Is your Wifi in Italy fast enough to let you FaceTime? Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Sometime in the 70’s or 80’s someone said “If you don’t use it you lose it” With the advent of digital and cell phones. Few of us can memorize phone numbers. If someone said to me, gimmie your oldest child’s telephone number or ill kill you . That would be the day I would meet Jesus face to face. “He wouldn’t let me phone a friend”
My mind was once more powerful than an early Packard Bell Computer. I could readily recall telephone numbers, address and birthdays. But that was before my Motorola flip phone. . Before the flip phone, the early cell phones were giant bricks. The Motorola could nearly fit in your pocket. But with this phone, I could transfer the numbers on my human hard drive to the Motorola. Who needs to remember Aun’t Bertha’s number, its in my phone. I didn’t need that part of my brain.
Today we are total slaves to our cell phone. Some of us are so addicted we cant put them down. They talk to us, advise us, and show us the way.
A short time ago, I attempted to give a twenty one year old directions. It was fairly simple, J street (which is a one way street) Turn right on Alhambra and you will see the Bank of America, its across the street from Safeway and Del Taco. “I’m terrible with directions he screamed”-I need the address! I need the address! I didn’t know the address I replied. Oh my God! He screamed You don’t know the address? Oh my God! Drama on overload. He was one more “Oh my God” from being left! He found the bank on his phone. Is there two on Alhambra? I don’t know, I said… “Oh my God” he sighed, I’ll find it!
OMG, I thought to myself. What the fuck would he do if he didn’t have his phone? He so relies on his phone, that he will not consider anything else. I’m a baby boomer, I grew up with AAA and maps. I also remember directions from Ma and Pa Canington. You drive down a ways until you see this blue building with white steps, that’s where you turn right. Then you get in the left lane, when you see Joe’s Locksmith, its a small white building you turn left. Then you go down a bit until you see a house with a big sunflower in front and your there.
Computer and smart phones are too complicated for the Canington’s. They rely on old school maps, exit numbers and memory. (buildings and other landmarks) They are not dependent on batteries, and GPS signals and well into their eighties they are sharper than any twenty-something. They actual read and believe signs that say the bridge is out. They may not have the reflexes of a 21 year old and drive below the speed limit., but its the car I want to be in.
All new could be all wrong if your buying a new car. Buyers of the latest and greatest are more often than not, are The unofficial guinea pigs for Automakers If often takes a few years to get the bugs out of all new car. Last week, Consumer Reports released their annual new-car reliability ranking. The culprit in some of the newer models seems to be the infotainment systems, the complex nine and ten speed automatic transmissions and the new Turbo Charged engines.
In this report there seems to be a trend. Some Vehicles with new technology: engines, transmission, infotainment systems have dropped in reliability. Highly rated brands like Buick, Honda, Tesla, and other reliable name plates have seen steep drops from 2017. Older lower rated cars like the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 with designs that date back to 2006 have risen in reliability. In some cars, like the Tesla nearly every function is handled via the infotainment system. In those cars, some owners complained about freezing screens, preventing them from changing station, to adjusting the temperature. Some systems like Chrysler’s give you the option of using knobs or the screen.
The Ford Fusion, one of the best built domestic vehicles, have seen its ratings fall due to problems with Ford’s new Sync 3 system. The second generation Buick LaCrosse enjoyed a good repair history. The third generation introduced in 2017 was all new with a new 8 speed transmission, buyers of the third generation complained about a rough transmission.
Each year, Consumer Reports sends a questionnaire to its members to learn about issues that they’ve had with their cars over the past year, and the severity of those issues. In their latest survey , CR got info on over 500,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2018, gathering information bout problems that owners have had in twelve key areas, including engine internals, accessory drive, cooling system, transmission internals, drive train, fuel system, electrical system, brakes, climate control, exhaust, in-car electronics, and others.
