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Jun 10, 2024 11:57:04   #
jerryc41 wrote:
After eighty years, life is beginning to catch up with me. Between UHH, YouTube, and other sites, as well as the TV, the work I should be doing on the house and yard has caught up with me. I'm going to try to limit my computer time and get caught up with house projects. I'll get on for a bit in the morning and then see if I can sign off and do something constructive.

I bought a new ukulele yesterday from someone online. I paid with PayPal, and he received payment withing a couple of hours - unlike eBays couple of days. I saw that he lives about an hours south of me, so I'm going to drive down there and pick it up in person and save him the postage. When I get home, I'll get back to my home projects.
After eighty years, life is beginning to catch up ... (show quote)

I think you said the other day that you had something like 153 ukuleles, and I didn’t know if you were kidding? Now I think you do.
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Jun 9, 2024 14:06:03   #
[quote=Curmudgeon]Beautiful shot nicely processed[/quot
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Jun 9, 2024 12:44:32   #
rcarol wrote:
This cypress is near Carmel, CA. I believe that it is the same one that Ansel Adams photographed years ago. My wife and I drove from Los Angeles to the Bay Area to visit some friends. On the way home we decided to take the coastal route as much as we could. We had to detour around Big Sur since a previous land slide had not been cleared.

That’s an absolutely beautiful photo. I really like what you did with it.
Forty three years ago I took these two photos on 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach. The first is the Lonely Cypress Tree, arguably the most photographed tree in the world. The second is the Ghost Tree, which was eventually blown over in a winter storm in 2006.

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Jun 9, 2024 12:17:14   #
jerryc41 wrote:
We are being attacked by what used to be called Gypsie caterpillars. The ground is covered with partially-eaten leaves. You can hear them eating and pooping when you go outside. Wear a hat! The line below was posted on I thought it was funny.

"It's a bit late in the cycle to bother with treating them...the whole cycle is about 2 months, they're just about finished eating the leaves and pooping on everything."

When I moved to California in 1980 and went house hunting, every time the Realtor showed me a home I was always quick to close the door to the backyard behind me. She finally turned to me and said “what are you doing?” I said “I don’t want to let the mosquitoes in.”
She said “there are no mosquitoes here.”
But I do miss sitting in my backyard in New Jersey in the summer listening to the bug zappers go off throughout the neighborhood.
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Jun 9, 2024 12:04:24   #
jerryc41 wrote:
Yes. The sovereign citizens.

I’ve OD’D recently on watching the Sovereign Citizen YouTube videos. I can’t believe how literally stupid some people are to believe that crap. They get arrested , then at their court hearing they deny the offer of a court appointed attorney and spew their nonsense which gets them thrown in jail.

Then when they get out, they get picked up by the police ALL OVER AGAIN. You just can’t fix STUPID.
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Jun 8, 2024 12:27:57   #
OldCADuser wrote:
AI is already surrounding us, albeit a lot being what you'd call 'Soft-AI' but it's there and has been creeping into our lives for years, and if properly used and not abused, should make thing better for all of us.

A simple non-photographic example is my Apple Watch, where every Sunday morning, when I start my car, I get a notice on my watch as to how long will my drive to church be based on current traffic conditions. Or when we're out shopping or having dinner, again, when I start the car, I get a notice as to how long will it take to drive home.

And speaking of driving, if you use the map/navigator feature on your smartphone, when it shows you the traffic conditions including how long you can expect to be in a 'yellow' or 'red' zone, that's AI at work. Granted, it's not the AI that you hear talked about on the news, but AI just the same.

And back to the Apple Watch, it has features like warning you when you've been exposed to periods of very high noise levels, loud enough to have caused damage or incidents where you might have fallen, even offering to call 911 for you (you can even set it up so if there's no response in a certain time, it'll do so automatically).

And then we have the WiFi enabled home appliances. We remodeled our kitchen late last year, which included a new dishwasher and refrigerator, both of which have their own smartphone app. In the case of the frig, it lets you know if someone left the door ajar and when it's time to change the water/ice maker filter. The dishwasher will warn you when somethings preventing one of the sprayer arms from moving or when the drain filter needs to be cleaned.

And take our security camera system (now this actually is a sort of 'photographic' application) that our son installed earlier this year. Besides, keeping an eye on four points around our house and recording any movements, it also notifies us if any 'humans' are detected. Not animals or the wind blowing the shrubbery or trees, which the cameras will record, because it's movement, but our cellphones get a message when an actual 'human' has been detected. Now that's another example of AI at work.

AI is simply using either standalone or linked networks of computing systems to detect what's going on in our analog world, making decisions about how that impacts what we're during or tries to predict what we might be doing next, often based on historical data, like knowing that every Sunday morning, we drive to church.

