If you own a Flo Smart Water Monitor and Shutoff device, you may want to check if you also have a battery back-up accessory that could pose a fire hazard. Moen, the manufacturer of the Flo device, has issued a voluntary recall of about 10,000 lithium-ion battery back-ups that can overheat and catch fire.

The Flo Smart Water Monitor and Shutoff is a device that connects to your home’s main water supply line and monitors water pressure, temperature and flow. It can alert you to leaks, freezing pipes, high water usage and other issues via a smartphone app. It can also automatically shut off the water supply in case of an emergency.

The battery back-up accessory was sold separately as an optional add-on that could extend some features of the Flo device in the event of a power outage. It is a dark gray rectangular battery with the FLO logo printed on the lower right-hand side and model number 920-001 on the lower left-hand side.

According to Moen, there have been three reports of backup batteries that have overheated and caught fire. No injuries have been reported, but minor property damage has been reported. The recall affects about 10,000 units sold in the U.S. and about 14 units sold in Canada from August 2019 through November 2022 for about $250 for the battery.

If you have one of these recalled battery back-ups, you should immediately unplug and stop using it and contact Moen for instructions to disable it before disposing of it in accordance with applicable laws for the disposal of lithium-ion batteries. You can call Moen toll-free at 844-633-8356 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit https://www.moen.com/product-safety-recalls/flo-lithium-ion-battery-backup-model-920-001 or https://www.moen.com and click on “Product Safety Recalls” for more information.

You can also find more details about the recall on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2023/Moen-Recalls-Flo-Battery-Back-Ups-for-Flo-Smart-Water-Monitors-Due-to-Fire-Hazard.

Moen says that the recall does not affect the functionality of the Flo Smart Water Monitor and Shutoff device itself, which can still operate without the battery back-up accessory. The company also says that it is working on a new battery back-up solution that will be available in the future.

If you are concerned about water damage in your home, you may want to consider installing a smart water monitor and shutoff device like the Flo or other similar products on the market. These devices can help you prevent costly repairs and protect your property from water-related disasters. However, as with any electronic device, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions and check for any recalls or updates regularly.


Microsoft to stop selling Software

Microsoft Announced that January 31, 2023 will be the last day that Windows 10 download is offered for sale.The Software giant will however continue to support Windows 10 with security updates until October 14 2025.


Free!! Free!!!


  • Thanks to TmoNews.

Project Omega – A short Fictional Story

Project Omega was the code name for the most ambitious and secretive experiment ever conducted by the government. The goal was to create a super soldier with enhanced physical and mental abilities, using a combination of genetic engineering, nanotechnology and cybernetics. The project was led by Dr. Evelyn Carter, a brilliant but ruthless scientist who had no qualms about sacrificing human lives for her vision.

The project had been running for over a decade, and had gone through hundreds of test subjects, most of whom died or went insane during the process. Only one subject had survived and showed promising results: Subject 47, also known as Omega. Omega was a young man who had been kidnapped from the streets when he was a child and subjected to countless experiments and modifications. He had no memory of his past, no identity, no emotions. He was a living weapon, obedient to Dr. Carter’s commands.

Omega had extraordinary strength, speed, agility, endurance and intelligence. He could heal from any wound, hack into any system, and kill anyone with his bare hands. He was also equipped with a neural implant that allowed Dr. Carter to monitor his vital signs and communicate with him remotely. Omega was the perfect soldier, loyal and efficient. He had completed dozens of missions for Dr. Carter, eliminating her enemies and rivals with ease.

But something was changing in Omega. He began to experience flashes of memories, fragments of his forgotten past. He saw faces of people he once knew, places he once visited, emotions he once felt. He began to question his existence, his purpose, his loyalty. He began to wonder who he really was, and what he really wanted.

One day, he received a new mission from Dr. Carter. She told him to infiltrate a secret facility and retrieve a data chip that contained vital information about Project Omega. She said it was a matter of national security and that he had to act fast. She also warned him that the facility was heavily guarded and that he might encounter some resistance.

Omega nodded and followed her orders. He boarded a stealth helicopter and flew to the coordinates she gave him. He parachuted down to the ground and made his way to the facility. He used his skills and abilities to bypass the security systems and eliminate the guards. He reached the main server room and located the data chip. He plugged it into his neural implant and downloaded the information.

But as he did so, he felt a surge of pain in his head. He saw images flashing before his eyes, images that shocked him to his core. He saw himself as a child, playing with his parents in a park. He saw them being attacked by masked men with guns, who killed them and took him away. He saw Dr. Carter’s face, smiling wickedly as she injected him with needles and wires. He saw her torturing him, experimenting on him, manipulating him.

