Ten Digital “Musts!”

Ever since Moses had his chat with a “burning bush” it’s been:

The Ten Best Dressed , The Ten Most Wanted, up until Woodrow Wilson tried to save Europe from itself with his: “Fourteen Points”.

Georges Clemenceau famously remarked: “here he comes with 14 Points when Ten were enough for the Lord Jehovah!”

Obviously since he managed to shoehorn them into “The Treaty of Versailles” trying out do The Lord has fallen out of fashion.

I am going to list my:

Ten Essential Guide Posts
For navigating in “the digital world”:

1. Passwords are not like black sox, one size does not fit all,

2. Passwords are “case sensitive” e-mails & domains are not!

3. Each of us is one keystroke from disaster

4. Technology will let you down & at the worst possible moment,

5. It’s not a matter of what to do, if your device fails, it’s what you are going to do when it fails,

6. Every device needs a backup and/or restore copy,

7. Even Wikipedia can be wrong,

8. Nobody knows everything, it’s not necessary to be smarter than everyone, just smarter than the next guy,

9. If it looks/sounds too good to be true it probably is!

10. Over sixty-five does not equate to “terminally” stupid

On a personal level I would like to know: how to get more kernels to pop in microwave popcorn?

FYI/The magnet in your smartphone is too small to demagnetize any “key card”

Writing this list was fairly easy, getting it down to ten essential truths/guideposts was the hard part, but at least it’s given me an idea as a “new” department (newspapers call them features), which I can add to my podcast iPhone and Me™/Daily so I can “expand” on these ideas in an ever-changing landscape, perhaps more people will seek out my material.
Bonus Tip number 11 — A sharpened number two yellow never needs charging, if it has a usable eraser will never let you down!

Bonus Tip #11a/R  — Those of us “engaged” in/on “social media” are really disengaged.

In 1962 Andy Warhol famously remarked: “in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”. Little did he know, thanks to the Internet everyone can be famous for 15 seconds each and everyday!

John MaGuirk is a blogger/podcaster his blog wired615senior can be found on WordPress (wired615senior@wordpress.com) find his twice monthly podcast Wired615Senior in the iTunes Directory. Look for his forthcoming e-book “Managing Your Digital Footprint”.

PS I think Miss Cornwall would be proud of me for this!

FYI/regular listeners know Miss Cornwall was my sixth grade English teacher, a serious “blue haired” lady who taught us to look at newspapers for examples of good writing.
John MaGuirk
Previously published as a “podcast”
From his forthcoming E-book “wired senior” formery Mob Management (copyright applied for)

listen to his podcast on podomatic channel, chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com  on alternate Wednesdays.

In terms of “sharing” your chosen Cloud “server” is where the action is.

Many creative types have over the years encountered this message “file size too large”.

I used to see this message when making an audio recordings on my iPhone before iOS/7 we were limited to a ten minute audio file.

The same restriction existed on my computer, but at least, I could save the file directly, it wasn’t as “safe” as having two copies, but better than nothing.

The creation of iCloud changed the dynamics: now a large file (MP-4 video or MP-3 audio) could be “parked” in the Cloud or DropBox for later loading to a hosting site and the act of loading aided in compressing the file.

At the same time, HD audio was born, but that’s a misnomer.

We are used to thinking of HD/TV, in truth The High Definition is in your home, on your LED TV(Light Emitting Diodes), your local TV station is broadcasting a digital signal which requires less bandwidth and Light Emitting Diodes which produces a “high definition picture” with enhanced color and less energy expended by the receiver.

As you know, we are coming up on the Tenth Anniversary of the iPhone, part of that celebration includes iCloud, because it was the introduction of the smartphone and tablet which created the need for “cloud services” to handle “scattered data”

This leads me to recommend an App for your iPhone — iCloud Drive — not to be confused with iDrive, which is a backup App and not associated with Apple  (I have previously reviewed iDrive the App).

While iCloud debuted in 2009 iCloud Drive didn’t come along until iOS-7 and is specifically intended for iPhones and iPads.

iCloud Drive is “home” for all of your Apple produced documents including: Pages, Numbers, Keynote and iMovie

iCloud Drive permits you to use your iPhone as a remote for Keynote (PowerPoint) projects.

It’s all so useful in sharing documents to printers in BigBox retailers

Over on the audio side by changing to a digital signal increases speed of transmission to the speed of light (186,000 mps) vs the speed of sound 1000ft a second.

You don’t notice because your home TV has always been an FM receiver and only occasionally would their be a sound delay (usually not noticed).

