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My Digital Camera History

December 20, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ve been using digital cameras for a long time. In the beginning, the quality wasn’t the best. My wife wasn’t totally impressed with the quality, but I liked the convenience and the easy way to keep my pictures backed up. So, for a while, we each had a camera and took our own pictures with our own camera. My daughter probably felt like she was being chased by Paparazzi. (Or she would have if she hadn’t been so young.)

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Categories: Camera, Computer, Photography, Video

Apple Watch: Check-in After a week

May 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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I’ve had the watch a little over a week now. Saturday, I ran into the first relatively major glitch. I got my watch while I was cutting the grass and finished cutting it wearing the watch, but using my iPhone for music. This past Saturday was the first time I cut the grass since I got the watch. I had loaded music onto the watch, I paired my Plantronics Bluetooth headphones to the watch and started cutting the grass without my iPhone for the first time in years.

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Apple Watch Doesn’t NEED GPS: Use 1960’s Technology Instead

May 4, 2015 Leave a comment


On July 9, 1985, I boarded a plane at Dayton Airport and few to San Antonio, Texas where I entered Air Force Basic (it’s hard not to type that as BASIC) training at Lackland Air Force Base. I spent 6 weeks there and then 30+ weeks at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. I had taken the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and scored well enough to choose whatever field the base (I was joining the Ohio Air National Guard, so unlike regular Air Force enlistees, I knew where I was going to end up after I finished tech school) had an opening for. I decided to become an Inertial and RADAR Navigation Specialist. I would be maintaining and repairing navigation systems on LTV A-7 Corsair II Fighter jets. This jet first flew 2 years before I was born and the dates on the tails of the ones at our based ranged from 1968 to 1972. They weren’t exactly high tech (by 1985 standards) and are ancient by today’s standards. But, they had a technology that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, and, based on what I know about it from my Air Force training, I’m wondering if we are using the technology to its fullest potential.
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Apple Watch Additional Observations

April 27, 2015 1 comment


Saturday, I posted about my first 24 hours with the Apple Watch. Since then, I have a few more things to note about how it works.

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24 Hours of Apple Watch

April 25, 2015 2 comments

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After the first 24 hours of owning an Apple Watch, I thought I would put down some of my initial impressions.

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How to Keep Gmail, but Not Actually Use it

November 14, 2013 6 comments

I’ve been using Gmail since it was first introduced. I’ve had my own domain since 1996, and in 2000, registered a second domain.

When Google introduced the Google Apps product, I moved my mail for both domains to it. I still have grandfathered free accounts there. So, all of my mail goes through these two domains. I have an account on both of them, but I forward one to the other and only ever really set one of them up in my mail clients. I’ve been pretty happy with the Gmail service until I got my new iPhone 5s.
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My Ultra-Paranoid Backup Strategy

October 31, 2013 3 comments

I am super-paranoid about losing data. I have ben using digital cameras since 1999. My oldest Daughter was one at the time.

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This is the first digital camera picture I took of Megan.
There does not appear to be EXIF data on the picture, but I know it was an HP PhotoSmart camera.

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of things to protect these important files. I’ve burned then to CD and DVD, I’ve copied them to external drives and thumb drives. I’ve backed them up to Mozy (back when they actually had a reasonably-priced unlimited plan), then Carbonite (until I hit their cap where while they don’t tell you you cannot upload anything else, they slow down the upload to basically enforce a limit).
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Wow. Words Fail Me.

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

This is amazing.
The power of celebrity can be amazing, if it’s in the right hands. I don’t think, however, that there’s very many people who handle that responsibility with as much grace, respect, and kindness as Wil Wheaton. He’s a good goddamn guy.

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March 17, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve never really wanted to take a cruise. Even less now. And now, the cruise lines are costing millions of dollars and not paying taxes. Fun stuff!

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Aucontrary Proofreads iMore.com

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Today, I’ll be proofing a post from Rene Ritchie, iMore’s Editor-in-chief.


Our first example actually contains 2 typos in one sentence:


See if you can spot them both. I’ll give you a hint. It is apparent that whatever Rene uses to author content does not have a spell-checker.

Next we have ‘an’ where we should have had ‘a’. A common problem as you are revising a post and reword something placing a word that starts with a consonant where there was a vowel before. Still, easily identified and fixed with a quick proofread before publishing. If only there was an editor to do that.


Finally, we have a sentence that I’m not really sure what it is supposed to be, but I am fairly certain that this is not what Rene was thinking he was communicating as he typed it.


That’s all for now. Stop back often, because I am sure there will be plenty more examples to come.