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How to free up space on your iPad and/or iPhone

3 tips to free up space on your iPad and/or iPhone

1.  Remove any apps you no longer use.  Be ruthless when it comes to doing this.  Remember, you can alway re-download any app you purchased through the App Store at no additional cost.  Tap and press one icon, and when they all start wiggling and jiggling, hit that X in the upper right hand corner on those apps you wish to remove.  

2.  Empty your email accounts sent, junk and trash folders.  You would be amazed at how much storage space 3rd party email accounts can take up on your iPad and iPhone if you don't get in the habit of emptying the trash in those.  As to your iCloud email account/s, they do not take up space on your iPad, however they count against your account storage space so if you are in need of space there, empty the sent, junk and trash there as well.  I have gotten into the habit of emptying the junk and trash folders on all my email accounts at least once a month.  To empty those folders click on the Mail icon then go to your Accounts section.  

3.  Click on the Newsstand icon, and start archiving older issues of any magazines you subscribe to such as Readers Digest, National Geographic, etc.  Those kinds of magazines can take up a lot of storage space very quickly, so if space is an issue, keep all older copies archived.  You can always re-download them at no additional cost if you ever want to. 




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How I make Monk look like a hoarder

BBs%20Home%20ScreenI've been on a major organization and efficiency binge this past couple of weeks which has resulted in all my past and present photos being neatly organized, and at least thrice backed up.   I am using the iPad more and more to download photos from my camera with, and update my main website blog with via BlogTouch. I was using the Blogger App for that, but switched to BlogTouch because it offers a much richer editing environment. Once I settled on the apps that I wanted to use for those projects, it was time to get rid of the others I had tried, but found lacking.  

Then it was time to do a general ruthless cleanup of older apps I no longer use.  I admit I am as bad as a lot of people when it comes to trying out new apps and games.  Especially if those apps and games are free. As I was ruthlessly going through some of the older apps on my iPad I found myself wondering at times, "WTF was I thinking when I downloaded that?"  Fortunately, I have better sense than to waste time pondering what sometimes goes on in my little blonde mind, and without further ado, quickly deleted all apps that provoked that reaction in me.  Then I took a hard look at what was left.  Since all in App Store purchases can be easily downloaded again if I want them, I set the home screens icons to wiggling again, and hit the X on several more apps I hadn't opened in a long time. By the time I was finished, those little icons that were left were no doubt wiggling in terror beneath my ruthless finger. 

Right now, my trusty little iPad is lean and mean!  I have those apps I use the most on my first home screen, followed a second home screen that contains a few more oft used apps, and neatly organized folders containing apps I want to keep, but don't use on a frequent basis.  This allows me to switch back and forth with ease between frequently used apps, and keeps home screen clutter down to a minimum.  Yes, I am a little OCD when it comes to desktop and home screen clutter.  The only icons on my laptop desktop belong to the Hard Disk, and two folders.  When it comes to my laptop desktop, I make Monk look like a hoarder. 




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How I organize, save and share all my photos now

I was recently inspired by a Lifehacker article to use Trovebox to gather all my current photos from Facebook and Flicker into one place. If you are an Instagram user, Trovebox will also grab photos from there as well. Once I had my current Facebook and Flickr photos gathered and stored in one place, I started using Flickr as my main web album.  I chose Flickr as my main web album partly because I belong to several photography groups there.  The other reasons are because Flickr offers all its users a terabyte of storage space, and the ability to share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Live Journal, Pinterest, and Wordpress.  I only upload my photos once now, then do all my sharing directly from Flickr.  The Flickr IOS app makes uploading and sharing photos to Facebook super easy. This saves me not only time, but bandwidth as well.

Being a RapidWeaver user, my RapidBlog plugin is how I update my main website blogs on the fly.  I am sharing more of my photos on my website now because of how easy Flickr makes doing that via Blogger.  To share to my blog I simply open the Flickr photo in Safari, and choose Blogger from the share options. Since I have two blogs, I set both up in the Blogger share preferences. This option works on the mobile Safari browser as well, which makes sharing my photos to my web blogs on the iPad and iPhone quick and easy.  My RapidBlog plugin insures that all my Blogger entries instantly appear in my main website blogs.  

Because I have the iPad camera connection kit, I download some of my Nikon photos onto it now.  I use Photo Album Organizer on it to edit and organize those and other photos. Once photos are added to an album in it, I can upload them to Flickr, and save a backup copy to Dropbox directly from the app.  As much as I love using the iPad for saving and sharing my photos with, I know sooner or later space for saved photos will become an issue. However, I have thought this out and now have an iCloud photo stream entitled New Photos that I share to via my main iCloud photo stream.  I can easily save the new photos in it to my iPhoto app when I am on the laptop. Since I have over 400 gigabytes of space left on it, space is not going to become an issue on it anytime soon.  When it does become an issue on the iPad, I can remove older photos on it to make room for new ones. In this way I will always have at least 3 copies of my photos at any given time.

