Iphone 8plus upgrade issues

June 30th, 2019

PSA: If you have an Iphone 8plus (and probably 8) DO NOT upgrade your IOS to 10.12.3 if you plan to replace your phone. Apparently Apple released a version of the IOS that fixes a bug on this phone. But if you upgrade to it and try to restore your new phone from your last backup, it will fail as the version available on all other phones is one revision back. This is the first time in the history of Apple that I am aware of, that they have done this. The salesperson at the apple store said this is killing sales and Apple needs to fix this “immediately”.

On a related note, I am now running the IOS 13 public beta.

Geocaching number 100

June 8th, 2019

If anyone was paying attention, I had a burst of geocaching activity this month. I went over 100 finds. The 100 cache was aptly found on a railroad track in Dawson City in the Yukon Territory.

On the subject of loading a trailer

April 4th, 2018

This topic has come up of late and in one case has caused damage to a trailer that was improperly loaded. If you own a trailer, you should watch all of these videos:




This day in history

October 25th, 2016

Today is Oct 25th and everyone is posting memes about Henry V and the St. Crispin’s day battle:


I was drawn to look up other events in history and discovered that today is also the day Battle of Balaclava took pace. This is known for the charge of the light brigade. Also, made famous by the poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

On the Wikipedia page:


there appears to be a recording of Lord Tennyson reciting his poem from 1890 recorded on an Edison wax cylinder. Listening to the recording, I am not sure if there is such a lack of emotion in the recording because of the technology or that Tennyson, did have much of an emoting personality. I have heard this poem read by others and have been brought to tears by the reciter. Listing to Tennyson left me with no emotion. Check it out and tell me what you think. The link to the audio (albeit poor quality) is halfway down the page to the right.

BBQ Review – Abby’s BBQ (update)

February 15th, 2015

I went back to Abby’s last week for lunch and was disappointed. Little changes and some big ones have happened at this restaurant. A few months back, it appears that the owner/operator quit or was fired. They wouldn’t say.

Their pork ribs are no longer prepared the same way and the last two times I ordered them they had silver skin on them (ack! my pet peeve). This last visit they were out ribs completely at 12:30 in the afternoon.

From the last three visits in a month, they have raised the price on brisket from +$.40, to $.60 to now a $1. Although the cost of brisket has gone up, this price is not justified. The quality of their food has dropped significantly.

The brisket and Pulled Pork is flavorless and just about everything requires sauce now. The sweet potato fries are overcooked to the point of being inedible.

This used to be one of my favorite places to go and I gave them the benefit of the doubt that last two times, but after this last visit I won’t be going back.