Follow these tips to preserve older electronics

“Decay and decomposition are part of nature. Weather, bugs, fungus, and microorganisms take their toll, chemical bonds break apart, and physical damage (drops, falls, cave-ins) can occur … If you follow these tips, you’ll already be a step ahead of entropy as it tries to break down and destroy your prized electronic devices.”

Benj Edwards at PC Magazine shares his tips on how you can preserve your vintage electronics. A few tips include removing batteries, reducing UV light, keeping out dust, and protecting your gadgets from moisture and humidity.

Is it real or is it Memorex?

“We are entering an age in which you can no longer trust your ears or eyes. Bots, trolls and fake news merchants have demolished the idea that you can believe what you read online. But audio and video always felt like truth’s life raft, offering an accurate portrayal of reality we could cling to.

Not for much longer. Forget post-truth, this is the era of post-reality, where ‘deep fake‘ software will allow anyone to create believable video footage of anyone saying anything …” Read entire article at The Guardian.

AI can help you decipher text messages

An AI app like Mei scans your text messages and call logs on your phone to help you better understand what you and others are trying to say.

“It is capable of detecting and understanding everything from personality and mood to how we interact and when we interact with our contacts. As it builds this personality profile, it gives you feedback on your text,” says Rainesford Stauffer, a journalist who wrote about the topic for The New York Times. She says “these apps are meant to analyze our messages and provide feedback on our interactions with others. She says the feedback is often what people are searching for as they try to figure out the confusion that sometimes springs up when they’re texting.” Read more about it at NPR.

Fallen service members honored around the world

Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Horne, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, plays Taps among the graves of fallen U.S. Service Members during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, May 24, 2019.

“Throughout the course of U.S. history, service members have paid the ultimate price in defense of our Nation. Memorial Day is a time to honor their sacrifice and remember their legacy. This Memorial Day weekend, service members from the United States European Command will participate in ceremonies at 21 American WWI and WWII military cemeteries across Europe. This year marks the 75th anniversary of WWII. The partnerships forged 75 years ago endure today as U.S. forces in Europe remain committed to European allies and partners.” (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gregory N. Juday)

Microsoft treads cautiously as it plans to deploy $500M affordable housing fund in Seattle region

For the past five months, Microsoft has been trying to figure out how to spend $500 million to improve Seattle’s homelessness and low- and middle-income housing crisis.

According to Amy Liu, a senior officer for Microsoft Philanthropies, “The learning curve for us has not flattened,” she said. “I keep waiting for it to flatten. We are not affordable housing experts but we also wanted to move forward with something and be part of coming up with some solutions.” Read more about it at GeekWire.