Why You Must Beware What You Ask Amazon Alexa

(www.forbes.com)

There’s a reason I don’t have one of these talking tubes in my house.

China is now blocking all encrypted HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI | ZDNet

(www.zdnet.com)

Surprised it took them this long, honestly.

Ralph Barbieri, KNBR's 'Razor,' dies at 74 after battle with Parkinson's

(www.sfchronicle.com)

I may not have listened to Ralph Barbieri a whole lot, but I still listen to a lot of the people he worked with. The dude was a Bay Area original and legend.

New Rule: The Quarantine 15 | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - YouTube

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I rarely agree with Bill Maher, but he’s right about this. The single biggest thing you can do to improve your chances if you catch COVID-19 is to improve your diet.

SpaceMobile deal could kill all of AT&T's dead zones | Light Reading

(www.lightreading.com)

The concept of using low-earth orbit satellites to provide backup for terrestrial wireless towers is interesting. Wonder if it will fly.

The Cold, Ugly Truth: “I Will Always Be a Food Addict”

(www.doctortro.com)

Sadly, I can so relate to this. Too much of a good thing is still…too much. It’s definitely better now that I’m not eating garbage.

Everyone wore masks during the 1918 flu pandemic. They were useless.

(www.seattletimes.com)

So why are we wearing masks again?

Windows DNS Server Remote Code Execution | Check Point Research - YouTube

(www.youtube.com)

Really hope nobody's running DNS on Windows Server 2003 or above or a DNS query could cause you to have a very sad time.

The Science of Breath with James Nestor - Episode 1621 - Vinnie Tortorich

(vinnietortorich.com)

We all do it, but do it wrong most of the time.

Big Changes Start With Your Why

It's important that if you're going to make any change in your life, you have a why. Today, upon completing my 47th lap around the sun, I'll tell you mine.

Today is the 10th anniversary of my father passing away, who coincidentally shared a birthday with me. It is also the 7th anniversary of my mother passing away. My dad only barely made it to 59, my mom made it to 58.

Around 6 years ago, I started having obvious health issues, though it took a business trip that required vaccines to get my ass to a doctor to find out I had Type 2 Diabetes, Edema, Hypertension, and Sleep Apnea. Not to mention 330 pounds (150kg) on my 5'7" (170cm) frame.

Over 3 years ago, I discovered The Obesity Code and Jason Fung. That got me back in touch with the one thing that actually worked to get weight off me: low carb. Then I discovered Keto (a term I'm not fond of for various reasons) and ultimately Vinnie Tortorich and No Sugar No Grains. I got more educated about a lot of things.

Both of my parents had metabolic disease and struggled with drugs and alcohol. Even though I didn't know it at the time, I can surmise my dad had Type 2 Diabetes. My mom died of an enlarged heart, most likely from drinking too much.

Today, I weigh what I did in high school. It's not quite my lowest weight as the ongoing quarantine has been…challenging lately. But all those conditions I had are gone. Trying to come off the blood pressure meds, which I still needed as a precaution due to the aneurysm they found last year when they did a calcium scan (zero score there).

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So why do I mention all this? It ties back to something that's always driven me from a young age: do better than my parents. I knew if I didn't make a change, I would end up just like them: dead too young of preventable conditions. Once I saw the way out, there was no stopping me.

And the daily run that I do? (Today: 6.79 miles, or just over 10km, if you're interested) It's part of the plan to keep my heart healthy. I'm adding in some bodyweight exercises as well as I'm basically a weakling otherwise. And yes, I still have a few more pounds to lose. I'm a work in progress, like we all are.

I want to live long enough and be healthy enough to be able to pick up great grandchildren. Obviously there are some variables I can't control here and none of us gets out of here alive, but living longer than my parents with better health is certainly a start.