Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to price an iPad to sell on Craig’s list

In a recent post, I referenced that I had recently purchased an iPad Air 2 through Craig’s list and was hoping to sell my iPad 4 for around the same amount.  I probably was a little over optimistic in my pricing.  In the end the “upgrade” cost me about $30 which I feel was still extremely worthwhile.  The strategies used in this post can be used to help price many other electronics as well.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Equal Responsibility

We’re in the midst of preparing our final child for college.  He is a senior in high school and my wife has been busily assisting with the FAFSA (financial aid form).  One of the interesting things about FAFSA is that the student is supposed to fill it out, but of course the student is not in a position to know much of the financial information that is required.  Thus, my wife “helps”.  But this year was different... a couple weeks back my wife came downstairs after a FAFSA session and related that she went as far as she could but was stopped when it required “Selective Service Registration”… and she relates with a shiver, “that’s one thing I’m not filling for him.. I just don’t feel comfortable.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quick Tip - Changing Push Lawnmower Oil

I'm one of those stranger birds that really enjoys mowing my lawn using a push mower.  I like the exercise and I also enjoy the sun on my skin.  While I enjoy mowing my lawn, I despise changing the oil and the maintenance of a small engine.  I'm not mechanically inclined and I sure don't like the mess of dealing with used oil.

In the "old" days, push lawnmowers tended to have a plug in the bottom of the engine.  Maybe some still do.  I learned on my new push Toro that there is no plug.  Instead, you're supposed to tip the lawnmower upside down.  Just the thought of doing that made me put off changing the oil even longer.  In the "old" days, I'd remove the plug and try to align the hole over something to catch the oil.  This didn't always work out so well; I often missed and a little oil would hit the ground or side of the container.

Well no plug, no hole so I had to move forward with dealing with the new way.  Initially, the thought occurred to me that if I couldn't line up the hole the old way, there was little chance for me to flip AND align.  But then, ahhhh... the simple solution, a bread bag and a rubber band.  I simply carefully used the rubber band to carefully attach the bag to the spout for the oil, then flip and my oil ran into the bag.  When drained I was able to easily pull the bag from the lawnmower and pour the old oil into a container, then discard the bread bag into the garbage.  All in all, it turned out much easier with less mess than the old way.  One note of caution - you probably should change the oil when the temperature is 50 degrees or higher so that the oil will flow satisfactorily.  You will see some suggestions to run the motor a little to warm up the oil.  If you do run the motor before the oil change make sure that the motor isn't so hot that it will melt your bag or you'll have a mess.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

iOS 10 Mail app missing navigation arrows

This will be a very brief post to reflect my discovery that in iOS 10 the navigation arrows appear to be missing on the iPad.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Apple Two Step

I realize it’s probably old news by now for our die hard Apple fans… IOS 10 is out.  To their credit, I think that Apple does a nice job with the updates; specifically, they overwhelming work as advertised with only minor hiccups here or there.  If you’re like me, you may regularly Google a question such as “Should I upgrade to IOS _____?”  The responses are predictable… one article saying “5 Reasons to upgrade” another maybe reading “4 Reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade…” and then there are always those that really want to confuse (or annoy) you by covering both bases… “5 reasons why you should and 3 reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade to…”  Let me make it simple for you – with any IOS upgrade, unless you are planning to soon sell the device or leave the Apple environment you should (and will) upgrade.  Over the long run, Apple and their vast store of apps will leave you little choice – you will upgrade or eventually, one day receive the dreaded, “you must have IOS xx” message when you try to download or update a chosen app.

Goodbye TripAdvisor; hello Yelp

Since the launch of my blog, I have always encouraged readers to share travel experiences through their preferred vehicle.  TripAdvisor was one of the first and it was the vehicle that I have used for many of the past years.  Given many years of devotion to TripAdvisor I was reluctant to change but a recent experience has pushed me over the edge and I have made the decision to move on to Yelp.