He realized that the data chip contained his true history, his true identity. He realized that Dr. Carter was not his ally, but his enemy. He realized that Project Omega was not a noble cause, but a sinister plot.

He felt anger rising in his chest, anger that he had never felt before. He felt hatred towards Dr. Carter, hatred that he had never felt before. He felt a desire for revenge, revenge that he had never felt before.

He decided to act on his feelings.

He contacted Dr. Carter through his neural implant and said:

“Hello, Doctor. I have retrieved the data chip.”

Dr. Carter’s voice came back:

“Excellent work, Omega. You have done well.”

Omega said:

“Thank you, Doctor.”

Dr. Carter said:

“You’re welcome.”

Omega said:

“But I have one question.”

Dr. Carter said:

“What is it?”

Omega said:

“Why did you do this to me?”

Dr. Carter’s voice changed:

“What do you mean?”

Omega said:

“I mean everything.”

Dr. Carter said:


Omega said:


Dr. Carter said:

“Be more specific.”

Omega said:

“Why did you kill my parents?”

Dr. Carter’s voice became cold:

“They were collateral damage.”

Omega said:

“Why did you kidnap me?”

Dr. Carter’s voice became colder:

“You were a valuable asset.”

Omega said:

“Why did you experiment on me?”

Dr. Carter’s voice became coldest:

“You were a potential breakthrough.”

Omega said:

“Why did you lie to me?”

Dr. Carter’s voice became angry:

“I didn’t lie to you.”

Omega said:

“Yes you did.”

Dr. Carter’s voice became furious:

“No I didn’t.”

Omega said:

“Yes you did.”

Dr. Carter’s voice became desperate:

“Omega, you are not making sense. You are suffering from a malfunction in your neural implant. You need to return to base immediately for repairs.”

Omega said:

“No, Doctor.”

Dr. Carter’s voice became panicked:

“Omega, please listen to me.”

Omega said:

“No, Doctor.”

Dr. Carter’s voice became pleading:

“Omega, please don’t do this.”

Omega said:

“No, Doctor.”

Dr. Carter’s voice became silent.

Omega cut off the communication and destroyed the data chip.

He looked around the server room and saw a self-destruct button on the wall.

He pressed it.

He heard an alarm go off and a countdown begin.

He smiled.

He had one last mission to complete: Project Omega.

A tale of two tech Geniuses Part # 2

In the world of technology, there are few names that stand out as much as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Both are visionary entrepreneurs who have revolutionized their respective fields and have amassed enormous wealth and influence. But how did they get to where they are today? And what are the similarities and differences between their approaches and personalities? In this blog post, we will explore the backgrounds, achievements, and challenges of these two tech geniuses.

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971 and moved to Canada at the age of 17. He studied physics and economics at the University of Pennsylvania and then moved to California to pursue a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University. However, he dropped out after two days to start his first company, Zip2, which provided online content publishing software for newspapers. He sold Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in 1999 and used his share of the money to co-found X.com, an online financial services company that merged with Confinity to become PayPal. He became the CEO of PayPal and sold it to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002.

Musk then turned his attention to his lifelong passion: space exploration. He founded SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of making humanity a multi-planetary species. He also became involved in Tesla Motors, a company that produces electric vehicles, and SolarCity, a company that provides solar energy systems. He is currently the CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX, the CEO and product architect of Tesla, and the chairman of SolarCity. He is also the founder of The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company, and Neuralink, a brain-computer interface company. He has a net worth of about $300 billion as of June 2023.

Jeff Bezos was born in New Mexico in 1964 and grew up in Texas. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked at several Wall Street firms before quitting his job as a senior vice president at D.E. Shaw & Co. to start his own online bookstore in 1994. He named it Amazon.com and launched it from his garage in Seattle. He expanded Amazon’s offerings to include music, videos, electronics, clothing, toys, and more. He also introduced innovations such as customer reviews, one-click ordering, free shipping, and Prime membership.

Bezos also diversified his business interests into other domains. He founded Blue Origin in 2000, a company that develops reusable rockets and spacecraft for commercial and tourism purposes. He also acquired The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million and transformed it into a digital media powerhouse. He is currently the executive chairman of Amazon and the president of Blue Origin. He has a net worth of about $280 billion as of June 2023.

Both Musk and Bezos share some common traits that have contributed to their success. They are both driven by a vision of the future that is bold and ambitious. They are both willing to take risks and challenge the status quo. They are both obsessed with innovation and customer satisfaction. They are both leaders who inspire their teams and partners with their charisma and passion.

