Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) : The Story Of My Life

This movie, I suppose some would say, resembles my life a bit. I'm a dreamer. I identified with this movie so much.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty follows the life of a day dreamer.

If you ever zone out at your job, you'll definitely identify with the plot.
Walter Mitty is a dedicated old school film "negatives asset manager". He manages an enormous library of pictures and negatives for LIFE magazine. The problem is, everything is going digital and impersonal. His job is on the line. 
Walter (played by Ben Stiller) is madly in love with a co-worker, Cheryl (played by former Saturday Night Live cast member, Kristen Wiig) Walter has to balance the reality of his job and the real possibility that Cheryl likes him too with his fantasy world. Zoning out could cost him both.
The movie, also directed by lead actor Stiller, is a great family movie with a heartwarming story.

It's one of the best movies I've seen since "Inception".

★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
(5 out of 5 stars)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Its Not OMG it's OMO …

Dear WYFF,
As our local NBC affiliate, you represent us … through the news, through your support of local charities, through advertising our local businesses. Thank you.

The general consensus that I get from my community and from social media is … We all love the music talent show, "The Voice". My personal assessment of this show is that it's much better than American Idol because it doesn't seem edited. It seems more professional than other TV reality talent and competition shows.

I, along with people in my community (Liberty SC) are concerned about the November 26, 2013 broadcast of "The Voice". In this episode, the semifinalists sang a rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

According to lyrics website AZLyrics, the lyrics are …

"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by?"

The contestants were "coached" (may I used the word, "forced" also) to use these lyrics instead …

"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by OH, by and by?"

I'm confused by this.

What is controversial or even religious about using the word "Lord" in a HYMN?

This song is a gospel hymn. It refers to heaven. The music was chosen, knowing it was a gospel hymn.

I'm also confused because characters on MANY of your shows say "OMG" or "Oh My God" or even "Lord have mercy" … none of which constitute praise or have religious undertones.

Furthermore … If you featured the number one song in the country … "Royals" by "Lorde" would you introduce them like this … 
"Here's the song Royals, by the band OH"?

The song featured on "The Voice", as sung, lacked harmony and didn't fit. It was a blatant slap in the face of all viewers of all religions or even no religion.

Please pass this along to NBC and express to them that we noticed.

Liberty SC

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How To Stop Game Requests On Facebook … Or … Ending The Annoyance Of Candy Crush Saga & Farmville

A lot of times, facebook games send game requests out automatically.

I personally don't send game requests unless I know you like them and I'm really choosey which games and apps I use.

There are only a few games on facebook that don't track you. If you are playing Candy Crush and the "________ville" games - you are surrendering your privacy every second you play.

 While I recommend not playing games at all on facebook - remember - free is NOT really free - they make money by selling your profile data, friends data, and your "gaming statistics", including tracking you … you can prevent others from sending you game requests easily. Just block the games. Most everybody plays the same games. After about a month of performing the steps below, you should get relatively few gaming requests. I only get about one a month now and I have a lot of facebook friends - 10x more than most of you.

 1) ON FACEBOOK.COM … In the left sidebar on your computer, go to games. This will take you to the "facebook app center" … Click on "Requests" in the left sidebar of that page. Note in the picture what comes up …

 2) Visible in the small red area (circled for you to notice) is an X … click it.

 3) Choose "Block _______________ game"

 4) Confirm. Once you do this with the popular games (ie Candy Crush) you'll eventually only have a request every few months.

Tip #2 … pay attention! Choose "skip" when a facebook app asks if it can post to your profile or share on your friend's wall. Greater than 50% of the viruses I am removing from computers these days are making it onto your computers via facebook games. Note: facebook itself is benign, but know that most "pages" are marketing companies - collecting data on you. LOTS OF DATA!

Tip #3 … Screenshot pictures and memes and re-upload them rather than sharing. Credit the pictures if you like.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How Do I Get Rid Of Bot-Sites Like VampireStat? There IS One Way!

