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Smartphones and WiFi

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

I think it’s an easy concept to understand. If you abuse and damage the iPhone, it’s not surprising when the WiFi starts to flake out or frequently fail on you. Leaving it outside of its Otterbox (despite your frequent promises to keep it in them at all times), throwing it, dropping it on the floor, intentionally banging its edges against hard surfaces like solid wooden desks or laminate tables is NOT the proper way to take care of it.

Review the Apple video explaining how they designed the iPhone and you’ll notice the wires go alongside the inside perimeter of the device of its chassis. That allows for better reception.

Consumer Electronics like smart phones, despite their awesome technology, is sensitive electronics. Slam it against something and something’s liable to break. If any part of its insides for example were subject to static electricity it could literally damage one or more components.

Solution: Get an old-school phone instead of a smartphone from here on out. It is great for making and receiving phone calls, and you’re less likely to be distracted by it when people are speaking to you. Get the kind with a flip cover and you’ve got protection for the glass LCD screen. Get a TracFone and you’ve got pay-as-you-go coverage. Bahdahbing-bahdaboom!

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I Won An Apple!!!

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Now isn’t this the strangest radio contest ever?!

I was listening to 107.7 The Bone, and they were doing a contest.  

In an attempt to ride the wave of Apple announcements (new iPhone 5, new iPods, etc) they decided to give away Apples.  The radio station claims that they can’t afford to give away Apple devices as prizes, but that sounds like bunk.  LOL  What radio station gives prizes for anything less than the value of concert tickets!?  They say it is in fact the kind you eat (so maybe Granny Smith or Red Delicious apple).

 

They collected my contact info and told me the earliest I could pick it up would be this Thursday.  I made arrangements for a friend to pick it up for me.  That’s the other thing…you could probably pick up a load of apples form a local farmers market in SF.  Why the delay? Why wait until Thursday to pick it up?

This is cracking me up.  I hope they’re really pulling my leg, and that they’re actually giving away an Apple consumer device, but who knows?!  If it really is just an apple, the kind you eat, then it could potentially make the radio station look bad.  Sure it’s a cute idea, but I mean, if you  run a radio station and dedicate the resources to doing a full-fledged contests where listeners have to call in and be Caller # such-and-such, is it really worth it to force your listeners to make the effort to come all the way down to their studio for an apple? And if you’re taking public transit it’s going to cost more for you to get to the studio than the value of the apple?!

Facebook Causes Birthday Wish Spoof

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Your friend Wyman Lew is doing something different on his birthday. 

Wyman has made a pledge to raise money for a cause he really cares about, “Buy Wyman a 12-core Mac Pro Tower Computer with 16 TB Internal Hard Drive Storage, 96 GB RAM, with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, iLife and iWork pre-installed, configured to Dual Boot with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (via BootCamp).  And while you’re at it, throw in a refurbished, no-longer-manufactured Apple iSight Camera and ThunderBolt 60″ Apple Cinema Display”. 

To wish him a happy birthday, waaaay in advance since it’s not until November, but as we know you’ll want to, skip the wall post and the super-poke, and check out his Birthday Wish where you can bypass designing a birthday card, not bother sharing photos and video, and just straight-out donate to the Wish, and spread the word.

View Wyman’s Birthday Wish

Thanks, The Causes Team

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June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

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Why Newspapers and Television are making themselves obsolete.

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

For a long time, Newspapers and Television were king of the Media jungle.  That’s not so much the case these days.

Why is that? The internet, that’s what.  It’s no surprise that old-school forms of medium have had their heyday and are now finding themselves struggling to keep up.

Newspapers for a couple of coins gave you the headlines, the latest of what was going on in your immediate world.  You could take it everywhere you wanted, and when you were done with it, you’d simply dispose of it in the trash or recycle it (by leaving it sit so others could read it, or disposing of it in the Recycle Bin).  It’s biodegradable after all.

