Geekly Update - 14 July 2021

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Does the thought of using human body parts to generate electricity sound a bit ominous? Can you install Windows 11, even if your PC fails the compatibility tests? And why is Elon Musk advising Tesla owners to be paranoid? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Scientists at US San Diego have created a gadget that uses human sweat to generate electricity. The device looks like a band-aid and harvests sweat from your fingertip to generate a few milliwatts of power. That’s enough to power a wristwatch, but nowhere near enough for a smartphone. The article notes that fingertips each have over a thousand sweat glands, and can produce up 1,000 times more sweat than most other body parts. I think I’ve seen this movie, and it doesn’t end well.

ZDNet says the advanced security features of Windows 11 are already in Windows 10. You can enable them if you are running the Windows 10 20H2 release (October 2020 Update) and beef up your protection from sophisticated malware and other threats.

This just in from the "Nigerian Scammer in the Slammer" department: Akhabue Ehis Onoimoimilin, a Nigerian national also known as Texas resident David Harrison, has been jailed for his role in a multi-million dollar email scam operation. The 29-year-old “Mr. Harrison” was sentenced to 87 months in prison for romance and business scams dating back to 2015. He’s also ordered to pay back over $865,000 in restitution.

Geekly Update 07-14-2021

So your not-very-old PC won’t pass the Windows 11 compatibility test? You might be able to bypass those requirements and install Windows 11 on almost any PC, according to this article. Be warned though… you’ll have to mess with a few registry keys, and potentially knock the moon out of orbit.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warns drivers to "please be paranoid" even when using the latest version of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Mode. One tester of the FSD Beta 9 release uploaded videos of the software in action, which clearly show that you still need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Maybe call it Jim Morrison Mode for now.

Apple’s weather app will never say it’s 69 degrees, even when it is. Speculation (and smirking) abounds.

Do you get scam calls from phone numbers that look similar to your own? Verizon’s new Neighborhood Filter, a feature of the Call Filter app, will help you weed out calls from numbers that have the Caller-ID “spoofed” to show similar area codes and exchange prefixes.

Do you want to build a website, but lack the technical skills? That’s no longer a problem, thanks to the current crop of free point-and-click website builders. Check out this list of some of the best 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' website editing tools that can help you create a personal blog, set up shop online, or publish that novel.

Consumer Reports wants to know how much you pay for Internet service. The Broadband Together initiative asks people to share their monthly internet bills so CR can advocate for better and cheaper internet service.

AT&T will let “unlimited” data plan customers pay more to actually get unlimited data. The company has three different "unlimited" plans, each with limits on mobile data. But if you want to "stay in the fast lane" (no reduced speeds when you hit a certain data cap) you’ll have to upgrade to most expensive of those unlimited plans.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 14 July 2021"

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14 Jul 2021

I guess that unlimited does not mean what I thought it meant. That is all I can say about AT&T's three tiers of unlimited data.

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14 Jul 2021

HOPEFULLY, the Verizon spam filter works better than NOMOROBO. I had that service for a few weeks and because someone(s) had spoofed our home phone number, we ended up missing calls from our medical services providers. Needless to say, I unsubscribed from that service. They DO NOT vet whether or not blocked numbers should be on the database to begin with. If the Verizon filter does not vet, then it would be useless as well.

Posted by:

14 Jul 2021

I think my body is not normal. I don't have 1000 times more sweat from my finger tips than from other parts of my body!

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Robert T Deloyd
15 Jul 2021

Right now, with all the heat out here in the west, you could slap a big old electrical patch on my back that would power my house!

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15 Jul 2021

"Apple’s weather app will never say it’s 69 degrees..." because it was confusing people when they turned their phone upside. This came to Apple's attention when there was a surge for the definition of 'seerged'.

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Charles A
17 Jul 2021

I would be happy if at&t would allow me to send pics from my iPhone8 to friends that are on other carriers with androids.

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