Paper Maps – Pleasure and Purpose

Recently, a friend gave me several paper maps of one of my favorite places, Lake of the Woods.

Nice waterproof maps for LOTW

I find something quite pleasurable and almost magical about looking at paper maps and wondering what it would be like to explore over here or over there and how would I get there. Plus there is a fascination with the markings, symbols, legends and colours. I find paper maps a pleasure to look at and explore.

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WordPress Beta testing

Not too much on the bleading edge but I jumped the gun and updated this site to WP 5 RC3 and I’m also posting from the iOS WordPress 11.4 beta app.

So far nothing has fallen apart and the new iOS app handles media uploads into the RC3 Gutenberg format better that the old app.

Gutenberg – Taking the plunge

A lot of controversy about WordPress 5.0 going to the Gutenberg editor and the block concept, but I’ve taken the plunge and installed the editor on both my blogs in a current but pre-5.0 version of WordPress. So far, so good and I’ve really not had any problems and I kind of like the block concept. Seems like we’re going there anyway so best to ride the horse in the direction it’s running.

Getting Closer

Richmond, BC, Canada 11/10/2011 6:25 Arrival Scan
Seattle, WA, United States 11/10/2011 5:35 Departure Scan
11/10/2011 4:17 Arrival Scan
Ontario, CA, United States 11/10/2011 1:58 Departure Scan
Ontario, CA, United States 11/09/2011 21:00 Arrival Scan
Anchorage, AK, United States 11/09/2011 15:09 Departure Scan
11/09/2011 10:14 Arrival Scan
Narita, Japan 11/09/2011 21:48 Departure Scan
11/09/2011 19:59 Arrival Scan
Shanghai, China 11/09/2011 16:17 Departure Scan
Shanghai, China 11/08/2011 23:49 Export Scan
Shanghai, China 11/07/2011 21:26 Departure Scan
11/07/2011 19:41 Origin Scan
China 11/07/2011 6:54 Order Processed: Ready for UPS

Impressive experience

I have SocialScope on my Blackberry and today they had a new release so of course in opted to install it. The first install failed but before I could look onto the issue they send me an email saying “we see you’ve had a problem, here is how to fix it”. Impressive.

New and Improved!

Just to show my good old blog some love, I’ve installed a very nice new plugin called Wptouch. Now I didn’t opt for the Pro version (yet) the basic one is quite amazing. So, what does it do? well, it take your WordPress site and delivers it to mobile devices like the iPhone, iTouch, and yes even a Blackberry! Their website bills the plugin as “magical transformation” and I’d have to agree since I don’t have to do anything, just install and activate and not my site looks like a iPhone app.

I guess this is what happens when you have lots of time on your hands to just surf around the net. It’s been a cool, cloudy, windy day at the lake and I spent a lot of the day catching up on Lightroom stuff on the NAPP and Lightroom Killer Tips site

IBM and the iPhone

I feel an iPhone coming closer to me.

Lotus Notes/Domino adds iPhone support – Industry Watch – IT World Canada

IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino collaboration platform is adding support for Apple’s iPhone. Domino server 8.5.1 is the first version to natively support the iPhone via Lotus Notes Traveler software, allowing automatic synching for e-mail, contacts and calendar data to the popular handset.

IBM makes iPhone more attractive to businesses – Technology Live – USATODAY.com

IBM just announced it is hooking up with Apple to try to popularize the use of iPhones in the workplace. Big Blue says Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes Traveler can now be paired with iPhones to allow users to automatically synchronize their corporate e-mail, contacts and calendar data on the hot-selling handset.

Reason 8,239 to switch to a Mac: IE8

Like anyone still needs a reason.

Today, the helpful Microsoft updater offered to upgrade IE7 to IE8. Always a sucker for some new software and always forgetting the more that occasional pain associated with installing new software, we let it do it’s thing on the home computer. Not a good idea.

After the update, IE8 would not access any web sites, not even Microsoft. That’s bad. Even worse, Firefox now won’t access any web sites. It’s not the Internet connection because I’m checking out the Home computer over a remote session. A quick search shows that there are others having the same problem. Even more amusing is those saying that there is no way IE8 could be responsible. Like this response to a guy who describes a problem similar to mine.

red alert: IE 8 shuts down my web REGULARLY. – Technology Questions

Again, installing IE8 could not possibly have caused other browsers to fail.
The environment in which you installed it could have.

1. If you don’t own the computer in question, you should NOT be upgrading
IE, period.

2. The various security measures put in place by your employer may well be
related to the problems you encountered after installing IE8. These include
any GPOs and Admin Templates.

3. For best results, you should disable (a) the anti-virus application, (b)
all real-time “system protections” (e.g., those afforded by any third-party
application, (c) any third-party firewall and then (d) enable the Windows
Firewall prior to installing AND uninstalling an IE upgrade.

However, I disagree! IE8 or some other evil that gets done by it’s installer screws things up. Several other folks with this same issue uninstalled IE8 and their problem was gone. I uninstalled IE8 and problem gone. The bad news was that it still left IE7 behind.

Reality Altered

A little more Photoshop practice. The manipulation that you can do is quite surprising the first time you do it. Even though I knew what was going to happen, the first reflection in the goggles gave me quite a jolt. I hear the little inside voice say, “You’ve got to be kidding!”.