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Percy
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Message 526 of 569 (860875)
08-12-2019 7:27 PM
Reply to: Message 519 by dwise1
08-12-2019 4:09 PM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
dwise1 writes:

"TextEdit" and "Terminal" are both in the Applications directory, (though "Terminal" is actually in Applications/Utilities). They aren't hidden.

Maybe now they're not, but they certainly were on the first-gen iMac nearly two decades ago, which is what I'm talking about.

Oh, stuff from a while ago.

I'm not a Mac bigot. I use Linux for development and Windows for home type things like finance and email. I only started using Mac a few years ago when I started programming in Swift. Seems fine, and I like that my MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone are all automatically in sync with texting, phoning, FaceTiming, music and photos.

So the main benefits you get from iStuff is playing around,...

That would't be close to accurate, but never mind. Maybe Apple stuff really isn't for you, but the information you're basing your opinion on may be a bit dated.

Before the first trip, she got an iPad to use mainly for taking photos and was constantly cursing the estupido thing all the way across Austria and Germany.

It's too bad that whoever sold her the iPad for photos didn't tell her it isn't really very good for that.

...Before the second trip (northern Italy) she got an iPhone X...She can't even view those photos on her Windows 10 laptop without special third-party conversion software.

This is just a setting. She should go to Settings>Camera>Formats and select Most Compatible. Now any new photos she takes will be JPEG's.

--Percy


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Message 527 of 569 (860885)
08-12-2019 9:37 PM
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08-12-2019 7:27 PM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
That would't be close to accurate, but never mind. Maybe Apple stuff really isn't for you, but the information you're basing your opinion on may be a bit dated.

Wisdom gained is still wisdom. And the main thing I learned is that Apple doesn't play well with others outside its ecosystem.

This is just a setting. She should go to Settings>Camera>Formats and select Most Compatible. Now any new photos she takes will be JPEG's.

Really? What page of the manual is that on? Oh yeah, there is no manual!

And in the meantime an entire vacation's worth of photos are unusable. Wow, how more user-friendly could you get than that?

But I will pass that tip on to her. Thanks for that.


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Percy
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Message 528 of 569 (860888)
08-13-2019 12:11 AM
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08-12-2019 9:37 PM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
https://heictojpg.com/, 50 photos at a time, free.

Also, for photos not yet transferred off the iPhone, go to Settings>Photos and under “Transfer to Mac or PC” choose “Automatic”. This will automatically convert HEIC to JPEG upon transfer.

I, too, mourn the passing of manuals, but we live in a brave new world now and must adjust to its mores. 18-35 rules the world now, and they need no manuals for these simple things.

—Percy


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Message 529 of 569 (860891)
08-13-2019 12:50 AM
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08-13-2019 12:11 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
Passed that tip on to her. Thanks.

By "upon transfer" do you mean whatever synching program they have you load on your computer? She normally uses a USB drive to transfer files, the same one she used with her iPad since the OS ate up so much memory there was little space left for her photos. And just as she'd be in the middle of taking a photo, the USB drive app would pop up; that was the usual cause of her more vociferous cursing.

We had a similar experience navigating with her iPhone. She didn't like the resident map app and so loaded another and used it instead (the Google one?). It worked great, even to the point of telling us which turnoff to take from a roundabout (eg, first, second, third, or fourth). But then her battery would go low and she had to plug it into the USB cable to recharge. And suddenly her play list would start to play on the car's radio. I diagnosed it as the phone's attitude that it "knows what we want better than we ourselves do", so every time you plug it into the car it always assumes you want to start playing your music. Maybe there's a setting to change that, but in the middle of a roundabout is not the time nor place to search for it like a clue in a fecking video game.

I have to admit I have a poor attitude about computers that want to be helpful. Before Windows 95, the Navy had its NIK (Navy Internet Kit) which either included or depended on the Winsock16 DLL. The Navy kept mandating not to buy any Windows 95 computers until they had checked it out completely, but it finally reached a point where the only new computers you could buy were Windows 95. So the admiral got his new computer, a 32-bit Windows 95 box, and we set up the 16-bit NIK on it, though that required that we replace the system's Winsock32 DLL with the Winsock16 DLL. Everything would work fine for a few days until Windows 95 decided to be helpful and, detecting that we had an old Winsock DLL, automatically updated it with Winsock32. And the admiral could no longer access the Internet with the NIK. So we'd have to reinstate the Winsock16 DLL and a few days later the computer would be helpful again. Finally, I wrote an AUTOEXEC.BAT file that replaced the Winsock DLL with a Winsock16 DLL just to be sure.

18-35 rules the world now, and they need no manuals for these simple things.

They have the time to waste playing with their new toys instead of trying to do something useful. It's like they treat everything like a fecking video game where you search for clues.


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Message 530 of 569 (860893)
08-13-2019 1:54 AM
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08-12-2019 9:37 PM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
There probably is a User Guide in the Books app.

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Message 531 of 569 (860896)
08-13-2019 3:20 AM
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08-13-2019 1:54 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
There probably is a User Guide in the Books app.

Whatever the feck that is! Did the documentation accompanying the product make any mention of it? Or were you fecking supposed to just know that kind of shite?


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Message 532 of 569 (860897)
08-13-2019 3:22 AM
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08-13-2019 3:20 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
Books is part of the standard installation. It’s where you would find books - from Apple. it’s also Apples alternative to the Kindle app.

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Percy
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Message 533 of 569 (860912)
08-13-2019 10:52 AM
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08-13-2019 12:50 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
dwise1 writes:

By "upon transfer" do you mean whatever synching program they have you load on your computer? She normally uses a USB drive to transfer files, the same one she used with her iPad since the OS ate up so much memory there was little space left for her photos. And just as she'd be in the middle of taking a photo, the USB drive app would pop up; that was the usual cause of her more vociferous cursing.

