This has to be one of the most useful and unknown features of Google Drive ever. What I am talking about is the ability to have the same google doc or spreadsheet appear in different folders. Not copies, but the same document, so that if changes are made from either folder, these changes are reflected in both locations.

Why would you want to use this ? Perhaps you have “official” documents you author with your team, and then you want to selectively share them with different customers, each of which have their own Google drive folder with different permissions. In the past, I believed that this was only possible by “publishing” (aka copying) documents from one place to another, which severs the updates, and effectively gives each of your customers a “snapshot in time” of that document. …

This is more of a way to collect my notes than a proper article, but it may help others. What seemed like a reasonably strait-forward process had a few bumps in the road that I expect will be extremely frustrating for linux newbies. So here we go.

  1. Search for notes on installing OpenVAS on your specific flavor of Linux. Oh, I wish it were standard and consistent, but … nope. I used instructions for installing on CentOS 7.
  2. After following the directions and installing, which is generally not that hard, test your installation. It is surprisingly not that easy to figure out what to do. The “Greenbone” assistant seems to have gone through so many iterations that they forgot that new people might try to use it. This document is a soup-to-nuts tutorial, but has some screen shots on how to quickly get a scan started if you have never done it before. …

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All you need to do is a simple search, and you will find a plethora of funny and horrifying mobile autocorrect #fails. Is this just a “thing” we need to learn to live with? After all, technology changes fast, maybe autocorrect is just another one of “those things” we will tell our grandkids that we had to learn to accept… I think … NOT.

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We have all experienced it: you hobble through and fix the three typos you notice (because Android or IOS or whatever highlights your typos), and after all that grief, you click the “send” button, only for your LAST WORD (which is misspelled) to get autocorrected auto-magically, and then your message is sent before you can react. These #facepalm moments seem like they could just be innocent, except Murphy’s Law tells us that anything that *can* go wrong, *WILL* go wrong — so of course autocorrect chooses the most horrifying and embarrassing possible choice of what you intended to say, rendering your message less than innocent or downright harmful.

Here are my top reasons why Autocorrect is Evil:

1. You hate it, but you just keep using it anyway.

Thats right, I said it. Maybe you even did a Google search on how to disable autocorrect. Maybe you even thought about turning it off. Maybe you are one of the few people that actually DID turn it off for a while, but like one of those annoying habits (smoking, binge watching Netflix, etc.), you eventually come back for more. Most of [us] don’t even try to quit.

2. It acts like it is our friend, but really wants to crotch block us.

Autocorrect sounds like an absolute delight! Wow, you mean I never have to worry about sending a message with a silly typo? That sure sounds great! And autocorrect delivers — making sure that none of the words you type get through as misspelled words. The only #fail is that it won’t pick the *friendly* word that is close to what you typed — it will pick the most damaging word that is kind of remotely sort of like what you started to type.

3. It convinces you that it makes you smarter, but really it just makes you dumber(er).

Smartphones are cool, and by definition, they should help you to at least appear to be more smart, right? Autocorrect is every busy person’s dream product. Now I only need to approximately spell this word right, and it will catch it! Yep. Only you are playing with fire. You want sparkly pretty perfectly written words, but you gambled with the wrong technology. When you expect it least, the fire of unimaginable misplaced word death will land on you. You might even be lucky enough to NOTICE it before somebody else does, giving you a chance to pick up what little bits remain of your dignity.

Luckily us #smart people choose to entrust our dignity and professional lives to an autonomous autocorrect technology with no real brain, emotions or cognitive thought. Wait, that doesn’t sound smart. That sounds #dumbish.

4. It saves you time, only it doesn’t.

How many times has this happened to you: You are busy, because “of course you are…” and you receive a text message that you MUST reply to. You think “this will only take a moment, but its important, so I have to reply NOW.” Now this short, quickly written text message or email **should** have only taken a moment, except for some insane reason, every word you try to type is all wrong. You notice a typo, and try to go fix the one letter that is wrong, except #POOF, the word is autocorrected to something completely different and wrong. #ugh So you try again. It happens again! Next word, and for some reason you just can’t get to the middle of that word to fix it, it highlights the whole word. You #tap #tap #tap and get frustrated, #ugh, people notice you struggling, and you feel the vein in your forehead start to pound… After a grueling battle to get the 6 correct words in, you get calm and start the last word. Uh oh, Murphy’s law is invoked. And the last word, that you ALMOST got right… well, you already hit “send” and the damage is done. #Thanks autocorrect, that *WAS* a time saver.

