Support one of my favorite podcasts - IOS Today

One of my favorite podcasts, IOS Today, is in need of more subscribers. 
IOS Today is dedicated to devices running IOS like the iPhone and iPad.   They cover different topics each week and give the latest IOS device news.   Then there are the 2 weekly secitions, Shortcuts Corner and App Caps.


Converting a vertical video to landscape with motion tracking

I shot a model rocket launch in portrait (vertical) format.  I made a video showing how to convert this to landscape with motion tracking



Creating an iOS shortcut to set alarms for bi-weekly meetings

This shortcut will allow you to have an alarm set to different values based on whether you have your bi-weekly meeting this week or not.


Using live activity on the iPhone

Live activity is a new feature added in iOS 16.  It allows applications to post information to the dynamic island on the iPhone 14 Pro and on the lock screen on other phones.   This demo show how to have live sports scores posted to these locations.



iPhone shortcut to control orientation lock when using YouTube

Here is a video which demonstrates how to change orientation lock when running YouTube.   This can be used with any app like photos, etc.


Creating an iPhone shortcut to control alarms based on your calendar

Here's a video that demonstrates how to control an alarm based on your calendar events.   In this example I will turn my work alarm on or off based on a calendar event that says if I am working a weekend or not.



Introduction to OpenVPN

Looking for a simple VPN soliution?

Check out OpenVPN.  Here's a talk I did recently on setting it up and using it.



My most difficult technical support problem

Online storage is not backup

I recently had a user with a corrupt Microsoft Word file.  He felt he had a backup since he was using Microsoft OneDrive.   
Unfortunately, services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive will not protect you again accidentally deleted files, modified files, or corrupted files.   These services are designed to synchronize files between different systems and the cloud.  If a file is deleted on one computer or becomes modified or corrupted on one computer, this will propagate to the cloud and all the other computers.   

Nepotism is alive and well at NASA

In 2010, NASA started a competition to have private companies provide crew transportation to the International Space Station.   This is supposed to be a competition where the best performer will receive the most business.   Based on the history of the contracts and NASA's actions, it's pretty clear that this is not the case.
There was a news conference this past week talking about the progress and planning for NASA's commercial crew initiative.  
In this meeting and previous actions, NASA has shown their preference for Boeing over upstart SpaceX, despite SpaceX out-performing Boeing. 
Why is Boeing getting preferential treatment?


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