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2016-01-27 12:15:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Petulance, thy name is Donald!

Most reshares: 2

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2016-01-06 15:49:38 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-06 15:49:38 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-04 02:03:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-04 02:00:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Eureka!

Last weekend, I solved a longstanding problem with my phone by getting a faster SD card and formatting it as internal memory. Of course, that led to another problem. Specifically, formatting an SD card as internal memory encrypts the card and renders it unusable for anything other than the Android system that formatted the card.

This also meant that I could not read the card when not running Android - including when running the recovery image on the phone. So I had no way to store data on the card and flash it from TWRP.

Well, I finally got a chance to look at my phone on Tuesday. And I noted that I did have 16GB of the phone's internal storage available. And after the OS and all of its partitions were accounted for, I noted that I had almost 7GB free - in the /data partition. In Android, user data is stored in the /data partition. And since... more »

Eureka!

Last weekend, I solved a longstanding problem with my phone by getting a faster SD card and formatting it as internal memory. Of course, that led to another problem. Specifically, formatting an SD card as internal memory encrypts the card and renders it unusable for anything other than the Android system that formatted the card.

This also meant that I could not read the card when not running Android - including when running the recovery image on the phone. So I had no way to store data on the card and flash it from TWRP.

Well, I finally got a chance to look at my phone on Tuesday. And I noted that I did have 16GB of the phone's internal storage available. And after the OS and all of its partitions were accounted for, I noted that I had almost 7GB free - in the /data partition. In Android, user data is stored in the /data partition. And since most of that user data had been moved to the encrypted SD card, there was a large chunk of memory that I could use.

So I pulled out Root Explorer and copied a ROM zip, a GAPPS zip and a zip with the most current Xposed framework. I then booted into recovery. And voila, I could access the zips and flash them from recovery. As long as I'm careful about leaving enough spare space free, I should be able to download and flash zips once more. Thank goodness!

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2016-02-03 19:51:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

#Truth

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2016-02-02 12:28:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Seventy-five percent of Republican voters in Iowa voted against rank jackassery."

"Seventy-five percent of Republican voters in Iowa voted against rank jackassery."___

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2016-02-02 00:48:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

#SoMuchTruth

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2016-02-01 21:32:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I won't be voting for Mr. Trump. But this sure is a tempting offer.

NICE!!!  Another reason to elect Donald.
#trump2016   #makeamericagreatagain  ___I won't be voting for Mr. Trump. But this sure is a tempting offer.

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2016-02-01 21:30:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

<giggles>

Self-driving car___<giggles>

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2016-01-31 17:32:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

After setting up the SD card as adoptable storage, I am now loading up my phone with the audio for the week.

I ride the bus for ninety minutes everyday. And listening to the radio is a good diversion. But WiFi bandwidth is terrible - and security is worse. So I usually use my LTE connection. But parts of my bus route have terrible coverage. So I really can't reliably listen to realtime radio.

So one of the best ways to reliably listen to good content is to select and store that content ahead of time. Consequently, I have started using an Android app as my pod-catcher. At this time, I'm using Pocket Casts. And it is a full-featured and visually-appealing tool. This week, it will be my "goto" tool while on mass transit. 

After setting up the SD card as adoptable storage, I am now loading up my phone with the audio for the week.

I ride the bus for ninety minutes everyday. And listening to the radio is a good diversion. But WiFi bandwidth is terrible - and security is worse. So I usually use my LTE connection. But parts of my bus route have terrible coverage. So I really can't reliably listen to realtime radio.

So one of the best ways to reliably listen to good content is to select and store that content ahead of time. Consequently, I have started using an Android app as my pod-catcher. At this time, I'm using Pocket Casts. And it is a full-featured and visually-appealing tool. This week, it will be my "goto" tool while on mass transit. ___

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2016-01-31 16:46:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The road is bumpy. But the destination is fantastic.

I've always had an SD card in my Galaxy S5. But until now, it hasn't been worth the investment. Yes, you could fiddle and tweak your way into utility. But the juice just hasn't been worth the squeeze.

That has changed with Android Marshmallow. Now that I am on Cyanogenmod 13 all of the time, I have decided to go "all in" with the adoptable storage model. And by adopting a large SD card, I can now easily use that card for application storage. I could always do music and photo storage. But now, it is easier to do this.

And by using adoptable storage, I can use this storage for all sorts of things. This includes databases and localized application data. And on my phone, this means that I can download and use all sorts of video and audio content. It also means that I can load some... more »

The road is bumpy. But the destination is fantastic.

I've always had an SD card in my Galaxy S5. But until now, it hasn't been worth the investment. Yes, you could fiddle and tweak your way into utility. But the juice just hasn't been worth the squeeze.

That has changed with Android Marshmallow. Now that I am on Cyanogenmod 13 all of the time, I have decided to go "all in" with the adoptable storage model. And by adopting a large SD card, I can now easily use that card for application storage. I could always do music and photo storage. But now, it is easier to do this.

