Words, Words, Words…

At the beginning of the week, Steve was looking for something on his iPhone that he thought would be under “Settings.” He stumbled onto the section called “Legal Notices.” We both got a good laugh out of it: a comparison between Apple’s Legal Notices, License information, and Warranty. I’m assuming that everyone, like me and Steve, has carefully read this… Continue reading

Tim Unplugged: Qwerkywriter Mechanical Keyboard

Well, my efforts to unplug have had mixed results. I am taking steps. Qwerkywriter is among my latest efforts at unplugging. Did any of you have a mechanical typewriter back in the day—you know, the old ones that didn’t use electricity. My grandmother gave me the one from her office when she retired. You had to really whack the keys… Continue reading

Apple Should Be Embarrassed!

After years and years of neglect, Apple released an update to its iWork programs. Each program is now sold individually. Pages version 5, the Apple word-processing and desktop publishing application, was born. The program is now on version 5.6.1. Typical of Apple’s feature regression, Pages 5.6.1, even today, lacks fundamental features one would expect from a desktop publishing app. Even… Continue reading

The Book of Questions

Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught to think. What did I… Continue reading

Fundamental Trans/Re-gressions

I’ve whined before about Apple, Inc.‘s fundamental trans/re-gressions. But now, I’m beginning to read others who are willing to publicly express their concerns as well. Apple’s hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has fallen so much in the last few years that I’m deeply concerned for its future. I’m typing this on… Continue reading

Some Tech Recommendations

  Waterlogue I guess you can now say that I officially live in Atlanta. We went walking in Piedmont Park where I took the quintessential “Atlanta” photo of the mid-rises reflecting in Lake Clare. The photo turned out nicely. In fact, the photo turned out so nicely I turned it into a watercolor using a new iOS app I recently… Continue reading

Sonos Wireless Audio System – Amazing!

I’ve been working with the audio, security, TV installer guy for the better part of 3 weeks to install/enhance the media and security systems in the house. The all house audio system and the surround system for the main TV really sound shockingly great. (I had no idea how much I would enjoy streaming music throughout the house with decent… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: An Adventure in Analog Living

One day last week was a gruesome nightmare from technology hell. There was an electrical “event” of some sort in the night necessitating calling an electrician to make sure everything was OK. (It was.) Trying to set a digital timer for a lamp almost enraged me enough to stomp the timer to bits after 30 minutes of exasperating failure with… Continue reading

Cancel Your @Netflix Accounts

So @Netflix has now jacked up my billing rate twice in the last several months.  This time they have at least doubled the monthly rate I originally started with just over 1 year ago. Originally Netflix was a great deal.  I love how I can stream video to my AppleTV and my iPad/iPhone.  It usually works well.  They are amazingly… Continue reading

Official Declaration

You know, official declarations are often a bit slippery.  I’m about to issue one such declaration now:  I’m declaring the computer hard drives officially recovered, restructured, and now in the process of backing up both on and off site.  I say it’s a bit of a slippery declaration because I will probably find small things yet undone even weeks from… Continue reading