Category: Computers

Being Children pre-internet

I love the mini-video below. It showed the games that I remember playing as a child in the Philippines.

I especially love piko (hopscotch)

In a way I pity children of today.

Being Children pre-internet

The advent of computer and internet brought in untold usefulness to everyone of us but as they said, nothing is ever perfect. Though I can’t live without access to the internet/computer now, it does have negative impacts on some lives. Especially in the west, the computer has somehow put paid to children playing outside. Children nowadays would rather be in their pc or ipad playing games rather than in the garden or at the park playing hide and seek with their friends.

I supposed we have become too security conscious. We want our children under our radar almost 24/7 and the easiest way to ensure this is to allow them access to the computer; sitting in front of it where we know where they are.

Let us think about this, “As a child, would you rather be playing computer games or playing tugs with friends outside in the sunshine?!!!”

by lorosa Traditional Art / Paintings / People©2010-2014 lorosa

by lorosa
Traditional Art / Paintings / People©2010-2014 lorosa

Roaming Charges on Death Throes in Europe?!!!

mobileThis is good news. We are now mobile/cell phones using nations and the end of roaming charges can only be good news to us all. We have heard of much horror stories, which landed so many unsuspecting users with thousands of pounds of hidden and not quite so hidden roaming charges.

The only thing is that, what does it mean the roaming charges are to end by Christmas 2015? Does this mean roaming charges are not quite dead yet?!!!

So we must not celebrate by using our phone’s roaming apps just yet. 😉 Wait a while longer! Easy does it!

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Brussels, 3 April 2014

European Parliament votes to end roaming charges, expand consumer rights and make it easier to create better telecoms.

Today the European Parliament voted to end roaming charges by Christmas 2015, as part of a wider vote in support to the Commission’s proposed regulation for a “Connected Continent” (telecoms single market)*.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said:

“This vote is the EU delivering for citizens. This is what the EU is all about – getting rid of barriers to make life easier and less expensive.”

“Nearly all of us depend on mobile and internet connections as part of our daily lives. We should know what we are buying, we should not be ripped-off, and we should have the opportunity to change our mind. Companies should have the chance to serve all of us, and this regulation makes it easier for them to do that. It’s win-win.”

“In 2010 I promised to end roaming charges by the end of 2015, and now we are one step away from achieving that result.”

“Beyond the highly visible barrier of roaming we are now close to removing many other barriers so Europeans can enjoy open, seamless communications wherever they are”.

EU Member States will now continue to review the regulation and the Commission expects final agreement of the Regulation by end of 2014.

*The “Connected Continent” telecoms Regulation was proposed by the Commission in September 2013. It aims to bring us much closer to a truly single market for telecoms in the EU, by ending roaming charges, guaranteeing an open internet for all by banning blocking and degrading of content, coordinating spectrum licensing for wireless broadband, giving internet and broadband customers more transparency in their contracts, and making it easier for customers to switch providers.

Background
Tweets from @NeelieKroesEU today included:

“Today EU Parliament voted to end roaming charges by Christmas 2015 !! #roaming”

“We need a digital Europe – today we are another step closer with EU Parl vote for #ConnectedContinent”

“Find out more about the EU plan that is set to end #roaming + guarantee #NetNeutrality on Connected Continent webiste”

Contacts
Email: comm-kroes@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32.229.57361 Twitter: @RyanHeathEU

Dog Tags…Human Tags?

Lasmicrochip detectort Friday, we took our lively little terrier dog to the veterinary surgeon (vets). He had his routine vaccination. The vet also checked that his implanted microchip was working  OK.

In the UK by law,  all pet dogs have to have microchips implanted (normally near the neck).  The microchip  is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting an injection with little or no to no pain.  Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog can be traced back to the owner if found.

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Microchip and detector

Microchip implant size

Microchip implant size

This made me think to the future and all the surveillance and communication technology we have and use in the 21st Century.

Today, we use an increasing amount  of Radio-frequency identification (RFID)  wireless  devices to monitor movements/location of people or items. Shops/stores use RFID for stock control  or used to asset tag for inventories.

Indeed many of our smart phones, PC tablets can be tracked through built-in RFID devices.  Cars and vehicles  have RFID.

This technology is invaluable in locating/tracking  lost or stolen pets & valuable items.

Ever increasing sophisticated implanted microchips would also provide a range  medical benefits for monitoring health and even adjusting critical bodily functions to keep us healthy.

I wonder if, or indeed when humans maybe similarly ‘microchipped’ and have RFID implanted to monitor us . We would have a truly ‘Big Brother’  Orwellian 1984 nightmare, where the locations and status of all citizens are known or can be found by the government, regimes etc.

At birth or soon after, would all children have micro-chip implants by law and  registered along side the Birth Certificate process!?

Possibly the microchip(s) would only be activated for specific, appropriate and lawful needs?

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Possibly known criminals,terrorists  etc.,  will be implanted with microchips active for their lifetimes or for a fixed period.  This would make policing immeasurably  more effective but remove fundamental human rights.

 

 

Google Doodle: Grace Hopper

Grace the Original Hopper

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Today’s Google Doodle is an animation of Grace Hopper sitting on her computer, using COBOL  to print out her age.  Google is celebrating the 107th birthday of Grace Hopper, the “mother” of the COBOL computer language.

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“‘all Navy’, but when you reach inside, you find a ‘Pirate’ dying to be released”
– Jay Eliot

Just toward the end of animation a moth was seen coming out of the computer; that was a reference to Grace popularising the term “debugging”.    Apparently whilst in the Navy and working on a Mark II computer, it was found that a moth was stuck in the relay, which was impending the  system, quick as a flash Grace said they are debugging the system.

The remains of the moth can be seen at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Grace lived a full and hectic life.

At a very young age, she showed a very inquisitive mind.  At the age of seven, she tried to find out how clock works and managed to disassemble seven of them much to her mother’s consternation.  In the end she was only allowed to touch one clock.  LOL

Grace was a Vassar girl but at 16 she was declined entry to the College because she had a low score in Latin.  She got admitted the next year and went on to earn bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics.  She then went to Yale University and became a history maker for becoming  the first woman to graduate with a doctorate in Maths in Yale’s long history.

Grace Brewster Murray, as she was, married Vincent Foster Hopper, a New York professor in 1930.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1945.  Grace never married again thus retaining her ex-husband’s surname.  Grace Hopper has a memorable ring to it.

Grace Hopper, to me, was like a grasshopper.  She leaped from one success to another.  She leaped from one awards to the next.

Even her retirement was one of the  longest hopping in history.  She first retired at 60 but was recalled almost immediately and then retired again and then recalled and then retired and then recalled………

Grace ended up working until her death at 85.

How to migrate blog posts from Weebly to XML – THE EASY WAY

I have a client running on Weebly that wanted to migrate all blog posts to WordPress. Simple enough I thought..

Wrong.

So a quick Google search brought me to a site that explained how to do it via RSS by appending ?n=5000 to the end of the feed URL (for example www.site.com/1/feed?n=5000) to make the feed list 5000 (or all) items. Great!

However this no longer works! So we’re stuck with a feed that shows only the latest 10 – 25 posts. Not good if you have 100+ posts on your site.

The only way that I could think to do this was to export the feed, delete some posts, export again, delete, export, delete, export – something that would take hours basically.

So I looked through the Weebly settings and realized that the amount of items on the feed reflects the amount of blog posts that are displayed on your blog page.

Hmmmmm

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So I thought, maybe if I edited the variables in the drop down box via Firebug/Chrome developer tools, then saved my settings it might just work.. YES.

End result, I now have a feed with ALL of my posts, ready to export to .xml to go straight into WordPress.

So here’s what to do.

Go to Blog Settings

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Right click on the drop down box and go to inspect element (this only works on Chrome and FireFox as far as I know).

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Now it will bring up the developer tools – essentially the HTML output of the page. Assuming you right clicked on the drop down, it should already be on the SELECT element.

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Each of the “options” is, well, one of the options for the drop down box . We will need to change one of the option values. I’ll be changing the first one. Double click on the “2” and it will allow you to edit that option. Put in a number that is equal to, or greater than the number of posts you have. The click outside of the box to save the changes.

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Thats it! Now whatever option you modified, select that on the drop down box. Hit SAVE and your feed (and blog page) will display the amount of posts that you entered.

Now to find your feed, visit one of your post pages and make note of the link.

www.example.com/7/postname.html.

Where I have highlighted the 7 above, that may be a different number. Note it down!

Now go to example.com/7/feed and hey presto, it will bring it to your XML feed page. You can either press CTL+S to save the XML, or find the save option in your browsers menu.

Easy.