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Apple puts up a roadblock to user's spouse's data...

I came across a one article that tells of a bleak story caused my Apple tech giant.

A woman's husband passed away, writing a story about his experiences as he was dying of Cancer. Once he passed away, it was all locked up in his Apple iCloud account. His wife had no access to it.

This article talks about the lack of policy by many governments, and lack of empathy, or a reason path to get that data, by Apple and other tech giants like Google and Face Book as well.

Read about this tragic story. Likely one of thousands that remain untold.

When can policy catch up to reality?

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Forced End of Life for Apple products?

There is a movement buidling over recent years due to the shear amount of waste that we as the human race, create.

One fo the things that we can do to improve this process is to use a product until it actually no longer works, even by trying to fix it.

Apple says that they do this, but according to the following article, what they say vs what they do, is not the same.

They sent to the garbage a large number of perfectly working phones that could be still used by those needing a basic phone.

Read and see how Apple works their legal magic to ensure that working phone are not used...


Amazon returns - most go to garbage...

Turns out that Aamazon does not, in practice, properly deal with returns and make sure that the products are resold or recycled.

Returns are usually not resold, and often end up in the garbage.

Product return rates are much higher that brick and mortar stores. SAo, ecommerce lends itself to higher return rates.

Things need to improve...

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Beethoven 5th like you've never seen it!

Here is Beethovens 5th like ones never seen it.

Will give you a greater appreciation of Beethovens' music, and this video creaters talent and patience to put this video together.

I already loved the theme from the 5th, now this adds a new light to it.


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YouTube: Line Riders - Beethoven's 5th (DoodleChaos)


Supressing research on collatoral damage by oil drilling - Trumps team

One way to not have any resistance to a road block, is not to make the roadblock visible to the public. The following report was supressed my th etrump team.

Possible damage caused by future drilling in Alaska might further reduce the already reduced land available for polar bears.

Have a good read.

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Rainy day in Montreal!

As I woke up this morning, I knew it was supposed to rain. But, it was not until I stepped outside that I realized it was really true.

It is really going to be a drizzly day out there. Definitely a good day to stay inside and get indoor things done.

Well, off to start my day!

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Google anti trust lawsuit

I found a very good article about the ongoing investigations into Google, and the upcoming anti trust lawsuit.

Could be as big as the AT&T or Microsoft.

Google is too entangled in too many things, controlling too much power. Something needs to change. (could be another company like Facebook, etc..)

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Republicans new voting laws, 6 weeks before the election?

The republicans are getting closer and closer to voter suppression.

Proposing a bill that would limit counting times of mail in votes. This is as anti democratic and what Republicans blame the Democrats.

This is a sad state of affairs when those in power steps above and beyond simpe nme calling and propose laws to stifle what is supposed to be a simple and fair democratic process...

The question is: what are the Republicans afraid of when they need to supress votes?

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wiki text formatting question


Nice to have met you at the Hackathon!

Glad to be part of this group and project.

I have worked a little more on my wiki formatting.

I have come up on a part that I am not sure:

In the text, certain file names and commands are highlighted. But, I saw no way to do this.

I thought of highlighting it, but it does not give the same effect.

Thanks for any ideas.

# @Tobias


Battery recycling?

I was reading the newspaper today, and was reminded on the importance of recycling all types of batteries at your local recycling center, or battery recycling service.

The chemicals and metals and heavy metals that leach out into the land fill,and eventually the local water supply (aquifer, river, lake, etc...) is not encouraging.

The worst part, it slowly, over time, gets int our food chain, and we eat and drink them.

I said slowly over time, right? Well, for how many decades have we throwing batteries into the landfills?? We are likely already ingesting remnants batteries from days gone by...

Please recycle ALL your batteries 👍

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Montreal - zero waste?

Seems that Montreals zero waste objective is farm form solidifying...

I've always thought that with out some citizens incentive(or disincentives), many people just do not care about recycling or composting. What it in it for them.

