Living life with one eye?

For of you don't know 2015 has been a difficult year health wise for me. I have gotten cataracts in both eyes so my sight has dimmed since the beginning of the year. The good news it is fixable! I have had my left eye surgery done for a week now (at the time this post) so I have one near perfect eye and one bad eye, My brain is fighting with itself to see which eye will win dominance. I am voting for the left one.  I have another couple of weeks before my right eye is done (surgery) and I should be back to 20/20 vision! 

More to follow as my adventure continues! Another interesting development in the afternoon my eyesight gets better that in the mornings my brain must be figuring things out. LOL 

BOTH EYES ARE DONE I CAN SEE AGAIN! (6/30/2015)

2014 holidays are coming

So it is that time of year when I take stock of what has happened this year. The number one thing was the birth of our grand-twins in May that was amazing, now we had 4 other grandchildren that we love to death, so the space in my heart had to grow by 2. Now the grand twins are 6months or so old and cute as can be.  The number two thing was at one point all of the live at home adult kids where all employed! Ok it is not that way now but for a brief time they where.  The third thing is we re-did another bathroom in the house it came out great.  the fourth thing is Susan and I are still together (ok really this ties the number one thing) after 30 plus years. even though our health is not what it once was we are still in love with each other. I still love my job for the most part. so life is good. 

on a personal note I did lose 53 pounds, that has helped me on so many levels. I am down to 147 pounds. I am still attempting to walk more everyday.  

for those in the Kirkland area our holiday light show is up and running, even during the wind storms (our snowmen have been knock around a bit, now they are staked to conduit that is in the ground 10 inches are so). the music and show changes weekly so drop by tune your FM radio to 91.5 and enjoy

Airmail new mail app for MAC OS X Updated

UPDATE: I have purchased Airmail from the mac app store.  So far Airmail supports IMAP, Exchange, POP3, email accounts (Google, mac.com, me.com, icloud.com, yahoo.com, as well as my website email). The App is $1.99 in the apple app store. So far it has preformed very well over all. I love the interface or UI!. I believe Airmail is just as good or better than the built in Mail.app!   It is very easy to use. 

UPDATE: Exchange support is here, POP3 is here (current release 1.38) update via the App Store!

NOWYOU CAN GET AIRMAIL 2.0 for $9.99 at the app store ( I don't think the app isworth more than $2.99 ) 

Looking for a Genealogy App for your Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad? I got some answers UPDATED

Here are my recommendations base upon testing and usage: Updated! 

Roots Magic 6 & 7 these are windows applications but can be run on MAC's via MacBridge (a customized version of Crossover) for 9.95. You will still need to purchase a full version of Roots Magic (for the license file key to use in MacBridge). Is MacBridge as good as the windows version? Sort of you can open your family information just like in Windows. the MacBridge application is stable. Someday soon Roots Magic promises a true OS X app. They have an iOS app but it is read only of your Family file so it is useless if you are away from your MAC, you can't add information with the iOS to your family file. 

iFamily is a great genealogy app for the MAC, it is easy to use and support importing of data via gedcom files up to version  5.5. iFamily for Leopard is a genealogy application for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software's focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Leopard. In iFamily for Leopard you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents, more than 1 spouse or the number of siblings they had. Parent-child relationships may be natural (the default), step, adopted or foster relationships. Available for purchase since October 2006, iFamily has had more than 60 versions released, leading to a richly featured product that is stable and user friendly, utilized by a healthy community of users.

Pros: great support forum, customer focused.  Cons: no iOS application. 

Reunion is another really great app for the MAC, it is simple to use and has a Mac World Editor's Choice Award: Reunion is a genealogy software program — a "family tree program" — for the Macintosh. Reunion is also available as a companion product on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. Reunion Touch is an application for Reunion 11 users that replaces the previous "Reunion for iOS". The current version of Reunion 11 for Macintosh received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines. Reunion also received a MacWorld Editor's Choice award. The latest release 11 (2015)  the upgrade price 49.95 (unless you are in PA then it is more)..

I bought this app because it was suppose to the be the best genaelogy app for the MAC (2009), upgraded to most current release it has won me back as a customer.

Pros: Great user interface (UI) good documentation Cons: iPad app cost 15.00 and you proably shell out 100.00 (49.99 for the upgrade per release) for the mac app that you must have in order to use the iOS app. 

Mac Family Tree is a very visual applcation for the MAC.  I have been using this app since release 3  (now at release 7), the developers have made great strides in the user interface! The reports and charts are first class! Your family tree:

Easily enter and then visualize your family history. Be it creating reports, diagrams or browsing your data in the innovative 3D view called Virtual Tree - MacFamilyTree offers a solution for every task. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family's past at your upcoming family reunion.

Pros: Great UI, activily being improved, very visual, resonable price for product and updates, iOS app 15.00, iOS app can import and export gedcom files.  New 7.x version is out and is a huge improvement over the original 6.x software stream 

Cons: Version 7.x for IOS does require that you repurchase the application. Issues with the current release importing and exporting gedcom files even from older releases, iOS app freezes up when using large family files (31 to 43 Mb) **note this has been fixed with the last application update for iOS **,  must have desk top version of software to sync data on the same WiFi network.  Syncing of data takes forever on large files or just plain crashes both sides. Tech support is germany, slow responses at times. Web site is confusing since they have multiple products. 

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When it is time to upgrade the SSD drive in your MacBook Air? what do you choose?

I love my MacBook Air but I run a lot of apps, music, movies, etc. I am running out of space on my 512 GB SSD. so what I am to do? well I started to look at upgrading my ssd drive (ok my MBA is a 2012 model, so its drive look like oversized memory stick).  So I started at OWC to see if I could find a 960GB SSD nope they did not have one. Next Amazon (I am a prime member), they had JetDrive 520 kit, 960GB on sale for 599.00 (down from 699.00) made by Transcend. Still a little to expensive, but they one in Amazon Warehouse Deals for another 50 dollars off. So I bought it. The kit includes:

  • Max Seq. Read: 495MB/s, Max Seq. Write: 427MB/s
  • Next-generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface
  • Free download of Jet Drive Toolbox SSD monitoring software
  • External enclosure is fully compatible with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • SSD upgrade kit included
  • Dual color LED indicator (Power, data transfer and USB 3.0/2.0 connection)
  • Operating Temperature 32F-158F
  • Repurpose original SSD into external SSD

It was so easy to clone my existing SSD to the new one with my old favorite app Carbon Copy Cloner, it took just under an hour to do. The kit even can with the required screwdrivers to remove the bottom cover and remove the existing SSD. Quick swap out of the SSD's put the bottom plate back in place. Boot up my MBA and wow I have a screaming new machine with almost double the storage place! I have repartitioned into 3 drives, 1 running Mavericks (479 GB), 1 for all of my virtual machines (379 GB) 1 for Beta testing OS's (100 GB) currently Yosemite. 

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