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David Cook
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(603) 493-9597

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Manchester, NH        Boulder, CO         Jacksonville, FL

OS Repair / Virus Removal                Home Networks
Laptop / Desktop Repair                  Video Processing
 

[ Jackson Browne ]
The Pretender
[ Simon and Garfunkel ]
The Boxer
[ Billy Joel ]
An Innocent Man





[ Toto ]
Africa
[ Lyle Lovett ]
Step Inside This House
[ Neil Young ]
One Of These Days





[ Bob Dylan ]
Simple Twist of Fate
[ John Prine ]
The Other Side of Town
[ Tom Petty ]
To Find a Friend





[ Leonard Cohen ]
Anthem
[ Don Henley ]
The End of the Innocence
[ Eagles ]
Lyin' Eyes




^^^ (Some YouTube music embeds above, that we randomly select from) ^^^
Each time you launch this page, we randomly choose a music-video to AUTO-PLAY, from the 12 above .
To play/pause this randomly chosen music-video, CLICK ANYWHERE
inside the LARGE player-window BELOW, (or on its 'play/pause' control.)


[ When there's really something to watch, try clicking the 'full-screen' button, on control-bar in video's lower-right corner. ]
[ HINT: To start a DIFFERENT random choice, just click on your BROWSER's 'reload' button (circular-arrow icon). ]

Lastly, a collection of some 'fav' music (more YouTube embeds)
You can manually control any of these last twelve(12) music-videos, to listen to them. [ Jason Mraz's bongo-player is AWESOME. ]    
   
   
   
   
   


Welcome!

The 'weasel' lives here. This is his new home.
  He's a tricky little fellow...e.g. known to play dead when confronted by his enemies.

Actually, I'm just a weasel wannabe...it's the Morley family members who really ARE weasels.
[ I guess I'm also a ferret wannabe too...so I can 'ferret' out the truth. ]

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Scroll-interval, in milli-secs:
[ To pause the built-in auto-scrolling in this Carousel, enter a negative number
(for the scroll-interval value), or hover-on or click-on the left/right nav-arrowheads,
or just hover your mouse in the images-area. ]

Cyber Newsworthy:

      Read how cyber-hackers are scraping your profile info from Facebook and other social network sites.

How to make Windows-10 desktop-UI look like Windows-7

      If you own a computer running Windows-10 (or Windows 8.x), but want the desktop UI to look and act like it did
      back on Windows-7, there IS a (free) solution ! Just download and install the Windows "Classic Shell"

Watch a skydiver's most recent feat. [ Awesome ]

[ I retired from skydiving after jump #386 as a skydiver, back in my younger days, so this feat has special significance for me. ]
     Go "Luke" !   Watch these 4 skydivers as they jump

Similarly, watch two Norwegian basejumpers perform their latest feat of magic....

...a so-called "reverse-skydive" [ Unbelievable. ]

[ I never graduated to base-jumping nor hang-gliding...I finished college instead. ]
   Now watch THESE guys as they step off the mountain top

Why an old-school FLIP-PHONE is an ideal 'smartphone' !

Tho I'm quite 'tablet-literate', I intend to continue 'upgrading' to yet another"flip-phone"...(Yup, a phone with those 10 physical keys numbered 0 thru 9 and each containing 3 or 4 letters of the alphabet). If you're thinking it must be awkward for me to compose a TEXT-MSG, you're right. That's the whole idea !!! I've found it to be the nearly PERFECT device, for encouraging hands-free operation while driving. It works perfectly for RECEIVING normal text-msgs (e.g. from a doctor or dentist office), yet actually discourages me from SENDING text-msgs. (Long live the EMAIL-system!)

Bluetooth-wireless devices: [ Usages, concepts, and pairing tips ]

#1 AUTOMOBILE: Usage: Use a bluetooth connection for HANDS-FREE cellphone operation, in your vehicle.

