No Tech Tinsel …. Part Two

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 5.41.36 PMThe whole tinsel thing got a lot of nostalgia going.

Isn’t it funny how you can absolutely remember the very feel and texture of the stuff? (if you are of-a-certain-age!)

As for Part Two:

My dear daughter-in-law, Carmen, also did a video version of the history and chemistry of tinsel, and if you are still interested, you can view that video, here.

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No-Tech Tinsel

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 2.25.33 PMIf you’re looking for a technology related post today on this blog…. you’ll be disappointed.

I can’t resist linking to an article about TINSEL.

Why? you ask? (good question!)

Three reasons:

Reason number one: It is an interesting article about the history of Tinsel. For all of us of a certain age….. remember the beautiful stuff that hung from our trees back in the 50’s? It was heavy, and made the tree look just wonderful. But did you know that that tinsel of yesteryear was made of lead? I didn’t. Whodathunkit. LEAD!!!!

Reason number two: My dear talented daughter-in-law wrote the article. :)

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Reason number three: The article includes a photo of yours truly, back in 1950, eating said LEAD tinsel. Yum. It was delicious. :shock:

Enjoy!

What Is Tinsel Made Of, And How Has It Changed Over The Years?

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See what apps are draining your Battery Life in iOS8

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 7.15.22 PMI’ve been pretty happy with the battery life of my iPhone 6 Plus.

Although I keep the brightness turned down a bit, I’ve made no special adjustments other than that. I have bluetooth turned ON all the time (so when I get in the car it pairs up right away), and I keep wifi ON all the time, as well.

I usually plug my phone in each night, and start the day with 100% power.

I’m a text-er, not a talker, but I do have my phone working a LOT during the day, playing podcasts or audio books or music for long periods of time.

If you are finding that your battery is draining too quickly, you can now see which apps are doing the damage.

Here is how to check on your battery usage:

Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage

By tapping the tabs, you can see which apps have used the most battery power for the last 24 hours or for the last 7 days.

Here is a screenshot of my battery usage for the last 7 days. There is nothing surprising, and I’m not having any troubles, so the information is merely interesting to me.

BUT … if I was having a big battery drainage issue, this would be awesome information, because I could see the offending app and delete it.

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Technology + Neighborly Cooperation = WOW

A group of neighbors in Yucaipa, California, worked together to put together this amazing holiday display of lights. Uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, it immediately went viral.

I can’t imagine the effort that had to go into this. Filmed by a drone, and set to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it is well worth three+ minutes of your time.

Sit back and enjoy!

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Let your iPhone or iPad read to you (part one)

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 7.45.56 PMThere are so many things that you can tweak on your iPhone (and iPad). But, we all don’t need everything. For example, some people love the flashing light notifications (an old post, but still generally accurate), while other people don’t need that flashing feature and don’t care one bit that it is available.

Today we are going to explore another one of those “extra” things. For some people this will be a life-saver. For others ….. it’s just a curiosity (but kind of fun to fool around with!)

Let’s look at turning on Speak Selection on your device.

By turning on “Speak Selection”, you can have your phone read selected text to you.

To turn on “Speak Selection”, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Selection

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Once you have turned it on, select any text, and the choice to “speak” it will appear as an option when it is highlighted. Tap on “speak” and your phone will read the text to you.

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And now that you know how to do this, I can’t wait to post “part two”. Stay tuned!

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Weekend Distraction: Santa Tracker

Google has kindly set up a Santa tracker so that all those with an interest in the whereabouts of the Jolly Old Elf … well…. they have it covered.

Even if you are not counting down, children and adults alike will enjoy spending a little time in the Village.

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Each day they “unlock” a new something. It might be a little game, or something to watch. All cute. Aimed at children, BUT, it’s still worth a look-around. Today, for example, they unlocked a little match game, and as you solve each screen, they give you more to match. So even adults can find a bit of distraction, here. With 30 seconds to solve each screen, I “lost” a few screens in. I hope you do better!

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Enjoy Google’s Santa Tracker!

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Saving some memory in iOS 8

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 7.27.21 AMSaving memory is a big issue for some people, especially if you have a 16GB phone. Memory gets eaten up by all kinds of things.

One of those “things” is the collection of photo-messages, video-messages and voice messages that you acquire over time.

I never realized this until doing the research for this post, but apparently your messages are saved for… well….. forever. :shock: (that’s a long time!)
And if you get a lot of pictures, etc, via the messaging app, your memory could be taking a serious hit.

iOS8 gives us the opportunity to have a little control over that.

Here is how to make your own choice about message-saving:

Go to Settings > Messages

Slide down, and you will see a place for “message history.” The default is to keep messages FOREVER.

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Tap on “forever” and you will be given two additional choices: 30 days or 1 year.

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By nixing the “forever” choice, you’ll be saving memory that would otherwise be lost. Every little bit helps!

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Is Your Blog Snowing?

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 6.47.28 AMIf you have added snow to your Blog here on WordPress anytime in the past, you might have noticed that WordPress remembered this …. and it has recently started snowing on your blog without you doing a thing to get it going.

And if you leave it alone, it will automatically stop on January 4.

If you are new to WordPress and you would like to make it snow on your blog, here is what you do:

Go to Settings > General and scroll ALL the way down to the bottom. There you will find the box that you can check to make it snow on your blog (or UNcheck if you do not want the snow).

This snow is harmless. It won’t accumulate, and you don’t have to shovel it. :)

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Thanksgiving = Blogging Break

As Thanksgiving approaches, we often reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. I am so very grateful for every individual in this blogging community. I appreciate each and every reader, and I want you to know that. :)

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate the day and a Happy Last-Week-in-November for everyone else.

I leave you this week with these directions for cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey.

( I dedicate this to a certain group of friends….. you know who you are :) )

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Weekend Distraction: How Smart is your Smartphone?

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Thank you to the Laughing Housewife for sending this to me. Linda is my humor “muse”. She shares laughter on her blog, and I’m so glad that she also shares it directly with me (to share with you). :)

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