Category: Tech Thursday

Thoughts and Questions about The Force Awakens

The following are my expanded thoughts on something I wrote in a discussion thread on this movie.  I’ve noticed that many fans are going in the same direction so  I wanted to get my thinky-thoughts out before reading more of anyone else’s.   I may update this post once or twice more as things take shape... Read more »

5 Simple Tricks to Extend the Battery Life Of Your iPhone

It seems everyone except my crazy aunts and racist uncles have a smart phone these days and they follow you everywhere.  Which means they are always on and always draining your battery.  If you’re a busy parent like me, you are often far away from your charger. Here are some cool tricks to impress your... Read more »

Rethinking WeMail: Still not for me but works for some

I use to be firmly anti-WeMail.  For those who don’t know, We-mail is a shared email account belonging to a two people, usually a couple in a romantic liaison.  (Think   Like a joint checking account the idea is that the email is used, accessed and managed by both members of a relationship.  I... Read more »

Unsubscribing hell: Why won't this old Yahoo Group let me leave

Like a lot of people, I belonged to some Yahoo Group listservs.  Hey don’t judge.  Everyone was doing it in the Noughties (or Naughties or Oughties, however you want to refer to 2000-09).  It was an easy way to keep up with common interests or hobbies without having your inbox flooded with email (if you... Read more »

4 misconceptions people have about techies

Here we go again.  I was talking with an old friend and she made a little comment that was meant to be harmless but was one part snide, one part rude with a little fear thrown in.  She said “well I’m not into technology like you.” If I had a nickel for every time someone... Read more »

Dear Comcast: Please play nicely with others before the government makes you

By now you may have heard about the recording of Ryan Block, former Engadget editor and current executive at AOL, trying to cancel his Comcast service that has been making the rounds in the past few days. If not, please find 10 minutes to listen to this clip. Sound cloud Comcast Recording. Note: This recording... Read more »

HDBaseT: Ditch your media cords forever

Have you seen those commercials for ATT U-verse wireless receivers? For some reason, these annoy the heck out of me. Probably because I grew up in a big city with a fairly decent Over-the-air selection of tv channels so I’ve never had cable in my life*. The commercials also conveniently leave out that you still... Read more »

Some cool things are coming to WiFi

While I’m not a WiFi guru or expert, I do know enough to be dangerous. We live in a 100 year old house with most of the walls being plaster so WiFi signals don’t necessarily go everywhere.  So I’m always on the lookout for WiFi tips, tricks and new technologies.  And I thought I’d share... Read more »

Rosetta Stone: Learning a new language is not easy for adults

I mentioned <em>apple </em>and <em>egg</em>, <strong>Jajko i jabłko</strong>. That's right!  Right out of the gate the first thing Rosetta Stone throws at you are two words in Polish that are spelled and sound very similar, at least to American eyes and ears.
In 2009 I purchased the Rosetta Stone software in an attempt to learn Polish, the language of my ancestors. I’ll tell you this much, it is probably easier to learn Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics or host a dinner party with carnivores, vegetarians, a vegan, and a lactose intolerant pescatarian than to train my adult brain... Read more »

Botanists Gone Wild: 70s sci-fi film Silent Running

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While searching for something else, I came across this daisy from the early 70s. Silent Running — not to be confused with the hit song by Mike + The Mechanics — is a 1972 environmentally themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern. According to Wikipedia, it was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had previously... Read more »