Tech Friday: What is going to be new in Apple iOS12

Posted By on June 22, 2018

It has been a while since posting on “what’s new” with Apple. As we approach the convergence of mobile operation systems and desktop, the maturing lightweight phone OS on all platforms is growing in power, size and use. The writing is on the wall.

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 will be the last Windows operating system … hinting that it will eventually be a service (whatever that means). Googlehas Android and it runs on the most devices as well as full size notebooks. Apple still has both MacOS and iOS, but for how long? iOS11 is the current iPhone/iPad release, but iOS12 is around the corner. Here’s a pretty good rundown from 9to5Mac.com, and probably will continue to push their higher end devices — iPhoneX, etc.

It has been a tough week for those invested in the stock market

Posted By on June 21, 2018

After 8 down days for the Dow, the beginning of summer has not been kind to investors hoping 2018 would be a bit more positive. With unemployment at near all time lows, corporate tax cuts, the economy rebounding and promising better wages … and even talks with North Korea going well, one would think optimism would continue to reign on Wall Street? Nope … indexes are back where we started the year and sharply down as we start the first day of summer. Hm … is it all trade concerns and tariffs, or is the real threat inflation and the Fed raising interest rates to prevent an overheated economy?

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 196.10 points, or 0.8%, to 24,461.70, while the S&P 500 lost 17.56 points, or 0.6%, to 2749.76, and the Nasdaq Composite slid 68.56 points, or 0.9%, to 7712.95.

If the Dow closes down again tomorrow, that would mark its longest losing streak since it’s nine-day loss in February 1978. Since 1896, the Dow has only suffered 10 losing streaks of nine days or more.

more at Barron’s Online

Obit: Charles Krauthammer, a favorite commentators passes

Posted By on June 21, 2018

Although we were given the heads up by Charles Krauthammer just a couple weeks ago, it is still sad to know that his life is over. With cancer returning, it was an expected end … and one "with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living." He died at age 68.

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Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators
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A new Hunter outdoor ceiling fan after 20 years from the other

Posted By on June 21, 2018

Last weekend I notice one of the ceiling fans was no longer working … we could have used it with temperatures in the 90s – hey, it’s summer weather and to be expected in Cincinnati. Replacing20yroldHunterCeiliAnyway, after taking apart the old Hunter fan, I could tell the inside was “growly” which indicated some corrosion. OldHunterFan_20yearsI recall hearing it groan a few years ago knowing that it was no longer as quiet as when new. Surprisingly most of the they used in this “outdoor” version of their ceiling fan held up pretty well. All the screws/bolts were stainless steel and nearly as good as new (shock) and even the plastic fan blades could have been cleaned up and repainted (they yellowed).

A couple parts could have been improved just in case Hunter engineers are reading this:

  1. the electrical wiring could be tinned like marine grade,
  2. the rubber gasket at the mounting base was severely degraded,
  3. the motor as mentioned above was growly/grinding which indicates corrosion to me and finally
  4. the paint over the metal housing did not hold up to the outdoor moisture/humidity and had pitted the housing with rust.

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I’m not trying to be too nit-picky as 20 year for an outdoor ceiling fan is pretty good if you ask me?  Good enough for me to replace it with another 52″ Hunter Outdoor Fan for $109 on Amazon and 12″ extension downpipe.

EDIT: Adding an ani-gif of the new installed porch ceiling fan.

Failed asteroid gazing leads to staring at Saturn and Jupiter

Posted By on June 20, 2018

Saturn180618Jupiter180618Here are a couple dots from an evening of star-gazing; the photo on the left is Saturn and the one on the right is Jupiterwouldn’t it be nice to have a telescope (hint – to my spacecamp daughter!)  

Actually I was attempting to get a glimpse of the asteroid 4 Vesta, which is the second largest in the asteroid belt behind the dwarf planet Ceres, but this would be nearly impossible with the naked eye or even binoculars or my longest telephoto lens. Oh well, it was a nice warm and clear night to be outside looking up at the sky. 

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If we coddle, protect and give, are we doing a disservice?

Posted By on June 19, 2018

I generally do not read longer Facebook posts, but while scanning a few friends comments on Father’s Day remembering their dads, Kathy Pangborn (good friend and neighbor of my inlaws) reposted a story that had me remembering the different father-types that I knew.

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Neither my mother or father-in-laws’ or mother or fathers’ parents (my grandparents) went to college or were more than blue collar working-class, which was common for most in the United States in early 1900s. The next generation started to change. My mother-in-law became a teacher and obviously my father-in-law (DadH) being a dentist valued a college education and saw the benefits of a professional life for his kids. In part this was likely due to losing his father at 1 year old and seeing his mother struggled to take care of him through the depression without any career skills. As a way to provide, college was seen as the best way to start for all in their family. And although my father (DadC) did eventually go to night school when he was older, he worked primarily in management positions most of his career. Still, he was never really the "must go to college type" and expected that if a college education was something I wanted, then it was something I needed to initiate, pay for and be independent about — although my parents did a lot to help me along. What my dad did instill in me was hard work and in particular that it was NOT something to avoid or "think I was above." (frankly it never occurred to me NOT to start at the bottom or that some jobs were beneath me … a trait all too common in American society today)

There were two parts of the story below that stood out to me. The first was the "printing company" reference and "hands" … eucerin that  for years (prior to latex gloves) in my case were challenging to keep clean and free of ink; my hands in the early years were never really totally clean and when they were, the solvents dried and crack the skin unmercifully. (I wore gloves and Eucerin creme to bed many nights, especially in the wintertime. What a miracle cure!)

machinistThe second is Italian immigrant Vito, a machinist with broken English, who worked from dawn until dusk every day for his family. He ended up buying my Consolidated Printing and Publishing building in his later years and because I owner financed the building to him, I ended up realizing exactly what a Millionaire Next Door was. His wife Jean brought him lunch each day, took care of the home and helped him manage their significant number of rental properties. Even though in my eyes, he really didn’t need to keep hand machining parts, hour after hour, he did. They were the quintessential immigrant husband and wife who saw America as a place that rewarded whatever skill you had, you individualism and hard work no matter your background. I admired them in many ways, BUT they were the perfect example of parents wanting life better (different?) for their sons. The boys never did without, nor did they help in the machine shop OR picked up their parents work ethic (they were in their 20s, not in steady jobs or in college). As the story below goes, Vito did a disservice to his boys by not wanting them to get their hands dirty or perhaps have to live the life of an immigrant to America.

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A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,’

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Music Monday: Butler County Ohio starts 17th Roundabout

Posted By on June 18, 2018

YesRoundabout72When two "roundabout" mentions pop up at the same time, it makes me think that this is a most necessary post!
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Obviously neither has anything to do with each other, but I happened to be reading an article highlighting Construction starts this month on Butler County’s 17th roundabout in our local paper, the Pulse Journal, as a song was playing in my ears … and thought, what a perfect segue for a Music Monday post.

In 1971 the English rock ban Yes released a song on their album Fragile call "Roundabout," later release as a single in the U.S. call "Long Distance Runaround." I just happened to be playing the 70s on 7 station on my SiriusXM app while I was reading the article and the song came on!

 Coincidence? "I think not!"

  Roundabout | YES – 1971

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.