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Are​ 8 Glasses of Water Per Day Needed?

(See my other Health and Food related posts) – I came across the article “How Much Water Do I Really Need to Drink?” today and thought it was worth sharing.

We have been told for a while now that we should all drink 8 glasses of water every day. First to consider is what dehydration is:

  1. exercise- and heat-induced mild dehydration  – loss of 1-3% of body weight – impact brain function and reduce endurance
  2. further loss – memory and attention are impaired
  3. If you feel thirsty, your body is telling you to drink
  4. headaches, muscle cramping, a dry or sticky mouth, or infrequent urination – approaching dangerous levels of dehydration

These are warning signs those of us in Central Texas have to be aware of. The high temperatures we endure in the summer months (June through September) can easily cause dehydration if outside.

Water consumption guide:

  1. In 1945 84 ounces of water per day recommended, but there appears to be no scientific basis in that number
  2. The Institute of Medicine provides more guidance and recommends women to drink a total of 91-oz (10 glasses) of fluids a day and men a total of 125-oz (15 glasses).
  3. research findings have estimated an increase in energy expenditure by approximately 96 calories a day with the consumption of 68-oz of room-temperature water
  4. Those daily recommendations include fluid from ALL sources including coffee and tea (without sugar or milk)
  5. staying hydrated improves health
  6. staying hydrated can help with weight loss

The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors: age, sex, body mass, environment conditions, level of activity, health status, and pregnancy status. And how do you tell when you are well-hydrated? The best way, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to check your urine. If it’s pale yellow, you’re hydrated. If it’s darker yellow, you’re not. And if it’s crystal clear, you’re probably overhydrated.

If this has been of interest to you I suggest you read the article for yourself.

 

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.

Flag Day

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Today, June 14, is Flag Day. in the US. Per the NationalDayCalendar site:

This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents.  Representing independence and unity, the Star Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly. 

Flag Day

While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story.  At the same time, there isn’t any to disprove it, either. Part of the conflict is that there were several designs being considered at the same time, many flag makers and more than one claim to the first. During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.

Another who laid claim to the first design was Francis Hopkinson. His request for compensation for his design was denied because others contributed to the design final design. 

Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag.  His was one f the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Many people have died protecting our country.  On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. Use #NationalFlagDay to post on social media.

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D-Day from a different view

(see my other WWII related posts) – I thought that this article was interesting. There is little mention of German POW camps in the US. They are another little-discussed aspect of WWII.


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.


 

Pacific Paratrooper

German POWs

On 6 June 1944, Milton Roger Sosin, a seasoned reporter, took a ride up the south shore of Lake Okeechobee, Florida.  Overnight, the long anticipated invasion of Europe had begun.

The Miami Daily News was in search of local reactions from people in Florida – Sosin was assigned to talk to Germans.  Not German-Americans, and some weren’t too far away.

Milton Sosin, Miami Herald reporter

In May of 1943, Allied forces had begun to ship German POWs to the United States, more than 9,000 were sent to Florida’s 22 prisoner of war camps.  Near Clewiston, FL, was Liberty Point and Sosin was on his way.

On that warm day, he drove up U,S. 27, past pastures and farm land.  When he got to Liberty Point, prisoners were marching in from the fields, in formation, their shovels slung over their shoulders like rifles.

The draft had decimated the American…

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macOS New App Release – BatchOutput PDF 2.2.37

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Product Announcements Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON), Canada has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.37, a feature update to the company’s PDF printing automation solution for Mac. The only consumer-oriented product for automatic PDF printing on the Mac market, the software allows users to process PDF files from watched hot folders.

The new version restores the ability to auto rotate document pages in accordance with their orientation in PDF file regardless of the page orientation selected in the output preset. This option is currently only applies to PDF files where all pages have the same orientation. The ability to auto rotate pages in documents with a mix of portrait and landscape orientations is in works and planned to be added soon. The issue with page auto rotation was caused by a bug introduced in a recent release of macOS.

“This is one of those apps that you never knew you needed until you spend a day using it,” says Glen Saville of eponymous design firm in Hornchurch, UK. “If you handle a large number of PDFs daily this will save you time, without a doubt.”

BatchOutput PDF helps users eliminate countless repetitive tasks of opening PDF files and adjusting print settings manually by bypassing the print dialog. For example, users can create hot folders for color and black-and-white printers, specific paper sizes, duplex modes, various color profiles and other controls. The app offers the following key features:

  • Print PDFs automatically from watched hot folders
  • Create hot folders for different print settings
  • Detailed output history
  • Specify password for encrypted PDFs
  • Save time and hassle of printing each PDF manually

Pricing and Availability:
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix website for $24.95 USD (Server version $99.95), as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput PDF supports macOS 10.7-10.14.

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day isn’t just a three day weekend.

It is the official day in the US to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day began sometime before the Civil War, though there is no official date. The day of recognition was originally known as Decoration Day. The designation of May 30 as Memorial Day did not become federal law until 1967. It was changed to the last Monday in May in 1971.

I believe it is important for everyone to understand what this day means.

macOS New App Release – WinX DVD Ripper for Mac 8.9.1

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac of Chengdu, China has delivered through it all for 13 years…and counting! To mark the 13th anniversary, Digiarty Software today announced the grandest giveaway of the world-leading DVD digitizing software for macOS, unlimitedly, culminating with a mega discount offer on its best-selling WinX Anniversary Special Pack, an unheard-of 75% off.

