Many guys do lot more now like a pro photographers, old movie
collectors, etc. They use NAS with very complex back up scheme.
They can access their stuff in sync from anywhere where there is 'Net
access. Now cloud storage is getting popular but personally I
never use it. I just have a Synology 4 bay NAS with separate back up
drives. I can remotely access home security cameras running 7/24, or
home comfort system. Can remote start my car sitting at airport parking
lot. It's like car remote start has some thing like cellphone. Call the
car to start it.
It's not just the "data" that you can lose control of (icky grammar)
but the applications that access/process it, as well. I don't let
any of my computers install updates automatically. (in fact,
I've been downloading MS's updates for "offline" installation for
the past few days). I don't want to "wonder" why my machines
*appear* to be behaving differently (for better or worse). I want
to *know* that I am directly responsible for any changes and not
"wonder" WTF someone else decided to do *to* my machine (in the
name of "improving my user experience")
OTOH, I genuinely *love* running X windows terminals so to cut
my maintenance efforts significantly! I don't have to run around to
each machine (terminal) changing configuration options, installing
the latest applications/versions, etc.
But, again, *I* have control over them, not some "cloud provider"
making the changes that *they* want to make on *their* servers!
I can understand the desire to get away from the sea of techs that
seems essential to keep any organization's IT up and running. I
spend a couple of days a week, on average, on equipment related stuff
(and I'm just a one-man shop -- though with a large number and variety
of machines, OS's, applications and data)
My "solution" is to just know what I *have* (good and bad) and control
how often (rarely!) I make changes. Just because some OS/applicaation
vendor thinks its time for a new roll-out, doesn't mean *I* want to
partake of that -- even if it is "free" (the *time* to install it
and learn it is NEVER free! And, the alleged benefits rarely prove
to be worth the effort)
I maintain a small "computer lab" for a local non-profit (for
disadvantaged kids). The updates mentioned above are intended to
be deployed, there. It will take me a couple of days just to get
a dozen machines "checked out", upgraded and debugged -- and I
doubt any of the students will notice or *care* that they've
been "upgraded". If I had to *pay* someone to perform such
an (apparently) useless task for dozens/hundreds/thousands of "seats"
at an organization, I'd be looking real hard for a way to NOT
need that person/department! :>
I've found that ironical too. The ADM-3A terminals have been replaced
with tablets, phones, and Chromebooks but we're getting back to where we
started. With the same problems too. AWS has a hiccup and the world stops.
I live in an area with a large Korean population. I was often at my kids
high school on Saturday mornings to help with band stuff, and that's
when the school is used for Korean school, a big enterprise with about
800 kids being dropped off, and three people directing traffic. Very few
Japanese cars. A lot of the Koreans will not buy a Japanese car, for the
obvious reason, so you see a lot of Korean, American, and German cars.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 8:39:02 AM UTC-7, leza wang wrote:
lace her standard old car. She is very good driver with very clean driving
history. Her current car is Volkswagen golf. She is thinking of buying a ne
w Volkswagen golf but automatic of course (easier to drive). Do you have an
y other recommendation on which car (brand name) she should consider. Too m
any options and technologies are not really required, just basic stuff but
most be automatic.
As others have said, for seniors, ease of getting in and out is one of the
top things. An overlooked option for that is the Ford Taurus. I sits high
er than most cars, lower than an SUV. I am 80 and wife was disabled (died
last year), both of use could get in/out of the Ford 500 (now Taurus again)
without problems. Difference between 'crawling down into" (modern cars) a
nd just turning and sitting down.
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