Going old School.

Going old school, yes I’ve had to revert in one area of my life.  I walked up to the library here

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English: Bayfield Public Library, a Carnegie Library in Bayfield, Wisconsin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in town to check out a book.  Yes, I live in a town where we still have a physical library building full of library books and people to assist you to check them out.

Why going old school?  It turns out that the current version of the Overdrive app, v 3.5.8 is completely useless on my iPad.

I’ve cleared my cache, I deleted the app and re-installed it and still no joy.  So off to the Library to check out a dead tree ink-stained book to read.

Hopefully, Overdrive will seize the day and update and bring their app back to a useful state.

 

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5 Items for your Sunday Discussions.

5 items for your Sunday Discussions here, two days prior to the Presidential Election.  Yes,

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it’s Sunday and as we don’t have a broadcast television provider and we aren’t glued to the TV and any NFL football games.  Should I want to find out scores I’ll check espn.com.  Now on to our list which is in no particular order.

CNN: Obamacare Unaffordable For The Middle Class.

Gee, ya think?  With Arizona leading the states with an average increase of 116% I’m surprised that there isn’t a mass exodus from the state.  Given the population now of Arizona being a majority of snowbirds, I’m wondering how if at all, this impacts the numbers.

Clinton VP Candidate Tim Kaine: FBI Is Working Directly with GOP to Destroy Clinton.

Really Tim?  When you are unable to have a reasoned conversation and debate on the facts of your positions, certainly, your best offense/defense is to blame the FBI.  I am surprise that he didn’t blame the Russians.  Also missing from the conversation is the fact that Hillary Rodam (Felon) Clinton is destroying her own credibility without any assistance from outside sources.

Does Anyone Understand Those Laundry-Tag Symbols? – WSJ

This caught my eye this morning.  As a guy, laundry labels are akin to a foreign language.  For me, laundry is whites and everything else.  My college roommate and I were very successful in using this method during our time in school.

New App Lets You Buy Cheap Leftovers When Restaurants Close.

I like this concept.  The app is in its Kickstarter stage so it will likely be a while before it comes to a device near you.  This app could assist anyone with those late night munchies.

How Music Affects Your Brain (Plus 11 Artists To Listen To At Work)

I know from my own experience that there is substance to the writer’s premise.  I’ve listened to a few of the suggested artists and only one was of interest so far.  I’ll go back and give another listen to the rest of the list and see what transpires.

Have a great rest of your Sunday.  Share and comment, please.

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Five Problems with Social Media.

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I’ll begin with a list of things.
Snapchat
Facebook
• Friend Requests
• Communications overload
• Simplify
I’m on Snapchat, you can find the link to the right side of the blog. I’ve been on for a few weeks now and I’m still learning. I’m using it at 10% of its capabilities. The learning curve is a steep one to be sure. It’s not the making and posting of video’s or photos, rather it is the interacting with my friends. Also, some sort of threading of postings would be nice so I can go back and find a post I want to reply to or comment upon.
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. There are times when it is a fun and informative place and other times a frustrating piece of horribly designed user interfaced software. The fact that I need to change my settings each and every time I log into the software to see the most current postings is a major #FAIL. I know they want me to see their ads and promoted items, and that’s not what I go to Facebook for. If they bothered to look at my purchasing habits from Facebook promoted ads, they’d find none. Get a clue guys.

Friend Requests are a mixed blessing. I get some each and every week from the usual suspect social media outlets. Some are welcome and others are clearly and blatantly #SPAM. It would be great to stop the latter type of requests before they reach me. If algorithms are so great, why hasn’t anyone written one to address this issue?

I’ve written about communications overload previously, so I’ll direct you to that missive to draw your own conclusions.

Simplify, simplify and once again, simplify. I have an iPhone, no cell service, and an iPad with a duplication of many apps. Sometimes it depends on my mood or if I’m going to the store or out and about town. I seem to have many apps that function in the same way, providing the same end result. I’ve begun to use Skype as my primary communications app for daily use. Yes, I’m using other social media apps for postings and some communications, as not everyone is on Skype.

Ok, there are my five. Let me know your thoughts.

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Thoughts on a Daylight Savings Sunday.

Daylight Savings began today so we’re all subjected to everyone’s semi-annual bitching

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about this event.  We had three clocks that needed attention here in the house, so it wasn’t a real chore.  Possibly with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), our appliances will begin to comply.

Some other random thoughts and observations –

  • Why isn’t there an option to see only the most recent posts on Facebook while using my iPad?
  • Why isn’t there a Facebook Paper app for the iPad as there is for the iPhone?
  • March this year includes both Daylight Savings Time and Easter.
  • Is it simply me, or do the rest of you have a love/hate relationship with Facebook?
  • Skype is now my go to phone service.
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50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.

 

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Friday Reflections.

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Español: es una foto de una tablet Samsung (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday reflections on the weeks end. Yes it’s Friday and the end of another week. It’s amazing to think that the first month of the new year is nearly completed.

Earlier in the week I had been asked to assist on a project mapping a retail location. Intrigued and the fact that they wanted to pay me as well, got my attention. So the past two mornings I’ve been getting up at 0430 just to be on site at the retail location by 0600.