And by using adoptable storage, I can use this storage for all sorts of things. This includes databases and localized application data. And on my phone, this means that I can download and use all sorts of video and audio content. It also means that I can load some complex game maps.

So what did I do to get to this place? I first tried to use the SD card that I bought with the phone. And it worked. But performance was pitiful. So I got a really fast SD card. Once I did this, everything began to operate far more smoothly.

But there really are some downsides?

First, fast SD cards are relatively expensive. Second, you need to be on Marshmallow. [Note: This is not a downside for me.]. Third, you have to accept the limitations of adoptable storage. For me, this means new methods of flashing new ROMs. Why does this matter? Well, adoptable storage is encrypted storage. And you can't read it in recovery mode (I.e., TWRP). So I'll have to develop new methods. Wish me luck.

Bottom Line: Once you overcome a few natural barriers, adoptable storage will make your phone even more worthwhile.___

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2016-01-27 12:24:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I'm beginning to think that "The Art of the Deal" is about bluffing your opponents into backing down.

And when those who are not slavishly obeisant don't back down, then the "art" is to not look like a fool when you back down.  Mr. Trump, I guess you are not as artsy as you think you are.  

___I'm beginning to think that "The Art of the Deal" is about bluffing your opponents into backing down.

And when those who are not slavishly obeisant don't back down, then the "art" is to not look like a fool when you back down.  Mr. Trump, I guess you are not as artsy as you think you are.  

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2016-01-27 12:15:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Petulance, thy name is Donald!

Petulance, thy name is Donald!___

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2016-01-26 15:02:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This is kinda cool - but I don't think it is mandatory.

My Samsung Galaxy S5 is very crowded. With hundreds of apps, internal storage is at a premium. I do have a big microSD card in the device. But Android is pretty limited in its ability to exploit SD cards.

Things are getting better. With Marshmallow, you can finally use an SD card as internal storage. Previously, SD cards could store pictures, music, or downloaded files. And if you went through some hoops, you could move apps there. But in the latest version of Android, you can encrypt the card and use it for practically anything.

But the cost of using an SD card as internal storage is quite high: it can no longer be used as a portable storage device. This is done to ensure maximum security. But what do I do for portable data?

Well, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (WFD)... more »

This is kinda cool - but I don't think it is mandatory.

My Samsung Galaxy S5 is very crowded. With hundreds of apps, internal storage is at a premium. I do have a big microSD card in the device. But Android is pretty limited in its ability to exploit SD cards.

Things are getting better. With Marshmallow, you can finally use an SD card as internal storage. Previously, SD cards could store pictures, music, or downloaded files. And if you went through some hoops, you could move apps there. But in the latest version of Android, you can encrypt the card and use it for practically anything.

But the cost of using an SD card as internal storage is quite high: it can no longer be used as a portable storage device. This is done to ensure maximum security. But what do I do for portable data?

Well, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (WFD) can be a great benefit. I got one of these as a gift for Christmas. It had 16GB of storage. And the WiFi access is dreadfully slow. So I set it aside.

Last night, I pulled it out of mothballs. I found a spare 32GB microSD and upped the storage of the device. Once I flashed new firmware, I had a much more capable device. And it really complements the situation when I format my phone's SD card for internal storage. For me, the WFD has found its niche in my ecosystem.___

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2016-01-25 15:12:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-25 15:04:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

An entire year w/o the Doctor? This will be très difficile.

An entire year w/o the Doctor? This will be très difficile.___

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2016-01-22 11:37:16 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones."

Pretty much nails it!

"Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones."

Pretty much nails it!___

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2016-01-20 14:35:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

'Nuff said!

If you want to hear a little more cogent response to the Palin announcement, then please listen to George Will on the Hugh Hewitt show.

https://youtu.be/NPm0ySHdrf4

'Nuff said!

If you want to hear a little more cogent response to the Palin announcement, then please listen to George Will on the Hugh Hewitt show.

https://youtu.be/NPm0ySHdrf4___

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2016-01-19 01:42:10 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This kind of rhetoric is why I find Mr. Trump so objectionable!

The Donald thinks so much of himself and/or the Presidency that he thinks he can sway the free market. Yes, the Presidency is an amazing bully pulpit. You can set many things in motion. But you can't command reality to bend to your will. We have a limited government - not a Dear Leader.

This kind of rhetoric is why I find Mr. Trump so objectionable!

The Donald thinks so much of himself and/or the Presidency that he thinks he can sway the free market. Yes, the Presidency is an amazing bully pulpit. You can set many things in motion. But you can't command reality to bend to your will. We have a limited government - not a Dear Leader.___

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2016-01-16 21:32:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The UN spokeswoman just gave us the "peace in our time" speech.  I hope she's right.

The deal is done.  The President of the United States (and not the government or the citizens of the United States) can claim a victory.

But a victory for whom?  