If your car is new enough that its console and display supports bluetooth, using this feature with your cellphone is a no-brainer! (We had this ability for almost a year, before we finally got around to setting it up and trying. Its various features are a 'thing of beauty'. Consider yourself reminded that hands-free CALLING by the driver is now the LAW in about 16 of the 50 states in the U.S. (In general, those 16 tend to be the more politically 'blue states' in the U.S.) Whereas, TEXT-MESSAGING by the driver is illegal in about 47 of the 50 states in the U.S.) (Source:this article)

Here's a glimpse of what you'll experience, once you have it configured and working. So, each time you step into car with your cellphone present and its bluetooth chip enabled, your contact names and associated phone-numbers get loaded/updated into the console. So, when you select your console's 'Phone' screen (e.g rather than its FM-radio-screen, etc), and then touch its on-screen 'list/contacts' button, you'll see an itemized list of all your phone contacts. And, then you'll be able to INITIATE a call to someone, by just selecting their name from that on-screen list. Similarly, RECEIVING a call should be equally transparent. Let's say your console screen is currently displaying the FM-radio screen that you've tuned to. Typically, you'll hear an ring-tone, and screen will flip to a phone-screen displaying the person's name/phone-number, and with a single touch of an on-screen 'answer' button, you'll be talking to the caller. (And, any incoming TEXT-MSG typically get SPOKEN to you, so you don't have to remove your gaze from the road to read it). Pretty cool, yes!?

#2 EXERCISE: Usage: Listening to your favorite music via bluetooth 'headset' or 'earbuds' during workouts

The music 'hosting' device might be a cellphone or a bluetooth-capable MP3-player(e.g. SanDisk's "Clip Sport" MP3-player). Learning to extract your fav music tracks from commercial music-CDs and loading them onto an MP3 player or your cellphone, etc, is quite straight-forward, using a home computer.

Details here
#3 REMOTE BT-SPEAKER: Usage: Listening to your favorite music in your house or patio, on a bt-speaker.

The music 'hosting' device could be a modern tablet or a smartphone or laptop PC, which all support bluetooth links.

PAIRING INFO: How to initially 'PAIR' your master ('hosting') device with an individual slave device

Examples: A smartphone and an MP3 player and a tablet are all examples of what I mean by 'master' devices. Whereas, a headset and earbuds and speaker(s) are all examples of what I mean by 'slave' devices.

Note: PAIRING is the one-time intial 'marrying' of one master bluetooth device to one slave bluetooth device.

At a minimum, you'll need to learn the specifics of putting any given slave device into a state where it is listening for a 'pairing-request'. And, then, understand how to tell the master device to initiate the ' pairing-request'. (If you happen to lose or misplace the instruction-booklet for any master or slave device, just do a 'google-search' on the Internet for those details. The YouTube.com site has dozens of so-called 'unboxing' tutorials and reviews of virtually all models of bluetooth devices, and many/most of those tutorials also demonstrate the steps for 'pairing' the device.)

Sometimes, simply switching on the power on the slave device and letting it settle for a few seconds into a steady state, will put it into listening for a pairing-request. Then, on the master-device, navigate to its pairing-request screen or button and actuate it, and you should then typically see some visual indication of 'hand-shaking' (e.g. toggling values of hex-digits, etc), followed by some 'done' indication. Finally, on the master device, you'll end up seeing some cryptic abbreviated name/text string that is unique to the slave device.>

For example, one of my master devices is the bluetooth-capable model of SanDisk's "Clip Sport" MP3 player (onto which I've loaded about 100 separate MP3 files, including additional small images of 'album-art' for each music-album.) So, I've now 'paired' this MP3-player to two different bluetooth slave devices: (1) A bluetooth headset, and (2) a bluetooth speaker. When I look at the MP3's bluetooth-screen of its list of paired devices, I see the two names (1)"Grind wireless", and (2) "XT1481". These unique names, tho non-obvious, seemingly arbitrary and cryptic, are typically NOT needed during day-to-day usage.

Also, note that of course the two slave devices I mentioned might also be paired with OTHER master devices. Sure enough...I have both my headset and speaker paired with my Android-based "Nexus-9" tablet. But, as mentioned, any given master device is typically used in an entirely different location(room) and hence only one will typically be powered up/usable at any given time.

Note that having bluetooth ON/ENABLED is entirely different from having the master device powered up and being used for other non-bluetooth purposes. It is very common to turn-off just the bluetooth chip (and/or wifi-chip) on a cellphone or tablet (so-called 'airplane-mode', etc), when you don't wanting the signal(s) radiating. Doing that will also consume less battery power, and you'll not need to recharge that master device quite as often.

