I went over to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to get my first Pfizer vaccine shot. That took only a half hour to get done. I went over to Valley Fair Mall to have lunch at Shake Shack. I showed the host my brand-new vaccination card and got a free order of French fries. Twenty-four hours later, I got a text from the California Vax For The Win about my incentive card I’ll get soon. After I get my second Pfizer vaccine shot, I’ll get a $50 USD gift card from the state. I could also win $50,000 USD or $1.5 million USD in the state drawings. When I made my vaccine appointment last week, I had no idea that doing my civic duty to society could be so rewarding.Read more “Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 And Win California CASH Prizes!”
Apple will announce the new iPhone 12 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Here’s what to keep in mind if you do buy the newest iPhone from Apple.The new iPhones were made in China after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Apple uses airfreight to deliver iPhones direct from the factory to U.S. Apple Stores in three to five days. Three to five days is how long the coronavirus can survive on various surfaces.
Will the iPhone 12 have coronavirus in the box?Read more “Will The Apple iPhone 12 Have Coronavirus In The Box?”
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the State of California updated its coronavirus guidelines to reopen indoor retail stores at 25% capacity. I did a walk-around at Pacific Retail Eastridge Mall in Silicon Valley on Sunday, 9/20/2020. Most stores were opened. None were really busy. This is the third video in this playlist.
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the State of California updated its coronavirus guidelines to reopen indoor retail stores at 25% capacity. I did a walk-around at Westfield Oakridge Mall in Silicon Valley on Sunday, 9/13/2020. Most stores were either closed or empty. Apple and Target were the only busy stores. This is the second video in this playlist.
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the State of California updated its coronavirus guidelines to reopen indoor retail stores at 25% capacity. I did a walk-around at Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Silicon Valley on Friday, 9/4/2020. The mall wasn’t restricting the number of people coming inside. Each store was responsible for restricting the number of people coming into their place of business. Popular stores like the Apple Store had long lines to get in. Most stores closed. Some stores like the Microsoft Store were permanently closed. Due to restrictions imposed by Santa Clara County, indoor theaters and restaurants are still closed. This is the first video in this playlist.
Updated 9/7/2020: Check out the list of reopened stores here.
YouTube recently announced that their content moderators were being sent home from the office and automated AI systems will handle the removal of inappropriate videos. As most content creators know too well, the AI doesn’t always correctly remove inappropriate videos. The moderators are the ones who correct the mistakes that the AI often makes from a lack of context. With the moderators gone, removed videos will remain offline until someone gets around to reviewing them.
The outcry from content creators was, “Why can’t the moderators work from home?”
Although YouTube released a video explaining this policy change, it didn’t fully address the work from home question. Having worked at Google before and after the Great Recession ten years ago, I can tell you why the moderators can’t work from home. It’s not a technical issue, it’s the business model.Read more “Why YouTube’s Content Moderators Can’t Work From Home”
Last week it took me five days to buy my regular groceries while everyone else was panic buying at the stores. More items in stock but limit signs were everywhere today. I’ve took pictures to document the craziness for this montage video. Please consider donating CASH to your local food bank to help those struggling to put food on the table for their families. CASH donations will allow the food bank to buy food in bulk quantities at wholesale prices. If you don’t have a local food bank, donate to Feeding America (nationwide) or Second Harvest Food Bank (Silicon Valley).
Last month I posted a video about medical masks being hoarded by healthy people were a bigger health threat than the coronavirus in the United States. A shortage of medical masks at hospitals could cause an outbreak among medical professionals and the general public. A few people told me that the medical mask shortage was just an Internet conspiracy theory.
Earlier this week a doctor and two ER staff members who identified a patient with the coronavirus at a Silicon Valley hospital are now under quarantine. A shortage of N95 masks left them exposed to the coronavirus while examining the patient. Yesterday the United States Surgeon General tweeted that healthy people must stop buying medical masks to avoid putting medical personnel at risk from a mask shortage. Medical mask hoarders are putting everyone at risk for an outbreak.Read more “Dear Healthy People — STOP BUYING Medical Masks”
NOTE: The video that this blog post is based on has the word “coronavirus” bleeped out and replaced with the emoticons for “beer flu” since the YouTube algorithm is demonetizing and suppressing videos with that particular word.
Last week Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech announced on Twitter that he got a package from China. As far as he was concern, “it was Coronavirus in a box.” He apologized to the unnamed Chinese company for disposing of the unopened package. An irrational overreaction on his part to the coronavirus epidemic in China? If the package came over on a slow boat from China, he clearly overreacted. If the package came over on a fast airplane from China, he may not be overreacting. Speaking of fast airplanes from China, Apple plans to ship millions of new iPhone 12s all over the world later this year.
Will “coronavirus in a box” be coming to an Apple Store near you?Read more “Will Apple iPhone 12 Expose You To The Coronavirus?”
With the coronavirus outbreak spreading in China and the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency, the biggest threat to the United States. isn’t the eight confirmed cases so far. It’s all the Americans who are hoarding medical and N95 masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Hoarding creates shortages and jacks up prices. If hospitals run out of masks and can’t get any more, an outbreak among medical professionals and the general public becomes a serious possibility.
The coronavirus, however, isn’t the biggest health threat to worry about. The regular flu virus had so far infected 19 million people and killed 10,000 people, including 68 children. That’s far more than the 15,000 people infected and the 300 people killed by the coronavirus in China.
You did get your flu shot back in October or September?Read more “Medical Mask Hoarding Is A Bigger Coronavirus Threat”