Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
I have always loved renting through AirBnb. They are a class act and we have met people from all over the United States and the World! It is fun and puts a little extra money in our pockets.
When we signed up with AirBnb I originally posted some of my own photographs. They weren't the best I knew but AirBnb graciously accepted them and then sent a professional photographer. The woman they sent was professional and took fabulous pictures of the interior and exterior of our home and the room for rent.
Recently I received an e-mail from Smarter Living Travel. They suggested there was a new game in town - Roomorama. A competitor to AirBnb. When I looked at the site and saw there were few listings in our area I was up for it. Couldn't hurt.
Apparently it could. Roomorama is not even in the same ballpark as AirBnb. After doing the same listing with my own pictures that I did with AirBnb they sent me an e-mail. Seemed my pictures weren't enough and probably weren't good enough. Duh!! And something even more troubling - they wanted me to scan my Photo ID and a bill in my name to my address to 'verify' the listing.
I am a fiend about Identity theft. I shred everything with my name and address on it - I don't put my Social Security on ANY forms. I don't send my Photo ID into Ether-space. I offered to have them verity through my AirBnb listing or Facebook or even my website. We'll see what happens.
In the meantime Roomorama needs to hire some photographers who will 'verify' when they come to take pictures. And not have me 'pay' for them. They are going to make money from me - they need to spend a little themselves! Maybe that is why there are so many fewer listings!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I am a true believer in Technology - I love computers, Blackberries, E-Mail, Faxes, Facebook, 4-Square, Twitter, Houzz and all the rest. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer or reading e-mail on my cell phones. And yes, I have TWO cell phones. One for my private use - a Blackberry. The other for Kamps Island Flooring - an iPhone which is mainly a gadget for taking pictures and uploading to various Social Media Sites. Great pictures - easy access to Social Media. Not so much for e-mail.
I am just beginning a book called Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier. Jaron talks about the destruction of the middle class and how it could become catastrophic in the future if huge networks are allowed to take over everything from transportation to medicine as they have done with music and newspapers. He feels the starting point for a new discussion begins with, "Digital information is really just people in disguise."
I find that so true. This is the reason that I subscribe to two physical newspapers to support the reporters and columnists. Without them there would be no 'digital' news. I am, however, discouraged with the New York Times. I have the app on my IPhone and until recently could read 3 articles per day - now it is 10 per month. Understandable. However, I do have a problem which I explained to them.
I have had a stroke - it affected my right hand. Often my phone thinks I have selected one of my 10 articles for reading when it has not. Just an involuntary twitch. My suggestion was that there be a 'confirmation' button to make sure the article selected was intentional. I NEVER got a reply. Too bad. It is my generation that still loves the rustle of the newspaper and holding it in our hands. The millennials could care less. It is my generation that is a greater part of the monetary support for the New York Times. The younger generations don't get that the phrase, "Digital information is really just people in disguise."
In response to the Times I just clear the history and cookies on Google - either on my computer or on the IPhone and read anything I want on their web page. And I don't feel the guilt I might otherwise. And I don't feel compelled to subscribe to them as soon as winter is over and my heating budget shrinks and I have the resources to subscribe. Too Bad! Survival in the digital age IS all about Customer Service.
And I cannot wait to report on the rest of my latest read!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Here's your chance to do your part. Take the pledge with me today: Turn out your lights for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 pm and show your commitment to a better future.
This year Earth Hour falls on Saturday 29th March at 8.30 pm. It’s a worldwide event that asks people everywhere to turn off their lights for 60 minutes, to draw attention to our planet and the need to protect it.
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. . . . W.Somerset Maugham
Thursday, March 6, 2014
SUNDAY MARCH 9, 2014 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Time for more light in the Evening!
Time for Singing and Dancing!
Time for more Fun at Night!
In the Beautiful Wonderful Light!
Yes - Daylight Savings Time is Here!!
We Wish it lasted all the Year!
The Days seem much Brighter -
The Mood is much Lighter!
Celebrate Daylight Savings Time (and set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday Night)
And forgive my attempt at Poetry - But this Time of Year is My Happy Time!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
I know, I know everyone loves the iPhone. We all have opinions—and here is mine– you don’t have to agree with it! When I got ready to get a new phone a year and a half ago I consulted my phone tech expert, Debora Goy. She told me if I was really interested in doing business—the Blackberry remained my best bet. So that is what I stayed with.
When I took Mike’s business phone from a Land Line and wanted to do a lot of social networking—I upgraded to the Q10. Loved it! Loved it!! But then they introduced the new iPhone and the price on the older models fell to almost nothing! So I switched—full knowing it could become a black hole with all the Apps! And it has. I read my newspaper, do a lot of Social Networking (Facebook, 4-Square, Houzz, Twitter, Linked In, etc.) for Mike’s work. And on and on!
When it comes to e-mail I prefer being able to see all my accounts separated on the Home Screen and knowing if an important e-mail might have arrived in a certain account., Blackberry Wins. Switching screens for punctuation is annoying on the iPhone. Finally, being a typist, I love a physical keyboard. My personal cell phone remains a Blackberry. Once someone laughingly asked my why I had 2 cell phones—was I a drug dealer? Only if joy and happiness are drugs!
I then encountered something odd when attending a seminar in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The iPhone was never on—I was trying to get a signal—trying—trying. Then I switched to the Blackberry—it was working just as usual. So I wrote Blackberry and Kiyomi, a Public Relations Manager, answered me promptly with this information:
“I looked into the question about the WiFi. I hope I’m explaining this correctly. Apparently, we stay connected to the WLAN even when your phone goes to sleep which helps keep a good WiFi signal. And it also helps keep the red blinking light we are known for going when you get a new message. iOS turns off the WLAN when the screen goes black. Likely to conserve power. This makes staying connected to the WiFi more difficult. We do some things on the battery saving side so we don’t have to worry about this. “
Then, as I walked around the Convention Center I encountered others who had also made the switch to an iPhone (often at their company’s insistence) and wanted their Blackberry back!!
PS I keep running into people who want their Blackberries back for work! I am hardly alone in this - and they aren't just oldsters like me!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
COYOTE SIGHTING AT DOVER SHORES IN DAY LIGHT
At 10am on Blue Gum we saw a coyote walking the path.
Please be vigilant and take care with your precious pets.
There will be a lot less bunnies on the bluff soon and when those are gone, the coyotes will be coming for your cats and small dogs.
If you encounter one, make noise, shout, wave your hands. They are only interested in things they can eat. People are too large to trouble with but a small dog, even on your leash is fair game.
Coyotes will always be with us.
When the food (bunnies) run out, they will move on to better feeding grounds.