Certainly not for our nation.  Indeed, we are now seeing the naked power of an unchallenged President.  How can this occur?  The Senate must approve this.  But when lawyers are involved, "no" becomes "yes" and "enemy" becomes "ally".  

Certainly not for previous allies.  Today, our new "allies" have been given latitude (and time) to arm against one of our dearest allies - Israel.  

Finally, there is much to be concerned about.  The signers of this deal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action#Signatories)are not te... more »

The UN spokeswoman just gave us the "peace in our time" speech.  I hope she's right.

The deal is done.  The President of the United States (and not the government or the citizens of the United States) can claim a victory.

But a victory for whom?  

Certainly not for our nation.  Indeed, we are now seeing the naked power of an unchallenged President.  How can this occur?  The Senate must approve this.  But when lawyers are involved, "no" becomes "yes" and "enemy" becomes "ally".  

Certainly not for previous allies.  Today, our new "allies" have been given latitude (and time) to arm against one of our dearest allies - Israel.  

Finally, there is much to be concerned about.  The signers of this deal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action#Signatories) are not ten nations - yet.  But I would not be surprised to see up to two more signatories.  When this happens, We may have "peace in our time" - but this may not be the ushering in of a lasting peace.  Rather, it may lead to an unimaginable conflict.    

Nevertheless, I am so very happy for the families that finally have closure.  I wish them well.  And I continue to pray for these United States.___

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2016-01-15 18:54:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Was Ted wrong - or just impolitic.

Ted's remarks were derisive. And they were totally unnecessary. But take a gander at the Daily News response. It pretty much sums up what many people expect about New York: crass and vulgar. Is it any wonder that Ted's comments gained traction in both Iowa and in South Carolina?

At the same time, did Ted hurt himself by issuing these unwarranted criticisms? I'm guessing that this was totally calculated. Republicans rarely win in New York. And when they do, they are rarely conservative Republicans with conservative values. Indeed, Ted was right. New York is liberal and proud of that fact.

Here's my speculation... Ted knew that he would never take the electoral votes in New York and New Jersey. So he wrote them off figuring that he could gain short-term advantage in both Iowa and South Carolina. This venal... more »

Was Ted wrong - or just impolitic.

Ted's remarks were derisive. And they were totally unnecessary. But take a gander at the Daily News response. It pretty much sums up what many people expect about New York: crass and vulgar. Is it any wonder that Ted's comments gained traction in both Iowa and in South Carolina?

At the same time, did Ted hurt himself by issuing these unwarranted criticisms? I'm guessing that this was totally calculated. Republicans rarely win in New York. And when they do, they are rarely conservative Republicans with conservative values. Indeed, Ted was right. New York is liberal and proud of that fact.

Here's my speculation... Ted knew that he would never take the electoral votes in New York and New Jersey. So he wrote them off figuring that he could gain short-term advantage in both Iowa and South Carolina. This venal calculation is probably correct. But I really do hate the politics of division. Ted could have denigrated liberal politics w/o stooping low enough to insult all New Yorkers. Yes, the state is liberal. But there are some incredibly fine conservatives that have come from New York.

I'm just sorry that Ted felt it necessary to make such a trivial calculation. ___

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2016-01-12 17:44:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I guess that things do change over time.

When I first got out of college, I worked for a remote time-sharing service company. [Note: Time-sharing was a term used for multi-tenancy computing in the seventies and eighties.] The team that I was on was small and tight-knit. For one of our team gatherings, the management team decided to do a Myers-Briggs assessment of the entire team.

And that assessment indicated that I was an INTJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging). That made perfect sense. I was painfully shy. I was also trying to critically analyze and judge everything against eternal standards.

A few days ago, two of my daughters laughed when I told them that I was an INTJ. Indeed, they giggled at how silly that was because they knew that I was extroverted. My incredulity at their assessment led me to think about their words and to take another... more »

I guess that things do change over time.

When I first got out of college, I worked for a remote time-sharing service company. [Note: Time-sharing was a term used for multi-tenancy computing in the seventies and eighties.] The team that I was on was small and tight-knit. For one of our team gatherings, the management team decided to do a Myers-Briggs assessment of the entire team.

And that assessment indicated that I was an INTJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging). That made perfect sense. I was painfully shy. I was also trying to critically analyze and judge everything against eternal standards.

A few days ago, two of my daughters laughed when I told them that I was an INTJ. Indeed, they giggled at how silly that was because they knew that I was extroverted. My incredulity at their assessment led me to think about their words and to take another Myers-Briggs assessment.

What I found was startling. I am now an ENTP-A. I still have a strong dependence upon intuitive processing. And I am just as much of a thinker as I always was. But this test did confirm that I am now an extrovert. It also highlighted the fact that after raising four children, I am far less prone to judging things so starkly.