5. Autocorect learns how to be better, and like humans, you “are” what you “eat.”

Of course it does, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are supposed to do that, right? Of course if you put horrible data into an AI or ML model, you don’t exactly get good stuff back out. So of course we feed our smartphones a steady diet of idiotic misused words that are out of context. No data scientist will tell you that a an AI or ML can get smart by feeding it dumb data. If you feel dumb for thinking that your smartphone will get smarter when you give it dumb messages to send, that sounds about right. Not just you, me also. (Where do you think the idea for this blog came from?)

6. Autocorrect comes from your favorite companies, who just want to “help you,” except they don’t.

Apple, Google and Microsoft love to give you stuff. Free email, free apps, free cloud storage. Free Free Free. There couldn’t possibly be any ulterior motives, right? These companies got big because people like us paid them lots of money. The only reason to give us free swag is to gain our trust and give them more money. Oh, and those free products? The collect heaps of data from, and either use ti to learn how to sell you more products, or sell it to customers for a profit.

“Companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft enjoy working to build free products and improve your life with no expectation of anything in return.” said nobody, ever in the tech industry.

If they really wanted to help, how come after years of horrific autocorrect #fails, the autocorrect technology isn’t better? Hmm.

7. International. My goodness, just don’t even try.

I’m American, but I live in southeast Asia, where, you know, they speak a whole different language. As a good resident, I am learning the language. Of course, my phone cannot have TWO default languages, so anything I write in a foreign language is automagically changed to a horribly embarrassing incorrect English word. Thanks autocorrect, thanks for not even trying.

Paucis verbis:

Ok, so there you have it, my top reasons why I think autocorrect is evil. If you read all these and agree with some of them, but still leave autocorrect enabled (like most us us), then see #1.

Do we have to “just learn to live with it?” I’m not sure. …

I feel like a BROKEN RECORD. Every time a mass shooting happens, politicians wax hot about who is the first and last to blame guns. I just read the article about Florida student Emma Gonzales saying “we call BS” to lawmakers, and you know what? She is right, though it takes a careful step to actually usher in real change.

I have been a law abiding gun owner for many years. I always respect the firearms, either for hunting or recreation. Yes I had proper training, and YES I strongly believe that our laws require fixing. From having lived in the “American gun culture” for so many years, I also know that in order to effectively do that, we will have to **GASP** use our brains, and compromise in order to make progress.

I am about to summarize the most important things I have figured out from inside American gun culture that should help, but alas I am a broken record. I have previously sent this info to President Obama, President Trump, and even Hillary during the campaign. I have sent this to my congressman and my state Reps. You know what — I have NEVER ONCE received an answer from any one of them. Because they are too busy to care about one person’s opinion. …

Those who follow my past blogs have come to know that I hate buying into new tech too early, and I also hate paying full retail price for new tech. Call me cheap if you like, but I just don’t like my life (and credit card) to take the risks of emerging tech. On my recent visit back to the US, I found an Apple watch series 2 for sale on Craigslist in like-new condition, and decided to go for it.

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Whoa… did I contradict myself by getting the Apple watch? Let me sort of avoid answering that by explaining the deal I got, and the logic behind the decision. These watches cost between $350-ish and $500-ish new. I managed to negotiate down to $200. I already intended to replace my Pebble with something that was properly waterproof, and was prepared to just buy a regular (non-smart?) watch, because I am quite pessimistic about Fitbit’s ability to deliver a smartwatch and platform after the Pebble mess. I live in southeast Asia, where it rains a LOT, so I want something that won’t die when i get dumped on by the rainy season. Turns out that Apple watch series 2 is waterproof. So for $200, I though it was worth it, and if I really hated it, I was likely to be able to get my money back out of it. …

The wearables market has been interesting for a few years, although not THAT interesting… You can read my previous blog about when why one 2014 smartwatch WAS finally practical, but unfortunately times have changed already, and with the demise of pebble, many people are left scratching their heads about what practical piece of technology they *might* consider wearing. Apple watch? maybe. maybe not.
2016 and 2017 saw some interesting new players. One of the most interesting (albeit expensive) is Tag Hauer’s smartwatch. Hefty brand, hefty price tag too. …

It is election day plus 1, and a very emotional day with no way to win for many.

Social media was a force to be reckoned with this election year. No matter what position you take, the world is ready to pounce on you and tell you why YOU are evil, intolerant or a deplorable — and the reason for all their woes. This isn’t a new problem, though… All of the liberal vs conservative issues are causing rifts between otherwise civil people, and it seems to be the worst on Facebook and twitter.

