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Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

Lucy in the sky with ducklings

Not actually in the sky, but it looks that way. We had a very heavy rain in the morning. Not a lightning and thunder, but a good hard rain.  The lake actually flooded and overflowed the banks. It was temporary and in less than an hour the lake was back to normal height. 

The day became very bright and clear and you can see the clouds that remained. I went to the edge of the lake to survey what the flooding may have done. Nothing of importance.

But mama duck brought her 5 ducklings over to introduce them to me. I assume she thought I was going to offer some food as that is what many lake visitors have trained our ducks (and geese) to expect. But not from me.

I saw the clear, calm water and the excellent reflections. I realized I had my phone in my pocket and grabbed this shot before the opportunity vanished. No way to plan this short of picture. Just realize when it happens and be lucky enough to have a camera of any type.

Oh yeah… I was going to title this picture, “Lucy in the Sky with Ducklings” 🙂

A “Small” iPhone Update

iPhone 4S

This iPhone 4S is again running at full charge. It’s now had its second battery transplant. Presently on its third battery since new in October 2011. Not too shabby for an almost eight-year-old phone.

The battery cost is between $10.00 to $15.00 depending on the tools ordered with the battery. Micro-drivers are necessary as well as good eyes and steady hands. Both of those are starting to run out on me, just like the old batteries. Ha!

That cost and a little effort sure beats the heck out of a large new phone that I don’t want or need. The new phones are like carrying around a mini iPad. Reminds me of the old “boom box” on the shoulder days. Here is the size of the 4S:

Size and Weight

  • Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)

Mine weighs 140.06 grams.

Max performance (when new and original OS) is 8 or 14 hours talk time (3g or 2G) and 8.3 days on standby. I was down to about 15 minutes of each. It’s like, “Why did I wait so long?”

 

Fat MAC

The Apple MiniMAC computer has become my go-to first choice for my daily computer needs. It is equal for the tasks to any of my other machines except OS specific apps. I haven’t abandoned the Linux or WIN10 OS systems.

There have been a few quirks and I did suffer from an invasive trojan virus. So, the macOS is not bullet proof.  Firewalls are up and the fort is again secure. Just have to practice safe Internet access.

The folks at Apple are not shy about overcharging buyers for memory needs. Both RAM and SSD are grossly overpriced buying from Apple. The SSD in the MACmini is soldered […] Continue reading » Fat MAC

macOS Localhost:8080 SOCKS Proxy Issue

The Proper Normal Screen

There has been an Issue with my MAC mini with Mojave V. 10.14.5. I am being specific here as I don’t know how universal this issue is.  Some thing (maybe a virus) has been installing a SOCKS proxy server at localhost port 8080. on my Ethernet connection. I haven’t tried a Wifi connection. I want the speed of a wired LAN connection.

What that does, is create many timeouts with the MAC Mail application and blocks access for Safari from reaching the internet. I have searched the internet and found other users experiencing the problem. However, no-one has posted a solution.

One […] Continue reading » macOS Localhost:8080 SOCKS Proxy Issue

Abusive User Reports

There are a lot of trolls and grinches is the world of consumer user reports. Also, some ignorant users who have no qualms about revealing their ignorance because they have no clue how ignorant they are. The concept of finesse in using a product or tool escapes them. Their world is “plug and play”. Problems or failure is never their own. Blame always belongs to the product or maker. They enjoy a sense of “empowerment” to cast a minority negative vote on a generally good product.

In some cases, negative user reports are attempted user blackmail against the seller. “Do what I ask, or I will hurt […] Continue reading » Abusive User Reports