Monday, November 9, 2020

High Speed Home Internet

 Finally 5g is coming to the home.  This is the real reason I'm looking forward to the new service.  See the following article regarding the t-mobile product.  If you live near a t-mobile tower, this might work for you!

https://www.engadget.com/2019-03-21-t-mobile-home-internet-trial-lte-5g-sprint-merger.html




Thursday, October 29, 2020

Almost Covid Mask

We've tried quite a few masks - most wouldn't stop a germ if it had to!

I've concluded that a reusable mask with a filter pocket is the way to go.  I recently found this mask at a reasonable price.  The mask alone is pretty poor, but when adding the 5-layer filter, I hope it's effectiveness is good.  The good things about this mask is that it fits me, the nose part stays in place, and it has filter pocket accessible from both ends.  These were ordered from https://www.reusablefc.com/

Amazon is a good place for large quantities of the filters - we change them daily.


 

What a Puzzle!

















We found this puzzle online and ordered the 100 piece version from Amazon.  It is laser cut wood with no indication of where the pieces might go - except for a faint wood grain.  Trying to find that first piece was a challenge.  After working on it for four days - on and off - successful!  We're trying it again, but this time we've rotated it 180 degrees.  It now seems harder!  It's called a DevilPuzzle and is very well made.  There are other versions out there.  We may be forced to try the even harder version.

The things we do in isolation!!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

You Could Have Been in Southern Alberta Yesterday!


Thanks to Wayne Headrick for sharing this facebook photo of South of Millarville. Almost a foot of hail.  I remember a hail storm when Donna & I toured with our Gold Wing - it was painful, but nothing like this!

 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Excercise?

An article online recently indicated that spending 20 minutes twice a day in the shown configuration is good for the body.  Here's Donna demonstrating the "exercise".  It took her a while to figure out how to get into the pose, but once she's there, she becomes very quiet.  I know she is finished when I (comfortably sitting in the recliner) hear moans and groans from the bedroom.  She claims she feels much better when finished.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Big Changes at Apple

Yesterday Apple revealed the major changes for the upcoming software for all their products!  The internet is alive with discussions about the event.  Start by going to apple.com to read all about it.

Apple is starting to look more like what Android has been doing for many years.

Wildlife Walk

We took a nice long walk the other day and ran into some wildlife.  It appears to be a small coyote? since it was unleashed.  We did see a scrawny coyote a few days back - he/she found a duck at one of the ponds.






























That particular walk was a big one for us.  It gets hot very early.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Some AZ Fire Info

Even though you may not use Twitter, you can go to this link for a satellite view of the three big fires currently in Arizona.  Quite a GIF

https://twitter.com/i/status/1273236264980971520

A couple of photos of the Bush Fire from Twitter.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Vima This Morning

Yesterday I showed you a new app I'm using - Vima.  I used it again on our morning walk.  Today we walked ALMOST every street - trying not to walk a street more than once.  We did not walk Oregon Trail, the new cul-de-sac near the tennis courts, or that STEEP hill behind us up Illinois.  We did the rest and evidently that's a little over three miles.  You'll notice an aberration part way down Illinois where the map then draws a straight line over to New Mexico.  That seems to be the place we stopped and I adjusted the brightness on the phone.  Evidently this causes a pause in the program OR I touched "pause" inadvertently.  I discovered the program was paused (and then pressed "resume") as we started around New Mexico (the other end of the straight line).  Consequently, I don't know if the program included the time and distance of that straight line, but I suspect it did.

I think it's a great little program.



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Catching Up with Some New Posts

It's been several days since an update to the blog, but I've gathered several links that might interest you.  But first a nice photograph suitable for a desktop pix.


I think it is quite nice.  Enjoy on your computer.

AZFamily.com (Channels 3 and 5) has a nice app and can let you pick your location for "local" news as well as national.  I check it at least once a day.

azfamily.com
 
 Have you ever heard of the game called Frosthaven?  Me either, but it seems to be VERY popular.


 100 Things to do while self-isolating


I found a walking app that works well with my iphone.  I tried it this morning (had an operator error at the beginning of the walk, but corrected the error while on Arizona - time is correct, but distance is a about a half mile short).  I did put the phone asleep at the walk's beginning, so it looks like the actual track is off.  I'll try a different approach tomorrow

It's called Vima. I like it!

