France-based Qwant search

Qwant is a great search engine based in France.  It has a modern look at search and treats all results the same without bias.  Privacy is protected by European data privacy laws.  This is a search addition for browsers so that the engine can be set as default search in Mozilla or Microsoft browsers.  As of this writing, Qwant does not appear in Google Chrome or Firefox as an automatically found search engine.   This XML file allows the use of Qwant in any browser except the latest versions of Chrome.  In those browsers, the search engine must be manually added from the settings screen by typing in the code.  It seems that Google has disallowed the use of XML search engine additions.

Qwant Search “ Qwant” accelerator/search. [IE 7+]

Links of the day: 2019-04-17

The University of New South Wales completed a study on selfie pictures and determined that sexy selfie pictures relate to income inequality in the United States.  The study is available on the website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  As income inequality increases the type of self images change.  They conducted the study involving the Gini coefficient and other factors.  They discuss expenditures in beauty salons and clothing stores as another way of forecasting income inequality.

Cafe Hayak proposes that markets do not supply paid leave suboptimally.  They express their idea as follows.

…most employers — in order to attract workers who value paid leave relative to high wages — won’t reduce paid leave enough to make it profitable for them to offer higher wages.

Most in the labor market do not go to employers who provide the benefits they seek.  Many do not even know what benefits employers offer until they are signing up for them.  Employers may add a benefit for marketing purposes or to please existing employees so that those employees are retained, but the assumption that such policies are designed to attract workers ignores reality.  The reality is that paid leave benefits are often completely unknown by potential employees.

Science Based Medicine has a great look at Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, by Harriett Washington. The book and the review express an important fact very clearly.

Race is scientifically meaningless, but discrimination persists…

…The racial health divide is undeniable. African Americans don’t live as long. Their infant mortality is twice that of whites. Twice as many develop diabetes. They have the highest rate of cancer and cancer deaths. The reasons for these discrepancies are complex and are largely due to socioeconomic and historical factors rather than racial characteristics.

The statement about the reasons for the discrepancies relating to socioeconomic and historical factors rather than racial characteristics is a very important observation. Changing suicides rates in The United States are another item that fits into the list of things that seem to affect a demographic at significantly different rate but are due to socioeconomic and historical factors rather than racial characteristics.

Real Climate Science has a great look at 1974 including news clippings and information related to satellite weather observations and the coming mini ice-age.  It ends with a video of a USA Legislator explaining that world is going to end in 12 years while looking into a selfie-camera mounted on a floor.

The Spectator has an interesting historical review on how Steven Seagal became a special envoy to Russia, at Russia’s request.

Stata syntax highlighting in GEdit

Stata.lang file goes in ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/language-specs

Now on iOS

Meal Plan and Grocery List is now available in the Apple App Store.  The app is free and contains no adds at present.  I have been working for several years toward getting a software development job.  The program is free for that purpose.  This version includes a new recipe selector for adding to the meal plan.


Hundreds of datasets from libraries, archives, and museums

Douglas McCarthy and Andrea Wallace produced a survey of data access policies and data sources.  It’s in Google Docs and called the Survey of GLAM open access policy and practice [2.0]. It’s an excellent resource with the license terms and web locations of hundreds of datasets from libraries, archives, and museums.


Desktop Shortcuts for Kids, new for 2019

Desktop Shortcuts for Kids is now available with an update facility for new shortcuts.  It works on multiple platforms and the shortcuts can be created for Edge, Opera, Firefox, Vivaldi, Internet Explorer, or Chrome.  The shortcuts will open the website in the preferred browser regardless of default browser settings.

Simply choose the Browser and click the “Add Shortcuts to Desktop” button.  Delete any unused shortcuts.  This version has YouTube, ABC Mouse, Nick Jr. CBC Kids, Adapted Mind Math, DreamBox,  and Splash Math


It creates icons like this on the desktop.  If you would like to have a website added for easily adding icons to your child’s computer, email the developer, use the contact page and request it.


. The latest build’s prerequisite page is here.

Firewall Button for LAN Gaming

Quick and easy tool to enable and disable the Windows 10 firewall. This is ideal for playing LAN games such as Minecraft which use changing port numbers.  It’s also useful for other LAN games so that in-depth troubleshooting is not required prior to having fun. Simply open the program and enable or disable the firewall.  Remember to Enable the firewall once more when done playing the game.  This is a great tool for children playing LAN games with changing ports.


Download FirewallButton by clicking here.

Now on Android

Meal Plan and Grocery List maker is now on Android.  It is available from Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The recipes are included in the application. No subscription is necessary.


Nag Screens Removed

Meal Plan Grocery List now has no Nag Screens.  It is fully functional.  This may change in the future with an update, but not at the present time.  More recipes are on their way into the app.    This will allow complete testing of the software.

· Updated Release Notes menu item to an updated URL.

Updated Installer for

The installer has been updated for a smaller download.  It will now always pull the latest installation files from the website. contains the download file.