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Water Cooler / Google News goes Card style
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:04:58 PM »
And it is the SUCK imo.


The ministry is drafting a law for the zones in northern Quang Ninh province, central Khanh Hoa province and southern Phu Quoc province. Approval from lawmakers in the communist state is expected by the end of 2017.

Dung said the zones would be free from local regulations to make them competitive internationally.


High tech and clean sectors are now a greater priority than low-cost industries, he said.

"It's no longer about quantity but more about quality," Dung said.

Marketing / SEO & Client stats from AWR
« on: May 24, 2017, 01:50:05 PM »
Interesting if you do any seo work for clients.

Economics & Investing / Residential Property Bubble?
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:55:34 PM »
A contact mentioned yesterday how Baby Boomers leaving the house-owner pool (dying off) and current 30-somethings can't afford to buy those houses will give us another major market correction in the near future.


Hardware & Technology / US to hand off control of the Internet
« on: August 17, 2016, 03:18:00 PM »

"The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia."

Finally bit the bullet on my win8.1 workstation last week and I like it much better. I'm going to do so on my main win7 today, reluctantly, with the option to roll-back.

Water Cooler / Have you seen my tinfoil hat?
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:27:06 PM »
aka, "where are we going, and what's with this handbasket?"

So, this week I reached up to adjust my tinfoil hat and noticed it was no longer there. I've succumbed to online services' data storage as well as google accounts, apps and services.

Resistance was futile.

We are now one.

wtf...well, since I've come this far, hold my beer - I'm jumping in headfirst.

Now trying out trello as replacement for my tried and true sticky-notes-everywhere method, and even using Google calendar to keep things straight. I still have some sticky notes hanging around, and one paper calendar I can't quite toss, but I'm working on it.

Maybe I shouldn't be posting this, I think they're on to me...

Hardware & Technology / Need a new camera - what do you suggest?
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:38:32 PM »
I want something that will take decent photos for client locations, maybe ok-ish 720p video for quick and dirty about-us vids for low-rent clients. I am working on a local videographer partner for high-end.

It would be nice if it were something I could stick in a baggy shorts pocket to take on the business trip to Hanoi or where ever we go.

Mainly point-and-shoot. Budget $350 but would prefer the 200-300 range.

Olympus TG4 is on the shortlist:

It would be nice in case I forget it in the vehicle after a quick client shoot and it freezes overnight. Bonus for double-duty on wet vacations.

The new canon sx720 coming out next month looks like a nice compromise between quality and portability, though I'm worried I'd not carry it as much as the lighter/smaller TG4.

What say ye?

Hardware & Technology / App of the Day
« on: February 19, 2016, 01:02:51 PM »

binaural beats for brain entrainment

3 modes: focus, relax, sleep

works best with headphones/buds.

About to try it out after hearing an agency guy makes 100 mins/day for focus mandatory for employees. Reading around, sounds pretty good.

I'll update at some point.

Hardware & Technology / Windows 10 Shutup Antispy tool
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:01:11 PM »
Came across in my early morning travels today. Looks good:

Web Development / BTW, SUCKS Lately
« on: September 23, 2015, 01:38:44 PM »
Idiots took a site offline due to CMS not being current version, and locked me out from http/ftp/etc and told me to upgrade it.

Gave me no way to access it to fix it, no prior warning, and refused to put the site back online. Took me 2 hours of over 10 calls/emails which got me nowhere until I asked for direct contact info of the CEO and dept heads, then they had no problem turning the site back on. This was dealing with ~5+ different techs, and me being a 14 year customer spending thousands with them.

I moved it and will be moving the rest asap. I suggest you do the same if they are hosting anything important for you. True imbeciles at the wheel over there.

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