Author: RollandL

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The start

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For more than a year I have thought about doing this…and as usual I over think things.  But, I said I would make one within 24 hours and post it no matter what and I did.  Baby steps, baby steps!  My hope is to grow this into something really special, and I am going to need your help!  Please share a link to this page to all your family and friends.  2014 is going to be big…I promise.

Thank you so much and remember to thumbs up the video and leave a comment at you tube or right here!

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Is 2014 it?

To say that the last couple of years has been …. “interesting” would be a huge understatement.  In many ways I am not sure I have the vocabulary or the smarts to adequately  explain it all.  One thing I do know though is I am ready for something new.  I need 2014 to be different.

I have been trying to decide what to do and how to do it to the point that I have reaffirmed one of my worst habits….over thinking.  Something I wish I knew how to stop doing.  Often I wonder where and why I do this, but then I’m reminded I am doing it again.  LOL, and to be honest it kills me in so many ways, like blogging on a regular basis.  Anyone have thoughts or suggestions on this please feel free to share them with me.

This blog is not going to be too long and I am not going into depth on a lot of this.  But, I think I will be writing more about it in the future and sharing it.  Just like this writing, I am doing it with a deadline I placed on myself to get it down and posted.  To hell with worrying how my style or horrible and faulted grammar is, this has stopped more of posts than you can imagine.  Maybe just doing it this way will teach me the stuff I really need to worry about.  But, I have big plans….and I need to get them moving forward…..so, stick around and take this ride with me.

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Best laid plans…

Best laid plans

I started this site a little over a year ago.  Sadly, it hasn’t gone as I’d hoped.  For the most part I had planned to have much more on here by this time.  All I can do is try harder to make this site the site I envisioned.  This site is about you, my clients, students, and the lurkers.  I want this site to be a place for you to come and find information and conversation easily.  In many ways I want it to be a stop for you to find information about technology from all corners of the internet in one place, even if it only gives you a starting place to find what you are seeking.

This past (couple) year(s) has been, a handful for me to say the least.  Late last year I went down to Arizona for some time to research and test out a few classes and things in preparation of the launch of Training Wheels America.  My plan was to go out and teach people about iPhones, iPads, Android, and basic computer skills.  I’ve spent time with small and large groups in Arizona and Washington states, learning at least as much as I have taught.  Now I have a better idea of how to go forth with this idea from here.  I’ve added things to the plan and thankfully thrown out a few as well. I realize that the level of commitment I need to have for this project is attainable and is my goal.  Equally, have learned a lot of the things that it cost and what that means.

This year I have faced a hurdle or two with my health that has opened my eyes to not only the limitations I have, but to accept how to work with them.  One of the main reasons I initially started this project was because of my health.  I was looking for what I could, what I want to do with my life and what I could do for myself and family with certain limitations.  Of course it helps to know all the limitations before making a plan, and that is what I have been dealing with the most this year.  I can tell you it has driven me a bit crazy!  More than once I have questioned the why.  When the answers wouldn’t come to me when I asked, something bounced off the wall or floor.  Thankfully, my dogs love me no matter what and just walk me through those days.  I have reached a better place, and hopefully some of the changes we have made with my health issues are keeping me pointed in a positive and productive direction.

My next post will be about the goals I have set for myself and this site going forward.  So stick around, I may start slow…but once it picks up pace its gonna be fun!  Please comment below and I will make sure to answer your questions and comments.  Thank you for sticking with me.

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iOS 7 – Better wait just a little bit longer

Every time a new iOS (Operating System for iPhone/iPad) comes out people get so excited.  Understandable really when you think about it.  It is all the new cool stuff to play with and learn.  Many times those things that have been bugging you and you wanted changed are fixed or at least changed in a bug new iOS update.

Not to mention, everyone likes opening presents.  Isn’t that what downloading the latest and the greatest feels like?  Of course!  Now, I m going to have to play big daddy here and tell you simply…this update is cool and good, and not ready for you.  Usually that doesn’t happen with Apple updates.  But, in this case it seems to have just enough bugs that I am recommending wait just a little bit longer.  By the time iOS 7.0.1 comes out it should fix many of the small but annoying bugs that are crawling around.  These are more noticeable with pretty much all iPads and any iPhone pre-iPhone 5.
These bugs are mostly performance issues like slowing your device down.  That is something that will drive most people batty.  Many will not listen and they will download it and then call me to come over and tell them all this in person.  In person….cost $$$.  So, decide for yourself and alway remember … I accept cash, check, and plastic.

needs fixing

needs fixing

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Does “sorry” cover it?

Someone has not been doing their job around here, and yes that would be me.  To say I am sorry just doesn’t seem to cut it.  Do I have a good reason you might be asking….not sure I have a good answer for that.  I am working on video that will be up soon that might help explain things.  But, please do accept my apologies for the lack of posting on here.  I am working on correcting the issues.

Additionally, I would like to apologize to anyone that may have gone to the “Ask Away” this morning and found me not there.  Was unavoidably detained at a medical appointment.  Hope everyone is doing good out there and looking forward to some new and exciting things coming.

Best wishes,

Rolland

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OneBusAway – Smart App for your Smartphone

How Seattleites Get Around

Are you always wondering where is that bus?  Here in Seattle we use the buses a lot and when you need to know where the bus is look no further than the app “OneBusAway”.  This is app is another example of how smartphones will be changing how we do things in the future.  This isn’t just an app that tells you everything you could find on the website, crunched down for your smaller screen.  This is a smart live active reporting app.  It is tied into the information system & GPS of all the buses.  So when it says the #54 is 2 minutes away….it really is.
 
If we want our public transportation systems to be used more than the issue of convince has to be addressed.  Apps like this do just that.  If you are looking for an excellent app that will help you getting around Seattle, check out “OneBusAway”
 
 
 

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