I was thinking of AirDrop, but I just tested it with my Windows machine and it doesn't work. It *should* work, they're definitely paired and connected, but AirDrop doesn't see the PC, may be a problem local here, so AirDrop is one thing to try. I've never tried USB with the iPhone/iPad, but if that's what she's used to then after she's changed the settings in the iPhone/iPad she should give the USB drive a try and see what format ends up there.

18-35 rules the world now, and they need no manuals for these simple things.

They have the time to waste playing with their new toys instead of trying to do something useful. It's like they treat everything like a fecking video game where you search for clues.

I wish I could remember the title, but there was a book about 35 years ago about how software quality would be the death of the software industry, because companies were not investing in it enough. What the author didn't realize was the value people would place on "good enough" software, and on how people unfamiliar with computers would blame themselves instead of the software. Especially over the past 10 or 15 years people have gotten used to having several different ways to do the same thing (like transferring photos), and when one way doesn't work they just switch to another and never blink.

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Grammar.


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Message 534 of 569 (860915)
08-13-2019 11:02 AM
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08-13-2019 1:54 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
iBooks comes with only 1 book, Winnie the Pooh.

I doubt it will prove helpful, but DWise1's friend might want to look at Apple's iPhone User Manual. It's updated to iOS 12. iOS 14 only came out a few weeks ago, so it's fairly recent.

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Grammar.


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Message 535 of 569 (860916)
08-13-2019 11:05 AM
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08-13-2019 11:02 AM


Re: Need Smartphone Recommendation
Even if the User Guide isn’t already present it should be available for download at no charge.

iOS 13 is still in beta - 12.4 is the current version.


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Message 536 of 569 (861034)
08-16-2019 3:28 AM


Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
I often hear the connection between falling stock market indexes and the stockholders selling off stock.

My question is, if there is a mass selling off of stock, who is doing the buying? I presume other stockholders.

Moose


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Message 537 of 569 (861036)
08-16-2019 5:27 AM
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08-16-2019 3:28 AM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
if there is a mass selling off of stock, who is doing the buying? I presume other stockholders.

At reduced prices, yes.

There are always those willing to buy specific issues if, in their estimation, the price is low enough. There are also specified dealers that act as "market makers" for specific stocks and are required under contract with the exchange to trade under various circumstances.

In a market wide sell off, like the 800 point (DOW) drop this last week, exchange traders will be holding "sell" orders that outweigh "buy" orders considerably and will offer to sell at lower and lower prices until enough buys are ordered to balance the sells.

Reasons to buy in a falling market include covering a "short" position (which is a complex transaction I won't go into here) but mostly a dealer, more likely a large institutional investor like a mutual or retirement fund, will have analysed certain segments and companies and will have determined at what price the underlying issue becomes an attractive opportunity, not as a quick market play but as a long term value play.

Remember that stocks are ownership in a company. If you can buy a piece of a strong profitable company at a reduced cost that is a good thing. Also, markets will recover eventually if the underlying economy remains strong, which our world economy is. There are some good profits to be made from the recovery of a sell-off.

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Message 538 of 569 (861044)
08-16-2019 10:17 AM
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08-16-2019 5:27 AM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
A stock market sell off is not a time to panic. Especially for us little people. The only people that should show any concern right now are those that are currently retired and dipping into their 401k or those that will retire shortly. The world economy is fundamentally sound. Assholes like donnie that are manipulating the market and are too stupid to see that he is fucking things up can have a short term negative effect.
Keep your money invested. If you pull it now you have turned paper losses into real losses.

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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Message 539 of 569 (861056)
08-16-2019 11:51 AM
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08-16-2019 10:17 AM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
currently retired and dipping into their 401k or those that will retire shortly

Those in these categories should be in balanced or conservative strategies already.

Balanced is 50-60% bonds/CDs with rest split between index and moderate risk mutual funds. Conservative is >60% bonds/CDs.

Even still, panic is never an option. Recovery will come.

Those younger and with the capacity need to be heavy into a spread of mutual funds from moderate to high risk with a constant monthly investment of as much as you can bear. Dollar cost averaging.

Keep your money invested. If you pull it now you have turned paper losses into real losses.

This needs to be tattooed on every average Joe investor's head. You invest it ... you leave it.

You can ride out the bumps, even the heavy ones.

Dollar cost averaging is a most powerful ally. That constant investment buys more in a down market and when the recovery comes, as it inevitably will, is worth considerably more.


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Message 540 of 569 (861057)
08-16-2019 11:55 AM
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08-16-2019 3:28 AM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
I often hear the connection between falling stock market indexes and the stockholders selling off stock.
My question is, if there is a mass selling off of stock, who is doing the buying? I presume other stockholders.

I recently sold stock because I'm purchasing a new house and needed a little more liquid assets to cover closing costs. Of course, I could have waited a little longer. But given that stock is in decline, I figured I'd hedge my bets and pull it out now before it devalues any further.

Ordinarily I would advise that its almost always better to hold, even during a recession. A lot of people view down markets as a good thing, since they can buy shares at a discounted rate. For every person that is selling shares, someone else is buying them. For some people, maybe they couldn't afford even a single share of Amazon because the price was like $1,200! I don't know what Amazon's share price is at now, but maybe its now $800 per unit. The point is, some people like it, especially if they're still getting a dividend on those shares.

Unless you have a true recession, like the Great Depression, it shouldn't crash the market. There are generally still enough people buying stock.

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