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“For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us… Edgy. Unfulfilled. Even after 400 hundred generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.”
— Carl Sagan


Updating Your Apples

So today sees yet another new ios update to Apple iPhones and the like. And, given what some have said about the trouble they’ve had in the past, and people moaning about how loooong it takes, I have to say, my update went very smoothly.

Before updating, however, I always follow these simple steps, and maybe, so should you:

  1. Back up your device to your computer.
  2. Back up your device to the cloud as well, if you have an account.
  3. Make sure any new purchases you have are transferred.
  4. Download but DO NOT install the new update.
  5. Read the TOS first, or at the very least what fixes/bugs updates there are. It’ll only take you a minute to read those.
  6. Finally … start the update of your device.

The data back up took me 10-12 minutes, while downloading of the software update took almost 20. But hey, I walked down the corridor, put the kettle on, and made a brew. Earl Grey. Hot. And voila! The update was ready.

Then, and only then, did I hit the ‘update’ button sure that I had done everything I could or should, and waited. The next bit is what drives some people nuts. I don’t know why. Anxiety? Maybe. This bit only took 3-5 minutes tops having done all the rest to set the stage, as it were.

All-in-all, it went smoothly. I had no apparent hiccups, or problems, and on re-start of my iPhone 5c I saw that everything was there, including my Carrier connection. Something I’ve heard others say they’ve had a problem with.

The simple fix to that is to get a paperclip, straighten it, and use it to firmly, but carefully, pop out your sim card tray and, just as quickly, push it back in. This usually clears and sorts the problem.

Now, it’s onto updating the iPad mini.


Putin Coup

So, while the media in Europe is reporting, however tentatively, that they think there’s been a coup in Russia, the media here in North America is talking about the weather, or Robert Downey Jr. Helping a young boy with a bionic arm, or baby abductions.

No mention of poutine … I mean, Putin! As in, ‘Where’s Putin?‘ And, really, do we care?

Of course, Bill 51 here in Canada might seem more important at the moment, but really. Putin ousted and possibly dead has yet to make the news here?

Well, okay, so maybe the rumours are just that, rumours. Without any substantiated fact, and the truth of his not being seen in public for the last nine days (and who’s counting anyway?) could be attributed to anything … Flu … He’s still drunk from a bender …

Or better still, my personal hypothesis, he’s undergone surgery to change his appearance so he can abandon a sinking economy in Russia and flee to some secluded island to squander his ill-gotten 20 billion dollar fortune on big Game fishing and women!

And you, dear reader, what do you think?

[Update: March 17th – The NY Times reports Putin alive and well!]


Hard Graft …

“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it is. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They talk about their ‘morning ritual’ and how they ‘dress for writing’ and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to ‘be alone’ — blah blah blah. No one tells the truth about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at the freezer with a screwdriver.” — Amy Poehler

Apple Watch

Apple Does Time

Dick Dick Tracey   This is Alexandra are you receiving me, over?

So, what does everyone think of the new Apple watch? Is this something you even care about, are you foaming at the mouth to get your hands on the first one, or do you have a more laid back approach with ‘I’ll wait and see’ what’s what first?

And who in their right mind, as my other half asked (pointedly looking at me) is willing to pay $360+ for the basic model … let alone the silly prices being asked for the gold versions?

Though I am sure as the Pope is Catholic, and as the sun comes up every morning, there will be enough people out there who will not only buy, like me, the basic version not just because they are Apple fans. Or that they like new shiny tech, or want to be first in the queue, but because of the potential they see in what these watches can do for them.

Of course the geek in me, never mind sheer nerd-factor of owning an Apple Watch, says I will buy one regardless of what you think or what you say. Because …

Because I can have fun, and waste endless hours of daylight sending silly smilies to people who will (no doubt) quickly un-friend/block/nuke me faster than the plague kills. Spend endless daylight hours playing with apps and check my pulse rate every other second to check I’m still alive … send myself notes/email/calendar events just to hear my watch ping, or feel it gently vibrate on my ever thinning wrist …

And when they find my emaciated mottled corpse on the couch, decaying finger poised over the watch face, empty eye sockets staring lovingly at my beloved dayglo lime-green watch that ran out of juice five minutes after I expired … they’ll nod and whisper …

Damn fool, what she go buy one of those for?