Translating Things to Common Sense Explanations

  • How Do I Use ChatGPT in my Personal Life?

    ChatGPT (https://chat.openai.com) popped up out of seemingly nowhere. We have been hearing about Artificial Intelligence (AI) for years. But, only recently has it been made available to the general public in such a widespread manner. Non-paid or subscribing users will have access to ChatGPT3.5. I pay for the subscription and have access to plugins and […]

  • Alternatives to Neeva Search Engine

    With Neeva search (neeva.com) shutting down on June 2, 2023, customers will have very few ad-free and private search engines. With that said, I have two search engines that I can recommend. Kagi I had been using two paid search engines at the same time. Both had their perks, but I really love Kagi search […]

  • Windows and Mac Docking Station and Workspace Setup

    I recently moved from my personal Microsoft Windows based environment to a Mac/iOS environment. I work from home often and use the same hardware, minus the computer (e.g. webcam, microphone, speakers, scanner, monitor). My work computer is Windows based, so I needed a dock and setup that was compatible with both platforms. As I found […]

  • American Ruck Paincake and the GoRuck Rucker 4.0

    The American Ruck Paincake is a gem all by itself. It is well suited for bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder press, or any other weighted exercise you find yourself doing. I just picked up a Rucker 4.0 | 20L from GoRuck.com. I wanted a way to go out for a walk and add some extra […]

  • Books to Read in 2023

    Here are the books that I have read in 2023 as of 05May23. May 1% Leadership by Andy Ellis April How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban audiobook – Ego, Authority, Failure by Derek Gaunt March The Pentagon: A history by Steve Vogel February Leadership, Strategy, and Tactics by Jocko Willink […]

  • What Things Should I Take with me to Cancun?

    Cancun is a beautiful place. My wife and I saw quite a few very unhappy parents with children. Folks that stayed at the Hyatt Dreams resort didn’t seem to relax as much as those without children. With that said, here are the things that I brought and a few things that I wish that I […]

  • Fraud Losses and Efficiency Ratio

    When a financial institution (FI) reports fraud losses, it can be in the hundreds of thousands annually for smaller FIs (<$2 M) and millions per year in larger companies and cooperatives. However, what you don’t necessarily hear about are fraud losses normalized for that particular FI’s efficiency ratio. An efficiency ratio is the percentage of […]

  • How to Download Videos from Facebook

    As you scroll through your Facebook feed, you might come across videos that you want to download. This solution won’t require any 3rd part software or cost. When scrolling and you come to a video, you can either click on the video to watch it or click the three dots on the right-hand side of […]

  • Install Profile (.CER) on iOS 16.2 and NextDNS

    I had a heck of a time understanding why I was not seeing the NextDNS profile I downloaded from my NextDNS configuration page. I used the Kagi developed web browser Orion to download the .CER file. Once I moved the file out of the download directory and into the files root directory, the .CER was […]

  • Sending Back the Amazon Scribe

    I tried the Scribe for a week. The primary reason for my return was the software maturity. I have tried and owned the Supernote and the Remarkable. The Supernote was a pretty good tablet, but the screen felt very sticky and it was thick compared to the Remarkable. The Scribe was a reasonably good Kindle […]

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