Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pictures, Privacy and iPads

The iPad is a great tool for grabbing a quick picture to spice up my posts.  It was such an occasion that I was authoring another hit post (I think it was the best dog poop bag), and to my distress, the picture kept being rotated 90 degrees whenever I uploaded it to my Blogger site.  Being the curious sort and wanting to get to the root of the issue, a Google search turned up the underlying cause being something called "EXIF" which is metadata (attributes pertaining to your photo).   My usual practice is to snap the photo with my iPad, email it to my Gmail account then save it to my computer and upload to Blogger.  Sometimes I may touch up the photo and sometimes not.  On this occasion, I had not.  In my investigation, I went to my computer and right clicked, "Properties" to view the properties related to my iPad picture.  It was here that I experienced my wake up call, as clearly reflected among the data pertaining to that picture was the GPS coordinates where that photo was taken...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Best Free iPad Craigslist app

Well it happened again; support was discontinued for my favorite purchased Craigslist app, Craigslist+, by Escargot Studios, LLC.  What I find particularly galling is that I contacted customer support and was told that the version I purchased is no longer supported.  So much for the "free lifetime updates" that were promised.  If the app was no longer in existence that would be one thing, but instead it seems that Escargot has released a "new" version that looks amazingly like the "old" unsupported version.  This is the second time I've been burned by support ending (and being left with a non-working version) for a purchased app so for now I'm sticking to the free versions and this post is the result of my search for a new "go to" Craigslist app.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The best dog poop bag

Here at MyTurnQuips, I pride myself at interjecting original content.  Where else would one be able to learn Dog Pee Etiquette?  Alas, it should be no surprise that a dog poo topic would soon follow.  A recent trip to the nearby Subway to participate in the "JanuAny" $5.00 foot long special is the inspiration for this post.  On this occasion, I thought it would be nice to celebrate a lunch out with my daughter before her trek back to college and there it was... inspiration sitting right on the table - the Subway sub bag, a near perfect dog poop pick up bag... yes, my daughter was less than delighted with this lunchtime news.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A winter walk along Rensselaer Lake (Six Mile Waterworks)

I think every blogger has one or more posts that defy their understanding in regards to "commercial" success.  My post is "Yachting with G" a just for fun posting that I wrote reflecting on floating in my inflatable boat on Rensselaer Lake in Albany, NY.  Due to the surprise success of this initial posting, I posted a follow up the following year, "More Yachting with G" that never really took off.  This deepened the mystery as it would seem that similar topic material would yield similar results, but that was not the case.  Regardless, I had often thought it would be fun to visit the lake during winter to enjoy a fresh perspective of this local treasure and so with that thought in mind, I made a winter trek to Rensselaer Lake.