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macOS New app Release – ChronoSync 4.9.3

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Product Announcements Econ Technologies of Casselberry, Florida has released ChronoSync 4.9.3. The Econ Development Team took a deep-dive into the entire ChronoSync App quashing numerous bugs as well as identifying and applying many efficiencies.

As a result of this effort, several rare crashes and some unusual memory usage patterns were resolved. Specific reliability improvements are found in Backblaze B2 cloud backup, SFTP syncs, and backups, resolving aliases when syncing and executing scheduled items. The app even more efficiently stores, loads and saves the Scheduler Database!

Duilio Proni, President of Econ Technologies, Inc. said: “Our engineers had to work closely with our customers to track down some of these problems as in many cases, we only had one or a few trouble-reports to analyze.” He went on to say, “We have a great customer base and without their feedback, I’m not sure some of these issues would have been isolated and resolved!”

Owners of ChronoSync can install the update immediately for free! If you don’t already own ChronoSync, download today and start the 15-day free trial to learn how ChronoSync is your best long-term backup investment for Mac.

ChronoSync, the multipurpose Mac App for local and cloud backup, bootable backup and folder synchronizing is designed to work on macOS version 10.11 and newer. Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoSync for $49.99 (USD). ChronoSync’s companion app, ChronoAgent, allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device to access or transfer data! Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoAgent for $14.99. ChronoMonitor is an iPhone app that monitorsMacs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent. ChronoMonitor is available in the Apple App Store for $3.99.

2B-Alert Web 2.0 Better Predicts When to Take Caffeine

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I made the following post about 11 months ago on July 28, 2018. I am reposting it now becasue the website had been update. It is now 2B-Alert Web 2.0.

Many of us brew coffee first thing in the morning and begin our daily consumption. The U.S. Army researched the consumption of coffee and found that there is an algorithm we can follow to achieve optimum alertness. The results of the study indicate that people’s performance on an attention task can be improved by up to 64 percent. When the algorithm is followed, caffeine consumption can be reduced by up to 65% while still maintaining elevated levels of performance.

As a result of the research, a web-based tool 2B‐Alert Web has been developed to help predict a person’s alertness based on their sleep time and caffeine consumption.

The study “Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss” was published in the Journal of Sleep Research on May 28, 2018.

I don’t drink coffee intending to enhance my alertness these days. I drink it because I simply like the taste. However, if you are in a position where alertness is essential to your job, this may be something to look into.

The 2B-Alert Web 2.0 web tool per their website will:

This software tool predicts the alertness of an “average” individual as a function of sleep/wake schedule, caffeine consumption, and time of day. Optionally, it also provides optimal caffeine schedules for user-provided periods of desired peak alertness. Specifically, it allows users to manually enter a sleep/wake/peak alertness schedule, as well as caffeine dosing and timing, and displays the corresponding predictions for three different statistics of alertness on the psychomotor vigilance task (PVT). If the user provides the desired period of peak alertness, the system will output the estimated optimal caffeine schedules. The tool predicts alertness for the duration of the given schedule and 48 hours of subsequent total sleep deprivation.

This tool can be used to:

  1. Assess the effect of different sleep/wake schedules and caffeine consumption
  2. Design sleep/wake and caffeine schedules to optimize alertness
  3. Generate hypotheses that can be experimentally tested
  4. Optimize the benefits of caffeine use

Do you need to optimize your coffeine consuption?

Book Review: “The Oppressed”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Oppressed” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Matt Thomas. This is Mr. Thomas’ second publication. This is the first in his “Wroth Worlds” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Bryan Howe leader of Free Human Special Forces Detachment 8222.

Earth had been invaded and conquered by the Hetarek. Much of the human population on Earth has been exterminated. The remainder has become Hetarek slaves. A few from Earth escaped the Hetarek and, with the help of the Ahai, have fled to the stars. The Free Human forces have begun to fight back against the Hetarek. They have already taken a few systems, now they have set their sights on Earth.

