It's not dead, it's resting: TechMan's iPhone 4S quit unexpectedly over the weekend.
When TechMan tried to start the phone after charging, it showed the Apple logo but did nothing more. A hard reset (holding down the button at the bottom front at the same time as the on-off button) failed to revive it.
A visit to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store garnered the opinion that the phone indeed seemed to be pushing up virtual daisies.
TechMan was offered a replacement for $200, but declined, since it is a work phone. The genius at the bar told me everything I had on the phone would be lost. Not a big problem since my photos are backed up and music and apps can be re-downloaded for free. My contacts are duplicated in Gmail.
First thing Monday, I took the corpse to our phone specialist at work. He turned it on and it booted up perfectly, like nothing had happened. Go figure. Sometimes electronic devices seem to have a mind of their own.
But the lesson here is that your phone really can expire at any time and take all your content with it. Regularly back up your data.
Technology is capable of great good or great evil. After World War I, both Germany and the Soviet Union spent vast amounts to modernize their militaries.
Nazi Germany quickly became the leader in military technology.
Fighting on the Eastern front has not been documented as well as the fighting in Europe, partly because the Soviet Union was a secretive society for many years.
But it is now becoming more clear just how desperate that fighting was. Whereas Western Europe was a war of territory, Eastern Europe was a war of annihilation.
What brings this up is a book TechMan read recently called, "The Battle of the Tanks, Kursk 1943" by Lloyd Clark. It tells the story of the largest tank battle ever fought, near Kursk in the Soviet Union.
With the technologically advanced and highly efficient German killing machine opposing Russia's almost inexhaustible supply of cannon fodder and machines, it figured to be a slaughter.
And that's just what it was. Most estimates put the number killed in the 20 days of the battle at more than 300,000.
Deric Lostutter, mentioned here last week as possibly facing hacking charges after helping expose details in the Steubenville rape case, is getting a hand from supporters.
Mr. Lostutter under federal law could get up to 10 years, five times the sentence of the rapists. The most recent check shows his legal defense fund has collected more than $53,000 toward a goal of $500,000.
Tip of the week: In plain view across the top of the Google search page is a row of clickable words including images, maps, shopping, news, etc. There is also a "more" button that has additional choices like recipes, blogs videos, etc.
"Search tools" gives choices of dates and location. These are all filters to quickly narrow down your search.
The two I use most are news, which removes commercial results, and recipes, which gives you only recipes containing your search term. Microsoft's search engine Bing has a similar feature.
Using these filters will make your searches more fruitful.
Geek saying of the week: Passwords are like underwear. You shouldn't leave them out where people can see them. You should change them regularly. And you shouldn't loan them out to strangers.
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