Me, I am all in. But, it does take a minor effort to coordinate things. But, it just becomes a habit.

Hopefully things will improve...


Google and Facebook get their due... No more free news (at least in Australia)

I hope that this sets a precedent to show tech companies that while that have access to lots of media, it is not theirs.

Australia just will bev passing laws to force tech companies to (namely Facebook and Google) to pay for accessing and displaying content.


Walmart declares that suppliers will pay for their improvements?

Walmart has decided to force suppliers to receive a 1.25% or a 6.25% reduction in payments in order for Walmart to improve its brick and mortar stores and the online stores.

I though that this is what profits are for! ???

(article is in French)


Is it time to leave our cherished shoreline property?

Here is an article that discusses the idea of rethinking living on shoreline propoerty. Wit the rising of the oceans and th eextreme flooding that is happening, it might be time to revert some of these back to nature...


!Replace Facebook Community

Just found this forum and while it seems a bit dated, it has a few interesting discussions.

Seems interesting. Would be nice to see how to use Friendica more, and replace FB or other social media.

I am trying to figure out RSS feeds, and it is kind of working. Hope to figure it out better.
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RSS feeds

@Eric Rothoff

Hello Eric,

THis is Joseph. WE exchanged a message or two about using Friendica.

I am intrigued about the whole RSS thing.

How do you add them?
How are they listed on your freindica page?

I have used a RSS reader in the past, but if it is available here, and it can be managed decently, I'd look in to setting it up.

I am in the same situation. I am venturing out and trying something new, and all those i know are fine with FB. I am tryign to break away😀

Take care


Branching out, musically

I have been looking at the music creativity side of me for awhile. While the Beethoven level of mastering music is not in my sight, I do have a few ideas I'd like to record and try and develop them.

At first, I was fine with the idea of just recording a song with the built in recorder. But, this is tedious s I need to record them o a USB key, then transfer them to my computer. For now, they are just Casio formatted recordings sitting on my hard drives.

I need to get them in software that allows me to record directly into the DAW(digital audio workstation) software.

Then, I want to create a score for the music.

I finally found some software ideas, and started with one that is called: Ubuntu Studio

I found by a little internet search and found a website dedicated to linux musicians!

I will be hanging out there from now on for inspiration and ideas.

I hope to learn lots over the coming weeks.


Garbage - the growing waste problem...

I watched a show from CBC here in Canada. It was kind of depressing, the state of affairs concerning garbage:

Being that it is the CBC, the show might not be visible outside of Canada.

It shows an ever growing problem of garbage, and how we deal with it in a poor way here in Canada.

Happy viewing.


A new addition to the family...

I got back to playing the piano after a 20 year break. Even before then, it was sporadic since moving to Canada.

A year and a half ago, I bought a good used Korg electric piano. It was amazing in the sense that I have not listened to electric pianos for a long time. This one sounded very real, and I was impressed. I had a synthesizer back in the early 1990s, and it was nice for somethings, but it was a synth, not a piano😀

I practised a lot and it came back to me.

I the started looking for a more advanced keyboard with more features like recording, midi, connection to a computer.

I got myself, after lots of research, a Casio PSX-3000. It is packed with things I will never use, but that will not stop me from trying and exploring new things.

Here is my precious one:

I am having fun again on my piano after all these years!!!
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Yet another puzzle adventure, completed!

This one, a nice seen, took some extra time, but it was worth the smile it brought to our faces when we finished it!


Trumps latest tantrum - twitter flagging false news... Points to further reading for those who want to follow up

How much legal grand does Trump stand on?

Not much according to the EFF:

Trump is doing what exactly?

Trying to right a wrong?

Stopping from being deprived of his favorite public ranting platform?

Or, just blowing smoke out of his back side in order to rile up his followers to remind then vote for him?

I tend to believe the last one. The more he keeps the world busy about no issues, the more he slips his agenda by... Or, avoids talking about what should be talked about.

