Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
I've almost given up looking for stories from online newspapers. Ads for things no one cares about fill the screen when you get to the sites. More and more papers won't let you read stories until you sign up and I have more than enough user names and passwords as it is. Add to this list how jumbled news sites are it makes you wonder just what website designers they're using.
Had to get a new printer and let me just say, printers are very difficult to set up these days. I even went over to our tech guys and they kind of shook their heads when they heard what I was asking. Most printers are wireless which is a good thing, but depending on the brand, its a pain to get them to communicate with the wireless system. We still haven't got ours working.
New York Times tech writer, Farhad Manjoo has a very thorough review and explanation of the new Apple Watch, a device which many of us believe will not be something to rush out for. The most interesting thing he said was that he was not getting lost in his phone as he had previously.
But, also mentioned was that this device is not for everyone and it takes time to learn the device's complex interface. If you're intrigued by the watch and are considering getting one, take a look at this review for the positives and negatives. I'd guess that like all Apple products, many of us will be wearing one sooner or later.
I've come to wonder why the cable/DSL providers continually bundle their offers with a landline phone. So many of us have untethered our lives from landlines that this obsession with adding this to their plans seems out of date. Why is this other than to make themselves more money? "You'd get a better deal with the landline bundle," they tell us. I don't want the phone, please create a plan without one.
It's not going to be long before many subscribers won't even want the cable/satellite/DSL and will be going for things like Netflix/Roku/Hulu etc and watching what they want when they want. The only drawback is lack of current news and sports.
Have you noticed all the highlighted sales this Christmas shopping season? It looks as though audio people have finally discovered that people just don't like the small ear buds which come with every device that has sound. They just don't stay in the ears, at least that's what most people say. So now the big item for those who like to walk, run or just sit around and listen to talk or music is big, over the head headphones. Just like the older days.
Black Friday saw lots of these highlighted and they're still on the front page of many internet and newspaper sales inserts. Beats by Dre is a popular brand as is the headphone from Bose. Expensive though.
I saw a couple of stories recently explaining the use of emoticons and acronyms while communicating on various social media sites and email. I guess it's good we aren't yet at the point where we can speak in emoticons or acronyms. But it begs the question as to where are written language is headed.
One story tells parents about 25 internet acronyms they should know as a head's up to what their kids may be involved with. Some are overwhelmingly sexual which should be a concern. These creep me out truth be known.
The other story is on the rising popularity of emoticons to express...emotion. They have become so popular more and more are being created and they're getting bigger and bigger. Some are very cute and certainly well express happiness or sadness or anger or humor or disbelief etc etc. iPhones have a second keyboard which are emoticons and Facebook has an emoticon link for posts.
We're beginning an era of totally different communication means.
It seems as though babies are born with an instinct for understanding today's tech devices. All 5 of our grandsons picked up the process of using these things without explanation. Here's Jake yesterday browsing Dale's iPad.
I mean, seriously. He just turned 2, is only conversing in a minor way, but can find what he wants on the iPad as easily as cutting through warm butter.
Looking throught the Thursday Personal Tech page in the New York Times this morning there was a new vacuum cleaner highlighted-the Dyson Motorhead. This looks rather like a sort of weed whacker for inside the house. The motor up near the top handle connected to a pole which connects to the suction head. The story described this new vacuum as "a light-weight, hand-held,vacuum cleaner that is nearly as powerful as a full size, plug in model. Though it looks like a space age laser gun, there's nothing better at cleaning up."
Now I was intrigued. This is a rechargeable vac so that is a cause for concern, but it seems as though battery drain isn't really an issue as reviews say it will do a whole house before it needs recharging. It looks small so I naively gave some thought about maybe getting one. Then I saw the price. $549.
No way I'd pay that much for a vacuum and one that needs charging at that. And while it may do the whole house, the fill canister looks very small which means stopping too often to empty it. If you live in an apartment, don't have a dog or kids, this might be fine, not for me though. There are stores which have it on sale online right now, but it's still too much. I'd rather spend money on other things.