Day one was spent using a Samsung Galaxy 7″ tablet. This is my first time of spending any time using a tablet. The tablet was nice and light and easy to use. The tablet controls were easy to use and the device never crashed in the more than 5 hours I was using it. I spent the time taking pictures with the device and they were pleasantly east to do.

Software written for this particular project was used with the device and the integration was nearly flawless. There were only a couple of UI issues, and they certainly weren’t deal killers for the project. Of the five of us who were using the Samsung Galaxy 7″ tablet’s, only one tablet had a camera failure during the day.

Day two was spent continuing the project in a bit more detail. This time with a Dell Laptop and an attached USB barcode scanner. This day the UI and the bulk of the associated hardware wasn’t up to the day’s task. It was quickly evident that those developers who designed the software had never tested it in a real world application. This I find is unacceptable, and far to often the norm in these situations.

The software developed for the data gathering was completely user unfriendly and unintuitive. No only that, as I had to teach three of the team members how to copy and past repetitive data into a standard Excel spreadsheet. Also, while using cell drop down boxes for data input might be handy, excluding user keyboard input is an overall failure option in this case. Also, having a standard set of data from which to choose, while nice, in the long run doesn’t fully reflect real world evidence. Again, as users, not being able to input a variance to the programmers predetermined data set gives a fictional picture of reality.

Overall the days were a success with the project being completed. It is nice to see companies beginning to embrace current over the counter technology for their daily use. Now to get more of the developers and end users to have conversations about how to maximize the integration.

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Got a new iOS device for the holidays? Try AppHero to find apps

Got a new iOS device for the holidays? Well if you were one of the fortunate ones an ongoing issue is where to find useful apps. You might want to try AppHero to find those elusive apps.

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Over the holidays, the iOS device user base surely grew to new heights with many gifted new iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. With the growing App Store, it is important for new iOS device users to know which of the many applications are right for them. We have been pointed to AppHero’s free iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application, which uses multiple methods to recommend App Store applications to its users. We spoke to AppHero’s Jordan Satok who explained that AppHero primarily uses a user’s Facebook and Twitter data in order to serve application recommendations.

AppHero uses your Facebook data such as things that you have ‘Liked.’ For example, if you liked a set of sports teams, TV shows, movies, or places, AppHero can use this information to recommend applications related to your favorite sports teams, TV programs, and apps that are region-specific to places you ‘liked’ or have been to. Of course, access to your Facebook information must be explicitly approved by you. Satok assures that this is done securely and that only information relevant to creating application recommendations is scanned.

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‘Everyone has different songs on their iPod, different movies in their movie collection, different books on their bookshelf, but because discovering apps is so difficult, most people just have the most obvious and generic apps, and that’s sort of crazy to us,’ Satok told us.

Like with Facebook, AppHero is able to scan through your public Twitter tweets in order to find applications pertaining to your interests. For instance, if you actively tweet about a certain sports team, it is likely that AppHero will recommend applications pertaining to that team.

Another important aspect of AppHero is how quickly its scanning engine functions. Additionally, Satok tells us that the application’s simple user-interface was built with a mainstream user base in mind.

AppHero’s personalized recommendations also improve as the application is used. Additionally, the application has features that allow you to easily recommend applications to friends.


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You just got a new iDevice for Christmas, where to offload your old crap.

For those fortunate, of You just got a new iDevice for Christmas, where to offload your old crap?

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It’s now the day after Christmas, and so you’ve had a full day to play with your new iPad Mini, or some other shiny iDevice, and you’re finally ready to chuck all the ole’, dusty Apple products piling up in the living room.

On the other hand, maybe you were not so lucky. Perhaps you were gifted a non-iOS smartphone, and now you quickly want to trade.

Well, 9to5Mac has you covered, for whichever situation you find yourself inas we have compiled another list of the top trade-in places for cash or credit. There are many retailers and websites that offer trade-in programs, and most accept a wide range of used and new electronics, offer automatic quotes, and provide free shipping.

Check out the top 12 list below.

 


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1. Amazon: Amazon offers one of the best trade-in programs for books, video games, movies, music, and electronics. Trade-in submissions ship via U.S. Postal Service Media Mail or UPS Ground and may take up to six or 10 business days to arrive before the submission is processed. Once the item is received and verified, you’ll receive an email notification within two business days informing whether the items were accepted or rejected.  Unfortunately, Amazon only offers gift cards as credit. Once the trade-in has been paid, you’ll see the amount when viewing your gift card balance. Even more unfortunately: Amazon.com gift cards cannot be used on AmazonWireless. Get more details on the program at Amazon.

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2. eBay Instant Sale: As the world’s most renowned online garage sale, it make sense for eBay to provide a decent trade-in program for electronics with cash dispensed through PayPal. eBay Instant Sale is a tool for folks to get cash for their smartphone, laptop, iPod, GPS, or other electronic device in three easy steps. They just need to select the condition of the device, print off the free shipping label, and mail it in. The e-commerce service also provides free shipping and automatic quotes. Once the device is received and assessed, the money will be deposited in your PayPal account within five business days. Get more details at eBay.

