Elaine has been frustrated with various issues with her Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge handheld for some time, but last week it got dropped on the pavement and run over. This added a major issue, since the screen was severely cracked; it continued to work but was hard to read. We have been ready to upgrade it and this just made it imperative to do so soon. I had gone to a Samsung S8+ and like it very much. When Lisa Violette was visiting she showed us her phone, which I believe is a Note 8, and Dennis Murphy showed us his Note 8 on his recent visit. When I discovered that the Note is within fractions of an inch the same size as my S8+, there was no question that the Note 8 is what we wanted. The larger screen size coupled with the stylus that fits in a built-in slot made it a no-brainer. This afternoon we went to BestBuy and made the upgrade with the Verizon representative there. They transferred some of her content at the store and I did the rest when we got home. I also did some setup as well. Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Facebook spam claim. Record tied.
It was way past time, so today we went to Best Buy and bought a new computer for Elaine. Hers has given good service for several years but has become slower and slower as time goes on. I have called on Dell tech support a couple of times to fix it, have taken it to Geek Squad, and have done some fixes several times myself. But the end result in each case was only temporary improvements. So what to buy? We have both used laptops for many years (since 1993 for me) but when we travel Elaine most recently has taken only her tablet. So maybe a laptop is not needed? A desktop? Too large, takes too much space on and under her desk. We finally decided on an all-in-one. Continue reading Elaine new computer. Dave computer at Geek Squad.
I continued setting up my new Surface Pro 4 tablet today. I downloaded and installed my Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 applications; this is the system that comes with the Geek Squad package I use for our computers. I ended up doing it twice, because I first downloaded the wrong package and then had to uninstall it. But I finally got it done and working. Our package allows us to cover up to five computers, so I have my laptop, my two tablets, my previous Galaxy S6 smartphone, and Elaine’s laptop enrolled. I will be dropping the Pro 2 tablet and the S6 smartphone; I haven’t decided if I will enroll my new Galaxy S8+. I will look further into whether Kaspersky gives me an advantage on a smartphone. Continue reading Pro 4 setup. Kindle vs Kindle. Elaine phone to Best Buy.
After vacillating about it for several weeks, I finally broke down and got a new smartphone. My Samsung Galaxy S6 has served me well for several years but for the last few months the battery has been charging more slowly and the charge has not lasted long. In fact, on a typical day I have had to recharge the phone two or three times a day. I’ve done all the proper things to extend battery life and have had both Verizon and Samsung techs look at it. I decided to skip over the S7 series and go straight to the latest S8 series – just released last month. Continue reading Galaxy S8+. Lucky’s.
Never too late … to learn. I guess. Last winter I noticed that when we turned to heat in our 2012 Chev Equinox the air came out on the floor. I usually run the system on Auto (yellow pointer) and simply turn the A/C on or off (blue pointer) for cooling or heating. But we wanted the heated air to come out the console vents, to warm our upper bodies. So I used the upper airflow control (red pointer) to make the air come out the console. Instead it came out the floor vents. When I pressed the lower airflow control it came out the console. So I thought something had gotten messed up with the controls. Continue reading Never too late. Tire down. Surface Pro 4.
I have been so busy reporting about planter and front yard activities that I forgot to show you a front yard attraction made for us recently by Tom and Marlys James. They are friends from our RVing days, and Tom is on the board of the Freightliner Chassis Owners Club. Over the years they have made front yard light posts for their RV friends, and several years ago they gave us one. I put it out at every campground we stopped at, but one time someone stole it from our yard. So Tom and Marlys made another for us and gave it to us when we met with them at the recent FCOC rally in Mesa. We hope it won’t be stolen from our current front yard! We will add a name sign to this, probably at the bottom. Continue reading Thanks, Tom and Marlys. Rod genealogy. Card making. Computer back.
Supper tonight was an impromptu affair. As we getting ready to leave the pool Elaine mentioned something about getting supper ready; I knew she had set some fish out to thaw. But she seemed tired, so I suggested we go out to dinner instead. She quickly agreed! Agnes Volk had mentioned Los Compadres, a Mexican restaurant down on Northern that I used to go to when I worked at Wood Patel nearby but have not been to for a few years. So I thought we should give it a try, since Elaine had never been there. We were happy with our meal and, of course, brought about half home as leftovers. She had a Chicken Fajita, I had a Machaca Relleno. both good. And we both had a margarita. Continue reading Los Compadres. Dogs groomed. Tablet keyboard. Royal Palm news.
We got our flu shots today. The Walgreen’s at 35th Ave and Dunlap Ave sponsored a clinic here at Royal Palm so that residents could get their flu shots. Elaine and I both got ours when we showed up for the Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting, so we are set for the season. This was a welcome service offered by Walgreen’s, and we hope to foster and closer relationship with more events such as this in the future. I also hope to get them to advertise in our newsletter, The Palm Press. Such services are very beneficial for those who cannot get out easily, and we have some of those here in the park since wee are a 55+ community. Continue reading Hectic, tired. Flu shots. Geek Squad.
Our TV in the office/craft room should now work as well as the one in the living room. I had installed an indoor antenna in the office, along with an amplifier, but still Channel 12 and sometimes others were subject to pixelating. Not a good situation. So I ran a new coax cable from the office, out through the wall, and along the trim at the top of the outside wall all the way to the back end of the house. From there I made a temporary run over to the other side of the back wall, where the feed from our outside antenna comes down the house. I installed a splitter in that feed and connected both the previous cable running under the house to the living room as well as the new coax I had run to that splitter. Continue reading Coax and splitter. Elaine tablet.