In a quest to build lighter, more fuel efficient cars. Automakers have turned to smaller turbo charged four cylinder engines and complex 8, 9 and 10 speed transmissions. Four cylinder engines that are as powerful as the old mighty V8 engines. Ford has replaced large displacement V8 for smaller displacement engines in their trucks and large SUV’s. The massive 5800 pound Ford Expedition Max is powered by 3.5 (213 cubic inch) turbo charged six cylinder engine generating 400 horsepower and 480 pound feet or Torque. Chrysler’s, 5.7-liter (345 cubic inch) HEMI V8 engine produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. To give you a sense of size, the first Ford Mustang was a six cylinder was 200 cubic inches.
Nearly all manufactures foreign and domestic has made major changes with all new engines, transmissions, infotainment systems. To put things in perspective, for nearly twenty years most of the automatic transmissions built were four speed transmissions . Twelve years ago, six speed transmissions were common. Four years ago, eight speed transmissions came to market. In the last few years 9 and 10 speed transmissions have come to market. Every manufacturer is now building smaller displacement turbo charged cars for the first time. Longevity for the most part is unknown.
According to Consumer Reports, this new technology has damaged the reliability of some brands. Buick, the most reliable American brand fell 11 spots from 2017 to 2018. Tesla also dropped sharply.
Honda, a brand known for its reliability also dropped sharply in Consumer Reports Ratings . Honda, added turbo charge engines to some of its current generation Civics. The new Accords has new 9 and 10 speed transmissions, all new turbo charged engines and new infotainment systems. As a result the all new Accord, one of the most reliable cars was down graded to average.
Honda’s Odyssey minivan is no longer recommended and Consumer Reports says, the Clarity line of cars apparently has “electronic glitches” that bring it to “much-worse-than-average.
Consumer complaints about the 1.5 Turbocharged engine in Honda’s best selling CR-V to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could lead to major recall. Honda says ,A fix will be issued by dealers by mid-November and will be covered under the vehicle’s warranty. Honda will also preemptively fix 2019 CR-V models before they go on sale, although it does not yet say what exactly the fix entails.
Toyota’s to my eye aren’t necessarily sexy, they aren’t exciting to drive. But they sure are reliable. There are more twenty, and thirty year old Toyota’s on the road than nearly any other car.
Unlike Honda, most of Toyota engines are naturally aspirated. The company hasn’t rushed to turbos. The company still build 6 speed transmissions. Last year it added 8 speed transmissions to the Camry and Avalon.
The magic started early on. On auto production lines in Europe and American the lines buzzed on. If there was a defect, it was handled after the car rolled off the line. At Toyota, workers could stop the entire production line if they realized anything was wrong. Management could fix the problem before it was an issue down the line.
Slow and Steady
One of the first infotainment system came from Ford,designed by Microsoft it was called Ford Sync. In 2008, it was optional on nearly every Ford or Lincoln vehicle. With a push of a button, one could make a phone call, change a radio station, change a CD track by a voice command.
By 2010,a more complex system was introduced called “My Ford Touch” This system allowed the user with the aid of touch screen to read text messages and more. While it was very profitable for Ford, it was an utter failure, with owners saying that it crashed and was unreliable. There were several attempts by Ford to repair the system but they were not successful. JD Power said “My Ford Touch” had a negative effect on Ford’s overall reliability. Consumer Reports suggested buyers avoid the system entirely. Despite all the negative press, the public wanted this expensive option.
Automaker went all in adopting this new technology. Toyota didn’t. It was one of the last carmakers to adopt the technology.
And that is the theme or secret sauce to Toyota. While the other automakers rush new technologies to market. Toyota and Lexus (Toyota’s luxury division) is slow and conservative. Unlike other automakers adding new engines and other technology to all models across the line, they gradually add new engines, electronics and transmissions to the product line. The trade off is superior reliability.
