And the Rest is History

C19869DA-4C9A-4251-84C3-B9309EFD549AThe year was 2001 and the tech industry was in freefall. Carl was the first of the three to suffer a layoff. Shortly thereafter, his two best friends, Ben and Aaron, were also laid off from their jobs. Such was life in the days after the dotcom bubble burst.

But Carl and his pals were not the types to just sit around grousing about how life was so unfair. They were men of action, and soon after each of them found themselves without jobs, they decided to get together as a tripartite and to start their own business.

“We need to strike while the iron is hot,” Carl said. Under these circumstances, we can’t afford to be tardy bringing whatever we come up with to market,” he added.

“Let’s see if we can devise an idea for something that people who have been laid off, like us, really need,” Ben said.

“And, by definition, it needs to be something they can afford,” Aaron said.

“Yeah, that’s a given,” Carl said. “Anyone have any ideas?”

“How about a multifunctional gadget of some sort?” Ben asked.

“I’ve got an idea,” Aaron said. “Maybe we can create a cellphone that can access the internet, surf the web, send and receive email and text messages, has a camera, and on which you can play games.”

“That sounds fantastic, Aaron,” Carl said, “but doesn’t the BlackBerry do a lot of that?”

“The BlackBerry is basically a souped up cellphone with email and texting capabilities,” Aaron said. “No camera, no internet access for web surfing, no games. “I’m talking about developing the next level communications device.”

“Hey, I know Steve Jobs from my days at NeXT,” Ben said. “Now that he’s back at Apple, this is something he might be interested in investing in.”

“Great!” Carl said. “Can you reach out to him and set up a meeting?”


This little bit of fictional history was written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (layoff), Your Daily Word Prompt (tripartite), Jibber Jabber (hot), Word of the Day Challenge (tardy), The Daily Spur (definition), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gadget).

Who Won The Week? 9/29/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is technology.Technology I chose technology this week in the sense of a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it. And this past week, technology won and Fandango lost.

I spent hours on Monday, as I posted here, about my battle with Comcast. I spent the bulk of last Monday trying to resolve a significant performance degradation in my internet speeds after Comcast magnanimously “enhanced” my internet speeds for free. The good news is that, after more than six hours, that problem finally got resolved.

Not so yesterday, though, when I spent another six or seven hours trying to resolve an issue that surfaced after I installed iOS 13 on my iPhone, as well as the latest update to the WordPress app for iOS, which I wrote about here. In the end, the issue that surfaced and prompted my rant, remains unresolved.

I did get a suggestion from a fellow blogger, who commented,

“So I went in to the editor on WP.com and I was in the new block editor. When I went back to the classic editor I was able to duplicate your situation. Back to the other editor, all is well. See what happens when you change your editor on your iOS device in Safari’s wp.com.”

My response was

“I’ve been trying to bypass the block editor because I hear it’s kind of cumbersome and harder to use. But maybe I will have to give it a shot.”

So bottom line, this past week I was beaten down by technology and technology won.

And if any of you have thoughts and/or suggestions about the WordPress block editor, I’d love to hear from you.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up

Warning, unless you’re kind of geeky, you may want to not bother reading this post. It’s a rant about technology.

In order to try to fix my Visual Editor issues (see this post and this post) that surfaced after I downloaded iOS 13 for my iPhone, I did some good, old fashioned research on the internet and came across this article.0CEF3D35-FA4E-4DEC-A88B-FBE20009B720The good news is that, following the directions in that article,  I successfully rolled back the iOS install and reinstalled iOS 12.4.1 on my iPhone. And the better news is that I’m composing this post on the Safari browser in WordPress.com and it’s working exactly the way it did before I installed iOS 13. Yay!

But the bad news is that the reinstall of iOS 12.4.1 used a backup image of my iPhone from November 2017, almost two years ago. So any apps I had downloaded since November 2017 were missing. And for all of the other apps I loaded onto my iPhone since then, I am basically having to start from scratch.

It just wasn’t worth it. So I decided to reinstall iOS 13.1.1. Fortunately, I had saved a backup of my iPhone on iCloud right before I rolled back to 12.4.1, so when I reinstalled 13.1.1, my entire iPhone was restored, including all of my apps.

And the one thing I learned, now that I’m back to the new iOS, is that the issue with the WordPress Visual Editor in my iPhone’s web browser is also back, and it’s apparently the fault of Apple’s new iOS, and is not due to WordPress.

Bottom line, after spending virtually all afternoon and into the evening doing the rollback and the reinstall, I’m right back to where I was before I started. Talk about a huge waste of time!

Rant over.

Don’t Do It

B2D0FA83-CB80-4D4B-B361-8206EDA5FA17Don’t update. Yesterday I did two things I regret and I’m not sure if there is anything I can do to undo them. And I don’t know who to blame.

First, I installed the latest upgrade to iOS, the Apple operating system, on my iPhone. iOS 13.1, to be precise. Once that install was completed, I installed the latest WordPress app for iOS, the one that was “optimized” for iOS 13.

Big mistakes.

As many of you know, I use my iPhone for my blog. I use the WordPress app on my iPhone to check my stats, to read the posts that appear in my reader, and to make and/or reply to comments. But I don’t use the WordPress app to compose my posts because, well, it sucks. So I use one of the browsers in my iPhone — either Safari or Chrome — to draft and edit my posts.

But yesterday, after installing iOS 13.1 on my iPhone and updating to the latest WordPress app for iOS, everything went to hell in a hand basket.

When I go to compose a new post using my browser, something really weird is happening. My editing screen, while the same size, can only display a few lines at a time. It shows up like this:

What the hell? I can only enter two or three lines and then I have to scroll down to add or even read more than those few lines of text. Why doesn’t it offer me the entire screen for editing purposes like it did before I installed these so-called “updates”?

I wish these techno-gurus who are always trying to come up with new and “improved” way of doing things would sometimes just leave well enough alone. You know, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But no! They can’t leave well enough alone, can they? And so they release the new and improved versions of their apps, which don’t fucking work right anymore. Should I blame Apple and/or WordPress for this mess? No, I blame myself for installing these damn “updates.”

Okay. Thank you for listening to my rant. I feel a little better now. Not really, but at least I’m sharing the misery.

And by the way, WordPress, I still can’t get the damn reblog button to work. I was hoping you would have at least fixed that with this last update.

SoCS — Couch Potato

6B54C796-D350-443C-A59E-4AEB15458EE4“Why are you always just sitting there on the couch playing Candy Crush all day long on your phone?” Carol complained.

“Oh come on, sweet-pea,” Jerry said, “just look at me, I’m a regular couch potato.”

“Jerry, you always couch your answers in terms of fruits and vegetables and I’m sick of it.”

“Oh, pumpkin,” Jerry said, a hurt look on his face, “that’s kind of hash, don’t you think?”

“No it’s not hash, Jerry, and I think you meant ‘harsh,’” Carol said. “Let’s go out somewhere. The county fair is this weekend. That would be fun.”

“Bean there, done that,” Jerry said. I yam sure I don’t want to go there again.

“Did you just say ‘bean there’ instead of ‘been there’? And ‘yam’ instead of ‘am’? That’s so corny, Jerry,” Carol said.

“Carol, my little tomato,” Jerry said, “you know, deep down inside that we are like two peas in a pod. Why don’t you take your lovely pair-shaped body and set yourself down on this couch next to me? As soon as I finish this came of Candy Crush, we can add some spice to our lives. If you let me squeeze your melons, I’ll let you fondle my eggplant.”

“Ooh, you’re getting a little peppery, there, Jerry. Lettuce see what happens when you finally put down your phone,” Carol said. “You always were the apple of my eye, Jerry.”

Jerry smiled and said, “Aw, orange you a sweet potato?”


This bit of silliness was written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. She’s asked us to write a post using the word “couch” as a verb or a noun.