“We kill people based on metadata” (Former NSA chef). Today we are going dark on the metadata laws. The government currently has enough power, they are already solving crimes with the data they have. The proposed changes have two main effects. 1) any government agency will be able to track the movements of all mobile phone users for the past two years. 2) it’s estimated to add a cost of $10 per electronics bill, per month.
I’ve been meaning to preorder this book for weeks from Amazon, but today I stumbled upon this offer. You get the book, plus some fun digital bonuses (including the first chapter as a digital download while you wait for the hard copy to arrive) for $15 USD (I’m guessing around $20 AUD once you add all the exchange rate conversions in).
Well it’s drawing near to the end of spring here in Australia, and the weather is warming up. With this increase in temperature our technicians have been called to a number of jobs where computers (which are several years old) are just randomly shutting down. Most of these cases have been solved by removing the side case of the computer and blowing out the inside of the case with a can of air or an air compressor.
This is a rather simple task on a desktop, but when it comes to a laptop, it can be slightly more challenging. Here is a video on how to a) do it and b) how hard it is.
One of the many wonders of the modern age is the message delivery known as email. Like all mediums, its not without its highlights and annoyances. Like Snail mail is great for post cards and letters for friends, but junk mail and bills can be annoying.
Lifehacker.com recently asked it’s users what they didn’t like email. Here are some of the highlights:
“Sent From My”
“Sent from my iPhone” may as well say “I don’t know how to change my settings, or am too pretentious to try”
Disclaimers and Reminders
Three paragraph legal disclaimer that’s longer than the message. Also: attached logos or graphics.
Needless, Nagging Euphemisms
Using the CC field when you should use the BCC field to send out a mass e-mail. Keep my address private, dammit!
Unfortunately for many of us life has left us sitting…rather quite literally in a chair at work each day. but this leads to poor posture which creates all sorts of physical back and neck problems. Which I’m told in turn effects all sorts of strange and wonderful parts of the body. So the bottom line is: Improve your posture.
It’s one of those things that hurts to do before you see any results, but it worth it in the long run. Today I received an email in my inbox about this short ~10 minute video that provides some basic exercises that you can do practically anywhere.
The Video is titled “Strength and Structure with Pete Egoscue, Back Into Alignment: Taking Charge of Your Core Muscles” and can be found on Tony Robbins site here: Strength and Structure with Pete Egoscue
Be warned that doing something healthy may actually hurt.
Another useful tool that I find helpful when sitting at a computer all day is called WorkRave. It’s a cross platform software that forces you to take breaks…small micro breaks for 30 seconds, and longer extended rest breaks for 10 minutes. The software allows you to customise the timings to suit you. Grab a copy at WorkRave
How do you stay healthy at your chair? Let us know in the comments below.