Thursday, November 28, 2013

Real-Time Malware!

Malicious Ware
Genieo alert - malware residing on 13' MacBook Pro. Usual resources, especially Apple, not helpful yet. The pattern is quite old on machine's I have.

Do a Goole search (without the quotes) on "Genieo".

I called Joint Venture back late this morning on hunch. The second time around a female called at appointed time.  She was very helpful - much like the Apple I know and love.

To be continued ...

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Monday, November 25, 2013


An app that solicits input on seeking to engage in a productive conversation. The topic or topics of conversation?

I am struggling with the words. Synergism comes to mind. The equal components are individual beings that adhere to an evolving protocol of their own making.

A framework is necessary for the organic growth we expect - an constitution. A first order of "business" to original users of the app is to actively contribute to such a framework.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

9 Lives of Radio

The are other characters in the RFM story besides, Sandy - one of first 'jocks' (DJ, not athlete). I just got off the phone with another, Bill Wolfenbarger.

Like yours truly, he worked at a legal station while in high school (yes, I worked at one too). Both stations were in small towns in Washington state. As Bill use to say of our adult supervision,"Nobody likes popular music". So we played it the evening - adults didn't listen to the radio at night.

Radio was fun for the people that embraced the new music - rock and roll. The great war was over (version 2.0) and people made babies (lots of them), us. Making love, not war before there was birth control - baby boom. Birds and the bees. Need I say more?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Local and Immediate

Lander Hall, Home of Marvick and RFM

Please excuse me if I jump around a bit. RFM was local radio, the real kind. None of the Radio Moscow or Voice of America stuff. Not even close. For awhile, listeners had to be in the music practice room next door.

The picture above was before the recent teardown (Lander on the right), but essentially the same as in the '60's. I hope to be able to include a picture of the RFM control room as it appeared to the Daily (student newspaper) at some point.

Unlike the Longview station we built in '59 this was 'carrier current' - almost legal. It was broadcast over the wall wiring and, at best, covered Lander and Terry Halls.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The U. in 64

I was a freshman at U & W studying E.E. I stayed at Lander Hall and my roommate had blonde hair, blue eyes and deep affection for soul music. His name was Sandy.

Unlike WKRP, this not was fiction.
The commercial radio station of choice in Seattle was KJR - the All Americans (DJs) played our music. The team to beat was 95 (on the radio dial). So 'try' we did … a teenager can dream can't he …

We talked Lander management into letting us use one of four music practice rooms in basement of the dormitory for our studio. World HQ of RFM (Radio Free Marvick) - our "house' was Marvick, on the third floor - but the action was downstairs.

By now, dear reader, you may have guessed where some of RFM 45's (plastic disks with a groove) came from ... do not end a sentence with a preposition.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Talking Points: Then and Now

I moved from Longview north 120 miles (as the crow flies) to the big city, Seattle to attend 'The U.' in the fall of 1964.

Rock & Roll was in my blood (still is) from my junior high school days. What else would we program on our bootleg radio station (KOOL) in 1959?

Fast forward to a place where young people are supposed to study (University of Washington). What else could I do but help start another rock radio station? My roommate, Sandy ...

[Sandy on RFM, his theme song was Green Onions]

to be continued ...

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Friday, November 15, 2013


"Coolest" is a product design that could become a dynamite product. A friend is a founder and designer and works at the local coffee shop (like me). I will add some more to this post after I read more of the press kit.

More than just an ordinary cooler, it has a wireless connection to your smartphone for its detachable speaker for tunes. Further, and battery-powered blender, a lid light and bottle opener.

As I write this, yet another DIY inventor/entrepreneur has entered our conclave. I know her, but I digress …

Kickstarter may assist with start-up capital. Ryan (pictured), is the man with the plan. He has a prototype in his garage. The funding will finance the manufacturing molds and hire the engineers to put the Coolest on-the-shelf hopefully in August.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


I leaned a cool new word from a Wired magazine article (see link above), panpyschism. Being a following of Tensin Gyasto, I have yet another way to describe a concept I hold dear.

[secular compassion too.]

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It Can Be Fixed

There is a choice for an app development platform. I am currently evaluating a second. Maybe a call to Apple's Joint Venture? I am a happy customer of that service.

After playing with it this afternoon, my next dev. platform choice looks a lot better than the first. A valuable lesson - evaluate the alternatives. Being a novice again has its advantages.

Who'da thunk?

So, I called Joint Venture at Apple. Good idea ...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Aphasic Adventures

Your aphasic friend (me) is currently dealing with two challenges. Will I meet them with the good side of the "Force" or come crashing down in a big ball of flame?

Plain Rabbit Ears did not get many on-air channels so I thought an amplified (26db) one would do the trick. Plug it into the TV set and it should work, right? Well ...

Meanwhile, a smart phone app builder company advertised that I could make one easily. I could not do it, so far. I think I have a good idea of my handicap. The company, I'm not so sure. And that is probably putting it mildly.

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Friday, November 8, 2013


I was hoping to deliver a simple iOS/Android app this week. Their appears to be a glitch in the development tool. Stayed tuned to this station for updates in what it means to slip a software system launch date.

The company providing the tool that develops apps to customer specifications calls it "Permanent Beta" -- roughly the equivalent of "gravity may pull downward." It is important to fully grasp this point.

Transient confidence example: The dog won't bark if one explains it to her in an eloquent and respectful tone that she should be disturbed by the flower growing the neighbors yard.

What was I saying?

[typo fixed, I hope]

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What Brian?

Two and a half weeks into my exposure to and my performance is up 65%.

Just the right amount of encouraging feedback is but one of its best qualities. Another is the wide diversity of brain building games.

Make no mistake, I am truly a fan of the web site. The effects of my particular form of stroke aphasia is already demonstrating to me its efficacy.

Watching my progress over several iterations of this post, I still have a ways to go in my recovery. Lumosity is a valuable tool in that process.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Name, Program

Where is the remote?
Beginning the quest for the next level of ID Wisdom. How might we do that? The universal requirement is something that is close to Person, I am pretty sure (see previous posts).

What assets are available now? What is more required right away and going forward? How should assets and agendas be sequenced?

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Long Journey Has Begun

On a cold read, would someone recognize the writer as aphasic? I would like to know because I am the writer in this case. Some of it probably makes sense, but glaring errors exist even after my re-reading it several times.

Oh well. At least now I have an excuse … so there.

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