Armed with that classification, I decided to take a peek at two very cool MB classification systems: Doctor Who and Firefly. And based upon these assessments, I have to admit that I am smiling as I am like both the Tenth Doctor as well as Mal Reynolds!___

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2016-01-09 16:48:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

We may never know the truth.  But one thing is clear: moving marked documents to a private server across a public network is a monumental breech of security.

If Clinton actually asked for markings to be removed AND if they were subsequently removed, then the former Secretary of State did commit a crime.  I don't know if it is a crime worthy of disqualifying her candidacy.  After all, keeping secrets is a difficult business.  But one thing is clear: markings are applied to documents so that every recipient is not forced to make a call on the legitimacy of the classification.  Mrs. Clinton should never have done such a thing.

But does it disqualify her candidacy?

First, I must say that I have little respect for either HRC or WJC.  And I want to see them stay as far from Washington as possible.  They have been way to much drama for a civilized culture to bear. 
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We may never know the truth.  But one thing is clear: moving marked documents to a private server across a public network is a monumental breech of security.

If Clinton actually asked for markings to be removed AND if they were subsequently removed, then the former Secretary of State did commit a crime.  I don't know if it is a crime worthy of disqualifying her candidacy.  After all, keeping secrets is a difficult business.  But one thing is clear: markings are applied to documents so that every recipient is not forced to make a call on the legitimacy of the classification.  Mrs. Clinton should never have done such a thing.

But does it disqualify her candidacy?

First, I must say that I have little respect for either HRC or WJC.  And I want to see them stay as far from Washington as possible.  They have been way to much drama for a civilized culture to bear.  

But I will say that it is terribly hard to ensure compliance with the minutia of federal regulations.  I suspect that HRC was acting out of ignorance rather than malice.

Unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse.  

What I don't understand is why the Democratic party is so invested in this family.  ___

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2016-01-07 21:21:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Sign this petition to let President Obama know you don't want your hard earned tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

Sign this petition to let President Obama know you don't want your hard earned tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood abortion mills.___

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2016-01-06 15:49:38 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-06 15:44:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-05 23:43:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Compared to our inestimable God, all of our problems are small. They may not be easy for us. But they have already been conquered by Him.

Compared to our inestimable God, all of our problems are small. They may not be easy for us. But they have already been conquered by Him.___

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2016-01-05 18:38:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"...it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."

Hmmm. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. And it has the worst gun violence. This is clear evidence that the supposed correlation between gun ownership and violence is nonsense.

So let's talk about real correlations. All gun violence is the result of human actions. Therefore, humanity is the cause of violence and hate.

So what is the solution?

We aren't banning humanity, are we?

Maybe we should increase all penalties for gun violence. If criminals feared justice, then they might not carry or use that weapon. And maybe we ought to streamline the justice system. In that way, maybe we can connect the crime and the penalty.

Of course, we could ignore that kind of logic. We could cry and say that guns kill - but people don't. ... more »

"...it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."

Hmmm. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. And it has the worst gun violence. This is clear evidence that the supposed correlation between gun ownership and violence is nonsense.

So let's talk about real correlations. All gun violence is the result of human actions. Therefore, humanity is the cause of violence and hate.

So what is the solution?

We aren't banning humanity, are we?

Maybe we should increase all penalties for gun violence. If criminals feared justice, then they might not carry or use that weapon. And maybe we ought to streamline the justice system. In that way, maybe we can connect the crime and the penalty.

Of course, we could ignore that kind of logic. We could cry and say that guns kill - but people don't. Maybe that belief will change the hearts of the callous and anti-social..

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/obama-gun-restrictions-217354#ixzz3wOcB9UNj___

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2016-01-05 12:03:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Since when do "executive orders" override the Constitution?

The last time a monarch imposed his will and overruled the people, King George issued laws overruling the rights of colonials. Have we returned back to the same point in history?

Yes, some of these requirements are fine. For example, requiring licenses for sellers seems fair without abridging the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Of course, that would be true - if it was a law passed by the Congress and enforced by the President.

In this case, it isn't.

I can't think of any way that this will pass judicial scrutiny. So who will be the first gun show operator to file suit?

Since when do "executive orders" override the Constitution?

The last time a monarch imposed his will and overruled the people, King George issued laws overruling the rights of colonials. Have we returned back to the same point in history?

Yes, some of these requirements are fine. For example, requiring licenses for sellers seems fair without abridging the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Of course, that would be true - if it was a law passed by the Congress and enforced by the President.

In this case, it isn't.

I can't think of any way that this will pass judicial scrutiny. So who will be the first gun show operator to file suit?___

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2016-01-03 20:23:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

For me, the future has already happened.

For me, the future has already happened.___

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2015-12-31 13:42:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

New Years Eve should give you the chance you need.

As we walk through life, we pass the same choices but simply choose to walk through the same doors. Make today different. It's OK to turn and take the path less taken.

New Years Eve should give you the chance you need.

