I cut the cable!

I have had Comcast TV & Internet service since 1993.  That is a long time.  Over that time the TV programming has not necessarily gotten better but the charges have gone up astronomically.  Yes, the Internet service has gotten better; much faster and more reliable.  However after my bill topped $200/month for basic TV and Internet I had had enough.

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Traveling abroad

My wife and I recently spent a couple of weeks touring Ireland.  Its an amazingly beautiful  country with rich culture, friendly people, fun music and pub life and lots to do!  I highly recommend a visit.  I thought I was pretty prepared from a technology perspective, but I learned a whole lot about it on that trip.  I’d like to share it with you.

Before you leave

This is vastly important.  Contact your cellular provider about options for when you travel abroad.  I find it easiest to do this on the carrier’s website, but you can call them if you wish.

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Apple's fall announcement

Yes, fall is upon us. If the weather did not clue you in, Apple’s regular fall updates should.  They are as regular as the seasons.  Here are my thoughts on the new hardware and software.

New hardware

Of course, the big news every September are the new iPhone announcements.  Like clockwork.   This year there was not one, but two new iPhones announced.

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus - These should have been called 7s...

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Your aging Mac

I have had a flurry of questions and issues with aging Macs lately.  I thought I’d quickly go over what to expect of your Mac as it ages.

Macs are generally built with leading-edge technology at the time they are made.  Apple does a good job keeping up on this.  However, software in general and operating systems in particular demand more of hardware as time goes along.  So, it is inevitable that modern software will out-strip your aging Mac’s ability to run it effectively.

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Dropbox - what is it?

I get this question a lot.  After my description of it many people react with “Oh, that is cool.  I think I’d use that.”  Given that, I thought I would describe it to you here in this short blog.

Dropbox is a service (free or paid) that is similar, but better, than its competitors, including: Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, box.com, Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple’s iCloud Drive among many others.  Why is it better? 

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It's update day today!

Today Apple released the first major updates to its operating systems that were introduced last month - for Mac, iPad, iPhone and AppleTV.

If you have been dragging your feet on upgrading your Apple product for fear of getting a buggy system, you can fear no more.  Major issues have been addressed with these updates.  If you already have upgraded, make sure to do these updates.

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macOS Sierra (10.12) is here!

You have probably read about it and, in fact, your Mac may have actually downloaded the new operating system for you (but not installed it, unlike Microsoft’s practice).  Note that Apple has changed the naming of operating system for the Mac from OS X to macOS to better align with the other operating system nomenclature (iOS, TVOS, WatchOS, etc).

What features are there?  The big one is Siri on your Mac!  Also, you can copy something from your iPhone or iPad and paste it onto your Mac.

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iPhones & iPads Rejoice - iOS 10 is here!

iOS is the operating system that runs your iPad & iPhone.  It is its software engine and the software you interact with the most.  It is the soul of your device.  Its newest version, iOS 10, released to the public today.  It is free for all modern iPhones (5 and newer) and iPads (iPad 4, iPad mini 2 and newer as well as all iPad Airs & Pros).  

It is easy to upgrade: Settings > General > Software Update.  I recommend that you backup your device first (Settings > iCloud > Backup > Backup Now), then restart it before proceeding with the upgrade.

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How about the new iPhone 7?

Apple predictably announced the new iPhone 7 this week.  I will not go into great detail about the changes, but more focus on offering advice whether you should upgrade and how to upgrade.

What about the new 7?  Well, although there are lot of changes inside, the outside dimensions and shapes are identical to the 6 & 6s models of 2014 & 2015 respectively.  There are still 2 models:  iPhone 7 (4.7” screen) and iPhone 7 Plus (5.5” screen).  Here are the major changes:

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Last chance to upgrade your older Mac, iPad or iPhone

As has been the case for several years now, Apple will release new versions of operating systems for Macs, iPads & iPhones this month.  Also, as has been the case in the past, when the new versions are released, current versions of these operating systems will no longer be availalbe.

What is different this year is that these new operating systems will NOT be supported on fairly recent hardware.  

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