Woody's Things

Ramblings and Opinons of an old man!

Simple site to log thoughts on current events and activity. Please feel free to give your comments.

FREE BACON ... You Don't Have to Bring it Home

One of the most violent and cash poor citys in America is going to trial giving everyone a paycheck wheather they work are not.

Never mind that the idea has failed ... Canada and Finland ... they are going to give it a go!

Who do you think is paying for it? Those that have jobs -- The new American Dream, work hard pay the goverment more or don't work having no accoutability, no responsiblity, and you recieve your reward -- Sounds like a winner - NOT!

2-Factor — And, Been Away Awhile

Well ... been a long time! I see my last post was like one and half years ago -- note to self, must do better!.

What brought me here was the notice of 2-factor authentication ... I like this but was curious what apps to you use?

Currently I am using AUTHY.

Been to Long!

Been sometime since I have posted anyting to this blog.... coming up on 2017 I suppose I need to make the effort to post whether anyone is reading or not.

With Thanksgiving had just past, I suppose it is something to be thankful for, having the freedom to express ones thoughts and opinions!

I will be back more frequently.

iOS 8 Thoughts

Well, it has been a few weeks with iOS 8 and I must admit this is the biggest improvement to the operating system since I made the leap to the iOS/Apple world in 2011.

Sure there are issues and some places I would like to see more freedom; however, I can handle both my personal and professional life through either of my iOS devices... and it will only get better with the release of Yosemite for my MacBook and iMac.

...and still there are less reboots and restarts with my Apple devices then any PC or Android device I owned/used previously or currently!

Observations

I decided to take a break and grab myself a 2 pump caramel, 2 pump vanilla, w/ an extra shot and watch the people in my usual Starbucks. What I saw, was America...

I heard one conversation involving preparation for a Sunday school class at a local Southern Baptist Church - Another conversation was over head about gay rights involving persons I presume were gay...

One of the males from the gay rights group, dropped their wallet which was picked up and handed him by one of the "conservative Christians"... not a big deal, right.

Well, if either group had been a bit more observant they would have known that the other group, Christian or not, had some very unpleasant things to say about those from the other group (i.e. "never give them the time of day," "wouldn't bother to talk to them,,," etc.)... They didn't make the comments about people present, just generalized statements.

Now let's go back to the incident. After the wallet was retrieved and returned some from one group started up a ten minute conversation with some from the other. It was a pleasant conversation about family, the holidays, shopping, etc., at no time did their strong beliefs and differences ever enter into the conversation - They went their way having had a pleasant encounter with the hated opposition... but neither group took an opportunity to sway the opposing group - Let's hope the act of picking up and returning the wallet was enough.

The morale, generalizations are bull and in my opinion never accurate, when talking about our beliefs we need to stop using generalizations and stereotypes - Instead say what we mean and what we know and try to live life as we say we believe. In reality, the gentlemen that retrieved and returned the wallet lived his beliefs but not the words he was saying just ninety-seconds earlier - Thank GOD he wasn't observant or he wouldn't have "given the time of day" and what kind of example would that have been?

Happy Thanksgiving

I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. My deepest wish is that all have something to be thankful for, and I believe all Americans do.

Like last year I want to share George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789

Responsible is That Good or Bad

Held responsible, is that a bad thing? How was the question posed?

  • Alvin York was responsible for saving hundreds possibly thousands and the capture of hundreds of enemy soldiers in WW I!
  • Hitler was responsible for atrocities to numerous to mention!

So, responsible - How do the majority hold them responsible in a good light or bad, that is a big portion of the information not being shared.

Something that is telling - The poll really consisted of the uninformed to uninterested … and excerpt:

And much of the country draws a blank on Republican Ted Cruz of Texas despite his 21-hour Senate speech

Read more here.

My Hope!

Remember 

I hope and pray every American, be he/she born or naturalized, remembers the greatest of this nation… the reason so many will sacrifice so much to get to America - CAME AT A PRICE!

Many selflessly sacrificed much to give you the right to celebrate America, to love America, and YES to hate America… Freedom to love or hate DOESN'T COME FREE

Lets Get Naked!

Caseless… who is with me? I have paid hundreds of dollars, possibly thousands, to protect various devices over the years - why?

  • Do we really need them?
  • Do we really use them?

The devices were designed without a case in mind & many times we buy these devices based on these designs - Did you buy that half inch phone thinking "gee that will look really good with a one inch piece of rubber around it"? I think not! Though I purchase cases I almost always end up taking these cases off!