As we walk through life, we pass the same choices but simply choose to walk through the same doors. Make today different. It's OK to turn and take the path less taken.___

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2015-12-31 13:28:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. - Psalms 25:21

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. - Psalms 25:21___

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2015-12-29 15:02:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

After swapping to official CM 13 nightlies, I found that the T-Mobile APN info wasn't downloading properly.

That meant that the only data I could get was via WiFi. So I did some sleuthing to get the right APN settings. Once populated, I was finally able to use mobile data.

In the meantime, I switched to Hangouts and VOIP for almost all of my calling. I think I'm finally ready to make the switch to an all IP communications model.

After swapping to official CM 13 nightlies, I found that the T-Mobile APN info wasn't downloading properly.

That meant that the only data I could get was via WiFi. So I did some sleuthing to get the right APN settings. Once populated, I was finally able to use mobile data.

In the meantime, I switched to Hangouts and VOIP for almost all of my calling. I think I'm finally ready to make the switch to an all IP communications model.___

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2015-12-28 15:42:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

CM13 nightlies are finally available for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 ((klte)

I've enjoyed the Marshmallow previews from kornfed and albinoman. But it feels more authentic on a supported build. So when I saw the release note, I wiped and flashed the phone.

CM13 nightlies are finally available for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 ((klte)

I've enjoyed the Marshmallow previews from kornfed and albinoman. But it feels more authentic on a supported build. So when I saw the release note, I wiped and flashed the phone.___

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2015-12-27 15:52:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Why do I always seem to find myself doing upgrades?

It's Christmas time.  That means time for upgrades.  In some cases, we had old units replaced with new units (e.g., the new Chromecast form factor, 1080p replacement TV's, et cetera).  In some cases, we cascaded things around (e.g, a ten-year old 480p TV replaced with the 720p that freed up with the 1080p replacement), and even some furniture replacements and displacements. 

But amongst all of the purchased changes and displacements, there are also a lot of software updates:

- A new version of Plex Media Server was deployed. 
- New updates to Windows 10 devices were deployed.
- Updates to Plex Player, OpenELEC, and Kodi were deployed.
- A new upgrade to the Roku 3 was deployed.

While things in the digital world were upgrading, things IRL were stumbling w/o resolution. We are still... more »

Why do I always seem to find myself doing upgrades?

It's Christmas time.  That means time for upgrades.  In some cases, we had old units replaced with new units (e.g., the new Chromecast form factor, 1080p replacement TV's, et cetera).  In some cases, we cascaded things around (e.g, a ten-year old 480p TV replaced with the 720p that freed up with the 1080p replacement), and even some furniture replacements and displacements. 

But amongst all of the purchased changes and displacements, there are also a lot of software updates:

- A new version of Plex Media Server was deployed. 
- New updates to Windows 10 devices were deployed.
- Updates to Plex Player, OpenELEC, and Kodi were deployed.
- A new upgrade to the Roku 3 was deployed.

While things in the digital world were upgrading, things IRL were stumbling w/o resolution.  We are still trying to get someone to take money for the work truck that my son purchased.  [Note: The insurance company was the most efficient of the bureaucratic institutions involved in the transaction.]  Let's hope that we can get this all done by tomorrow - but I have my doubts.

Food and family were festive and frantic.  There was lots of food.  And lots of laughs, and a few oddball comments that raised some eyebrows.  But all in all, the family time was spectacular.

And while the real world was cool and the digital world was ever-improving, I find myself musing about the real message of Christmas.  I won't write a sermon.  But I will note that this year has once again shown me that this world needs a Savior.  Conflicts abound.  And everyone is awash in uncertainty.  But the real upgrades will come because of the work of the carpenter from Nazareth.   ___

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2015-12-26 01:23:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The wonder of this day leads directly to the agony of the cross - and the ecstasy of the resurrection. May the glory of our Lord and His sacrifice fill every nook and cranny of your being. And may the joy of the child be magnified in and through each of you.

The wonder of this day leads directly to the agony of the cross - and the ecstasy of the resurrection. May the glory of our Lord and His sacrifice fill every nook and cranny of your being. And may the joy of the child be magnified in and through each of you.___

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2015-12-19 09:08:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

My shiny new phone is making me smile

OK, it's not new. The phone is almost fifteen months old. And while it isn't scheduled for Marshmallow for a long while, I am mesmerized BG its gooey goodness.

Yep, I fixed some of the problems.

- I'm running the 2015-12-18 version of the CM13 build from albinoman.
- I had horrible problems when I first flashed this build. The Play Services infrastructure was broken. And that meant a big no joy for G+.
- Fortunately, I cobbled together a solution. I switched to a different build of GApps (from benzo). Now I have a fully functioning and stable build.

After twelve hours, this is now my daily driver. So it was time for some curtains.

- I decided to spruce my desktop up with a Zooper widget.
- I added some small, white, mini icons.
- I decided to fire up the 500px... more »

My shiny new phone is making me smile

OK, it's not new. The phone is almost fifteen months old. And while it isn't scheduled for Marshmallow for a long while, I am mesmerized BG its gooey goodness.

