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Wikipedia – Next Generation

It is safe to say that the current Wikipedia is slowly dying a death by atrophy. Due to Google algorithms, the death is slow. Nevertheless it currently has a lot of information that is interesting and important (and of course a lot that is trivial and wrong). So, what better system might there be to salvage the good and prevent its destruction? This is a question for the ages, though we don’t have ages to deal with it.
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Chromebooks in Thailand

I’ve had a Chromebook for nearly 2.5 years (mine arrived in Feburary, 2013). It is one of the standard Samsung 11.6″ 2gb models (there were only 2 or 3 choices back then). It really has done quite well, and the stability of the operating system is fairly good. For the last 9 months it has been being used by a family that has very limited technical ability, but they get good use out of it (mainly playing YouTube music videos). I imported this myself, and then glued on Thai characters on the keyboard and shellacked with several layers of clear
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Firefox Browser

Firefox is one of my favorite browsers, but there are some tweaks (and of course add-ins/extensions) to configure: about:config network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet = boolean = false permissions.default.image = integer = 1 Configuration about:preferences#applications = magnet = set application (drop-down menu) Add-ons Adblock Plus Always Right ColorZilla Firebug Flagfox Font Information goo.gl lite HTTPS-Everywhere LastPass MeasureIT Reddit Enhancement Suite Xmarks InoReader YouTube Video and Audio Downloader Media Converter and Muxer (this interacts with the add-in above)
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NAS – TimeMachine – AlmondPlus

I was a Kickstarter backer of a great project called Almond Plus. The great thing about it was basically, it is a great piece of technology, rather than a piece of crap that a lot of Kickstarter projects become. Even though the project was a few months late, I basically got a $250 USD piece of hardware for $99. Since the hardware doesn’t change much, certainly for my needs, the great thing is that the software becomes better and therefore the product is better over time. I swapped out my 2tb Apple Time Machine and got a much faster and
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What’s Wrong With Twitter

We can now contemplate the departure of the CEO, whom frankly I always thought was supposed to sell it to Google, as he did Feedburner. Not meeting expectations, what can we see as obvious failures? More Jackass Attitudes A prime example of the ongoing jackass behavior is how Twitter deals with third-party apps. How does it? By terminating access and not answering emails. Yes this is still ongoing, after years of so-called new Twitter. You got to clean out these executives who set this tone, as well as the underlings who enforce it. Ad Platform that Sucks The Ad Platform
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Atmospheric Water Generation

It appears that for a good part of the world (the hot and humid part), the water problem will largely be solved. Combined with renewable energy resources (solar, wind, hydro, geo, tidal) this becomes a compound solution, both decreasing relative humidity and temperature, as well as generating clean water. Think of it as air conditioning plus. There are already products on the market which provide a decent amount of water production even at household scale. For about 1,000 USD one can generate about 20 liters per day (given a certain temperature and humidity range). Some technology may be able to
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Internet Explorer and the Browser Wars

There is some interesting device data if there is enough enthusiasm or boredom to find it. For one thing, it appears that the best Android visitors to sites use either Android browser or Chrome, and not Firefox. This is an area Firefox is failing fairly hard at. Another point is that for both Windows and the Macintosh, desktops have a diversity of browsers which matter. For Windows it is Chrome dominant with around half, and Internet Explorer and Firefox dividing the rest. And so, with greater mobile trends, Internet Explorer and Firefox are bound to decline. Both are not present
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Ulster Scots

This is part 4 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond Note: This section is taken from History of the Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scot Scotland Most Ulster Scots were in Scotland before they migrated to Ireland. MOST but not ALL.. We’ll discuss where else they might have been later. But for now, where were they in Scotland and when did they move to Ireland and why? Most of them were in areas of Scotland adjacent to Ireland. The largest migration of Scots to Ireland was in the early 1600’s. Due to lack of definitive records, we do not have exact numbers,
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Families and Livelihood

This is part 3 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond The Seven Kingdoms The Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy is the Seven Kingdoms in Britain in the early middle ages. Strathclyde is the Northwestern-most of the kingdoms and includes present day Ayrshire in the Kingdom of Strathclyde. The earliest Anglian settlement established in Northeastern England and Southeastern Scotland was Bernicia, around 420 CE. It was merged with the teritory of Deira to form the kingdom of Northumbria. Bernicia included the area of Galloway. Around 603, the Battle of Degsastan was fought between Anglian king Aethelfrith of Benicia and the Gaelic king Aedan mac
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Ancestral Lands

This is part 2 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond If we go back far enough, our ancestors are from Africa, as are everyone else’s. If we are to talk about a meaningful genealogical timescale, something on the order of human history is needed, not archaeology. The story of families is one entwined with that of the story of homo sapiens and individual people. Therefore, oral and written history is needed as a backdrop. However, it is true that archaeological remains are many times considered a part of human meaning and have value. Essentially this corresponds roughly with the bronze
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