Written by Hillsboro Free Press Monday, 24 December 2012 14:57I finally was eligible to upgrade my cell phone last week and got the new iPhone 5. I debated about getting the 4S because it was cheaper, but since the 5 is 4G, I went for it instead. I hear that Hillsboro will have 4G service sometime next year.
My DroidX was a nice phone, but this one is so much smoother and, since I am used to Mac, it is so easy to figure out what does what.
And then there’s Siri. I really like the voice recognition for e-mail and texting so I no longer need to type them out. You just talk plainly into the phone and hit “done” and your words are entered and ready to send. It occurred to me that I could write this entire column with Siri and may give it a go at some point.
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Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:23Nothing beats an early Christmas in Atlanta with the kids and grandkids like we have just experienced. We’ve tried getting together during the actual holiday dates in the past and have had nothing but delays and other traveling problems. This was totally different.
The weather was delightful and the new Cameli’s Pizza place in Little 5 Points is looking great.
As we drove and walked around town, we concluded two things will always be needed in Atlanta: The leaf blower and the leaf bag. I’ll bet Home Depot sells millions of those big paper leaf bags every year.
Dan and Katie are in the soft pretzel business out in Bend, Ore., so Dan has been watching the food-truck business. While researching it on the Web, he came...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:26The Fiscal Cliff is looming. At least that is the hottest topic being discussed in the national news these days.
What is totally baffling to me is that the people who have caused it—the career politicians— are the ones who are in charge of fixing it. They have known about this problem for years already and haven’t done anything about it.
So they do a lousy job, get to keep it and still get paid a handsome salary with better than average benefits.
In my opinion, we all lose no matter which way it goes. And if the world comes to an end on Dec. 21 the problem is solved.
When I’m out walking these colder mornings I am amazed at how many drivers do not clear off the frost from their windows and try to drive that way or with...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:12At this time of year I often ponder what could have happened to me eight years ago, but didn’t.
And I often wonder why I was able to survive a 99 percent and 90 percent blockage that was discovered in my left main coronary artery (aka widow maker) Dec. 3, 2004—all without having a heart attack.
Why am I telling you this? It is so that you, unlike me, will listen to your body and get help if you think something might be wrong.
The first symptom occurred about three months earlier when son Dan and I went to a KU football game and we walked up the stadium steps from the bottom almost to the top. I felt a pain in my sternum and was breathing a bit harder than normal.
But, as soon as I sat down, the pain went away and all was good...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:43If it weren’t for a German immigrant watchmaker by the name of Ottmar Mergenthaler, we wouldn’t be in the newspaper and printing business today—or at least not in the same way.
Mergenthaler was the inventor of the Linotype, which transformed the information industry and dominated the way information was disseminated to the public from about 1890 to 1980.
Instead of hand picking individual pieces of type out of a drawer, Mergenthaler devised a machine to cast lines of type molded on a lead slug, which was much faster than Gutenberg’s methods.
Derek Hamm, who teaches graphic design at Tabor, alerted me through his dad that there was a video about the Linotype. I looked it up on the Web and ordered the DVD.
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