If your buying a new car you may just want to keep it simple and stay clear of the infotainment systems. All of the cars will have Bluetooth, that will allow hands free calling. You may even consider installing an after market stereo from establish brand like Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood and JVC. This would require some modification to your car. They all have bluetooth and the trade off is in most cases superior sound, and better electronics. Many of these units have back up cameras, navigation and your steering wheel controls will control these units.
If you must have a infotainment, the best are from Audi, BMW, Hyundai/Kia/Genesis, and Mercedes Benz. Chrysler has a conditional recommendation. Prior to 2018, their U-connect system was considered one of the best in the industry. However, some software additions has made the system buggy with occasional screen freezing. We suspect they will work the bugs out in 2019. The worst of the worst, is Volvo. The company has built award winning and compelling cars with some of the BEST interiors in the industry . However, like many luxury cars infotainment system if you want a Volvo you do not have any other option.
Other vehicles on the caution list includes the Honda Accord and Civic. Honda has a solid reputation. With new turbo engines and transmissions, have resulted in a decline in ratings. However, in a couple of years we think they will have worked out of these issues. Tesla’s Gull wing Model X has been an disaster,doors, rattles and electronic issues. The Model S air suspension and door handles has problematic for the company. The popular Model 3 isn’t as complex as the other models two and more expensive models and so far its most reliable vehicle.
By: Jeff Weiner (For the Orlando Sentinel)
A now-former pastor at a Deltona, Florida church faces a voyeurism charge, accused of taking an upskirt photo of a woman in his office after a Sunday service, authorities said.
Brian “Rick” Kenyon Jr., 31, faces a felony charge of video voyeurism. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on Thursday, but was released that afternoon on $2,500 bail, officials said.
According to an arrest affidavit, the 41-year-old victim told Volusia County sheriff’s deputies the incident happened April 8 at the Deltona Church of Christ on Providence Boulevard.
The woman had watched Kenyon’s children for him during the service. Afterward, she went to his office to turn the kids over to him, but soon realized something was wrong, the affidavit said.
Kenyon seemed nervous and was avoiding eye contact, she said. Then, he asked her to put his youngest child in a car seat.
The woman, who was wearing a sundress, said she bent forward and knelt to secure the child in the seat, but then felt skin brush against her leg, causing her to turn around and yelled.
According to the affidavit, she saw Kenyon kneeling behind her, bent at the waist, with his hand near the bottom of her dress.
When he stood, she said she noticed he was holding his cell phone.
The woman told her husband what had happened, and later enlisted several members of the congregation to help confront Kenyon.
At a meeting, Kenyon denied taking a picture up the woman’s dress, the affidavit said, claiming he was trying to take a picture of his child but dropped the phone between the woman’s legs.
He did admit having a “pornography problem,” the affidavit said.
However, at a second meeting April 19, Kenyon confessed to taking an upskirt picture of the woman, the affidavit said. He described it as a “dark moment” that came over him, investigators said.
He said he had deleted the photo, the affidavit states.
Church staff confirmed to a sheriff’s detective that Kenyon had been “removed” from the church, and was never in charge of youth programs or given unsupervised contact with chidlren.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-943-8276.
While scrolling through my phone and reading the text exchange between my husband and me, I see a love story.
No, I don’t see a bunch of Xs, Os and lovey-dovey emoticons. But I do see mistakes, arguments, parenting advice and venting sessions . I see two people navigating this life together. I see a parenting partner .I see a best friend. I see a union that thrives on a healthy dose of sarcasm.
When I read our text messages, I see a real marriage AND I laugh ….
What ever happened to calling a friend? Perhaps it’s a need for attention or public validation, but someone you know is or has posted something very personal on social media, placing her careers and reputation at risk.
I know of one person who has lost three jobs for venting about those jobs on social media. A woman who lost her job after up loading pictures of her simulating a sex act on social media. ___________________________________________________________
Individuals posting detailed information about their troubled marriage, relationships with friends, family members, and colleagues for the world to comment .