So why do we spend $299 for a phone and $50 or more to protected -

  • Are we letting the OEM(s) off the hook?
  • Shouldn't we expect the OEM to make a dutiable device?
  • Have we been conditioned that "we need protection", say like "safe sex"?

Or have we been hoodwinked? Do the OEM(s) make good devices yet the case manufactures have done a great job publicizing damaged device and convincing us to hide these device we purchased, in part, for their looks?

I say - Let's take 'em off, go naked - Shame on the OEM(s) if they are not proud of their designs and build them to be displayed (shown off)!

Dear Memphis Police

Dear MPD,

I just spent 45 - 55 minutes on Bill Morris Parkway due to your ineffective traffic mangement!


To clarify - I received certification for both Traffic Management and Accident Investigation in several states… yes this was in the 1980(s); however, I must say since returning to Memphis in 2002 I have yet to see your force manage traffic correctly, effectively, or quickly!

Some hints -
  • If you are going to have three (3) patrol cars at a single car accident they all don't need to be parked right behind each other with the officers/drivers sitting in the drivers seat doing what appears to be absolutely nothing!

  • Identify the “choke” points, maybe move one of these officers back… possibly to the closest intersection or highway exit and force the traffic to start moving over; therefore the flow is smother at the actual accident site.

  • Don't be eating a sausage/biscuit while taxpayers are driving by.

  • Possibly get your lazy backend out of the patrol can and DIRECT TRAFFIC, you know SERVE the public!
I will be more than happy to set some time aside and give a 3 to 4 point lesson!

- Posted from my iPad

Switching to Apple, a Year Later

I have been using Apple products for just over a year now… November 2011, after nearly two decades of Windows/PC/Palm/Android use.

How has it been? Enjoyable!

So long before trying, why?

Well my first exposure to desktop computing was with a PC and windows and I took to it… I enjoyed it and excelled at teaching myself. If it wasn't working just the way I wanted it, I wiped the machine and build it back up - Sometimes up for more than 24-36 hours.

Second, as Apple started to reemerge as a player those that used them were arrogant… the same reason I did not like cats, I never have had cats only dogs; however, I dislike them - why? The owners, they allowed their animals to roam free as did the laws, and cat owners thought they were above dog owners:-) … so fair or not I didn't like cats. The same was true about Apple, the owners/users I met were jerks, almost rabid, so Apple products never got a chance with me.

In fact, in 2010 when I attempted to purchase an iPad for my niece from an Apple Store, "owners" in the store started in on me when they saw my Android phone "Why are you even here if you don't use Apple?"… I explained my niece was an Apple user but not me and got "well at least she is intelligent"; in fact, the Genius became a Jerkius so I left! I bought the iPad from Best Buy, where they didn't care what I used!

Why did I finally try Apple products?

Really, when you get down to it… from my want to have the newest device I could. I changed jobs and for the first time I was unable to provide my own phone and just be reimbursed for the expense… the choice they gave me were the brand new iPhone, a 6 or 8 month old Android device, or a years old Blackberry bold - I choose the iPhone.

Well having time between old and new jobs and having zero experience with iOS and since one of the reasons for changing jobs was more money - I decided to get an iPad to learn iOS after all I could sell my Android tablet or give it to my wife.

Was iOS "better" than Android?

Actually, I wouldn't say either OS was worse or better than the other - I would say the apps for iOS were much more refined! Also, I would say the apps worked better with iOS than many apps worked with Android, not as many quirks… Made sense, iOS was created by the same company/team that created the hardware so it would be expected the OS would get every ounce of performance from the hardware and since they also tightly controlled the app, well you get the point. So I saw less requirement to clear memory, to restart the device, etc.

HEY, one would think it would work that way with iMac etc… and since there was more money involved - Well!

I replaced my personal laptop with an iMac! Smooth, no restarts, "it worked"… I replaced my WiFi with airport extreme and after getting the company iPhone why not an Apple TV.

I recently bought a personal MacBook Pro - So am I happy a year later?

Yes, I am am - Not saying a PC or Android are bad… in fact, I loved them - I loved playing around with them, modifying them, and I learned a lot! I believe as I am older I don't feel like "playing around" or "modifying", instead I want the devices to work when I turn them on and not be quirking - I don't have the time, the patients, or the desire to play/learn… I just want to do what I need to do and get on with my life - so I am an Apple user, wonder if I appear to be an arrogant jerk to non Apple users now :-)