iPhone, iPod or iPad Not Charging?

ichargerI have been through every version of the iPhone and am now on an iPhone 6.  I had a 2nd Generation iPad and upgraded to an iPad Air 2 with both cellular and wifi options for connection, as well as purchasing an iPad Mini for my husband.

The change from the old style charging cable to the lightning cables/port was great, for a while, but now, despite using Apple branded/supplied cables, blocks and docking stations, my Apple products display these messages intermittently:

  • Not Charging
  • This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone/iPad (whichever happens to be plugged in)

To say I am frustrated is an understatement!  I love my Apple products (although I am a loyal PC girl) but I am at my wits end – I’ve even gone so far as to buy a Samsung Android based phone on another carrier just so I know I always have a hot backup.  Even I see that as an absurd waste of money.  I NEVER had this problem on the older versions of my iPhone and iPad but since I’ve upgraded I’ve had nothing but issues!

I’ve scoured the internet and read articles, forums, blog posts and watched videos all describing the same issue I’m having, but none of the suggested fixes have stopped the problems I am having!

All of the articles came to the same three conclusions:

  1. The wall adaptor (i.e. Block) is bad
  2. The Lightning or 30-pin USB cable is bad
  3. The charging port on the iPhone/iPad/iPod is bad
  4. The internal battery is bad
  5. The software has crashed and needs a refresh

Suggested Fixes:

  • Move to another wall plug – you could be using a bad outlet
  • Change the USB charging cable (The cables are prone to fraying at both ends and are covered under the Apple warranty.  It may be able to be swapped for free if you have a recently purchased Apple product)  If you are using a third party cable, make sure it’s a certified Apple compatible product (the cheap ones usually aren’t and fail a lot).  Amazon Basics are reliable and less expensive third party options, plus they have longer options than the standard supplied USB cables.  If you an charge via your computer, but not via the wall charger, or vice versa, your cable is not the problem.
  • Use a different charging block
  • Do a “Hard Reset” by pressing the power and home key simultaneously until the Apple logo appears then let go and let the reset finish

None of these suggested problems or fixes for them resolved my problem.

Today, after another day of struggling to keep my phone charged, I came across an article on c|net that suggested the problem could be microscopic debris in the USB port on the computer, the charging block, the USB Port on the computer/charging block/phone charger/portable charger, Or even the USB end of the charging cord.  Finally something new (that made sense) and that I hadn’t tried!

Hmmm

Think about the places that iGadgets get left: pockets, purses, briefcases, backpacks, desks, counters, floors, center consoles, car seats, virtually everywhere that dust, lint, dirt, and gunk gather.  That poor little charging port doesn’t have a chance!

A trick suggested by an Apple Guru is to take a small anti-static brush or brand new toothbrush and gently brush out your iPhone’s charging port.  Toothbrushes work well because the bristles don’t conduct electricity.  Make sure to brush out the USB ports on your computer, charging blocks, car chargers and the other ends of your charging cords then plug everything back in.

Hopefully you see the little lightning bolt in the right top corner of your device and your problem is solved.  If you don’t you may need to see if you’ve somehow damaged your charging port by getting it wet…I hope not because that could require either an expensive fix or complete replacement of your device.

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Beware iPhone/iPad Wifi Assist

wifiassistToday is very short.

Users of Apple iPhones and iPads have begun complaining that an update to their operating system has resulted in unexpected data overages.  They are not imagining things.

Apple seems to have found a sneaky way to make it seem like they never lose data connection by boosting the crappy wifi adaptors in their products via installation and automatic activation of a feature called, “wifi assist” in the most recent ios9 update!  What this does is turn on your cellular data plan (the one you pay for – remember: wifi usage is free) to boost poor quality wifi signals.

While it seems like a good idea, consider the following:

  • Using Wifi on your apple devices is free – if your cellular data kicks in, it draws down your monthly contract allotment and you will run out, causing you to be charged for excess data usage at a higher rate per mb
  • Unlike the Facebook charge hoax that circulated yesterday, this story of a “hidden” potentially costly feature in ios9, is indeed true as reported on:  CBS News , Gizmodo, Mac World, zdnet, refinery29 and many other tech websites yesterday.  Click on any of the links above and you’ll be able to see the information.

I have unlimited data on my iPhone, thank God for the Grandfather clause in my plan, but not on my iPad.  Lo and Behold I checked, in the very strangely placed location for the on-off button, and found that the feature was automatically enabled on my iPad.

For those who don’t want to pay for a bunch of sneaky minute charges, here is how to turn off wifi assist:  The off switch is somewhat buried, located in Settings>Cellular near the very bottom of the screen, under the cellular settings for all of the apps installed on the phone. Click the button on the screen to off and you are good to go.

As soon as my husband gets home, I am making sure his settings are changed too!  Hmmm indeed!

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Does He Not Realize He’s Turning You Off?

breaking-up-ex-girlfriendIn case you didn’t catch the recent article in Men’s Fitness Magazine, there are some very specific things that can turn a date with great possibilities into a chaste kiss at the door and an abrupt, “I’ll call you,” in no time flat. Hmmm

According to more than 500 real women polled, and a few other resources I found, these are the least attractive traits women find in the men they date:

  • Cocky: Acting Entitled and better than others
  • Bad Breath!
  • Being a Douche: Trying to upstage anyone and everyone
  • Conceited: Me, Me, Me behavior, conversation and interests
  • Chauvinistic: Puts women down to make him feel better about himself, or feels one woman isn’t enough
  • Dishonest
  • Lack of Communication: Always making plans at the last minute
  • Complaining about anything and everything.  Nothing is ever good enough for this blowhard who makes no effort to change what he’s complaining about or ask that it be made right
  • Lazy: Only makes the minimum effort to get by, no drive, no passion, no goals; leaves making of all plans up to you
  • Lack of Confidence or Insecurity: “Woe is Me” and “I’m not good enough” are definite turn offs as are controlling and jealous behavior intended to divert your attention from anyone else
  • Braggart: I obviously thought you were pretty great when I agreed to date you, I don’t need or want to hear how great you are FROM YOU
  • Aggressive Physical Behavior: Acting like you own me is a total turn off.  I don’t need to be pawed at in public just so you can prove your manliness to other men or show “She’s with me!”
  • Obsessed with Money
  • Irresponsible with his money (always crying poor) or Cheap
  • Poor Personal Hygiene
  • Undependable/Careless: Blows off dates, doesn’t return calls, depends on texts as main form of communication
  • Acting like you are his Therapist: Enough with the talk about your ex!
  • Rude:  Burping and Farting in Public as if he’s with the guys, Dismissive, Quick to Anger, Uses Racial/Sexual/Inappropriate Language, etc.
  • Sloppy in Appearance, His Home or Car 

badbreathNot only are the majority of these traits deal breakers, I think the existence of even a few  should set off red lights and warning bells. If these are the kind of men you are consistently attracted to or attracting, you might want to take a step back and examine what is drawing you toward these uncouth, unacceptable men.  Hmmm

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22 Years Later, Tombstone Lives On

tombstone1While in Colorado over Christmas break in 1993, I was one of the opening weekend box office goers who saw Kurt Russell put a sexy spin on late 1800’s gunslinger, Wyatt Earp, in the movie Tombstone.  Add the smoky voiced Sam Elliott as crusty Virgil Earp and Val Kilmer’s irreverent personification of Doc Holliday and you have the perfect movie!

Critically, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 73% “Certified Fresh” review, but the public loved it even more with a whopping 94% giving it “two thumbs up!”

Financially, Tombstone did eventually double it’s production budget of roughly $25,000,000 (largely financed personally by Russell) earning $56,505,065 in the United States before it was released to Video (which was still a money maker in the 1990’s) in November of 1994 where it earned an additional $22,000,000+, but in terms of today’s blockbusters that bring in that amount in a weekend, was it really a financial success?

With adjustments for the financial times, it can be said that yes, it was a success:

  • It is the 14th highest grossing film back to 1979; and
  • True West Magazine called it, “One of the 5 best westerns ever made”

For Tombstone virgins, although, after the many times it’s been on broadcast and pay television (even in it’s edited form) it’s hard to believe that there are any who haven’t seen the classic, there is a 10 minute compilation of classic scenes from the movie that is sure to whet your appetite to see the whole thing.

One viewing of this classic isn’t nearly enough.  You’ll love the whole thing: Robert Mitchum’s smoothly delivered narration that keeps the story moving, the detailed back stories, the humor, and for us ladies, the romance between Josie (played perfectly by the sultry “Guy’s Girl” Dana Delaney) and Wyatt that is wound throughout the film and comes t0 a satisfying conclusion.  You’ll want to watch it again and again, if for no other reason than to hear the memorable lines that are frequently heard in conversations and seen in print/online 22 years later. Hmmm

Among My Favorites:

  • “I’m Your Huckleberry”
  • “Why Johnny Ringo…Looks like someone just walked all over your grave!”
  • “Nonsense.  I have not yet begun to defile myself”
  • “I like men. If that means I’m not ‘lady-like’, then I guess I’m just not a lady!”
  • “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”
  • “You tell ‘em I’m coming … and Hell’s coming with me, you hear? HELL’S COMING WITH ME!”
  • “Your Spanish is as bad as your English! He’s quoting the bible, Revelations: Behold the pale horse The man who sat on him was death and Hell followed with him”

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen Tombstone, but I can tell you that, no matter how much of the movie I’ve missed, I generally watch anytime I come across it on my TV.  Watch it an you’ll see: Tombstone is an addiction!

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An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening

I stopped watching The View years ago because of Elizabeth’s soap box and now I am hoping that the “powers-that-be” finally pull the plug on this show! There isn’t a life preserver large enough to save that sinking ship! Whoopi and the rest of the rag tag crew are an embarrassment to women.

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Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I could purge it and get all of that negativity out of my system. I’ll admit, I even got about a quarter of the way through that piece, when I stopped to re-read it. It was a scathing, searing diatribe that quite frankly, made me ashamed of myself. It sounded like something that the View Crew would say…it was petty, spiteful, angry and distasteful. That’s not who I am as a person, a writer or more specifically, a nurse. Quite frequently, I end my blog posts with a sentence urging my readers to be kind to each other. I am a tireless advocate for tolerance, peaceful coexistence and doing…

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The Joy and Sorrows of Pup Parenting

lovemylabWe’ve all seen the shirts, coffee mugs, magnets and bumper stickers proclaiming that our pets are pretty much the center of the universe, prettier-smarter-better than anyone else’s, and the loves of our lives.

My labs, of course, are all of the above and more. 😉

I have 3 Labrador Retrievers and 1 Selkirk Rex cat who are, indeed, the center of my universe.  Daisy is my 11 1/2 year old “Senior Citizen” Lab, Dany is our 3 year old Lab, Lucky is my 3 year old Selkirk Rex kitty and Dusty is my 1 year old Lab pup.

Just over 15 months ago I discovered a lump underneath Daisy’s left ear.  I assumed it was related to the ear she’d been scratching at and took her into the vet to get some antibiotics to clear it up.  When her blood tests came up inconclusive for any kind of infection, we spent more than $2500 and 3 weeks searching out answers to what was ailing my girl.  We finally got an answer when my vet sent a tissue sample out to a friend she had at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Colorado State University.

It turned out that we had stumbled upon the very early stages of Lymphoma in our beloved baby.  We went through the potential treatment plan, what we were facing in costs, and what the likely side effects and prognosis were for Daisy.  I wasn’t ready to make a snap decision, wanted to do my own research and told our vet we wanted to talk about our options before starting the course of chemotherapy that they were recommending begin immediately.

Daisy gave us no indication that she was feeling ill at all.  We did our research, found out that the strain of Lymphoma we were dealing with was a slow grower and that many owners, especially of senior dogs, opted to not go the route of chemotherapy. It was a hard decision to make, but we finally decided that we would rather have fewer good months of time with Daisy not feeling ill from the side effects of treatment and set about making some changes to improve her already good life.

Already a very pampered, spoiled primarily indoor dog eating a grain free diet (Blue Freedom Large Breed Formula), I made the decision to continue her once daily 20 mg dose of Prednisone to try and arrest the swelling of the lymph node we had confirmed was cancerous and to attempt to slow the spread to her other lymph nodes.  To that established routine, I also began giving her a daily probiotic (GNC Gas Less) as well as a Glucosamine supplement to strengthen her joints.  Daisy also continued to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables straight from our garden and even the occasional scrap or two of steak and chicken.

After a week or two on the new diet/supplements, Daisy was more active, her eyes were clearer and she appeared healthier than I had seen her in the past couple of years.  She was loving having the new puppy (Dusty) to mother and train and, as we found out later, was doing far better than 2 other dogs who’d received the same diagnosis in the weeks surrounding hers.  All in all we have been quite lucky that we chose to take the path we did: She is 15 months post diagnosis and her vet team refers to her as their miracle girl!  She has shown no spread to her other lymph nodes and she has out lived the other two younger dogs who were treated with chemotherapy and survived only a couple of months after treatment began.

The most recent change that I made to keep Daisy, Dany and Dusty healthy is that I am no longer buying them processed pet treats.  I now make them at home and they love them!

Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

  • 2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin, peanut butter & eggs on medium until well combined. Gradually add flour at low speed until incorporated. If the dough seems a little tough, add a couple TBLS more Pumpkin Puree.  On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner.  Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.  Let cool completely and store in a sealed container.

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Impulsive vs Spontaneous

impulsiveMerriam Webster defines impulsive as, “acting or tending to act suddenly and without careful thought.”

When I was 22 I was definitely impulsive.

I ended a marriage that was never going to last  (especially in light of the fact that he turned out to be gay),  was seeing someone I was in love with, who I’d wanted to be with for years, yet once I had him, I walked away from him.

Bad advice given by close friends convinced me that:

  • His business was more important to him than I was;
  • After my train wreck marriage, I should be living it up;
  • He didn’t like the same fun nights out drinking and dancing that they did so I basically had to choose between 1 night a week with him or every night with them; and
  • They said he was only with me when he couldn’t be with the girlfriend that they convinced me he secretly had.

If I’d have stopped to think, I would have given their arguments against pursing a relationship I really wanted proper consideration:

  • I should have been supportive of his business focus, not threatened by it;
  • I was never a partier, it was a temporary phase and one I ended up not missing at all.  I loved nights in with him; and
  • I should have listened to my heart

Instead I listened to the advice of the friends I ended up parting ways with because we were too different in the end.  They weren’t interested in what would make me the happiest, they were interested in not losing a financial contributor to the many “girl’s nights out” we had in large part due to the job I had that paid well.  When they hooked up, had boyfriends for a few weeks at a time, and ditched me completely for a guy, the same rules didn’t apply and my opinion of their choices didn’t matter.

I hate asking myself, “What if?”  In this case I obviously made a horribly wrong choice that cost me a relationship with promise and, even worse, a true friend.  That “What if” haunts me and I regret the impulsive choice still, 25 years later.

I know my weaknesses and strengths.  One weakness in particular is that routine bores me.  I appreciate and acknowledge that a certain part of life is going to be routine, like working at a career and creating a home & family life.  I need a certain amount of spontaneity in my life to survive the monotony that doing the same things can bring.

Spontaneous: Taking a risk, living life to the fullest, no plans, “don’t think just do.”

spontaneous1I don’t need my life to be a three ring circus, but I believe that every couple needs spontaneity to keep their romantic fires burning, to say connected outside of the demands of family and work life, and that the connectivity mobile phones provide should allow for:

  • A weekday picnic in the park;
  • An unplanned date or weekend road trip;
  • A lunch date that turns into an afternoon at a ball game, walking on the beach or driving along the coast;
  • A surprise vacation or any other unexpected time that gives focus just to us.

Ask my friends and they would describe me as: Focused and organized when things need to be done but I am also the girl that loves adventure, can get ready to go in a flash, goes with the flow when plans change and am always ready to have fun.

I’m glad that age, experience (good and bad) and good people around me have changed me from someone who acts impulsively and acts without giving thought to what the consequences could be, into a person who takes care of her responsibilities yet maintains a sense of fun and sense of adventure.  It makes life WORTH living instead of being something that HAS to be lived. Hmmm

As a reminder, if you are on Facebook and are interested in the things I may not devote an entire blog post to, but that make me wonder, funny quips, photos and other silly things, I have a page followed by more than 1,900 people who find me mildly amusing:  https://www.facebook.com/extremeblondemoments

The Peril of Being the “Tech Gal” For Your Own Blog Site

girl-and-computer-victoryI am the first to admit that I am not a technical guru when it comes to writing code, website language and other computer programming / data processing jargon. Frankly I think a 5 year old has more computer literacy than I do where it comes to creating and maintaining a website, but I knew enough to keep the site for my blog up for the past year.

Perhaps I got a little complacent and far too comfortable with how easy my previous domain name registrar / WordPress host made it to communicate to the world via my tongue-in-cheek blog that: I am a girl of many opinions with a salty vocabulary, the gift of gab, and just enough knowledge of navigating the “World Wide Web” to make me dangerous.

That being said, I made the mistake of using a hosted site via a webhost who I will not give the benefit of a mention or further free advertising on the back of my blog, and my site disappeared.  Let’s just say it’s not your Mommy’s company…hmmm

Two weeks of fighting via phone, email and chat box (after being made to wait online 79 minutes to talk with a technical support “expert” and their so called, “Customer Service” has only resulted in them requesting:

  • Site Retrieval Fee (AKA Ransom for my site, which is being held Hostage)
  • Technical Support Fee (For all of their “pleasant” requests for more of my money)
  • Another Month of Pre-Paid Hosting on their “service” from which I could then access a backup to move my site to the new host, whom I am already paying….their crappy “service” is exactly what I was trying to get away from!

hamster-wheelI am sure all can see the hamster wheel that they have kept me on, which has only done one thing:  Delayed my site from re-launching on the new host and thus has caused a break in entertaining and engaging my followers with my daily rants and raves…UGH!

Getting my blog back live has taken weeks and practically an Act of God, but have no fear: I am getting a crash course in backing up my site locally from now on, painstakingly recreating that which I have toiled over for the past year and, come Hell or High Water (which we did get some of this week in otherwise sunny southern California, but I digress), I will now be back live as soon as possible….If you’re reading this, my Herculean task has been accomplished.

These are the current things that are definitely making me go hmmm….

As a reminder, if you are on Facebook and are interested in the things I may not devote an entire blog post to, but that make me wonder, funny quips, photos and other silly things, I have a page followed by more than 1,900 people who find me mildly amusing:  https://www.facebook.com/extremeblondemoments