Great new feature -makes for easier reading
Now that most of us on PC’s have received the Windows 10 upgrade, I think it is time to start exploring some of its many new features. One that I have found so very useful is the Reading Tool, found in the upper right hand corner of the screen when you are on a web page. It is the button that looks like an open book.
Here’s what I love about this tool. If you are like me, you greatly dislike having to navigate your eyes around all the ‘extras’ on a web page when you are trying to read a blog, article, news story, etc. And let’s face it, most people do nearly all their reading on line these days. Well this beautiful little tool solves that problem. Clicking this button will pull the reading material away and give you a reading screen free from ads, social sharing buttons…
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In a recent post shared, I read an article from Psychology Today written by Victoria Dunckley M.D. that confirms and explains what I’ve often thought. Yes, I enjoy electronics and technology. In my years in the field, I’ve learned priorities and value of everything outside of technology. It is a tool; mechanisms that help in today’s society. Technology can be good in business and in personal productivity. However, I do believe there is life ‘outside the box’ and it is much more valuable.
If you have young children or teenagers or know someone who does, please take a moment and read Dr. Dunckley’s report.
1. Screen-time disrupts sleep and desynchronizes the body clock. Because light from screen devices mimics daytime, it suppresses melatonin, a sleep signal released by darkness. Just minutes of screen stimulation can delay melatonin release by several hours and desynchronize the body clock. Once the body clock is disrupted, all sorts of other unhealthy reactions occur, such as hormone imbalance and brain inflammation. Plus, high arousal doesn’t permit deep sleep, and deep sleep is how we heal.
2. Screen-time desensitizes the brain’s reward system. Many children are “hooked” on electronics, and in fact gaming releases so much dopamine — the “feel-good” chemical — that on a brain scan it looks the same as cocaine use! When reward pathways are overused, they become less sensitive, and more and more stimulation is needed to experience pleasure. Meanwhile dopamine is also critical for focus and motivation. Needless to say, even small changes in dopamine sensitivity can wreak havoc on how well a child feels and functions.
3. Screen-time produces “light-at-night.” Light-at-night from electronics has been linked to depression and even suicide risk in numerous studies. In fact, animal studies show that exposure to screen-based light before or during sleep causes depression even when the animal isn’t looking at the screen. Sometimes parents feel scared to restrict electronics use in a child’s bedroom because they worry the child will go enter a state of total despair — but in fact removing light-at-night is protective.
4. Screen-time induces stress reactions. Both acute stress (fight-or-flight) and chronic stress produce changes in brain chemistry and hormones that can increase irritability. Indeed, cortisol, the chronic stress hormone, seems to be both a cause and effect of depression – creating a vicious cycle. Additionally, both hyperarousal and addiction pathways suppress the brain’s frontal lobe, the area where mood regulation actually takes place.
5. Screen-time overloads the sensory system, fractures attention, and depletes mental reserves. Experts say that what’s often behind explosive and aggressive behavior is poor focus. When attention suffers, so does the ability to process one’s internal and external environment, so little demands become big ones. By depleting mental energy with high visual and cognitive input, screen-time contributes to low reserves. One way to temporarily “boost” depleted reserves is to become angry, so meltdowns become a coping mechanism.
6. Screen-time reduces physical activity levels and exposure to “green-time.” Research shows these factors restore attention, lower stress, and reduce aggression. Thus, time spent with electronics reduces exposure to natural mood enhancers
A colleague of mine shared this great page of a ‘real time’ head up display of cyber attacks going on around the world.
It’s interesting to watch!
We had a hike recently where I read a devotional before the hike -something to encourage, inspire and reflect on during the journey. It has been encouraging to me -maybe it will be for you too!
(from: Devotions by Chris)
Climbing the Mountain
As I hiked up a small mountain with a group of people recently, I began to see a lot of parallels spiritually. It wasn’t long before others in the group had moved quickly enough up the mountain side and left a few of us behind. We called out to them to wait until we caught up. We wanted to go up the mountain as a group. Every so often they would get pretty far ahead and then wait for us to catch up. It’s the same in this Christian life. For some, it’s easier than others to live. Some people struggle their whole lives trying to live according to God’s ways. It’s important to stop and help others along the way.
There were times along the path where the rocks were loose and slippery. One wrong move and you would slide backwards, fall down or something worse could happen. As we went through these parts, we talked to each other, encouraged each other and showed them which rocks they needed to avoid. At times the person in front, who had a more sure footed place, would turn around and pull the other person up. In this spiritual journey, there are places where our feet slip and we fall backwards. It’s up to us who are behind them to catch them. It’s also important for those who have been through there to offer advice and a helping hand.
As we got closer to the mountain top, it got harder to climb. We needed breaks more frequently. One person in our group said, “Just go on without me. I’ll stay here for a while.” Too many times in life we give up just before our break through. We quit when things get the hardest. Yet in those times, we don’t realize how close we are to experiencing pure joy. We pushed through the desire to quit. We decided that we weren’t going to stop when we were so close to victory. We pushed through the desire to quit and it was worth it. We have to do the same thing in life. Don’t let others quit when they’re so close to victory.
As we hiked the final bit, there was a church being built up there. Members had hiked up too and were praying over the land, the city and the community around there. They were hungry and thirsty for God to move. They made the journey up in order to pray and sing praises. It was beautiful to stand there and listen to them. I have no idea what they were praying or singing, but I recognized the presence right away. God is calling us to pray over our family, friends, neighborhood, community, city, county, state, nation and world. God desires that none would perish. We need to be praying for others who are looking at the mountain of Christianity and choosing whether to climb it or to stay in bed asleep.
While we made it to the top of that mountain, we have not yet arrived spiritually. There are still twists and turns ahead. There are still difficult paths each of us will have to walk down. There will be times of rest and times of pushing forward. We cannot forget why we are climbing this mountain so that we never become content with how far we’ve come. We must keep climbing, keep helping others who are behind us and keep listening to those ahead. Our journey continues. Victory is close. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. The mountain top will be worth the climb.
Here are a few links I’ve used relating to ADFS:
- ADFS 2.0 Troubleshooting Guide
- Setting up ADFS 3.0 (Server 2012 R2) for Office 365
- Things to check before troubleshooting adfs 2.0
- Test ADFS