Holy cow, this is amazing.
12 MONTHS OF TRUMP’S MESS (Parody of 12 Days of Christmas)
Holy cow, this is amazing.
12 MONTHS OF TRUMP’S MESS (Parody of 12 Days of Christmas)
Wanna read something heartwarming? I had a crap week and this was a very much needed read for me. A little chicken soup for the soul, perhaps.
Omarosa Manigault dragged off of The White House grounds by security, “She’s Always Had Drama”
Watch Roy Moore’s spokesperson stare into the camera, unable to respond after being caught in his own ignorance. This video is seriously the textbook definition of #rekt.
This is seriously one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.
Watch Joe Scarborough and his panel laugh their collective tails off after hearing an obviously fake Robocall that Roy Moore claimed was Washington Post’s reporters soliciting people/paying people for claims against Roy Moore.
Apparently, the GOP’s perpetrators of fraud aren’t that sophisticated in Alabama.
I discovered that hitting MUTE during the call from your VOIP speakerphone may prevent OneNote from recording the audio in both directions (not just audio from your microphone) during the call. OneNote will record audio while MUTE is off, however when it is on, you may hear long periods of silence. This may be dependent on your hardware however this is what I’ve seen in my testing on a Polycom CX300 VOIP desk phone.
“How can I record a phone call while using OneNote 2016 for Windows? For example, if I’m using OneNote to take notes during a phone call with, say, a customer service representative in order to take down their name, the claim/case number they’ve issued me, & the details of what I’ve been told… it’d be great to be able to also record the call using OneNote’s recording feature while I’m taking notes to fully take advantage of things like OneNote’s voice-to-text capabilities, audio search-ability, & audio timemarking to jump to specific spots in the recording & playback.”
[Disclaimer: I’m a tech – not a lawyer. This is a post about what’s technically possible using OneNote. Please research your state’s laws on this phone recording to ensure you are using this feature in a lawful manner.]
Recording phone calls is simple in OneNote 2016 however there are some pre-requisites. You must have the following:
Configuring this within OneNote requires the following:
I love everything about this spot.
I’m pretty certain this is the best thing that I will see all week.
I love this video so much because I see so much of myself in it.
The line that got me was, “I don’t have talent: I have tenacity. I have discipline. I have focus.”
I remember in high school thinking, the truth is that I’m not inherently talented. I just have some odd interests that make me unique & ultimately, I always try harder than the next guy. And the next guy. And the next guy. Figuratively, I’m the last guy in the gym taking jump shots everyday.
The other thing Henry said was, “You better get plan B, C, D, E, F, & G, otherwise you’re going to starve to death in America.”
This is so true. I could never understand people that didn’t prepare for when things didn’t go their way. It’s part of what boggles me about Hollywood because there’s a saying here for folks in the entertainment industry that goes, “Don’t have a plan B because that’s a plan for failure & you’ll too easily fall back on it.”
My god, who in their right mind wouldn’t plan for failure unless they treated failure as something awful? Failure is a learning opportunity & how fast & how well you recover from failure is what defines a person’s character.
The only time you really fail is when you don’t get back up. And there’s nothing wrong with preparing to get back up… and go a head in a direction.
I have DirecTV with an older DVR model – the HR20. The other day I was watching a show & attempted to record it by hitting the “RECORD” button on the remove after about 35min had gone by of the 1 hour long show.
I was greeted with this message:
“Your receiver isn’t authorized to record this program.”
I hit RECORD multiple times and it still wouldn’t work. I’ve actually seen this before but never figured out what was causing it. After doing some research, I’ve found out the following things:
This is apparently associated with a long standing bug in the DirecTV DVR software that affects numerous models – including mine:
This past week at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Microsoft announced a series of Always-Connected PCs – some Qualcomm ARM CPU-based, some Intel CPU-based. One of the showcase capabilities of these devices are eSIM-based cellular connectivity.
Cellular networking will soon outperform traditional wired & WiFi-based networking.
Your cellphone & any cellularly-connected devices will potentially have network speeds & performance superior to any WiFi, DSL, Cable or even FIBER connection you might get at home, at the office, or in a coffee shop.
Need evidence? Here’s a device that was announced March 2017:
This home router connects to a cellular network at home & provides 1Gbps Internet access at the edge (farthest from the cell tower) and 4Gbps optimally at close distances.
Now imagine a fraction of this speed in your pocket on your cellphone: Anywhere you go, you could wirelessly get Internet access better than what is available from your home or your office. (Some people get this today compared to a DSL line!) Yes, your smartphone may not get a full 1Gbps due to power requirements, but it could be as much as 300-500Mbps.
WAIT, FROM MY CELLPHONE?
Yup. Prepare yourself for your cellphone to have blazing network speeds. But so will ANY CELLUARLY-CONNECTED device… such as eSIM-enabled laptops & tablets… and also:
DESKTOPS: This is why Microsoft is partnering with HW OEMs to produce laptops & potentially DESKTOPS with cellular networking in them. If a person can get better networking from cellular than from the Ethernet port in the wall, why not just use cellular and get rid of all the wires & equipment? Suddenly management of those machines got a lot simpler.