Yep, I fixed some of the problems.

- I'm running the 2015-12-18 version of the CM13 build from albinoman.
- I had horrible problems when I first flashed this build. The Play Services infrastructure was broken. And that meant a big no joy for G+.
- Fortunately, I cobbled together a solution. I switched to a different build of GApps (from benzo). Now I have a fully functioning and stable build.

After twelve hours, this is now my daily driver. So it was time for some curtains.

- I decided to spruce my desktop up with a Zooper widget.
- I added some small, white, mini icons.
- I decided to fire up the 500px Firepaper app from chainfire.

Now my new system rocks the latest Android build while looking altogether fetching. I wonder how long I can works with this before I upgrade again. Does anyone think that I can last a week?___

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2015-12-18 17:12:33 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

#fidofriday

#fidofriday___

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2015-12-18 16:38:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I (willingly) live a life of technological risk

Anyone who knows me, understands that I am a consummate geek. And to be specific, I am a phone freak. Twenty years at a telco will do that to you. So no one should be surprised that I am running Android Marshmallow even though there is no official build for my phone.

And what happens when you fiddle with your daily driver? Normally, nothing happens. Sometimes, things minor and things major go bump in the night.

So while I was in Hawaii, I went back to a stock build. But once I came back to the mainland, I went back to my cavalier ways. And for two weeks, everything was fine.

But last night, I decided to update to a more recent build for CM13. And based upon what I was reading in the developer threads, I decided to do a clean install.

Um, I ran into one of those times when things go... more »

I (willingly) live a life of technological risk

Anyone who knows me, understands that I am a consummate geek. And to be specific, I am a phone freak. Twenty years at a telco will do that to you. So no one should be surprised that I am running Android Marshmallow even though there is no official build for my phone.

And what happens when you fiddle with your daily driver? Normally, nothing happens. Sometimes, things minor and things major go bump in the night.

So while I was in Hawaii, I went back to a stock build. But once I came back to the mainland, I went back to my cavalier ways. And for two weeks, everything was fine.

But last night, I decided to update to a more recent build for CM13. And based upon what I was reading in the developer threads, I decided to do a clean install.

Um, I ran into one of those times when things go bump.

Last night, I rebuilt my phone to a developer build from 20151217. Once I wiped and flashed the phone, I figured I'd load the new image and Android would reload my apps - as it should. Fortunately, the install went cleanly. Unfortunately, the apps didn't re-install on their own. So I had to select and manually install the apps that I wanted. I decided that this was a good thing as I wouldn't have things that I didn't want.

When I finally got everything back this morning, I was pleased. But on the way to the office, I couldn't get any LTE data. Arghhhh. Then I checked the developer site and noted that a lot of people were having a lot of trouble with the most recent build. Apparently, the development team had swapped to new build libs. And they were causing trouble. So they decided to re-issue the current code on the original build lib base.

I figured that I could do a dirty-flash (i.e., flash a ROM without wiping the phone out). Unfortunately, that didn't work. So I wiped the phone and hoped that they apps would reload. They did not. So I had to clean install the new ROM and all apps. Now that this is complete, the phone is working exceptionally well... with one exception.

Apparently, there is something not working with G+. I can't install it from the Play Store or from fresh APK's. I'll figure it out. In the meantime, I'm typing this up on a desktop so that my Android friends can avoid this new build - unless they absolutely, positively need the need the new functionality.

Let hope that some of the next builds (including GApps) will solve this final little error. In the meantime, I'll be posting from a desktop.
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2015-12-17 18:05:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

As I consider the lines tonight, I can only say, "Bring out your dead!"

Monty Python meets Stare Wars. THis is classic!

#heartstone #lol #starwars___As I consider the lines tonight, I can only say, "Bring out your dead!"

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2015-12-17 17:48:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

When compromise becomes concession

I guess the deficiency bill had to be passed.  But where was Jefferson Smith?  Is there anyone who will stand up for the taxpayers?  Is there anyone that will listen to the citizens?

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/12/paul_ryan_s_first_deal_is_just_like_john_boehner_s_old_ones.html

When compromise becomes concession

I guess the deficiency bill had to be passed.  But where was Jefferson Smith?  Is there anyone who will stand up for the taxpayers?  Is there anyone that will listen to the citizens?

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/12/paul_ryan_s_first_deal_is_just_like_john_boehner_s_old_ones.html___

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2015-12-17 13:51:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Christmas lights may interfere with your Internet speeds

Over the past couple of weeks, the Powerline network at my daughter's house has had some challenges. Specifically, streaming to the main TV (in the family room) has been intolerably slow.

To test the problem, we changed the Xbox One from Ethernet to WiFi. Once that change was made, everything improved. Consequently, I reconfigured their Pi so that it would use wireless.

