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Samsung S6 Smart Phone

My wife and I own Samsung S6 smartphones. We’re not unhappy with them, but they do have their quirks. But nothing you can’t usually get past. Like for instance, the HORRIBLE Samsung spell checking mechanism. It changes words it does not need to or makes “fixes” that aren’t needed.

Here are some classic Samsung spell check snafus:

  • If you type “C section,” it will change that to “Christian section.”
  • “Westworld” becomes “Westwood.”
  • “Aveeno,” becomes “Ave enough.”
  • “Zigzag” becomes “zag ginger.”
  • “Expediently” morphs into “expedient lying.”
  • “Pre-rain” gets changed to “pre-painted.”
  • Or if you have a three letter word, sometimes it expands on those first three letters, making it into another word all together.

Yes, the phone is trainable to specific words but you would think in this day and era, they’d have this spell check crap down a little better.  Before I dumped my Motorola phone because of it’s suspicious behaviors, AKA, “Planned Obsolescence,” you have to give it kudos, it had fairly superior spell checking. That spoiled me.

But last week both my wife and I got updates delivered to our phones. It was known as G920VVRS4CPL3. Woo boy, were we in for different surprises!

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I’m not sure if you know it, but everyone involved in the presidential election race are directly to blame or credit for Donald Trump becoming elected to be our next President.

When Donald Trump came on the scene saying he wants to run for President, I thought it was a pretty cool idea. Then he started spouting off about one thing or another through these last few months, to the point that there is a large segment of our population that calls Donald Trump a racist, a bigot, a fascist and a sexual predator… and the list goes on. The angry and happy tirades about the election results go to quite the extremes, with people calling or referring to the states that helped Trump win, some rather vile names.

There’s even a “social media movement” for California to secede from the United States.

Yet what’s done is done.

The system that we have installed in our country, the one we accept to do its job for us, has spoken, and that system has declared Trump our new President.

Think about that for a moment. The system we approved of, elected the next President. And every single one of us is to blame, no matter who you voted for because of our complacency about the system.

The Distraction of Facebook and Social Media

For the last several weeks social media was enraged with bashing one party of the other. People venting with memes of Trump or Clinton, labelled with text about their evil ways. It was getting pretty disappointing how empowered people felt, to post their angst on social media.

But while people spent a ton of energy venting about their concerns, no one stood up and started a movement. No one started forming a cohesive group to take action with.  Instead, folks vented about what scared or worried them.

There were those that did not, in any way, want to vote for Clinton, so they took the other route. And same could be said for Trump.

If half these distraught folks actually took action in formulating a plan and getting the support of like-minded people to agree on and focus on a similar goal among themselves, to say, write in Bernie Sanders name instead of voting for the lesser evil as they saw it, who do you think might have been voted into office then?

Instead, millions went to the poles with no plan, just hope, hope that their vote would matter. And when an army goes into battle without a tactic, they will always loose.

Reality TV Is Where It’s At

Instead of a cohesive group plan, millions of people just voted, hoping it would be enough. And to be honest, it was great to see so many people actually turn out at the polling locations.

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Do Website Ads Drive You Away?

October 31, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a website on my phone, only to have to have a scrolling-down fight with all their f*ing pop-up ads. More than half the time, I’ve just hit the back arrow and bailed on the website because it seems to be […]

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How To Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Data With Facebook

August 26, 2016

WhatsApp And Facebook are now sharing data, ticking off their users, after WhatsApp has announced they’ll be sharing your data with Facebook. This is a little rundown on what they’re doing and how to opt out if you want to.

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Need To Replace Windows Media Player?

August 2, 2016

Of late, my Windows Media Player is acting like a P.o.S., where it makes me wait around 30 seconds between playing videos, or that it constantly accesses my Cd drive when I start a video. How annoying. Add that to my woes with my MS operating system and the known update snags it seems to […]

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POKEMON GO And Saving Battery Juice

July 31, 2016

IF you are one of the millions who have downloaded and started playing Pokemon Go, then you have discovered how battery-sapping the game can be. The cell phone industry, specifically, the battery makers must be loving this latest trend, as folks are trying to figure out how to stay out in the field longer while […]

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Who Is 424-239-5373 Or “VR INTERVIEW?”