SERVERS: Why can’t datacenter servers be connected this way too? Indeed: Datacenter servers could use cellular as well. All traffic would be encrypted & it would likely save power, reduce heat dissipation, and reduce management costs.
A WORD ABOUT SURFACE: The decision to include/not include LTE in past Surface devices wasn’t really ever about demand. (a.k.a. the statement we made that “We aren’t including LTE in Surface because customers aren’t asking for it.”) C’mon – we know that there were, in fact, people asking for it, otherwise why would we need to make a statement about it? No, it was more about hardware economics: At the time of Surface Pro 2 & 3, we couldn’t physically fit the LTE transceiver & antenna into the Surface design without it substantially impacting aspects such as cost, battery life, and ultimately the time/budget to rearchitect a design for something that a minority of device owners would use where others wouldn’t. With Surface Pro (5) enough hardware innovation has been done to incorporate LTE Advanced into the device design cost-effectively, but it took a bit.
BUT IF YOU’RE ON A PHONE NETWORK…
…then you can make voice calls & have voice mail, right? Now think about that: If you don’t need a physical network or WiFi & you’re already on a cellular phone network, why do you need a VOIP phone system?
In other words, if I get rid of my wired/WiFi network at work, can’t I get rid of my desk phone PBX as well?
Yup. All those corporate PBX’s & VOIP desk phones suddenly aren’t really necessary if you’re using a cellphone for everything. Now, all you need is virtual telecom management solutions that work with your cellular provider and you’re set.
WHEN WILL IT BE REAL?
This is not 10 years down the road. This is next year in mid-2018. Among other providers, Verizon has committed to making 5G available in major cities by then.
Also, it’s important to understand that the technology is not new:
Of course, this won’t be everywhere overnight. But it will be in metropolitan cities & expanding.
WHY DOES ONE NEED PHYSICAL NETWORK EQUIPMENT THEN?
This transition is similar to the move from land line phones to cell phones: If all your networking is cellular & and routing is all done virtually, where does this leave networking vendors who depend on conventional network equipment sales for revenue Good question. I don’t really know. Personally, at first glance, I think it means they have to diversify their offerings as the market changes.
WHAT ABOUT MICROSOFT WINDOWS?
Windows 10 is actually optimized for cellular networking. If you haven’t been paying attention, you may have missed the cellular configuration settings that are in the OS:
There is also an app called “Paid WiFi & Cellular” that comes with Windows 10 that allows you to purchase cellular minutes in areas not covered by unlimited data consumption for your eSIM enabled Windows device.
REGARDING TWO BODY SOLUTIONS & COMPETITORS:
Two body solutions are stop-gap solutions. Having a MiFi Internet Access device & laptop PC (or a MiFi USB dongle) may be okay for a subsegment of the world, but for most people buying computing devices: They want the connectivity built-in to the computing device itself. We saw this in past history in the mobile market and we’re seeing it now here. (I’ll explain that in another post later.)
One thing that was mentioned by some experts is that Chromebooks don’t have this – neither to Macbooks. (iPads have historically had an early version of embedded cellular/SIM technology but the challenge has often been, how do you move from carrier to carrier on the same iPad.) Additionally, cellular is incredibly important in markets where WiFi & LAN networking isn’t as readily available… like China. Or India.
Isn’t that interesting?
Two days ago, Republicans in Congress voted to pass the American Healthcare Act – an insane piece of legislation that has only two purposes: Spite & power.
Documented here (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h256) the inhumane suffering & loss of life over the next several years will be staggering. For an idea of the impact this will have, read this article:
So what are you going to do about it?
I’ll make it simple for you:
Almost every Republican voted for the bill. If your Congressman is Republican, it’s likely he or she wanted to protect their own jobs & voted AGAINST the American people’s interests, believing you, their constituents, wouldn’t notice their actions when they run for reelection in 2018.
I started nostalgically searching for my favorite pinball game of all time, back in college, and OMG, I FOUND IT. It was called “Slugfest Baseball” and this pinball game was amazing. I must have plugged 1000’s of dollars into that game – all in quarters.
PITCHING: It would pitch a pinball to you that you had to hit with a flipper with 4 different pitches: Fastball, curveball, change up, & sinker. The fastball & change up are self explanatory, but the sinker put backspin on the ball so it’d slow down right before it hit you. And the curveball would go off to the side using MAGNETS under the game top.
HITTING: Where you hit the ball made a big difference. You had to hit the highlighted sensors in the back for a single, double or triple, otherwise, it’d be an out. If the ball came back, naturally it was a strike. But if you were fast, you could rapidly pound the ‘steal’ button with a man on base and steal with the leading runner.
HOMERUNS: The big exciting moment came when the clean up hitter came up: An actual ramp would lift out of the game top for the duration of your at-bat. If you hit the ball up the ramp with enough velocity, it’d leap into the air and actually hit the upper deck above the sensors – which was a home run.
