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Why you need StatCounter if you use Google Adwords – StatCounter Blog

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

This sort of thing has been going on since the very first ad click was ever clicked, well before Google got into the business. I worked with lot of ad click advertisers throughout the years and would usually have my own separate tracking.

Source: Why you need StatCounter if you use Google Adwords – StatCounter Blog

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Daring Fireball: Trump’s FCC Commissioner Calls on Apple to ‘Activate’ iPhone FM Antennas That No Longer Exist

September 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Anyone heading an organization like this and making claims like this should lose their jobs PERIOD.

What’s absurd is that the FCC commissioner would take his understanding of the iPhone’s technical capabilities from a newspaper editorial rather than from Apple’s own FCC regulatory filings, which I’m pretty sure would show that they’re not capable of acting as FM radios.

Furthermore, I’m sure the timing of Pai’s “go blame Apple” letter has nothing to do with yesterday’s vociferous criticism of the FCC’s handling of the aftermaths of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Source: Daring Fireball: Trump’s FCC Commissioner Calls on Apple to ‘Activate’ iPhone FM Antennas That No Longer Exist

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‘Radical and overreaching’: Bell wants Canadians blocked from piracy websites

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments

The CRTC is not much good for anything. Not that this isn’t a horrible idea to begin with:

Canada is a safe haven for internet pirates, Bell Canada says. The telecom giant wants the federal government to fight back by blocking Canadians’ access to piracy websites and stiffening the penalties for violations.

Source: ‘Radical and overreaching’: Bell wants Canadians blocked from piracy websites

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macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Allegedly Allows Malicious Third-Party Apps to Access Plaintext Keychain Data – Mac Rumors

September 26th, 2017 · No Comments

This certainly seems like a pretty huge vulnerability. Now who doesn’t have Third-Party apps that are either free and/or sold outside of the MAC app store??!!

Source: macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Allegedly Allows Malicious Third-Party Apps to Access Plaintext Keychain Data – Mac Rumors

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New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds | TechCrunch

September 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Looks like at least iOS is not vulnerable. But this could be nasty in other devices.

Source: New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds | TechCrunch

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A Tesla Against Every Possible Odd

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments

An open letter to Elon Musk and Tesla:

I’m determined to buy a Tesla as I believe in the company and its mission.

However, here is what I’m up against:

  1. I currently rent a condo and no way to charge daily overnight. Very long story but I worked with the building management, city regulators, Tesla electrician, proposed to my landlord that I’d pay for the electrical install, pay for any insurance, etc etc but in the end the landlord was not interested.
  2. There is only ONE supercharger in Toronto. I think there used to be a 2nd one but its not available to the public any longer.
  3. I don’t know if it would be feasible to use the supercharger say once a week or every two weeks. Would love to somehow try this out but not getting anywhere with local Tesla sales people. They don’t seem to understand my problem and potential workaround.
  4. I have put a deposit on a Model 3 but looked at leasing a Model S in the meantime. This option doesn’t seem feasible as Tesla sales do not seem to want to be accommodating whatsoever in this area in terms of ending the lease when the 3 arrives and such. I couldn’t get them to even think about these possibilities let alone being able to work something out.
  5. I thought of buying a pre-owned Model S and selling it when my 3 arrives but not sure if this is a wise decision or cost effective. Not to mention most of the pre-owned models I’ve seen lack the latest technology so it would be kind of disappointing.
  6. Just buy a Model S outright and forget the 3. I can afford it but I am adverse to spending a lot of money on cars. My current car was purchased for just under $30,000 and it is going on its 18th year.
  7. I need a car soon so I need something in the meantime. If Tesla options are out until the 3 is delivered I have no idea how long to lock into a lease for. 1, 2 or 3 years? I’m pretty sure its not going to be more than 2 at this point.

With all of these stumbling blocks I am determined to owning a Tesla as soon as I can but for the time being I’m in a holding pattern unfortunately.

UPDATE (Nov 17, 2017): Here is an article on blogTO titled “Toronto not making it easy to own an electric car”.

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Whaddya know, iPad and Apple Watch are selling like crazy again

August 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

For those that keep telling me that Apple isn’t doing well or isn’t doing anything new or isn’t doing that great.

Source: Whaddya know, iPad and Apple Watch are selling like crazy again

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Adobe will kill Flash web browser technology in 2020 – CNET

July 25th, 2017 · No Comments

So Steve Jobs was right?

Source: Adobe will kill Flash web browser technology in 2020 – CNET

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Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Does ANYONE actually have a Windows Phone? I haven’t seen one out in the wild in ages!

Source: Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone

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Only took Google 5 or so years to fix this

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

When Google first introduced Google Apps for Domains and one setup an alias for their own email (gmail) domain hosting URL, one would only have to enter their username to login. This was very simple for Google to figure out given the URL was unique to your own domain.

At one point (I am guessing over 5 years ago), Google broke this functionality when they updated their login pages. So after that point one had to enter the entire email login including domain name which was painful and completely unnecessary.

Finally Google has re-implemented this super simple feature.

Google Login Screen

Google Login Screen

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