Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

Evil Geniuses

July 22, 2022

Ad page purveyors are getting trickier. If you are like me, you probably get many, maybe dozens or even hundreds of unsolicited ad pages sent to your email every day. For many years I’ve just ignored them. Sometimes reading them, sometimes not and just deleting them. However, deleting does not make the sender go away. I had often read that one should not click on the unsubscribe link, as that only tells the sender, or more accurately his or her software, that a live person is at the other end of the connection.

Lately I’ve decided to just click “Unsubscribe” on the ad page… if I can find it… and see what happens. For the most part it works fine. Many senders really have stopped sending me their ads. Some have not, of course.

However, I’ve recently noticed a trickier thing they do. If appears that at least some percentage of the ad purveyors place the unsubscribe page outside of the security umbrella of their HTTPS link (i.e. the unsubscribe page has only an HTTP URL). This means that if you have a “watch dog” internet security system installed on your computing device you will get a message from it advising you that the page you requested is not secure, and do you want to proceed or go back. Some ad purveyors are now trying to scare users into staying subscribed.

If enough users, fearing what might happen if they venture into “unsecure” territory, choose to go back and not click the “Unsubscribe” button, then they (the ad purveyors) may not lose as many subscribers as they would if they had been just a little more transparent. In this way their ad site may not suffer the indignity of losing as many subscribers.

As always,

Have a rewarding compute

The merging of computer security and crypto-mining

January 7, 2022

I think it’s a great idea to merge cryptocurrency mining with other more consumer friendly software applications.  It just makes sense.  Its slightly incongruous to merge crypto-mining with computer security software, but the main idea is the same.  Some circumstances come to mind.  First it is a way to get your software application to “pay for itself”.  In theory, you could use any money (crypto or conventional) that you make to offset the cost of the software package/platform.  The more successful you become at mining, the closer to zero the net cost of the extended package will become.  It could even produce a positive income stream in your favor so that your software package becomes a profit (instead of cost) center for you.  Secondly it is an avenue to make crypto currency mining more democratized and within reach of less and less sophisticated users, which after all has been the trajectory of personal computing for the past 50 years anyway.  And, thirdly it is a strategy for third party software companies to stay in the game and not be relegated to the backwaters of the computing world by making themselves more relevant to modern computing trends.

Chromebook 101: how to use Android apps on your Chromebook – The Verge

March 10, 2020

With Google discontinuing support for the Google Chrome Store apps (see:  https://chromeunboxed.com/google-announces-timeline-for-the-end-of-chrome-apps-on-chromebooks/ ) over the next year, it is probably a good idea to get familiar with Google Play Store (i.e. Android) apps.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20903281/chromebook-os-android-apps-how-to-use

If you use your Chromebook as primarily a web browser, and run Android apps on your Android Phone then this change probably has little impact on you.  Especially considerinng that support for Chrome browser extensions will continue to be supported.

Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel? The differences are disappearing — Quartz

September 19, 2019

https://qz.com/1283203/google-sheets-or-microsoft-excel-the-differences-are-disappearing/

Google Kills Hyper-Threading On Chrome OS In Wake Of Critical Intel Flaw

May 15, 2019

https://chromeunboxed.com/google-kills-hyper-threading-on-chrome-os-in-wake-of-critical-intel-flaw/

Android Authority: 8 years on from the first Chromebooks: Google was right about them

May 11, 2019

Android Authority: 8 years on from the first Chromebooks: Google was right about them.
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-chromebook-launch-984205/

New Feature Coming For Chromebook Extended Displays

April 13, 2019

New Feature Coming For Chromebook Extended Displays

It looks like Display Port and USB-C are required for daisy chaining monitors with Chromebooks.

The Verge: Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test

April 8, 2019

The Verge: Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/8/18300077/microsoft-edge-chromium-canary-development-release-download

SlashGear: Chrome OS is a productivity utopia but it needs one more thing

March 5, 2019

Will ChromeOS replace the Windows, Linux and/or Mac OS platforms for some types of software development?  The author, though awkwardly stating it, seems to thing so.

SlashGear: Chrome OS is a productivity utopia but it needs one more thing.
https://www.slashgear.com/chrome-os-is-a-productivity-utopia-but-it-needs-one-more-thing-05568471/

howtogeek.com: What To Do When Your Chromebook Reaches the End of Its Life

February 16, 2019

howtogeek.com: What To Do When Your Chromebook Reaches the End of Its Life.
https://www.howtogeek.com/403164/what-to-do-when-your-chromebook-reaches-the-end-of-its-life/