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30 December 2015

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Herbs for the Winter!   Kitchen Keep life cozy and abundant! Try a small start-up garden of herbs indoors to enjoy in your kitchen all winter. These plants make for great conversation pieces - and you must have heard that many gardeners talk to their plants – a bit of gardening fun with the added bonus of eating your results! Be one with nature!

How to grow herbs indoors during winter

Gather as many fresh herbs from your outdoor garden (if you have one) as possible before the first frost. This will give your fresh herbs an extra week or three. Mints and Basil may take root so you can pot them and place them in a sunny kitchen window! Some people have no luck with indoor Basil.

Herbs you can grow in the house include thyme, bay leaves, chervil and tarragon (both can be iffy - try your luck), oregano (likes south-facing windows), parsley (east or west windows), rosemary and sage (south). Word to the wise: don’t let the plants touch cold windows.

Sometimes you can find kitchen herbs in the produce area of your local supermarket. Otherwise, plant herbs in a lightweight potting soil. You can add perlite or coarse sand and, if you wish, toss in a pinch of lime. Most herbs prefer sweet soil with a higher pH. Sage likes acidic soil, so add extra peat moss to its potting mix.

Harvest your herbs when mature - rule of thumb: don’t remove too much of the plant at once – no more than 1/3. I snip mine with kitchen shears I purchased at a dollar store.

Make herbs part of a healthy diet

Bay leaves are amazing! A single leaf in a pot of beans with onion and garlic makes for a tasty, protein-rich meal. You may add a few beef chunks and/or beef broth if you wish.

Toss in a little thyme to add pizazz to any flavour canned soup. Goes great w/fish and poutry. Save some for use in your Thanksgiving Turkey Rub. Use Mint in teas.

• Sprinkle oregano on frozen or carryout pizza. Use for tomato-based sauces, especially Italian dishes. Sprinkle rosemary over oven fries or canned vegetables. Use with meat, especially lamb.

• Add tarragon or tarragon vinegar w/fresh-frozen green beans or deli bean salad.

• Rub sage on those supermarket-roasted chickens. Sprinkle a bit on grapefruit. Use chives in salads and sauces or with vegetables.

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Build A Strong Presence on WeChat

28 October 2015
Since WeChat has widely been tapped as the leading social media platform in China for the next decade, a major point of discussion in the industry has been how to go about building up a strong presence on this platform.

One of the reasons why people sometimes prefer WeChat over Whatsapp or Viber is that WeChat has some interesting features that some people find convenient, fun and cool. They have a feature called Moments, a place where you can share photos, video or just a simple status update just like Facebook timeline. They also can be used from within a web browser on your desktop. After a jump there's a REBlog via HONGKIAT

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WinXp error - C:\windows\system32\c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt

23 August 2015

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One day you go to open your computer. WinXp won't open. You are instructed to attempt repair of the damaged file when you get a message similar to

C:\windows\system32\c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt


If you press 'R' and eventually get a black screen that sends you to a DOS 'C' prompt, you (or someone you know who remembers the old DOS used with Win95 and earlier) can rename the damaged file and replace it with a copy you have obtained from another WinXp via floppy or flash drive or even CD. If you don't get the 'C' prompt, you'll see this instead:


No password? Go HERE for an alternate solution. Otherwise:

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How to close the Facebook loophole that exposes private phone numbers

11 August 2015

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91 Free Twitter Tools and Apps

09 July 2015
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The Big List of Twitter Tools: 91 Free Twitter Tools and Apps to Fit Any Need https://blog.bufferapp.com/free-twitter-tool 
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Sleeping Easier Over Mobile Security | CSPnet

16 June 2015
Coalfire's Fritsche addresses payment, "hardened" devices, risk, more



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Real Bitcoin Blog: What is Bitcoin?

12 June 2015
Real Bitcoin Blog: What is Bitcoin?: Hello there, so you ask yourself what is  Bitcoin . Well,  Bitcoin is an online decentralized currency, the first one, and it's also a ...

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Great Grandmother’s 3-Inch Feet

30 May 2015


This is a guest article! Why don't YOU submit a guest article for the blog? For a limited time, this offer has now been extended to Intelligent Bacon blog. Be sure to differentiate WHICH BLOG you want your article published on. (Why not choose "all"?)



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Google Must Be Right!

25 May 2015

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The mass-switchover to emphasis on mobile content has had quite an impact on media websites. Like lemmings scurrying to dive off a high cliff, radio, tv, magazine and newspaper websites drank the mobile kool-aid, and here we are, scratching our heads, wondering what to make of it all.

Well, one blogger has it all figured out. You can read that post by clicking HERE.

 
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4 New Media Platforms Demanding Attention

12 May 2015
 As if the web, mobile and social media were not enough to worry about, four new digital platforms are emerging to challenge the legacy publishers and broadcasters struggling to preserve the audiences and ad dollars that made them mighty. 

