Posts Tagged ‘Apple’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 17, 2014
Recently, I received an email message from a friend, one who is highly intelligent, and who has a phenomenal diversity of life experiences. The item had a video to a Faux News video segment, which is included in this post, at the conclusion.
My response to the half-truthed item follows.
Here’s hoping you and others find it informative, and helpful.
While I have neither been the type to proclaim THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! nor believe there is conspiracy against me, nor the paranoid type that imagines “the government” is out to get me (and therefore neither view nor read Fox News), I do think there is some credence to the item. (Of course, a “Snopes check” shows a mix of half-truths. But, if it ain’t all true, it ain’t true – kinda’ like the gas, you know.) More details on that follow.
In a story published published Saturday, February 1st, 2014, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press wrote how some motorists in that area are preferring 100% pure gasoline over the 10% Ethanol blend. (I happened to read that story at the time it was published.)
While residing there, I also noticed the same, and noticed that the price for 100% pure gasoline is higher than for the 10% ethanol blend. One day, while pumping the 100% gasoline at a Chattanooga gas station, I happened to speak with a gent at the adjacent pump about the difference. He shared an observation with me which I thought quite interesting, and one which certainly seemed reasonable.
He said that in an “accidental” experiment, he purchased some 10% ethanol blended gasoline for use in his lawn mower. He then poured some of the 10% ethanol blended gas into a glass jar, and let it set out at least overnight (or a bit longer). He observed that it had become cloudy from the accumulation of humidity.
While I’ve never tried such an experiment, I do note that many years ago, on occasion, I would run my little carbureted Toyota’s gas tank empty, and would then fill it up with 1 gallon each of Methanol, 100LL, Toluene, Xylene and Methyl Ethyl Ketone. I did so for at least two reasons: 1.) to get any water in the fuel tank & system out, and; 2.) to “clean out” any deposits that may have formed in the fuel system.
Of course, Gasoline and Water are different for several reasons, not the least of which is that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 23, 2013
Ever tried to figure out how to get a numerical signal strength indicator on your iPhone?
Wonder no more!
Simply enter Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 23, 2013
As promised, here’s a look at the temporarily disabled screen shot.
Again, this screen appears only after entering the wrong passcode several consecutive times.
For those who may not know, signal strength is Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, June 7, 2013
At the time, I thought I had.
However, when I examined the disk, I found there was a duplicate sparsebundle.
Typically, unless the file name is changed by the user, on the OSX (Apple’s Macintosh Operating System) duplicate files are indicated by the presence of an Arabic numeral (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) following any file name. Because the sparsebundle, and any errors arising from it are created by the system, they are therefore not available to be changed by the user. Thus, the file names would be appended with a number as explained.
However, problems can be readily noted because either Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
However, like all things electronic, or computing, not everything always works 100% properly, 100% of the time.
And, while Apple’s OSX is as good, robust and simple an operating system as it is, it’s not without problems.
One of the problems that occurs is with TimeCapsule’s sparsebundles.
The sparsebundle is the name given to the disk image file that is the backup.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 20, 2013
Among the standard WordPress offerings are statistics on each blog, and corresponding search terms that were used to discover any particular entry. Those are very powerful tools, and in the proper hands, can be effectively utilized.
It’s interesting to read the search terms that often lead to this blog, and to this point, though I have considered opining on some of the more “fascinating” or “peculiar” entries, I shall share something a wee bit less salacious.
In fact, it’s not salacious at all.
One such entry was “what does unified info mean on iPhone“?
First, consider what the word “unified” means.
“Unified” means “to make, or become united, uniform or whole.”
The prefix “uni” means “one.”
By implication, unity, unification, or unified means that exactness is present. There is no variation, or difference.
Things are as one. They are made into one. To unify is to make into one.
Quite simply put, “Unified Info” on the iPhone means Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
NTSB drops ‘unacceptable‘ BlackBerry for iPhone
By Stacy Cowley @CNNMoneyTech November 21, 2012: 2:28 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The National Transportation Safety Board is the latest federal agency to ditch its BlackBerry phones for Apple’s iPhone — and it had a few scathing words about why it’s making the switch.
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices “have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate,” the agency wrote in a procurement request issued last week.
NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss, citing procurement rules, declined to name any specific problems the agency has had with its BlackBerry phones. RIM (RIMM) has suffered a few high-profile outages, including a global, three-day disruption last year.
“The NTSB requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry-out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations,” the agency wrote. “Due to performance issues with the blackberry [sic] devices, the NTSB desires to transition to a different device.”
RIM declined to comment specifically on the NTSB’s criticisms.
“We have 1 million government customers in North America Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, October 28, 2012
Once again, it’s Halloween.
And, once again, hospitals across the nation will engage in a costly and highly-misguided effort of X-raying candy under the pretense that by so doing, somehow it increases, or adds a level of safety or security for children.
