Some Common Grammar Errors #2

Finished reading the grammar book.

A predicate adjective is in the part of the sentence after the verb (predicate):
I feel badly.I feel bad.
DUE must be a predicate adjective.
We were late due to the tire failure.We were late because of the tire failure.
OR Our lateness was due to the tire failure.
PRIOR TO – Prior must also be a predicate adjective.
The letter came prior to the box.The letter came before the box.
OR The arrival of the letter was prior to the box.
Sensory verbs (“look,” “taste,” “smell,” “feel,” “appear”) oftentimes can be either an adjective or an adverb.

She looked differently when she returned.She looked different when she returned.
LINKING VERBS do not refer to something the subject does or experiences, but link the subject to other words, e.g. “to be,” “seem,” “became,” “turned,” “grew,” “proved.”
She became strong and quiet.
Harry proved steady and consistent.
This is the reason why I am reading.This is the reason that I am reading.
What did you paint the house red for?Why did you paint the house red?
Where is the dog at?Where is the dog?
I was angry at my sister.I was angry with my sister.
He is not as tall as his dad.He is not so tall as his dad.
OR He is as tall as his dad.

Gadgets 05/20/2021: Fingerprint sensor lock, portable car powerpack, ENABOT, WattAnt power station

My new tech days are comprised of today’s deals and then upcoming tech that I think kewl.

These seem good, but I wonder how accurate they are. Sometimes the fingerprint functionality is a little sketchy.

This is sweet. I used to have a car powerpack that eventually died:

ENABOT created the EBO, a smart companion that allows you to communicate remotely with it to interact, communicate and connect with your entire family, including your pets.

WattAnt is a quiet power station with interchangeable batteries.

Some Common Grammar Errors #1

Been reading a book on grammar.

1. Predicate Nominative is a noun or pronoun which is 1) located in the predicate (the sentence from the verb onward), 2) usually follows the verb “to be,” and 3) always renames the subject. Other names for the predicate nominative are subjective complement and predicate noun. When a pronoun is serving as a predicate nominative it must be in the nominative case.

Ex: It is I. That was Jane. This is him. That must have been he.

2. Object of a Preposition must be in the objective case. Pronouns serving as objects of the preposition must be objective case.

Ex: Incorrect – Between you and I this should be an easy game.
Correct – Between you and me this should be an easy game.

3. Subject of an infinitive is always in the objective case. Pronouns used as subjects of an infinitive must be in the objective case.

Ex: Incorrect – It was I who he wanted to come.
Correct – It was I whom he wanted to come.

4. A noun/pronoun used in apposition takes the case of the noun/pronoun with which it is in apposition.

Ex: Incorrect – The winners, Jack and her, treated the losers, they and we.
Correct – The winners, Jack and she, treated the losers, them and us.

5. If a gerund is modified by a noun or pronoun, the noun or pronoun needs to be in the possessive case if it stands for a person.

Ex: Incorrect – Mother objected to Jack talking.
Correct – Mother objected to Jack’s talking.

6. Maintain consistent use of tense.

Ex: Incorrect – Last year when I am up in town, she tells the boss a lie.
Correct – Last year when I was up in town, she told the boss a lie.

7. Don’t confuse the present perfect with the imperfect (past).

Ex: Incorrect – Did Jackie bring the car back yet?
Correct – Has Jackie brought the car back yet?

8. Errors in use of subjunctive mood. Correct usage is 1) with the expression of a wish or 2) to express a condition contrary to fact.

Ex: Incorrect – I wish I was as tall as my brother.
Correct – I wish I were as tall as my brother.

Incorrect – If Jackie was here now, she would show you how to cook.
Correct – If Jackie were here now, she would show you how to cook.

9. False conditional – If the conditional mood is to be used correctly, a condition contrary to fact must be involved. If no such condition is really present, the you have a false conditional.

Ex: Incorrect – Every day when I arrived, she would be in her chair.
Correct – Every day when I arrived, she was in her chair.

Gadgets 05/13/21: Solo emotional radio, Wireless charging with seek, new Amazon Echo Buds, Bar Mat, Bike lights!

My new tech days are comprised of today’s deals and then upcoming tech that I think kewl.

Uniform’s Solo takes a pic of you, sends that pic to a API that analyses your face’s emotion–which in turn sends that emotional rating back to Spotify’s emotional valence reading for choosing music: “Solo highlights an AI capability called atypical feature recognition.”
Solo is the smart + emotional AI radio « Kurzweil (

I make a mess with my coffee area and this is a great mat, just like bartenders use:
Highball & Chaser Premium Bar Mat 18in x 12in. 1cm

Moving wireless charging from a distance with auto-seek!
GuRu Technology Sampler on Vimeo

I bought these for the Strand and Fiesta Island bike trails. Very cool USB charging and easily detachable.
Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set

Amazon’s redesigned the second-gen Echo Buds: 20 percent smaller, two grams lighter: “Four sets of tips and two sizes of wings give you several options to find the best fit. Plus, Amazon put an ear tip fit test inside the Alexa app so you don’t have to wonder if you’ve made the right choice.”
Amazon Echo Buds (2nd gen) review


Model Threats, Apply Controls, Assess, Repeat.

You cannot have 100% security or zero risk. So protecting your digital assets and privacy are never perfect either. Business goes on and you have to accept some level of risk on the internet (and in real life). You need a level of security that fits your needs, security controls that will vary according to your acceptance of risk.

  1. Start with a list of assets you want to protect, e.g. a laptop.
  2. Determine what are the threats to those assets, e.g. theft or compromise.
  3. Determine the consequences of a successful attack/loss/compromise of assets (including privacy or anonymity), e.g. damage to reputation or identity.
  4. Select and apply security controls, starting with greatest risk, e.g. a hardware lock for the laptop, encryption of data at rest on the laptop, or using a VPN connection to protect your online activity on the laptop.
  5. Do the controls work? And how well? e.g. verify encryption is working, update VPN settings, apply patches. If there are weaknesses in the controls, go back to (1).

Take These Steps With Free Packages

The Amazon (or other retailer) brushing scam is going around a lot today(mainly since July 2020). Beware if you receive free Amazon packages. Your customer info (name, shipping address, phone, etc.) could be exposed and scammers can create bogus reviews for themselves. Worse, the scammer seller could send illegal materials and you could be charged. There could also be financial implications for you.

  1. Change your passwords, especially for banking or credit cards.
  2. Check your credit card and bank account statements
  3. Report the scam to Amazon or to the other retailer

Decide the Security Levels You Need

Do you want anonymity, privacy, pseudonymity, or some combination—and for what digital resources?

How important are your emails? How much privacy should your identification have? Are you off the grid? (Or think you are?) Whether you realize it, your digital assets all have security settings to them and possibly to different levels.

The security triad is Confidentiality – Integrity – Availability. Concerning the confidentiality of a resource (such as a file or directory), you will determine what level of access to your content you’re OK with, what level each person or group you know should be assigned, and which content to keep secret as a whole.

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