Saturday

A Gentle Warning To iOS Users

Apple's iOS operating system powers it's iPhones, iPods and iPads, and the latest release is version 11. This version is installable on iPhone 5S or later, and if you look at the current version, it is actually version 11.0.3 - and that's the problem.

This is now the fourth release of iOS 11 in a few weeks (first iOS 11, then 11.0.1, etc). For the last few years, Apple seems to have been falling into a pattern of (apparently) offering major updates to iOS that are not quite ready for primetime. They have been following up with incremental patches to fix various issues that surfaced after the fact.


Sunday

Get Your *Really Free* Annual Credit Report

Since Equifax recently let the horse out of the barn with sensitive customer data, the first step to checking on the state of your credit is probably to get a copy of your current credit reports.

Since the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) was signed into law back in 2013, U.S consumers have the right to a free copy of their credit report from each of the major credit reporting companies - Equifax, Trans Union and Experian.

You can request your free report online at annualcreditreport.com - that's the official site to do so, be cautious using other advertised sites.

One other credit reporting company is Innovis, who does not participate in the annualcreditreport.com site. However, you can get a free credit report once yearly from Innovis at https://www.innovis.com/personal/creditReport


So Long, Google Drive - What's Next?

Many things in the tech world - both hardware and software - have a limited lifespan. It's just the nature of the technologies we use; either the hardware has been improved, or the software is superseded by something better, or at least different.

Such is the case with Google Drive. While the storage system will remain, the Google Drive app will be retired, to be replaced with "Backup and Sync" which is more similar to something like Dropbox. The new app can automatically sync your data to Google's cloud servers as described here.


This Is How It Begins

Yesterday morning, I was heading out to get my car serviced when I realized my credit card was not in my wallet. After a quick search behind the cushions, etc. I scuttled off to the bank to let them know, and to get a replacement card.

After I got my new card, I was placing it in my wallet and found my old card - ironically, stuck to the back of my Golden Buckeye Card. 

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Buckeye Card is a discount card issued by the State of Ohio to residents who have reached *cough* a certain age - an "old fart" card, in other words. 

This is how it begins...