My traffic on my local news website has been growing steadily over the last two years. As traffic has increased so have sitesuckers!

I've searched all over the internet how I can get rid of sites like vampirestat, zombiestat, and adsensewatchdog … but pretty much all the discussion on the topic says, "You can't and that Google refuses to do anything about such websites.

Website, Tech Lore by Igor, at …

… is the most informative about the topic, but after reading his website I think I came across the answer. It appears Google allows these "bot-sites" to crawl blogger blogs if you do not have adsense - Google's advertisement and monetization program. If you do have adsense, it seems Google will quickly eliminate your "bot problem" so it won't jack up your pageviews and therefore your adsense revenue.

I was axed from the adsense permanently a few years ago - so I can't personally use this cure. Google's loss because my blogs have since skyrocketed in traffic.

There are ways to block domains in blogger blogs by using a proxy server but it's too complicated to follow and apparently really slows your blog down. Operating a dependable news site, I can't afford for any lost load time.

One tip that seems to be common across the web is that you should not visit these sites to try to figure aout what they are, what they are doing, or to use any contact information. You will most likely be put on a spam list and it seems most of the sites contain malicious content - adware, spyware, and malware. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

eBay Officially Zonking The 'Zirking

I received this email the other day concerning eBay's ending of the Trading Assistant Program …
This is essentially ending eBay listing companies official affiliations with eBay.

As some of my regular readers know … I had quite the issue with one such company in particular.

Please read the email below and see this link for more information for what led eBay to make this change:

Also see:

I Used I-Soldit, But They Bought It

Hello eBay Trading Assistants,

Thank you for your participation in the Trading Assistant program and the work you have done to help others sell their items on eBay. We’ve been listening to feedback from many of you and have heard that the program is not meeting expectations or delivering a significant number of sales leads. As a result, on September 20, 2013, the Trading Assistant program will be retired. Please note, this decision has no impact on your eBay account or your ability to buy and sell on eBay. 

Here’s what it means to you:

eBay will no longer host a Trading Assistant directory or provide sellers with Trading Assistant program leads eBay sellers can no longer use “eBay Trading Assistant Program” logos or other marketing materials referring to the Trading Assistant program

To allow time for processing any remaining leads, the Trading Assistant portal will be available until October 18, 2013 to all registered program members. 

For eBay sellers who are “Registered eBay Drop-off Locations” or any other sellers who have physical program marketing materials (flyers, cards, signage, etc.), the deadline to discontinue all usage of these items is October 31, 2013.

As stated above, use of digital logos, marketing materials or other program marks will be prohibited as of September 20, 2013.

Note: all eBay sellers may however continue to use the eBay brand within the guidelines of the eBay seller agreement. Click here for more details. Today’s announcement has no impact on the eBay Education Specialist program. We appreciate all of our eBay sellers and the work you do in your local communities.

Our strategy at eBay is simple: provide our customers the best possible selling and buying experience. We are committed to your success. As new programs and initiatives continue to be developed, eBay will make every effort to find more compelling ways to engage with our sellers. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

The eBay Seller Program Team

Important Dates/Actions Needed:

September 20 – Trading Assistant program is discontinued, public access to Trading Assistant portal/directory is suspended, all digital program logos and other marketing materials must be taken down

October 18 – Registered program members must process all remaining leads from within the Trading Assistant portal queue as access to the portal will be discontinued on this date.

October 31 – Any physical program signage or other program marketing materials may no longer be used

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thank You Steve Jobs For Inspiring This Movie To Be Made!

I learned to program on an Apple ][C (1980-1983). I got a Mac in September of 1984, nine months after their introduction.

Ever since, I have pretty much lived my life dependent upon Apple products for my income, writing, and creative process. I have worked for Apple, beta tested products, and worked on my own, selling, repairing and networking Apple computers.

