Here’s What the iPhone Would Have Looked Like in 1985

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents’ Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn’t gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn’t stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant’s very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.

This groundbreaking masterpiece would be proudly displayed on a mantle in my apartment right now, had it ever come to pass. [read]

13 tricks you didn’t know you could do with your iPhone

Apple sold nearly 75 million iPhones last quarter, or 34,000 every hour of every day in the period, according to CEO Tim Cook. (Tweet This)

Whether you’re new to the smartphone world or consider yourself an Apple wiz, there’s always a few easy tricks to save some time and make your life a tad easier. Here’s a list of simple shortcuts to streamline your day and help you get the most out of your iPhone.

1. You can speed up the amount of time it takes to charge your device by putting your iPhone in Airplane Mode while it’s plugged in. “The difference isn’t exactly earth-shattering,” says Engadget.com, but it will certainly get your battery to 100 percent faster.

2. If a four-digit passcode isn’t up to your security standards, there’s a little-known alternative. Your iPhone grants you the ability to make a passcode with letters, rather than numbers. Simply go to Settings > Passcode Lock. Then turn off the setting that reads “Simple Passcode.” A screen will appear allowing you to change your password, with a full keyboard.

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Teacher: I’ve loved my ‘very difficult’ job. But now Ohio has made it ‘impossible.’

One thing about teaching that is easy for parents, policy-makers and others to forget is that working with students for hours every weekday to help them learn is very, very hard work. Even in the best of schools and even with supportive administrators, teachers have unrelenting jobs. In recent years, a growing number of teachers have found that reforms which force them to test students more than ever, collect more data than ever and attend more meetings than ever,  are making the job literally impossible.

That’s what happened to Scott Ervin, who has worked as a teacher, principal and discipline specialist over the last 15 years. Ervin loved working with at-risk students, and for years requested that the most difficult be placed in his class. But in this post, Ervin explains why he is quitting his job as a third-grade teacher at Fairborn Primary School in Ohio. [more]

6 Out Of 10 People, 18-34 Would Rather Quit Their Job Than….

Social Media At WorkThe world is changing, and not always for the better.  Some of the drawbacks with social media is that it can keep you from getting into college or getting a job.  It could even get you fired.  But now, many millennials are willing to quit a job if they don’t have access to social media at their jobs.  WOW – I wasn’t raised that way.  An honest days work for an honest days pay is not longer in play?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many millennials have never known a world without mobile devices.  Now employers are forced to deal with younger workers who want to be able to text and use social media on the job.  3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan looks at how this group is blurring the lines between work time and personal time.

Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Perez always has his smartphone by his side at work.  He says it makes juggling his job and his personal life easier.  In fact, younger workers have spent most of their life with mobile technology at their fingertips and according to a new survey from MobilIron most don’t want to stop texting or using social media at work.  Sixty percent of workers 18-34 say if their boss prevented them from using a mobile device to take care of personal tasks, they would quit! [read]

Miles Davis Practiced

Miles DavisMiles Davis’ music, his improvisations, his tone, his attacks on notes are all unique to Miles Davis. When you hear one note, you immediately know it is Miles. He’s gifted, some say a genius, some consider him a god, but what we often forget to remember is he worked extremely hard to achieve success on and to tame this beast of an instrument called the trumpet. Believe it or not, Miles Davis practiced. Just look at his eyes in this featured image of this post. Those are eyes of a man seriously focused and working extremely hard to be great. Those aren’t eyes of someone to whom playing the trumpet comes as a gift from the heavens. Good lord, we all know how demanding this instrument is! To be great, you must practice! And Miles did. [read more and watch video]

Why leasing is not as good as it seems

I’ve seen several news reports that say leasing is now the No. 1 strategy of automakers and car dealers to reverse the trend that we’re keeping cars much longer. The average age of a car out on the road is now the longest it’s ever been.

One story I saw proclaimed that 200,000 miles is the new 100,000 miles, as more people start to see their cars as being babies once they hit 100,000 miles and keep them on the road.

With increases in car reliability, it’s entirely possible that you might keep a car 10 years without breaking a sweat. That’s not good for automakers and dealers. So you’ll be seeing a strong effort to lease one in three of every new cars that gets sold.

For the most part, leasing is a disaster for you. Edmunds.com has new numbers to give you a sense of just how much of a disaster it can be. Basing their calculations on a car that sells in the mid $20,000 range, they’ve estimated leasing will cost you $6,000 more than buying the car new. That loss goes up to over $10,000 vs. buying a gently used version of that same car a couple of model years old.

When you get on that lease treadmill every 2-4 years, each time you’re taking on an obligation and you have nothing to show for it at the end. Each time you take on 100% of the loss in value of the vehicle for the time you drive it. [more]

Patent Trolls – isn’t it just extortion?

For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money.

Isn’t this pure extortion? Why isn’t the U.S. government doing something about this? Oh, they are lawyers. Not saying all lawyers are bad, but there surely are enough of them to ruin things for a lot of people.

This kind of shakedown isn’t new.  A few years ago and wheelchair bound man and a lawyer where shaking down businesses in L.A.  It’s disgusting.  It’s thievery.

 

Use a Process Monitor to Diagnose Mac or PC Performance Issues

Activity monitorIf you’re experiencing a dramatic slowdown on your Mac or PC, you may be able to track down the culprit by using a process monitor. This will show you all of the programs and processes currently running on the computer, and how much of your system resources those processes are taking up. If you close out of all programs and still see a process taking up nearly 100% of the system resources, you’ll know what’s causing the issue. Then you can Google the name of that process and find out how to get it under control.

There are process monitors available on both Mac and PC. On the Mac, Apple actually includes an application that does this in the operating system. It’s hidden away in the Utilities folder, and is called “Activity Monitor.” This will break down all of the processes running on the Mac by how much of the processor, memory, energy, hard disk space, or network those processes are using. Just click on the tab at the top to view each category. To diagnose a problem, you’ll mostly want to focus on “CPU” and “Memory.”

Microsoft also has a program that will monitor your Windows PC, called “sysinternals.” You can download it for free at technet.microsoft.com. This is a suite of utilities that contains many tools for troubleshooting issues. If you don’t want the full suite, you can also get just the Process Monitor here.

source – TechGuyLabs.com

Call of the Maestro

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Music does not have wings but if it comes from the heart it can fly. – Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar

Call of the Maestro‘ is a journey undertaken to uncover how a 3000 year old tradition of Indian classical Music is surviving a modern world. Passed down from generation to generation there is a threat now that young people are less interested in dedicating their lives to learning the skills of an art form that is a highly complex mix of structure, improvisation and spiritual faith. The current great Maestros of India are now in their 80′s and 90s and unless they can inspire the next generation their music is at risk of dying with them. The film follows a student of music and a promoter of Indian Classical music as they travel around India finding the Maestros who have dedicated their careers to keeping the music alive. There are music schools set up for orphans and blind children, women are taking opportunities to perform in a way that was unheard of historically, technology is being used to help save time so that young people can balance jobs and their musical education , musicians are brought into schools and colleges and Maestros perform in both urban and rural places where the whole community is welcomed. The filmmakers were privileged to enter the homes of the last of the great Maestros to hear them perform in intimate surroundings and be witness to them passing on their knowledge, talent and experience to their disciples in rarely seen scenes that echo back through ancient times. It is on the shoulders of the young that its future lies.

Directed by Lou Hamilton. A Create Lab Production with Blue Elephant Films.

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