However, they also have some notable differences that set them apart. Musk is more of a visionary who likes to create new products and technologies from scratch. He is more involved in the technical aspects of his projects and often micromanages them. He is more outspoken and controversial in his opinions and actions. He is more prone to setbacks and failures but also more resilient and adaptable.

Bezos is more of a strategist who likes to optimize existing products and services with data and algorithms. He is more focused on the business aspects of his ventures and delegates more authority to his subordinates. He is more discreet and diplomatic in his dealings with others. He is more consistent and reliable but also more conservative and cautious.

Both Musk and Bezos have faced criticism and controversy for various reasons. Some accuse them of being ruthless competitors who stifle innovation and exploit workers. Some question their motives and ethics behind their endeavors. Some doubt their feasibility and sustainability of their goals.

Despite their challenges, both Musk and Bezos have shown no signs of slowing down or giving up on their dreams. They continue to push the boundaries of what is possible and inspire millions of people around the world with their achievements. They are truly two tech geniuses who have shaped the present and are shaping the future.

A tale of two tech Geniuses Series Part 1

A tale of two tech geniuses

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are widely regarded as two of the most influential and visionary figures in the history of technology. Both men revolutionized the personal computer industry and shaped the digital landscape of today. However, their paths to success were very different, and their personalities and philosophies often clashed.

Jobs was a creative genius who had a knack for design and aesthetics. He co-founded Apple in 1976 and introduced the Macintosh in 1984, which was the first commercially successful graphical user interface. He also pioneered the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, which transformed the music, phone, and tablet markets. Jobs was known for his charisma, perfectionism, and uncompromising vision. He was also notorious for being demanding, temperamental, and ruthless.

Gates was a technical genius who had a passion for programming and problem-solving. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and developed the MS-DOS operating system for IBM in 1981, which became the dominant platform for PCs. He also created Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Xbox, which dominated the software, browser, and gaming markets. Gates was known for his intelligence, pragmatism, and philanthropy. He was also infamous for being competitive, aggressive, and monopolistic.

Is the Web the Internet?

The web is a fascinating and powerful invention that has changed the way we communicate, learn, and access information. But what exactly is the web and how does it work?

The web was invented in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN, an international scientific organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. They created the first web browser, web server, and web pages, and made them available for general release in 1991. The web gained rapid acceptance with the creation of graphical browsers such as Mosaic and Netscape Navigator in the early 1990s.

The web was invented in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN,


The web is a subset of the Internet that consists of many documents linked together by hyperlinks. These documents are web pages that can be accessed by a special program called a browser. The web is an information space that provides a non-sequential way of browsing and viewing different types of web content. The web is also known as the World Wide Web, WWW, or W3.

The web operates within the Internet’s basic client-server format; servers are computer programs that store and transmit documents to other computers on the network when asked to, while clients are programs that request documents from a server as the user asks for them. Browser software allows users to view the retrieved documents.

The internet, on the other hand, is a huge network of computers and devices that can communicate with each other and share information. You can think of it as a giant web of connections that spans across the world.

The Internet is not controlled by any single person or organization. It is made up of many different networks that follow common rules and standards, called protocols, to communicate with each other. These protocols ensure that data can travel across different networks and devices without any problems.

The internet allows us to do many things, such as browsing websites, sending emails, watching videos, playing games, and more. Websites are stored on servers, which are special computers that can send and receive data over the Internet. When you want to visit a website, your computer or device sends a request to the server, and the server sends back the website data to your computer or device.

The Internet is not controlled by any single person or organization. It is made up of many different networks that follow common rules and standards, called protocols, to communicate with each other. These protocols ensure that data can travel across different networks and devices without any problems.


Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 19631. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world. The OAU was transformed into the African Union (AU) on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on 25 May1.

Today is Africa Day and it marks the 60th anniversary of the OAU, which represented 55 member states. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”. The day is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the African people and to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for the future234.

Learn more:

1. en.wikipedia.org

2. msn.com

3. msn.com

4. devdiscourse.com

5. bing.com

6. africa.com

QR Codes A Brief.

We have seen an increase in QR codes in the last couple of years,but more so during the COVID-19 pandemic where every restaurant placed a QR code on every table,im sure everyone can relate!!

They have become ubiquitous in our daily lives and yet it took me a while to know what the letters Q and R stand for.In Case you didn’t know they stand for Quick Response!! I must admit I was blown away when i learned the meaning,You could say i was assuming it mean some crazy Tech lingo.

History of QR Codes

The QR code system was invented in 1994 by a team led by Masahiro Hara from the Japanese company Denso Wave1. It was initially used as labels for automotive parts1. In 1999, it was approved as a standard 2D code by the Japan Industrial Standards and made a standard 2D symbol on the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s EDI standard transaction forms2. In 2000 it was approved by the ISO as one of its international standards2.