Steve Jobs, made out to be a god by most of the tech industry, was an insanely driven person. He is an inspiration to me - not to become god-like - but to be known for something other than vanity, fortune, or fame. I would like to be remembered for being unique and irreplaceable. Steve Jobs is certainly that.

This movie follows the life of Steve Jobs from dropping out of college to form Apple Computer to his death.

The movie is well acted by Ashton Kutcher.

You may consider the life of Steve Jobs boring to anyone but a geek, but I highly recommend you see this movie. It seems to be a very accurate portrayal of a life that is inspirational.

★★★★★ out of ★★★★★

(5 out of 5 stars)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Elysium: Not Quite A Slice Of Heaven

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the wealthy, who live on an advanced space station called Elysium, built by the Armadyne Corporation; and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, slum Earth.

The earth is policed by robots, also made by the Armadyne Corporation; while Elysium is mostly equipped with Armadyne's similar looking, but friendlier, servant bots.

Actor Matt Damon plays Max De La Costa, a worker in an Armadyne Corporation factory on earth. His destiny is to get to Elysium.

I was really looking forward to this movie as I had read that producer, director and writer Neill Blomkamp had loosely based the script on the original Logan's Run trilogy.

As with most films Jodie Foster is in, the plot is politically charged. This film deals heavily with the themes of socialism. It's one flaw is that it doesn't convincingly portray socialism as all that bad.

I enjoyed the film. It was a bit gory in places with unnecessary language. The movie could have EASILY been edited for language as there is no nudity to make it rated PG-13.

I'd wait for it on video if you have a big screen TV.

(website for the film with bonus content)

★★★½ out of ★★★★★
(3½ out of 5 stars)

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Is there a way to transfer photos on an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device that are in albums to a computer?

You may have noticed that when you try to sync photos from your iOS device that photos that have been placed into albums won't sync.

It's unclear as to why Apple has oddly continued this annoyance throughout iterations of iOS.

I've read it's a closure of backdoor security flaw.

Can you get around it?

Well, if you Google it, you'll most likely come across an Apple Forum discussion where a very bullheaded moderator pedantically type-slaps innocent question after innocent question.

The actual answer is "Yes and No."

First, you could tediously remove all your photos from albums and just organize them once synced in programs like iPhoto.

You can sync your iOS device over iCloud and view the photos in albums at any time. If you run over your limit of storage you may want to consider buying more storage. (If that organization is worth it to you.)

Finally, you can use "total access software "PhoneView" for the Mac by - this program allows access to all your photos.

Personally, I like the last option. I use "PhoneView" more than I use iTunes to manipulate files on my iPhone and even to create more space.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Wolverine: A Cut Above The Rest

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

Great story. 

Great acting. 

Great special effects.

I've honestly liked all of the X-men movies. I wasn't a fan of the comic or the cartoon series. The X-men movies have made superheroes seem real and had great commentary on race, genocide, mortality, and using one's talents.

It's rare these days that big budget special effects movies have believable acting or a plot. Most special effects blockbusters are meant to dazzle to make up for plot holes.
Wolverine, a man who has the gift of healing instantly, is also tortured by that gift. His gift also protects him from the scars of aging and he's had to watch his loved ones die in his 200 years of life.

Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine is faced, for the first time, with his own mortality. As he stands at the brink of death, he must decide if he should die or whether more of the ones he loves will die instead.
I loved watching the reenactment of the bomb dropping on Nagasaki in Word War II and the different perspective given from the Japanese soldier's point of view.

I highly recommend this film.

Infrequent cursing and lightly suggestive sexual references.

★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
(5 stars)

Friday, July 19, 2013

R.I.P.D. is D.O.A.

It's easy to compare R.I.P.D. to Men In Black. It's essentially a rearranged story ~ just substitute "the dead" for the aliens.

Actor Ryan Reynolds, who despite having great comedic delivery, plays the exact same character in almost every movie ~ an overconfident sarcastic.

In this movie, Reynold's character passes on into an afterlife especially for great police officers ~ The Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) 

While on a case, an unlikely police partner pairing in this life discovers a plot that could jeopardize mankind. 

