Category Archives: GMG Tech Talk

Download the Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile app today and promote to visitors to Cape Ann all season!

Get It On iTunes Here

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Get It For Android Here

 

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The “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites or scan the QR code.

The mobile all continues to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport.

Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.   This year visitors and residents who download the app with find calendar event links to interesting and engaging activities around Cape Ann.  The consolidation of events in one app will make is easier to plan, locate and enjoy all that the area has to offer.  Several merchants on Cape Ann will be offering discount coupons which will only be available through the app. 

Best

Jean Grobe

 

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Updated With Mobile Phone Screenshot Demo- #GloucesterMA SeeClickFix App Which Allows Citizens To Report Public Works Issues

So Mayor Theken announced that the SeeClickFix App that Sal DiStefano talked about on GloucesterCast 129 (listen here) is live!  I went to the City website to find it but there wasn’t any hyperlink, just instructions that it was actually out there and live.  Knowing that most people won’t follow through with a web search to go and find it and download it I’ll provide the direct links to download the app. I also produced a screenshot video from my cell phone of just how easy it is to download and use (see below).

First the direct links to get the App fr Android and Apple-

For Android Click Here

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For iPhone Click Here

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While you’re At It, Might As Well Download The GMG Android App Free Here

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Next The Screenshot Demo Of How Easy The SeeClickFix App Is To Download and Use-

And Another For The GMG App-

and Mayor Theken’s original press release-

Gloucester will use SeeClickFix to improve quality of life and encourage civic participation

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the City of Gloucester has launched a new program that will allow residents to report quality-of-life issues and request municipal services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform allows Gloucester residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements, ranging from litter or flooding to damaged sidewalks and malfunctioning traffic signals.

“Gloucester is proud to provide the community with an easy-to-use web tool that helps them access services and make positive changes in the community,” said Mayor Romeo Theken.

With the online and mobile reporting platform, residents can report quality-of-life concerns through service request categories via the City of Gloucester website, mobile applications (e.g., iPhone and Android), a Facebook App, and the website SeeClickFix.com. The platform allows Gloucester residents to provide locations, descriptions, and photos of any issue, in real time. Once a resident submits a concern, the platform issues an alert that becomes public information available to any resident. This will allow the City of Gloucester to acknowledge a service request, route it to the proper department and update the request as needed, including after the matter has been resolved.

The platform also allows Gloucester residents to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems that are submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about any category of issues in their community and subsequently follow the progress of all related service requests—not just the one they reported.   Reports can be submitted and tracked from the City of Gloucester website directly (gloucester-ma.gov.) Residents will also find links to download SeeClickFix mobile applications on the City’s website.

Chickity Check it!- THE U.S. COAST GUARD MOBILE APP @USCGNortheast #USCG

Available for download May 16, 2015

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The USCG Boating Safety App features include:

  • Find the latest safety regulations
  • Request a vessel safety check
  • Check your safety equipment
  • File a float plan
  • Navigation Rules
  • Find the nearest NOAA buoy
  • Report a hazard
  • Report pollution
  • Report suspicious activity
  • Request emergency assistance

About the App

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For Those Of You Who Got The GMG Android App, Can You Let Me Know How You Like It By Leaving a Comment On This Post?

Request The New Good Morning Gloucester App For Free Here and I’ll Send It To Your Phone-



I’d like any feedback or suggestions for features you’d like added. Thanks so much, Joey

Here’s A Screenshot Of How The New GMG Android App Looks On A Nexus 7 Tablet

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Request the app for free here-

My favorite part is how quickly you can access things.
Check out the demo and if you want me to email you the latest version free just fill out the contact form.(remember this is only for android)

Request The Latest Version Of The Good Morning Gloucester Android App- Get It Free!

Request the app for free here-

My favorite part is how quickly you can access things.
Check out the demo and if you want me to email you the latest version free just fill out the contact form.(remember this is only for android)

No Big Deal, Just The New GMG Android App Is Done and Kicks Serious Ass!

Fill Out This Form and I’ll Send It To You For Free


Click on this video to see the demo-

It’s extremely lightweight, only taking up just over 3mb and works super fast without any hiccups!