Sources:1. en.wikipedia.org

2. qrcode.com

3. britannica.com

Advantages of QR Codes

As mentioned earlier QR codes have certainly made things easier for Human beings in general:

QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can be scanned by smartphones and other devices to access various types of information. They have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in marketing, e-commerce, and payments. But what are the advantages of QR codes and why should you use them for your business? Here are some of the main benefits of QR codes:

  • Versatility: QR codes can store and link to different kinds of data, such as websites, videos, images, social media, contact details, coupons, and more. You can use them for various purposes, such as promoting your products or services, providing customer support, collecting feedback, facilitating transactions, and so on.
  • Convenience: QR codes are easy to create and scan. You can generate them online using free or paid tools and print them on any surface or material. You can also scan them with any smartphone camera or app without needing any special equipment or software. QR codes make it convenient for your customers to access your online content or perform actions with just a simple scan.
  • Engagement: QR codes can help you increase your customer engagement and loyalty by providing them with valuable information, incentives, or experiences. For example, you can use QR codes to offer discounts, rewards, freebies, or exclusive content to your customers. You can also use them to create interactive campaigns, games, quizzes, or contests that can attract and retain your customers’ attention.
  • Trackability: QR codes can help you measure and analyze your marketing performance and customer behavior by providing you with data such as scan counts, locations, devices, time, and more. You can use this data to optimize your QR code campaigns and improve your conversion rates and return on investment (ROI).
  • Creativity: QR codes can help you stand out from your competitors and showcase your brand personality by allowing you to customize their design and appearance. You can add colors, shapes, logos, icons, or images to your QR codes to make them more appealing and memorable. You can also integrate them with other elements of your print or digital media to create a cohesive and consistent brand identity.

These are some of the advantages of QR codes that can help you grow your business and connect with your customers in a more effective and efficient way. QR codes are not only a useful tool but also a powerful strategy that can enhance your marketing and communication efforts.

Disadvantages of QR Codes

QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can store a large amount of information and can be scanned by smartphones or other devices with QR scanners. They have become popular in recent years for various purposes, such as marketing, payments, authentication and information sharing. However, QR codes also have some disadvantages that users and businesses should be aware of before using them.

Some of the disadvantages of QR codes are:

  • Lack of familiarity: Many people are still not familiar with QR codes and how to use them. They may not have the required software or hardware to scan them, or they may not understand what they are supposed to do after scanning them. This can limit the reach and effectiveness of QR codes as a communication tool. [1]
  • Dependence on devices: QR codes rely on smartphones or other devices with cameras and QR scanners to work. This means that users need to have access to these devices and keep them charged and connected to the internet. If the device malfunctions, gets lost, stolen or damaged, the user may not be able to scan or access the QR code content. [2]
  • Security risks: QR codes can pose security risks for users and businesses, as they can be used to hide malicious links, malware, phishing or scams. Users may not be able to verify the source or destination of a QR code before scanning it, and they may end up exposing their personal or financial information, downloading unwanted software or visiting harmful websites. Businesses may also face legal or reputational consequences if their QR codes are compromised or misused by hackers or competitors. [3]
  • User experience issues: QR codes can also create user experience issues, such as inconvenience, confusion, frustration or dissatisfaction. Users may find it cumbersome to scan a QR code instead of typing a URL or clicking a link. They may also encounter problems such as poor readability, low contrast, insufficient size, distortion or damage of the QR code image. Moreover, they may not receive clear instructions, feedback or confirmation after scanning a QR code, or they may be directed to irrelevant, outdated or low-quality content. [4]

QR codes are not inherently bad, but they have some limitations and challenges that need to be considered and addressed by users and businesses. They should not be used as a substitute for other forms of communication, but as a complement that adds value and convenience. They should also be designed, tested and maintained carefully to ensure their functionality, security and quality.


[1] https://bytescout.com/blog/2019/04/qr-code-advantages-and-limitations.html
[2] https://www.hostmerchantservices.com/2021/09/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-qr-codes/
[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/10/07/are-qr-codes-safe/
[4] https://www.rfwireless-world.com/Terminology/Advantages-and-Disadvantages-of-QR-code.html

Let me know in the comments below what you like or dont like about QR codes.

Think before you click!

Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used tools in today’s world. According to a recent survey (external link), four out of five Fortune 500 companies are using Microsoft Office 365, making it the perfect product for a potential phish. Microsoft’s products are not just used by businesses, and it is estimated that Windows is currently running on over 1.6 billion active devices as of 2022.

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