Category: Tech

NoScript, Why I use it: Why does PopSugar.com have so many links?

The NoScript plugin allows me to degrade sites such as PopSugar down to what I wish to connect, and not what they wish for me to connect. Look at all those sites that I did not ask for?

The NoScript plugin allows me to degrade sites such as PopSugar down to what I wish to connect, and not what they wish for me to connect. Look at all those sites that I did not ask for?

Social butterfly I am not, but on the web I can be a bit promiscuous, not sexually but the willingness browse near anything. I figured I needed some protection. NoScript, a browser plugin, offers this protection for me by blocking errant scripts from contacting a huge number of web sites that do not ask me for permission and that I do not provide permission.

ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, 0B47190: Disassembly and Cleaning

A friend has this Thinkpad/Lenovo keyboard for a long time, but the right mouse button was becoming erratic. We decided to disassemble and clean it and try to fix the right mouse button. on the back of the keyboard, CEM-2015-05-29 Rev W02 Fru PIN 03X8715

ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, 0B47190. Front of keyboard. Photo 1 by Don Tai

ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, 0B47190. Front of keyboard. Photo 1 by Don Tai

Prying the Clamshell Apart
Turning the keyboard over there are rubber pads on each corner and one in the middle. These do not have screws underneath, so disregard them. This is a plastic clamshell. I used a credit card to pry open the clamshell from the USB port, and then used a flat head screwdriver to pry the two halves part. The front bezel comes apart easily.

Active Minutes per Day vs Average Resting Heart Rate by Country: Chart

This data comes from the Fitbit company who manufacturers wrist watch style heart monitor computers. They are expensive, so usually those with extra money would buy them. In other words, this is not indicative of the average person in the country, but only those that are willing and able to buy these devices. This usually means the more affluent and better educated people.

I am surprised that, for example, people in China exercise on average 60 minutes per day. While some do, most Chinese do not like to exercise, so this is puzzling.

Using QQ on Windows XP: Bug Fix with Chinese Input Method

Dell Inspiron Mini IM10v 1011, memory upgrade to 2G really made the difference. Processes are running much faster now.

Dell Inspiron Mini IM10v 1011, memory upgrade to 2G really made the difference. Processes are running much faster now.

My QQ international version 2.11 (1369) was released in 14 September 2015. It is old, very old. While there have been updates for the Android versions, none have reached Windows. The Mac version is QQ International 3.1.1, released at the same time.

I have tried to use QQ with Ubuntu, but it simply does not work and has not received support for many years. Long ago I tried installing Wine and then QQ but it did not connect. It is well known that QQ is unsupported on Linux.

Toronto Map: Google vs Baidu Maps

I‘ve pretty much proved this, but in North America Google Maps is much better than Baidu. Here are maps from Downtown Toronto, near Bloor and East of Yonge Streets. Google Maps has actual street names and buildings. Baidu has only restaurants. Google’s satellite map is also really good. I could have also zoomed in for greater detail. Hands down, Google wins on English maps of Toronto.

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Google Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Google Maps

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Baidu Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Baidu Maps

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, satellite, Google  Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, satellite, Google Maps

Google wants to Enter China: Cartoon

Google wants to enter China: Cut off a little and you can Enter China 剪掉一点就能进中国

Google wants to enter China: Cut off a little and you can Enter China 剪掉一点就能进中国

Source:
Baidu: Could not find it
Google Image: 成涛漫画 cartoon & comic

Google日前传出有意透过多方管道重返中国市场,而中共官媒昨日也首度回应表示,欢迎Google重返中国,但前提必须遵守中国法律。对此,美国有6位参议员向Google执行长递交公开信指出,若重返中国计画属实,将令人深感不安,而中共严格审查制度将导致Google成为侵犯人权的帮凶。 pic.twitter.com/wcNwfQpyJr Google recently announced that it intends to return to the Chinese market through multiple channels, and the CCP official media also responded for the first time yesterday, welcoming Google to return to China, but must comply with Chinese laws. In response, six senators from the United States submitted an open letter to Google’s CEO, stating that if the plan to return to China is true, it will be deeply disturbing, and the CCP’s strict censorship system will lead Google to become an accomplice to human rights violations. pic.twitter.com/wcNwfQpyJr

Damn Good Idea: Using a Lake as a Battery

Using the Hoover Dam as a battery by pumping water upstream during the day, thus reducing electricity generation.

Using the Hoover Dam as a battery by pumping water upstream during the day, thus reducing electricity generation.


I had heard about this idea before, and think it requires further study. The problem is that we cannot easily store electricity. Any electricity generated needs to be used immediately, or we risk blackouts.

California has a lot of wind and solar power generation, but also has hydroelectric power generation from the colossal Hoover Dam. If operated at the same time there might be too much power during the day, when wind and solar contribute, and not enough power at night, when wind and solar do not generate electricity. Excess generated electricity cannot be stored.

Convenient Technologies are Making Us Less Intelligent

Just when you think that some newfangled device is the best thing since sliced bread, you then find out that the awesome convenience you now rely on is actually making you less intelligent. This is called “Convenient Technology”. It turns out that human physiology is more complex than simply making some tool extremely convenient.

I contrast convenient technology to demanding technology:

Just what is a demanding technology? Three elements are defining: it is technology that takes time to master, whose usage is highly occupying, and whose operation includes some real risk of failure. By this measure, a piano is a demanding technology, as is a frying pan, a programming language, or a paintbrush. So-called convenience technologies, in contrast—like instant mashed potatoes or automatic transmissions—usually require little concentrated effort and yield predictable results.

Facial Recognition AI Applications: China vs USA

Facial recognition sunglasses used by Chinese police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province during Chinese New Year.

Facial recognition sunglasses used by Chinese police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province during Chinese New Year.

Facial recognition software has been used in China for quite a while. China has used facial recognition software to scan large gatherings of people in an effort to capture known criminals. The benefit to greater society outweighs all privacy concerns. In North America, we value our privacy and do not want the authorities to accumulate vast amounts of facial recognition data. North Americans believe we should be able to walk around in public and not be recorded for whatever purpose.