Frankly, the whole idea is faulty to the core, and is based upon a long-standing urban myth.
Then, there was the fear mongering tactic of “dirty needles in candy” to justify X-raying candy.
Now, who knows what else there will be?
Even the most casual observer could plainly see that a razor blade inserted into an apple leaves a very noticeable mark, or bruise upon the fruit. Even if the apple was candied, the bruise would be noticeable. A covering of caramel, however, might hide such a mark. But then again, how many caramel apples are given out at Halloween by the average household? I’d say the chances of that happening are 1.) Slim, and 2.) None.
Here’s more food for thought (pun intended).
Poisons are not radiopaque.
That is, they do NOT show up on X-ray.
Poisons can be injected into still-wrapped candy, which would go undetected by even the most cautious observer.
And yet, Law Enforcement Officers and hospitals nation-wide will, once again, embark upon a well-intended, but seriously misguided notion to X-ray candy for hundreds of thousands of parents.
Not only is that foolish, it is EXPENSIVE to the hospitals, and a waste of precious resources in these difficult fiscal times.
Interestingly, there are others who have had similar thoughts… even as far back as 1988.
Healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and their staff should embark upon a public/community education effort to teach the public that X-raying candy is useless, and a costly endeavor that cannot protect anyone from those whose intent is upon harming children, or others by poisoning candy.
Suitable, safe and sane alternatives to wide-spread trick-or-treat expeditions could include Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 16, 2012
In reality, she offered a choice from among 6 smartphones.
She is also also going to pay its employees data and phone bills.
Marissa Mayer Just Gave Every Yahoo Employee An iPhone 5
Nicholas Carlson | Sep. 15, 2012, 11:32 PM
New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just sent an email to all of Yahoo’s full time and part time employees in the US, promising them a new Apple, Samsung, Nokia, or HTC smartphone.
“People are happy,” says a source at the company.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was considering giving every Yahoo employee a new iPhone or Android smartphone.
We learned about this plan from an internal memo, which we received from one source and confirmed with another.
Through the program, Yahoo employees will have a choice of phones: iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, or Nokia Lumia 920.
Yahoo is also going to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 14, 2012
Gonna’ get yours?
The iPhone Stimulus
By PAUL KRUGMAN, September 13, 2012
Are you, or is someone you know, a gadget freak? If so, you doubtless know that Wednesday was iPhone 5 day, the day Apple unveiled its latest way for people to avoid actually speaking to or even looking at whoever they’re with.
So is the new phone as insanely great as Apple says? Hey, I’ll leave stuff like that to David Pogue. What I’m interested in, instead, are suggestions that the unveiling of the iPhone 5 might provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy, adding measurably to economic growth over the next quarter or two.
Do you find this plausible? If so, I have news for you: you are, whether you know it or not, a Keynesian — and you have implicitly accepted the case that the government should spend more, not less, in a depressed economy.
Before I get there, let’s talk about where the buzz is coming from.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Where’s Chairman Mao when you need him, eh?
Foxconn denies using forced student labor to make Apple iPhones
By Jessica Guynn and Julie MakinenSeptember 11, 2012, 11:24 a.m.
Foxconn, which in recent months has come under heavy scrutiny in connection with working conditions in its factories, has conceded that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 10, 2012
“They are free to leave anytime.”
Gee… sounds almost like a Republican-dominated America.
The iPhone 5 (which will presumably be it’s moniker) is due to be released soon.
How could this affect Apple?
China Plant Assailed Again Over Work for Apple
By DAVID BARBOZA and CHARLES DUHIGG
Published: September 10, 2012
SHANGHAI — As Apple prepares to unveil the latest iPhone this week, the company’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology, is coming under renewed criticism over labor practices after reports that vocational students were being compelled to work at plants making iPhones and their components.
Foxconn has acknowledged using student “interns” on manufacturing lines, but says they are free to leave at any time. But two worker advocacy groups said Monday that they had spoken with students who said they had been forced by their teachers to assemble iPhones at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, in north-central China.
Additionally, last week Chinese state-run news media reported that several vocational schools in the city of Huai’an, in eastern China, required hundreds of students to work on assembly lines at a Foxconn plant to help ease worker shortages. According to one of the articles, Huai’an students were ordered to manufacture cables for Apple’s new iPhone 5, which is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.
“They said they are forced to work by the teachers,” Li Qiang, founder of China Labor Watch, one of the advocacy organizations and a frequent critic of Foxconn’s labor policies, said in an interview on Monday. Mr. Li said his staff had Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 10, 2012
Published: Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 4:35 PM ET
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, August 17, 2012
Remember: “Free” is just a come-on word.
In reality, it’s totally, utterly, wholly and entirely worthless and meaningless.