This is only for android, not Apple.

Check Out The Screenshots-

Here’s the podcast player page which gives you the option to stream or download for offline listening.  You click on a title and it gives you all the show notes-

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Here’s The Landing Page With Easy to Read Links To the GloucesterCast Podcast Episodes, The Blog Direct, The Facebook Page, Cape Ann Eats, Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company.

 

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Scroll Down and You Have The Cape Ann Arts Calendar at your Fingertips, Video Page and My Contact Info.

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When You Click On the Cape Ann Arts Calendar It Takes You Directly To the Cape Ann Arts Calendar That James Eves At www.capeanngiclee.com Built and Administers-

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When You Click On The Videos Tab It Brings You To The YouTube Player-

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Fill Out This Form and I’ll Send It To You For Free

An Objective Android / apple Product User Gives Apple A Clear Win In This Category…

Disclosure- I’m an iPad owner (which I love), an LG G3 Android cell phone user (which I love), and a Windows PC user (Love Windows 7, Not a Fan Of Windows 8)

A couple of years ago Apple decided to change their charging/data cable to the current lightening cable.  At the time people everywhere who owned previous generation Apple products suddenly were going to have many Apple peripherals  that would be rendered obsolete once they upgraded to the new connection type.  I’m sure that it was a difficult decision but one that Apple designers knew was going to make the connection more stable and secure.

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So now being on my third android phone and this isn’t just android products, it’s more the connection type- every android phone I’ve used within a year of the upgrade the charging cable connection becomes loose and I have to wiggle and place the phone just right and often times it beeps back and forth signaling I have a connection to the charger and then not a connection to the charger and then a connection.  It is maddening and now that I’m on the third phone using this type of connection I see it is not the phone as much as it is the connection type. 

In any case, Apple’s lightening cable is without question a superior form factor.

So there you go from an objective android/apple user.  Has anyone else had similar experiences with micro usb charging cables (the charging cable used for android phones)

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GMG Tech Talk- For Those Of You Who Bought A Chromecast- You’ve Got a free Movie Rental Coming To You

Also you should periodically check the Chromecast offer link here- Chromecast Offers, I’ve redeemed a bunch of stuff for free over the past 6 months. Bookmark that Chromecast Offers link, and check it often, it’s always got more free rewards it seems, every time I click on it.

I think the $35 Chromecast is an absolute steal and no brainer.  95% of my TV viewing for the past year has been Netflix ($9 a month) or Hulu Plus ($9 a month) through the Chromecast dongle.  Much like UBER is revolutionizing the local transportation game, Chromecast and streaming TV is revolutionizing TV viewing.  Chromecast is an absolute monster in what it can do for such little money.

Loves me some Chromecast.  if you don’t have one you can get one on Amazon right now for $32.11 here

So I thought I’d pass on this offer I read about this morning on Google+-

These are the current offers this morning-

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I’ve redeemed the latest free movie rental and the Valentine’s  Day movie rental WITH a $6 Google Play credit.  So the Chromecast I paid $35 for actually after credits is almost free and the offers show up ALL the time.

Such a NO-Brainer.

source: Engadget

Google isn’t just using Chromecast Offers to reward existing users, the company’s also loading it with freebies in an effort to more households to get one. For instance, if you buy a Chromecast from March 20th to April 19th, you’ll get $80 worth of rewards. Namely, three months of subscription to Play Music, one month of Qello Concerts, three months of DramaFever, three months of Sesame Street GO and a free movie rental from Play Movies. While Google has reportedly sold over 10 million streaming sticks last year, having more users means getting more leverage when negotiating with content providers. That, in turn, could lead to bigger rewards or exclusive deals similar to Apple TV’s HBO Now offering.

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GMG Tech Talk- Wireless router recommendations

The wireless router at my mom’s house and sisters house quite simply- stink.  Constantly dropping signal and resetting.

Has anyone upgraded their wireless router and did it make a noticeable difference?

From the very little research I’ve done the newest routers are capable of doing way more throughput than ones available just a couple years ago.

