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Tech / Just Discovered hat URLMPro Has a Mobile Version!!
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:14:45 AM »
I rarely go anywhere on the web without using URLMPro. I either use a previously and appropriately labeled and saved bookmark or I bookmark a found site. I must admit that when the site requires a password, I usually open the site with 1Password which can usually enter that info for me.

Only today I get a group email to the dev mentioning the iOS version of URL Manager Pro. WHAT?! How did I miss the fact that there is a free version of that app?! You will need iOS 13 or later. And, of course, you'll need the OS X version if you want to have access to all the bookmarks you've already saved in that version.

Installation is the normal, 'click-the-GET-button' simplicity! There is an "In-App Purchases" note, but I have never seen a request for payment even for the continual updating of the desktop version. :Thinking:

This is some of the best news I've heard since my wife bought an electric kettle!!! :yes: :WOW: :thumbup: :laughhard:

Community / Patriot Day
« on: September 08, 2021, 08:48:51 AM »

Tech / Grass is green and hyperlinks are blue.
« on: September 07, 2021, 09:34:38 AM »
But why?! Here's an interesting walk through (computer) history with a few facts and lots of opinions.
dist://ed, Elise Blanchard, August 26, 2021

In my own weather web site, the dominant background color is 'sky blue' so I decided to use a different color for links, including a high contrast background color. "Concrete" is a valuable building material, but it is not always required or even desired. :)

Community / WOOF!!
« on: August 26, 2021, 10:43:59 AM »
Happy National Dog Day!! WAPO Twitter feed

Tech / Another 'Easter Egg' Control key Find
« on: August 22, 2021, 07:41:48 PM »
Been running several weeks now. Minor nuisance has been the lack of Flags showing in Message list. Searched and found lots of tips about fixing 'missing' Flags and was about to tackle the "...delete the V3 file..." 'solution' today. :blueeek: :blink:

Decided to take one more roll of the dice and look at Mail's Help info. Strangely, this time I found the hint I never saw any where else: Control-click any Column label and get a drop-down list of available columns/labels. :wallbash:

Not knowing what the | ↑↓ | column does, I control-clicked that one and selected the "Flags" item. The OS decided I should have that column between the Read/Un-read and the "From" columns. Who set that behavior as default? :doh: That's OK by me and I think I can drag the column labels just about anywhere I want. :Thinking:

According to Mail/Help/Column View:
The Conversation, Status, and Subject columns are always shown.
Perhaps that up/down arrows label is for "Conversations". However, it also says:
Show the messages in a conversation: In the Conversation column, click the arrow ▶️.
Sorry, don't see an emoji for what appears in the Help text: a right-pointing arrow inside a circle. (Attached image below)
I assume "Status" refers to Read/Un-Read? "Subject" I think is ... the subject of the message? :dntknw: :coolio:

I know there are lots of these control and option combos around. Wonder if someone has made a list of them? Probably have to break that list down by OS version. :mad:

Tech / An Historic Day in Space!
« on: August 06, 2021, 03:50:24 PM »
Just a couple of images for the first time in history: Starship 20 mated to Booster 4. The tallest rocket currently in the world. The two were separated within hours, this was simply for checking procedures and design.

Community / "URL" Pronunciation?
« on: August 05, 2021, 01:33:27 PM »

Community / COVID Tracker
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:51:57 PM »
COVID-19 Integrated County View
This won't help any country except the the United States, but you might find your national health agency may have a similar site. Several data types are available for each County/Parrish:
  • Level of Community Transmission
  • Cases
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs
  • Deaths
  • Hospital utilization [SIC]
  • Vaccinations
  • CDC Social Vulnerability Index
I'm in western Tennessee. There are only seven counties in the mini-map of parts of seven nearby States that are not rated as "High" or "Substantial". Guess who will be wearing a mask again. :wallbash: It's the least I can do for my community.

Tech / Big Sur/Mail Sidebar text size?
« on: July 20, 2021, 01:36:57 PM »
Anyone know how to increase the text size (especially the 'un-read' messages text) or maybe even change the font in (Big Sur macOS 11.4)?!

There is a setting in System Prefs/General:"Sidebar icon size" (Large/Medium/Small) which indirectly changes the font/text size of the mailbox label. However, it does not change the size of the number indicating un-read messages in that mailbox. That info remains in what appears to be a ~7 or 8 pt. text. It is also surrounded by an extremely light-grey circle that further reduces the contrast between the number and the white background. :wallbash:

I have attempted to use System Prefs/Accessibility/Display/Display tab:Increase Contrast checkbox. No perceivable help with contrast. I suppose "Spoken Content" might help... :ohmy:

Tech / Is Thie What Happened to My Chia pet?!
« on: July 19, 2021, 08:55:53 PM »
Bitcoin rival Chia 'destroyed' hard disc supply chains.

I have a have only a bit (no pun intended, of course) of understanding of Bitcoin and remarks such as "Bitcoin requires so-called miners to do vast amounts of useless calculations to maintain the network, a system that is known as proof of work." don't help. As for "Chia", their method is much more easily understood: "Chia instead uses a proof-of-space approach that ditches these calculations and relies on empty hard disc space. The more space a miner devotes to the task, the higher their probability of receiving new coins." That's so simple, right? NOT!!

Anyway, these two competitors are now trying to imply that one is "greener" than the other; using computer 'miners' to run "useless" programs uses massive amounts of energy (no matter its color)! Simply 'owning as many hard drives as possible' doesn't require running any programs! :Thinking: Except that you have to actually have those drives spinning so you can 'prove' they are available and empty. And...

