Lottery Post Journal

Interesting look at how good Google Maps have become

 https://www.justinobeirne.com/google-maps-moat

Best SB ever

I'd say that ranked as the best Super Bowl game ever.  Amazing!  Congrats to the Patriots, especially Tom Brady.  I think he settled who is the best QB of all time.

Browser makers say decry the use of antivirus -- except Microsoft Defender

Anyone who has visited my blog in the past probably knows that I have been advocating for years that Windows users should completely remove all anti-virus software — except for Microsoft's built-in Defender software (which used to be called Microsoft Security Essentials).

Now it seems that major technology companies — the companies that build the web browser that you are using right now to look at this post — are saying the same thing.  Using McAfee, Semantec, Kasperski, etc., actually erodes the security of your web browser, rather than making it more secure.  The article I have linked below describes why this is.  Basically it boils down to the fact that the browser makers build in all kinds of advanced threat prevention and then when you install anti-virus software it basically disables all that built-in security and replaces it with their own rather insecure and outdated program code.

If you're using Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, all the protection you need is built into the operating system, and installing additional security software is not only pointless, but makes your computer less secure, in the opinion of the biggest technology companies.  Windows 7 and Windows Vista did not come with the software built-in, but it can be installed for free.  Whether it is built-in or installed by you, any additional anti-virus software can be safely uninstalled using the Programs and Features applet in the Windows Control Panel.

Here's a link to the article in question:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/antivirus-is-bad/

"Second Cousins," "Once Removed", and More Explained in Chart Form

Really interesting article clearly defines these confusing terms in chart form.

http://lifehacker.com/second-cousins-once-removed-and-more-explained-in-1661572056

Subscribing to Apple Music will delete your files

It looks like this rarely-reported fact is finally getting some mainstream attention.  Check out the article (link below) by a composer who writes that when he subscribed to Apple Music, the service systematically deleted the 122GB of music on his computer — including music he composed himself and rare recordings of various songs.

Apple seems to get a pass on these things in the media, which for some reason is infatuated with the company.  Any other company would be excoriated for doing stuff like this.

I never have, and never will, subscribe to Apple services for reasons like this.  I do not even enable iCloud, other than for backing up my phone.

Microsoft's OneDrive music service and Groove music pass are much better, IMHO.  If you have your own music library, you just copy the music into your OneDrive Music folder (which retains the original files on your PC) and then the service lets you stream that music on any device, including iPhone and Android phones.  That's a free feature of OneDrive + the Groove app, which is pretty incredible.  If you optionally purchase the Groove music pass service you can also stream any music (not just music you own) to any device.

https://blog.vellumatlanta.com/2016/05/04/apple-stole-my-music-no-seriously/

Whirlpool is the last American appliance manufacturer

http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/china-is-acquiring-u-s-a-one-company-at-a-time/

If Donald Trump is not elected, I wonder how long it will be before Whirlpool moves to China or Mexico.

Still running Windows 8? Time to upgrade, or else

I see from the Lottery Post web stats that many people are still running Windows 8 on their computers.  If you're one of these people, you really need to do the free upgrade to Windows 10.

Here is the link to an article that came out today describing WHY it is so important to upgrade:  http://www.zdnet.com/article/still-running-windows-8-time-to-upgrade-or-else/

You should leave yourself about an hour to do the free upgrade.  When you're ready, go to the following link and get started:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10