Daddy, what am I worth ?

My 9 yo old son has just woken up, and comes downstairs to greet me as I am getting ready for work.

Son: “Daddy, what am I worth?”

Daddy has also just awoken, so isn’t as sharp as might be needed.

Me: “What do you mean, boyo?”

Son: “Well, I heard that Bill Gates is worth something like a billion billions dollars, and so I want to know what I am worth?”

Daddy responds quickly, and buys time to think of a better answer than this…

Me: “Well boyo, Bill Gates was in a software company that wound up selling billions of dollars of software over like 30 years all over the world, and became very wealthy.”

Son: “Ok Daddy, so what am I worth.”

The pressure continues.  Daddy knows that this is the moment.  A moment.  A potential turning point in the outlook of a youngster.  He is the son.  I am the father.  He wants to know.

As quick as I could think, this is all I could come up with in that moment :

Me: “Boyo, you are priceless.”

I felt weak, but hopeful for this effort.

Son : “Oh, NOW I see how it is all coming together!”

And we both laughed.

I am not sure what he concluded.

that pile of tech-support at home

Here we are having a nice day-off from the IT office, and spending business hours tackling that massive backlog of home-based tech-support requests….

I’ve got a few reminders set on some issues, so the first one is :

  • videos taken with Android phone no longer transfer to Macbook via iPhoto

Ok, spent a while on this one, and thought that I’d chuck this blog together with a record of my thoughts, so I don’t have to figure this out again.

Things to note:

  • iPhoto 9 can recognize the Android device when USB option is set to “camera” mode
  • many photos in JPG format do transfer over, but many do not
  • we get that famous “unrecognizable file format” error on many of the JPG files
  • none of the most-recent MP4 video files transfer over

So, on review, I see that we may need to commit to the new and glorious “Photos” app on the Macbook, that came in during that major upgrade a while back.  It has already consumed all the contents of the iPhoto library, so why not – I would just need to transfer in all the photos and videos that don’t exist in that Photos library yet.  Will check that out next.

For now, what to do about the content on the Android that is “stuck” ?  Steps to resolve:

  • switch the USB setting to MTP mode, to see if Android File Transfer wakes up to see the mount point
  • AFT choked on the mount, and asked me to reboot the phone, so I did
  • the phone came up, and when not locked, could link to AFT on the Macbook
  • now all the JPG and MP4 content was visible in the camera folder.  Dragged it over onto the Macbook, and went into iPhoto to import the new files to the Library.
  • all files appeared to make it over, and “Reveal in Finder” showed that they have a new home deep in the Users home folder

Next items:

  • can we get calibre connected to the Samsung for EPUB transfer
  • can we get the Email app on the Android connecting to the server mailbox as IMAP instead of POP ?  The delete message function seems a pain on POP, and a switch to IMAP may help

 

taking sourdough to social media

Got into some conversation today about sourdough bread with some loaf enthusiasts, and was relating recent activity in the home-kitchen.

Thought I would offer up a link into a recent Instagram post about the sourdough sandwich loaves that I am currently cranking out.

There sure is a lot going on out there in Instagram-land about the sourdough.  I’ve picked up some good connections on there from all over the place.  Must be all the relentless #hashtagging!  Home-bakers, and professionals all crafting their sourdough bread outcomes.  Is great to be a participant in this online community!

Here are some of the sourdough bakers I am following out there on Instagram: