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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Password Recovery

Have you ever needed to get your password from a site log in?
You know like this ...

Well it turns out it very easy. Just right click in the box where the dots conceal your password.

Select "Inspect element" from the menu that drops down. You'll see the code that makes the webpage. Look for the word "password".

Right click the "password" line, and select "Edit attribute".

Change "password" to "text". Your password will be displayed where the dots were. I hope this will be help you if you ever need it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Case Study: Saving Money In The Digital Age

Everyone has different providers and plans. I thought I would give my example as a way to reduce cost.

Cable TV $120+ cellular service $120+. That's over $240 dollars a month. Think about that. That is what we were paying. When our year with AT&T U-Verse caused discounts to expire we received notice that our bill would jump to over $180. That shocked me into action.


We have changed to Comcast Xfinity Internet, HBO, Streampix, basic service $50+. Hulu+ $8.

Roku 3 is 5x faster and has a motion controller for games A one time $100.


Republic Wireless Moto G phone $150 one time. Monthly cost $10 for unlimited Talk & Text, no Data except via wifi.

New monthly cost: Phone $20 TV $60 for about $160 a month in savings! That is $1900 in savings a year! Minus the one time costs and we will still save around $1500 the first year.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Intro To Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing

This entry is about the popular and affordable Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) form of 3D printing. Click the following link for a description of the 4 types of 3D printing.
Here are some links and information about FDM 3D printing. The first thing you need for a 3D print is a 3D drawing. You can create your own using software like Tinkercad for beginners and children. On the professional end of the scale is Solidworks, Autocad (free version), or Sketchup. There are more just do a Google search. Autocad and Tinkercad have Chrome apps. You have to save or export your drawing to an .stl file format. 
If you don't want to jump in to drawing yet you can download pre-made drawings. From websites like Thingiverse (free) or Yeggi (a search engine for 3D models), Turbo Squid. Of course the drawing programs all offer drawing in their format that can be saved or exported as an .stl file.
Next you'll need software to "slice" the .stl file. Slice is the term for generating the coordinates in X Y and Z 3D space where the printer will place the melted plastic. That information is saved in a G-Code file (.gcode). Some software for that operation is Slic3r, Simplify3D, and Cura. These can be incorporated into programs designed to give you complete control over your printer. Repetier and Matter Control are examples of printer control programs.  
Of course you will need a 3D printer to bring your object into the real world. Here are some to look at. First if you are interested in the famous do it yourself Reprap Project where a 3D printer is used to print the parts for another 3D printer. After that is the Makerbot line starting with the Mini at $1375 as I write this. I decided on a Robo3D for a balance of cost $799 and features. The market place is exploding. At a recent Maker Fair in Kansas City I saw the Q3D Printer which starts at $199. I was impressed with this tiny printer. 

Currently I mostly use models from Tinkercad. Slice them using Matter Control and Cura. Then load the G-Code on a SD card and print on my modified Robo 3D.

I hope this will help you get started in the fun of 3D printing.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What The Heck Is Alibaba?

I first heard of Alibaba a few years ago. The story claimed it was the Chinese version of Google. A search engine. That was not correct. The following description comes from a website called The Search Engine List.

" - Claims to be the world's largest database of suppliers. Based in China, it is a marketplace of export and import, offers search, company directory, catalog, trade leads and more."

That makes it the Asian Amazon for whole sale. I think that is a better description. Take a look for yourself.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heartbleed Help

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Start Menu Returns

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Where To Find News On The Web

It may be true that traditional news media is doomed, but for now, today, in our world. They are still the best most trust worthy place to find out what is happening. All of them are trying to make the metamorphosis into the electronic medium of the internet. One place to find links to them all is News Papers and magazines plus some web only sources from all around the world in one place. Check it out.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Swiftkey for the iPad? Sort of.

SwiftKey notes lets you use the keyboard on your iPad, but only in the notes app itself. Still it's an improved way to enter text. It gives three suggestions across the top as you type. Slide the suggestions to the left and you have access to special formatting. Like italic, bold, etc. It's free, give it a try.