Facebook Removing Some Profile Fields

I really haven’t used Facebook, Inc. 196,64 +0,99 +0,51% for personal use (other than for marketing of the blogs) for many, many years. There was a few months in late 2019 early 2020 I did resume using Facebook to keep family, friends (and my former co-workers) informed about a close family member’s battle with terminal illness. Shortly after their passing, I once again distanced myself from Facebook. I had used Facebook in the past to connect to friends I left behind in 1993 when I relocated to Arizona as well as co-workers from former jobs and even people from the…

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More Twitter Layoffs Coming

Yes, Musk wants to get rid of more employees. Seems laying off 50% of the base (around 3750 employees) at beginning of this month, then incentivizing 1200+ more to quit last week who rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum plus firing employees who disagrees with him were not enough. Twitter may cut more of its shrinking workforce as early as Monday. According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk is considering new layoffs that would target the company’s sales and partnerships teams. The scale of the potential cuts is unclear but come after a large number of employees rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum. On Friday, Musk…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, November 20th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! For those in the US happy Thanksgiving week. The Good It is bad enough that in many parts of the US Broadband service is nearly a monopoly with one or two providers controlling the market. However, it gets worse when you try shop on their sites. The price you see is likely not even close to the price you will pay. New customer, introductory price, requires a longer commitment than a health club or cell phone contract,…

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Was The Twitter 2.0 ‘Ultimatum’ all part of Musk’s Plans?

Shortly after Musk bought Twitter, he had talked about gutting 75% of the Twitter workforce. The number later became closer to 50% of the total 7500 employees. However, many of those who survived the initial wave of lay-offs at the beginning of this month later quit (including several key executives). To add more fuel to the fire Musk announced an out-right ban on remote work (with a few exceptions). It is not certain how many more employees quit when he announced the new policy. Then there is the Twitter 2.0 Ultimatum email Musk sent out Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of this…

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FCC Requiring ISPs to Display Labels for Speed and Pricing

When it comes to Broadband service, the price you see on a provider’s site is NOT the price you are going to pay. Add in equipment rental, surcharges, fees, taxes, etc. and you are looking at another $10-$20 a month above the listed price. Furthermore, that price may be an introductory rate and then goes way up when the period ends (been there with my ISP). What about speed? Do they throttle your speed (or worse charge a fee) if you exceed your maximum allotted monthly bandwidth? The FCC want to make Broadband speed and pricing more transparent. As part…

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90-day Waiting Period for Twitter Blue

As expected to cut down on fake verified accounts and scammers/spammers from impersonating verified accounts, Twitter has announced a 90-day waiting period for new Twitter accounts before they can subscribe to Twitter Blue. Twitter has published a policy change saying that newly-created Twitter accounts will have to wait 90 days before being allowed to subscribe to the new Twitter Blue plan and get verified. This is likely to avoid impersonation and spam from verified accounts. “Newly created Twitter accounts will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 90 days. We may also impose waiting periods for new accounts in…

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Have You Tried Restarting?

It is a running Tech Support joke: The user is asked if they have restarted their device. It is recommended you restart your devices (phones, tablets, music players and even PC’s) at least once a week. The 2-5 minutes it takes for the device to restart will save you a lot of time in the future with the increased performance. This is even more important for PC’s. A little background: Last week as I normally do towards the end of the week I pre-order our weekend pizza on Dominos. However, this time around Chrome refused to load the site and…

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Musk’s Twitter 2.0 Ultimatum may have Backfired

Chief Twit sent out an email late Tuesday/early Wednesday with the subject Fork in The Road. The email was an ultimatum to employees who planned on staying be expected to work hardcore or else take three months of severance. The deadline was 5:00 PM ET today. “lf you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below,” Musk wrote. “Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months of severance. Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful.” Elon…

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PREVIEW: Windows 10 December 2022 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft Corporation 245,12 -5,08 -2,03% has released Windows 10 KB5020030 optional cumulative update preview (“C” update) for admins to test fixes rolling out to all users with the December 2022 Patch Tuesday (December 13th). This update will be released for the following Windows 10 builds 20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2. Also a reminder Windows 10 21H1 will no longer be updated after this December’s Patch Tuesday. The Windows 10 KB5020030 cumulative update preview includes ten improvements or fixes, with the four highlighted ones listed below: The search box now appears, by default, on the taskbar when the taskbar is at…

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Clippy is back (just in time for the Holidays)

For those too young to know about Clippy (Office Assistant) from Microsoft Office ’97 here’s a brief history. As an annual holiday tradition, Microsoft Corporation 245,12 -5,08 -2,03% features an ‘ugly sweater’ for sale and this year’s features Clippy. Microsoft’s now-yearly tradition of releasing ugly sweaters with retro Windows patterns printed on them. Two years ago, the patterns were MS Paint- and Windows logo-themed. Last year’s pattern paid homage to Windows 3.1-era Minesweeper. And this year’s brings back an old frenemy: Clippy. The Clippy sweater is available in sizes small through 3XL and costs $75 no matter what size you get. That’s a bit on the…

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