Using live activity on the iPhone

Live activity is a new feature added in iOS 16.  It allows applications to post information to the dynamic island on the iPhone 14 Pro and on the lock screen on other phones.   This demo show how to have live sports scores posted to these locations.

 

iPhone shortcut to control orientation lock when using YouTube

Here is a video which demonstrates how to change orientation lock when running YouTube.   This can be used with any app like photos, etc.

 

Creating an iPhone shortcut to control alarms based on your calendar

Here's a video that demonstrates how to control an alarm based on your calendar events.   In this example I will turn my work alarm on or off based on a calendar event that says if I am working a weekend or not.

 

 

Introduction to OpenVPN

Looking for a simple VPN soliution?

Check out OpenVPN.  Here's a talk I did recently on setting it up and using it.

 

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My most difficult technical support problem

Online storage is not backup

I recently had a user with a corrupt Microsoft Word file.  He felt he had a backup since he was using Microsoft OneDrive.   
Unfortunately, services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive will not protect you again accidentally deleted files, modified files, or corrupted files.   These services are designed to synchronize files between different systems and the cloud.  If a file is deleted on one computer or becomes modified or corrupted on one computer, this will propagate to the cloud and all the other computers.   

Nepotism is alive and well at NASA

In 2010, NASA started a competition to have private companies provide crew transportation to the International Space Station.   This is supposed to be a competition where the best performer will receive the most business.   Based on the history of the contracts and NASA's actions, it's pretty clear that this is not the case.
There was a news conference this past week talking about the progress and planning for NASA's commercial crew initiative.  
In this meeting and previous actions, NASA has shown their preference for Boeing over upstart SpaceX, despite SpaceX out-performing Boeing. 
Why is Boeing getting preferential treatment?
 

Apollo program - What could have been

What were the plans for the Apollo program after the initial moon landings?   What could have been if America had not abandoned the Saturn V and all the Apollo technology?   

Too many passwords? Try a password manager

How many different online accounts do you have?  Online banking, e-mail, social websites, etc.  Add on to that all of the online shopping sites, and you're probably over 20 at least.   How do you remember the passwords?  Some people use a single password for every site.  That's NOT a good idea.  Take a look at the linkedin security breach a few weeks back and you can see why.  If you used the same password for LinkedIn that you did for your e-mail, the data thieves now have access to your e-mail, which will pretty much give them access to nearly every account you have.
So what is the solution?  You should have a different, hard to guess password for each site.  To keep track of these passwords, you should use a password manager.

How to securely erase your hard drive

Are you planning to recycle, donate, gift, or sell your computer?   Before you do this, you should think about the data on your hard drive.  There is lots of personal information on your drive that could be used in a harmful way if it were to fall into the wrong hands.  
A colleague of mine has purchased numerous hard drives off of eBay and found data on them when he installed them.  There are man people who purchase used hard drives with the express purpose of gathering data from them.  So what is one to do?  
You have a few options.  

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