Monthly Archives: June 2011

Do You Still Have Your Music?

Welcome to the 40th edition of Tech Talk Thursday! I know I am a day late this week too but it’s better late than never and this is going to be a short one.

On June 6, Apple announced iCloud and customers could start using some of it’s features almost immediately. I think I might have found something that will be of interest to users of iCloud. Earlier this week as I was listening to some music on iPhone I noticed that the album that I was listening to was missing a song. It was a 6 pack and I thought I had bought the whole album. I tried searching for the album under the Purchased tab in iTunes on the iPhone. I couldn’t find it. I then checked for it on my computer. I still didn’t find it. Evidently, not all songs can downloaded again at this time. My advice for users right now is to make sure all of your purchases are available or just don’t delete your music. I will continue to back my music up like I always have.

TTT40

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Father’s Day 2011

As I sat down to write this post for Father’s Day, I got to thinking about some of the things that my dad and I did together when I was younger. One of the things that really sticks out in my mind happened when I was 16 years old.

It was a cold December morning and we had gotten up to go deer hunting. I had been hunting since I was 13. Even back then I wasn’t a cold weather person but I managed to bundle up and go with Daddy. At the time I was using a 12-gauge automatic shotgun that was borrowed from my granddaddy.

This particular morning Daddy and I arrived in the Falkner area where my great uncle lived. We got there and I was in the stand, which was along a fence row, about 6 o’clock. Daddy just told me where to get and he went to where he was going to sit and wait for the deer. After about 15 minutes or so I started to hear leaves rustling and I was paying attention to everything around me. I then saw the biggest deer I had ever seen come out of the woods. It was a doe. At the time it was against the law to kill does so I did take a shot. She went into a field behind me and I stood up to see if I could see where she went. When I moved my foot I made some noise with the leaves and all I saw was deer. I pulled up and shot.

I was already nervous before the shot and was now even more nervous. I wasn’t even sure I had killed the deer. I went to see and sure enough, the deer was laying there on the ground. Of course, Daddy had heard me shoot and started headed my way. When he could finally see me he said, “Was that you that shot?” I said, “Yeah. I think I killed a doe.”

Daddy came on to where I was standing and checked out the deer. He moved the head of the deer and there were the horns. They looked more like goat horns but still it was a buck and that was all that mattered. Daddy field dressed the deer and then he made me drag it back to the truck. I grabbed the horns and pulled it back but Daddy did carry my gun for me.

That was the only time in my life that I’ve killed a deer and since I don’t hunt now it will probably be my last. I did continue to hunt the rest of the season and spent lots of time with Daddy and Granddaddy.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

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I Don’t Need You Anymore

On June 6 Apple announced that the new Mac OS, Lion, was going to be released in July and that the new iOS, iOS 5, would be arriving this Fall. I’m sure you have already read many articles about both items so I am not going to rehash all the details here. I am going to tell you about the apps that I will be deleted from my iPhone once iOS 5 is released.

First let me tell you about this spot on my blog. I am going to start naming it with a title instead of just Tech Talk Thursday #whatever. Also, I will put at the bottom of the post what number it is. Now back to the subject of the article.

The first app that will be going away from my iPhone will be Whatsapp. With the arrival of iMessage in iOS 5 the need for two separate apps to text either regular SMS or via data will be eliminated. This will be a good thing since Rob and I text on Whatsapp all the time. If I am talking on the phone and am in an Edge area then his text doesn’t come through until I am off the phone. With iMessage it is my understanding that if the message can’t be delivered via data then it will automatically be sent via SMS. For some this will be a problem if they have a limited number of text messages but for most it won’t be a problem.

Another app that will be going away is Notificant. I just recently purchased this app and as of this writing it was no longer available from from the US App Store. I tried searching for it and also following the link the website but couldn’t find it. The link told me that it was available. This will be obsolete because of Reminders in iOS 5. Reminders will be much more handy because you can have a reminder with location.

The next app that I have already deleted from my iPhone is Photoshop for iPhone. With the new camera app you will be able to edit photos right in the app and not have to import a photo into another program.

Along with the above mentioned apps, NetNewsWire will also be going away from my iPhone. With Safari in iOS 5 you will be able to have a reader right in the browser instead of having to have a separate app to follow RSS feeds. The new Safari is gong to be awesome and just what I’ve been looking for.

Now that I’ve covered four of the apps that are going away I want to tell you about one that won’t be deleted. Although Twitter will be built into most of iOS 5 I will still use Echofon Pro. I have been using it for a very long time and is still my choice for a Twitter client on the iPhone. I will still be using some of the features in the OS but for reading tweets I will use Echofon. I will also still be using Hootsuite to schedule my tweets.

Hope you enjoyed this look into my iPhone and hope you will join me again next week. Thanks for stopping by this week.

Tech Talk Thursday #39

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Tech Talk Thursday #39

As I sat down to write this week’s post I realized that it was 22 years ago today that I graduated high school. That seems like a long time but it really isn’t unless you are talking about technology. The speed of technology is growing a an alarming rate and we have seen many changes since 1989. Most of those changes we could only imagine back then. The Internet was still in it’s infancy and video cameras were huge.

I searched on Google to find some things that were happening in 1989 in technology and here are some of the things that I found:

The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is placed into orbit

Nintendo begin selling the Game Boy in Japan

Voyager II passes the planet Neptune and its moon Triton and sends pictures back to earth.

The 486 series of microprocessor introduced by Intel.

Scientists pronounce 1989 as the warmest on record possibly a sign of the greenhouse effect

Florida and Virginia allow use of DNA genetic fingerprinting evidence as admissible

First release of Microsoft Office. which was a bundle of Microsoft’s office applications, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel , Dependent on the Version you purchased would depend on which applications were included.

(Source: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1989.html)

Who would have ever thought that computers that fit in the palm of your hand would have more power than the computers that help put men on the moon for the first time? How many of us can imagine living without GPS and hopefully our kids didn’t have to go without a Game Boy.

Things sure have changed since 1989. I remember my first computer that I got about 1993. It was a used Packard Bell with a 25 MHz 486 processor. I upgraded the standard hard drive with a 850 MB drive that I paid over $300 for. I thought I’d never use all of that space.

My first laptop didn’t even have a hard drive and had a 4.88 MHz processor. I used it mainly in my other hobby at the time.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane and hope to see you again next week.

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