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They have better things to waste their money on

Technology has really changed our world. I am of the generation who's fingers first started typing on a manual typewriter. Boy didn't those things build finger muscles using them? We sure had no problem flipping someone the bird, or waving the peace sign. Oh and those return levers! We could bitch slap with the best of them after a day of slapping those things around. Then electric typewriters came along and man we thought we were really styling! Now, we have touch screen iPads, iPods, iPhones, and ultra thin laptops that you can do nearly anything on.

We also live in a world where Big Brother, his sister, mother, father, and maybe even cousin Bubba are watching you. Especially if you like to Facebook and Tweet. Or walk down a street with a Google Cam. Or into any store or area where surveillance cameras are keeping a watchful eye perpetually open. Every time you surf the net cookies and other programs are tracking your every move. Is it any wonder as a nation, perhaps even as a world, we have become a trifle paranoid?

I know when I really think about it, it scares the hell out of me. Fortunately I'm blonde enough to not do that too often. If I did really think about it too often, I am afraid I would be out there building underground bunkers and joining the survivalists. I prefer to not worry about it, even thumb my nose at it all, go shopping on Amazon.com on a mac, with my cookie filters set as high as I can and still shop, then let them figure out what they think I'm going to want to buy next with whatever information they could glean from that shopping spree. They have NO idea what a precocious shopper I am.

Is the government watching me? Well, I was known as a radical troublemaker in the 70's. Yeah I know, hard to believe I was ever a radical troublemaker. Over the years I have continued my quiet peaceful ways by proving sometimes, the truth really does hurt, by stepping on several political toes, while simply writing the truth. Some of those toes were Presidential ones. And I have a son in the Air Force. So, what do you think? Would they really waste their time, and our tax dollars on somebody as harmless as me? It's not like I'm the kind to spark a revolution.

Personally, I think they have a lot better things to waste their time, and our tax dollars on. Things like paying researchers to play video games, study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail, teach Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibility, or pay a professor to study how Americans find love on the internet. No, I'm not making this stuff up. I Googled stupid things the government spends money on, and found this stuff. It was on the internet after all, so it must be true.



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Glass Intimacy


 I recently had to take the laptop into the Apple store for a new shift key, and noticed iPads were everywhere! No matter what was on display, an iPad was connected to it.  And the young men and women working in the store had getting it done on an iPad down to a fine art!  Some could type as fast on the virtual keyboard as I can on on a regular one.

Although I love my Logitech ultra thin keyboard, sometimes I do put it aside and let my fingers do the typing on the virtual keyboard. Usually I am just surfing, uploading photos, or jotting notes when I do that.  Tonight i was inspired to try writing more than just notes or short messages after seeing the Apple Crew in iPad action.  

I do wish apple would get forward and backward keys on the built in IOS devices. Fortunately, as I was writing this I discovered there is an app for that called Fast Keyboard.  You can use it to type longer things, then share via Facebook, Twitter, put it in dropbox, or open it in pages so it will be in your iCloud documents, or just copy and paste to another app. For writing longer documents via the virtual keyboard, it is just what I need.  I don't really need or use the numbers and symbols on the Fast Keyboard, but those forward and backward buttons get a lot of use when I am editing what I've written.

I am learning that part of the trick to virtual keyboards is to take advantage of autocorrect whenever possible, but also use caution when doing so in case autocorrect guessed wrong on the word you wanted to use.  The auto cap feature is also great.  Especially when it comes to I, and beginning new sentences.  Double tapping the shift key to lock caps can be very handy at times as well.  

Between using Fast Keyboard, and taking full advantage of the tricks and features all virtual keyboards have, I have managed to write this piece if not at lightning speed, at least a lot faster than I thought I would.  In doing so I feel I have experienced some of what Steve Jobs called magic when talking about iPads in the early interviews and commercials.  Laptops and regular keyboards will always be more useful for some things, but I now realize that list of things is getting shorter and shorter as touchscreen technology continues to evolve.  I also know I will be evolving as well, and doing more writing on the virtual keyboard in the future.  

This still groovin' granny is totally getting with the iPad program, and learning to fully enjoy that feeling of intimacy with the glass touchscreen I witnessed at the Apple store.  Be it an iPad, or other brand of tablet, these types of devices are proving they are more than a gaming and surfing toys.  As I lay in bed finishing this piece up, the muse is dancing with glee at the thought of the late nights we are going to have in the future.  




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Words of Wisdom

Inpsired by the November 9th Bill Maher Show- Think Outside The Bubble

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When the wind is really blowing out there, always remember, we are more than the sum of our hair ;)

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Be not careless with your words, for they can wound deeper than any steel blade.





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