June 2022 - The Digital Life from Lökwest - Remove yourself from Google, get cheap Internet, and read about tiny robots inside!
Thanks for stopping by for another edition of The Digital Life, where we cover all the interesting technology news you need to know. We sift through the clickbait and give you the curated good stuff!
As the summer months are slower in terms of technology news, this issue is geared towards tips and fun. We are, however, keeping an eye on the annual Apple Developer's conference this week for new developments out of Cupertino!
In this issue, we've included some great tips: how to remove yourself from Google (I tried this, and it works!), discounted Internet for low-income Americans (one of my clients already took advantage), and a new approach to the mouse.
Also, we've included an interesting article on a very small robot and a site to look up the most searched person in town. And don't miss tech history - you may find yourself missing simpler times with the snake game.
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This month's tips
How to Remove Your Personal Info From Google's Search Results — www.wired.com
Maybe you don't want your phone number, email, home address, and other details out there for all the web to see. Here's how to make them vanish. I tried an example with a data aggregation site listing my personal info and it worked. Note that this does not opt you out of data aggregators - that's a larger task:
The Biden administration is cutting Internet costs for low-income Americans — www.npr.org
Twenty internet providers, including national companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have committed to the program. It's now fairly easy to qualify and pay little to nothing for basic Internet if you are one one of several government assistance programs. One of my clients has already taken advantage of this, and is now a happy streaming TV fan! 📺😊
Logitech Lift hands-on: A vertical mouse for the rest of us — www.engadget.com
The vertical mouse is on the rise, spurred on by repetitive motion injuries and advances in ergonomics. I haven't switched over yet, but am seriously considering it. For many with smaller hands though, these devices haven't worked well. Now, Logitech has introduced a vertical mouse model for those with smaller hands to tackle that challenge.
Your dose of wonder and amusement
This 'Crab' Is The Smallest Remote-Controlled Walking Robot Ever Built — www.sciencealert.com
Is your tiny robot really all that small if it's bigger than the width of a coin? A team of scientists has built what is now the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot, coming in at a mere half a millimeter (less than a fiftieth of an inch). It's pretty amazing technology and a bit promeniscient of Michael Creighton's Prey. 😮😮
A People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place. — pudding.cool
Check out this site, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident. It's a good little diversion for your day. HINT: My hometown's most famous resident is Dallas Goedert! 🙂
In tech history - you know you've played it!
The history of Snake: How the Nokia game defined a new era for the mobile industry — www.itsnicethat.com
After launching in 1997 on the Nokia 6110, Snake quickly became a phenomenon. The game’s developer Taneli Armanto discusses its origin and digital legacy. Read this interesting long-form article to learn what it's like to design something entertaining on a rather rudimentary device (in 2022 terms).
In Closing...it's summer - click the trees to see!
And you've been officially Rick-rolled. 🌞😎😂😂😂 Happy June!