SHORT STUFF: 03/02/21

Cache dump of ideas, recommendations, humor, observations, and whatever.

2021/03/02:  My blog will soon be retired, the domain name parked for future use.  I remember waiting for that domain name to be freed, checking it frequently, and it finally became available.  I will invest all my spare time into this blog trying to minimally add at least one post per week, hopefully more.

2021/03/02:  I recently purchased another car, a 2015 Subaru Forester.  And I am loving it.  It’s the first AWD car I’ve owned and it rides well on town roads and even better on the highway.  It’s feature rich and at night the dashboard looks a pinball machine, lit up in all its glory.  Whenever my father got a new vehicle, on the first day he would wait for total nighttime darkness and then go for a ride to see how the dashboard looked at night.  A trait I inherited.

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What are you up to, old man?


My neglect of this site is due to needing time to resolve life issues.  I had some health problems recently that have been addressed and I am feeling much better than I did a few months ago. 

I’m selling my 3 stair flights condo with the help of a realtor, and need to find a new place to live somewhere in the late March to mid April timeframe.  I’d prefer to stay in the relatively quiet town I live in now, or a neighboring town much like it.  The new home will be an apartment rental, and a very small one. I want one floor without needing stairs to get in and out.  It needs only a living room, bedroom, and a bathroom with a tub and shower. The kitchen can be in a corner, up against the wall (I don’t cook that often).  If this apartment is in a multi-floor building and not on the first floor, there needs to be an elevator.  

So that’s the plan so far.  I can count on there being bumps in the road to reach the objective, but I’ll get through it. 

And I’ll get back to sincerely enjoying retirement.  And seeing all my friends again.  😑 

Goodbye Apple Platform

Well, almost.  Within the last year or so I began to regret my getting caught up in the Apple platform.  I’ve been on Apple products since 2006, or possibly a little earlier.  As others may agree, once you’re hooked, over time it becomes harder and more expensive to get off or stay on.

    Current setup includes:
  • Somewhat beefed up Mac mini, 18 months old
  • iPhone XR, almost 2 yrs old
  • iPad (6th generation), about 3 years old or more
  • Apple Watch Model 3, about 9 months old
  • Apple iPod about 14 years old,  a relic, my first Apple purchase, a non used antique

As you can surely agree, I’m in too deep.  And once you become a multi-device user, and have them sharing data, it becomes very hard to back away.

I am seriously considering backing off this scenario.  My objective is to have the Mac Mini be the only Apple device left standing.  I like it.  I have a good file backup scenario in place in addition to Apple’s Time machine.

I’ll get an Android phone with good reviews, a flip if I can find a good one.  It will need email, multiple addresses would be nice but not required.  That would allow me keep some handy info on that phone.  And possibly a tablet later on to do web stuff, sitting comfortably on the sofa.

Here’s hoping I can make this more than a pipe dream.  And get it done quickly.