Deepfakes: Should you be worried?

Oh no, I'm HUGE!Yes, I confess: I was actually the star of the hit 1987 film Predator.

No, not really. But these days, with deepfake software, anyone can make a video or audio clip that shows anyone else doing/saying whatever they want!

There is a lot of angst, anxiety, and worry about deepfakes – but just how dangerous are they?

Obviously, deepfakes have been made for, shall we say, “less than wholesome” purposes such as getting revenge on an ex-lover.

And there certainly is the potential for some chaos.

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Can EMF exposure ever be GOOD for you?

Good EMFs?!You all know I’m not a big fan of wireless due to the health risks.

I’ve also said before that resources should be devoted to making these wireless technologies safe – so that we don’t have to just ditch it all!

But then, the question is: Is EMF ever safe?

Better yet, are there examples of EMF / radio frequency energy being used to possibly even HEAL people?

It turns out, there are! And it’s all pretty interesting…

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Dumbphone with KaiOS: Hang on, isn’t that a smartphone?

A Smart OS for Dumb PhonesLast week, I published a video entitled 4G Dumbphones: Get one with KaiOS!

In that vid, I talked about why KaiOS is a great OS to have on a 4G dumbphone.

Quite a few people asked various questions, like:

But hang on, isn’t that just a smartphone disguised as a dumbphone? But if it has Google, how is that different from an Android smartphone?

And so on.

So this week, I want to dig into some of the details of KaiOS and why it is NOT your daddy’s smartphone.

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4G Dumbphones: Why you should get one with KaiOS

Kai OS RulezOne year ago, I advised against getting a 4G dumbphone with KaiOS. I am officially reversing that recommendation!

After purchasing a Nokia 8110 4G and playing with it for 1 month, I’m actually pretty speechless, and that IS rare.

Despite Google’s investment of $22 million in KaiOS over 1 year ago, Google’s services remain “add-ons”. IOW, KaiOS has NOT become Android Lite.

KaiOS is KaiOS, and there’s some Googley stuff on the phone that you can either use, or not. Better yet, you can block the Google apps from doing much of anything.

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Fix weird colors in Chrome in just a few clicks

Chrome Color ProblemIf you’re like most internauts these days, you use Google’s Chrome web browser.

You may have noticed that after a certain update, Chrome started displaying colors incorrectly.

The change can be subtle, like with bright blues and purples appearing slightly “off”.

Things can also appear totally wonky, and your whole browser window can be tinted red, for example.

Fortunately, this is a known problem and there’s a very easy way to fix it!

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No more WiFi: How to wire your house for Internet

So you’ve read all the studies about our Wireless Wonderland, and you’d like to go wired.

Wire your house with ethernetBut where to even start?

It turns out that wiring up your house or apartment with ethernet cables and switches is WAAAAY easier than most people think.

It’s literally a plug-n-play kind of thing.

There are a few things to keep in mind though before purchasing gigabit ethernet switches and Cat 7 ethernet cable…

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Are Big American Tech companies a dying breed?

TechWarsOh dear God, make it stop.

There was a time when American Big Tech was the end-all and be-all.

It seems those days are rapidly going the way of the dodo.

For sure, there will be many companies that survive – and even flourish.

But it’s becoming painfully obvious that certain political, social, and cultural influences are starting to crush innovation, cripple sales, and piss off a whole lot of ordinary folks…

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Why is my light switch popping and sparking?

Sparking Light SwitchOne day, you flip a light switch and notice a lovely popping sound. The pop might even be accompanied by a brief blue flash of light from within the switch.

What’s going on here?

Well, it turns out that even if the current rating of the switch has NOT been exceeded, you may have a problem related to inrush current due to the use of fluorescent and especially LED light fixtures…

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Resize images in Windows 10 the super-easy way

ImageResizerYou may have read my 2013 post entitled How to Easily Resize Images in Windows.

Thanks to a comment from a reader the other day (you rock, Nick!), you don’t need Windows Live Photo Gallery anymore.

There’s a free tool available from a Microsoft engineer that you can grab and make your life WAAAY easier.

You can even resize multiple images at once anywhere on your puter – in just a few clicks and without firing up any application!

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