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IMEIdata: LG Warranty Check - Lookup

Input your LG phone's IMEI, find out its production date, serial number, carrier, and other info useful when dealing with warranty and recall. Warranty check lookup tools are available on the site for Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Lenovo phones, and several tools relating to iPhone -- unlock check, bulk check, model check, policy check.

Epoch Converter - Unix Timestamp Converter

Shows the current time in seconds since the Unix epoch (0000 GMT 1970/01/01). Converts a given timestamp to human-readable time and vice versa. Unfortunately doesn't handle hexadecimals.

How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading | PCWorld

They've trained you to click the X to get rid of the upgrade popup, but now, clicking the X means "go ahead and upgrade"!

Meanwhile, Steve Gibson has developed a simple program to allow you to block the Windows 10 upgrade easily and permanently, and also to get rid of the gigabytes of update files Microsoft may have downloaded to your machine. Never10

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta

The writer's Apple Music subscription uploaded all her music files and deleted them from her computer. According to Apple, this is a feature, not a bug.

"For about ten years, I've been warning people, 'hang onto your media. One day, you won't buy a movie. You'll buy the right to watch a movie, and that movie will be served to you. If the companies serving the movie don't want you to see it, or they want to change something, they will have the power to do so. They can alter history, and they can make you keep paying for things that you formerly could have bought. Information will be a utility rather than a possession. Even information that you yourself have created will require unending, recurring payments just to access.'

"When giving the above warning, however, even in my most Orwellian paranoia I never could have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned. If Taxi Driver is on Netflix, Netflix doesn't come to your house and steal your Taxi Driver DVD. But that's where we're headed. When it comes to music, Apple is already there."

BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet | Technology | The Guardian

"In the summer of 1998, a strange press release made its way out to technology and music publications throughout the world. David Bowie, the legendary musician and cultural provocateur, would be launching his own internet service provider, offering subscription-based dial up access to the emerging online world. At a time when plenty of major corporations were still struggling to even comprehend the significance and impact of the web, Bowie was there staking his claim. 'If I was 19 again, I'd bypass music and go right to the internet,' he said at the time. He understood that a revolution was coming....

"More importantly though, Bowie conceived of this service as a visual, interactive community for music fans. Through his Ultrastar company he negotiated deals to give users access to music services like the Rolling Stone Network, which livestreamed concerts, and Music Boulevard, one of the first companies to offer paid-for downloadable music tracks. The ISP provided every user with 5MB of web space, encouraging them to create and share their own websites; there were also forums and live chat sections where Bowie himself conducted live web chats. This was in effect a music-centric social network, several years before the emergence of sector leaders like Friendster and Myspace. The site was also technologically ambitious. At a time when most homepages were simple constructs of text and still images on a default grey background, BowieNet used emerging plug ins like Flash and RealAudio to provide animating graphics and downloadable music clips. Newcomers were told they'd need at least a 28k, but preferably 56k modem connection - this was demanding at a time when the commercial WWW infrastructure was still in its infancy. Parts of the front page of BowieNet remain available on the Internet Archive."

Clocky FAQ's -- Nanda Home

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Clocky FAQ's -- Nanda Home

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the rolling, bleeping alarm clock. Here is a direct link to the Clocky manual.

3 ways 'climate change' models are dead wrong

Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation:

"...we are persuaded by the empirical evidence that human use of fossil fuels causes very little global warming, the benefits of which probably exceed the harms of which, while the benefits of the energy derived from those fossil fuels far outweigh whatever net harms might arise from the slight warming their use causes.

"Notice the stress on empirical evidence. The only grounds for fears of dangerous man-made global warming are predictions made on the basis of computer climate models of how the world's climate responds to increased atmospheric CO2 concentration. But as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman famously put it, if our prediction 'disagrees with experiment, it is wrong.'

"One could go into enormous detail comparing model predictions with real-world observations, but the summary is this:

  • On average, they predict twice the warming actually observed over the relevant period.
  • Over 95 percent predict more warming, not less, than actually observed. If their errors were random, they would as frequently predict less as more. That they don't implies that their errors are not random but driven by some kind of bias, whether intentional and dishonest or unintentional and arising simply from misunderstanding, widely shared among the modelers, of how the climate system works.
  • None of them predicted the complete absence of statistically significant global warming stretching back 18 years and 9 months, to February of 1997.

"In short, the models are wrong. They therefore provide no rational basis for any predictions about future global average temperature and consequently no rational basis for any policy related to such predictions."

get_iplayer lives!

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get_iplayer lives!

Capture network streams from BBC iPlayer (TV in the UK only; radio around the world) for later listening using this Perl application. It is up-to-date with the BBC's recent changes in streaming methods. It's a command-line tool -- no GUI. get_iplayer documentation can be found here.

For example:

get_iplayer --type=radio --get "Missing Hancocks" --modes=flashaaclow --aactomp3 --force

looks for any programme with Missing Hancocks in the title, looks for a flash AAC stream for the program, converts the received AAC stream to MP3 (the default is MP4), and the --force option overwrites any previous recording.

In lieu of --get followed by a title, you can specify a particular programme ID with an option of this form --PID=b06qht29, where the string after the equals sign is the eight-character programme ID that appears in the BBC iPlayer URL for that episode.