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.

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According to Yahoo; iPhone users are more loyal than Android users

According to Yahoo; iPhone users are more loyal than Android users, even though also according to Yahoo Androids have more cutting edge features 

That’s another big lie like:

 Windows is just like using a Mac

Right up there with The check is in the mail & “I didn’t have sex with that woman Monica Lewinski….”

iPhones are popular because they are useful right out of the box. But for most users it comes down to iPhoto and iTunes Apple’s on line music store. 

Then there’s all that “hidden” stuff like 5G’s of iCloud FREE & Find My iPhone. 

The problem is on the user end at this time carriers are selling more iPhones than The Apple Store. 

Consumers are dealing with untrained clerks selling “cellphone” plans who probably don’t know or even care the two devices are certainly not equal any more than;

The Ruskies stole the election from America’s Sweetheart. 

JohnMaGuirk 

Writes&produces Wired615senior blog & podcast alternate Wednesdays of podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com 

Working in The Cloud

Blog number Four of a series of blogs about “the internet’s newest buzz word”

This blog series started on LinkedIn, when I joined a discussion group discussing 2009 version of Word for Apple Products,

I am a writer, I’m just not a published writer, no one pays me for what I write, I’d like to write a book, but I just don’t have the discipline it takes to sit down and do it.

Working in the “Cloud” is all about “sharing” or compatibility, so your manuscript can go to the editor quickly, and rewrites can be equally as quick, you don’t have to be concerned with the USnail.

As an Apple user and iCloud (subscriber), I didn’t understand why anyone would want to work in a “left-handed” manner (The French would say outre).

It became clear to me when I visited the Apple story to look at the Word for Mac products, and was surprised to see so many versions.

Here’s the breakdown:

The full version Mac Home&Student, $139.00 (on-line price) This includes Excel, it’s what used to known as an “office suite”

Then there are four more “limited” versions: Office/365University — Microsoft Home&Office for the Mac $239.00  — Microsoft 365 Personal — Microsoft/Office 365

The limited versions are limited as to license’s to the number of machines, which maybe loaded and require a one year license to “work in the cloud”.

If you decide to “work in the cloud”, you should disable your “alerts” or mute them. Of course another solution is to create in Pages “off line”, and the open “word” in the cloud, and paste your work into a “cloud document” for instant transmission, that’s the purpose after all.

Yes, you can work on Pages documents in iCloud, but you may find “restrictions” on operation, this intended to make it easy to redact before printing.

John MaGuirk writes and produces wired615senior podcast & blog hear his podcast on alternate Wednesdays on Podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com — find his blog on WordPress at wired615senior@wordpress.com any Monday.

Working in The Cloud

Blog number Four of a series of blogs about “the internet’s newest buzz word”

This blog series started on LinkedIn, when I joined a discussion group discussing 2009 version of Word for Apple Products,

I am a writer, I’m just not a published writer, no one pays me for what I write, I’d like to write a book, but I just don’t have the discipline it takes to sit down and do it.

Working in the “Cloud” is all about “sharing” or compatibility, so your manuscript can go to the editor quickly, and rewrites can be equally as quick, you don’t have to be concerned with the USnail.

As an Apple user and iCloud (subscriber), I didn’t understand why anyone would want to work in a “left-handed” manner (The French would say outre).

It became clear to me when I visited the Apple story to look at the Word for Mac products, and was surprised to see so many versions.

Here’s the breakdown:

The full version Mac Home&Student, $139.00 (on-line price) This includes Excel, it’s what used to known as an “office suite”

Then there are four more “limited” versions: Office/365University — Microsoft Home&Office for the Mac $239.00  — Microsoft 365 Personal — Microsoft/Office 365

The limited versions are limited as to license’s to the number of machines, which maybe loaded and require a one year license to “work in the cloud”.

If you decide to “work in the cloud”, you should disable your “alerts” or mute them. Of course another solution is to create in Pages “off line”, and the open “word” in the cloud, and paste your work into a “cloud document” for instant transmission, that’s the purpose after all.

Yes, you can work on Pages documents in iCloud, but you may find “restrictions” on operation, this intended to make it easy to redact before printing.

John MaGuirk writes and produces wired615senior podcast & blog hear his podcast on alternate Wednesdays on Podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com — find his blog on WordPress at wired615senior@wordpress.com any Monday.

WorkingInTheCloud/BigBoxColor

Your Quick & Dirty Guide to Cloud Computing

Blog number III in a series explaining “Working in The Cloud

A production of wired senior

Do it yourself printing at the big box retailer

This blog will be a little long:

One of the most annoying things about our digital age is the constant learning process, it’s a new protocol every time, every where you go.

I had occasion to switch suppliers on a commodity I offer for sale,  Fiberglass grating, and I asked the supplier for a number of catalogues for mailing to some  current customers.

