Author: Rick Thues

Intractable

Episode 553 September 7, 2019 Some people are intractable. It is a defense mechanism.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO5sFeGbeMU For some, learning is simply not an option. Repeated failures have conditioned some to close their minds to new ideas. i like to write flow charts or draw maps before i begin a project.  A map serves as a logical plan that can be used to execute a process or procedure.   i drew a map of how i wanted an irrigation system to be installed. The map assured that all the areas i wanted covered were, in fact, covered. When the irrigation system...

Getting it Right

Episode 552 August 31, 2019 In last week’s bLog "Getting it Wrong" i told the saga of Customer Service gone wrong. It began with my greed. i expected to buy a chainsaw for almost nothing and receive something in exchange. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKi0RDwEUtE As i described in last week’s bLog, i bought a cheap Chinese made chainsaw from Sears Marketplace. The saw did not start. After much time and negotiations i settled for a partial refund and i recycled the chainsaw.   i still needed a chainsaw. There are trees to fell and branches to limb. (Felling is cutting a tree down and...

Getting it wrong

Episode 551 August 24, 2019 Amazon is dominate in the online retail world. This is not just because of fair prices and variety of selection.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpsBgE5AbjM&list=RDGpsBgE5AbjM&start_radio=1 Much of Amazon’s success is due to their Prime service. Prime comes with many premium services such as Prime Video, Music and unlimited photo storage. These Prime services are less expensive than equivalent services elsewhere. Netflix is $13 per month = $156 per year Apple Music is $10 per month = $120 per year iCloud Photo Library 200 GB plan is $3 per month = $36 per year Just these three services total...

Relative Time

Episode 550 August 17, 2019 Time proceeds at a variable rate. As one approaches the speed of light, Time slows. The faster you travel the slower is Time. Life is a space ship with a warp drive. “Engage.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm6TsYypBpY Brain waves travel at the speed of light. Thoughts can occur over years or in the moment. Time is experienced in our will to notice it. The busier one’s mind, the faster is Time. Impatience slows Time. Focus speeds it up. Time travels in hindsight much faster than foresight. The memories of a lifetime can be remembered in a moment. Future...

Time Machine Flaw

Episode 549 August 10, 2019 This week's music: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMozVGKcAI[/embedyt] Because of a flaw in the way that Time Machine restores Mail data, Macintosh Mail.app can fail to run. Time Machine is the backup application built into macOS. It comes with the operating system and is a must use feature for every Macintosh user. Time Machine copies the entire boot drive onto an external volume (like a hard drive, flash drive or network share). Initially, Time Machine copies everything from the boot drive to the backup drive. After that, Time Machine does an incremental backup adding new and changed files...

Welcome to my New bLog

Episode 548 August 3, 2019 Evolution in computing is the one certainty. i have used the same web authoring software for more than 10 years. Ten years in computer years is like 20 years in dog years. The software should have stopped working 5 years ago. The authoring software i have used is Apple’s iWeb. Apple ceased development and support of iWeb 8 years ago. All this time i have been using unsupported software. Yet it still works and i still keep cranking out the bLog entries. The next Macintosh operating system will be macOS 10.15 Catalina. Catalina will only...