The One You Feed

Wounded Inflatables

Every year I figure that the holidays bring a little bit more peace and joy to the world, if not just for a few more minutes than we typically see throughout the year. Goodwill, giving, and the holiday spirit.

But when you click on the story link below, you’ll know that the dastardly gremlins are out there and they continue to rampage with total disregard of our simple pleasures and treasured moments.

Have they no shame?

Thanks go to Carol for putting this together with me years ago! Over 7,000 views! (Do you remember what channelOHAB stands for?)

Harvest Moon

The harvest moon is the first full moon that occurs after the autumnal equinox. This year, the autumnal equinox falls on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. This would make the harvest moon this year the full moon that occurs on September 29th and 30th.

Besides being the first full moon after the equinox, the harvest moon gets its name for another reason. Not all full moons are created equal. Much like the sun, the moon will rise and fall each day. However, the moon does this with a much larger variability than the sun does. Whereas the sun’s rise and set is at most a couple minutes different from one day to the next, the moon rises on average 50 minutes later each day than the previous day.

Unlike other full moons, it just so happens that the harvest moon’s rise corresponds with sunset more closely then at any other time during the year. This means that just as night falls, the full moon begins to rise above the horizon in all it’s glory. It’s called the harvest moon then because it provides ample light for farmers to bring in the harvest well after the sun sets.

Shine on!

Thanks to James Dickey

Tokyo Train Station Light Show

Visitors attend a musical light show Saturday at Tokyo Station ahead of the building’s grand reopening Oct. 1. Forty-six projectors shone historical images on the exterior of the heritage site, which has been restored to its original 1914 design.

Musical Light Swings on the Streets of Montreal

21 Balançoires takes over a newly open space in front of Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty. Together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behaviour professor from the faculty, they explored the topic of cooperation which states that together we achieve better things than separately.

The result is a giant collective instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation. The project stimulates ownership of the new space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

CES 2012: 5 Trends To Watch

The Consumer Electronics Show comes to Vegas every year, and next year it will be there January 10-13th, 2012.

I won’t be attending but do like to keep up on what gadgets are on the horizon.

(For tablet users, here is the virtual CES PreShow Planner)

Accenture‘s senior executive with the consulting firm’s consumer electronics practice, thinks these are 5 trends to watch at CES 2012:

  • Ultrabooks
  • Tablets and Smartphones
  • Connected Devices
  • Windows 8
  • Digital Health
Ok, so that gives us something to watch and report on. Stay tuned!

via CES 2012: 5 Trends To Watch – Forbes.

User Support Editorial Report – April 2011

Latest Technology 

Microrobots:

Scientists at the Swiss-based Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) led by Bradley Nelson are developing tiny, electromagnetically controlled microrobots that can move to a target location in the eye and remain there for months, releasing drugs. Read on… 

Tips & Tricks

 Ten Utilities to Secure Data
Customize Windows 7 Themes
4 Ways to Work Together in WORD
Free Music: Listen to the Radio on Your PC
Getting Started with Microsoft Outlook 2010

 

Bonus Tip of the Month

Which Pop-Up Should You NOT Ignore?:
With all the crapware, spyware, malware and ignoreware (I just made that up) most of my clients really don’t know what to “update” when something pops up or whether to ignore it.

Here’s what you DO NEED TO UPDATE when it pops up: Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader (I prefer the 9.x version), Java, Microsoft Updates and your antivirus. (Make sure it is your antivirus and not a FAKE antivirus)

By keeping update to date and patched, you will be one step ahead of Trojans, viruses and I’m Out of Production anxiety.·

Computer Safety

HTTPS is More Secure:
You wouldn’t write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online? Every time you log in to any service that uses a plain HTTP connection that’s essentially what you’re doing.

There is a better way, the secure version of HTTP—HTTPS. That extra “S” in the URL means your connection is secure and it’s much harder for anyone else to see what you’re doing. Read on

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