To dispense with any further suspense, the emerging technologies are Next-Gen Messaging Platforms, Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things and Automated Automobiles.  

A case can be made for developing new content and advertising formats for each of these broad categories, which represent hundreds of products and endless permutations. I will make a qualified case for doing so in a minute. First, a reality check:  


How can broadcasters and publishers focused on tending their legacy businesses afford the time and resources to research, develop and market products for the new platforms?  The answer, of course is that they can’t.   

The good news is that, with one notable exception, they have time to observe the ways consumers interact with the still-maturing technologies. But make no mistake: These platforms are direct competitors for the time and attention that consumers spend with periodicals, television and radio. Meet the competition: 

Next-Gen Messaging Platforms 

The exceptions to the wait-and-see approach mentioned above are the new messaging apps that compete with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and the other platforms people used in  the Paleozoic era of social media. The next-gen social sites, which deserve the immediate attention of legacy media companies, include Instagram, WhatsApp, Vine, Snapchat and others likely to turn up after I hit the send button on this article. (It should be noted that Facebook and Twitter, who are decidedly hip to the caprice of their audiences, have purchased all but Snapchat.) To see how some legacy media companies already have adapted to Snapchat, look at the Discover section of its app (which can be accessed by a button on the upper right-hand corner of the screen). 

Wearable Technology

While the makers of Fitbit, Pebble and Google Glass have been pursuing widespread consumer acceptance over the years, the introduction of the Apple Watch in April is bound to rivet new attention on interactive wearable devices, thanks to the free publicity the media showered on the Apple launch. After attracting a fair share of ink in its own right, Google Glass faltered for want of technical polish and, even worse, for want of widespread consumer enthusiasm. While the Apple Watch also could prove to be a dud, the increasing appeal of intimate of personal technology – like undies that monitor your pecs, your posture and your perspiration – seems to suggest that selfies alone will not suffice to sate the narcissism of our species. 

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things seems like a joke when you can buy a wi-fi piggybank called a Porkfolio that counts quarters on a dedicated app. But Google’s eye-popping purchase of the Nest smart thermostat company for $3 billion got the attention of both the tech community and plenty of consumer product manufacturers. As a consequence, a serious race is well under way for leadership in a market that, according to Fortune Magazine, could generate between $7 trillion and $19 trillion in sales in a few short years. You may not be captivated by a $17 smart tray that knows you are running low on eggs, but think about the potential of a home-monitoring system that provides surveillance, conserves energy, starts your car on a cold morning, tracks neighborhood crime alerts and remembers the stuff you need at the hardware store. 

Automated Automobiles

The secret Apple car project should have come as no surprise to anyone when it was revealed earlier this year, because vehicles are the perfect environment for a company – like Apple – that sells gizmos and services enabling communications, entertainment, navigation, search and commerce.  The owners of automated autos will appreciate being relieved from the tedium of commuting and long road trips, but here's why advertisers will be enthralled: Whether individuals are sitting behind the wheel or being chauffeured by an autonomous system from Google, motorists represent highly captive and highly targetable audiences.  Knowing who and where motorists are, marketers will have unprecedented influence over what they might be persuaded to buy next. 

Where Does This Leave Legacy Media? 

As different as the four emerging platforms are, there are common denominators: 

:: They can come out of nowhere and gain popularity surprisingly fast. 

:: They are mobile, location-aware and visual, relying on minimal (if any) text to communicate.

:: They represent immediate opportunities to conduct transactions, incentivizing marketers to intercept consumers early and often in the interests of closing in-the-moment deals. 

In short, the four new platforms will be prized venues for media companies and advertisers who want to connect with not only Millennials but also with people of all ages who consume media in increasingly frenetic and purposeful bursts. If legacy companies want a share of the new value chains being created by these new platforms, they need to start paying attention.

© 2015, Editor & Publisher  Re-blogged from newsosaur.blogspot.com/

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How to go from a real nobody to a digital somebody...

03 April 2015


After years of skulking about digital fringes, sometime last year I grudgingly joined the land of living twitterers with: "Now what?" It was rhetorical of course. Nonetheless, one of the first replies to set my notifications tab on fire (not) was this: "It's not about the number of followers." For a noncommittal social media user, the insight was rather reassuring. But it was all rot. The truth is we're obsessed with flaunting numbers as some true measure of our output, however shallow the syste ..


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#Bitcoin Pioneer Inks Contract for Satellite Constellation

12 March 2015
Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin pioneer and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems (DSS) announced he has signed a contract with Deep Space Industries (DSI) to build a 24 BitSat satellite constellation as the first element of a new strategic alliance between the two firms. The nanosats to be used in the Dunvegan constellation designed by DSI provide an order of magnitude cost advantage over traditional telecommunication satellites.  Based on the industry standard Cubesat form factor, BitSat enables a cost and performance framework that supports the open platform business model employed by Dunvegan.






