Mysterious Networking Problems? Check Your Power Circuit…

If you are having networking problems, this is one potential cause that is often never considered. If you have already exhausted every other avenue of isolating your problem, read this for another potential path

http://noivad.10centuries.com/2014/04/12/mysterious-networking-problems-check-your-power-circuit/

Bartender: OS X GUI Enhancement review

Unfortunately, something is wrong with WordPress, and I cannot insert any screenshots which this article requires. So, head on over to noivad.10centuries.com for the review.

Bartender OS X GUI Enhancement Review on 10Centuries

Sorry wordpress followers: I cannot control wordpress flakiness. But enjoy 10c. (I like the theme there a bit better, anyway.

2013 in review

This past year saw another significant increase in page hits, which is cool in some respect. However I value interaction more, and comments are few and far between. Still people seem to care mainly about music and bluetooth headphones. The great thing is, BT headsets are now in the realm of “very affordable.”

FYI, the prior post generated a few “corrections” as to the song title of Squeeze’s “Another Nail For My Heart.” After a short discussion, and seeing both versions in print, with most favoring the one I thought to be inaccurate, I decided to write the songwriter to ask because it was starting to bother me. After listening to that song for a good 3 decades, I was convinced it was a mistake someone made, who was not familiar with the song. The lyrics said different, while the old saying says something else. It would have been natural for someone, early on, to favor the familiar saying, instead of the more subtle lyric. I alway interpreted it as if the “nail” was either a love song or a drink, or both. Here is a guy heartbroken over a breakup, drinking his sorrows, while the piano player sings  songs, each love song, another nail for the writer’s heart. This is conjecture, unless the songwriter weighs in, but it is my interpretation of it.

I figure, you can strive to be right or you can strive to be accurate. Favoring the former will mean less of the latter, whereas striving for accuracy will often net you being right more often. I was well prepared to be wrong, learn yet another small thing and wait a week while whomever intercepted the message, hopefully passed it on. To my surprise, about 5 minutes later, the songwriter, Chris Difford, answered, and wrote back:

Thanks for the email, it is indeed – for my heart…..

its been many years and it has chopped around on set lists, but from the original this is the real title

many thanks.

Cd

That, in and of itself was pretty damn cool. Sometimes I love the Internet, and being able to reach out and ask someone whose songs you have been listening to for over 30 years a question and get a fast as light answer, definitely falls within the realm of cool. By the way, I will leave readers with my summary, and a new axiom:

You can strive to be right, or you can strive to be accurate, but trying to be accurate instead of being right will get you both more often.

Someone probably already said this. If not, this one is mine. That, and I appreciate people who actually take the time to look things up — unfortunately, in the above case, the info is mostly wrong. Thanks for reading.

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“iTunes Match, I am Disappoint”

I recommend products all the time, but also steer people clear of products that are nothing but headaches. iTunes Match falls squarely in the latter category. After many problems with iTunes Match not working over 2 years that I have documented in my blogs, I finally decided to give up on this red-headed step child of Apple’s eco-system.

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So, about 10Centuries & 2 new posts

If you guys don’t mind, 10Centuries — by a fellow ADNetizen (@matigo on app.net) — fits into my workflow so much better than wordpress. In fact, I would love to post here more but the web interface is painful compared to a native app to write in on all my devices vs. syncing or hoping the web interface doesn’t reset mid-post. So, FYI head over to 10C: I post a notice about an Audio tag cleaner (for those of us with music filled with incorrect tags in iTunes or whatever audio player you use), as well as my opinion on the Tech underneath the 5s’ seemingly boring shell… It’s not hype…  

So: iPhone 5s…It’s not Hype! and beaTunes on Sale on the 10C blog. Feedback on ADN welcome (or here, but ADN rocks: check it out. Seriously…)

Speed Boost for the Miserly

Last week my Sister,  a very capable Systems Admin, called me to ask my advice. She hadn’t owned a Mac in a very long time, and wanted to know whether she should buy a Mac Mini and an iPad or an iMac?

If your Mac is still stock, you might want to read this…

(Since Advertising is visually detracting from the content by cluttering the formerly clean UI, and the price to remove them is significantly higher than other site’s yearly full featured offerings [themes and full customization is extra here whereas other hosts include them in one price scheme, which is usually much lower], most new content will be on 10Centuries.)