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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A True Love Story Review

A while back a became friends with Michael Latch on Facebook and found out that he had written a book named “A True Love Story”. I decided to buy the Kindle version of that book and read it. I bought it right before I got my Kindle so I read part of it on my iPhone and finished on my Kindle.

It’s a true story about Michael during his dating years in high school and into college. He tells about how he met Mary for the first time. He goes on to tell the story of how they ended up marrying other people. I don’t want to give the story away but some things happen and eventually they end up together again. You’ll have to read the story to see what happens in between.

The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. The paperback sells for $12.44 and the Kindle version sells for $9.99. If you like to hear true stories about real people then this is a book to get. I don’t think it is geared toward any particular group but I think the ladies will enjoy it.

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Tech Talk Thursday #38

This edition is coming out a few hours late because I was just lazy in getting it together. I had already decided on what I was going to cover this week over the weekend but just didn’t sit down to write it. So here goes…

Today I will be reviewing one of the most used apps on my iPhone. What makes it so great is the fact that it should already be built into iTunes but isn’t. The app I am referring to is Pocket Casts. It’s a simple little app that is used to play podcast.

That is all well and good but what does it do that the iPod app doesn’t do? First, it will allow you to download podcast that are over 20 MB over 3G. That is a big plus for me. I enjoy listening to podcast and sometimes it may be a few days before I can get back to my computer to download new ones.

Second, it will use Push Notifications to let you know that you have new podcast to download. iTunes one the computer can be configured to check periodically for new podcast but that is no good unless you are there to sync with your computer.

Those are two big things that should be in the iPhone version of the iPod. Another big thing that I really like about Pocket Casts is that the files are stored only on the iPhone. If you have to sync with the computer then you almost always have two copies to the podcast. One on the computer and one on the iPhone.

This is a great little app and at $1.99 it’s a steal from the App Store.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #37

Last week I talked about fitness apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This week I am going to talk about the Amazon Kindle. I have had my Kindle for about two months now and love it. When compared to reading on the iPhone, I can honestly say that the Kindle is a lot easier on the eyes.

I carry it in with me when I am eating alone at a restaurant and it is better than a book. I don’t have to worry about holding the light side of the book down to turn the page. And I can turn the page with just the press of a button on either side of it.

I haven’t bought a book directly from the Kindle but have from the computer and from my iPhone. If wireless is turned on then the Kindle will receive it immediately but if it is off then when you turn it on it will automatically check to see if you have any new downloads. I have don’t this while on the road too. I have bought books with my iPhone and when I return home I will connect my Kindle via wifi and then my book appears.

Setup of wifi is easy and so are the other features of the Kindle. There are some experimental things on it but I rarely use them because I do use my iPhone for web surfing and playing music. As far as the text-to-speech on the device, I have not used that. I prefer to read the book and not listen to it.

I did buy a cover from my Kindle when I ordered it. I got the Amazon lighted cover and I really like it. The light is stored in the back corner of the cover and gets out of the way when not in use. I don’t use it often but when I do it I don’t have to worry about searching for a light source so I can read.

The price of the Kindle is great, in my opinion. Currently, Amazon offers three Kindle 3, the special offers version, the wifi only version, and wifi+3G version. I have the wifi only version because I didn’t feel that I needed to be able to download a book just anywhere. I keep enough material on mine that I won’t run out of something to read. With the wifi+3G version, you can buy books on the fly via the AT&T cellular network. The special offers version, which wasn’t available when I got mine, is simply just the wifi version with ads. I understand that the ads are not intrusive and are out of the way while you read. Currently prices are as follows:

Special offers version $114
WIFI Only version $139
WIFI+3G version $189
Amazon lighted case $59.99

Thanks for stopping by and if you decided to buy a Kindle please visit http://www.jeremyholley.com and click on the banner ad at the top. Thanks and I’ll see you again next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #36

It’s been months since I put out the last Triple T and really months since I’ve even written here. I am back and ready to talk about technology every Thursday. I have been staying really busy the last several months and have accomplished a lot of things in those months. For those of you that haven’t read my weight loss blog, I have lost over 40 pounds and have started running. I have done this with the help of technology and want to talk about that today.

I have written about the Lose It app before but that was my first step in my journey. I started logging everything that I ate and for the most part the weight did come off. I know it wasn’t just that but it was a big part of it. Lose It is a free app and there is a web site associated with it too. You can input what you eat either on the iPhone, iPod Touch or on the web and it will sync all devices that are associated with that account. It will allow you to lose up to two pounds per week or just maintain your current weight. When I started my program I was budgeted 1903 calories per day to lose two pounds a week. Before I changed my program to lose just one pound a week, I was budgeted 1640 calories per day. As you lose weight your calorie needs go down too.

The second thing that I am using to help me is a GPS watch. My watch is the Garmin 405. Whenever I am running outside I wear it and it works great. It keeps up with distance, time, and pace. I like to know my those three things and that is what I have displayed on my screen. You can have as many as three different screens that show different things and it will rotate the screens. I use just the one screen. When you finish your run you get near your computer that has your dongle pulled into the USB port and it automatically sends your running info to your computer. I personally export my run and import it into Runkeeper.

Runkeeper also has an iPhone app that I started using in the beginning and I loved it too. It keeps up with all the things that the GPS watch does and automatically sends it to the Runkeeper web site. The iPhone app and the web site now sync together too.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again next week when I will be reviewing the Amazon Kindle.

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