What are your best bang-for-your buck home computer upgrade suggestions?  ram is always cheap, better wireless router, cheap plug and play speakers with subwoofers?

One of the cheapest and best upgrades I did probably over 10 years ago was a sub $50 Cambridge Soundworks speaker upgrade.  Two tiny speakers which sit on either side of my monitor and a subwoofer that sits under my desk.  Literally plug in two wires and the wall outlet and the sound from my desktop PC is at least 10 times better than what you get from a monitor that might have a couple small tinny speakers built in.

Share if you will your experiences with wireless routers or other computer peripherals that dollar for dollar made your system much better.

GMG Blog Stat- In 2014 6,224 Posts Were Created On Good Morning Gloucester

Posting Patterns

In 2014, there were 6,224 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 39,656 posts.

So we are creating just over 17 articles a day, every day throughout the year.

40,000-39,656=344

So 344 Posts from now we will have created 40,000 posts total on GMG since inception in late December 2007

344 Posts Divided By An average Of 17 Posts A Day =20

So in about 20 days or so we will bust the 40K Post Cherry.

Nice Work Team!

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Electricity Savings Alternative Home Energy and Comfort Update #7- Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth

If you’ve been following the Electricity Savings and Home Heating and Comfort Series I’ve been doing then here you go with part 7.  We started  in Parts 1 and Part 2 with Next Step Home Energy Assesments in which my mom got over 30 new lightbulbs, electronic thermostats, energy efficient showerheads and powerstrips all for free.  In Part 3 Art Bevilacqua Educates Us about how energy prices are established and how we are paying for Home energy audits and free energy efficient equipment even if we don’t take advantage of the program. Part 6 gave us energy efficiency tips for your washing machine and for snowbirds who leave their homes for sunny climes during the winter.

If you want to take advantage of awesome programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket like my mom did and we spoke about in the first parts of the series then sign up for your own energy efficiency assessment and get a ton of free lightbulbs, power strips, electronic thermostats that will turn down the heat at night or while you’re at work automatically, and efficient showerheads.

SIGN UP HERE-

For those of you who signed up for the Free Home Energy Audit and Free Energy Efficient Lightbulbs and Other Equipment , please leave me a comment on how well it went for you.

Next we go into alternative fuels in a three part sub series filmed at Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth:

Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth is Located at 7 Pond Road Gloucester MA. Phone # 978-283-1119

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Part I of the sub series talks about the different types of products available to heat your home

Updates 1,2 and 3-

Update 3: Electricity Prices

Electricity Update #4: Free Home Energy Assesment With Kevin From Next Step Living

Electricity Update #5: Video Walkthrough- Energy Efficiency Assesment and Free Stuff At Mom’s House

Electricity Update #6 Energy Saving Ideas

For Anyone That Doesn’t Think A Cell Tower In West Gloucester Is A Good Idea- Are You This Person?

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From Gizmodo-

What’s The Strangest Thing You’ve Done to Get Cell Reception?

I’ll confess to standing outside on the furthest corner of a Lanai on my tippytoes holding my iPad over my head to try to upload a post to the blog.

Electricity Update #6 Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Ideas

From Next Step:

What’s the tip that gets the most “wow” response from homeowners?
There’s one that always gets people. Throwing a dry towel in with your wet clothes to reduce drying time. People will seriously gawk at that. I hear a lot of “What? No way!” It really does help your clothes dry faster. When you run a dryer you spend about 50 cents for every hour, so if you cut that down the savings add up.

Seven Ways to Curb Winter Utility Costs While You’re Away

Ready for a winter vacation? If you’re spending your holidays abroad, take 15 minutes before you head out the door to complete these easy energy-saving to-do’s. You might save enough to buy yourself a massage après-ski. Plus, you’ll be more relaxed knowing your home is hibernating safely while you’re away.

