AUTOMATION

Or do you love it?

Amazon has opened or will soon open more cashierless “just walk out” stores in Washington state and California. I heard a podcast mention Washington D.C as well but they may have been confusing that with Washington state.

I’ve noticed that several of the local stores we shop at have expanded…


No, Joe, other people are NOT more succesful than I am :)

That's actually very funny, because I've been at this game for a long, long time and have feathered my nest very nicely.

I'm just tired of the whining from people like you. I've had to reinvent myself, change…


APPLE

Save a little, give up very little

I won’t be buying new Apple watches this year. My wife and I are still happy with our Series 5 watches — the battery life is not what it was but between COVID and retirement we are almost always at home, so charging twice a day is not annoying.

We…


iPhone

For starters, the carrier deals sometimes are not deals at all

iphone

I worked at an Apple retail store for a few years after closing my consulting business. I had fun, learned a thing or two, and made some money to pad out my retirement.

One of the many things that surprised me was how many customers had no idea that they…


HUMOR

Paper or electronic, the bitter conflict

Photo of aghast author

I am not an unreasonable man. I am calm and agreeable. I possess unusual patience and am always ready to listen to another person’s point of view.

There are limits, of course. Some actions that people might take are too far beyond the pale, too “out there”, so abominable as…


TECHNOLOGY

No, not that!

Do you want a robotic butler? Yeah, so do I, but I think that’s a long, long way from happening. For now, let’s see what we might be able to get before the robot funeral home disposes of us oh-so environmentally responsibly.

Make the bed, Bed-o

No, it’s not the most taxing chore I…


IOS

You are missing out on so much good stuff

I read yesterday that only around 20% of IOS users have upgraded to IOS 15.

What? Are you crazy??

Yes, I know that some of the press has called this a “minor upgrade”. They are out of their minds! Seriously, they have packed their bags, put sheets over the furniture…


PRIVACY

I already have over twenty Hide My Email addresses and growing

The screenshot above shows the latest addition to my growing set of Hide My Email addresses.

There are two kinds of Hide My Email:

Sign In with Apple is for signing up for apps and services and is free. You can use your Apple ID or have them give you…


Money

Let’s strike a new design and date on a perfectly good old coin

You might never have had an Indian Head cent as change unless you are an old codger like me. It’s a pretty coin, isn’t it? It’s what our pennies looked like until the Lincoln Cent replaced that design in 1909.

But wait — that coin in the picture is from…

Anthony Lawrence

Retired Unix Consultant. Kicking back and enjoying writing now. Not seeking work, not selling anything. No longer responsible for my old aplawrence site.

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