RUNS=CARDS: For every 5 runs you made, or a Grand Slam, you could actually get a real baseball card given to you. There was a dispenser under the game that would drop your baseball cards like little rewards for doing well. I actually got a Chipper Jones rookie card from the machine.
AMBIANCE: The game’s ambiance was fantastic. It played organ music and had a crowd noise. It had the voice of an umpire calling the balls & strikes, and when you hit it out of the park on a home run, the lights would turn off on the game and explode in a ridiculous celebration of the hit.
TWO PLAYER: The game could be played two player. One person could select from the 4 pitches and the other player would have to hit, and you’d swap after 3 outs. People used to gather around the game to watch people play. I skipped classes in college to finish games until the 9th inning. We must have played that machine into the ground.
…this game is probably the last remaining arcade game I’d buy if I had the room in our house.
Did you know that Matt Harding did another “Where the hell is Matt?” video compilation at the end of 2016?
Where the Heck is Matt? 2016
In case you’re not familiar with Matt Harding, he’s been a source of happiness for me over the past 10-15 years. So much so that I bought one of his orange t-shirts.
Just start at 2005 and keep watching:
Where the Hell is Matt? 2005
Where the Hell is Matt? 2006
Where the Hell is Matt? 2008
Where the Hell is Matt? 2012
Yeah, New Zealanders are wacky. And hilarious.
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Recently, the following story hit the headlines of news outlets:
I’ve had many issues with American Airlines. Their planes were old & dirty, their crews were rude & entitled, their seating was cramped – and I’m a short, small guy, their customer service was atrocious. But this is the story I tell when people ask me why I refuse to fly American Airlines (& United) and haven’t flown them for more than 15 years.
I used to cover the Walt Disney Company back in the early 2000’s as a client. I’d just flown on American Airlines into DFW/Dallas Fort Worth from a company sales conference in New Orleans and was taking a connecting flight to MCO/Orlando to get to Disney Imagineering in Florida.
Needless to say, I was pretty tired.
“THE PLANE HAS A MECHANICAL PROBLEM”
But upon arriving at DFW, we had to get on and subsequently get off 3 different planes at three different terminals. The reason? The American Airlines captain announced to the passengers that each of the planes we had boarded had a mysterious & identical “mechanical” issue on each of them – and of course, no details were ever given. We even sat onboard the first plane and were stuck on it for at least 1 hour before deplaning.
Back then you had to take a tram from terminal to terminal and our subsequent “new” planes were all on separate terminals making it an even bigger ordeal for us to drag our hand-carry luggage from gate to gate. It was such an ordeal that I distinctly remember seeing passengers carrying sleeping children over their shoulders, business men with sweat stains under their dress shirts from dragging their stuff between gates, and elderly folks – frightened that they might miss the new flight try to get to the gates on their own without waiting for wheelchairs. I also remember seeing kind people helping others with children or the elderly carry their bags to the new gates.
MY TALK WITH THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Delayed more than 6 hours, passengers were near riot-level angry at the 3rd gate we’d arrived at, and I saw one of our crew’s flight attendants – with her hair a total mess – quietly handing out pieces of paper to people waiting at the gate, having just been kicked off the 3rd plane. I walked up to her, and asked her what in God’s name was going on. She took me aside and quietly told me a story similar to this:
“Imagine you lived in Dallas but your destination was Orlando and you only had 6 hours left that the FAA allowed you to fly by law. Now say, if you were the captain, your word about the plane’s flight readiness trumps anything else… so you could conceivably hold a flight on the ground by stating it had a “safety problem” until your 6 hours expired, at which point you & the flight crew would be forced to stay in your home town of Dallas per FAA regulations and a new crew would have fly in and take over.”
I blurted out loudly, “Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me.” She said, “This is all hypothetical, of course. Oh, by the way? Here’s a customer feedback form. Our flight is AA407 & in case you’re wondering, our captain’s name is [pilot name here].” Every passenger in the gateway area was being handed a form.
2 weeks later, I got a written letter signed by the CEO of AA apologizing for the incident and a coupon giving me 25,000 frequent flyer miles, which was the equivalent of a free flight. I tore it up and swore to never flew with them again, if I could manage it.
7 years later, AA was the only choice I had to fly into Dallas. The price difference was too great between American Airlines and any other carrier that was on our company’s preferred vendors list.
So I got on hoping for the best. I should have planned for the worst because sure enough the plane was delayed 4 hours and I had to sit in various gate areas because LAX was under construction and there was no concessions. When we finally got on, I mentioned to the first flight attendant I saw that I was feeling rapidly nauseated and needed to use the bathroom as soon as I boarded. Her comment was something about needing to expedite for “an on-time departure” and I told her, “What? Y’all are already 4 hours late. What do you mean ‘on-time’?”
And that was the end of that – the bat signal must have gone out one me, because every crew member did their best to ignore me for the rest of the flight.
Personally, after years of terrible customer service, I really don’t believe American Airlines employees have any fear of ever being fired. I don’t care about how “they’re only human” and all that jazz: No one with that kind of concern in their mind would ever treat their customers the way they do.