Howe and his team are inserted on Earth to start building a guerrilla army to rise up and assist in an invasion of Earth. But Howe and his team have a difficult job. Not only do the Hetarek keep a close and ruthless watch on the remaining humans, but the humans consider Howe and his colleagues “Runners’. They are looked down upon because the humans that have survived on Earth feel that they were abandoned. With a generation having passed, it is difficult to recruit survivors to risk everything to support the ‘Runners’.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 375-page science fiction novel. I liked the plot of a conquered Earth being retaken. There is a lot of action and not all of the characters you start out with survive. This is just the beginning of the story of a much longer struggle. The cover art is OK, but I would have preferred something closer to the storyline. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

macOS New app Release – UI Browser 2.8.1

Product Announcements PFiddlesoft of Quechee, Vermont has released UI Browser 2.8.1, the “ultimate assistant” for GUI Scripting with AppleScript, and a developer utility for exploring Apple’s Accessibility API.

UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most macOS applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable. No other utility provides all of the information you need in order to write scripts using GUI Scripting.

Version 2.8.1 of UI Browser adds a link to our website for purchase of a UI Browser registration key, and it fixes an error that caused UI Browser to crash on launch after the free trial period expired.

Version 2.8.0 added these new features:

* UI Browser now supports new Accessibility features introduced in macOS Mojave 10.14. It also incorporates new PFAssistive Framework 3.9.0 and PFEventTaps Framework 1.6.0. UI Browser now requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later.

* UI Browser now uses Apple’s Hardened Runtime in Mojave for increased security. It may require user authorization to perform some tasks.

* UI Browser has been notarized by Apple to assure users that it is from a trusted developer and was scanned for malicious code by Apple to ensure its security.

* UI Browser no longer allows in-application purchase. Instead, go to the secure PFiddlesoft website and navigate to the eSellerate Online Store to purchase a license.

* UI Browser’s Target menu now includes Apple’s new Script Menu application in Mojave. The Script Menu application handles the Script menu extra if Script Editor preferences are set to show it in the menu bar.

* UI Browser supports Dark Mode in Mojave.

* UI Browser now uses the current “Highlight color” setting in System Preferences to highlight the target UI element when running in Highlight mode.

* AppleScript statements generated by UI Browser can now be sent to Script Debugger 7 from Late Night Software, as well as Script Editor, Smile and earlier versions of Script Debugger.

* UI Browser implements numerous performance enhancements and a number of minor bug fixes.

Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser now.

New customers may purchase UI Browser for $55, with quantity discounts available. It is a free upgrade for registered owners of UI Browser 2.0.0 and newer. UI Browser 1.4.1 is no longer supported and no free upgrade path is available.

UI Browser is based on the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, including the PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks. The frameworks are written using Objective-C, and they support 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management and ARC. Developers can license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or use with their own products that use Apple’s Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies. The frameworks may be licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software product. A modest license fee is required to distribute or use the frameworks with a product for which payment is requested or required. Source code is available for a separate fee. Different terms apply to large or established commercial software developers. Check the website for details. For more information, go to https://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/.

macOS New App Release – Mirror for Hisense TV

Product Announcements AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands presents the new screen mirroring app for Mac computers exclusively developed for Hisense TV.

High end TVs for low budget prices:
TV shoppers looking for a bargain in the past few years have increasingly encountered the newer TV brand Hisense. This very large Chinese TV manufacturer has been on the rise globally for several years now. According to IHS Markit, a financial analysis firm, they are now among the world’s top 10 LCD TV brands.

Screen mirroring app for Mac
AirBeamTV, global market leader in screen mirroring apps for Apple products, announced they have launched this new mirroring app for Mac users to answer the growing demand from Hisense TV owners.

According to the company’s CEO, Jan Van Ottele, “AirBeamTV is adapting to the changing landscape of Smart TVs in the US market. We have received a lot of requests from Mac users to provide a high-quality screen mirroring app for these newer TV brands. With our app, Mac owners can share videos, photos and apps from any Mac device to any Hisense TV model from 2014 and onward. Important to notice is that the app also supports Hisense TVs running on the Android TV or Roku TV operating systems.”

Device Requirements
* Mac, Macbook, iMac & Mac Mini
* Requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer

Pricing and Availability:
Mirror for Hisense TV is free to download on AirBeamTV’s website (trial version). Users can test the app free before upgrading to the paid version ($9.99 directly from AirBeamTV). The premium version has no time limits for mirroring and supports lifetime updates. For both the trial and the paid version, everyone can count on fast and free customer service.

