Apple Going the Way of Microsoft

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My experience with personal computers goes back to a machine called the Sinclair. I bought it mail order through Popular Science magazine for seventy dollars as a kit. Needless to say there were no programs written for it, and I had to learn to program in basic to make it do what I wanted. It was fun for a while. I learned that I was lousy at programming, and it was easier to buy canned programs to do work. The company I worked for was slow to get into PC’s, but eventually succumbed to the revolution. They went through several generations of machines before finally settling on the IBM. The logic was that IBM would stay in business longer than any of their competitors. We had a few Apple Macintosh but they fell out of favor because of the limited software availability. Everyone was writing software for the PC. Microsoft won big by providing the operating system, and they are still big.

I bought a used Apple IIe for my son to learn on, and he did well using that. I bought a Dell machine for myself long after the company put one on my desk and forced me into using it. I say forced because I had to learn how a spreadsheet program worked, and the peculiarities of the word processor. Skip to today. I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, and finally forced myself to learn Apple Pages. They all do about the same thing except they shuffle the windows and the menus thus forcing a user to learn where everything is. I climbed onto the Pages wagon when I became an Applephite. I own a Mac, a Macbook, and a smart phone. I still have two old Dell laptops for special work only. I have an ancient scanner whose software is only recognized by my oldest laptop.

It took me several years to learn how to use mail merge using Word. I loved it because I could finally send personalized letters to my friends without the letters appearing like form letter ads. The biggest problem I always had with my PC’s was the machine could not keep up with the software. A new version of software often worked well only on the newest largest memory machine. Freeze-up was another problem. My Dell machines froze too often, and unwanted malware caused endless slowdowns. It seemed like all I ever did was spend time waiting, or fixing problems related to security leaks in the operating system. Microsoft sent updates almost daily. Many times when I updated my older programs, they were no longer functional, and fighting viruses became the number one issue requiring my time.

When I switched to the Apple, I chose to avoid firewalls and virus protector programs. My days spent fixing Microsoft related issues were over. The IMac has been in my house for four years, and I have never had a virus. Only recently have I had to reboot the machine. Since the arrival of ICloud, I find myself rebooting more often.

Last Christmas, I wanted to use Pages to make my own Christmas card, and to address envelopes. That is until I realized that Pages no longer has a merge function for envelopes. Evidently Apple believes that the world no longer needs Snail Mail functionality. I worked around the problem by reloading an old version of Pages that still had the mail merge function. This year, I used Microsoft Word. It still works.

More recently, I contracted with my grand-daughter to edit the manuscript of my book. She asked me which program I wanted her to use. I told her that Pages is what I used, and Pages is what it should stay in. She sent me edits in groups of five chapters via email five times and they have been flawless. On the sixth group of chapters I could not open the file. I replied to her that she should resend it because I couldn’t open the manuscript(required index.xml file is missing). She did, the same thing happened. I suspected a snake in the woodpile, and Googled the error code; here is what I found:

Reply Helpfulby PeterBreis0807 on Mar 29, 2014 8:54 PM
You have 2 versions of Pages on your Mac.

Pages 5 is in your Applications folder.

Pages ’09/’08 is in your Applications/iWork folder.

You are alternately opening the wrong versions.

Pages ’09/’08 can not open Pages 5 files and you will get the warning that you need a newer version.

Pages 5/5.01 can not open Pages 5.1 files and you will get the warning that you need a newer version.

Pages 5.1 sometimes can not open its own files and you will get the warning that you need a newer version.

Pages 5 can open Pages ’09 files but may damage/alter them. It can not open Pages ’08 files at all.

Once opened and saved in Pages 5 the Pages ’09 files can not be opened in Pages ’09.

Anything that is saved to iCloud is also converted to Pages 5 files.

All Pages files no matter what version and incompatibility have the same extension .pages.

Pages 5 files are now only compatible with themselves on a very restricted set of hardware, software and Operating Systems and will not transfer correctly on any other server software than iCloud.

Apple has not only managed to confuse all its users, but also itself.

