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Lucid Audio Debuts AMPED Products

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

I don’t often post press releases; BUT I’m making an exception here.  We used to do this back in the day at both and at Gear Diary, with the caveat that a review was coming and that we weren’t being paid to do so.

Both of those conditions are true in this case as well.

neckband-white-gray-angled-streamerLucid Audio has sent me a Neck Band to review and I hope to look at it this month as part of all of the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus release hullaballoo.

To be very honest though, I’m having a bit of trouble motivating myself to think positively about the neckband.  It looks hideous.

Its huge.

I looks like a big, thick, wide faceted necklace that hangs down, well past your collar bone. It also looks heavy, though that may just be look and in reality, it may not be heavy at all.

We’ll have to wait and see…

One point that the press release doesn’t do a good job at pointing out though, is that their Neckband and Audio Streamer Kit is available as a bundle for $199 USD.  This is the product that I will be reviewing later this month.

The full press release on all of the newly available Lucid Audio products is available after the break.


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Buy an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, Lose your Job

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Buying an iPhone 7 in certain countries is a shortcut to the unemployment office


I saw this on BGR and thought that it was totally outrageous. However, outrageous is totally from an American point of view – in China, if this report is accurate, this is a huge issue.

Patriotism in China runs deep with their citizens. Nearly everyone there loves their country and they have a huge sense of national pride; and this extends into the corporate world as well as with individual citizens.

So as I mentioned, BGR that some Chinese companies have issued warnings to their employees that purchasing an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus may result in termination of employment. While no specific individual has been singled out as of yet, some companies have issued formal written warnings against the purchase of Apple’s flagship smartphone.

For example, the BBC is reporting that Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging site much like Twitter, has issued a stern warning to all of their employees: buy an iPhone and don’t bother coming to work.

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Another Day… Another Virus (Backdoor.MAC.Elanor)

July 12, 2016 Leave a comment

This one targets Mac systems. Heads up Apple users…!

As Macs and macOS become more and more mainstream, more and more virus and malware authors are going to be writing code that targets computers coming out of Cupertino. Case in point – a new piece of malware has been encountered in the wild, allowing attackers to hijack a Mac user’s machine.

backdoorThe new malware has been named Backdoor.MAC.Elanor by researchers at Bitdefender. The software installs a backdoor onto an infected Mac that provides full access to a Mac user’s data, and full control over their web cam. The malware has been traced to the installation of an app called Easy Doc

Easy Doc Converter is a fake file conversion app that is apparently available from reputable download sites across the internet. The app installs a component that provides remote, anonymous access of an infected system’s command and control center. Additional components allow attackers to view, edit, rename, delete, upload, download and archive/copy off files from infected systems. They also have elevated privileges that allow them to execute commands and scripts.

This particular bit of malware allows attackers to watch computer users at their workstations via the computer’s web cam. Attackers make use of an included tool called “wacaw” to capture stills and video from infected systems, according to Bitdefender.

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It was All a Marketing Stunt

April 20, 2016 Leave a comment

The Italian ISP that deleted all of its servers… yeah, apparently… not so much.

Late last week, the owner of a small web hosting company in Italy said he “accidentally” executed some bad maintenance code on his servers, and they deleted all his servers.

hoaxMarco Marsala headed to a support forum and posted a cry for help claiming he made a big mistake,

“I run a small hosting provider with more or less 1,535 customers and I use Ansible to automate some operations to be run on all servers,” Marsala wrote. “Last night I accidentally ran, on all servers, a Bash script with a rm -rf {foo}/{bar} with those variables undefined due to a bug in the code above this line.

“All servers got deleted and the offsite backups too because the remote storage was mounted just before by the same script (that is a backup maintenance script).”

He got some sympathetic replies. However, most of the forum users basically told him he was an idiot and that since (as he further explained) that all of his onsite and offsite backup drives were also mounted to his servers at the time of execution, all of the sites that he ran (again, approximately 1535) all got permanently and irrevocably deleted.

Apparently, the delete was so destructive, that many users didn’t think that even an experienced data recovery company would be able to retrieve his data.


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What’s in a Font?

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Google unveils new logo – Internets burn down (story at 11..?)


Normally I wouldn’t comment on a company’s logo change. I mean, it’s not normally news or anything of importance. Unless of course, that company is Google, and then just about every time that company burps, its important. And honestly, that’s about what this logo change from most recent to new looks like.

It’s a font change.

That’s all… just a font change…

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 10061 to Fast Ring Insiders

April 27, 2015 Leave a comment

If you in the Fast Ring, you’ve got a new build to install…

Windows 10 Insiders have a new build to play with. If, they’re on the Fast Ring, that is. Build 10061 was released to Windows Insiders on 2015-04-22, but late in the day. This release comes a full three weeks after the release of Build 10049 to the Fast Ring. While builds 10051, 10056 and even 10061 leaked to the general public, neither build 10051 nor 10056 were official releases to either the Fast or Slow Insider’s Rings.


As this is a Fast Ring only build – at least for now – Microsoft isn’t releasing ISO’s for this build (files that can be used to burn DVD’s with). That only happens when a build is released to Slow Ring Insiders. Unfortunately, this is where the problems come in.

During any beta cycle, most experienced testers will want to do a clean install when a new build is released. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Build 10061, at least right now, for a few reasons.

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Recent Microsoft Developments

March 27, 2015 Leave a comment

There’s a lot going on in Redmond these days…


Over the past few weeks, I’ve had my head down at work; but I’ve also been hot and heavy with a review of the Fitbit Surge that’s still yet to be completed. When it comes to wearables, this new computing category really has many people curious and thinking about how and what it can and should be.

Over and above THAT, which has been more than enough in and of itself, I’ve been beginning some evaluations of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac as well as dealing with some very serious issues with OneNote 2013 and Windows 10 … and yeah. I’ve been a little busy.

However, there have been a few new developments over at Microsoft, other than the ones I’ve mentioned, and I wanted to not only acknowledge them but comment on them just a bit as well. While this may not be ALL that’s hit the news wire lately, it is what has stuck in my head as I’ve got it buried under a bunch of stuff at the office as well as under a ton of research, screen shots and support thread posts.

Here they are in no particular order…

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