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Water Cooler / Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:48:27 AM »
Heard an NPR thingy on the radio about a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels. The NPR guy was reduced to tears in the spot he was taken to.

Why a city boy like me lives in a forested area now. Not remote or as quiet as the NPR thingy. But closer to nature. And yeah, I forgot.  :P

Stepped out to get something from the car a couple days ago and was stunned by the white billowy clouds next to the blue of the skies at sunset, with pinks and orange mixed in against the clouds.

Then I noticed the bats circling above my house feeding on bugs.

And silence.

There is something about TREES that makes a huge difference in the quality of life. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but trees make me feel a whole lot better.

Cement does the opposite to me.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:11:11 PM »
I'm not having any problems with Windows. I use win 7 and 10.

Just get as much RAM as the device can use and you're good to go.

Oh and get a Targus replacement cord. They come extra long. I buy one for every laptop in the house. Really useful for when the plug is far away or in the next café table over.

Web Development / Re: Neat WP Plugin
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:43:23 AM »
Heh. I suspected it was created by a disgruntled web worker.

I manage lots of big website and for all of them I received Absurd “Unnatural Link warning” even if I never made link building and I received those links only for real merit.


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Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone here a HAM?
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:32:36 AM »
For some reason, I believe Ash knows something about this.

Water Cooler / RIP Indredibill William Atchison
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:14:33 PM »
His daughter announced his passing on Bill's FB page.

Bill truly lived up to his nick, incredibill. He started in programming working for big companies in Silicon Valley, from before the Internet. From there he went into affiliate and AdSense work. He was in the business since before there was a business.

At one point he was coding a white list based bot blocker. It worked devastatingly well at blocking all scrapers, all of them. In addition to the white list, it included honeypots and browser behavior analysis to correctly identify bad bots.

There were many nights in the early 2000's when he kept me in stitches with his dark humor, conversing over Yahoo Messenger.  I am grateful for the privilege of having known him and counting him among those I call friend.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

As for time.. well, mine is running out.  Lucy is 17 now, and I am taking 5 weeks off this summer...

That's smart!

I am conscious of my time running out as well. My daughter is 14 and going to HS this fall. We're trying to make the next four years as good as we can, full of as much time together as we can manage.

But we also give her a long leash. We let her roam alone with her friends long before some of the other parents.   

Next up over the coming years is teaching the life skills to survive as an adult, like shopping, laundry and cooking.  She has been rolling her own sushi for years now.  :P

I'd have considered my kids to be failures if they'd have fallen in line with a good talking-to and a couple of confiscations.

I agree with you 100%! That's the last thing I would want in any child of mine.

No offense, but I think you're filtering what I wrote through your personal experience.

I do not give my child a "good talking TO." I talk WITH my child. There's a difference. ;)

I encourage my kid to challenge me. That's what I mean when I say that I listen.

Challenging a parent is a moment for dialogue.  And I admit when she has a good idea or a solid counter argument. I am PROUD of her if she has a good counter argument.

Listening and discussing is the opposite of tyranny or top down leading. So we discuss WHY she shouldn't be on her device before going to bed and so on. And she understands it. There are times when she has a counter suggestion that makes sense and we'll accommodate her.

Guilty as charged

I'm the youngest.

My daughter is in a similar situation. Her parents are older and more experienced than typical young parents. We have read books, observed the mistakes of our siblings and friends and have taken all of that to heart.

Yes, we have made mistakes. I wished I could have worked less to spend more time with her, but I used to read to her EVERY night when she was younger, including The Hobbit. And I played games with her, including buying dozens of finger puppets and making theater productions with them.

I'm not saying my kid is the best. She's a work in progress, just like any other kid.

>>>A friend was asking how best to limit how much time one of their kids spends online...

My wife and I restrict my daughter's usage verbally. She tested the boundaries a couple times to see if she could get away with it (this is natural and expected). First time a warning. Next time the device was confiscated.

Once the border probing was over she understood that this was the new normal. Done.

No offense meant to anyone, but if you need to physically restrict usage because your kid is going behind your back then that's a parenting problem. 

Talk to your child. Don't yell. Just sit down and discuss. But most importantly, listen. Listen to your child's concerns and answer those.

And if your talk fails, then it's time for discipline in the form of confiscating the device. People think of discipline in terms of yelling and punishment. It's not. Discipline is about setting rules that benefit the child. Everything is about benefiting the kid, including rules.

Bed time rules are about them getting enough sleep. Children, including teens, need something like 9 hours or more of sleep in order to grow. If getting them to bed early is about you getting some "me time" then you're a failure as a parent.

It's all about the kids.

I would consider myself a failure as a parent if I had to program a Wi-Fi router to keep my teen off the Internet. 

My local mall has added a bowling alley with a bar in it. That complements the movie theater nicely. A live theater stage would be a great addition. For seeing drama/musicals as well as live music.

Traffic / Re: History of Search Engines Posts
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:36:22 PM »
Nice posts Aaron, thanks!

Well, unless the router is off, you can log into your router using the IP addy. Then from the control panel you can reboot the router from there.

How does cycling the router on and off solve anything though? That flushes out the malware?

I'm pretty confident the average person doesn't know how to update their router's software. For starter's, a router's software isn't even called software. It's called Firmware.

So the average person is going think, "Well that's a fine howdy doody! What's a firmware?"

Water Cooler / Re: Fasting
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:52:38 PM »
I recall seeing something about people who don't eat a lot but right at the margin of what they need, tend to live longer.

There's a lot of misinformation surrounding food, too.

It's not just protein.

It's the portion sizes of everything.

It's a bug not a feature.

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