Monthly Archives: August 2014

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. (Mark Twain)

Knowledge is proud she knows so much; wisdom is humble that she knows no more. (Cowper)

Technology To The Rescue

photo 2Lilliam has been gone for two weeks. The two legged maid will come on Thursday and Lilliam returns tomorrow. I am no fan of sweeping and mopping, still in Panama, with open windows, it is a necessary evil.

photo 3Yesterday and today, I have called Dolly into service.

This has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. She works tirelessly and never complains. Well almost never, Sometimes she does get stuck in some location and can’t figure out how to get out and beeps till I come rescue her.

Yesterday, I set her in the sweeping mode. This is the fast mode and she will run almost 4 hours on the charge. Today, she is wet mopping and will only go about 2 1/2 hours before resting. By tomorrow at noon, the floors should be in much better shape.


She is still a great source of entertainment. Koki will sometimes be asleep on the floor and Dolly will intrude on her space. Dolly goes under the cabinets and in many places that the other maid never reached.

We use the two legged maid every two weeks and Dolly fills in on the other cleanings. Now if Dolly could just do windows.

There’s a book that tells you where you should go on your vacation. It’s called your checkbook.

Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.

A Modern Technology Problem

I am going to toss this out there because maybe others have seen the problem and solved it.

With the advent of tablets, families with children have a problem that needs to be addressed. Let me paint the picture.

Adults need to be able to communicate and know that the communication is between the intended parties.

Email and Facebook on all PCs, iMessage and FaceTime on Apple mobile devices are accessible by anyone who is logged onto the device.

Now with PCs, you can set up multiple users and when the user logs on, then all settings are for that person. That can be as secure as you want to make it, but it requires discipline.

Now with mobile devices it is different. Apple does not provide for multiple users and it isn’t a simple problem. I don’t think Android does either.

Obviously a mobil phone is setup for one user with the phone company and must be that way. Therefore all contacts, email addresses, etc. is for the owner of the device. The way to control this is with the security screen and not telling the child the code.

If only one person uses a mobile device, then there is no problem. However, with iPads and other tablets that usually isn’t the case when there are children in the family.

The iPads used by my grandchildren were set up with their parent’s Apple ID. The iMessage and FaceTime belong to that adult. When I see an iMessage or FaceTime request come in to chat, it may be the adult or the child.

Since the device has to be associated to the Apple id, at minimum, it sets up the Apple email address. However, many users also have their Hotmail, gmail, yahoo or other emails also set up on their mobile device.

Lets face it, children should not have access to their parent’s email account or Facebook accounts. I don’t want to send a message about a birthday present I am considering for my grandchild, and have it read by that grandchild and not their parent.

It has happened to me. I have carried on conversations, thinking I was talking to my son/daughter, only to realize it was not them and was their offspring.

I do not think these problems are unique to Apple.

Now Apple could adopt multiple users for iPods and iPads. iPhones is not as easy because of the phone company being involved. Until that is done, I have about decided that the iPad or iPod should be setup with the Apple user id being that of my grandchildren, if the device is theirs. Then iMessages and and FaceTime and emails will be recognized as being from them.

Facebook is a bigger problem for today’s parents of young ones. If the children have access to Facebook, until a certain age, I think it should have been setup by the adult and monitored by that adult. If a child is on Facebook and the parent is not monitoring that account, then it is a problem waiting to happen.

Luckily, I no longer have underage children. I do have four grandchildren 14 and under, and know that they should be monitored. Parents should know every friend on the Facebook account of their children. Obviously, the parent should be on the friend list as well.

I am currently working through the options that I think will work. Many others that read this blog have moved to Panama and have grandchildren on other parts of the world that they communicate with. As I said, if you have a good solution, I would like to hear it.

It is okay to visit your past; just don’t bring any luggage with you.

Burning The Candle At Both Ends

Sometimes I just don’t know when to shut down. Last night was a good example. I didn’t go to bed before 3 :30 AM. It would not be a big deal if I were staying up for something worthwhile, but last night, after working on a technical project, I stayed up watching a movie to unwind.

Lilliam is usually my governor and keeps my days in order, but she is in Costa Rica and won’t return until next week. When she is not around, I forget what time it is. When I was young, I could go without sleep better than I can now, so I am sure that I will have to have a nap this afternoon.

So what has been going on? I have visited the stroke victim twice this week. The second visit, I spent several hours with him. His caretake’s father has been released from the hospital after they decided they could not remove a tumor. She needed time to visit him in a hospice he has moved to. I hope that she doesn’t give out with all the stress she is under.

I am not satisfied with the stroke victim’s progress, but I have no control over that. I am also not impressed with C&W’s telephone connection at his apartment. He has been without telephone for two weeks. I had to go by the C&W office and submit a second trouble ticket. If it is not up soon, I will have to make another trip to the office. They need to give him a refund for lack of service. Just another thing you put up with living in paradise.

I guess that has me under a little stress and when I get under stress, I tend to dive into technology to unwind. Continue reading Burning The Candle At Both Ends

When you give and don’t expect anything back that’s love. But if you give and expect a return it’s an investment.