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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Stuffing Sausage Part II

The recent United Airlines fiasco removing a belligerent passenger was entirely predictable if not preventable.

Passengers are just fed up with the complete lack of customer service of airlines which resulted from a decades old practice called “overbooking”.

If any airline collects a fair and then bumps a paid fare, because of their crew requirements that craft is “overbooked”.

You have a transport operating at near maximum capacity in a noncompetitive atmosphere, add in a total disregard for customer service and all of a sudden a bomb drops.

I wasn’t there of course, but it’s my understanding somehow the passenger “boarded” twice and that’s when the situation got out of hand.

At that point as a guest on Rush Limbaugh said “if we have a problem on the ground, what would it be like at 7000 feet….”.

So the passenger had to be removed, but the stopper is out and getting “The genie” back in the bottle will be remarkably difficult. Airlines in the future will have act like providers of a service instead of cramming fares in tubes.

Even More on Batteries

Let’s face it a battery is a dumb device and being L/iOn vs DryCell doesn’t make it smarter.

It still only has two states charging & discharging.

The problem is exhabarated by users not recognizing the difference between AC & DC current.

When your smartphone is connected to your computer, it’s on DC & may build up heat because the battery continues to accept a charge.

Most iPhones will shut down before they overheat — I had this happened in my car before I had a USB radio.

My iPhone (3-S) was connected thru the cigar lighter so I could play FM radio thru a third party device and on a long drive it shut off.

Charging your battery is all about cycles and a so-called 80/20 sweet spot is just a reminder not to over cycle.

Any iPhone will benefit by shutting off Apps running in the background, but like any smart maneuver, it can be overused.

You certainly want to shut off  Bluetooth if you have no Bluetooth devices.

Certain Apps which access your data stream like Navigation should always be turned off when not needed.

I recommend BatteryPro as a source of battery information as well as handy tips. Find BatteryPro in The AppStore or GooglePlay. It’s worth a lot more than the $1.99 charge.

JohnMaGuirk
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Writes & Produces wired615senior blog & podcast, heard on podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com on alternate Wednesdays, and blog on wordpress, at wired615senior@wordpress.com

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It Must Be Tax Time

It’s almost tax time and the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance hit my desk Wednesday, and I think Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (KPF) has seen better days.

If you are looking for personal finance advice do what I do try from DaveRamsey.

Here’s just a couple of examples:

KPF recommends consolidating all your accounts in a MegaBank.

How’s this for an example: I wound up dealing with WF when I was coming up close on a payment date I drove over to the local WF. They refused to take the payment over the counter. Lesson Learned.

Dave recommends a local financial institution such as a Savings & Loan.

I have an account at Pinnacle Bank (Pinnacle Finacial Partners), they greet me by name when I walk in the lobby.

There is no customer service at any MegaBank, they’re just not interested.

KPF recommends having one credit card “to manage your credit rating…”.

Dave has a better idea: “Manage your money instead and don’t ‘play with snakes’…”.

Your “credit rating” is not a reflection of your character and is useful only to “the nosey and the lazy”.

Last a perianal favorite: Do not digitize any of your personal tax records. I know everyone wants appear to be “tech savvy” but it’s not in your best interest.

Here’s The 411/If you are called in for an audit, always prefer to go to the agents office. You are only required to bring records for the current year, no matter what any letter may say.

If you have digitized your records the agent may access any previous year not under audit because you provided it.

It’s the same reason you don’t put any thing on his desk. Set your brief case on the floor, hold your records on your lap and surrender one record at a time. Ask for the return of any record before providing the next.

It’s one return at a time, and the audit proceeds one record at a time. You are able quickly provide information by maintaining orderly records.

Here Endeth The Lesson

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It Must Be Tax Time

It’s almost tax time and the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance hit my desk Wednesday, and I think Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (KPF) has seen better days.

If you are looking for personal finance advice do what I do try from DaveRamsey.

Here’s just a couple of examples:

KPF recommends consolidating all your accounts in a MegaBank.

How’s this for an example: I wound up dealing with WF when I was coming up close on a payment date I drove over to the local WF. They refused to take the payment over the counter. Lesson Learned.

Dave recommends a local financial institution such as a Savings & Loan.

I have an account at Pinnacle Bank (Pinnacle Finacial Partners), they greet me by name when I walk in the lobby.

