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New Weather App from Apple

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For iPhone and iPad users, there's a new weather app in town from Apple.  You'll find one in the app store, but I'm not sure it's the same thing.  This new one is downloaded automatically for everyone when you update to iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2.  That's how I recommend acquiring it.  Here's a brief run-through of the features and how they work.  NOTE: Click on the images to see them full size. If you've been a user of the popular Dark Sky weather app  (left image above), you're probably aware that Apple bought it from the developer some time ago.  You also may have noticed the orange message that started appearing at the top (red arrow) indicating it would disappear on January 1, 2023.  This new app replaces it. The new app is even richer in detail than the one it replaces.  For most people, you may find everything you need on the opening screen (middle image above).  But keep scrolling down to explore how much detail is available.  Even that is not al

Black Friday Deals for Cord Cutters Plus Tips for Buying a New Laptop

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  Cord Cutter Weekly has found some subscription and other deals for cord cutters.  Here are some examples: Hulu (with ads):  $2.00 per month for one year Peacock Premium (with ads):  $1.00 per month for one year HBO Max (with ads):  $1.00 per month for 3 months Roku Streaming Stick 4K:  $25.00 Chromecast with Google TV HD:  $18.00; 4K:  $29.00 Wireless carrier streaming deals from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T Clink on the link above to see the complete listing. Next, PCWorld has published some tips for avoiding a lemon when purchasing a new laptop.  Don't get taken to the PC cleaners. Happy Holidays! dmw

Cutting the Cord 101

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Image via vpnsrus The prospects of affordable, high-speed internet service from the City of Anacortes got me thinking about my options for television.  I grew up in a time when watching TV meant putting an antenna on the roof or using "rabbit ears" to receive the signal.  Eventually, we had six channels available, but nobody where I lived could get channel 7.   In the seventies, cable TV and satellite dishes were becoming common.  They solved the problem of poor signals, and were able to deliver a larger variety of content.  Unfortunately, these advantages could be offset by monopolistic pricing and corporate indifference to customer service.  As a movie fan, I've also noticed that offerings from cable TV have been declining steadily over the past five years or so.  A lot of the best films were ending up at streaming services.  After forty-one years of cable and satellite subscriptions, I found myself dissatisfied with all of it. Now it's possible to receive televisi

Google FeedBurner Service to be Discontinued

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  Why is this important for Creekside?   For those of you who subscribe to posts and receive them in your email inbox, this service will stop delivering them in August.   Why is this happening? No explanation has been provided.  It's Google. Is there an alternative? If you don't use the Subscription service, there is nothing you need to do.  Otherwise, the simplest alternative is to set up a feed manually in your email client.  Here are the instructions for both Outlook-365 and the Windows 10 Mail app:   Under your address, look for a folder named RSS Feeds or RSS Subscriptions . Right-click on that folder to open a menu.  Select "Add a new feed." Copy and paste the following link into the text box of the dialog that opens: https://csvanacortes.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss Note:  Do not use the address creeksidenow.org here.  Copy it exactly as it appears. Click Save.   This is a straightforward process, so other email clients (gmail, etc.) should be simi

Life After Vaccine

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  Reprinted from Washington State Coronavirus Response (Covid-19) Just got your vaccine? Watch this video to learn what to expect over the next few days:   Every day, more of us across Washington are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The really good news is that once you’re fully vaccinated, you can start doing some of the activities you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. However, we also need to be mindful that others are still at risk.   Think of it this way:  If you’re fully vaccinated, the vaccine protects you from severe COVID-19 symptoms. To protect others, you still need to wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart, and avoid crowds and indoor spaces without open windows. That’s because we don’t know enough yet about whether the vaccine prevents the spread of COVID-19 from one person to another. What does “fully vaccinated” mean? You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after you get your second shot if you had to get two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)

Evening Light, Creekside Circle, Spring, 2021

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It's Official, from the CDC...

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  Keep in mind, some businesses, offices and agencies may elect to continue indoor mask mandates in their premises.  Be sure to check ahead of time or take a mask with you.  Use good judgement and consideration for both your safety and that of others.  It may take some time for everyone to adapt to these new recommendations.

Spotted on Creekside Lane

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  And in case that's not awesome enough... Thank you Gretchen McIndoe for the photos. If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave

Spotted on Upper Creekside Lane

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  Thank you Suzie for the photo. If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave ......

Spotted on Creekside Circle

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  If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave