Apple Hot News today links to a documentary about Alzheimer’s patients who have been revitalized through music. Social worker, Dan Cohen brings iPods loaded with personalized playlists to elderly Alzheimer’s and dementia patients across the U.S. The movie “Alive Inside” -- which opens this weekend in New York -- documents a 94 year-old patient’s amazing response. See the 2 minute trailer.
On August 2 in the Prescott Library Founders Suite starting at 1 PM, John Carter will be talking about the iPhone and the millions of apps that are available. Okay, 1.2 million as of June, 2014. Most of them are probably copycats or lame gadgets, so that pares it down to probably less than a few thousand useful apps.
John will focus on the 24 standard apps and some others that he has found useful with categories in Astronomy, Business, Communication, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Internet, Lifestyle, Music, Navigation, Photography, Productivity, Reading, Social, and Utilities, probably none of which are in the top 100 apps for the iPhone for 2014 (but he will show you the list of 100.) Games will not be talked about, unless you like Sudoku.
He will also cover the upcoming iOS 8 and what features you won’t be able to use if you don’t have a Mac.
This talk follows John's monthly Digital Mac SIG which is in the same room, starting at 10 AM. Please attend and harass John just enough to keep him awake. (Who said that!)
"If you like to listen to internet radio while on your computer, here's another way to locate and play a radio station in iTunes," begins Jim Hamm.
Here is an interesting article discussing who owns your ebooks and digital music when you pass on. Jim Hamm writes, "I hadn't even thought of this till I read this article. As the article points out, both Apple and Amazon, for example, only grant you 'nontransferable' rights to use digital data — all that music and ebooks you bought, you don't own. If this is of concern to you, one way around this restriction would be to purchase CDs for music and printed books.
"If you choose to continue the digital life (as many of us will — it's so easy and convenient), leave the passwords for your computers and tablets and Kindles where your heirs can find them. Perhaps in your cookie jar — kids know to look there first." And here Jim leaves us with ideas to ponder — and his grin!
Maybe History was not your favorite subject in school? Maybe you're too busy to poke into it now? Never mind! Help is here!
Jim Hamm forwards this site. "At first glance it may seem a bit confusing," Jim comments.
Look at it, anyway! "After you click on one of the buttons on the left, then look on the right side for more options. An interesting and colorful way to present history," Jim says. You'll want to pass along this info to your kids, grandkids, and friends who like to keep on learning!
Note the fascinating background of the Swiss author, Andreas Nothiger. He writes that he originally designed the graphs representing world history on a Macintosh computer.
And before you leave take a look at the "ultimate classical music destination."
Ah, time for a break from the really serious stuff. How about some music? Where do you keep yours? Jim Hamm suggests we store music on an external hard drive. He says he's not a big fan of cloud storage or of streaming music from the cloud. There's a lot of useful info and links in this article about Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player.
"Airfoil allows you to link your music source to your audio system using Airport express." De Former Prez Allen Laudenslager continues, "Yes, I know you can do that with Airport Express alone, but only with stuff from iTunes. Airfoil allows you to use any digital source on your computer and link it to your Airport Express." Take a look here.
On a cheerier note, Jim Hamm writes, "If you enjoy listening to Peter, Paul and Mary, here is a link to where you can listen to their last album, completely free, 64 minutes of their recording with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, released after Mary's death. I'm listening to it as I type this, and does it bring back memories of listening to them years ago."
Our musical prez, Jim Hamm wants you to know about a radio website you can listen to while you're on your computer. He tells us, "It's like having interactive satellite radio on your computer. The list of channels is even like an XM or Sirius listing. You can select a channel, type in a song or name of performer. Go to www.theradio.com . Very nice, particularly since I enjoy music."
In case you missed seeing and hearing this musical group, De Prez Jim Hamm sends us this:
"Here's a picture of most of the Monday Night Bluegrass Band playing at the Acker Musical Showcase this past Friday, December 12, in downtown Prescott. From the left: Charlie, Jim, Bill, David, Elaine. Missing is our fiddle player, Carl. Bill's wife took the picture to send to their children and apparently Carl was too far to the right to be included, or maybe he had just stepped away. We had a good time pickin' and had a nice crowd that evening."
Now, about music: here's the latest from De Prez Jim Hamm:
"Just for kicks, our Monday Night Bluegrass Band entered the Old Time Country Band contest at the Wickenburg Bluegrass festival this past weekend. We renamed our group the Prairie Rose String Band for this performance. Can't believe we came in second place, which paid $200! Wow! We'll eat good this week...(grin)...
The guy in the middle with the black hat, Bill Breen, was the Master of Ceremonies and not part of our band. Thanks to Bill Williamson, our consummate banjo player, who put this collage of pictures together.
"I just returned home today, Monday, from a month-long sojourn in our motorhome. I attended a variety of bluegrass festivals and music campouts, and had a nice time, but it's good to be home again. Zee joined me a couple of times, either to be sure I was eating okay, or to check up on me—and I'm not sure which it was...(grin)... I'll now put the motorhome in storage till January when Zee and I head out again for more adventures." Jim Hamm