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Blocking Blue Light

Blocking Blue Light With Glasses

If you use a computer or device for very long you are likely being exposed to blue light. This blue light has some effects on your mood and well being. Prolonged exposure to blue light can effect your sleep and make you cranky. So how do you block blue light from reaching your eyes?

Blue light can effect the amount of melatonin and effect your sleep if you use screens after dark, or for long periods during the day time. This can hurt your eyes too.

The solution is to wear glasses that block blue light from reaching your eyes. While there are a lot of these glasses on the market these days, I have a favorite. The glasses made by Gunnar in my humble opinion are the very best you can get.

I’ve had the same pair for more than five years. They work wonders for me. To be honest, it would be difficult to imagine my life with out my Gunnar glasses. The amber lens have changed my view to something much better. When I wear them, I feel better.

Blue Light Everywhere

Often I wear them everywhere I go. Because I’m sensitive to blue light as it is, and having something that blocks this light helps me to be more functional.

This article from Harvard describes the effects of blue light and what you can do to minimize the effects on your body. Take my advice and get a pair of Gunnar glasses to block blue light today.

In conclusion, blocking blue light can help you feel better. You can get the best blue light blocking glasses from Gunnar.com. They have a wide variety of styles and colors, with some really cool designs. Get yours today! Therefore you will show how smart you are and look like it too!

Your eyes will thank you, and maybe you will feel better soon.

Photograph by: Christopher Thomas, Founder MyDigitalChaos.net

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Encrypted Email: s/mime vs PGP

Get Secure Encrypted Email

There are two options for encrypting email. Which one you choose depends entirely upon what your needs are. Although I can make some suggestions for what works well on Macintosh systems.

S/Mime

This uses a secure certificate and works well for use on a Macintosh. I’ve found good success with using it. If you need to get your secure email on all your devices this is the option to choose. It will work on IOS devices like your iPhone and still do its job.

The cost varies but you have to shell out some dough for it. I found going with SSL.COM was a good choice. The cost was about $45 dollars for two years. Be sure to back up your private keys and keep them secure.

Both people who want to send email have to have the same setup with using S/Mime, the sender has to have the recipiants public key in their keychain to send mail.

To give someone your public key, send a signed message from your registered email address. Then the recipient can return your email with an encrypted message from the get go.

Always keep your private key secure.

PGP

PGP is a good choice for sending secure email if both people have the same setup. The one drawback is if you want to check your secure email on an IOS device, there is no way to decrypt messages on the iPhone with this set up and you will have to access your computer with your private key to read messages.

To give someone your public key, send a signed message from OpenPGP to the recipient and they will add your public key to their keychain. This will allow them to send you secure email that only you can read. And when you reply to them they will be able to read your email to them. This is granted that both people are using PGP.

The cost for OpenPGP is about $25 dollars and will work with the latest versions of MacOS Catalina. You can get it from: https://gpgtools.org

You can also send the PGP public key fingerprint and they can look up your address on the public key server.

Conclusion

Both options are pretty good, PGP takes some setup that is a little more involved and may be for advanced users. Be sure to install the Tools in the Apple Mail client so that you get the features of OpenPGP in your Mail client.

S/Mime is a good choice but requires valid certificates, and you have to renew them every year. If your certificate expires, you won’t be able to read previously sent messages, because they will be encrypted.

PGP works well on the Mac with Apple Mail, but requires a little more work on your part. It’s not difficult to do, you just have to read the screen a little more.

Photo Credit: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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Ratio Mix

Max had been awake a whole hour before Alex ever got up. He would have had a cup of coffee but it isn’t his style to drink coffee. Since he had been awake he had devoured two terabytes of data from the morning reports. Max is a very special individual. His main job is to go everywhere that Alex goes and make sure Alex has the right information to say at every appointment and meeting all day long. They have a wireless transmitter that max will use to upload the data Alex needs right on the spot and it forms words or pictures in Alex’s mind so he can understand it.

Max wasn’t unhappy about his job, he liked Alex a lot. He didn’t always like the orders Alex’s boss would give. Yet he figured there was nothing he could do about that. His neural synapses would filter the data and there was always an agenda for the day of what is needed to make or break the deals that are happening.

Deal Days

A new deal took place almost every fifty two minutes. Alex awoke and walked into the kitchen where Max is sitting patiently. Max didn’t bother to take the time to send a good morning message into Alex’s mind.  Rather he waited for Alex to send him the daily status message of either, “ah shit” or better yet “oh yeah”

Alex must have been tired this morning, Max who was timing his responses, timed him at four point two seconds to send “oh yeah”; Max who cross referenced all good morning responses and calculated the average found that Alex was toying with him once again and everything was most likely ok.

Some mornings are worse than others and in the event of an “ah shit” some meetings are rescheduled for another day depending upon what the problems are. Today looks good. Alex and max woof down their food. Then they leave the penthouse on the thirteenth floor to go do a days work. Hopefully as honestly as possible. Alex and his team mate Max aren’t the only game in town. Yet the odds of someone with the capacity that Alex and Max have is very low.

Upload Data

The idea behind the team work that they performed was simple. Max knew everything that was needed to be known. Alex was the guy who made the pitch based off max’s data. This free’s up Alex to perform better when under pressure. Though Max doesn’t tell him what to say or what order to say it in. Rather Max just uploads the right information at the right time.

Max is a dog.