Techy

Oh, the times they are a’changing (or at least I have..a bit)

I know that the only thing constant is change. I get that. And, I have been dealing with a huge change in my life for almost 5 years. But, there are other changes that are happening around me all of the time and I have suddenly become aware of one that is more related to my techy-feely self. I am slmost three years into a new gig at my place of employment. This new job spread out my interests to well beyond what I was doing back in, what I consider, my heyday of my professional life. Back then, I… Read More »Oh, the times they are a’changing (or at least I have..a bit)

Geeking out my desktop

I have been a casual user and fan of GeekTool for a number of years. GeekTool provides a means to add images, code, logs or web content to small, pre-defined locations on your desktop so they lay behind your application windows and can refresh at a time rate that you set within the code. GeekTool allowed me to explore a bit of coding and customize my desktop with geeklets that provided me both useful information and needed distraction during my workday. I explored the (now aging) repository of geeklets from time to time and through trial and error, found a… Read More »Geeking out my desktop

Bookmark like it is 1999, er, 2005

Hi there! I’m back. I would love to write here more regularly but I find myself writing in other places more often so this site gets pushed to the proverbial back burner over and over. But, I have something I want to capture so here it goes. I hit Twitter yesterday and saw this post go by:   This post is… delicious https://t.co/RyF110xx5D — Mike Caulfield (@holden) June 1, 2017 As a YUUUUGE fan of Delicious back in the day (circa 2005), I had to see what was what. And, I discovered that, for the FIFTH time, my favorite little… Read More »Bookmark like it is 1999, er, 2005

Two steps too soon?

And, here I am again changing out cell phones. For someone who resisted joining the smart phone “revolution” for as long as I could, it is kinda comical that I keep finding myself blogging about the updates and changes to my phone. But, my new plan with Sprint allows me to always get the newest iPhone when it comes out and I decided to take them up on that offer. Thus, I spend about 3 hours on a beautiful Saturday morning getting my new phone to act just like my old phone (but faster and with a better camera, of… Read More »Two steps too soon?

Quick Update: moving to iOS

It has been almost a month and I have been steadily working on this transition from Android to iOS. I wanted to capture a few quick thoughts here while it was still a bit fresh on my mind. The Apple Migration tool for moving from Android failed for me. Three times. I gave up. Thus, I didn’t get to move things like: Messages Whats App messages Settings/Accounts Contacts Photos Videos Music And so forth I was a bit disappointed with that fact. Actually, more than a bit. I really figured Apple had this migration thing figured out to get folks to… Read More »Quick Update: moving to iOS

Moving Back (and trying to bring my stuff with me)

Many folks are surprised when they seem me whip out my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S4). It is unusual, I suppose, for such an unabashed Apple fangirl to “stoop” to something outside of the ecosystem. I did it for several reasons. First and foremost, for the longest time, my carrier (Sprint) didn’t have the iPhone in its arsenal and I really didn’t have the energy to time to mess with switching carriers. Also, I already owned an iPod touch (and subsequently an iPad) so I didn’t need to learn how iOS operated and how apps worked, etc. In my line… Read More »Moving Back (and trying to bring my stuff with me)

Legacy Contact – Facebook

I swear, I do not intend to turn this blog into a tech after death kind of blog but right now, that is what I keep finding is blog-worthy of my energy. Related to my earlier posts on dealing with social media after death, Facebook has taken it a step further now and provided a means for someone to add a Legacy Contact to your account. You can find it from the Security Settings in your account on the site. And, yes, it is also in the mobile version.   When you add a Legacy Contact there, you can also choose… Read More »Legacy Contact – Facebook

Digital Afterlife: Part 2

Just a quick update to what I have decided to do and what I have learned. I was so hesitant to just close down social networking/media accounts without having the data itself with me. So, I started digging around. The Twitter account did have the archive button so I was able to grab all of the tweets from the account before I closed it. The archive comes as a zip and then opens into a mini-“web page” with HTML pages listing the tweets in order of their posting. I have also requested an archive of the Facebook Data. You can… Read More »Digital Afterlife: Part 2

Technology After Death

In the aftermath of the recent death in my life, there has been a lot of work to “close” a person’s life.  In addition to dealing with clothes, shoes, books, memorabilia, CDs, financial dealings, retirement accounts and automobiles, I have also been faced with several decisions regarding email accounts, social media, cloud storage, web sites and blogs. What do we do with these electronic artifacts after someone dies? I really don’t have a good answer. But there are services and resources out there to help. I have left the email accounts open. I was fortunate to have access to the… Read More »Technology After Death

Building my little pile of electrons

The semester is almost over. The pace has slowed down and I need to do something a bit more geeky just to get my grey matter back on track. So, inspired by D’arcy Norman’s reclamation project of his data, I decided to give a whirl to some of the tools he mentioned to see if I could bring some of my data into my world rather (or along with) the hosted solutions. I am not quite a self-contained as D’arcy and probably won’t be. He dumped Flickr and I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon as I really like Flickr and… Read More »Building my little pile of electrons