Note: Apple has removed over 100 features from Pages 5 and added many bugs:

http://www.freeforum101.com/iworktipsntrick/viewforum.php?f=22&sid=3527487677f0c6fa05b6297cd00f8eb9&mforum=iworktipsntrick

Archive/trash Pages 5, after exporting all Pages 5 files to Pages ’09 or Word .docx, and rate/review it in the App Store, then get back to work.

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I searched my Pages work file for a clue and found the file my Grand-daughter sent. I opened it and it worked. What happened? I looked for my older version of Pages in the Applications file, it is not there anymore. Who made it disappear? Like I said there is a snake in the woodpile.

Apple made a change to Pages without regard to a customer’s usage. In their infinite wisdom to force an electronic vision upon us they created a Microsoft like need for updates. I guess staying ahead of your competition is no longer considered a good thing at Apple, instead they want worms just like their competitors.

Apple has the similar problems with IPhoto, and IMovie. They insist on making their pc’s act like the IPhone.

We the Police

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Two minutes of TV news this morning caused my brain to melt and the big idea light to go on. Those of you who read me regularly know that I am a Patriot, and Patriots believe in defense of the US Constitution. Our government has tried its socialist ass off to fail our right to own firearms. They know that three hundred million people with guns would be able to take them down. They also know that we the people are thinking in that direction. There is one giant problem with this premise, i.e. who will lead such a grass-roots effort? Uncle knows that the three hundred million need a trigger. That many people just don’t wake up one morning and decide this is the day I take my country back. The trigger is someone who can organize and lead. Who among us will do that? Any attempt to make this happen will immediately bring uncle to our front door to knock it down.

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Uncle also realizes that there is one system in the country that could become the organizing link. The system in place to serve and protect is the police. The police are highly trained and armed in tactics to put down insurrections, robberies, murders, etc. They are nationwide and are a brotherhood who regularly collaborate. Police would be one leadership link needed by we the people to begin a necessary overthrow of a government gone wild. It is hard to imagine that our police would be up to that task when they work with local governments to keep law and order. It is a stretch but possibly one which could work when the time has arrived. This is exactly why I believe Uncle is now demonizing police and wanting to turn them into helpless wusses in carrying out their duties. The TV thing that tips me off is Obama’s latest order to keep military equipment out of the hands of local police departments. O believes putting military equipment into local hands could be used against him. I am one who believes arming local police will work against me, except perhaps in the case I describe above when we will need the police to lead us into action against a government that has forgotten that it is a government for the people, and by the people.

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This is the point when I go to say my prayers while waiting for the front door to come flying off its hinges as men dressed in black with full body armor, and pointing AK’s come rushing in to eliminate an old guy exercising his first amendment right.

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Rewire Your Brain, It Is As Easy As Riding A Bike.

As easy as riding a bike, you never forget. Most of us learn to ride a bike very young. In my case I was about seven or eight when I borrowed a friends bike and tried it. I had to pull it up next to the curb to get on, and my legs were too short to sit and reach the pedals, but I launched and got the hang of it pretty quick. I have never had a problem until I switched to riding a recumbent. All of a sudden the mechanics were different. I practiced on my driveway making figure eights to develop confidence. I can still ride a diamond frame, but now I fell like planet earth is six  feet below my feet, and the illusion is that I will  fly over the handle bars very easily.

When I saw this video, I freaked. What a crazy thing to do to a bike, and to the rider. Yet, the young many makes a couple of good points with his experiment.  I will take  his word for it, that I couldn’t ride a bike with handle steering reversed.

All It Takes Is a VISA

The following video shows why the world demographics are changing faster than we think. It is also the reason that President Obama’s Foreign policy follows the old adage “If you can’t beat them join them.

These facts also explain why immigration is extremely important to the survival of a culture. I don’t have any negative hangups  about immigration. What I do have is an abhorrence to “illegal” immigration, and the deliberate disregard for the laws we have to control the flux of people coming to live in America.