If I say I am for Hillary:
i am part of the “corrupt system.”

If I say I am against Hillary:
I am stupid and uneducated

If I say I am for Trump:
I am against women,
I am religiously intolerant,
I am a bigot

If I say I am against Trump:
I am against the 2nd amendment,
I don’t have any idea how government works,
I am part of the problem with American society,
I am against the police

Stay with me now, this isn’t meant to make people angry, but it is mean to shine some light on a social dilemma that has the potential to eat us all alive.

If I say I am for Black Lives Matter:
as a white guy, other white people say I am stupid,
and that I should be saying “all lives matter”

If I offer up any constructive criticism for BLM:
i am racist

If I say I like Obama:
i am a socialist, and blind to the abuse of power

If I say I don’t like Obama:
I am a racist

If I say that owning a gun for defense is ok:
I am a radical gun-nut
I subscribe to an obsolete view of our constitution

If I say that I don’t think most people need a gun:
I am a freedom-hater, and want to abolish the 2nd amendment

If I say I support abortion:
I am a murderer, and I deserve religious judgement

If I say I am against abortion:
I am a hater of women,
I am a chauvinist

If I have faith and observe a religion:
I am a gullible fool
I don’t belong in the science community

If I think that somebody’s faith is wrong or silly:
I am intolerant

If I say I support same-sex marriage:
I am a hypocrite
I want to abandon the foundation of the USA

If I say that I oppose same-sex marriage:
I am simple-minded and intolerant

You see — the thing is, most of these, maybe even ALL of them, are not simple binary yes/no issues, yet people respond in very binary ways. If you mention abortion or same-sex marriage online at all, chances are that you will lose, because the most opinionated people will point out why your opinion is wrong.

I am greatly concerned that social media is destroying civility. Facebook is a great place to share opinions, however many people that I talk to have a growing concern about sharing any opinions online. This is because sharing about something that means a lot to you opens you up to attacks, sometimes very serious ones. This isn’t helping people have healthy conversations — this is turning into a bullying match. Somehow the most aggressive people online seem to think that attacking people as obnoxiously as possible will somehow make the recipient change their mind and be a good little lemming of your doctrine.

The violent retaliatory responses that people post on the internet are a full-swing (in a bad way) turn from why people fell in love with the internet in the first place. Dating and social discussions thrived, because people who were socially awkward could actually find a voice with a degree of separation through a computer. Now, those who are comfortable with their online presence have taken to vicious attacks on others — so much so, that real-world socialites would rather suppress their online opinions for fear of getting flamed. Neither extreme is good.

So what could we learn from all this? I am not going to say “what SHOULD” we learn, because then somebody will flame me for telling you how to feel or think. What we *could* be learning from this is that the people on the other side of the computer are real, flesh-and-blood, people with feelings too. If you wouldn’t yell your angry response to one of your friends’ faces, then you shouldn’t be talking that way online. It is all too easy to “dump” on people, but it DOES have an affect on others. It may seem therapeutic to you, but you are doing damage to people on the other end of the wire. It is hard to have empathy via the Internet, but we need to try. …

Maintaining SSL certificates used to be the bane of my existence mainly because it is ALWAYS crazy different depending on where you are deploying, what OS, whether or not you have openSSL installed etc….

Reason #42 why I love AWS ? SSL certs are free, and easy to manage now.
How do I acquire this great sweetness, you ask?

1. ACM (Amazon Certificate Manager)

Log into your AWS console and under the list of services is “Certificate Manager.” Click it!

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2. Type in the domain you want to secure.

I HIGHLY recommend you use * which creates a wildcard cert, and will work for any host you decide to come up with later. …

Gun laws need to change, but that means we all have to compromise to actually get anything to happen.

I am a law-abiding firearm owner. The trend of mass shootings and the lack of movement to do anything about them sickens me, but I know some form of compromise is needed for any change to happen. I have recently concluded that gun culture and laws must change for the good of this country and the world. I am writing this to hopefully reach those who won’t take phone calls from me.

What follows are my thoughts about why I think we should have a 60 day waiting period for ALL firearm purchases (and some other ideas too). I know, I am opening myself up for attack from all sides. Many people (especially my friends overseas) think all guns should go away from the United States. No questions, no reimbursement, just take them all.

The truth is, that just won’t ever happen, and it isn’t even the smartest thing to do anyway. …


Andrew Schwäbe

I’m an Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, crypto type of guy. Oh, and guitarist. And foodie. And philanthropist. Maybe more, check back later.

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