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Where to see Fireworks in Chester County, Delaware, Philadelphia

Where to see Fireworks in Chester County, Delaware, Philadelphia. – By Lisa, adayinourshoes.com

Chester County, PA Fireworks

Happy unofficial start to Summer! I know it’s early to be talking about July 4 fireworks, but some municipalities do them as early as Memorial Day weekend. I didn’t want any to miss them. Here is your list of 2019 fireworks for some of the towns in Philadelphia, Chester County and Delaware. 

Atlas Obscura

At Atlas Obscura, our mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.

We are a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods —17,580 of them contributed by our community so far, and more every day, from a secret apartment atop the Eiffel Tower to bridges built out of living roots, from a temple shaped like a chicken to an island ruled by cats, from a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding to a spicy chutney made out of red ants.

The best science podcasts to make you smarter

The best science podcasts to make you smarter – By Sophie Bushwick, Sara Chodosh, And Rachel Feltman, www.popsci.com

This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.

I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while your eyeballs do stuff that isn't reading? Perhaps hoping to regurgitate something that sounds smart while sitting around with family on a summer vacation? Great. Read on.

Supermoon Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2019

Supermoon Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide – By Doris Elin Salazar, www.space.com

Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.

The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.

Location Eclipse Begins Totality Begins Totality Ends Eclipse Ends
Miami, FL   10:33 p.m. EST 11:41 p.m. EST 12:43 p.m. EST 1:50 a.m. EST

Eclipse Calculator 2 – at play.google.com

This is an application to compute and simulate astronomical events. A tool for astronomy lovers that allows to know in a simple way the general and local circumstances for solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits.

Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads

Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads in your recordings – By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com

Tablo’s DVR boxes will soon be able to automatically skip the ad breaks in your antenna TV recordings, its manufacturer Nuvyyo has announced, according to Variety. The skipping will happen without you having to do anything. As you watch, the DVR will automatically skip to the end of the break when it detects that one has started. The new functionality will enter a testing phase this quarter, and the company intends to have it ready for a full release in the coming months.

MoviePass: Everything you need to know

MoviePass: Everything you need to know by androidcentral.com

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, there's a good chance you've heard a thing or two about MoviePass. Although the company was founded way back in 2011, it's picked up a lot of steam over the past year or so with its too-good-to-be-true offer of allowing you to see one movie per day for just $9.95/month.

High school kids get video of the eclipse

High school kids get video of the eclipse… from 32,000 meters above the Earth! by www.syfy.com

Look, I know: After the total solar eclipse in August, you probably reached saturation with images of videos of it. I know I did, having seen the event from every angle and manner possible.

Or so I thought. In fact, there was one I hadn’t considered, and jaded as I was I still gasped with delight when I saw it: a video of the Moon’s shadow on the ground taken from a weather balloon from a height of 32 kilometers (105,000 feet)!

How cool is that? And it gets better: That balloon was launched by high school students. They were participating in a group called Earth to Sky Calculus, started by some of the students who were “tired of being lectured to and wanted to explore Nature in a different, more hands-on way.” So Dr. Tony Phillips — the person who created the fantastic…

best Mirrorless Cameras 2016

The 10 best mirrorless cameras 2016 by TechRadar 

Once upon a time, keen photographers bought a DSLR – it was the established order of things. But the mirror mechanism of a DSLR is complex and noisy and adds to the weight of the camera, and that's where the mirrorless camera, or compact system camera comes in. They keep the big sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLR cameras but ditch the mirror to produce a smaller, lighter and simpler camera.

Supermoon and Space Station

Supermoon and Space Station by Space Fellowship

What are those specks in front of the Moon? They are silhouettes of the International Space Station (ISS). Using careful planning and split-second timing, a meticulous lunar photographer captured ten images of the ISS passing in front of last month's …

Total Solar Eclipse – Aug 21, 2017

Astronomy Lovers Have Something Big to Look Forward to in Exactly One Year by mystateline.com

A total solar eclipse will occur exactly one year from today!

If you are a fan of astronomy, or if you simply have an interest in what goes on in the skies, this bit of information may be very exciting.

That's because a total solar eclipse is set to occur on "Eclipse Day," or Monday, August 21st, 2017. It is set to be "the most epic solar eclipse in 99 years."

