LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

September 12, 2019

In the land of precision and clockwork, there was a slight mistake. 

The Swiss Air Force's aerobatics team, The Patrouille Suisse squadron, the equivalent of the US Navy's Blue Angels, accidentally performed its fly-by over a yodeling festival instead of the birthplace...

July 29, 2019

Earlier this year, Skype added a new feature -- background blur (see link). 
 

I've been trying to get the feature to work on my iMac without any luck.  I just figured out why.

The background blur feature requires your computer's CPU to support Advanced Vector Extensions...

July 25, 2019

Last month I blogged about how the BILT mobile application is a huge improvement over the traditional paper instruction manual. 
 

This month, I want to describe a genius improvement to assembling a product. I always hated opening a package and finding a parts bag fille...

July 8, 2019

I was in Tempe Arizona recently when I drove by this structure. It reminded me of a matchbox automobile parking garage. However, it is not a garage. It is a nine-story tall car vending machine for the Carvana dealership. Instead of sprawling out across a large parking...

June 27, 2019

We bought a new barbecue grill over the weekend.  It came with a 30 page instruction manual.  The paper manual also mentioned that the instruction were available on a mobile application called BILT.  I decided to test it out and it is awesome.  It shows each step,...

May 15, 2019

I wish I could take credit for this article, but Apple Insider beat me to it. 

If you are interested in limiting how much data Google collects about you, read this article to learn how to configure some of Google's settings so Google will stop recording, or auto-delete...

November 2, 2018

I was in Stuttgart, Germany visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and they had a copy of the first issued patent for a "gas-powered vehicle".  Carl Benz filed the application on January 29, 1886 and it was granted on November 2, 1886.

March 20, 2018

WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption in 2016.  This means that only you and the person you are communicating with can access your conversations (see link).

But, that doesn't mean that WhatsApp isn't keeping metadata about your calls.  Much like an earlier blog pos...

November 9, 2017

In the past, Google search results were "driven" by the top level country domain name (ccTLD), such as google.it for Italy or google.ch for Switzerland.  Under the guise of providing more location specific search results, Google made an important change on October 27,...

October 8, 2017

     Don't you hate it when someone says they won't do something, and then they do?  Well, I think Ryan Lin hates his Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider -- PureVPN.  According to an article, PureVPN linked Ryan's "stalking activity with Lin's ho...