Author: Rick Thues

Fear

Episode 560 October 26, 2019 Some people fear technology. It is mysterious. Some people say that some technology is inscrutable and therefore cannot be learned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5U7b_E14cE i liken the fear of technology to when i walked into a Best Buy for the first time. i stood in the entrance. My mouth dropped open slightly. i actually sighed with trepidation. Sitting at the door was a Best Buy employee who greeted me cheerfully. That made me feel better. He was wearing a blue shirt. As i scanned the store i saw other people in blue shirts standing around. Good to know....

A Trip to Catalina

Episode 559 October 19, 2019 Every time Apple releases a new operating system i have advised my clients to wait. This used to be every two years, but now it is every year. This year Apple has released macOS 10.15 Catalina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I7zMKptjRs It is a very major new version upgrade because Catalina no longer supports 32 bit applications. An operating system that only supports 64 bit applications means that some of your software might not work. You can see which of your software is 32 bit in: Apple menu > About This Mac > System Report… > Software > Applications...

Aggregators

Episode 558 October 12, 2019 Humans aggregate everything. We are pack rats for knowledge. Our computers have taken our propensity for hoarding and turned it into a guidebook for life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XLV8cBbG1o Social media aggregates community. Religion aggregates faith. Education teaches critical thinking so we can aggregate truth. Computers aggregate information. We have delegated aggregation to our machines. All our communications are aggregated by our phones. Email, text, voice, tweets, posts and social media are all located in one place. Our creative expression is aggregated in the computer. Gone are the days of paper and pen. i used to write poetry...

icons

Episode 557 October 5, 2019 icon: ˈī-kän : a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that represents an app, an object (such as a file), or a function (such as the command to save).— Merriam-Webster   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcpAfOZlMnk Virtually everything you see on your computer desktop is an icon. The pictorial symbols on your desktop and in Finder windows are icons which represent apps, documents, folders and aliases (short cuts). The words in a directory are icons that represent the files that they name. Menu items are icons that represent the commands that they name. The keyboard shortcuts next to...

Never trust a machine

Episode 556 September 28, 2019 Over the years my best consult has been: “Never trust a computer.”   Computers are human machinations and therefore flawed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkbAx63e1wI There are things about a computer on which you can absolutely count. When a computer is working it will process a program (application) exactly as designed. Bits and bytes that enter the processor are processed as they are in the order that they occur.  This loop of processing will continue reliably until the program ends, is interrupted, the power goes down or an error occurs. It is in the errors that trust is lost....

Where am i?

Episode #555 September 21, 2019 i use the Maps app on my iPhone as a tour guide when i am out and about. Maps tells me where to shop, how to get there, what is the best route, when to turn, where to go for what i want to eat and how other people like the restaurant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njtM09ki5nY Last week i was following directions to home after a day trip to San Diego. i became hungry for dinner “What restaurants are near by?” i asked the Maps app. Maps gave me a list of restaurants. One was the Cork and...