I gotta stop right there. I need to run to the bank and order some more checks... :laughhard:

At least I'm not in the market for any hard drives... today. :whistling: :coolio: :toothgrin:

Tech / SPOILER ALERT: Sci-Fi is cheating! 8+|
« on: July 19, 2021, 10:04:35 AM »
With all the current multi-millionaire "space travel" events, perhaps a bit of info about real space travel problems would be helpful?

I offer the following podcast with real scientists/engineers and simplified explanations of what they said!
What Science Fiction Gets Wrong About Space Travel
Short Wave*, July 14, 2021, 7:23 AM ET

* Other recent Short Wave topics:
  • The Joy Of Ice Cream's Texture
  • The Ripple Effects Of A Huge Drop In Cancer Screenings
  • The Mysterious Ice Worm
  • Micro Wave: What Is 'Brain Freeze'?
Summer is a good time to learn about 'cool' and 'tasty' topics! :Thinking: :thumbup:

Tech / Inside the battle for your data
« on: July 16, 2021, 09:39:33 AM »
Inside the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where the world's top engineers battle over the future of your data, by Issie Lapowsky July 13, 2021,

A lengthy and very interesting report of how something as geeky as W3C can be affected by personalities and biases. Here is one frightening paragraph:
...what is perhaps more alarming, [Ashkan] Soltani (former chief technologist to the Federal Trade Commission) and [Pete] Snyder (director of privacy at Brave) argue, is that the new entrants from the ad-tech industry and elsewhere aren't just trying to derail standards that could hurt their businesses; they're proposing new ones that could actually enshrine tracking under the guise of privacy. "Fortunately in a forum like the W3C, folks are smart enough to get the distinction," Soltani said. "Unfortunately, policymakers won't."

Remember "Do Not Track"? A bit of humor:
Perhaps it should have been a clear sign Do Not Track was doomed when, [Omer] Tene (vice president of the International Association of Privacy Professionals) wrote, the group tried to settle its dispute over the definition of tracking by seeing which side could hum loudest. "Addressing this method, one participant complained, 'There are billions of dollars at stake and the future of the Internet, and we're trying to decide if one third-party is covered or didn't hum louder!'"

While some developers are working to protect us, there are folks with lots of financial gain working just as hard to fight against our privacy. You are the main entity that can protect your privacy; be aware of where and what you are giving away whenever you use the web. Practice Safe Web Behavior! :wallbash:

Tech / App Store Stubborn Opening Problem
« on: July 15, 2021, 05:10:49 PM »
After I finally got Big Sur macOS 11 installed (worst install process I've ever experienced!), I found that on every Startup or Restart, the App Store would always open to the BS page. That tricked me once into actually doing at least one re-install! :wallbash:

I never found any help about this behavior with a web search (even using Google!). I double-checked Login Items, "Open at startup" settings on every app I could think of. No help finding anything there either.

I usually always have the "Reopen windows..." setting enabled. I disabled that, the App Store did not 'auto-open', nor did anything else, of course. That's when I finally noticed that when I manually opened Safari or if it was open and I had the 'Reopen windows...' enabled, the App Store would also open to the BS page!

Not being a complete idiot (no matter what you might have heard!), I decided to investigate what would cause Safari to open App Store. Eventually, I found the answer in the Safari/History menu. There, in an item called "Recently Closed", was an Apple page that had a link to the App Store page for the new OS!!

I often use the "Reopen all windows from last session" item in the History menu; simply opening Safari usually just opens my home page, that "Reopen all.." item is a fast way to open dozens of tabs with one click. However, for some reason, it was now also opening at least one of the pages in its History list, the one that does nothing much except to open the App Store to the BS page. :wallbash:

Fortunately, the History menu also includes, at the extreme bottom(!), a "Clear History" item. I used that and, at long last, opening Safari, even with a Restart, no longer also opens the App Store!! :clap: :thumbup: :sweatingbullets:

Now, if BS would just open as fast as Catalina did... :coolio:

Tech / I found something I like in Big Sur!
« on: July 14, 2021, 09:54:16 AM »
Have to admit I've not had it installed for a whole 24 hours, but I already see lots of little things that irritate me. I think a little irritation is good for the soul...

I tend to copy text of a post I might be writing into a TextEdit window. You never know when a computer will crash and you would lose an important, helpful-to-mankind and artfully written manuscript! Who could bare the loss?!! Who said you can have too many backups?! :yahoo:

I always usually remember to delete these "important notes", otherwise I'd soon fill up my drive space. Of course, Apple understands the importance of things we write in TextEdit, so they have this huge, detailed 'error' dialog pop up when you try to close a TE window without saving it! Then, prior to Big Sur macOS 11, you have to find the mundane and small "YES!! I REALLY WANT TO DELETE THIS PIECE OF JUNK!" button!!! :WOW: :eek:

I am happy to report that BS has now decorated that button with red text on the otherwise drab window! :WOW: What a concept; add a bit of contrast :Thinking: :thumbup: :clap: :eusa_dance:!! Of course the text size is even smaller than in Catalina, which is smaller than earlier versions of the OS...

What is your favorite improvement in Big Sur? OK, in fairness to those who dislike irritations, what is the littlest irritation?

here is the audio version:
Should be required reading at every swearing in ceremony for any elected U.S. office, in my humble opinion.

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