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Not as it Seems

Episode 594 June 20, 2020 “Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it’s always something — if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” — Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) When your computer slows down it is very frustrating. All you know is that everything you do takes a long time. Every command results in a spinning beach ball. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVEmvtJiIOo Was your computer hacked? Is your Internet connection slow? Is something broken or failing? Ask yourself, "when does the slowness occur?" Is your computer slow when you are in an Internet connected application? Email, browsers like Safari, text apps, online databases...

Search

Episode 593 June 13, 2020 Search is the modern operating system. You must search to find something on your computer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnlJw9H0xAM Searching for contact information is how you… well … contact someone. You search to calculate, spell, argue or know. On the Mac, Spotlight is central to searching. Command-F (for find) will open a Spotlight Finder search window. The search window allows you to find something where you just were or in the entire Mac. Search for files by Name, Contents, Kind and many other options. There are more than 250 file attributes available for search.   Each attribute can...

Mostly Right

Episode 592 June 6, 2020 “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” -  Friedrich Nietzsche   My life is riddled with mistakes. i wouldn’t have it any other way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpqV3dzYOgk It is a truism that every project requires a minimum of 4 trips to the hardware store. Projects also require a dozen trips to the shop/garage for materials and tools. Good planning can limit these trips, but i have never seen them eliminated. After each project, my planning gets better and the number of trips are reduced. i cannot count the number of procedural mistakes i have made....

Silver Lining

Episode 591 June 30, 2020 "Was I deceived? or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?"… “I did not err; there does a sable cloud  Turn forth her silver lining on the night,  And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.” John Milton, 1634 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl89GNC2gDw There is no doubt the the Corona Virus pandemic is a very black cloud. It has brought sickness, economic woe and death upon the world. But does the pandemic cloud have a silver lining? The most obvious silver lining is that the pandemic will pass. A vaccine will be created...

Shop Apron

Episode 590 May 23, 2020 i wear my shop apron for the mistakes i might make. The apron has paint splashes, grease from engine repairs and stains from various solvents. It is a comfortable full sized apron that shields me, holds my tools and is easy to work in.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W77Kwh6f0TE The apron’s job is to protect my clothing from the projects around the ranch. Sometimes i mistakenly put on my “going into town” pants on the morning of a paint job. When i am carrying a terra cotta pot for Paula the dirt and cactus needles do not ruin my...

Read Everything

Episode 589 May 16, 2020 When using a computer program READ EVERYTHING. Read the menus. Read the tool bar. Read the tool pallets. Read the Help file. Read the content. Read and re-read what you write. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5tr_L31StI READ YOUR BROWSER: The need to read is especially true when using a browser. When you open a browser (any browser) give the first page you see a hard look. Read everything on the page. CONFIGURE YOUR BROWSER: Let’s use Safari as an example. Safari will open to some page on the Internet or, perhaps, the Favorites page. The first page that Safari...