Tech Friday: Losing my long time Miami University email and Google Workspace account and cloud backup storage

Posted By on September 29, 2023

Decades ago when I was in graduate school, I taught classes at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as a GT and continued to stay connected. As a student I was given an alumni email address (an alias at the time forwarded to another email address) and asCloud Storage part time faculty was granted access to an account with collaborative services when Google was adopted by their IT department and they set up Workspace accounts. 

Thankfully I’ve only lightly used the edu email address and Workspace services because “Miami University will no longer be able to support MiamiOH.edu Google accounts after April 8, 2024. ☹️

Over the years I did begin to use the Google Workspace account more and more (since it was free) … especially as a place for my iMac backup and off-computer cloud storage. The 2024 change will require me to rethink my relationship with Google and my digital life going forward. My current free Google One account is an option as there is a Takeout.Google.com/transfer option, but I’m not fond of Google’s privacy policies or the lack of mid-range subscription options since I’m not planning to spend $120/year for the Premium 2TB when  500 MB or maybe 1TB of cloud and backup space is sufficient. 

Current Google One subscriptions Tiers (15GB accounts are free)
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My current thoughts are in testing iDrive for backups and cloud sync … but I am a little disappointed after initial iDrive Logotesting (just because it is not what I’m used to). The price is right at least for the “first years” promo and large 5TB of space. Reviews are good and it does work (pricing below).  

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Call this a Tech Thursday update: Finally updated to PHP8.2

Posted By on September 28, 2023

It is not Tech Friday, but I’ve been fighting through the nightmare of updating my blog’s very OLD modified WordPress theme so I could update it to PHP 8.2 running on my server (manually modifying theme code).

PHP 8.2

Believe me, it was not without pain and suspect this is not the end of things (still problems, especially with archived posts, widgets and plugins) … but this was a learning and coding experience.frustrated emoji The next move might need to be to modernize to a WP block theme (I don’t like them), but then again, I’m not good with change.

Instructions after updating PHP

The ablity to memorize passes to the next generation #TBT

Posted By on September 28, 2023

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Archive: Leftover photos from closing pool and cleaning filters

Posted By on September 27, 2023

Pool Covered for 2023 Rich cleaning out filters

It is that time of year … Autumn is here and the leaves are starting to fall. I cut the lawn and closed the pool last weekend, hopefully before the bulk of the leaves started to fill up the pool. The weather has been nice and just the right temperature for yardwork. 

BUT … I also cleaned up and dried the Bluebird house and added a “clean coat” of paint … it was pretty smelly and Brenda “claimed” it was too disease-y for Measuring stick is being movedthe granddaughters to repaint. She is probably right. Now if they want to put an extra coat of paint on it to match their new house, it won’t be a big deal. 😉 (Katelyn and Drew are taking down the measuring stick before moving — photo below)

Repainting the Bluebird House

Router Table spline slot cutting and micro adjustment ideas

Posted By on September 26, 2023

Slot cutting router table jig Here’s another idea for the router table that might work better than the table saw for cutting splines in the corners of small frames, simple drawers and boxes.

I usually struggle with lining up and clamping framed boxes multiple times using my table saw and a tendon jig (with box that cuts splines) and thought something like this using a router bit for slot cutting would make simple and fast work out of adding small splines? 

The last time I made a clamp on jig because the 2 foot by 4 foot corn hole boards were just way to cumbersome to handle. This may work? 

While adding a router table jig, here’s was an idea that could be Laughing Emojiadapted for micro adjustments … although I do prefer something a little less janky (this may have been the first time I’ve used that term on my blog!). 

Router table fence micro adjustment idea

A how to hang a picture on a nail with a fork #video tip

Posted By on September 25, 2023

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A economical fix for the 2010 Acura RDX by our local garage

Posted By on September 24, 2023

Our 2010 Acura RDX with 155,000 miles was sputtering and burning excessive fuel for the last couple of weeks (according to the car’s driver — Brenda) and 2010 Acura RDX in 2019by the time she asked me to take a look at it, a plethora of lights were on the instrument panel. A quick start-up and I knew something wasn’t right and it was time to either dig into it or take it to the repair shop.

Its been a long while since anything beside brakes, oil, filter and air filters have been changed and after remembering the coil packs and spark plug access on my Honda Pilot, I decided to send the Acura to my local mechanic (although did first check the Internet). 😊 

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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.
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