This movie is by Hollywood standards; a pretty high budget at $130 million ... The special effects in some areas are lacking ... looking cartoonish and fake ... Not what one would expect.

The movie is entertaining, but not worth your hard earned dollar.

Wait for it on video.

There's a good bit of cursing, so parents beware.

[UPDATE] After discussing the movie with a friend the next day, I realized something I forgot in this review. For a movie about dying and the afterlife - there was ZERO mention of prayer, God, or Jesus. 

★★ ½ out of ★     

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Read the fine print ...

Here's why it's important to read the fine print in contests you are considering entering:

The fine print of a Dish Network/Southwest Airlines promo:
"By providing your telephone number and clicking submit you authorize DISH, Blockbuster, OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES to use this number to contact you regarding DISH and Blockbuster products and services through an automated or predictive dialing system or prerecorded message system; regardless of whether the number is on any do-not-call lists or is otherwise registered as a wireless telephone number."
This pretty much removes your number from the do not call list. 

This clause is illegal. 

By law, a contest must have an opt out.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pacific Rim: A Dam Good Movie

This movie was exactly what I expected … 

"A great guy movie with great special effects."

The plot centers around a growing attack of gigantic monsters that have devastated many coastal cities around the world that are near the Pacific Ocean. 

The world bands together to create an army of 1000 foot tall robots known as the "Jaeger" program (pronounced YAYGERR). 

When the Jaeger program starts to fail, a veteran Jaeger pilot who has since tasked himself to help build a half-mile thick dam around the Pacific Ocean's border cities called "The Pacific Rim", is called in to help for one final stand against the monsters.

The brawn of the Jaeger program isn't what the defense of using the giant robots is about - it's about the link between the heart and the mind and the determination to survive.

I read a review and I think this pretty well sums it up ...
"A robot uses a cruise ship as baseball bat to knock a monster twice up side the chin, enough said A+"
That's true. The design and scale of this movie is incredible.

Guillermo Del Toro is right up there with Speilberg & Ridley Scott with putting together such a complex set with original design elements.

Very entertaining afternoon for the kids! (Well ... Maybe Dad and the boys.)

       (4 out of 5 stars)

Friday, July 05, 2013

Do It Now ...

Well … I finally did it.

I switched from an iPhone 4s to an iPhone 5.

I was reluctant because I had so much invested in the 30 pin dock connector and accessories ~ nearly 11 years worth.

I came to the realization this past weekend that I could probably make a few hundred bucks off of what I had and successfully adapt (at this point) everything I wanted to keep.

 I posted this to my facebook friends this past weekend …
So awesome to get paid $23.17 to switch to an iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5s is coming in September and won't be too much different. 
I would trade your iPhone 4 or 4s in now if you can. 
An iPhone 4 (in good condition) will get you a free phone (+$8.99 tax) at Radio Shack (under contract, any carrier) 
An iPhone 4s will get you +$32.82 cash. 
Come September, the 30 pin connector will also start to fade at retail in favor of the new smaller lightning connector. Now to sell my headphones and wall charger and get another $25.00
For audio docks that you may want to keep, see this adapter, review and how to:

I'm glad I made the switch and I was able to keep my unlimited plan with AT&T. I've read that you cannot keep your unlimited plan on Verizon if you do a contract priced phone, so be aware of this.

Sprint & T-Mobile (with T-Mobile having caveats) offer unlimited plans anyway.

The LTE and 4G speeds are truly amazing and a big reception difference vs the 4 and 4s. Surprisingly my 3GS got better reception than my 4 and 4s.

The extra row of icons is more handy than I thought it would be. Now I have room enough for a dedicated calculator and dedicated soundhound app.

I highly recommend getting the 5 now before the 5s comes out. You'll be in a much better price proposition going forward and better prepared for iOS7.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Review Of The Movie That Isn't Called "Superman"

I'm going to be a man and just come right out and say it, "I didn't like this movie".

It wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, that's about the best I can describe it.

So many elements of the story lack explanation, meaning, or are just out of place.

The story doesn't seem to fit together.

Much of Superman's American patriotism is lost.

* Although admittedly in the last "reboot" of Superman, Perry White, editor in chief at the Daily Planet said, "Superman fights for truth, justice, and all that other stuff".

The line used to be,

" … truth, justice, and the American way."

Actor Michael Shannon, who plays General Zod, the film's villain, is unconvincing and the majority of his "tactics" for Superman's demise are very poorly scripted.

The movie's fight sequences while fun to watch at first for their massive destruction of two titans fighting, drag on causing trillions of dollars in damage.

The movie's plot seems to so blatantly want to change the Superman story only for the sake of being different, not for the sake of a good plot.

You know the story of Superman, so it's not important to this review to rehash any of the plot. There isn't much of a plot twist.

Many pieces of the story don't fit together, so it would be hard to write a plot review anyway.

I looked at other reviews that did give a plot summary and most are just, "a man discovers his extraterrestrial origins."


Actors Kevin Costner and Dianne Lane are very convincing "adoptive earth parents". Very well acted and executed.

Villain side kick Faora is truly scary and well played by actress Antje Traue.

The "S" having a different meaning on Krypton is a compelling story element.

The film's special effects are top notch.


The story has been altered for the sake of altering it and making it more modern of a tale.

The script seems disjointed, leaving too much open ended.

The fight sequences drag on and are over the top, seeming to want to top Marvel's Avengers movie rather than entertain the audience.

Poor choices for casting including Lois Lane, Zod, and auxiliary cast.

I do not recommend this movie.

★★  out of  ★★★★★

* Side note: in case you were wondering why they didn't call it Superman: Man of Steel. Copyright ownership was in play. The rights weren't obtained to naming a movie "Superman" long after production had ended and it's one of the reasons we haven't seen an entry in the Superman franchise much sooner. Alexander & Illya Salkind (and their estate own the rights).

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It Appears To Be More Real This Time ...

Tech Blog Gizmag is reporting that after some confusion over the past year about the rebirth and production of the Aptera, it looks like a reorganization by the design and patent holder is coming to reality.

The biggest surprise in the new announcement is that there will potentially be 3 models.
• A U.S. produced all gas version that will hold 5 gallons and get slightly over 100mpg. 
• A Chinese produced version that will be all electric, and 
• A hybrid that may peak at 240mpg (to be produced at a later date). 
Any of you that are regular readers know that I am one of Aptera's biggest fans and I honestly see it as the future of the automobile industry. I had even posited that I thought Apple should buy them out and enter the car business and make as big a splash there as with the iPhone and iPad. 

Read the full story here:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness = Five Stars: No Dark Ones

So, if you're a trek fan like me, then you've probably already seen this movie before reading this review. If you consider yourself a "trekkie" then you and a friend saw it at midnight a week ago.

For those of you that haven't seen this movie or need confirmation that it was a great film then this review is for you.

The movie is light on plot with plot many elements and themes borrowed. That statement will really hit home with the twist in the film. I won't give anything away, but just remember … with J.J. Abrams Star Trek, we are on an alternate timeline than the original 60's series and original movies would have us on.

That alternate timeline was created by the "old Spock" in the last film.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays the villain in the film with a Voldermort vibe - hell bent on destroying Hogwarts … wait … wrong movie. Well, that will make sense when you it.

The production quality of this movie is amazing. Excellent design and incredible detail while maintaining a small homage to previous generations of trek franchises.

Saying too much about this movie will give it away due to the simplicity of the plot.

This movie needs to be seen in the theater. 


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How To Pair MOST Bluetooth Songdocks To An iPhone or iPad

This is what is known as a SongDock … it was originally developed by Bose and then ultimately ripped off …

This particular unit is one such ripoff.

