Happy New Year 2019

I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year at the start of what will undoubtedly be an eventful year.

I have no idea what will transpire in the days, weeks, and months ahead, but I know that things will not be boring! I also know that you’ll keep me on my toes, you always do!

Happy New Year! May the new year bring you joy, peace, and happiness.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


Happy Thanksgiving 2018

I wanted to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Along with the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely national holidays we celebrate as Americans.  All too often, Thanksgiving is nothing more than the official start of the annual Christmas shopping season.

Spend just a moment or two re-discovering the reasons behind our celebrating Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me, it will put things into a new light.  By extension, events in our nation’s past will be seen from a new perspective.

Remember the meaning of this day.  If you are so inclined, lend a hand to those who aren’t as fortunate as many of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Computers! Part II

After I made my comments about computers being a pain in my backside, I heard from several thousand of you.  Some offered tricks and tips.  All said they had been in the same spot I mentioned when the software maker said it was an operating system issue and the operating system manufacturer said it was an application software issue.

Many of you commented on my solution and suggested that I should have tried it before I did.  Several of you provided examples similar to mine that you experienced.  A few of you suggested that I address the situation with a sledge hammer or some other heavy object.

While I didn’t take the latter advice, I think it’s interesting that many of you knew exactly what I was lamenting due to experiences you’ve had with your computers.  I heard from Mac and Windows users and the complaint was nearly identical.  It seems that this issue is platform independent.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with me.  It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has issues like this.  Although, now that I think about it, the sledge hammer option does have a growing appeal.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this issue, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Interest in Podcasts Follow-up

On October 1, 2018, I asked for your thoughts on my making a podcast available to you.  It’s been over a month and I have enough responses to make an informed decision.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

On balance, the consensus was that a podcast would be fine, but it wasn’t something that you were crazy about.  I don’t know the reason or reasons for this, but it’s enough to know that if my making a podcast isn’t something you want, I probably won’t do it.

If you want to share your reasons with me on not being that interested in any podcasts I might make, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Software Update

Last week, I told you about the problems I was having using my primary photo editing software on the RAW files from my newest camera.  After spending way too much time trying to track down the issue, I think I found it.

Long story short, the patch for the software that was supposed to allow it to edit my new camera’s RAW images didn’t install properly.  Suffice it to say that the installation process was a mess.  I finally resolved the problem by removing the editing software completely and then re-installing the version with the latest RAW image editing capabilities.  Viola!  End of problem.

While this was a clunky way of getting the issue fixed, it seems to have worked.  Of course, once it reads this post, I’m sure it’ll hang up just to mess with me!  (I can’t prove it, but I think there’s already some artificial intelligence (AI) in the software I’m using.  I think I heard it snicker at me the other day, but I’m not sure.)

Now that the photo editing software looks like its running, I’ll have to edit some photos from the new camera and get them posted.  Assuming, of course, that I can find some pictures worth posting!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


In last week’s post, I lamented the fact that no matter how many times I update the new computer, there are always more patches, bug fixes, and upgrades that I need to install.  As I mentioned, with so many things that need to work just right every time in order to have a computer boot and run, I’m sometimes amazed that the thing works at all.

I recently installed a series of patches in an effort to keep my security current and to make it easier for me to take advantage of some of the new features available through an operating system upgrade.

Everything seemed to work fine until I updated my primary photo editing software so that it handled the latest RAW format for my new camera.  To make a long and painful story short, something is out of whack between the new photo editing software and my computer’s operating system.  The two bits of code don’t play well with each other.

When I use the new software to edit photos in the new-to-this-computer RAW format, I run into all kinds of difficulties.  I contacted the customer support teams for the photo editing software and of the operating system manufacturer.  Not surprisingly, each one said that the issue was the other guy’s fault.

In the meantime, that leaves me with the inability to take advantage of the software that I need to edit RAW photos from my new camera.  Right now, I have a few choices.  I can take pictures in JPG, use an older camera that doesn’t have all the features of the new one (but the software knows how to handle its RAW images), or I can fiddle (that’s a technical term, by the way) with my computer in an attempt to resolve the issue.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

New Video Editing Software

I recently shared with you that I’d built a new computer to re-code videos.  I’m pleased to announce that I also updated my software so that it now handles 4K video.  I don’t know if I’ll post anything higher than 1080 video, due primarily to the huge size of the video file.

I’m still learning the ropes of the new software and putting more patches on the new computer.  One of the things I dislike about computers is that they always seem to need something patched, upgraded, updated, or generally fixed.  I can understand the reasons for this, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when you turn on your computer to do something only to learn that you have a truckload of updates you need to install.

Before I get too sidetracked on that topic, I’ll let yo know that the software seems to do what it’s supposed to do.  It also produces a finished result that is perfectly fine, especially to my untrained (video) eyes.  I know that some of you will find the video lacking for a number of technical reasons, assuming I ever find one that I post.

One of the things I learned years ago was that the more you learn, the less you know.  While that seems a bit contradictory, it’s been my experience that every time I learn something new, it opens up a whole bunch of questions that never entered my mind before I learned the tidbits that prompted the new queries.  Seems like a vicious cycle sometimes.

If you’d like to comment on this idea, or another one, please contact me.  I read every note I receive, but don’t respond to all of them due to time constraints.

As always, thanks for your continued  support!