Television started out black and white and progressed into color, changing with the times, offering more and more.  The introduction of TV news cast a hard blow to the newspaper industry, yet newspapers persevered.  TV became the visual medium of choice and paper ads grew up into visual and audio ads.  Buy this, buy that!  TV also became a form of entertainment, something more than just news.  Sure, the newspapers had the “Funny Pages”, but a look at history reveals over the years the “Funny Pages” has shrunk from several pages long to but a mere page.  In this economy one would think people would seek out more fun and entertainment, not less.  I suppose newspapers were driving back to their roots, hoping news alone would carry them through the tough times.

So we’ve got TV, which is providing news, entertainment, a new way to advertise, and a willing audience/public accustomed to sitting around like a lump on a log absorbing the data.  A very passive form of medium, where you’re no longer actively turning pages of a newspaper, but instead using a clicker.  Two hand movements have been reduced to one hand movements.  But like newspapers, content is being pushed to you.  It’s like, “Here you go.  This is what you need to know.  Boom! Ta da!  Aren’t we grand?”

Enter the Internet.  This technology has grown exponentially and has quickly displaced TV and Newspapers, turning them into “Legacy Products”.  Legacy products are to the computer industry products that have served their lifespan and are on the decline and are quickly becoming outdated and irrelevant.  Now we’ve got WiFi and mobile devices, and two-handed activity has gone to one handed which has gone now to two thumbed.  Content is coming to you, it’s being pushed to you, but now you can push back.  You can upload your content.  Through services like YouTube you can share videos.  Through Instagram you can share photos.  It’s more interactive, more engaging.  Ads, too, have adapted, from static ads to banner ads to multimedia audio and video ads.  The internet is the future and TV and Newspapers are finally accepting that reality.  It’s about freakin’ time.

Now many news outlets have an online presence.  TV programming has too!  Go to Hulu.com or PBS.org for free TV programming.

On a side note, regrettably CableTV into the PC has had very little support, especially from the CableTV companies.   For one, CableTV refuses to cater to customers’/viewers’ desires to bypass ads.  What they don’t realize is some customers actually like watching ads/commercials.  But a great many of us do not.  Give us a skip option and let us be on our way to watching the rest of our program.  Anybody who wants to check out the ads is more than open to.  Though I generally hate commercials there are some which I actually enjoy watching, particularly those put out by Apple (big fan!), eSurance (the original animated spokeswoman), Geico (the Gecko), and eTrade (the baby!  Gotta love the baby!).

Due to their lack of supporting technology, they themselves are losing support from their viewership.  Because the Cable Companies are refusing twelve ways from Sunday to offer á là carte TV programming, they’re driving customers away.  I myself am seriously considering terminating my CableTV entirely, in favor of watching any of my many movies from my DVD collection.  If I do so, and tire of the DVDs in my collection, I can always order something like NetFlix or do RedBox (which I presently do since the deaths of Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video).

That brings us back to Technology.  With technology we can read and watch our news just about any way they please.  If they wish to force us to watch ads first, before playing the content, that’s fine…just know advertisers and content-providers that if we’re not interested in commercials we exercise the right to move onto some other programming, some other content, even some other channel/company/station/provider entirely.  Because Newspapers and CableTV are dragging their heels so bad, it’s left them looking like the last ones to the party, coming over to technology begrudgingly.   Through technology, leading companies are constantly working on ways to bring in that which we once enjoyed with newspapers and television:  the “look and feel” of a book, the act of turning a page.  Just about anything short of having smell-o-vision where you can smell what the pages of a book are like, or the smell of the food on Food Network.

