You’re surfing along on the web, researching images of algae… That should be safe as milk, right? Yes, so long as you know when you’re being scammed. This video shows an example of how easy it can be to get herded into doing something you don’t want to do. Is your computer really telling you there is a virus, or is it just a scheming website owner trying to hack in to your computer? Find out in the video below.
I got an Arduino UNO for Christmas. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform. It can be used to create anything from a simple web server to a hand-held game. With a few additional inexpensive electronic components, you can create a working prototype of a machine that actually does something useful or fun. Continue reading “Arduino Brain Machine”
There’s Boston – a creamy white potato-based chowder, and Manhattan – a red tomato-based chowder. Now, there’s a new alternative: Bajan Clam Chowder. Instead of potatoes, we’re using the more flavorful Boniato root – a tropical member of the sweet potato family that tastes like roasted chestnuts. We’re also using other tropical flavors that might make some of us think about vacationing in Barbados for the winter. Continue reading “Bajan Clam Chowder”
The Federal Trade Commission is proposing ‘Do Not Track’ legislation similar to the ‘Do Not Call’ legislation that attempted to stop cold callers in the United States. Some marketing firms are tracking your personal movements across multiple websites, regardless of what they say. When you get a telephone marketing call from a company just a few minutes after you land on their home page, it’s hard to pretend otherwise. Continue reading “Can the FTC really stop tracking?”
It may be a response to economics, or it may just be a fashion trend. Product design is going simple. As an example, let’s look at Tom’s of Maine toothpaste line of products. They used to have very colorful boxes. The different colors made it easy to locate your preferred flavor on the shelf faster. I always looked for the purple box for the Fennel-flavored Propolis & Myrrh Anti-plaque toothpaste. Today, I went in to find the box and it was gone. It took me a few seconds, but I saw that all the boxes were now all the same layout and same color, but each sporting a slightly different color photo of whatever flavor they are. The emphasis is taken off ‘antiplaque’ and ‘natural’ and put on ‘propolis & myrrh’. Continue reading “Product Layout and Design Is Going Simple.”