How #IoT extends the product life cycle for manufacturers. #InternetOfThings

Once products ship, the manufacturer is unlikely to see the product again, except for a few returns. They have only a general idea of how the product is used, based on market surveys, or on product returns.

IoT technology enables manufacturers to monitor products after they are in use at a customer site as the product can conduct self checks and monitor product wear and tear – and send that information back to the manufacturer to identify weaknesses in the product.

Other manufacturers see benefits to monitoring their product usage too:

As prices of communication equipment and sensors continue to drop, smart manufacturers will be able to gather information from a wide range of devices. With connectivity enabled via IoT, these devices will be able to send valuable information back to the seller or manufacturer. For example, a refrigerator could send a signal to the manufacturer indicating a detected malfunction. With this data, the manufacturer would be able to put in measures to prevent the problem in other products in the line. In another example, an air conditioner might be able to detect when it needs maintenance and send a message to the manufacturer, which can then initiate remote maintenance service. As a result, the customer will be happier and the manufacturer can save on the cost of doing business.

Source: How the Internet of Things Makes Manufacturers Smart and Connected | Automation World

On the flip side, some products like Windows 10, collect a very large volume of data and “share” that with Microsoft. Such data can include, for example, the list of applications you have installed on your computer.

Is spying the primary goal of the Internet of Things? #IoT #InternetOfThings

Our phones track our location, what stores and restaurants we visit, ISPs may track our web wanderings, CCTV and license plate scanners monitor us in public, our expenses are tracked via credit card databases, Android phones log recordings of our voice in the Google cloud – and IoT enables the tracking of what we watch on TV, how often we open the refrigerator door … the primary business model of the Internet is 24 x 7 surveillance.

What do you think of this?

Source: The Whole POINT of the Internet of Things Is So “Big Brother” Can Spy On You | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Workplace surveillance common, invasive and intense

Employers are monitoring employees activities across a broad spectrum of functions – including your health, your physical activity, even attempting to measure your mood.  At least one company required employees to have an app on their smart phone – which was then used to track the employee’s whereabouts and activities 24 x 7, including when they were not on the job.

In the case of health tracking, comply or the company effectively makes your health insurance benefits cost more.

Stop and think and make a note of all the places your are monitored.  Start making a list – you may be quite surprised at how much your activities are monitored.

Source: Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’ – Vocativ

How to move a self hosted #WordPress blog to WordPress.com

I migrated my coldstreams.com blog to coldstreams.wordpress.com and the old web site automatically redirects to the new URL.

In theory, this process is simple – but getting it done right was complicated.

The hard part was getting the redirection to work for all cases. If you just want to redirect coldstreams.com to coldstreams.wordpress.com – that is easy!

But that redirects all references to coldstreams.com to the new URL.

  • What do you do if you still want to access other directories on your old web site like coldstreams.com/thesis or coldstreams.com/public?
  • If you have links on other pages that point to the old self hosted blog like coldstreams.com/?p=11074 you want those to still point to coldstreams.com and not the new URL. How do you do that?

The solution was to edit the .htaccess file on the Apache web server and implement a set of RewriteRules to translate some URLs but not others. Sounds simple but I am not a RewriteRules guru (never even looked at them before!) There is a lot of bad documentation available online plus forum Q&A that is wrong or insufficient. Getting the RewriteRules to work for me took hours of plowing through bad documentation plus trial and error.

Here I explain what I did. I  hope it is helpful for your WordPress migrations!

Step 1 – Migrate your content

After you set up your account at WordPress.com, migrate your content from your self hosted WordPress blog. Log in to your Dashboard (wp-admin) control panel and find Tools | Export and under Choose what to export, select All content and then Download Export File (to your computer).

Step 2 – Import content to new WordPress.com blog

Log in to your WordPress.com account, click on My Sites if needed, to see the options listed down the left side. Select Settings and then on the tab at the top, select Import. Click Start Import on the WordPress import item to import your content from a WordPress export file. You’ll specify the file you downloaded from your own web site.

ImportProcess

WordPress.com suggests it may take 15 minutes to import your site. In my case, it took about 3 1/2 hours! During the import process, WordPress.com fetches all of your referenced media files (like images) and copies those to WordPress.com.

Step 3 – Adjust any direct http references

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Google adds #Bluetooth & USB support to Android Things #IOT #InternetOfThings

Android Things is an embedded Android OS for, well, things, as in Internet of Things. Android Things supports connected devices in a wide range of applications.

Source: Google adds Bluetooth APIs and USB support to Android Things Developer Preview 3 | Android Central

The new Coldstreams Internet of Things Blog is now live

The old website coldstreams.com should auto redirect to this new web site at https://coldstreams.wordpress.com

If you subscribed by email to Coldstreams.com, you MUST re-subscribe here on the new web site by clicking on the Email Follow button in the right column!

If you read this blog via Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, you do not need to do anything differently.

If you read this blog via RSS news feed, the old news feed should automatically redirect to the new RSS news feed on this web host. While this should work fine, it would be a good idea to eventually change your RSS news source to the RSS Posts link, shown in the right column of this web page!

Please let us know via a comment if you encounter any problems.

Update – it worked for a while, then I discovered very late that it was not working in IE, and after more work, found that the working version had been cached in Firefox and Opera and was not really working there either. Now at 1:30 AM in the morning I hope this is not working correctly.