This was not easy. I had set them up with the beta Plex Media Player. And when Powerline speeds are good, this was the easiest and most appealing player for them. So when we determined that there were speed issues on Powerline, it was time to change. [Note: Once this player comes out of beta, I expect an easy way to exploit WiFi. But for now, that dog won't hunt.]

So I spent last night putting together a new RasPlex... more »

Christmas lights may interfere with your Internet speeds

Over the past couple of weeks, the Powerline network at my daughter's house has had some challenges. Specifically, streaming to the main TV (in the family room) has been intolerably slow.

To test the problem, we changed the Xbox One from Ethernet to WiFi. Once that change was made, everything improved. Consequently, I reconfigured their Pi so that it would use wireless.

This was not easy. I had set them up with the beta Plex Media Player. And when Powerline speeds are good, this was the easiest and most appealing player for them. So when we determined that there were speed issues on Powerline, it was time to change. [Note: Once this player comes out of beta, I expect an easy way to exploit WiFi. But for now, that dog won't hunt.]

So I spent last night putting together a new RasPlex build. Once done, I configured it for my Panda PAU05 WiFi dongle. Presto. The system fired up and we can stream 1080p w/o problems.

Of course, the real issue is why Powerline performance became so bad. Since performance was fine up until this month, I must assume that some new interference was forcing retransmits across the Powerline net. And the only change she's had in the last couple of months has been many strings of lights - both inside and outside.

I may need to test the hypothesis further. But it makes perfect sense as long circuits with intermittent shorts are the kinds of things that will kill Powerline performance. I'll do these tests after the holidays. For the time being, I'll follow the lead of the Griswold's: it's time to enjoy the fruits of my labors. And I know what the first movie I'll stream must be!___

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2015-12-15 17:40:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

via +Michael Ehline

___via +Michael Ehline

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2015-12-14 13:51:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

And this is why we shouldn't elect a CEO as President.

Every CEO that I've ever met truly believes that they are right in all things. And they certainly should have full power to control their company. And if they fail to deliver, then they can and should be removed.

But do you want that in a President? POTUS has limited powers. So we also need someone who can work with others. And we need someone who can inspire others to adopt his/her vision.

This is why I cannot vote for the Donald. He IS a one man show. That is perfect for an oligarchy or a dictatorship. But it is ridiculous for a President

And this is why we shouldn't elect a CEO as President.

Every CEO that I've ever met truly believes that they are right in all things. And they certainly should have full power to control their company. And if they fail to deliver, then they can and should be removed.

But do you want that in a President? POTUS has limited powers. So we also need someone who can work with others. And we need someone who can inspire others to adopt his/her vision.

This is why I cannot vote for the Donald. He IS a one man show. That is perfect for an oligarchy or a dictatorship. But it is ridiculous for a President___

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2015-12-13 14:15:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Race for the Top?  Hardly

The new climate deal has only a few means of enforcement: shame and banks.  Yes, the force of governments will not be used.  So this is NOT a treaty.  Rather, it is an agreement by the power brokers of the world.  They seek to consolidate power under the banner of fear.  

Let's tell them that we don't want their gruel.  We will not stand idly by while they feast upon "champagne wishes and caviar dreams".  

Race for the Top?  Hardly

The new climate deal has only a few means of enforcement: shame and banks.  Yes, the force of governments will not be used.  So this is NOT a treaty.  Rather, it is an agreement by the power brokers of the world.  They seek to consolidate power under the banner of fear.  

Let's tell them that we don't want their gruel.  We will not stand idly by while they feast upon "champagne wishes and caviar dreams".  ___

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2015-12-13 14:05:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Well, it's done.  A new global climate accord has been reached.  Here are my initial thoughts...

The Good:
-The entire world has gotten together on something.  That is a monumental achievement.  Even China was on board - though not very enthusiastic about their ability to curb coal usage and hydrocarbon emissions.  Bottom line: Fear, uncertainty and doubt aside, this could be the harbinger of good things to come.  
- Furthermore, it appears that the UN summit has resulted in a far more encouraging program to incent nations to meet their targets.  The Kyoto protocols would have punished the ne'er do wells and provided a channel for wealth transfers from industrial nations to developing nations.  In my book, Incentives always trump punishments.

The Bad:
- China made no real commitments abouthow the... more »

Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Well, it's done.  A new global climate accord has been reached.  Here are my initial thoughts...

The Good:
-The entire world has gotten together on something.  That is a monumental achievement.  Even China was on board - though not very enthusiastic about their ability to curb coal usage and hydrocarbon emissions.  Bottom line: Fear, uncertainty and doubt aside, this could be the harbinger of good things to come.  
- Furthermore, it appears that the UN summit has resulted in a far more encouraging program to incent nations to meet their targets.  The Kyoto protocols would have punished the ne'er do wells and provided a channel for wealth transfers from industrial nations to developing nations.  In my book, Incentives always trump punishments.