Google Voice Assistant commands

This is a list of commands that you can ask Google's voice assistant. by Kristijan Ristovski

Annoyed by the fact that every once in a while a new "complete list of google now commands" appears online, i decided to create this project.

After few days of research i found an extensive list of over 150 commands and 1000+ variations. I'll try to keep it up to date, and in v2 i'll add an easy way for the community to contribute.

Better Pictures with Your Phone

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone’s Camera by How-To Geek 

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and most smartphone cameras can now easily replace a point-and-shoot. For users who have experience taking pictures, the move from a “real” camera to a smartphone can be an easy one, but for users with no photography experience, it can be a real challenge to get a decent looking shot from your phone. Fortunately, smartphone cameras are often…

Upgrading – Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0

Tech Support – Upgrading from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 

The young woman who submitted the tech support message below (about her relationship to her husband) presumably did it as a joke.

Then she got a reply that was way too good to keep to herself. The tech support people's love advice was hilarious and genius!
 
The query:
Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which  operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as: 

NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. 

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.  What can I do? 
Signed, Desperate
 

The response (that came weeks later out of the blue):
Dear Desperate,

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. 

Please enter command: I thought you loved me.html and try to download Tears 6.

Do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. 

Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta version. 

Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 as it runs  a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources. 
 
In addition, please do not attempt to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0. 

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. 

We recommend Cooking 3.0.
 
Good Luck!

 

Google offers Play Music free trial

Google offers 4 month free trial of Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red for new subscribers by Android Police

It's hard to justify an ongoing subscription for content that, for the most part, is already free with advertising. In the hope of convincing a few more people to pony up for the premium tiers of its digital media services, Google is offering a sweet deal to new subscribers: four months of free, no-strings-attached access to both Google Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red (which are already bundled for paying customers). That's a $40 value at today's subscription price.

There's a bit of a catch, though: this is only for new subscribers, so if…

Google Now voice commands

Huge cheat sheet tells you everything you can do with Google Now voice commands – By Chris Smith on Apr 1, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Google Now is arguably one of the best features Google invented. The voice-enabled virtual assistant will completely change your mobile experience, should you choose to trust Google with even more personal data than you already do. And Google keeps updating Google Now to add more and more features with each year that goes by. In fact, chances are that novice Google Now users aren’t even aware of all the marvelous things Google Now can do.


The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

There's a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even "take a selfie."

Print a List of Google commands

 

What’s New – Windows 10

Windows 10 is full of new features and improvements. Take a look at the highlights!

Ready, set, Start menu

 

The Start menu is back—and it’s more personal, more organized, and more fun than before.

Select Start Start  on the taskbar. You'll find your most used apps on the left, the All apps list, and shortcuts to other locations on your PC, like File Explorer and Settings.

Get apps, music and more

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                Image of Windows Store<br /><br /><br />

The Store is a one-stop shop for music, videos, games, and apps.

Try out an app before you buy it, or pick a free one. Your Windows 10 apps will work on all your Windows 10 devices.

Cortana can get it done

Cortana, your digital personal assistant, is right on your desktop. Ask Cortana to set up a meeting or send an email to a friend—even find your files for you and tell you jokes. Select the search box and type what you want Cortana to do, or just select the microphone to say it instead.

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                Screenshots of Cortana

Parents’ Guide to Minecraft

The Parents’ Guide to Minecraft – How-To Geek by Jason Fitzpatrick

Minecraft is and, for the foreseeable future, will remain one of the most popular video games among children. Behind all those millions upon millions of downloads are more than a few curious parents; read on as we help clear up some misconceptions and give curious parents a crash course in the game.

GrovesCG First Meeting

Below are my notes for the first gathering of the Groves Computer Group, the predecessor to Senior Tech Group. The program topics are really a hoot. January 12th is the anniversary of the Computer Group, we will gathering with many of the same Individuals here at the Groves RV Resort. Glenn



Groves Computer Users Group
First Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2004

  • Introductions

    • Purpose and mission
    • Members helping members
    • Answers to your computer issues and problems
    • Encourage none computer users to give it a try
    • Information sharing
    • Windows help and shortcuts
    • Software applications help and tips
    • Practical tips for traveling computer users
    • Digital photography
    • Digital photo printing
  • Organization

    • Frequency, date and time of get togethers

Program

Pick Up Your Email: From any computer, anywhere in the world. No need to register! mail2web™ is an Internet based email client that allows you to pick up your email from almost any POP3 or IMAP4 email server.

