Thursday, July 7, 2016
I just received my Nexus x5 and started on Google Fi. So far, the improvement over my Sharp Aquos on Sprint is incredible.
While Google Fi probably is connected to a Sprint network, the end user experience is much nicer. Additionally, I opted for the 32 GB phone which is an incredible improvement over my Aquos' 8 GB.
I'm still playing with some features, but Blogger works much better.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
First up, Josef Ferri's Trying to Catch the Wind. December of last year, I started working at a West Side school and ran into Mr. Ferri teaching at our school. His autobiographical story launches right in the middle of Buffalo's Westside, in the height of the 60's. Mr. Ferri's work is an atypical love story with humble beginnings and is driven across the county during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history.
Mr. Ferri advises: "If people open their hearts, a new love is possible."
Having spend weeks in his graceful presence, I know that he lives these words, daily. It's more than a quote, they are words he lives by.
My second choice was selected in that open heart and mind advice. Esmeralda Santiago's Cuando Era Puertorriqueña is another autobiographical story of change and tension.
I could have purchased this item in English, but I wanted to share the love of reading and literature with students at my school. The text and language is crisp and the learning experience is wonderful. I may struggle at times, but so far it has been well worth the difficulty.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
1) Wipe it down and hope you don't click something stupid.
2) Turn off the computer.
3) Disable the touchscreen.
I want item three, but there seems to be no Unity control panel for the touchscreen. I couldn't find one so I opened the Swiss army terminal and typed xinput.
Reading down the list is simple enough, id=13 is my touchscreen.
The command is xinput disable 13 or whatever number you need. Turning it back on is just as simple with xinput enable 13.
Obviously, I am not the best Linux user, but I like to share tidbits that make things easier.
Now clean that monitor.
Two commands in Terminal can grab that info for you:
Settings and Details does the exact same thing, in a prettier form.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
One of the most amazing things I have ever experience was watching thunderstorms race in off the lake from the 11th floor. The nickname for the building is "The Power Tower", but the second you get up high enough to get a sense of how big a thunderstorm is, the name pales. On many occasions, I have seen lightning at extremely close range from that vantage point. It is mind-blowing to be in an edifice that is engineered to take direct hits from lightning yet know even the lightning is tiny compared to the storm outside.
Awe-Invoking doesn't cover it.