The Bad:
- China made no real commitments about how they would meet the targets.  Indeed, no one did.  This is a goal.  And it is a lot like every other political goal: tastes great, less filling.  
- At the same time, it appears that the incentives will take the form of banking shenanigans (i.e., transfers and payments in various forms).  From my perspective, making banks the structure for doling out incentives is almost as crazy as making governments the enforcement solution.  

The Ugly
- What happens when banking becomes even more automatic?  This just places the banks in a more central role.  And who controls the banks today?  Why the governments do.  Who can issue monies without any backing?  The government can.  And what happens if/when the bank systems become controlled by any single entity (whether person, nation or organization)?
- No one addressed the ugly truth: this game is based upon a failed premise.  Climate change is an ever-occurring process in nature.  And it is driven by many sources - including our sun.  But global warming is not a fact.  The facts show that the planet has been cooling - contrary to the prayers of the control freaks.  When a politician lies to us, makes up numbers and tells us that the economy is good (even when we have the largest population of unemployed citizens), we simply boot these politicians out of office.  That should be the "go to" plan for the citizens of every nation.  But what do we do when the "scientists" are wrong?  Who can give us redress?  Where is our "balance of power" in such an equation?  _I would suggest that we have no counter-balancing power in this equation._  We weren't at the table.  We weren't represented at the table.  And the people at the table are lying to us.

Folks, each day I become more convinced that it is time to tackle the entire system of control that has been erected.  If we are to remain as We the People, then we need to take any and all opportunities to regain control of ourselves and of our land.  This may be our last chance.  ___

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2015-12-11 22:38:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

In 2016, you're going to hear a lot more about 5G. Don't buy into the hype.

In 2016, you're going to hear a lot more about 5G. Don't buy into the hype.___

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2015-12-11 21:49:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-12-11 20:46:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Google Now on Tap is the killer feature of Android Marshmallow

I've been toying with Marshmallow for about a month. And it is everything that you expect from a new version of Android. There are performance boosts in key areas. There are some rough edges from previous versions that have been smoothed out. And there are some cool additions.

In the latter category, the Google Now on Tap capability steals the show. This feature allows Google Now to describe and provide relevant links to anything on the screen.

In this instance, I was playing a song (in Play Music). I launched GNoT and got some truly relevant stuff.

In the case of this query, I got a slightly different response from GNoT depending upon the player (e.g., slight differences between Play Music and Spotify). But the basic functionality is greay

Android just upped its game to... more »

Google Now on Tap is the killer feature of Android Marshmallow

I've been toying with Marshmallow for about a month. And it is everything that you expect from a new version of Android. There are performance boosts in key areas. There are some rough edges from previous versions that have been smoothed out. And there are some cool additions.

In the latter category, the Google Now on Tap capability steals the show. This feature allows Google Now to describe and provide relevant links to anything on the screen.

In this instance, I was playing a song (in Play Music). I launched GNoT and got some truly relevant stuff.

In the case of this query, I got a slightly different response from GNoT depending upon the player (e.g., slight differences between Play Music and Spotify). But the basic functionality is greay

Android just upped its game to stay ahead of the Siris in the world.
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2015-12-11 18:27:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you handle it.

___I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you handle it.

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2015-12-10 21:41:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Adoptable storage just screwed up my phone - sorta.

Full disclosure: My phone isn't totally screwed up. And it is not entirely the fault of this cool new feature in Android Marshmallow.

Last night, I switched over to Android Marshmallow - again. And things went quite well. By the time I made it to the office, I had recovered my phone and all of my apps.

Then I saw a new rev of Marshmallow that solved a different problem that I had noticed when I first cut over to Android Marshmallow. So I downloaded the ROM and proceeded to reboot into recovery mode.

Once in TWRP, I couldn't find the file that I had just downloaded. And both the file and the SD card were nowhere to be found. Then I realized what I had done. Adaptive storage is a means of extending internal memory with an SD card. Apparently, the contents are encrypted in order to prevent... more »

Adoptable storage just screwed up my phone - sorta.

Full disclosure: My phone isn't totally screwed up. And it is not entirely the fault of this cool new feature in Android Marshmallow.

Last night, I switched over to Android Marshmallow - again. And things went quite well. By the time I made it to the office, I had recovered my phone and all of my apps.

Then I saw a new rev of Marshmallow that solved a different problem that I had noticed when I first cut over to Android Marshmallow. So I downloaded the ROM and proceeded to reboot into recovery mode.

Once in TWRP, I couldn't find the file that I had just downloaded. And both the file and the SD card were nowhere to be found. Then I realized what I had done. Adaptive storage is a means of extending internal memory with an SD card. Apparently, the contents are encrypted in order to prevent data theft/misuse.

Rats. This meant that I would need to reformat the SD card as a portable resource. And then I had to recover all of the files that I had all too enthusiastically moved to the SD card.

It will take me a few hours to unwind the mess as I had used App2SD to move a lot of stuff to the SD card. But in a few hours, I will have repaired the injury that I inflicted when I shot myself in the foot. ___

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2015-12-10 17:43:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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