Archive | January 27, 2013

I Went From FireFox 16.0.1 to FireFox 18.0.1; Missed 16.0.2 & All of 17. Recommend That You Disable Automatic Updates.

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Anura Guruge


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>> Now A FireFox 16.0.2 … — Oct. 27, 2012.
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As I have stated before, FireFox and I go back a long, long time. I have stuck with it through thick and thin, though late they are beginning to finally get under my skin.

FireFox 16.0.1 with its issues wasn’t the last straw, but it is getting close.

I refused to update to 16.0.2. I had disabled automatic updates. I show you how to do that. Just go to FireFox >>> Tools >>> Options >>> Advanced and select the Update tab. See above.

To be fair, I had it first set to ‘Check for Updates’. Their prompts became annoying, PLUS I realized that they, quite unnecessarily and unbecomingly, try to TRICK YOU. They give you to buttons: ‘Ask Later’ and ‘Update’. You have to hit one to proceed. It is easy enough to hit the wrong one … and then it is TOO LATE. You can’t stop a FireFox update. Yes, I think if you look hard enough you can find a link at FireFox that enables you to revert back to previous versions. Too much hassle. So, I have totally disabled updates.

This actually is my de facto mode for everything; including Windows Updates. Yes, I admit it. I have the discipline and the motivation. With Windows Updates, once a month, around mid-month, I go and manually check. I also Google to make sure that there are no rogue updates. I also check the list before I agree to the update. I hide ones that don’t make sense or are unnecessary.

Same with FireFox. I was willing to take a calculated risk. I don’t surf for porn. Though I visit over 100 different sites a day, most are respectable. I have PAID Avast and Windows 7. So, I will take a risk.

I disabled the Java Plug-In because of all that flap about Java security. Big mistake for ME. With my work on asteroids I spend a lot of time on NASA and JPL Websites. Suffice to say they have a lot of Java applications, some extremely neat. So, yesterday I had to reinstall the Java Plug-In, which meant reinstalling Java — and REMOVING JavaFX. You don’t need JavaFX. Remove it from the Control Panel. I had to get 18.0.1 to get the Plug-In to work. Hence the update. My backup Windows 7 machine has FireFox 14! Java works fine on that.

Not Your Typical Striptease: Strahlemann & Sohne Jonglage Striptease. But, They Need A Female Helper.

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Anura Guruge


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>> My Humor: “Climax Plug” Chewing Tobacco …
>>Dec. 27, 2012.


My father sent this to me.

So, I knew, even before I clicked on it that it would not be risque. Not my father’s style. It is clever, but to me it comes across as a bit to …

I hope this is not in Las Vegas. I trust that Vegas won’t permit such an act. They need at least one female. Equal opportunity and all of that. Now that I think about it, I am not sure whether I have ever seen any HEADLINE female juggling acts (involving pins and other props rather than parts of their anatomy), though I can’t think of any reason why women can’t juggle with the best of men. I guess I just haven’t seen them. OK, I am beginning to think that they might have some physical encumbrances that could get in the way, but I am sure they can get around that, or find different builds. So, I am hoping that soon I can post another video, but this time with at least one female.


Click to access YouTube video. Worth watching. Kids will like it. I haven't watched it all.

Click to access YouTube video. Worth watching. Kids will like it. I haven’t watched it all.

Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Bathroom Scales From Amazon With BIA Technology.

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Anura Guruge


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>>Jan 24, 2013.


Laser reflector installed on the Moon by the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.

I will readily admit that I lead a very sheltered life. Though technology was my life for nearly 35 years, I have never had a great desire to own the latest and greatest in technology. Just don’t like the hassle. So, by choice I refuse to have a smart-phone. I have an old-fashioned cell phone with no Internet access. Most of the time, like much of today, I didn’t even know where it was. I don’t have a pad and never will. It is enough that the kids each one. Though I try to stay conversant with technology, I can be very blinkered — my research and writing requiring considerable focus and discipline. So, I had no idea that they are looking at the possibility of using DNA as a storage mechanism until Deanna told me about it a few days ago. Alas, they are still only using synthetic DNA, not that I actually had known that they actually had a thing called synthetic DNA. 20 years ago there was a great proposal for a feasible, extremely high capacity data storage scheme for the world. [Remember, I did use to be at the cutting edge of large data center technology.] This plan is doable right now. Did you know that there are Laser Reflectors on the moon? There has been one on the Moon since 1969. There is at least 3 reflectors on the moon, carried there by Apollo 11, 14 & 15; Apollo 11 the one that carried Neil Armstrong to his historic walk on the Moon. [No, you won’t be able to shine your 2 tripe-AAA battery powered laser pointer at it. Sorry.]

The plan is very simple. Start shooting a powerful laser at the Moon and create a laser ‘Local Area Network’ (LAN) — ‘local’ always a relative term in networking. Then pump data into this laser and have it continually go around the Earth-Moon laser LAN. In reality we (even I) know how to fix, at least in theory, all of the perceived problems — security the paramount.

Well a technology that I had no idea about was Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Part of this could be because I try to stay clear away from all things to do with medical stuff. It is bad enough having to go to a doctor. Plus, I can honestly say that even though I have had most tests that can be done on a human performed on me — I have never had my Body Mass Index (BMI) measured electronically. I am amazed and in awe. I am fairly adapt at calculating BMI = weight in pounds/height in inches.

bmiscalesWell it looks fairly certain that our bathroom scales, which I bought at the local consignment store, Trudy’s, because I liked what it showed, has been misleading us. Maybe I am not 180 lbs, but more like 188 or 189. Bummer, though I really cannot lose any weight from my bum. It all has to come from other places. So, I now need to lose 20 pounds rather than 11.

So, the first thing I do when I get back from seeing the cardiologist was to start looking at new scales. [The visit was a total waste of time and will most likely cost me $180. Very nice guy. But, I think he is ill, very ill. I felt bad for him. He looked in much worse shape than me, and he is 20 years younger.]

I first researched analog vs. digital. People swear that new digital is more accurate, though I am skeptical. But, I checked Amazon. Was amazed how cheap digital scales were. Then I noticed that some claimed that they would automatically calculate BMI. In my ignorance, I assumed that you had store your height and all that the scale did was do the division for me. Wrong!

The scales use BIA, and you don’t even feel it. It measures the electrical impedance of your body tissues for an estimate of total body water (TBW). Your weight less TBW provides an estimate of fat-free body mass. The rest is FAT! It does all of this in milliseconds. Amazon likes me. So they ‘said’, electronically of course, that I can have a fairly fancy BIA digital scale, with free shipping, for $21. Plus, they give me a year to pay for it, interest fee. How can I refuse. So, I am now waiting for my new scales. Hope they work. Yes, I gather that if you are extremely athletic and muscle bound, the reading might be off. Well, I don’t have that problem.

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