Here is a synopsis of what the USA immigration requirement is

“A foreign citizen may legally enter the United States of America only if he or she receives a permission from the U.S. government through a valid Visa. There are dozens of different U.S. visa available for different cases to acquire legal admission. You can see the list of U.S. Visas here, both immigrant and nonimmigrant. The visa is usually stamped in the foreign citizen’s passport. The exemption to this basic rule is if the foreign citizen is from a country under the Visa Waiver Program and is eligible to legally enter the United States without a visa. There are currently 36 countries under the Visa Waiver program (VWP). Citizens from these VWP countries may visit the United States without a visa for 90 days as a tourist.

A foreign citizen entering the United States with or without a Visa must be examined by the United States Customs and Border Protection authorities at the Port of Entry. Read on “What Happens at the Port of Entry (POE)?” He must be found admissible into the United States and must be legally documented within the immigration laws. This means he must not fall on the Grounds of Inadmissibility (Denied Admission) into the United States.”

Our current law allows one million new immigrants every year. So what is the big deal about immigration reform? Could it be that our current huge government recognizes it would further screw up immigration just like it has screwed up Iraq, Afghanistan, ISIS, Ebola, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA Spying, IRS suppressing Conservatives, and the Economy?

We could change the demographics dramatically into our favor if our women would refuse to abort over a million babies every year. Imagine the population of America would be at 380 million, or more had we preserved all those lives since Roe v Wade in 1973. what sense does it make to abort a million babies and allow a million immigrants into the country to fill the gap? Stupid is what stupid does.

There are current reports that indicate Obama is planning to give entry to several million people without following valid current immigration laws. Again, his total disregard for following laws that he doesn’t like is a flaunting of his place as President. It is however, contrary to Separation of Powers. His position description dictates that he uphold and enforce the laws. No where does it give him the authority to make new laws, or to change existing laws. Writing laws is the job of Congress, and it is the job of the Supreme Court to decide if the laws comply with the Constitution. As a country of laws it is the president’s job to govern by law and enforce them, not to ignore them because he thinks they are unconstitutional.

Add all these factors together and we have many impeachable offenses with which to throw the man out of office and politics forever.

From Genius to Idiocy

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The book cover of Rael’s book Geniocracy (republished in 2004 by the Raelian Foundation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to thank my good friend Lou for sending me this piece of wisdom. It seems I am always the last to know these things. In trying to find the source author of this remarkable description of Liberal Progressive thinking I have learned that it is a very popular piece being circulated on blogs and via e-mail. I think it is worthy of sharing again, lest we never forget how stupid our country has become. The author is still unknown, who ever you are thanks for a great lesson.

Founded by geniuses – run by idiots
  • If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
 
  • If you have to show  identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a  library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a  country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If the government wants to  ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten  rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you  might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If a seven-year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while  not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized  housing, and free cell phones … you might live in a country founded by  geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If the government’s plan for getting people  back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks  and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … you might live  in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If you pay your  mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your  neighbor buys iPhones, TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt  when he defaults on his mortgage … you might live in a country founded by  geniuses but run by idiots.

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  • If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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One blogger who posted this piece suggested that it might be even better if one substitutes the word idiot with the word liberal, or socialist. I think it best to leave it alone as the word idiot defines it perfectly.

Too Bloomin’ Funny

I don’t know why I have such a mean streak, but I do. It seems that when I find something that makes a liberal look like a dumb-ass I fall in love with it. The following news article is one of them.

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Pope Nancy I

How far will she go to advance her ultra-liberal agenda? It is my opinion that she will try to buy off the pope so she can speak infallibly to Catholics. Here are some of the things she would want Catholics to believe without challenge:

  1. Speaking to Catholic bishops and priests,  ” Some (who) oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels…”
  2. Curing drug addicts is cheaper than enforcing illegal immigration.
  3. Denying illegal immigrants the rights of US citizens is un-American.
  4. Abortion on demand is a woman’s right to choose.
  5. Tea Party people are racist.
  6. Gay marriage is the same as heterosexual marriage.
  7. The government will save billions on universal Obamacare.

I thank the Lord that the Catholic Church is smart enough to keep Nancy out of Rome. I wish the people of California were smart enough to keep her out of Washington.

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