  1. Turn down your thermostat. Depending on your home’s insulation, you can set your thermostats lower than usual. We recommend keeping it at a steady 55 degrees while you’re away, cutting your heating bill significantly. (Do keep in mind the hazards of frozen pipes.) Programmable thermostats, which may be installed at no cost during a home energy evaluation, will let you keep the heat low through your vacation but warm things up just in time for your return.If you’ll be away for an extended period, consider turning off the water, draining the pipes and setting the thermostat even lower — but talk to a plumber first.
  2. And your hot water heater (or put it in vacation mode). If your water heater is older than its warranty period, and especially if it’s showing signs of age such as leaks or rust, consider replacing it now to avoid the catastrophe of a ruptured tank while you’re away. Look for an Energy Star® model to save on the substantial cost of hot water, year-round.
  3. Lower and close all your window treatments such as blinds, curtains and drapes, to hold heat in the house. You should also make sure to lock your windows as that will help further eliminate drafts with a tight seal. While you’re considering windows, be sure that they can hold up to the winter chill – double- or triple-pane ones are best.
  4. Add insulation and air sealing. If your home has cracks or gaps that let in drafts, or if your insulation is lacking, there’s no better time to have the structure sealed and give it a warm blanket. You’ll reduce your heating (and cooling) bills year-round, and you’re more likely to avoid freezing pipes; this is especially important if you’ve turned down the thermostats.
  5. Use light timers. If you leave lights on to discourage burglars, put them on timers rather than having them consume electricity 24 hours a day. Save even more power by swapping out your bulbs to high-efficiency bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs, available at low- or no-cost during a home energy evaluation.
  6. Unplug everything you can or put your electronics on smart power strips. These power strips will both turn off your DVR when your TV is off and eliminate electricity leaks from equipment when it’s not in use.
  7. Close the damper on your fireplace, if you have one. When you return from vacation, get in the habit of doing this after each fire, as soon as the ashes are completely cold.

If you want to take advantage of awesome programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket then watch the video and sign up for your own energy efficiency assessment and get a ton of free lightbulbs, power strips, electronic thermostats that will turn down the heat at night or while you’re at work automatically, and efficient showerheads.

SIGN UP HERE-

My mom got-

Over thirty free lightbulbs that use 10 watts vs 65 watts, free energy efficient shower heads, power strips and a whole report detailing more steps she can take to save even more.  If you are planning to insulate your house and put in more efficient heating systems there’s even more free stuff  and zero percent financing for more intense things.

if you love your husband you’ll get him merino wool heavyweight socks

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Listen I know socks, right after ties and underwear are about the least sexy gift you can give your husband.  But if your husband goes outdoors at all in the winter and only owns cotton socks then he will forever be grateful to you for introducing him to the luxurious warmth and comfort of merino wool socks.  They’re all I wear year round, heavyweight in the late fall/winter and lighter weight low cut in the summer.

It is one of the most often overlooked and lowest cost options for keeping yourself warm in the winter and ever since I discovered the comfort that merino wool provides and the moisture wicking that natural fiber provides once he tries them, he will never look back.

See, cotton socks in the winter are the absolute worst things you can wear.  Once your feet sweat even a little, cotton keeps that moisture close to your feet and provides a direct conduit of cold to your body.  In the exact opposite way, merino wool wicks that moisture away and merino wool is the softest wool which provides 100% comfort and 0% itch that other kinds of wool have.

Right now Sierra trading post has these Woolrich Big wooly rag socks made out of merino wool that are normally $16 a pair on sale for $7.87 once you click through to the coupon.  a steal and a guaranteed thank you from your husband if he doesn’t already know about merino wool socks and has been wearing cotton socks for years.  Click to buy ‘em on sale here for $7.87 at Sierra Trading Post

Don’t Think,- Just Buy This Ridiculous Camera Buy

Anyone That Follows The Blog Knows I’m A Sony Fan and this camera that less than a year ago was $600 can be bought right now for $298.

It is actually two newer versions of the camera that I use and paid full price for and would buy all over again at that same full price because they are THAT GOOD.  At $298 IT’S A STUPID RIDICULOUS DEAL.  YOU’RE GETTING A DSLR QUALITY CAMERA BRAND NEW FOR THE PRICE OF A POINT AND SHOOT.

Get it on amazon for a gift or for yourself and thank me later.  BTW, Amazon has the very best return policy out there for electronics so buy it with confidence!