I use a reddit app to browse photos - some of which are outstanding.  Here's one.

 

 Another beautiful picture taken by accident.






 



Monday, April 20, 2020

Look What Happens in LA When Cars are Gone!





























The skies weren't this clear when I started flying to LA in 1973!!!

Covid

I know you're probably getting tired of reading about Covid-19, but here's a story that puts a more scientific approach to that "6-foot separation" requirement.

https://tinyurl.com/y9wf9bf2


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Geese Are Going Crazy!

Here' where one of them that ended up near us!  Coyotes??  Another just landed on the roof of the next PM over.



































Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Corona Virus

Click for some very good information regarding the life expectancy of the virus when exposed to various things.

 https://tinyurl.com/wcgc9pk


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Not Too Happy About Being Born


Sending Videos with iMessage

https://tinyurl.com/trl9cft

Moon - Up Close

https://tinyurl.com/u7wepg2

Watch Out! The Hamsteers are Here!


Dog Solves a Problem

https://tinyurl.com/t3trrbx

Microsoft Edge Setting You Should Change

https://tinyurl.com/tbz299g

This "painting" is Unique

https://tinyurl.com/wl8lb5s

Reset Your Computer for a Happier Life

https://tinyurl.com/qrtgot7

It May Take Some Time to Get the Stimulus Check

https://tinyurl.com/u59ebj6

How the Coronavirus Spread

https://tinyurl.com/tauolcw

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Impressive!

Wasn't sure which blog should used for this post, so picked the one more people see.

This is the most impressive "craft" I've seen in a while.

https://tinyurl.com/v59954v

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Covid-19

I've texted a friend in Italy regarding their shutdown.  She is very frightened.  People are dying.  She is alone.  Her father lives in Northern Italy.  He is 80 years old.  The hospitals have no beds.  Medical personnel are getting sick.  They do not have enough ventilators.  Soon she will be without a job (she works in the gift shop of a Basilica).  She faces a great unknown.

Here is an applicable article to the problem we face.

 https://www.cnet.com/how-to/dont-catch-coronavirus-9-practical-tips-to-limit-your-risk-without-cutting-yourself-off-from-the-world/




Monday, February 24, 2020

Water Heater Odor

I've mentioned this remedy before, but it's worth another look.  Several park residents return to the winter season after a summer of minimal water heater usage, only to find that rotten egg smell.

This document suggest ways to remove that odor.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/15KtfIjXcjba-YZQmvukwFp0J8u7M13Oh/view?usp=sharing

Africa's Locust Problem

I remember grasshoppers (locust) made good fish bait.  And they were fun to catch.  But I never remember anything like what's happening in Africa there days!




Unique Password Generator

I was about to place this posting only in my tech blog  (oldcomputergeek.com), but thought it might be useful here.

There have been more internet posts lately about password security.  New thinking indicates a long phrase (something you can remember) of non-related words might offer the best defense of password hacking.  I have used this concept when creating my most important passwords.

Here is a site that will generate passwords based upon user input of a phrase format.  I suggest you revise your email passwords to follow something like this.  It is better than using initials and birthdates!

https://xkpasswd.net/s/

Monday, February 17, 2020

Recent Site Viewing I Liked

I know this list is long, but there must be something here you could use.

https://www.gizchina.com/2020/02/16/macos-is-more-vulnerable-than-windows-according-to-the-latest-reports/

https://www.lifesavvy.com/18676/stop-spending-your-amazon-reward-points-on-purchases-for-better-cash-back/

https://www.inverse.com/science/62222-vegetarian-diet-vs-meat-environmental-impact

https://www.zdnet.com/article/reader-question-answered-if-i-have-https-do-i-need-a-vpn/

https://flip.it/l1ur9j

https://flip.it/WFtgd-

https://www.techspot.com/news/83984-macs-saw-almost-double-number-malware-threats-than.html

https://opensource.com/article/20/2/trim-solid-state-storage-linux

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/f2avd3/torres_del_paine_chile/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/f0pjhc/ohhhhhh_myyyyy_goddddddd/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

https://www.howtogeek.com/642318/web-browsers-are-silencing-annoying-notification-popups/

https://www.livescience.com/ocean-currents-speeding-up.html

https://lifehacker.com/these-crappy-android-cleaner-apps-are-actually-malware-1841518306

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/02/06/windows-10-warning-serious-failure-provokes-questions-and-anger/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-7-bug-prevents-users-from-shutting-down-or-rebooting-computers/

https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBZBSOa?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare


Peralta Regional Park targets 2021 opening after receiving $2M grant

peralta-regional-park-targets-2021-opening-after-receiving-2m-grant,139617


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Some Recent Techie Sites Have Discovered

You may detect a certain theme here.  Apple. 

