COVID-19 Statement

Written: March 19, 2020

I hope that you, your family and co-workers are staying healthy and free from COVID-19 as it disrupts our daily routines. At Tualatin Web we remain open for business and can help you with any web development questions and needs at this time, as long as email and the Internet continue working. Phone calls, email and Skype meetings will helps us communicate during this time.

You may want to add your won COVID-19 statement to inform your customers and prospects what to expect about your service, support and shipping plans.

I know that tech support at web hosting companies like GoDaddy are stretched thin right now, because to talk with a real human takes 60 minutes of waiting.

Follow the guidelines from your local, state and Federal agencies during this pandemic.

Living Savior – remodeled site launched

Written: March 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of helping a local church in Tualatin remodel their web site, with some important goals in mind:

Let’s take a quick look at the Home page, before and after:

Once a member logs in, then there are two new features available: Calendar, Directory. Their internal calendar system is provided by teamup, and we used an iframe to integrate that into this WordPress site:

Living Savior calendar
teamup calendar integration

Finally, the directory page allows members to view other church members:

Living savior directory

The WordPress system allows multiple church members to login and update content on the web site, and maintain pages for each of the several ministries.

Beware of email when Subject is Voice Receiver

Written: February 28, 2020

I receive lots of spam and unwanted email messages every day, which does slow down my business productivity because some of it reaches my inbox where I need to make a decision to read it or delete it. Today I received an email with subject line: Tualatin Web Voice Receiver for Daniel. OK, so that identifies my business and first name, sounds like an OK message, except for the grammar is odd with the word Receiver.

 

Email messge

I don’t know the sender, Alicia Madison, and the message body contains no business name, but it does have my first and last name. My Android phone has voice mail and my home phone also has voice mail, but they don’t send out email messages like this, so I’m quite suspicious.

When I click on the sender address it reveals: voice@alignerreminder.com

I don’t have an account with alignerreminder.com, so I’m pretty sure that this is yet another phishing attempt to steal my login credentials. When I hover over the blue button, it links to some address at alignerreminder.com, a web site that doesn’t even load in a browser.

 

Phishing link address, don’t click it

This was yet another phishing scheme that wanted me to click the Blue Button and then login, stealing my credentials that would be used to hack some other legitimate account, assuming that I used the same password, a big no no in the security world.

Take caution with email, any legitimate email from a trusted vendor will have properties like these:

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iPad Pro – My 3rd iPad

Written: February 5, 2020

Back in 2012 I purchased an iPad and was quickly impressed with how lightweight, portable and easy to use it was. I could browse the web, read email, keep up on social media, and along with a Logitech keyboard it made typing fast. Then in 2016 I upgraded to the iPad Air and continued to use the tablet for both business and personal uses. Last night I upgraded to the iPad Pro 12.9″ tablet after researching it for awhile online.

Apple Bridgeport
Apple Bridgeport

Out of Box Experience (OOBE)

The Apple way is to use the minimum amount of words to describe anything, so sure to form the box had only the iPad Pro wrapped in plastic, USB-C cable, USB-C charger, a small leaflet showing 5 features of the iPad Pro. Turning on the power for the first time I was prompted to bring another Apple device nearby, so I turned on my iPad Air, then all of the WiFi settings, Docs and Apps were magically transferred over to the new iPad Pro, so easy. I had the same wonderful experience when buying our 2nd Apple TV, because Apple has totally automated the new install process, something that Microsoft and Android could certainly learn much from.

Display Size

Setting up both the iPad Air and iPad Pro 12.9″ models side by side, you can see how much larger it is than a 9.7″ display.

iPad Pro size
iPad Air vs iPad Pro 12.9″

New Features

The first feature that I wanted to try out was the Split View on the iPad Pro, allowing me to have two apps open at one time.

Split View
Split View

Documentation

Oddly enough, the iPad Pro doesn’t come pre-installed with any User Guide, so I had to literally do a Google search to find it on the Apple site, then I had to load a new app called Apple Books in order to read it.

Apple Books
Apple Boos

There are a whopping 728 pages in the iPad User Guide, so expect to spend some time figuring out all of the features.

Keyboard

I’m used to typing on a MacBook Pro keyboard and the Logitech keyboard for the iPad Air, both are quite easy to type with. The Apple keyboard is a bit stiffer, requiring more force to type, especially the Space Bar key for some reason. I certainly miss the backlighted keys from the Logitech keyboard, so there’s certainly room for improvement on the Apple keyboard, plus when you click the Caps Lock button there is no visual indication.

Apple has done a great job with the keyboard features, giving it two viewing angles and a sturdy fit by using magnets. The Keyboard gets its power from the iPad Pro, so no separate charging, and improvement over using a Logitech keyboard.

Cables

My MacBook Pro and Samsung Galaxy S8+ both use the newer USB-C cable for power, so I was ready for the iPad Pro using the same connector. For the first time in iPad history, this cable can be connected to an external storage device like a thumb drive. I don’t have any immediate plans for this, but external storage could be a good thing.

Battery Life

My old iPad Air seemed to lose about 10% battery charge overnight, while the new iPad Pro was at 96% last night, then exactly 96% again this morning, so no overnight loss, I’m happy again. I can probably find a use for my old iPad Air, or maybe I’ll gift it to my wife.

Summary

If you like to work with a very lightweight, portable tablet with a huge 12.9″ display, then consider the Apple iPad Pro. Now that I bought one, Apple should introduce a shinier, new model in March, maybe with 3 cameras, just to make me feel a twinge of buyer’s remorse.

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