AT&T to Allow Free FaceTime Calls Over Cellular With Mobile Share Plan
August 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm PT
As added incentive to sign up for its new shared data plans, AT&T announced today that it will Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 26, 2012
Recollect the brouhaha over Vice President Joe Biden‘s remark Thursday, July 16, 2009 in Alexandria, Virginia?
He was speaking at an AARP-sponsored town hall meeting also attended by AARP CEO A. Barry Rand, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform.
Vice President Biden said, “Now people, when I say that, look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is ‘yes,’ that’s what I’m telling you.”
“And folks look, AARP knows – and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know – that the status quo is simply not acceptable. Its totally unacceptable. And its completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially, Were going to go bankrupt as a nation. Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is ‘yes,’ I’m telling you.”
Of course, Vice President Biden was speaking in context of the Affordable Care Act – also commonly known as “ObamaCare” – which the Government Accountability Office has shown has already demonstrated significant cost savings and proven to be business-stimulating legislation, and that to eliminate it’s protections would cost the federal government even more in the long-term.
Analogously, it’d be like having a fuel inefficient automobile – one that only got about 5 miles/gallon, or less. If you were to purchase even a used vehicle with twice the fuel economy – 10mpg – you could realize significant overall long-term savings. Simply ceasing driving will not solve any problem, but would rather create more problems.
Similarly, could you imagine having an inefficient Heating/Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system? You gotta’ stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter – there’s no way around it. And to lower your average monthly utility bills by even 1/3 would be beneficial.
So, here’s a shocker for armchair philosophers, political pundits, amateur economists, Radical Republicans, TEA Party types and more: Government spending – in part – is a significant driver of our nation’s economy. And, spending on economic infrastructure is ALWAYS a most wise investment.
Because 1.) Materials and Manpower ALWAYS come from the PRIVATE SECTOR, and; Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 23, 2012
The title says it all.
But the title doesn’t explain why.
Read on for more understanding.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, May 24, 2012
The revolution will not be televised.
It will be handheld.
Because the future is now.
Medical Devices in Hospitals to Go Wireless
FCC Is Expected to Vote to Open Up Spectrum, Easing Patient Monitoring and Making Product Development Less Risky
Hospitals are getting ready to cut the cord.
In place of knots of wires stuck to patients to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level and body temperature, doctors and the companies that supply them hope to use Band-Aid-like sensors to accomplish the same task wirelessly.
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday to open up spectrum for wireless medical devices, raising the possibility of easier hospital-patient monitoring, fewer tubes in emergency rooms, and more remote monitoring at home.
The shift will make it easier to track patients’ conditions, improving the odds that health problems will be caught before they become an emergency, analysts and clinicians say.
Posted in - Do you feel like we do, Dr. Who?, - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: Apple, communications, Darrell M. West, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration, General Electric, George Washington University Hospital, handheld, iphone, Medical device, mobilephone, news, Philips, smartphone, Technology, Wall Street Journal, WiFi, wireless | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, May 3, 2012
As Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “The times, they are a-changin’.” Our laws should reflect those changes while adhering to the values ensconced in our Constitution. In essence, the argument is about freedom – freedom from the large corporations that supply “content” via the Internet. As well, openness and honesty – popularly termed as transparency – should be the hallmark of all dealings, by government and enterprise.
In short, what we’re encountering in this age, in this era, is an almost unprecedented and wholesale onslaught of money and the power that comes with it. It is, in essence, a corrupting influence. It is, in essence, a type of bribery – and bribery is itself, a form of theft. Bribery is a form of theft because it takes away, removes, or forbids resources from going where they ought, or rightfully should. In this case, it robs freedom from the people. Not only does it usurp their decision-making capacity, it is a blatant announcement and condemnation of freedom, because it says that the rich, the wealthy have freedom, while the poor and disenfranchised have none.
If – as the Supreme Court has declared – money is the equivalent of free speech, and neither cannot, nor should not be limited, what freedom does the poor man have? Again, if money is equated with free speech (that is, our First Amendment rights), the poor man has none. And that, my dear readers, is but one reason why such a ruling is not only ANTI-Constitutional, but is antithesis of freedom.
Making a further case, our nation’s specie – that is, the currency and coinage – is the property of the United States government. It is NOT private property. Money is a thing used to represent something else. So again, I ask rhetorically… in such instances, and in this case, what does it represent?
Google Says “It’s Our Web”–and they bought it fair and square
Who can forget then-candidate Ronald Reagan’s classic line at the 1980 New Hampshire candidate’s debate: “I’m paying for this microphone!” And Google probably is wishing that whichever Ivy League idiot thought of rebranding their anti-SOPA campaign site with the double entendre “It’s Our Web” had not been quite so…uh..transparent…about it all.
Because it certainly is “their web” and they bought it fair and square according to Read the rest of this entry »
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