Digiarty 2019 anniversary event will go all the way through the end of May. To find more information, please visit the Digiarty 2019 Anniversary Special Offer page.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is a must for any DVD owners in need of DVD digitization on Mac, from the very first edition to the newest V8.9.1. Since 2006, it has been repeatedly mentioned in over 5000 high-authority media outlets, inclusive of TechRadar, CNET, Softpedia, and spans over 200 countries and regions, covering the most competitive US, UK, and Japan. And as recently as April 2019, the program had hit a record-setting 9 million downloads. These achievements are based on the 13 years of innovation, steadfast customer-focused strategy, and development that finally lead to a great milestone. The milestones include:

  • No.1 disc support: The DVD analysis core, main title check mechanism, and monthly upgrade ensure 100% support of DVD disc, be it old, new, damaged, or 99-title movie. It puts an end to DVD read error, incomplete ripping, and other issues that have been plaguing many rippers for a long time. 
  • No.1 fast speed: Last year, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac marched forward to the unique level-3 hardware acceleration, a landmark achievement in conversion speed. This makes the WinX outperforms its competitors with as short as 5 minutes in ripping a full-length DVD, drastically lessening CPU usage and ending the software crash.
  • No.1 output quality: WinX manages to maximize the output quality without yielding large file size, attributing to its High-Quality Engine, Deinterlacing, and unmatchable DVD compression engine. 

To crown it all, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac features a minimalistic interface and up to 350 readymade profiles, available for customers, even the elders, to quickly load DVD and choose the output format without any knowledge about the obscure parameters. Customers can rip both old and new DVDs to MP4, AVI, MOV, H.264, HEVC, iPhone, iPad, etc. with full GPU accelerated. It is a must-have tool to classify and backup DVDs in case of damage or loss and to allow you to watch the movies on Mac, PC, TV, game console, photos, and tablets on the go.

“We are proud WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is evolving as the gold standard by which all other DVD rippers are judged and has become the most essential software in our DVD life over the 13 years,” Said Jack, CEO of Digiarty Software. “To benefit more people and generate more buzz around the program, we launch the grand giveaway to mark the 13th anniversary.”

Detail Giveaway and Discount Offers Available at the 13th Anniversary Event

  1. Unlimited Giveaway of WinX DVD Ripper for Mac: The software, originally priced at $59.95 (USD), will be available at no cost, unconditionally.
  2. Software discounts: The tiptop WinX Anniversary Special Park inclusive of DVD ripper, DVD copy, video converter, and iPhone manager is also marked down heavily, at up to 75% off.
  3. The event will span for half a month – from now to May 31, 2019. To receive the full version reward, please go to Digiarty 2019 Anniversary Special Offer

macOS New App Release – AppCrypt 4.1.0

Product AnnouncementsCisdem of Madelia, Minnesota has released AppCrypt 4.1.0, the update to their app and block distracting websites on your Mac.

“Since the release, AppCrypt has won great recognition from our users. But over the past months, we got similar feedback from our users that the presence of capability to support those apps launched in the menu bar. So, this is how the new version 4.1.0 come out. Also, we enhanced the performance and it is guaranteed that users will get an even better experience by using our program.” said Edward Riley, Cisdem’s project manager.

From 2017 until now, Cisdem AppCrypt is under active development, aiming to provide an easy yet effective way to protect privacy and stay focus for our users. It adds advanced security to your apps, so no one can peek into your privacy or even manipulate inappropriately. Also, it blocks websites and apps when you need to focus on your current job so you can be more productive to achieve more in limited hours.

What’s New in Version 4.1.0
* Added support for more Apps

Some Apps are lightweight, they are not standalone and can only be manipulated through the menu bar, which is not easy for users to control the Apps. Luckily, Cisdem finally comes with the feature to fully control such an application, for easy locking or blocking anytime.

That’s to say, even though you cannot locate the App in your Mac Application or Launchpad, Cisdem still helps you to access to the App easily and manipulate as needed.

Main Features of Cisdem AppCrypt
1. Lock Apps
Virtually all applications can be locked by Cisdem, no matter they are mainstream programs or utilities for a specific niche. All you need to do is adding the program to the lock list, and then Cisdem will take over.

2. Block Websites
To protect ourselves and our kids from malicious websites or unwanted information, Cisdem allows users to block Website. You can block by adding blacklist or allow good ones by inputting a whitelist.

3. Customize Lock/Block Time Schedule
Sometimes, the blocking is set up to make us focus during working time, and we still need to access such an App or Web later. In this case, you can customize a time schedule to put the locking or blocking into effect only in the preferred time.

4. Record Fail Attempts to Your Apps
To highly secure your privacy, Cisdem carries out close supervision on any suspicious manners onto your Applications. If there are any fail attempts to control your Apps, Cisdem will take captures with your Mac camera, so you will realize what has happened and cope with immediately.

Price and Availability
As always, Cisdem AppCrypt is available with a price of $29.99 for a lifetime and free upgrade to the latest version. For users who purchase multiple licenses, a discount is offered.

You can download the free trial, it is 100% safe and free to try with limited features. For more details about Cisdem AppCrypt, please visit the official product page.

Armed Forces Day – 18 May 2019

Today is Armed Forces Day. Please help recognize those who serve. GP Cox does a good job of telling about Armed Forces Day in his post that I am reblogging.

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18 MAY, 2019, BEING ANOTHER PART OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, IS CALLED ARMED FORCES DAY.

THE FIRST ARMED FORCES DAY WAS CELEBRATED 29 MAY 1950 (one month before the start of the Korean War).  ARMED FORCES WEEK BEGINS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF MAY AND ENDS THRU THE 3RD SATURDAY.  Due to their unique schedules, the NATIONAL GUARD & THE RESERVE units may celebrate this at any time during the month.

18 May 2019

PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER, 1953 –  “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man.  For it is he or she – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

If you do NOT normally fly your flag everyday, make this day one that you do!  Even a small one sitting in your window shows your heartfelt feelings toward our troops.

If you are not from the U.S…

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