Click for the deal-

Sony Alpha a5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50mm OSS Lens (Black)

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The same camera that I use but was two generations older captured these images-

Google Search Is The Monster In It’s Space and No-One Else Is Even Close

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This is a snapshot of which search engines were used to find GMG on Monday Nov, 11, 2014.

As you can see Google Search is far and away the most widely used by a mile.  Microsoft’s Bing may have some cool features but wow the disparity between Google’s Search and everything else is just astounding.

Way down on the list from there in the list of referrers to GMG but still relevant every single day is Facebook.  Twitter is barely a blip compared to Facebook.

Updated for discussion: Is Desktop Computing That Insignificant That Barely Any Tech Sites Do Desktop reviews Any More?

I have three or four nerdy/techy/gadgety websites that I check out every day to keep on top of the latest technology.

http://www.engadget.com/

http://gizmodo.com/

http://www.cnet.com/

I guess more folks spend money on mobile phones and tablets because that’s 90% of what they cover.  I cannot tell you the last time I saw a review on a desktop computer but there has to be a little more than zero people still buying desktops, no?

I prefer creating content for the blog on my desktop wayyyyyy more than I do on my cell phone, laptop or tablet.

The limitations of small screens, less computing power and weaker applications make desktops so much more convenient to work on.

But I’m not sure why they get ZERO love on the tech websites.   Does anyone else feel the same way?

Do you even consider buying a desktop any more?  If so, where do you get your desktop computer info and what tech websites do you read on the regular?

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See, I’m not sure if they are dying or just not being reported about.
My theory from a while back when tablet’s started to take off was that most teens will probably end up with tablets and be happy to simply consume content on them.  Because they are just fine using tablets and cell phones for info they don’t feel the need or can’t justify the purchase of a more powerful desktop computer and hence don’t get into the creative side of computing as much.

I guess what I’m wondering is if the complete lack of desktop computing coverage is warranted.  Is virtually no-one buying desktop computers any more?
I understand that tablets and cell phones are way more prevalent among teens and I get the obvious portability advantages of a laptop, but don’t working people and creatives still buy more bang for your buck and more powerful desktops?

Again I’ll go back to the main point- are there so few people buying desktop computers that they warrant virtually zero tech coverage?

I feel like that because there’s basically no one out there doing it that someone could carve out a niche with a desktop review site.  That’s how far away from desktop computing we’ve got in my mind.  That it would actually be considered a niche category in tech media coverage.

OK So I’ve Had My Windows 8 Touchscreen Laptop For Well Over A Year Now. Anybody wanna Guess How Many Times I’ve Touched The Screen?

Am I alone on this?

I feel like Microsoft built Windows 8 thinking that every device needed to be used in the same way- a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.  I don’t hate Windows 8 as much as when it first came out but I boot directly to the desktop now and avoid the metro UI at all costs.  All the laptops you buy now for Windows 8 are touchscreen.  Guess what?  I don’t want a touch screen laptop.  Sure, that’s alright for a tablet where you’re using it to mainly consume content but for a laptop or desktop where you are manipulating images and editing movies, I want real work tools which include a mouse and not a touch screen.

I haven’t touched the damn screen on my Windows 8 laptop unless it was inadvertently.   Am I alone on this?  Those of you with windows Laptops equipped with touchscreens, do you use the touch screen?  I’m not talking about tablets now, I’m talking about a touch screen enabled laptop.

The issue as I see it and I’ve said this from the first time I booted up a Windows 8 machine was that they dumbed down the laptop experience so it would integrate more seamlessly with the mobile and tablet platforms.  I would have preferred that they left the desktop operating  to be all out productive and powerful for content creators rather than dumbing it down for the tablet marketplace of media consumers.

Over a year in with Windows 8, given the chance I’d opt for a Windows 7 machine.  My favorite place to create content and edit for the blog is still on my desktop Windows 7 machine and it’s by a mile.  I can do things way more efficiently than any of the other devices or operating systems.

There’s talk of Windows 9 coming out soon, hopefully it will be closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8.

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