“Just as Bitcoin is revolutionizing financial exchanges, Dunvegan will do the same for space systems with this project,” said Garzik. “To do it right we needed a partner that was both visionary and technically capable. Once I began to work with Deep Space we realized we had found that partner.”
 


Building on expertise in open-source software and democratized financial systems, Garzik launched this new company to capitalize on the rapidly emerging commercialization of space and advancements in technology platforms. Dunvegan specializes in distributed applications and computing solutions for the space based market, including Software-as-a Service (SaaS) platforms and financialization of space resources.

“DSI’s long term goal of harvesting space resources is well known, and our first steps involve developing nimble, low cost spacecraft that turn out to be very similar to the needs of Dunvegan,” said DSI CEO Daniel Faber. “Partnering with DSS on the BitSat project allows DSI to ramp up production of our spacecraft avionics suite and implement several improvements. It’s a perfect match all around.”

The DSS constellation will be the first-ever constellation of communication satellites based on open platform principles, with a focus of providing communications, data processing, storage and broadcasting capabilities in space. The deal to build and fly the spacecraft was signed after a several months long interaction between the two firms, including a detailed constellation and spacecraft design project completed last summer by Deep Space at its Silicon Valley based NASA Ames facility.

“This is the first of a number of efforts we have planned with DSI,” said Dunvegan CEO Jeff Garzik. “Dunvegan is focused on providing software and data solutions for our customers, while the partnership with DSI will provide the hardware for this and several upcoming projects. Together we believe we can help transform the ability of people around the world to benefit from space activities, be it in terms of communications or resources.”




Daniel Faber and Jeff Garzik will be participating in a panel session at SXSW Interactive on Monday, March 16 at 11am.  Due to the popularity of the panel, “Big Data in the Off Planet Era” this session is now RSVP only.  If you are a SXSW badge holder, RSVP to attend the panel here or search using the hashtag #OffPlanet.  Both companies, Deep Space Industries and Dunvegan Space Systems will also be presenting at a special Space Road Show event on Sunday evening. 
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How the 1% use the internet

17 February 2015



Do the top 1pc use Facebook or LinkedIn? 
Do they shop or chat online? 
And how much time do they spend on Netflix?
Statistics show that the top 1% are internet savvy, spending an average of 6.75 hours online each day - about half an hour more than the average person - and consuming about twice as much online TV and radio than the 99%.  

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—  How the one percent use the internet - Telegraph
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iPhone Reporting: How To Do It All With Just One Small Device

27 January 2015


WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein will offer a "how to" session on everything from reporting to recording with the popular iPhone! Mark your calendar: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM (EST) at the National Press Club Journalism Institute in Washington, DC.

You'll learn: what iPhone reporting is; what equipment is needed; how to turn a iPhone into a microphone; how to record and share audio; basics of shooting video; and how to create content on mobile, for mobile. The session will include suggested apps and resources, a hands-on walkthrough and time for Q and A.

Augenstein is the Technology Editor and Reporter with WTOP-FM and wtop.com – the all-news powerhouse in the Nation’s Capital. Neal started as a general assignment reporter at WTOP 18 years ago. In February 2010 he became the first major-market reporter to do all his field reporting on an iPhone. One of Neal’s earlier iPhones is part of the Newseum’s permanent collection, in recognition of his work leading the way in mobile journalism. He trains other journalists how to harness the power of the phone, and blogs about the latest ways to cover news-on-the-go at iphonereporting.com
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STOP Videos from playing on websites and Facebook

26 January 2015
CHROME ::: Turn off Flash autorun in Chrome type chrome://chrome/settings/content into the URL bar. Up pops a “content settings” page. Scroll down to “plug ins” and select “click to play,” and then “done. It's that simple. After that, every Flash screen will have a gray error message. Just click it to play the content. 

MAXTHON ::: Go to Settings   Advanced - Content Control and uncheck “Allow all sites to run plug-ins.” 

FIREFOX ::: There are two ways to block autorun videos in Firefox but the simpler and more reliable method may be to download Flash Block. You can get it from Mozilla here.
Once it's downloaded, install and enable Flash Block. Restart Firefox and from then on, you'll have to click on Flash media to get it to play.
EXPLORER ::: Use ActiveX filtering. Go to “tools,”  “safety,” and enable ActiveX Filtering. When you come across a page containing Flash videos, there will be a blue icon in the URL bar, indicating that the autoplay has been blocked. If later you want to see a video on the page, you have to click on the icon, which allows you to turn off ActiveX Filtering for that site. If you want to turn it back on, go back to square one.

FACEBOOK ::: On your Facebook page menu dropdown (accessed by clicking the upside-down triangle) select “Settings”:   At the very bottom of the left-hand side, click on “Videos” then Change the setting for “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off”.



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10 Reasons to Use Infographics in Content Marketing (Infographic)

16 January 2015
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