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3. Gazelle: Gazelle is like any other trade-in program, but it offers multiple ways to collect cash either through a check, PayPal, or Amazon.com gift card. The gift card option will grant 5 percent more than the quoted value, but, as we said above, it is no good at Amazon Wireless. Oh, and Gazelle features free shipping. Gazelle also accepts everything from Nokia phones to old iPads. Get more details at Gazelle.

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4. NextWorth: Along with all the other get-a-quote, send-it-in, and get-paid setups, NextWorth offers a trade-in program with cash via PayPal, check, or Target gift card. The service also partnered with Target online to extend the same program to those online shoppers. NextWorth does not display prices up front, and it requires a questionnaire about a device’s condition before giving quotes, but it has a $20 refer-a-friend bonus for each new customer (friends will also get an extra 5 percent bonus for their completed trade, too). Aside from devices, NextWorth accepts game consoles, cameras, calculators, GPSs, DVD players, etc.  Get more details at NextWorth.

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5. GameStop: GameStop is a bit more troublesome, because folks need to visit a physical store to swap their electronics, but just print off the online quote, go to the store, and then a store associate will examine the device and offer cash or store credit for an exchange. Values dip drastically, however, if you choose cash over stored credit as a payout option. Fortunately, though, there is no shipping to cause a headache. GameStop accepts trades of phones, tablets, and MP3 players from several manufacturers. Get more details at GameStop.

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6. Best Buy: BestBuy is one of the more simpler services for trading video games, smartphones, computers, MP3 players, cameras, camcorders, home audio, home theatre, GPS, and even musical instruments. Simply select the product, choose its quality, and add it to the cart. The retailer warned that actual trade-ins would vary according to condition, accessories, and other factors, but folks can get full trade-in value plus a $50 Best Buy gift card when they upgrade their mobile phone. They can also visit stores to utilize the program. Get more details at Best Buy.

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7. RadioShack: RadioShack touts in-store and online options for exchanging an everything from HDTVs and Digital SLRs to eReaders and tablets. In fine print, on the bottom of the website, however, the retailer said trade-ins are subject to applicable processing fees and must include chargers, cables, or other accessories. Like most trade-in programs, RadioShack will pay for shipping. RadioShack also said values for in-store trades will apply as credit toward a purchase, but online traders can get a gift card. Get more details at RadioShack.

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8. Apple’s Recycling Program: Apple’s Recycling Program issues an Apple gift card by mail that works at any Apple retail store or the Apple online store. The company even grants free shipping and packaging for the trade-in process generated by PowerOn. It currently accepts iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, and it recycles old iPods and cellphones. To recycle, just bring the device to an Apple Retail Store and get 10 percent off a new one. Get more details at Apple.

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9. PowerMax: PowerMax does not show quotes on the website. It requests a questionnaire about the product, and then it will contact prospective traders within minutes. ‘By trading in, you have a seamless transaction with the trusted folks at PowerMax, who have done this for nearly two decades. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s secure,’ contends the e-commerce service. PowerMax said consumers can receive a check or credit for the agreed-upon amount, but a response email from the website indicated it only permits trades for store credit. The full process also takes four weeks to six weeks, but it allows you to trade old MacBooks, iPods, and more Apple products toward the purchase of anything it sells. Get more details at PowerMax.

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10. Verizon Wireless: The Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program determines the value of Wi-Fi and Verizon-enabled devices in just four simple steps, and it offers a Verizon Wireless electronic gift card via email. It accepts everything from LG products to Apple. Get more details at Verizon.

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11. Glyde: Glyde is not a typical trade-in program, because it makes it easy for consumers to buy and sell practically any used electronic device. It also essentially provides consumers with ‘unique insight into the resale market for used electronics,’ with up-to-date and accurate pricing for old devices with trends and geographical data. Glyde even offers ‘speed sale’ and ‘set reminder’ options for the streamlining process, as well as additional tips and advice on the best time to sell devices to make the most money. Cash is deposited into users’ Glyde accounts about 48 hours after delivery to their buyers, and then they can transfer the cash from their bank account for free. Paper checks will cost about $2, though. Get more details at Glyde.

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12. Craigslist: This is not a trade-in program, but it works. It is easy and free to quickly post the specs of an unwanted Christmas gift, with a desired asking price, but some may whine over the packaging and shipping hassles involved. Nevertheless, Craigslist is a popular website perfectly capable of matchmaking sellers to potential buyers.

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Christmas Wish List 2012.

So it’s been years since I’ve made a Christmas Wish

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The tree is up. via paulswansen

List of any sort. Now Amazon makes it easy.

Nothing much or nothing extravagant. Simply some things I need to do my writing and content creation in a more efficient manner.

Merry Christmas to all.

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Completely redesigned Twitterrific 5 for iPhone and iPad going live around the world.

For those of you who have an iPhone and or and iPad this might be of interest to you.

 

Completely redesigned Twitterrific 5 for iPhone and iPad going live around the world: ”

Here’s your iTunes link people in the the Eastern Hemisphere.

We may or may not have a thorough review coming at some undisclosed point in the not so distant future. Until then, some screenshots below.


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