I used a Mac in my last position at SWBT/SBC/ATT and liked many things about it.  But after retirement, all the Mac goodies became too expensive to buy outright, so I sold my Mac and stayed with the PC.  Besides, all the people that needed help on computers only had Windows AND the software was cheap and easily copied to use on all machines.

Some time ago I "forced" myself to use less of Windows and more of Mac.  I just "knew" the Mac was not better than the PC, but I wanted to experiment to make sure.  I secured an older Mac Mini and have been using it almost always for my computing needs.  I am now a convert.  So much so that I rarely switch to the Windows PC.  I've also found that the various free Linux OSs are quite fast and provide a plethora of open-source (i.e., FREE) software for a variety of uses.  Anyway, the "forced" use of a Mac is no longer.  I like the Mac.  And, I like the iPhone.  I've discovered the iPhone is easier to use, and the updates rarely cause problems.  But the Android OS IS prettier.

My Mac Mini, MacBook Air (thank you Dave Keeney), iPad Air (thank you Donna), iPhone 7+, and iPhone SE are all previously used - refurbished by either Apple or some other provider.  They all look and behave like new AND each is several hundred dollars cheaper than new.  So now I live in an Apple universe, but also keep my homemade and superfast Windows 10 computer updated with the latest releases - just to keep current with Windows problems.

There you have it.  The reason I'll probably post more about Apple than Microsoft on this blog.


iMessage is a powerful iPhone tool. Here are its 9 best features - CNET

Caltech Team Builds a Camera That Captures The Invisible at a Trillion Frames Per Second

Android phones can't compete with these 7 iPhone features

Do You Need Anti-Ransomware Software for Your PC?

Can I still download Windows 10 for free? Yes, and here's how (I know it works on some PCs, but not all - Steve)

Best ipad Apps of All Time??

Windows Defender gets the job done — so why even gamble with third-party antivirus? (I'm a proponent of using Windows Defender and Malwarebytes as the ONLY Windows 10 antivirus protection - Steve)



25 Must-Know macOS Tips for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Mac Users

PhotoFlare Open Source Image & Photo Editor

Of Interest -

I've been saving web site links I come across that might be interesting to the visitors of this site.  I use Simplenote (a very easy note-taking app that works on all platforms - I hope) to save these links for later reading.

Here goes -

Flights Wine & Taproom coming to Falcon Field in northeast Mesa

https://mouthbysouthwest.com/2020/01/27/flights-wine-taproom-coming-to-falcon-field-in-northeast-mesa/

Chili Bourbon Festival - February 29th, 2020 - Chandler, AZ

https://chilibourbonfestival.com/

A Nice Photo for a Desktop

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/evqtq6/dusk_in_the_tetons_wy_usa/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

How to File Your 2019 Taxes Online For Free

https://www.howtogeek.com/542898/how-to-file-your-2019-taxes-online-for-free/

Be sure and visit my site - oldcomputergeek.com - for links about tech/computers.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Windows 7 Is Over - What to Do?

As you may know, Windows 7 is way past it's prime - no more update from Microsoft.  If you failed to take advantage of the Windows 10 free upgrade, how about considering a Linux install.  It's free and it's a great operating system.  I've tried many, but think that Linux Mint is the way to go.  Remember however, it is not Windows, so if you have a Windows program you just can't live without, there may be some bumps.

Take a look at this article -https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-and-how-to-replace-windows-7-with-linux-mint/

Chromebook - What’s Happened to You?

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/01/02/chrome-os-has-stalled-out/

Monday, January 6, 2020

Security

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Your 2020 checklist: 6 steps to a safer digital life

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/12/30/not-watching-netflix-hulu-maybe-its-time-delete-some-apps/2753835001/

Security is More Important Than Ever

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Your 2020 checklist: 6 steps to a safer digital life

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/12/30/not-watching-netflix-hulu-maybe-its-time-delete-some-apps/2753835001/