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Thanks to travel blogger Anil Polat: An interactive map to find free Wi-Fi (with credentials) for airports around the world.

yahoo-logoThere’s an insidious hack you need to check on immediately — whether a hacker has changed your settings to auto-forward all your email to another address he controls. He doesn’t care whether you’ve changed the password, if all your email is going to be auto-forwarded to him! In fact, he hopes that you regain confidence in your Yahoo! email and continue using it.  Read More »

 

Have you ever received an email that you didn’t want to deal with immediately – but didn’t want to forget about? Defer it! Perhaps you want to forward it to somebody else to do but need to set a deadline and a reminder to follow up that it was done? Delegate it! How about sending yourself a reminder for some future date? Schedule it! All by email, here’s how … Read More »

nexflix genre codes

How do you find and add streaming Netflix movies to your “My List” playlist? Most people will either search for a movie by name or select from those promoted or recommended by the site.

If, however, you have a penchant for a particular category there’s a secret URL construct which will “crack” open a treasure chest of movies you may not otherwise have known about. It works like this www.netflix.com.browse/genre/genre# where genre# is a number e.g. 4089, the number for Foreign Cult Movies. This URL will filter for movies tagged only with that specific genre# http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/4089.

So, where’s the site’s index of genres? Read More »

Perhaps it’s just me, but I just noticed this today …

google pimping out their home page

Does this make good business sense for Google, or does it shatter the illusion — that of the biggest ad revenue generating machine known to man being (previously) naked of any advertising on their home page?  Read More »

whitehouse aaron swartz petition 20,874Likely more symbolic than to have the outcome it pleads for I signed the White House petition to “Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.”

If you would like to lean a little into the pain of Aaron’s persecution The New York Times article Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide and Lawrence Lessig’s blog Prosecutor as bully are good places to start.

Sign the White House petition here.

Links: TechDirt’s Carmen Ortiz Releases Totally Bogus Statement Concerning The Aaron Swartz Prosecution

When asking Siri for directions Just add “via transit” to your command!

Since Apple maps don’t include transit options, you’ll be presented with a selection of Transport Apps, which will include Google Maps if you have it installed. The location information will be handed off to Google Maps. This can be a lot easier than entering the address directly into the Google Maps app. No jailbreak required.

I’ll get straight to the point, I’ve found some ringtones that do not have both a Name and an Artist listed for the ringtone won’t sync to my iPhone (iOS 6x). Get Info on the track in iTunes, add the missing metadata and sync again. Strange but true.

If you already have an Artist listed and think this doesn’t apply to you but still can’t sync up the ringtone, try deleting and then reentering the Artist info and then sync up again. Stranger but equally true.

Other common faults are that the tone is longer than 40 seconds or that you haven’t enabled the iPhone to synch all or this specific ringtone under the Tones tab against the device in iTunes.

Links How to create your own custom iPhone ringtones

Answers the question: Why won’t my ringtones or Tones sync with my iPhone?
Addresses the problem: iPhone ringtones or Tones will not sync from iTunes

Some people regard ex Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, now with Intellectual Ventures, as a patent troll who is trying to corner the market on 3D printing. Read More »

Cody Brocious, a hacker, announced at Black Hat a simple DIY Arduino solution to gain instant, untraceable access to millions of Onity HT card-key protected hotel and college dorm rooms. Zero authentication required, even master card-keys for anonymous entry can be retrieved from the hack. Read More »

“A cross-disciplinary team of US neuroscientists and cryptographers have developed a password/passkey system that removes the weakest link in any security system: the human user. It’s ingenious: The system still requires that you enter a password, but at no point do you actually remember the password, meaning it can’t be written down and it can’t be obtained via coercion or torture” writes Sebastian Anthony in this Extreme Tech article Unbreakable crypto: Store a 30-character password in your brain’s subconscious memory, worth of a read. Something akin to playing Guitar Hero they say! Read More »

Finally, something more of interest to men on Pinterest:
Microsoft Morgue vs Google Graveyard


The claim: “Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

This is like day one of the mouse. Except, no one needs an instruction manual for their hands.” Watch the video … Read More »