When I bought it … I thought it said SongDocky … so that's what I  call it.

It's one that I have and it works very well.

I got this particular unit from Rapdbuyr when they had a $10 off any purchase deal - making the price $4.99 shipped.

It comes in black and white.

I figured it would come in handy once I made the transition to a lightning connector since I have a pretty big investment in docks that have the 30 pin connector.

Unfortunately, the dock only transmits stereo audio - so you can't control any other aspects of the dock itself. You also can't control the iPod, iPad, or iPhone in your hand (or wherever it is) with the dock's remote as would be able to do if the iDevice itself were physically docked.

This also means that you cannot transmit video through the SongDock.

To operate it …

1) Plug the "SongDock" into a 30 pin iPod/iPhone/iPad dock connector.

2) Hold down the little button on the top for 5 seconds

3) Go to settings / bluetooth

4) The SongDock will appear as a generic device at first

5) Click "Pair"

6) Enter the code "0000" (Four zeros)

7) You now can hear ANY audio that would normally flow through the dock connector.

I have several other such devices and the Belkin bluetooth adapter has the same pairing instructions and code.

The process should work fairly similarly with computers (Both Mac and PC) and other smartphones.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Robert Downey Jr. Should Get His Driver's License Name Changed To Tony Stark

I have to be honest. I've wasn't a fan of Iron Man as kid. In fact, I was and still am a DC Comics guy.

DC Comics has fared poorly with scripts, acting, and general non release of super hero films in their franchise. Batman is the only exception. On the other hand, Marvel Comics has released a film or subplot featuring just about every charcacter in their empire and done so very well with everything from Blade to Spiderman to X-men to Iron Man.

That out of the way … the Iron Man franchise has made the transition from comics and cartoons very well to the movie screen. The majority of that success has to be attributed to Robert Downey Jr. - he is Iron Man. He almost has to ad lib a good bit of his lines. Downey's harsh, arrogant words become Tony Stark - the man behind Iron Man. I can almost picture Downey really being Iron Man if the technology and money permitted him. Downey was destined to be in the role.

Iron Man III apparently begins to end Downey's run as Iron Man, but possibly hints at a smaller role in an Avengers sequel and maybe a spinoff. You'll have to see the movie to gather the same notion.

The plot of the first Avengers movie is interwoven masterfully into the plot of the third Iron Man standalone movie. Downey portrays Tony Stark who is haunted by the images of "what happened in New York". This plot device plays nicely into the story because The Avengers movie was certainly on epic proportions and that sets the tone that this storyline can't possibly be as grandiose.

Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, the film's villain, is played terrifically. The Mandarin seems to be modeled somewhat after Osama Bin Laden.

If you saw some of the previews and thought the Mandarin's voice to be cheesy, like I did, you'll understand that "voice" once you see the film.

All the Iron Man movies get a five out five star rating from me. Perfect plots, seamless special effects, innovative action sequences, epic scale, and political incorrectness make the whole series of films a must see.

All of the Iron Man movies are PG-13 for violence but none is gory or bloody (at least not blood by the gallons like some movies). The movie's characters rarely if ever curse and I can't recall hearing a single curse word - which is something rarely found in movies any more. This is certainly a family movie and your entire family will enjoy it.

The only week spot, if one could be found, is Gwyneth Paltrow. Her acting is subpar in this film and the others.


Thursday, April 04, 2013

New Stephen King Novel TV Adaptation Seems Like A Story About My Town

In another life, I'm the editor and owner of my town's local news source.

My town is a very small town with lots of typical small town politics.

I'm very excited about this new Stephen King TV adaptation, Under The Dome, about a small town that get traps under a mysterious "isolating dome".

CBS Television has released a sneak peek of its highly anticipated summer series, "Under the Dome."

The series is based on the 2009 scifi/horror/drama book entitled "Under The Dome" by Stephen King and will be adapted by "Lost" producer Brian K. Vaughan.