One person, after being fired deleted his Facebook account and opened another with a different name, inviting his friends to join him on the new account. After getting the new job old habits re-emerged. Complaints about clients and co-workers, in less than two weeks he was fired from the new job.
Postings of how many joints they had during the day, the uploading of videos of themselves being intoxicated.
Why do some of us Overshare?
Professor Russell W Belk of York University in Toronto says: The feedback of friends, family members, acquaintances, and strangers therefore provides continual criticism and validation.
“When we’re looking at the screen we’re not face-to-face with someone who can immediately respond to us, so it’s easier to let it all out—it’s almost like we’re invisible,” said Belk, of the so-called “disinhibition effect” that online sharing helps create. “The irony is that rather than just one person, there’s potentially thousands or hundreds of thousands of people receiving what we put out there.”
Still, something seems amiss when people feel it’s more important to express a desire on Facebook for the president to be assassinated than it is to, say, exercise tact or avoid losing your job. (Yes, she was fired.)
Another crucial ingredient encouraging online exhibitionism is, as stated by Belk, the “tension between privacy and potential celebrity.” For some people, the longing to be popular far outweighs the longing to be respected, and their social media accounts can verify this.
Unlike a private conversation between friends. A posting on social media is memorialized. What you’ve said to a certain extent is now a part of history. Ideally the user should use the same level of caution then he or she would in an open conversation.
One can have an political opinion, an impression, when the opinion, impression crosses the line of civility the authors reputation and potential carreer could be damaged. Students randomly tweeting and making racists or insentive videos have been tossed out of colleges all of the county, well after they attempted to delete the statement or video. Now apart of record, many of these students had difficultly finding a new college and that video may forever inpact their careers.
More and more employers are accessing your private social media to get a sense of who your are* From her previous Tweets on social media ABC knew Roseanne was a risk. In the past she has been critical of the Obama Administration and has posted some controversial theories and opinions online. Before Roseanne2, she admitted that she had made people angry and said she would stay offline. She slipped, leaving ABC with little choice, to the cancel the show.
*Accessing one’s social media account isn’t difficult as few people vet new friends.
The Internet is public. Remember that. So even when you think you are posting something privately, once it is out into the Internet ether, it is out of your control and potentially can be used against you in the future. This is especially important in a job search. Even though a future employer (assuming they are not the government) may not be able to access your private posts, it is common to begin including coworkers as future friends. They will have access to your stuff. Keep it clean.
With that in mind, here is a list of things you should never post on social media:
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Mean spirited gossip, insults, pictures of careless drug and excess consumption of alcohol are red flags for employers.
For some of us, social media is an important part of our daily lives. Throughout the day we are checking for texts, pictures, comments and likes. For some nearly, all their social interaction is via an electronic device. With one push of a button, you can interact with hundreds, millions, and receive acknowledgement from hundreds and millions more. For some its intoxicating, and for others its an addiction. These people on social media, every day several times a day. Some purposely post controversial topics to stimulate traffic on his page. Is this you? Can you refrain from texting or Social Media for 24 hours?
Update: Looks like Roseanne’s Twitter silence lasted a couple of hours. As she feels her co-stars threw her under the Bus. Her tone seems a little less apologestic than this morning.
It sucks to be Mark Zuckerberg these days. Facebook’s data breech, the Russians, fake News, his company has failed America. His punishment is appearing in front of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees. He has to sit through hours of requests and questions and not appear to be condescending or superior to members of the Committee. From individuals who know very little about Facebook and technology in general. Hours of questioning and not laugh out loud. We have a few of their questions for your entertainment.
The average age of members of the Senate is “63”. Mark Zuckerberg is 33 (he could pass for 16) like most men his age, he has been exposed to computing and technology his entire life. While there are many honorable, intelligent men and women in the US Senate. Most of them have very limited knowledge of computing and get by with assistance of their staff . Some cant turn their machines on or off without assistance .
The median age of the current US Senators in office is 63.
