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

English: Bayfield Public Library, a Carnegie L...

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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Corruption of Government Officials.

Earlier this week from a survey done by USA Today

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Here are the top 10 fears of 2016:

  • Corruption of government officials (same top fear as 2015) — 60.6%
  • Terrorist attacks — 41%
  • Not having enough money for the future — 39.9%
  • Being a victim of terror — 38.5%
  • Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition — 38.5%
  • People I love dying — 38.1%
  • Economic or financial collapse — 37.5%
  • Identity theft — 37.1%
  • People I love becoming seriously ill — 35.9%
  • The Affordable Health Care Act/”Obamacare” — 35.5%

However the collusion of the dying statist media are all in on a deceitful Hillary Clinton.

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Five Problems with Social Media.

Screen-shot-2010-04-14-at-6.11.31-PM.pngFive problems with Social Media. Only five? Please!
I’ll begin with a list of things.
• 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

Daylight savings time world

Daylight savings time world (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Lake View.

View on a Monday of Lake Superior.  Basswood Island straight ahead, and Madeline Island to the right.IMG_2104

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50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.


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One Thing Every iPhone owner should do…

One thing every iPhone owner should do to stretch battery life.

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Copper Mountain Introduces Sherpa

Copper Mountain Introduces Sherpa: New Smartphone App for Skiers, Riders Sherpa-Hero

• Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide available for smartphones
• Terrain and lift updates, local insider tips and ski patrol aid all available through Sherpa
• Sherpa will be available for iPhone on November 1, 2013, available for Android in mid December

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Copper Mountain has developed an all new on-mountain audio intelligence smart phone application called Sherpa, available for the 2013/14 winter season. Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide giving guests access to local expert advice and the ability to enjoy Copper unlike ever before.

Sherpa provides information based on location using a phone’s GPS services. Users simply turn the app on, plug in headphones and Sherpa continuously delivers insider tips, directions and information through voice recordings – all without lifting a finger. Terrain updates include details such as which sides of the trails have fresh snow and which will be groomed, allowing for guests to fully customize their day on the slopes in real-time. Users can also receive information on promotions and event updates including traffic wait times and road closures. Sherpa doesn’t stop there; the application will continue to get smarter as mountain intelligence is shared. Frequent updates to app features are planned throughout the winter season.

Sherpa will be available for free download from the Apple iTunes store on November 1, 2013. Android downloads will be available by mid-December. For the most up-to-date information on Sherpa including a demo video.

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now with special early season pricing guaranteed through September 3. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for the latest information on winter pass products, lodging steals and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores.

Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores. Only to compete with Apple Stores? They completely ignore the Microsoft Store’s across the country. The best thing about Google and their

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entry into the retail arena, is that there are plenty of empty store fronts in the shopping malls across the country.



Google to open retail stores to compete with Apple Stores



Google is launching retail stores by the end of the year to sell its own products we’re reporting over at 9to5Google. Will Google try to squeeze into the local Mall between the new Microsoft Store and the existing Apple Store? Will they be able to supplant some of Apple’s MacBook sales with their $249 Chromebooks? iPhones with Nexuses? Find out more.


(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

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Email Accounts.

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Mail icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Email accounts are a necessity and we often have a love/hate relationship with them. Some challenges are with the account, ie: the company or developer of the email program. Other challenges are with the email program itself, ie: Apple’s Mail App.

For the past week or so I’ve been working with the fine folks at my blog hosting service to set up an email account associated with this blog. This is part of a longer term goal of branding myself in a more specific way as a journalist/writer.

I have a version 4.6 (1085) of the Apple Mail App on this desktop. My hosting service has very well written and easy to understand instructions on setting up a blog specific email account. And they offer details on how to set up an account using the Apple Mail App. They even go so far as to offer a downloadable apple script to automatically set up the new account in the Apple Mail App.

Being as it’s Monday, I decided to quit banging my head on the desk and pass on setting up the new email account for the time being. I’ve presumed that due to the older version of the email app and of the current Mac OS I’m running that in the larger scheme of things, maybe this is the issue. I’m well aware that I’m behind the times regarding the Mac hardware and software I’m currently using, which brings me to the following.

You will notice if you’ve not already the donate box at the top of the blog column on the right hand side of this screen. In order to bring me back to some modicum of being current with my hardware and software and tools of the trade the donate box is one vehicle I’m using to reach that goal. Items I’ve put on the wish list can be found on Amazon.com making the entire process easy. No it’s not Staples, and yet easy.

Thanks in advance for your readership and your ongoing contributions to this enterprise.

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