An Apple a Day …

… I first started using Macs in 2005-6. I do not remember exactly when? Since 1986, I was using Microsoft.

I switched from what is popularly known as P.C.’s to iMac. Since then I’m working on my third iMac, with a Macbook Pro and iPad and two iPhones in the mix. The earlier iMac’s are in storage as too, one of the iPhones. Why have I not recycled them? Dunno’ good question? The PC’s certainly went to the recycler after removing the hard drives. Those drives are in my storage too.

So, what is the point of this post? Lately I’ve been noticing how unstable the latest versions of OS X are becoming. Unstable? In their apps. he replied.

The biggest irritant is iMail. Once for me, the biggest asset. iMail is becoming this jerky mess. Where if the subject line of incoming mail. Goes one way,left, it can be marked as “unread”. If the subject line is moved to the right a box marked trash with red background appears.

*Note. I live in Canada and supposedly my language setting is Canadian English.

In Canadian english, the word is garbage. Not trash.

Now during the day, I follow my inbox and read most of it in there. Yes, some ads. Creep in there. So, I am sure most readers here read email? My method is to have the latest emails at the bottom and work upwards. If I can read the email on one screen size. Then my hand goes to the Delete button on the upper keyboard left. Yet, some email I keep on the hard drive. So in iMail the mailboxes are to the left. Easy to sort up till now.


That’s when the newish iMail, irritant starts. For when navigating back to the subject line. Or going up and down that subject line, for any reason. The magic mouse makes the subject line jump a little. Exposing either the red for trash of blue for unmarked.Even just a hair and the mail program … whoops, sorry … App. Freezes!

It makes me wonder how the makers test their products? So, all of those testers found it worked well for them? Well enough to launch on an unsuspecting public? A public who has spent good dollars on the end product?

Supposedly, each upgrade means that? The constant flow of upgrades stands testament to the poor quality of what was shipped in the first place?

This diatribe is not just about the mail program … tut … get it right! App!

The latest keyboard with iMac is a cordless one. It’s not an option. That’s what you get now. It takes two AA batteries. They took away the number pad and the forward delete. Now you press the fn button and delete. fn? What the blue blazes is that? Oh Function. Why didn’t you print that on the button?

Control is control and Option is option. The names are all over the place. Yet poor little function becomes fn. How sad is that? On it goes. I have to buy a standalone CD player now. Was it worth losing the space in the main body of the iMac? I guess? I am told it’s because most people download their entertainment now? I guess I just got fed up paying and repaying for music, etc. In different formats. Like vinyl, I’m sure CD’s will become popular once more? … Possibly. Maybe. Could be?

Gee, thanks Mr Cook!


Granny always said …

Handsome is as handsome does …. The older I get the more relevant the saying becomes


Every morning, before leaving his home, the great philosopher Socrates used to stand in front of a mirror and gaze attentively at his reflection for several minutes.

One day, a disciple came upon him doing this, and was unable to suppress a smile at the sight of his master examining himself so closely.

Socrates turned to him and said, “You are smiling, no doubt, at the sight of this ugly old fellow staring at himself in the mirror, are you not? I do this everyday.”

Shamed, the disciple bowed his head, but before he could beg pardon, Socrates continued: “On seeing myself in the mirror everyday, I become aware of my ugliness. This strengthens my resolve to live in a way that the virtue of my work may outshine the unattractiveness of my countenance.”

The disciple exclaimed, “Master, do you mean to say that those who are good looking should not look in a mirror at all?”


“Nothing of the sort” said Socrates. “They should also keep looking in the mirror to remind themselves to think, speak and behave in a way that is as beautiful and striking as they are. May not their actions cast a shadow over their pleasing appearance.”

In this way Socrates left a profound lesson for all of us: Handsome is as handsome does.



Quote me

I expect others have noticed …

… The prevalence of shopping for something? Then finding it in a package almost impossible to open.


An example like this. It happens to be a micro SD card. The plastic is sandwiched between two paper cardboard layers, that requires the strength of Hercules. To pry apart.


Now you have it home and it requires special tools to open. A pair of scissors just don’t cut it … pun intended.


Oh and mind your fingers and do not cut toward yourself.

What is this manufacturer trying to tell me? That we are all potential thieves? I understand that shoplifting is a pernicious and prevalent crime. One that most abhor. Having such packaging and the relevant EA tag inside. We expect the crime is reduced?

Serious shoplifters are hardly disturbed in what they do. So who exactly is it targeting? You and me? These merchants reduce staff at every turn. Yet the prices climb ever higher. Their profits soar. Money and profit becomes the basic motivation. They dangle the products to catch the consumer. A consumer who is treated as an everyday thief. In a way that when the product is finally home. We have to hunt in the toolbox for something that will cut through their packaging. Risking our own safety to accomplish. Thus the manufacturer avoids claims for injury.

While shopping for a micro SD card

The purchaser found removing it at home was too hard

We twisted and turned it, thwarted at removing it

Left us breathless and calling them retards



Day VI – Blogging 101 All about, the About…

In day XI of Blogging 101. We are being asked to create a great “About” page. You can find the link on the blog post in a menu to the right of your screen.

Is it “great” … not so sure? I like it and that counts … right? These things are subjective, anyway. You cut the cloth to suit the clothes, right? All questions are rhetorical.

And if it ain’t about the money? What is it …?

The end of Kaliyug ..?