(they were 49 years old when Facebook began)
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orin Hatch of Utah, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Jim Inholf of Oklahoma, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, John McCain of Arizona are all in their eighties.
Senator Hatch asked with Facebook being free, the Senator wanted to know how it made money?
Its Unlikely, these Senators can turn their PC.’s off without unplugging them
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida asked, “What if I didn’t want ads for chocolate?”
This silly question, took Zuckerberg by surprise. When Vermont’s Senator Patrick Leahy asked ” These unverified divisive pages are on Facebook today *gestures to print out* are you able to confirm whether they are Russian-created groups? Yes or No?”
Zuckerberg wasn’t able to answer this question because. He obviously isn’t familiar with every single piece of content currently on Facebook. The act of printing out a handful of specific Facebook pages and asking Zuckerberg to identify whether they are co-ordinated by Russians is simply silly, though it did lead to some clarity from Zuckerberg, who explained people running ad campaigns will now need to verify their identity on the site.
South Carolina Senator, Lindsay Graham asked “Is Twitter the same as what you do?”
Congressman Billy Long of Missouri, asked “What was Facemash and was it still up and running?” Facemash was an early Zuckerberg project in which users compared two photos of women and picked which was hotter. But Zuckerberg started Facemash from his dorm room 15 years ago and Harvard shut it down within days.
Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said, ” My son Charlie (13) is dedicated to instagram so he’d want to be sure I mentioned him while I was hear with you.
West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito asked, “Would you bring fiber because we don’t have connectivity”
Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter asked, “Did you know that the Motion Picture Association of America is having problems with piracy and this is challenging their existence?”
Hawaii Senator, Brian Schatz asked “If I’m emailing within WhatzApp…Does that inform your advertisers?” The senator didn’t know WhatzApp is a chat, not an email platform.
Schatz follows up: “Let’s say I’m emailing within WhatzApp , do I get a Black Panther banner ad?” and then says “Come on my man, come on”
Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington asked, “Some people refer to ( Peter Thiel ‘s startup Palantir) as Stanford Analytica . Do you agree? ” There are some who believe Cambridge Analyica’s data gathering was the brainchild of a Palantir employee, as recent media reports have said. There’s no particular reason to think Zuckerberg would know the answer to either of her questions, and he said he didn’t.
Tom Cotton from Arkansas at 39 is the youngest Senator.
As in all the hearings. There are some Senator’s who are genuinely concerned and have staff who help them construct intelligent questions. Then there are others, who simply wanna tell that little punk off for their constituents in HD. The Challenge for the majority of the members in the senate is understanding technology.
Disclosure: I’m a baby boomer in my sixties. Many of my contemporaries struggle with technology. For some are forced against every thing we know as holy to use these contraptions. Work, Travel, and god help us if we are unemployed and looking for work. Are you Linkedin? Shoot me an e-mail. Boomers are the ones who cant get online at the hotel or airport. Once weve finally mastered the process, they change it. The young celebrate changes in technology. Boomers go into shock, like what the fuck now.?
I’m sure their were some who considered suicide, after Microsoft dropped its long running and popular Windows XP operating system. I know of a few men who continue to spend big bucks to keep old Betsy running. Hanging on to a twelve year old HP laptop, because it’s familiar and serve their needs.
I have twenty something friends who keep me fresh. They’ve threaten to re-arrange the pills in my daily case should I ask a lame question. With their help, I’ve embraced technology , you tube is my friend. I’ve used their videos to repair my pc’s . Many of my younger friends don’t own PC or tablets, their smartphones meet their needs.
Facebook is for old people. Its time to leave any site where your parents can friend you. The kids have been trying to wean me from Facebook. Now that my newly retired seventy something brother has embraced Facebook, I may be leaving. As he comments on my every post. #Mommy # Ihatemyfblife . He insist we read everything he reads. #blockinghimsoon The lets make this go Viral posts” requests are not coming from the kids, its coming from their parents and great, great,great grandparents. #yikes #killmenow