iTunes 9 and More: SandwichINK Talks Tech

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iTunes 9 – From a caregivers’ perspective

If you haven’t already upgraded to iTunes 9, you might want to wait. As Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents, our time is often limited. Upgrading our software the minute it comes out can sometimes cause time-consuming problems, and this upgrade definitely seems to be doing that for many. In addition to major changes that might take you some time to learn, it also seems to have a bug or two, according to reports I’ve seen and what I’m experiencing. I’ve always been happy with their updates and upgrades but this time, even I am feeling a bit frustrated!

I love to use my iPod for educational podcasts and sermons. After upgrading to 9, many of them disappeared from my iPod and I haven’t been able to figure out how to add them back in. Eventually I probably will be able to, but I just don’t have the time to figure it out right now! I did come up with a “work-around” in case anyone else is dealing with this.

I had originally put the podcasts into a playlist. Many of those are what are missing, and I don’t know why. I tried remaking a new playlist and adding those in, but that didn’t work either. So I removed that playlist totally, and selected just my three favorite podcasts. Then went to Artists, and selected those same speakers there. Now I can find podcasts in other places, like Music-Artists, or Music-Podcasts. There’s probably a rhyme and reason to it all, I just don’t have the time to figure it out right now.

If you have solutions, we’d LOVE to hear them – including how to roll it back to 8!!! I LOVE Apple and their products, but do think this one needs a bit more work.

Free Apps are Great Ways to Save Money

One of my favorite ways to save money is FREE! Here are two free apps that many of you might find useful!

@BlogBoy2 made a great find this week! A free PDF creator!   This is definitely a must-have tech tool!

And, for all you iPhone enthusiasts, Mashable has a great article – Photoshop for iPhone is Free and Awesome. Two of my favorite iPhone users checked this app out for me and give it a mega thumbs up! Hope you like it as well. 🙂

Tech Time Reminders for the Sandwich Generation

HOT OFF THE PRESS: After I had already typed this, I discovered via @HomeEverAfter on Twitter that Microsoft released updates with patches for 34 security holes, many critical! Make sure you get all your updates ASAP, or if you are concerned about doing it quickly, monitor their site for the next week or so and then do the updates.

While I’m on the subject of tech, this is a great time to remind y’all to make monthly backups of all your important documents, data, etc. After you make sure all your Windows or Mac updates are current, do the same with any antivirus software, etc. Then be sure to run your defragmenting software, spyware software, and any other “computer clean up” software you may use, such as AdAware, Norton, PC Pitstop, Spybot, etc. You never know when a hard drive is going to totally die on you – whether due to software issues, hardware issues, or just plain old issues!

Taking the small amount of time to do all this now will save you LARGE amounts of time down the road in case of a crash, or other crisis like fire, theft, etc. As a Sandwich Generation caregiver and grandparent, saving time can often be more valuable than saving money! Trust me on this. I have lived through both a desktop and a laptop memory crash and it’s not a pretty picture!

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