Another Test Of 802.11ac On iPad Air 2

by Norm Gregory on November 24, 2014

in iPad

I just ran a bandwidth speed test again on my iPad Air 2.

It’s amazing . . . a significant increase in download speed than what I got a couple weeks ago.



The Secret Life of Passwords

by Norm Gregory on November 23, 2014

in Internet

Wow . . . you gotta read this piece from The New York Times Magazine.

NY Times

The Secret Life of Passwords
Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long after the planes struck the twin towers, killing 658 of his co-workers and friends, including his brother, one of the first things on Lutnick’s mind was passwords. This may seem callous, but it was not.

Like virtually everyone else caught up in the events that day, Lutnick, who had taken the morning off to escort his son, Kyle, to his first day of kindergarten, was in shock. But he was also the one person most responsible for ensuring the viability of his company. The biggest threat to that survival became apparent almost immediately: No one knew the passwords for hundreds of accounts and files that were needed to get back online in time for the reopening of the bond markets. Cantor Fitzgerald did have extensive contingency plans in place, including a requirement that all employees tell their work passwords to four nearby colleagues. But now a large majority of the firm’s 960 New York employees were dead. “We were thinking of a major fire,” Lutnick said. “No one in those days had ever thought of an entire four-to-six-block radius being destroyed.” The attacks also knocked out one of the company’s main backup servers, which were housed, at what until that day seemed like a safe distance away, under 2 World Trade Center. ● More:


Mike Nichols

by Norm Gregory on November 21, 2014

in Hot Topics, Movies

Mike Nichols escaped from Nazi Germany, founded Second City, won a Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar and discovered Dustin Hoffman. Before he was 40.

And produced my all time favorite movie: The Remains of the Day

Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies at 83
Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 83.

His death was announced by James Goldston, the president of ABC News. Mr. Nichols was married to the ABC broadcaster Diane Sawyer. A network spokeswoman said the cause was cardiac arrest, giving no other details. ● More:

Mike Nichols, Crafter Of Films, Plays, Dies At 83
A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.

Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers — from Dustin Hoffman to Melanie Griffith — into stars. To acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner and Arthur Miller. ● More: The Washington Post

Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83
Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, ABC News announced in a statement.

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement. ● More: The Two-Way : NPR

Julia Roberts Remembers Mike Nichols: He Was ‘Like No Other’ – Charlie Wilson’s War, Closer, Julia Roberts, Mike Nichols
Julia Roberts has joined the film community in remembering Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at the age of 83.

“There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing,” the actress, 47, tells PEOPLE in a statement. ● More:

Whoopi Goldberg Breaks Down When Talking About Mike Nichols
Whoopi Goldberg broke down on “The View” Thursday in the wake of Mike Nichols’ death.

The daytime talk show host and actress attempted to deliver the news about her dear friend and mentor’s passing, but was overcome by grief. ● More: NY Daily News

Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino: 20 Best Performances In Mike Nichols Films
I hated waking up to the Mike Nichols news this morning. That’s losing one of the titans right there. That’s a loss that you don’t fully register until the lack of that artistic voice is later felt in a deep way. But as I always say, we have the work. We have the movies. So the voice, in its way, does endure. And what Nichols’ gift to cinema really was, in so many ways, was how fruitful his collaborations with his actors were and the truths that seemed to only be discovered under his watch. ● More:

Stars React To Death Of Mike Nichols
The death of legendary Hollywood and Broadway director Mike Nichols provoked an outpouring of grief across the nation and world. Here are some comments from prominent celebrities: ● More: NY Daily News