In place of printed matter which I prefer, I received a PDF  (Portable Document Format) document with the suggestion that I “print” them myself.

That was okay and served my immediate need, but here’s the problem with home printing, in order to conserve ink, they are best printed on your home printer in “draft mode”

Using draft mode instead of Best as normally recommended reduces paper curl.

Hint: When printing at home — two sided printing in color – 24/lb. white bond works best.

If you experience paper curl, let the copies dry for an hour, place on flat surface, underneath a thick book.

Or

You can transfer the document to a Big Box Retailer for professional copying.

Here’s how I did it at Staples

First
I redacted the supplier material to : add my contact information,

Second

Push(upload) the redacted material to your cloud resource, which “puts” it on your smartphone or tablet,

Before you visit Staples, view your cloud document on your smartphone to make sure it’s there.

Hint: Remember: any bulk printer will be PC based and documents in The Cloud should be formatted as a PDF or Word document.

At the print counter — ask for the email address, send your document from “the cloud”

You will receive a bar code acknowledgement

Select the copier and make payment arrangements,

Hint: Ask for 24/lb. bond paper (there should be no extra charge),

When the laser turns on — center your smartphone in the laser beam

Voila — success

Using a tablet maybe a “space problem” for the same reason you can’t use your smartphone at Kroger gas pumps.

When I did this recently I was able to print five sets (both sides), twenty-four pages.
For less than $60. Not inc. taxes, Yes, I could have done it at home, but it wouldn’t have looked as professional.

It’s not as good as the “old” coated paper, but it’s close and a set of color refills for my HP is $45.00 not inc. tax.

PS I also got three hole punch NC

John MaGuirk produces wired615senior blog Monday’s on WordPress.com and podcast alternate Wednesdays on podomatic channel:  www.chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com

A Short Primer – WorkingInTheCloud

I wish to thank my friend and colleague, fellow writer Ms Cheap AKA Mary Hance for suggesting this topic in her column

“I wish someone would explain ‘working in the cloud’….”

So let’s begin at the beginning:

As with many other internet terms and/or cliches

Working in The Cloud

Is an incorrect application of The Language

We should be saying:
Working Through The Cloud

Strictly speaking The Cloud itself is an imprecise expression,

Each “cloud” account is associated with a colossal server or memory “factory”, which exists on Terra Firma, usually maintained by an “owner/provider” who “rents” you access/service through a subscription fee,  paid annually (in the case of) Microsoft or monthly by Apple.

iCloud was created by Apple in 2009 as a method to link devices and insure seamless operation and access across different, but associated platforms i.e. smartphone, tablet, computer.

By the way I just replaced my Vista/LapTop, and downloaded iCloud for Windows to the new machine, and Volia — there are all my stored iCloud stored Pages documents. Available to work on and/or share via email.

There is also a “generic” cloud service called DropBox, which is useful for “sharing” large files, such as MP-3/MP-4, etc.  You can even share documents via DropBox, through Adobe/PDF or as a Word document, assuming each user shares the common program.

Note: As a podcaster I find this especially helpful,  as the “act” of uploading an MP-3 (podcast) compresses the file, making posting on my host site faster. Compression is one of the “magic” internet processes useful in handling large files.

Next time: Cloud Collaboration 

John MaGuirk writes and produces wired senior podcast (alternate Wednesdays) on podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com 

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Not Enough Payers; Herr Mozart!

Re: Kiplinger Personal Finance & SSI Crisis — June issue

Fortunately for me, I rely on Good Old Dave Ramsey for financial advice & not Kiplinger PF, although I do remember getting free copies of Changing Times by Kiplinger in HoJo Inns during the seventies.

Their analysis of SSI’s  problems, is not too complicated benefits or administration, it’s much simpler than that.

Prior to the last administration payers vs “collectors” had dropped to 3 to 1 during the “Bush—43” administration.

God only knows how many payers are left now — I know it’s got to be fewer since we are getting Mexico made Oreos since 2015!

Meanwhile Congress tinkers with the numbers i.e. reducing the Death Benefit from $263/255 or 5% and increasing retirement age to 67 from 65.

No COLA in 2015 thanks to a sweetheart deal with The Saudis to over-pump their reserves keeping the Cost of Living down in 2014.

Factor in a faltering economy & the so-called, shovel ready jobs that never appeared, the “AffordableCareAct” which hastened corporate moves toward more 1099 employees and all of a sudden there’s a lot less money coming in.

Speaking of The Affordable Care Act, or Yes, we know it’s flawed but we have to pass it to fix it.

More Bovine Scatology!

Last Knight Kiplinger & his associates are convinced the path to financial freedom is managing your credit rating.

Dave Ramsey would have a Cow, no on second thought, he’d have a hearty laugh!
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John MaGuirk writes and produces wired senior blog Mondays on WordPress and podcast alternate Wednesdays heard on podomatic channel — chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com