HighStream.net V.92 Dialup Internet Access w/ Email, $8.99 America's biggest network: Their network spans more than 7,000 access points throughout North America

EFax.com   Get a free FAX phone number: This is really great it works for receiving faxes without needing a separate phone number. Even if you own a fax machine this is useful.

PayTrust.com: Great for working on the road, traveling, and Full Time RVing!  Paytrust lets you view and pay all your bills online — anytime, anywhere.

Webmanix Hosting Our web host has the best deal I've seen. Free Setup, 1Gb space, unlimited pop3 accounts, 30Gb bandwidth, 24/7 FTP support, Web mail.

You can register .com .net .org .us .info .biz .ws (WebSite) .name at Go Daddy for $9 or less. Go Daddy Domain Registrar mission is simple–to deliver products for up to 70% less than the competition, and provide first class service in the process.

ZoneEdit Domain name management tools.

ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage.

Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware and scumware components and lets you remove them safely. It is updated frequently.

AI RoboForm is a one-click web form filler and password manager with some serious Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside. It works as an add-on to Microsoft Internet Explorer ver 4 or later, all browsers based on IE, and Netscape 6. It is absolutely free for personal use.

With e-Backup you can backup, restore and transfer your valuable Outlook Express data, Windows Address Book and Internet Explorer Favorites. Why would you have to re-download or even lose all your existing Outlook Express messages every time your system crashes or you re-install Windows?

 

BURMA SHAVE Signs

Do You Remember the BURMA SHAVE Signs?
 
 
For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930’s and ’40’s.
Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields.
They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet… and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.
They were funny but also made a statement-usually about safe driving. I loved looking for these signs on the side of the road as a kid.
 
DON’T STICK YOUR ELBOW 
OUT SO FAR
IT MAY GO HOME
IN ANOTHER CAR.
Burma Shave
 

TRAINS DON’T WANDER
ALL OVER THE MAP
‘CAUSE NOBODY SITS
IN THE ENGINEER’S LAP
Burma Shave

 

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE
Burma Shave

 

DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
Burma Shave

 

DROVE TOO LONG
DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Burma Shave

 

BROTHER SPEEDER
LET’S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
Burma Shave


 

CAUTIOUS RIDER
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET’S HAVE LESS BULL
AND A LITTLE MORE STEER
Burma Shave

  

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
Burma Shave

 
AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR
WASN’T IT?
Burma Shave

 

NO MATTER THE PRICE
NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
IN THE CAR IS YOU
Burma Shave

 

A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN’
HE’S JUST HOPIN’
Burma Shave

 

AT INTERSECTIONS
LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE
BUT IT’S HARD TO PLAY
Burma Shave

 

BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT’S THE SKILLFUL
DRIVER’S CODE
Burma Shave

 

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE’S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
Burma Shave

 

CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE.
Burma Shave

 
 
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
Burma Shave
 
Do these bring back any old memories?


If not, you’re merely a child.

  
If they do – then you’re old as dirt… LIKE ME!

Google Videos

Some fun and serious videos.

Glenn

 

History of the Internet

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And a Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham , her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and a delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

So, Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were also saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was now known as  Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.  They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that very enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every best drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham , what we have started is being taken over by others."

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known.  He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO", said Abraham and because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).
That is how it all began. And that's the truth!

Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo, where you can help astronomers explore the Universe Galaxy Zoo:

Hubble uses gorgeous imagery of hundreds of thousands of galaxies drawn from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope archive. To understand how these galaxies, and our own, formed we need your help to classify them according to their shapes — a task at which your brain is better than even the most advanced computer. If you’re quick, you may even be the first person in history to see each of the galaxies you’re asked to classify.

More than 250,000 people have taken part in Galaxy Zoo so far, producing a wealth of valuable data and sending telescopes on Earth and in space chasing after their discoveries. The images used in Galaxy Zoo: Hubble are more detailed and beautiful than ever, and will allow us to look deeper into the Universe than ever before.

How To Take Part

Llightning Brain Box

Heard on Radio Times! The Mohawk word for computer is “lightning brain box” which is more descriptive and more fun to say than plain old “computer.”

WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane is a call-in program that tackles wide-ranging issues of concern to listeners in the Delaware Valley, the nation and beyond.

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