State of Video and Teleconference

When is started doing a clean up of applications on my computer I noticed a small disturbing trend. There are at least eight applications on my computer that do a similar function. At first I thought this could be limited to uses in a corporate setting but I bet freelancers and small businesses may have the same issue.

Below is a list of current and regularly used applications on my computer for video/teleconferencing that I on a regular basis.

Applications currently installed:

I like healthy competition among developers to make better products but the lack of differentiation among these is so small.

Books 2019

Below are the books I read this year, fewer than I would have liked. I started this back in 2012 based on something that I had seen Patrick Rhone had published on his site.

All of these books were read on a Kindle, the links included are for Kindle versions but most are available vie Apple Books as well.

We should have workshopped that more

Tesla showed off the new Cybertruck boasting bulletproof glass – strong enough to stop a 9mm bullet. The window shattered when a weighted ball was tossed at the first window. To make even more of a spectacle they did it again – same result.

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Musk “It didn’t go through”

I am sure that is providing a lot of confidence for future buyers.

TextSoap – Halloween Egg

I use TextSoap a lot to clean up and reformat various pieces of text for documents and in particular for the web. I love the Markdown functions a lot. Yesterday when I was cleaning up some text, I noticed that the dock icon had updates to show a Jack-0-Lantern for the day. Nice touch.

TextSoap

Facebook’s Preventive Health tool asks people to advocate for their health

Facebook’s Preventive Health tool asks people to advocate for their health – The Verge:

Starting today, Facebook will let users choose to get personalized reminders about health care tests and vaccines. The company’s new Preventive Health tool focuses on getting people information about cancer screenings, heart checkups, and flu vaccines — all measures that could hopefully help people catch deadly conditions long before they become lethal.

The tool is simply called Preventive Health, and is now available to Facebook users in the United States. It takes a user’s age and sex from their Facebook profile and provides them with a list of recommended screenings based on those two data points.

I am sure flocks of people will be signing up for this. Facebook has already proved they don’t share data and have complete control of how it could be used for good instead of evil.

Traveling and Random Thoughts

Over the past two years, my family and I have had the extraordinary opportunity to travel more than we ever have. Each trip has been amazing. During each trip, I collected a list of random thoughts from each location. I am going to write up my observations of each destination.

Apple the largest US user of solar power, ahead of Amazon – 9to5Mac

I love to see how alternative energy sources are growing in business use. Apple has been pushing forward with this for some time. Companies outside of tech are in the top 10 as well and I think this continues a good trend.

The top 10 companies are:

1. Apple 2. Amazon 3. Target 4. Walmart 5. Switch 6. Google 7. Kaiser Permanente 8. Prologis 9. Solvay 10. Fifth Third Bank
— Read on 9to5mac.com/2019/07/25/solar-power/

Categories Eco

Recycling Counts

At first glance, .83 grams (0.02927 ounces) may not seem like a lot. Many may not feel it’s worth the effort to spend the time to recycle it, but it all adds up. Considering the scale of Apple products in general, this is a considerable saving in raw materials and environmental impact. I love that this core to Apple initiatives.