One last hint: Even if you NORMALLY don't read/study the how-to literature that comes with your tech-devices, I'm finding that I often miss important neat features. Just one key example: Both my BT-speaker and my BT-headphones have directional 'arrow' buttons. It turns out that both devices have a feature that I wasn't initially aware of. These 'arrow' buttons have MORE THAN ONE use! As you might guess, the headphone's two arrow-buttons are primarily for increasing/decreasing the volume, and a normal press-and-release do exactly that. But, on both devices, the arrow-buttons have an unexpected secondary function. On the headphones, instead of just a normal press, if you instead press-and-hold those buttons (for 2 or 3 secs), they send a control-msg back to the master device, to command it to skip to the next/previous song. Super-cool...so you don't ever have remove your master-device from its holster or clip, to restart or bypass a song. Who would have known this, unless they studied the device's documentation!

You'll quickly catch on to day-to-day bluetooth usage. HAPPY BLUETOOTHING!

[ I'm very happy with my "SkullCandy" bluetooth headphones. I chose them after googling around, where I learned that these earned a "PC-Magazine Editor's Choice" award. Also, I'd noticed at my daily 'Planet Fitness' workouts, that many more people have full over-the-ear wireless headphones, than wireless 'ear-buds'. Here's a YouTube review of a slightly higher-priced, but otherwise visually identical model. (Mine didn't come with that 'plugin-microphone-wand shown in the video.) Mine DOES have microphone 'hole'...tho I don't plan to ever TALK with these, as I also own an old WIRED USB-headset w/ swing-down microphone wand, that I still use occasionally for 'skyping' at home on my laptop. ]

WEB-SAFETY:   How to check reputation/safety of any website/domain:

[ This cool webservice validates via a series of web-safety-provided 'black-lists' and 'white-lists' ]
[ Hint: Normally, you would specify a simple textual-URL such as 'Foobar.com', (rather than a numerical IP-address), for your website of interest ]
  Blacklist/Whitelist alerter

Understanding the blacklist output:
  If you see only the normal vertical list of 'OK' s, you're good to go...it's a SAFE/normal website.

Understanding any non-whitelist output:
  If you see any text like 'NOT WHITELISTED',
  This indicates a WARNING-alert that the website in question is NOT RECOMMENDED, due to some undesireable restriction.
  For example, a site that is accessible/visable/useable ONLY after you've registered/joined it.

WEB-SAFETY:   How to view registration-info for any website/domain:

[ Here is Wikipedia's detailed explanation/useage of   "WhoIS" ]
  Get EasyCounter's WhoIS info for a website

A place to build your own website

     A good place to build your own website is at SITES.GOOGLE.COM

I mention this, because "sites.google.com" is a free domain provided to the public by Google, and is where my classmate Warren Hill built
   our high-school class's Re-union Website

[ He told me he really knew nothing about building websites before he started, and that this base site of Google's provides a series of templates for various generic categories for one's site, and that he just 'followed his nose' after choosing the appropriate template. ]

Google offers this site, FREE to the public, as a place where people can construct their own sites. It offers a DIY (do it yourself) approach, and provides you with templates and tools and instructions to help you construct a series of webpages and data files comprising your 'site'.

An interesting native Android widget-app (tribute to my father-in-law):

     The Dinarism-list widget
Using, say, Android's Chrome-browser,Touch here, to download my modified 'LoremWidget' for Android (aka the Dinarism-list widget)
It will go into Android's "Download" folder...so go there using, say, the 'ES File Manager' app, and touch the .apk, to install.
[Hint: You need to have 'allow from unknown-sources' enabled, in your Security settings.]
Note: Because this app is a widget-app rather than a full-screen app, to deploy it after installation, you'll need to drag/drop it from the 'Widget' section of the app list, onto your home-screen/desktop.


For you tech types, here is the current Bitcoin value:
  More bitcoin-news-info is here.

Bitcoin's Blockchain technology is a proven winner! Take a look at a recent Economist article here.

Contact info
You can email this 'Webster' here.