July 21, 2016

So who is this entity behind the telemarketer whose phone number comes up as (424) 239-5373? Who claim to be with “VR Interview?” I’ll tell you what they are. They’re rude, annoying and conducting illegal telemarketer practices. – How we came to know this phone number is that they started calling my wife. Over the […]

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POKEMON GO Tips, For Players And Non-Players Alike

July 20, 2016

Pokemon Go, has captured the imagination of millions and millions want to know what can give them the edge of gaining the experience points.

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The Danger of Blind FACEBOOK Friend Requests

July 5, 2016

Lately I’ve seen several friends put up Facebook posts that say not to accept friend requests from them because their profiles have been hacked. And more and more we’re seeing warnings about this very issue. It’s not a new practice to FB, but every now and then the warnings make the rounds and you or […]

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Could Anton Yelchin’s Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

June 28, 2016

It’s obvious we may all know about it, but in case you missed it, but up and coming actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died via a tragic accident at his home involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. He has up to five movies that he’s been working […]

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I Can’t Turn On My Samsung S6, Help!

May 10, 2016

The other day my Samsung S6 froze up on me and I could not turn it on or off. Find out how I rescued myself and how I fixed by Samsung S6. – – – The other day I was watching a video that I had downloaded from Amazon (because Netflix does not have that […]

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STARBUCKS Reminds Us About Their Diminished Rewards Program

April 11, 2016

I received an email from Starbucks reminding me about the short end of the stick they’re giving their customers concerning their rewards program. I mean seriously, a while back, I wrote about how Starbucks ( Starbucks must think we are idiots ) announced that we, the customers, asked for a change to the program where […]

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Get The Best Price And Best Gasoline For Your Gas Mileage

March 17, 2016

Check out how I saved between $30 to $60 on gasoline in the last month! And how you can save around $700 a year on fuel. And what I learned along the way about gasoline quality! – I don’t know if you’ve noticed but gas prices are starting to climb again. All because OPEC or […]

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Can We Trust Hillary Clinton In Office And With Our Country’s Secrets?

February 29, 2016

Disclaimer: It’s not that I like or dislike Hillary Clinton. She’s a politician, and I’ll leave it at that. My issue is that I have zero respect for her after the debacle with the classified email server scenario on her home’s personal computer. It seems that they found thousands of emails on her computer, some […]

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STARBUCKS Must Think We Are Idiots

February 23, 2016

Starbucks is changing their rewards program. You know the one, where getting 12 stars can get you a Starbucks freebie. According to Starbucks, they are instigating the #1 member-requested update. Or an exciting new program! (For them). That update is to make us pay a hell of a lot more before we can redeem a […]

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Why Stay With Verizon When T-Mobile Offers Free Streaming?

January 20, 2016

I don’t know where my brain has been but the other night I walked past a T-Mobile cellular store here in Morgan Hill and I saw a sign on the store front that said I could get free Netflix and HBO streaming without it costing me and taking up my bandwidth, unlike my Verizon account, […]

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Facebook Like And Share Farming Helps Spread Malware

January 19, 2016

So there it was, the biggest lottery in human history about to take place, and suddenly there are a few viral posts going around on Facebook where someone posts a picture of lottery tickets, then they say if you like, comment and share the post, they will share the winnings with you. OK, let’s rip […]

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Google Maps Has Found A New Way To Get Your Location Out Of You

January 18, 2016

Over the years Google Maps has pretty much become the default mapping app that most folks use these days. So too, have I become accustomed to the process of using Google Maps. Let’s face it, compared to the other processes, they do have a smoother interaction and usually, superior results. As of a year or […]

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