There is no customer service at any MegaBank, they’re just not interested.

KPF recommends having one credit card “to manage your credit rating…”.

Dave has a better idea: “Manage your money instead and don’t ‘play with snakes’…”.

Your “credit rating” is not a reflection of your character and is useful only to “the nosey and the lazy”.

Last a perianal favorite: Do not digitize any of your personal tax records. I know everyone wants appear to be “tech savvy” but it’s not in your best interest.

Here’s The 411/If you are called in for an audit, always prefer to go to the agents office. You are only required to bring records for the current year, no matter what any letter may say.

If you have digitized your records the agent may access any previous year not under audit because you provided it.

It’s the same reason you don’t put any thing on his desk. Set your brief case on the floor, hold your records on your lap and surrender one record at a time. Ask for the return of any record before providing the next.

It’s one return at a time, and the audit proceeds one record at a time. You are able quickly provide information by maintaining orderly records.

Here Endeth The Lesson

Find my podcast on podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com subscribe  to WiredSenior newsletter, donate $12.50 on podomatic dot com, for eleven issues, no December content. Direct subscriptions by PayPal invoice from chuckwagoncharlie@me.com.

A Short Primer On Iced Coffee

When I was growing up in Connecticut, iced coffee was the preferred beverage of our more sophisticated neighbors to the East, NewYorkCity —  NewYorkCity! You know that place that where they don’t know  how to make clam chowder.

At the time before the ascendency o f California Cuisine, NYC was the at time  The Fine Dinning Capital  of America.

When you went into a tablecloth restaurant you had to wait while your food was prepared,  especially if you ordered “ala’ carte”, which at that time meant “not the compete dinner”.

Dinner might include: a cocktail,  an appetizer or soup, salad,  entree with potato and two vegetables,  but not dessert,  featuring a complementary hot beverage.

During the summer   —  July/August iced coffee might be a suggestion, but here’s The Deal

To be savory Iced Coffee needs to be presweetened. 

Sugar refuses to dissolve in cold liquids. 

FF/To 21st. Century America and Mickey D’s offers iced coffee, it’s great because it’s also presweetened.

Across Hwy 70 Starbucks gets into the act and starts crowing about the superiority of their “cold brewed” beverage — beep!

The baristas have never heard of simple syrup.

When I visit a place that sells “cold brewed” ice coffee I use my MickeyD’s workaround.

Get your beverage container,  find the hot coffee bar,  put an inch and a half of hot coffee in the container,  add two packets of sugar   PS/Nordstrom’s E-Bar,  has “raw” brown sugar.

Swirl the liquid to dissolve the sugar,  you have just made simple syrup, (anymore would supersaturate the liquid).

The next step seems counter intuitive,  add half&half to taste. Adding the  H/H, before the ice will avoid that nasty line/divide in your cup.

Add ice, fill  the container, enjoy!

If you do it in this manner it won’t matter which coffee you use. I prefer the hot Coffee because in most shoppes it’s the freshest and really good coffee is more about freshness (Beans/roasting/brewing) than brewing method.

John MaGuirk writes and produces wired615senior blog, and Podcast, find his blog Mondays on wordpress, and his Podcast alternate Wednesday’s on podomatic channel chuckwagoncharlie@podomatic.com 

 

Usually Free Stuff, is worth What You Pay For It 

For the most part I am musically challenged. Although my early elementary teachers; Miss Baker & Miss Rock saw to it that I learned to read music. (Whether I wanted to do it or Not),  I can’t play any instrument, other than a radio & I’m having trouble tuning the new one knob model, in my car.

The opening was truly grand, with The Nashville Choir, almost, but not quite, “over-singing the orchestra,” making a “joyful noise unto the Lord”.

When it came to Mozart: Tucker Biddlecombe did something as a writer I am prone to do a juxtaposing early Mozart & mature Mozart.

As you might expect,  later Mozart  is sacred & solemn.  The early is more typically Mozart as in “too many notes, Herr Mozart”. (from the movie, Ammadaus)

Perhaps, The Symphony should be thinking of an annual Easter Chorale, Ala: Vienna Philharmonic New Years Concert, Schermerhorn is a pretty close “representation” of The Vienna Philharmonic Hall.

There is one thing you need to know about Tucker: “he asks his performers to do it differently.”

In 21st., Century America “performance standing O’s” are somewhat overdone, Mystro, You Earned It.