"Under the Dome" will follow the residents of the small Maine town of Chester's Mill as they try to figure out why a giant transparent dome has been placed over their town, and how they can break through it to escape.

"Two thousand people secluded, it just gets pretty scary, very quickly,” Britt Robertson, one of the show's stars, says in the trailer.

"People's eyes are going to bug out," says Stephen King.

According to wikipedia, the story includes the character, Julia Shumway.
Shumway is a cynical, witty woman who owns and edits The Democrat (despite being a Republican), the town's local newspaper. Julia often feels the need to prove a point and expose those she sees around her. Julia becomes the conduit between Colonel Cox and Dale Barbara via her cell phone. Julia and Dale have a budding romantic relationship. Both Dale and Julia are gutsy and tough, brave enough to try any chance they might have for survival. Julia comes from a family of news executives; the newspaper is a family concern. She was groomed early for success and was viewed by her peers as a "goody-two-shoes." A confrontation with her classmates in fourth grade caused her to rethink her status and changed the course of her academic career; however, this same confrontation is key in helping her formulate a plan to end the siege. She is one of the 26 survivors of the Dome.
The series premeires at 10PM on WSPA/CBS Channel 7 on June 24, 2013.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cool idea ...

While I try to keep my keyring as uncluttered as possible and like keyless entry even more … here's a cool trick so you don't have to fumble with keys …

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What is "backupd-helper" on my Mac

When I opened up my Macbook this morning, I noticed in the process window (brought up by Apple Menu>Force Quit or by pressing command-option-esc) there was the word "backupd-helper"

 I've seen in other forums that if this "process" is running … it could prevent shutdown or restart of your Mac.

A pop up that says the application backupd-helper canceled logout may appear.

So, what is it? 

Time Machine is a backup utility developed by Apple. It is included with Mac OS X and was introduced with MacOS 10.5 "Leopard"

The utility has continued to be a part of the operating system throughout 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

The message is from Time Machine - the application is "looking" for your connected backup, either by USB, Firewire, Thuderbolt, SD Card, Network, Wireless, or other source.

The app may do this "search" for up to 30 seconds.

Friday, February 01, 2013

2013 Calendar of astrological events ...

This is a good 2013 Calendar of astrological events that will be happening …

Mercury should be very clear over the next few nights with no cloud obstructions.

I'm particularly excited about comet ISON later in the year.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Just so you can understand ...

Apple reported the most profitable year of any company ever IN THE HISTORY OF BUSINESS (no joke, look it up) and the stock goes ▼

Tweet that! 

Or, another perspective …

Walmart, on nearly a half TRILLION in sales earned $15.77 Billion in profit in 2012.

Apple earned $41.3 Billion in profit in 2012 on $155 Billion in sales.

Which company did better?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Seems there's some stock manipulation ahead of Apple's earnings announcement later this month.

Multiple sources are saying that everything from discounted iPhones at multiple retailers over the holiday to lowered amounts of parts ordering are signifying the iPhone 5 isn't selling as well.

The talk has sent Apple stock south by nearly 125 points.

The facts are:

Walmart & Best Buy, with the latter company whining to Apple, said the iPhone 5 price cut led by Walmart was unfair and that they took nearly a $100K loss EACH! Not Apple … but the retailers.

Of course parts orders are down. Estimates are that Apple sold 47-59 MILLION iPhones in the most recent quarter. [Actual: 48 million]

Both major U.S. carriers are reporting RECORD smartphone sales this past quarter with Verizon hinting that more than ½ are iPhones.

Estimates are also that 60% of the most popular gift this Christmas (tablets) - were iPads.

iPad Mini stock is nearly 0 at most retailers.

Seems some people are depending on a huge bump in AAPL come the 23rd. 

Apple plans to conduct a conference call to discuss financial results of its first fiscal quarter on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:00PM EST.

 [UPDATE] And then of course ... there's this (link below), which pretty much seals it up that AAPL stock is being manipulated …

 * credit to Daring Fireball for the link