to read this. The implication is very broad. After this more people are going to avoid air travel. Yes, air travel is not as risky as driving a car. But people have options in an automobile. You can always stop and get out. You can not do that on a airplane in flight.

Some keys words you can use for a search:

Boeing 737 max,  Anti-stall software,  Angle of Attacks sensors.

Check it out. There has never been anything like this since the terrorism attack back in September of 2001.  This is horrible.

Tragic 737 crash might be Software Flaw.

A second 737 Max 8 aircraft just went down. The government of China ordered all aircraft of that model stop.

A news release for Boeing, the maker, says a new software update is coming. Apparently the pilots were unable to prevent the crash. This would suggest Boeing did not warn the pilots about some of the unusual features of the new aircraft.

Here are some links fro news sources that closely follow this story:

Planes grounded after Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing to Make Key Change in 737 MAX Cockpit Software

US refuses to ground Boeing 737 Max crash aircraft

Besides the tragic loss of life, this will hurt the reputation of the Boeing Aircraft Company. This may change the progress of aviation everywhere.


The Domain is back

Now the domain belongs to me again.

Maybe nobody else wanted it? Hard to say.

Anyway, I have been under the weather for awhile. Maybe it was the in tense smoke that hung over this area for many days. But now the fire is over and the people of Paradise are talking about how and when they can re build the mountain city in the forest. I think I will make some comments about that prospect in my next post.

By the way, the ‘make a comment thing‘ does notwork right.  To say something to me directly, please use e-mail. Here it is:

I check it almost every day. Use plain text only. No links please.

If your e-mail looks like SPAM, it will not get to me!