So we have come full circle if you are in the podcast business, as I am, having Cloud access is a Godsend.

But for ordinary users it’s also handy  because you may share large files by loading your prospective attachments to your favorite Cloud server.

Readers will notice that I have spent most of my time talking about iCloud, and here’s the/411, while it’s still true you can’t share a Pages document to a PC user without changing format, but the protocols for using your Cloud server are universal.

This is the spot where in my workshop I got “gigged” for being too autobiographical, it’s true nonetheless Cloud resources are more alike than different, and to share documents between users, they have to be formatted correctly by the originator.

In my case when I am submitting something for publication by others, I create in Pages, and if I want it to be editable, I share (Apple says “Export”) as a Word document, it I just want it “read” by another, I use Portable Document Format (PDF) which makes it shareable, but not editable.

John MaGuirk writes and produces Geek of The Week department of iPhone &Me/Daily podcast, where he talks security and other internet issues, usually on Monday of each week, hear the podcast on podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com.

 

“Working In” The Cloud is about Sharing

As you know we are coming up on the Tenth Anniversary of the iPhone, part of that celebration includes iCloud,  it was the introduction of the smartphone and tablet which created the need for “cloud services” to handle “scattered data”

This leads to me recommend an App for your iPhone — iCloud Drive — not to be confused with iDrive, which is a backup App and not associated with Apple (I have previously reviewed iDrive the App).

While iCloud debuted in 2009 iCloud Drive didn’t come along until iOS-7 and is specifically intended for iPhones and iPads.

iCloud Drive is “home” for all of your Apple produced documents including: Pages, Numbers, Keynote and iMovie

iCloud Drive permits you to use your iPhone as a remote for Keynote (PowerPoint) projects.

It’s all so useful in sharing documents to printers in BigBox retailers

PC & Droid users may download iCloud for Windows, it’s free and will give you access to Cloud storage for photos, and other “Apple” applications including Pages, Numbers, among others. I have no direct knowledge if iCloud Drive will load to a droid, but you can try it.

This is the second installment of Cloud Basics Explained a primer for the new user, a forthcoming e-book to be published in September the e-book can be ordered from chuckwagoncharlie@me.com for $12.95. The book will be serialized on wired615senior@wordpress.com each Monday.

 

Cloud Basics Explained

A primer for the new user!

I started to write this e-book in preparation for a workshop I was conducting for local continuing education, I had previously conducted another workshop and got slammed in the evaluations, as being “disorganized”.

I shared my dilemma with my MasterMind Group, who promptly made a number of suggestions including: Design a test, have learning objectives, develop a more polished presentation, including a video.

Problema/SP. There is little room now in my presentation for “user questions,” because I need to transfer maximum information in 60 minutes.

At the same time, I am working on a presentation for Carnegie Writers, “Creating Content For The Web,” In the second decade of the 21st Century “Cloud Computing” is essential for writers & authors.

I have also just complete a short work of fiction, mostly as a practice/rehearsal to show me how to get an e-book in front of potential readers.

Again the learning curve is entirely personal, and in the evaluations for Cloud Basic’s Explained, got slammed again for being “too autobiographical” (This is how I did it)!

You see I had followed a basic principle of writing — write what you know!

All of a sudden a lot of black stuff is hitting white stuff, and a potential e-book falls on the floor.

So gentle reader up until now this has been my explanation of how we have arrived at this point, and e-book has been written, and now it’s crying out for publication.

Dave Got It Wrong !

I admit to being a fan of Dave Ramsey and he rarely gets it wrong especially in finance.

After all he’s the guy who bought 48 acres of Williamson County real estate “for cash”.

The part he got wrong was  in talking about his early radio career,  he claimed he was persistent because he was told by real radio types he wouldn’t make it.

He did make it, but,  it was his entertainment valve which delivered the third largest audience in Talk Radio.

I must admit, at first, to being put off by his “evangelical” attitude, but after listening to him deal with callers in crisis, it’s truly his mission to help those of us, who will listen,  to win with our money.

It’s refreshing to find faith in God and America in our nation, it’s Dave’s belief, managing money is more about our personal behavior, which may be a tough message to hear to by the “entitlement generations” or “I got to have it now” types.


Cloud Basics Explained

Will be “serialized” on my website wired615senior@wordpress.com beginning August 1st. Sections maybe reproduced on LinkedIn or a copy of the completed e-book maybe ordered at anytime from chuckwagoncharlie@me.com for $12.95/US (Bitcoin will not be accepted).

FYI/the word “serialization” implies “linear” production, which may not be the case.