Nest Is in a mode that Does Not Allow It to be adjusted

If you have linked an Amazon Echo/Alexa unit with a Nest heating and cooling unit here is an interesting bug that I found that you may have come across if you're reading this page here. If you have placed your Nest into Eco mode then the temperatures are automatically set and you can't adjust them. If you are speaking to your Alexa or Echo device and asking her to adjust your temperature it will tell you that the current device is in a mode that does not allow that to be adjusted and to do so please open the Nest application or adjust the settings on your Nest device.

So the only solution is to take the device out of Eco mode if you want to do voice activating temperature changes at home.

Hope this troubleshooting helps.


H-Day September 3, 1967

H-Day in Sweden also known as Hogertrafik Day. This is the day in which Sweden decided to switch from driving on the left to the right because there was an increase in accidents of Swedish drivers driving outside of the country. The mass car accidents abroad for their residents and visitors crashing was a problem since all neighboring countries drove on the right and not the left. In Europe today only the United Kingdom & Ireland still drove on the left but the rest of Europe. After advertising with a song specifically about the switch, billboards, pamphlets, radio advertisements, and specific rules set in place to make the switch it was set for 9/3/1967 for the switch from one side to the other.

Sweden was he LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (Yes half of Austria drove on one side of the road and the other half drove on the other. Eastern Austria drove on the  Left and Western drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler invaded in World War II and changed that. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left and the closest area that drives on the opposite side of the road is....The Bahamas.

To learn more about Hofertrafik Day listen to this podcast: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/h-day/

 

Actually, Sweden was only the LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (long story-only half of Austria drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler took them over. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left.

Life Lessons from Reid Hoffman

Founder of business social network Linkedin Reid Hoffman is one of the most well connected people in Silicon Valley and throughout the world. Be Casnocha has co-authored two books with Hoffman: The Alliance & The Start-Up of You. As he followed Reid around for over two years he learned a ton of great lessons and has shared some of them with readers which I recommend checking out here: http://casnocha.com/reid-hoffman-lessons

For those who want the cliff notes of the top 16 he lists they are below:

16 Lessons Learned (Among Many!)

  1. People are complicated and flawed. Root for their better angels.
  2. The best way to get a busy person’s attention: Help them.
  3. Keep it simple and move fast when conceiving strategies and making decisions.
  4. Every weakness has a corresponding strength.
  5. The values that actually shape a culture have both upside and downside.
  6. Understand someone’s “alpha” tendencies and how that drives them.
  7. Self-deception watch: even those who say they don’t need or want flattery, sometimes still need it.
  8. Be clear on your specific level of engagement on a project.
  9. Sketch three possible outcomes for a project: the likely upside, likely ‘regular’, and likely downside scenarios.
  10. A key to making good partnerships great: Identify and emphasize any misaligned incentives.
  11. Reason is the steering wheel. Emotion is the gas pedal.
  12. Trade up on trust even if it means you trade down on competency.
  13. Tell the truth. Don’t reflexively kiss ass to powerful people.
  14. Respect the shadow power.
  15. Make people genuine partners and they’ll work harder.
  16. Final: The people around you change you in myriad unconscious ways

Like other powerful Silicon Valley Titans Ben talks about Reid's mission to save and change the world for better.

"But what he really wants to do is save. He wants to use his talent and network and money to change the world for the better and solve some of humanity’s biggest problems. He is among the most selfless and externally-generous people I’ve met in my life."


Richart Ruddie Book Recommendation - Abundance

Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler it another highly recommended book to check out. Diamandis talks about creating high impact and social entrepreneurship like companies that will affect billions and create positive change in the world. From solar energy, clean water, and vertical farming are just some of the many discussions that he opens the readers minds up to.

If you haven't read any of Diamandis' books then this is a great one to start off with before moving onto to Bold which is his follow up to Abundance.


The Real Reason Zuck is Traveling around the Country

I've been meaning to write this tiny excerpt on why I believe Zuck and his wife Priscilla have been traveling around the country as part of their 2017 goals. The journalists and media were fast to conclude that the reason was a possible future run for president. As somebody who loves to travel and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds not just in the USA but from all over the world I can say that the reason for the travels is to become better acquainted with the world outside of Silicon Valley.

When you travel you see how other people live, you learn to eat what they eat, experience what they experience on a daily basis, and most importantly you learn from them. The more you learn about other peoples way of life the more understanding you become. It's important to see the world through somebody elses lense and viewpoint and life is all about learning and culture.

So in my opinion that is the reason for the traveling. I look forward to seeing more of his updates on his travels and the lessons we can all learn from the great people he and his wife are interacting with across the country.


Legend Ed Thorpe Interview

On a recent Chat with Traders interview somebody I have followed for years Ed Thorpe was interviewed. I highly recommend those that are into Mathematics to listen to it here.

The interview is for an upcoming book release by the famous mathematician and Beat the Dealer author. At the end of the interview he discusses his memoir and how he got started in life and into things like Blackjack, Roulette, the stock market, and the different profit centers that he found along the way. These include statistical arbitrage and a hedge fund that was chronicled in a book that I read years ago called "Quants".  He also says at the end of the interview that you can still beat 90% of the investors without doing a lot of work as the majority of people are lazy. It is however important about finding out whats really important in life. Most people in life just don't get it because some people put too much value into work and not into truly living because money truly isn't everything. People get hooked and don't stop working for money because you can never have enough and thats what drives a lot of people to pile up more and more money (not true wealth) and then wondering what it was really for? In the end if you can't go out and enjoy it why did you work so hard to obtain it?

Lesson: Don't just pile up wealth. Do something of value in life. Think about how you will be remembered.


Lyft Founders Heartfelt Message Regarding Immigration Policies

The founders of Lyft sent out this email to their members on Sunday January 29, 2017 after the new U.S. Presidents announcement on a temporary ban and restriction on immigration from "suspect" countries. There after Uber founder Travis Kalnick pledged $3 million to defend his foreign employees rights. What other CEO's have sparked your interest and inspired you to do your part in keeping our country great thanks to our ethnic diversity. What losses will our country endure from tourism and the possible loss of the next Elon Musk or Pierre Omidyar from entering the USA and starting up in a different country.

The Lyft email displayed below:

Defending Our Values
 
 
 
Hi Richart,

We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other - and together, continue proving the power of community.
 
 
 
 
 
John & Logan
Lyft Co-Founders

 


Person of the Week Robert Marchand

Starting 2017 off on the right Cycle Robert Marchand has an impressive feat at 105 years old. Almost 100 years ago Robert Marchand was told by a cycling coach that he should give up as he would never amount to anything on a bicycle. Well here we are almost 100 years later and that coach long gone but Marchand in Saint-Quentine-En-Yvelines, France was the place where he just finished riding 14 miles in one hour and setting a new world record for his age! 

 He awaits a rival to compete against him and said he would have had a better time had he seen the current lap time. At the end of his 92 laps he received a standing ovation showing the world that you do things for yourself and do not worry about what the others say. Haters are always going to hate and try to stop you. Make up your own mind and do what you want to do as Robert Marchand has done.