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Retired

Episode 601 August 8, 2020 This week i closed the books on iMentor. i am officially retired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT5j9OQ7Sh0 Dear regular readers… do not dismay. i will still write my bLog. If needed and if asked i will connect to some of your computers if i can help remotely. House calls will be rare. My primary business goal in iMentor was to make myself obsolete with every customer. The success of my business was built on this goal. If i can “teach you half as much about computers as your kids know” i have succeeded.  It is, after all, in the...

600

Episode 600 August 1, 2020 This is the 600th episode of the iMentor Hints and Rants bLog. It has been written for 600 weeks. 600 weeks is almost exactly eleven and one half years. Over all, i have worked on this bLog for 3600 hours, which weirdly is a number with 600 in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0SsAM3r9M 600gle generates 5 billion results when searching for “600.” The most popular Google search solution is the $600 per week unemployment benefit from the CARES Act (part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. Sadly this rescue money will run out soon. There is a...

Zoom

Episode 599 July 25, 2020 In this time of isolation in our battle against the Corona virus pandemic human contact is desperately missed. Not being able to socialize with our co-workers, friends and relatives leaves a void in our souls. One company has come to the rescue. This company is Zoom Video Communications. They are the developers of the video conferencing software, Zoom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FFok7oW2sI Other video conferencing (VCON) software exists. Skype is a popular platform for VCON. It is free to use, but does require a Microsoft account. Requiring an account complicates getting everyone to participate. Some people still struggle with...

Talk to the Animals

Episode 598 July 18,2020 When i was in elementary school, just learning how to read, our class would walk from Pacific Drive school to the Fullerton public library. We spent an hour at the library and were allowed to check out a book. i discovered Doctor Doolittle. i read every book. There were 12 books in the series. i could not stop turning pages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvMcKbo0vYc Doctor Doolittle was a character created by Hugh Lofting who could talk to animals. The doctor learned to speak with animals from his parrot, Polynesia. “Oh, we parrots can talk in two languages — people’s...

Long Tail

Episode 597 July 11, 2020 Have you ever thought of publishing a book or a podcast? Is there a product that you would like to market?  How will you get the word out? What will drive consumers to you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9shw79yxXmY The long tail of internet marketing can bring success to your podcast, song, Youtube video, bLog, book or product. The long tail refers to a graph which shows that a few vendors sell the highest volume of products. A great many vendors sell small volumes of similar products. The result is that the majority of product is sold in small...

Mirror

Episode 596 July 4, 2020 A piece of glass with a silver coating can tell so much about me. A mirror shows me who other people see. In the mirror is my long haired father. There is wisdom in the mirror that i did not know i had. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9NYDgbKsBE The first mirrors were polished obsidian stone.  Later, solid polished bronze and silver proved to be too expensive and prone to corrosion. Venetian plate glass in the 16th century was back coated with mercury. This reflected well, but was highly toxic. Today mirrors are made of perfectly flat, polished glass. Aluminum...