Apple iLife 11, well I’m depressed!

Well I’m a little disappointed…

Apple announced the next great release of iLife 11. Lots-o-cool new features in iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band. But nothing new for iWeb (my favorite app) or iDVD (at least it’s still there contrary to the rumors.

There was another rumor that iLife would also be available for the IOS devices. Nope, not yet. Maybe in January. Or maybe not at all 😦

Stupid is as stupid does

Many years ago my dad severely burned himself by pouring gasoline onto a smoldering trash fire. The flame traveled up the stream of gas and exploded the gas can burning my dad and requiring surgery, skin grafts and a many week stay in the burn unit.

This morning I basically did the same thing. My trusty Fellowes cross-cut paper shredder was beginning to freeze up and so I did the obligatory Google search for information concerning lubricating paper shredders.

I really didn’t know (at this point) that paper shredders were to be lubricated on a regular basis. “Old Nelly” (my paper shredder) had served me well over the past ten years with never a complaint (except for a paper clip now and then). My Google search revealed hundreds of bits of information concerning paper shredders and lubrication. Yes, they were indeed to be lubricated every month (light use) or every four hours (very heavy use).

I scanned about a dozen Google article headers and the first three or four lines of each article. I took out a can of compressed air and another of WD-40 lubricant.

WD-40 works on everything – right? WRONG! If I would have read some of the further in some of the articles they said not to use WD-40 or 3-N-1 oil or other lubricants like these. Are you aware that they make a special lubricant for paper shredders? I was not, and now it was about to be to a painful lesson in stupidity.

I sprayed the WD-40 directly into the throat of the paper shredder, and also onto a sheet of paper in a “zig-zag” pattern. I ran several sheets of paper into the shredder and at first it seemed to run smoother and faster than previous.

A few seconds later the shredder seemed to slow down and I put my face a little closer to check out the reason. Then, quite frankly, an explosion and brief flash fire erupted from the head of the shredder and onto my face and hair.

The flash fire burned the top 1/4 of the front of my hair, my eye brows, and my left wrist and forearm. Smoke alarms went off in my home office and upstairs and my wife quickly ran to see what the matter was. Burning hair and flesh have a terrible odor.

A quick haircut, eye brow trim, and burn salve to my left wrist and all is mostly well.

Bottom line. Pay attention to low tech stuff. Read the entire article during Google searches. Check searches to see if your solution (in my case WD-40) is covered. I did – too late.


It’s lonely waiting for the 3G iPad!

Well it’s 12:00 PM EDT and there are four people waiting in line for the 5:00 PM release of the new Apple Wi-Fi + 3G iPad. The Grand Rapids Apple store claims they will have several hundred. Best Buy claims they will have 10. My next blog will be about 3:00 PM EDT and hopefully show a pix of a real line of people.

Todays the day!

Well I’m the first in line at the Grand Rapids, Michigan (Woodland Mall) Apple store. The new iPad 3G goes on sale at 5 PM EDT today and I’m first in line. Photo taken with my iPhone about 6:15 AM this morning. Follow my hourly tweets on Twitter at @itechgeezer. More blog updates at noon and 6:00 PM EDT.

iPad: A decision was made

Well, the “big” decision was made. I would get a WiFi+3G iPad with 32Gb of storage space. Sort of the deluxe “mamma bear” iPad.

Since my last blog a couple of days ago Apple has announced that the 3G version would go on sale on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM EDT in Apple stores, first come, first served.

O.K., now that presents another dilema. The nearest Apple store is 50 miles away. No advance reservations are being taken so I’ve got to show up sometime before five that day and stand in line.

What time should I show up? At 10 AM when the store opens? Noon? 1, 2 or 3:00 PM?

I’ll keep you posted as I have a week to plan my strategy. All of your suggestions are welcome! Of couse I’ll do a live blog and include photos as I stand in line. Stay, as they say, tuned.

iPad: To order, or not to order?

Yes? No?

Quite frankly I can’t decide. Make no mistake I want one. As a Tech Geezer I’m drooling over the prospect of owning one.

But I’m like a kid in the candy store with too many choices: Wi-Fi only model, or the one with Wi-Fi and 3G? Then there’s the question of storage space: 16, 32, or 64.

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