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The Dirty Secret of ‘Secret Family Recipes’

When Danny Meyer was gearing up to open his barbecue restaurant, Blue Smoke, there was one recipe he knew he had to have on the menu: his grandmother’s secret potato salad recipe….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-dirty-secret-of-secret-family-recipes

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The Best Cleaning Product Only Costs About $1

Despite what the drugstore cleaning aisle would have you believe, you actually don’t need a different product for every room or mess. Organizing all your sprays and sponges can be its own clutter-filled headache….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-best-cleaning-product-only-costs-about-1

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Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/asynchronous/

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Building a NonMesh Home Mesh Network

Speaking of my WFH game…let’s chat about wifi. Specifically, the easiest way to blanket your home in wifi. So you can get some of these new MESH NETWORKING systems that cost a few hundred bucks…or you can build your own using some older tech. Specifically, the old Apple Airport tech.

Here at Casa PDX, we have two Apple Airport Extremes (AAE). One in the office and one in the TV/Living/Dining area. Originally we had one AirPort Extreme in the office and used that throughout the house. It worked fine, but the front of the house was getting slow speeds on the 2.4ghz network while the office was blazing away at 5ghz. That’s fine for iPad surfing, but once March hit, we needed some better speeds in the front of the house (Zoom at the kitchen table anyone).

So I bought a cheap Netgear (NG) wireless access point to try and help. Wired the NG to the AAE via a very cool tool, a NETGEAR Powerline Adapter (more on this later). The two routers did not play well with each other.

After some additional research, I purchased a second used/refurb Apple AirPort Extreme. I removed the NG box and did a full reset on the home network. Setup AAE 1 and then plugged in AAE 2. HOLY POOH. Damn Apple, your hardware/software game is awesome. This thing basically connected itself and just joined the network. It acts like a mesh network. Same Network Name, same security, switches between hardware with no issues…it’s amazing.

Only downside (for me) is getting your hands on the hardware. Apple stopped making the AirPort Extreme a few years ago and now you have to find them third-party (eBay, CraigsList, NewEgg, etc.) and they are still not super cheap. But if you only need two to blanket your house, you should consider this solution.

Back to the NETGEAR Powerline Adapter (NPA)…this is another amazing product. If you have a home with good copper wiring, and you want to network your home without running CAT-5, take a look at this. The main AAE is in the office, but so is one NPA and the other NPA is in the TV room with the other AAE. The TV, AppleTV, Xbox, and blue-ray player are essentially all hard-wired to the main network via copper power lines and the NAP. They are getting full speeds. It is awesome. In addition, we are not over taxing the wifi. Finally, you can add NPA boxes to the rest of the house as needed without running any new wires.

You can find NETGEAR Powerline Adapters on Amazon and used Apple AirPort Extreme info on Apple’s support site.

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The Five Levels of Remote Work — and why you’re probably at Level 2

COVID-19 has forced companies the world over to enact — or create — remote working protocols. The likes of Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of “work from home”….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://medium.com/swlh/the-five-levels-of-remote-work-and-why-youre-probably-at-level-2-ccaf05a25b9c

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Bad WiFi is slowing you down. Fix yours without spending a dime.

Can everybody hear me? Your Zoom is hiccuping. The WiFi is being weird. You’re breaking up, America. Bad Internet connections are our No. 1 tech problem — as frustrating as robocalls, but tied directly to our ability to do our jobs, learn and be entertained from home in the coronavirus era….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/29/best-wifi-fix/

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What happens to lavish office perks in a post-pandemic world?

How we shape, experience, and define the workplace….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://qz.com/work/1859458/how-tech-office-perks-could-look-in-a-post-covid-world/

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Dirty money piling up in L.A. as coronavirus cripples international money laundering

By Staff Writer Dirty money is piling up in Los Angeles. In the last three weeks, federal agents made three seizures that each netted more than $1 million in suspected drug proceeds….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-29/coronavirus-slows-money-laundering-to-a-crawl

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Thieves Stole a Vincent Van Gogh Painting Worth Millions Last Week. This Is What Happens Next.

On March 12 the Singer Laren art museum located 18 miles south east of Amsterdam closed its doors due to the Coronavirus….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a32098106/vincent-van-gogh-stolen-painting-art-heist-robbers/

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The Definitive Guide To Costco’s Kirkland Signature Wines

One thing about shopping at Costco, which is on one hand the greatest thing ever, but simultaneously one of the most frustrating, is the idea of the “Costco find.” The term can apply to a couple different types of “finds” too….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://costcowineblog.com/the-definitive-guide-to-costcos-kirkland-signature-wines/

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Will coronavirus bring back the cubicle?

Whether you work in a cubicle, café, or corner office. About 70% of US offices are open-plan workspaces, designed to encourage colleagues to bump into each other and share ideas—and, unwittingly, droplets of spit, mucus, and phlegm that can carry pestilential pathogens….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://qz.com/work/1844619/will-coronavirus-bring-back-the-cubicle/

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The tech sector is finally delivering on its promise

Internet and mobile phone technology have transformed daily life over the past ten years. Nobody needs to stop and ask for directions anymore, worry about night and weekend minutes, or wait for the nightly newscast to catch up on sports scores….

Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.vox.com/2020/4/7/21209605/solow-paradox-coronavirus-technology