Blog Index for 2019

YouTube shuts down channel for Repair Video creator Jordan Pier

(July 7, 2020) Is YouTube moving against Right to Repair activists who post "repair videos"? In the last couple days, YouTube shut down the Jordan Pier channel because of supposed repeated violations of terms of service and copyright. Going by reports, this channel had been in operation since 2006 and contained videos about repairing vintage electronics. The fellow running the channel owns a shop in San Diego specializing in vintage electronics repair. Which makes one go WTF HOW COULD THAT INVOLVE ANY COPYRIGHT VIOLATION?

Using ultraviolet (UV-C) light to disinfect public spaces from COVID-19 and other pathogens

(May 22, 2020) As of this writing the world in the grips of a Pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus that is killing people around the world. This disease easily spreads, especially in areas where there is a high density of people in close quarters. This makes public spaces in large cities a potential danger zone. The mass transit systems we need to decrease traffic congestion are potential vectors for spreading not just the COVID-19 virus, but any other pathogen. An infected person could easily get on a bus, cough a lot, wipe some mucous on a seat-back, etc, leaving behind infectious pathogens that will be picked up by the next person to sit in that seat. What if there were an easy and inexpensive way to disinfect public spaces to reduce this risk?

Amazon slashing affiliate commissions in midst of Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

(April 15, 2020) Amazon pioneered the whole field of affiliate marketing and to a large extent the success of Amazon is due to the company's affiliate partners sending traffic to Amazon. Yesterday, Amazon sent an e-mail notice to affiliate program members about changes to the operating agreement, the effect of which is to drastically slash affiliate commissions in certain product categories. It is probably time for affiliate program members to shift their affiliate links elsewhere.

Apple likely to stumble badly with new iPad Pro and MacBook Air, but it's not Apple's fault

(March 18, 2020) Today Apple introduced an updated MacBook Air, and a new iPad, amidst a historic economic downturn thanks to a double whammy of a global pandemic, and a global price war in the oil market between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Any company when releasing new products hope their customers will rush to the store and buy buy buy. Apple has relied on a pattern of goading its customers into upgrading every year, and the company has been so successful at this it is one of the largest market-capitalization companies on the planet. But, Apple is probably running headlong into a perfect storm that could do great damage to Apple.

Scammy pricing for 'upgraded' old Apple Airport Time Capsule

(February 24, 2020) While hunting for Airport Time Capsule's to buy, I came across this listing that's an outright scam - if you know what's involved. The listing is for a first generation Time Capsule device, that has been professionally upgraded to have an 8 TB hard disk. The price? A shocking $453 (US). Oh, my.

Buying 2nd hand Time Capsules and finding other peoples data

(February 22, 2020) I am saving a lot of money on Time Capsule devices by buying old Time Capsule's 2nd hand. But every single one I've bought so far came along with the data from the original owner. This warning of course not only applies to Time Capsule devices, but any device with data storage, including computers, tablet computers, cell phones and even digital cameras. So... HEY PEOPLE!!! ERASE YOUR DATA BEFORE SELLING OR DONATING YOUR OLD DEVICES!!!!

How to run Windows on an iPad Pro

(February 20, 2020) Ever want to run Windows on an iPad? Me neither, but apparently someone wanted to do so, and developed a solution. UTM is an iPadOS app that is a virtual machine emulator that supports not only Windows but a variety of other operating systems. File this in the "why did someone think of this" category.