SOFTWARE: iMessage on the MAC OS X doesn’t report completely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Found a confusing “use case” with iMessage on the MAC OS X:

Sent two texts this morning, one worked and one failed repeatedly.

Figured out why it was failing, duh.

I text from the mac because I like the full keyboard. I text X and Y every morning and night. (“I’m alive … still!”)

This morning X’s went through to her iPhone as usual, but Y’s didn’t.

Then I realized iMessage uses the iPhone to text Y with SMS. And my iPhone was out of power. And, the MAC version of iMessage just reports: “not sent”.

Which technically is true, but it should say something like “no response from your Iphone, dummy”. Argh!

Strike one for a poor design. Or is that “a feature”?


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Google plans to kill Chrome OS, fold it into Android
By Matt Smith  
Published October 30, 2015

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Cutting Chrome OS likely makes sense for the company’s bottom line, since it wasn’t making any money off the operating system. The development of concept was a way for the company to hedge its bets in case thin-client PCs took off — it was developed during the time netbooks were popular, after all. But Chromebooks have developed a loyal following over the years, and fans are sure to be unhappy about this news.

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I’m sure unhappy about this move.

Bet a lot of schools will be too.

Cheap, easy, virus-free — what was not to like.


I think Google is making a mistake.

There was a reason that Apple donated computers to schools.

They generated “mind share”.

Ditto for chrome books and chrome boxes.

Dumb move.

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Cutting Chrome OS likely makes sense for the company’s bottom line, since it wasn’t making any money off the operating system. The development of concept was a way for the company to hedge its bets in case thin-client PCs took off — it was developed during the time netbooks were popular, after all. But Chromebooks have developed a loyal following over the years, and fans are sure to be unhappy about this news.

SOFTWARE: Can’t shift “content” that I bought to something useable

Friday, October 30, 2015

It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use
Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.
by David Kravets – Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

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Because there is no encryption on CD music discs, however, owners of them are free to make backup copies or shift the tracks to a digital format under the concept of fair use. “These results continue to show the flaws in the law and the process of the DMCA. Even though the law clearly allows consumers to move their media between their personal devices, the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights allow the smallest mote of uncertainty to keep a common-sense activity illegal,” said Sherwin Siy, the vice president for legal affairs at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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I am STILL <synonym for having produced urine output> off.

I have tons of “content” and I can not easily, quickly, or legally transform it to something useable.


I PAID for it. But I can’t “have” it.

That’s just wrong.

The Law is an idiot.

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OPERATION SYSTEM: OS X El Capitan resets password to iCloud’s

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Upgraded to OS X El Capitan.

Ran for about an hour and then wouldn’t let me sign on to my primary id.


Luckily, I have always followed a rule of thumb with all OS’, “create multiple admin and regular User accounts”.

So I was able to log on an alternate administrator account, so the problem was limited to the MAIN administrator account.

I could not reset the MAIN admin account from the ALTERNATE admin account.


So since I use LASTPASS and keep all my old passwords, I just found the prior one which was the ICLOUD password.

Bingo that was it.

So, make sure you know that one, because OS X El Capitan resets it back when you upgrade.

I guess that’s a “feature”.


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HARDWARE: In praise of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


{Privacy Invoked} #1 · Seaside Heights, NJ · 

Ok Facebook world. My laptop died but it is IMPERATIVE that I have a computer, I’m in Grad school. Is a Chromebook good enough for writing papers, printing out papers coupons and the like and surging the web? I’ll b using a flash drive or google docs too. Help!?!

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FJohn Reinke

I have several. I use them for most computing chores. Bought one for {Privacy Invoked} as a gift to replace her old windoze box. She loves it.

  • As long as you use the cloud and the inet, it’s perfect for light weight computing use.
  • Cheap. I’ve seen them as low as 199. 
  • By using the cloud, you’re forced to keep your data backed up.
  • Should you lose it, destroy it, or have it stolen, it’s trivial to get a new one and not miss a beat.
  • Also no malware can infect you.

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{Privacy Invoked} #2

We have chrome books, Windows desktop and MacBooks. All are good. But, you can only save to the cloud on a chromebook. So, if internet access is interrupted, you can’t get to your files. Also, it’s difficult to print from the chromebooks. I would suggest a Windows or Apple machine.

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FJohn Reinke

You can add local storage via usbdrive or and sd card.

Also, many of the “apps” have an offline capability. 

I use google cloud printing capability even on my mac and windoze machines for universal printing (i.e., from anywhere to Virginia, Kendall Park, or Staples). 

Should not be a problem. Sign up for my “platinum support” plan and I can help you. The “gold” plan you get {Privacy Invoked}; “silver” {Privacy Invoked}; “bronze” {Privacy Invoked}; or “lead” {Privacy Invoked}. Laugh! 

Seriously, chromebooks are the way to go for lightweight computing. And, most smartphones allow you to tether them for universal inet access. 

I have Optimum at 51F and that gives me access to Optimum wifi. Most inet service providers have that capability. McDonalds, Starbucks, and Panera have free wifi too. 

I like chromebooks for their utility and no required complete refreshes / reinstalls every so often as windoze and mac get “crud build up”.

Lot positive to be said for the Chromebook / Chromebox. I usually leave one in 51F for {Privacy Invoked} to use when we’re there.

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So let’s sum it up: cheap; simple; and worry free.

I laughed when some clowns hijacked a truck of about 1,200 MacBook Airs destined for a school worth more than a million bucks.

This revealed the waste at Gooferment Skrules that the taxpayers are paying for.


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HARDWARE: Use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Found another useful reason to use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number.

(Remember, the last tip was for young ladies to give men their GV# so that they can automagically delete them if they turn out to be a loser.)

This tip is as a result of my Gal Pal’s blackberry going crazy. It’s essentially useless and she has no way to let folks know it. So she’s using my phone to alert folks.

IF she had used a Google Voice number and tied that to her cell phone, she could respond on the GV website and even send out an alert that she had a harder problem.


I think it’s very useful.

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JLINKEDIN: McCrosson, Matt (MC????) new job Partner, O’Connor Davies, LLP

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Matt McCrosson has a new job: Partner, O’Connor Davies, LLP

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McCrosson, Matt (MC????)
Partner,O’Connor Davies, LLP
Greater New York City AreaAccounting

My diverse professional experience and background provide a better understanding of the challenges faced by my clients. I strive to offer practical guidance that improves operating capability and helps the organization as a whole.

I am a partner of the Firm and have more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. I provide a broad scope of management advisory services to a diverse range of clients, including business finance, operations, technology, and performance improvement. I have significant experience in planning for organizational change, and helping my clients remain on track in a rapidly-changing corporate environment.

Prior to joining O’Connor Davies, I held a senior position at a Big Four accounting firm and focused on clients in the not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. Earlier in my career, I served as the Chief Operating Officer or Chief Financial Officer for several national and regional not-for-profit organizations, including the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the New York Urban Coalition.

I regularly speak on the topics of financial reporting, organizational efficiency and operations management. I am also a dedicated volunteer and sit on numerous not-for-profit organization Boards.

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