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Hi-ya friends!

I did something last Friday that I haven’t done since 2005. I went to our local library here on the island. You see, back in the early 2000’s I used to check out audiobooks to listen to on my 45 minute commute when I worked in Jacksonville. Now I live less than three miles from work so audiobooks are useless for that. Nowadays I spend reading time going over online periodicals and references discovering new technology and the new websites and mobile apps that have been released.

But last weekend I decided to see what I could find using the resources of the library. So after showing up, handing over my drivers license as proof of being a resident and paying two dollars for a new card, I went online to the library’s website, found a book to listen to, and checked it out. Of course if you want to do anything with an iPad, you need to have an app for it. I discovered the free app Overdrive (available in the Apple store and the Google Play store for Android devices) can read the format of the downloaded e-book file so I opened it up using the app and hit the play button. In went the ear buds and the best of technology was integrated with the best the library has to offer. When do I have time to listen? Lunchtime is good and sometimes after work. I get two weeks to listen to a book before it just disappears from the hard drive which means no overdue book fines. If I haven’t finished the book within the allotted time, I just check it out again. Of course I can check out readable books and periodicals, but audiobooks include well known actors narrating the stories and some sound effects, in the case of fiction, to heighten the experience.

That leads me to an article I read in the Wall Street Journal about e-books and how the library has an edge over Amazon, the largest book retailer. The writer has a good spin on the advantages of the library over the pay service which has had issues with authors in the past. It made me realize that my decision to pay a visit to my library was a good one …
http://online.wsj.com/articles/why-the-public-library-beats-amazonfor-now-1407863714?mod=ST2

Another week goes by and I’m one of the users still waiting on Apple to get it right before installing the new IOS 8 in my iPad Air. Apple tried to push an updated 8.0.1 this week only to find it caused problems with the new iPhone 6. So they retracted it and promised a fix soon.
http://www.zdnet.com/apple-issues-ios-8-0-1-for-bug-fixes-knocks-out-cell-service-and-touch-id-for-some-7000034016/

I found another headline grabber about the new Apple Operating system from Forbes Magazine … “8 Misses in IOS 8”. In the story, a detail of issues include difficulty in updates, a problem with connecting to iCloud Drive, and Apple’s Calendar. Of the things that are positive about a new system that highly educated and well trained people who get paid a lot of money devised, it seems disappointing to hear of all the things that managed to slip through the cracks. But I am reminded of the issues Microsoft has encountered with just about EVERY one of it’s OS updates. That’s why they created a Fix It website for issues that arise … http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/

Of course all this negative stuff about Apple products sent their stock down in trading on Thursday but rebounded somewhat on Friday. The company lost billions in stock revenue but improved on Friday upon release of a newer IOS 8.0.2 which is advertised to fix all the problems the previous two versions created. Now, to add to the Apple misery, what do you suppose are they going to do about the new BUG that’s been discovered in their MAC IOS X machines called Bash (aka “Shellshock”). According to sources, some half a billion machines worldwide could be infected. http://www.vox.com/2014/9/25/6843949/the-bash-bug-explained

Changing the subject, the last thing for you this week is the use of VPN to connect securely to a Wifi signal. Virtual Private Networks have been around for some time, but have been an expense most people didn’t want to include in the budget. So let me tell you of a company that offers VPN service very inexpensively. TunnelBear makes it easy to join, easy to use, offers some space monthly for free and charges very nominal prices. Right now it’s only available for Mac, iPhone and iPad, but will be providing the service to all platforms. Apple users can sign up and try it now. http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/19/tunnelbear-vpn-lets-you-surf-securely/?ncid=rss_truncated

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Top 10 FORBIDDEN Library Book Titles For Children
Gerbil merry-go round, and other great microwave games.
Fifty new places to poke a pencil.
The little girl who died from eating all her vegetables.
Why washing clothes causes childhood allergies.
Children’s guide to hitch-hiking.
Flying lessons for kittens.
Toys that your neighbors are getting.
Where mothers hide treats.
Advanced screaming, crying and whining.
How to avoid washing daddy’s car.
(Thanks, Francis)
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The minister was holding an evening service and shortly after he began his sermon, the electricity in the church failed. The ushers found candles and placed them around the sanctuary. Then the minister re-entered the pulpit, shuffled his notes, and muttered, “Now, where was I?”
A young boy’s voice called out from the back, “Right near the end!”
(Thanks, Rob)
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And speaking of “near the end”, that’s gonna about do it for this week … have a great weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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