Another day, another trump rant...
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Did we learn from the previous pandemic?

The results are far from over, or even conclusive for now.

But, we did live a similar experience 100 years back. Less were learned. Depending on who you speak to, maybe the lessons learned have been lost and forgotten.

Here is an interesting article that mulls over this idea:
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Uploading new photo - issue

!Friendica Support

I had see the issue before, but I decided to ask after seeing it again tonight.

I am using 2019.12

When I upload a photo, once the upload is done, my browser ends up on a blank screen.

I need to refresh my browser and it will bring me back to my photos page.

Why is it not reloading the page automatically?
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@Joseph Hogan If I remember correctly there was a bug some time ago with the photo upload page. Maybe you should consider upgrading to the current stable version 2020.03.
@Steffen K9 🐰


I'd like to.

But, do I really need to upgrade the DB format to Barricuda? Or, like @Hypolite Petovan said, I can upgrade it with the built in upgrading tool in 2020.06?

I thought that it was a requirement, that is why I was nto sure.

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Puzzle me crazy

I have liked doing puzzles since so so long I do not remember.

I have some how enticed my boys into this game of patience.

Here is our latest completed puzzle.

It helps to have extra eyes looking for pieces😀
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Further canning adventures

I tried last year with making pear jam.

It did not go quite as planned. Most of my pear jam turned in to pear syrup.

Nothing lost, as we ran out of maple syrup for the pancakes and waffles, so this worked rather well!

This time, I set my eyes on strawberry jam. You know what, it worked like a charm. It will last be a few months! It is less sweet than normal jam, but I was trying to reduce all the sugar normally found in jams. It turned out tasting pretty good.

What will I try next?


Baking skills are improving

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Sunshine, fresh air and a good walk....

Is this not what we all need after being confined to quasi quarantine. Social distancing has quite the impact. Being the social creatures that we are, we like to interact.

Well, today we all went out and took a long walk around the neighborhood. It was nice out, the sun was shining and it was a nice day. I will be opening a few windows in order to get some clean, fresh air in the house.

Another good piano day! 😎
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I am writing because recently I tried using your android based application Friendiqa.

It works for the most part. But, there are is something causing me issues:

1 - I can not upload a photo, as I upload it, the sending of the message fails, and I get: network error: AP: https// Return:

I'd wold have written to you via the gitlab account on the git.friendica site, but while there is a way to log in, I could not find a way to create an account.

Thanks for any feedback.


@Marco R.
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On a positive note...

On a more upbeat note, I have been messing around on my new piano. It has a large number of extra features more than my older one. It has sounds an features that I am slowly discovering. While exploring, I can not help but play be a little creative and work up a few new melodies. We'll see where they go...

It is nice to be back on the piano after all those years. It has only been a year and a half, but I am progressing pretty well, both relearning old pieces, and tackling some new ones.


slowly downhill - life continues to slow down

We really are slowing down. We are allowed to go out less and less. But, things are getting done around the house, slowly.

Work has then a deep decline in volume.

But, I have been spending time doing lots of little things I could not do.

Lets hope we all obey the basic principals and stay away from each other😀 This should slow it don a bit.

Good luck and be strong.


Another day under the covid 19

Life has changed a bit under the COVID 19.

Just staying home and hanging out with Myrtelle and the kids a lot more.

Will surely get more done around the house since work has dwindled to a fraction of the normal volume.

Time will tell what becomes of all this.

Til next time


Canada - coronovirus updates

Latest news in Canada. We get a daily update on the effects of the coronovirus. Interesting to see the progressin, and also the measures taken by the local governemnts, as well as the citzens.
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email test

@Hypolite Petovan

Hello Hypolite

This is Joseph. I have been learnign with yours and others help on the helpers forum.

My email was not working for 2 days, and it just started working.

Can you reply to this to let me know that it works with someone outside of our system?


Hi Joseph, I got your message!
Thanks a bunch. Justmy forums that have to hopefully start working again.
Have a good night.