In a few years I anticipate most newspapers (save for specialized or local neighborhood papers) to be out of business entirely.  And CableTV will have less than half their current membership.  As I mentioned previously, one of CableTV’s problems is trying to force you into one package or another.  They have supposedly over 900 channels yet there literally is very little of value worth watching.  I generally enjoy SyFy (the lame-spelled and immature version of SciFi), but they put on garbage like Ghost Hunters, and Natural Disaster movies, and Horror Movies.  I watch Food Network but there’s only so many shows about cooking you can watch at any given time.  PBS isn’t too bad, and The Learning Channel is kind of cool, but here you’re only looking at 10-15 channels when all is said and done.  Who on earth still watches so-called “premium channels” these days?!  Who out there actually watches and subscribes to HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, et al?! I sure don’t.  They don’t have any compelling content to make it worth watching.  TV is so desperate that they re-run old series’ like Fantasy Island and Little House on the Prairie, series’ that were popular in their time, and TV Networks are finding the older classics are doing better and getting better viewership than today’s programming!  The other issue CableTV companies are causing is that they refuse to work with their customers and take a take-it-or-take-it approach.  They load up your TV package with channels that don’t work (full of white noise or colored vertical bars) or foreign language channels.  I’m sorry but why must you subject me to 15 channels in Spanish when I don’t even know that language? If you want to run Mexican programming, why don’t you force them to dub them in English?! And there’s what, only one, maybe two, asian channels? And either they’re subtitled in Chinese or Vietnamese or Japanese or they’re in an asian language without subtitles!? What is WRONG with you TV execs anyway?! Get a clue!

CableTV has tried all sorts of tricks to tie their content into High Definition TV (aka HDTV) on-screen menus, but they haven’t been readily adopted by TV viewers.  And the beauty of HDTV is you don’t HAVE to have CableTV.  TV is but one OPTION for today’s viewer.  Any HDTV can be used for viewing DVDs, VHS Tapes, BluRay Movies, DVDs from other “zones” around the world, viewing photos and home movies, and game consoles and for outputting any content from your iPod or iPad or Home Desktop Computer.

And lest you assume that Technology alone is the enemy or culprit of such changes, it’s also the Environmentalists who are on the bandwagon to eliminate paper (i.e. killing trees) and plastic (i.e. killing plastic trees) from the world.  Hence we may one day see the end of the glossy paper of magazines.  And in time we may see the demise of magazines as a form of entertainment.  I personally believe magazines will at least outlive newspapers, only because the world’s culture is still pretty big into celebrity and people look to magazines and the internet for the latest news on their favorite celebs.

“Hello World!”

May 27, 2012 2 comments

Hello World.

Two words that ring in the minds of every person who’s taken a computer class.  One of the most popular phrases heard in BASIC, QuickBASIC, VisualBASIC and FORTRAN, you’re often asked to write  simple program that displays/outputs to the monitor a message that reads, “Hello World”.  I have done that on many occasion.  Of course, I always had a tendency to go the extra mile, and add all kinds of fancy doodads, additional colors, make the formatting a bit fancier.  But I’m like that.  I’m into technology, and I like to spice things up a bit from the norm.  I don’t try to shock and awe, but more to amaze and delight.

So welcome to my Blog, my Digital Hub, as it were.  This presently will be the source of most of my content.  My temporary Master Plan is to link all my social networks into this so I don’t have to post the very same story on one social network after the next.  In other words, I’m trying to save time, energy, effort, electricity.

Long ago were the days when I was once on eWorld!  I miss those times, but look back on them fondly.  Now, the world has exploded in Social Networking and what started as but a Facebook account has now expanded to Twitter, Klout, Yelp and Instagram.  Holy frijoles, what’s next!?!  It’s challenging trying to stay up on so many networks at once!

Expect a flurry of topics, most of which will probably revolve around Superior Customer Service, Computers, particularly Apple products, Photography, Art (drawing, CGI), Inspirational, Funny Observations in the world, politics, music, animals, landscapes, science, sci-fi, astrology and nature.  Hopefully I can even give you a few chuckles along the way.  Basically a mix, a mash, a mutt and a myriad.  Prepare for the onslaught that is called TURDUCKEN!

This is one, small step for Man, one….giant leap…for Wymankind.

First a Blog, then the Social Networks, and then THE WORLD!

MWAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

Sincerely Yours,

My Digital Footprint

My name is Wyman, and I approve this message.