I'm going to be speaking on Monday, February 20th, at the meeting of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association, starting at 7:00 pm. My presentation will focus on the North American electric grid—where it came from, how it works today, and how it affects what we can and can't do in the future. I'll be talking about a lot of the big themes that I cover in my upcoming book, Before the Lights Go Out.
A large hospital chain that operates medical facilities around the U.S. was taken offline Monday, and in a statement blamed an unnamed technology "security issue." Security experts say it sounds like a "suspected ransomware attack." Universal Health Services operates over 250 hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the nation. They said late Monday their network… READ THE REST
There was a big outage for users of Microsoft 365, and other related services. Late on Monday Microsoft said a recent change it introduced probably caused the glitch that impacted user access to multiple Microsoft 365 services, including Outlook.com and Microsoft Teams. Reports Reuters: The developer of Windows and Office software said it did not… READ THE REST
TikTok's fate in the U.S. Apple and Google app stores will be decided by Sunday, we are told. A U.S. judge is expected to decide by Sunday whether Trump's ban on TikTok will be upheld, after a last-minute filing by the Trump-controlled Department of Justice supporting the move. TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, previously said… READ THE REST
If you include video in social media posts for your business, you'll see a 66 percent boost in serious engagement. Your brand awareness will be up over 50 percent. And an overwhelming 93 percent of marketers confirm that video on a social media post has resulted in a new customer. While the numbers are compelling,… READ THE REST
Studying for vocabulary tests in grade school was always the worst. Just you, a list of words, a sheet of paper and a pencil…and endless, endless, endless repetition. It was always the equivalent of an educational death march. But the importance of an extensive vocabulary is undeniable. The disparity in vocabulary from 3-year-olds in rich… READ THE REST
In case you've been under a rock the past few years, CBD is one of the fastest-growing businesses in America. In fact, one in seven American adults use cannabis-derived products. With only three states still prohibiting the use of CBD-infused oils, tinctures, creams, and consumable foods and drinks, millions are discovering CBD's therapeutic relief and… READ THE REST