A Relic of WWII is Returned

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(See my other WWII related posts) – My cousin sent me the link to the Chicago Tribune article “The Canteen” this morning. The photo above is from that article.

The article tells of an American Officer who was severely injured in June of 1944 near Mortain, France. Now 75 years later his children have been contacted by a resident of Mortain with the news that he had found their father’s canteen. If this interests you, go read the full story.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.


 

Book Review: “The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942”

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(See all of my Book Reviews as well as my other WWII related posts) – “The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Willaim K. Klingaman. Mr. Klingaman has published more than 10 books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G. The book is the story of Americans on the home front in the year following the attack on Perl Harbor. While some of the military engagements are mentioned, the book focuses on what was going on at home.

How did we deal with shortages and rationing? How was the shift from a peacetime economy to full war material production handled? How did these early days of the war affect life in the US?

I enjoyed the 11.5+ hours I spent reading this 371-page non-fiction account of life in 1942 America. While non-fiction, this book was easy to read. It brought out several things I had not been aware of. So many mistakes were made by the military and the administration. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

macOS New App Release – Path Finder 8.5

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Product Announcements Cocoatech of San Francisco, California has released Path Finder 8.5, which is a free update of their popular file browser for Path Finder 8 users. Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and much more. Path Finder is one of the oldest software on the macOS market (*first released in 2001) and boasts a large and loyal user base. The application is extremely customizable and allows you to work how you want. Become a master of file management with Path Finder 8.5! Now faster than ever!

What’s new:

New features and improvements:
* Enjoy up to 50% speed increase (depending on volume and file system type) when copying files. Biggest speed improvements on SSD formatted as APFS.
* New Undo interface: access Undo feature faster from a sliding sheet
* New and handy Size Browser toolbar button
* New compression engine: light and fast. Up to 30% speed increase while compressing files and even more when decompressing!
* New compression engine: you can now see a time estimate while archiving/decompressing your archives
* New compression engine: added creation of 7-ZIP, XAR, PAX and CPIO archives.
* New compression engine: added expansion of 7-ZIP, XAR, PAX, CPIO, RAR(3), AR, LHA/LHZ, and CAB archives.
* New compression engine: added XZ, LZIP, and LZMA (de)compression filters.
* New compression engine: you can now choose among 10 default formats of compression
* Now compression engine: operations are integrated into the file queues interface, which means you can pause them if needed
* The size of the application is reduced by 30 %

Bug fixes:
* Fixed “Launch Path Finder at login” functionality.
* Fixed Path Finder Desktop text in dark mode.
* Fixed opening of a stationery pad document.
* Fixed empty browser window bug.
* Fixed some potential crashes and exceptions.
* Numerous other UI fixes and improvements.

Path Finder 8 lays the foundation for a total redesign and rewrite of the very powerful file manager. Estimated 40% of the internal code is new. The big new thing in version 8 is the way modules are organized and used within the new and flexible modules structure. You can put as many modules in a single window as you need, they can be arbitrarily arranged, dismissed, closed and dragged out of the window. They can be assigned to either left or right pane and they are extensively customizable (light mode only). With the new module structure, Path Finder probably becomes the most configurable and flexible Mac application on the market.

Supported Languages:
Path Finder supports Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.11 or newer

Pricing and Availability:
You can try Path Finder for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $40.00 (USD) for a single user license applicable for up to 3 user-owned computers, and $20.00 (USD) when upgrading from version 7. The software comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself. Volume license discounts available.

A Podcast about Kristallnacht

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(See my other Podcasts  and WWII related posts) – A few weeks ago I listed to the Kristallnacht episode of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I listen to Missed in History on a regular basis. It is one of the many podcasts I subscribe to.

This episode dealt with Kristallnacht, the wave of antisemitic violance that occurred across Germany on November 9-10, 1938. The event was named for the shards of glass left littering the streets of Germany after Jewish homes and businesses were vandalized in more than a thousand cities and towns.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find this podcast of interest. You can use the link below to listen to the episode.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.