Granted, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other areas where AI is already, or will soon be, making a difference, mostly, we hope, for the good.
AI is already surrounding us, albeit a lot being w... (show quote)

I don’t buy that using the map/navigator on your smartphone is AI. It’s simply programming using satellite data. Perhaps some enhancements would be classified as AI.
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Jun 6, 2024 12:04:48   #
dustie wrote:
The business owners probably think it's funny, customers not so much.

I know of a mortgage servicing company that made changes in the past year in the charges for paying the monthly bill.
They now charge the customers $7.95 per transaction for paying the monthly payment using the automated phone payment system. It used to be free/no fee, to pay by that method.
If the customer speaks to a customer service representative to make a monthly payment, that's a $12.00 fee. It used to be $3.75.

There's no fee to pay online through the website, but 98% of the time, it is impossible to get logged into the account online. It's necessary to call and speak to a person to get assistance for a "password reset" in order to log in. The next log in attempt will more than likely mean another call to speak with a person for another "password reset".
The increase in payment processing fees and the system not accepting passwords all began at about the same time.

The best answer that's ever given why the system will not recognize the login password is, "I don't know why you have to call for a password reset every time you try to log in."
The business owners probably think it's funny, cus... (show quote)

If you can pay online for free, why not just set up autopay?
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Jun 6, 2024 11:59:01   #
I’m glad to see it on sites where buying/selling and withdrawing money is involved.
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Jun 4, 2024 11:14:11   #
I can definitely relate!

My father had a saying “I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.” Needless to say that didn’t go over too well in our household.
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Jun 3, 2024 11:29:26   #
jerryc41 wrote:
Is it possible to block an email sender? I clicked on Block in Gmail, but all it does is send the emails to Spam.

You could also set up a Rule in Outlook that sends their emails to Trash.
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Jun 3, 2024 11:14:09   #
barrytex wrote:
A 4 day cruise goes by so fast you would be best off just taking a point and shoot to take some family shots and pic's on the beach. Enjoy the experience and don't get hung up on equipment.

Not too many beaches in Alaska.

But good advice on a P&S for a 4 day cruise with family.
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Jun 1, 2024 19:35:09   #
I don’t understand why people ask questions of other people that only they can answer.

Can you really not figure it out for yourself? Only you know what type of photos you shoot. Only you know how proficient and skilled you are as a photographer. Only you know how demanding you are of your photographic results. Only you know how much camera gear you like to carry. Only you know how many photos you’re going to take as opposed to spending time with your daughter and her family, and what’s more important to you. Only you know if you like to focus on taking pictures of your daughter and her family, and if you print them and the quality is important to you. Only you know how many photos you plan on taking in the islands and what type of photos you’ll take. I could go on and on.
Being that it’s a Disney cruise I’m surmising that you might have grandchildren coming along? You did say your daughter “and her family.” There’ll be plenty of professional photographers on the cruise ship capturing nice photos of you with your family. Buy a few of them for you and your family.
The cruise is only four days. Enjoy your daughter and her family. Build some memories through experiences with them. Those are the things that you’ll be able to call up in your mind when you’re in your later years.
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May 29, 2024 10:46:12   #
CHG_CANON wrote:
The ultimate measure of a person is not their mistakes nor their accomplishments, but what brand they shoot.

That’s why I shoot Fujifilm.
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May 29, 2024 10:34:20   #
dbrugger25 wrote:
I have a degree in electrical engineering and minored in physics, math and philosophy. I have masters in business administration and electrical engineering. I can say with certainty that most of what I know, and most of what I applied to my careers, I learned from experience or learned outside a classroom.

What matters most in life are, in no particular order:
Adeptness at human relations and respect for others
Setting worthy objectives and figuring out how to accomplish them
Faith in God
Being a responsible person
A positive outlook and attitude
The ability to get back up and persevere after setbacks
Caring for your health and that of people who are close to you
Constant self-improvement
Commitment to being happy, no matter what happens
I have a degree in electrical engineering and mino... (show quote)

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May 28, 2024 14:39:11   #
BebuLamar wrote:
I do know a good number of people with college degree that can't earn enough money to pay off their studen loan. I chose not to have a student loan and thus not having a college degree. But a college degree would be a great advantage to me even if I learned nothing in college.

I personally have little sympathy for people with college degrees who are burdened with student loan debt. They chose to do that.
I would have loved to have gone to an Ivy League college but knew I couldn’t do that unless I took out massive student loans. Instead, I went to Baruch College in NYC in the 70’s, where tuition was $5 a credit.
I got a job as a computer programmer in 1970, at a time when companies wouldn’t hire one without a college degree. At the time I didn’t have a college degree. Didn’t start college until 1971. Yet through perseverance I was able to get the job as a computer programmer, which literally launched my career. Working full time and going to college at night was challenging. Perseverance and hard work enabled me to do it.
I think perseverance is the greatest skill anyone can have.
I’m hoping that you’ve had a rewarding life so far without a degree.
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