Ask A Tech Geek~~ ICloud

Cloud Services have become a very important part of our digital lives. It seems like everyone has one and almost every digital company is offering you one.  In May 2020 the question “What is a Cloud?” was answered. Click Here to access What’s a Cloud? Segment.

Now that we know what a cloud is, this week we will follow up on iCloud storage based on one of our wonderful members/readers questions.

The more we use our devices the more data we tend to save on our devices and/or on our Cloud Service. Due to this Cloud Services have become quite profitable for many companies especially when we do not clean out our storage area of unwanted photos, documents etc. Apple offers Icloud services with 5G free data storage per our Apple ID.  Multiple devices sharing the same cloud  can be a blessing and a curse. Your devices will have access to all the same information and sync up nicely however each device’s backup will be saved in the same cloud decreasing the amount of space available on the cloud.  Thus Apple offers additional storage space for a monthly fee.

However many people do not have the financial means to purchase the additional space. This bring us to this week’s question.

 How can I find out what is being stored in the “iCloud”?

There are several ways to find the details about your storage usage and what is stored on it as well as remove items. ***All info was sourced from Apple Support.

  1. By signing into the iCloud.com On a supported browser;
  2. Opening the Settings App On An iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch;
  3. The iCloud Windows App For/On A Windows PC.
  4. Through the System Preferences On A Mac;

WARNING:  While you can also remove stored items to make more space available. Be careful because if you delete data stored in iCloud, it’s deleted from all your devices. You may want to make a copy of the information before you delete it.

For more details check out Apple Support article Archive or make copies of the information you store in iCloud. If you need additional help do not hesitate to contact our Resident Geek.

Check your storage signing into the iCloud.com

  1. Sign in on iCloud.com and click on Account Settings, (image 1)
  2. then look at the Storage section. (image 2)
  3. For information about a segment of the bar graph, hold the pointer over the segment until its name and numeric storage size appear above the graph.

Check your storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings (the icon that looks like a cog)
  2. Then Tap on your name/avatar (underneath it says Apple Id, iCloud). (Image 3)
  3. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 4)
  4. For more details Tap Manage Storage. (IMAGE 4)
  5. Below the graph, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can tap an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 5)

Check your storage using windows iCloud app

  1. On your Windows computer, open the iCloud for Windows app.
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 6)
  3. For more details Click Storage. (Image 6)
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 7)

Check your iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, then do one of the following:
    • macOS 10.15 or later: Click Apple ID, then click iCloud.
    • macOS 10.14 or earlier: Click iCloud. (Image 8)
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage.
  3. For more details Click Manage.
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.
Image 8 (from macrumors.com/how-to/hide-remove-system-preference-panes-macos/)

Clouds are an awesome way to store files, photos, etc. but like any physical garage, basement, closet or storage locker they always needs a spring cleaning. It is good practice keep your cloud organized and rid yourself from those those unwanted, unneeded or duplicate files. It will help save space as well as money.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Trivia Thursday~~ January 14, 2021

Are you ready for our 36th edition of Trivia Thursday? With the weather being a little wacky this month, what better time then to do some Weather Trivia. Each question is related Canadian Weather in some way. Taking into consideration that this subject may be hard one, 8/10 of the questions have hints added to them. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. On February 3rd, 1947 the lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada was -63°C (-81°F) in which Yukon Village? (Hint: Hope you do not get stuck on this)
  2. On July 5th, 1937 where were the 2 hottest spots in Canada which were recorded as 45°C (113°F)? (Hint: Think Saskatchewan)
  3. This inlet in British Columbia is known in as the wettest place in Canada. (Hint: There is a bay nearby with a similar name)
  4. St. John’s Newfoundland is known as what city weather wise? (Hint: Some love it; others hate it, but these types of men need it)
  5. If you want to visit the sunniest place in Canada which hamlet in Alberta must you go to?
  6. Which city in Ontario is known as the stormiest city in Canada? (Hint: Not far from us)
  7. Grand Banks Newfoundland is known for being one of the world’s richest fishing grounds but it is also know being this in Canada? (Hint: Could be as thick as pea soup)
  8. What weather event kills the most people in Canada on average each year? (Hint: layering will help prevent it)
  9. The greatest single-day snowfall recorded in Canada was February 11, 1999, when this lake area in, British Columbia, was blanketed with nearly a metre and a half of the white stuff (145 cm). Name the Lake.
  10. One of the largest hailstones on record in Canada  fell near Cedoux Saskatchewan.  How much did it weigh in grams?  (Hint: It converts to just over ½ a pound)

Story

The day was cold and the winds were fierce as Mitchell walked down Midale Ave towards the pharmacy hoping that was open.  The radio called for it to be the snowiest day of the year and that everyone should stay in unless it was an emergency. For Mitchell this was an emergency, his daughter need medication and it could not wait till the storm was over. He did not have the foggiest idea what he would do if they were not open. 

Quietly he prayed. “Please let it be open, and please keep Tahtsa safe till I return.”

Hoping that cold temperature exposure would not overcome him he hurried down the street keeping an eye on street lights to help navigate his way.  He turned left and came to 290 Manyberries. Finally his destination was within reach.  .

The flashing open sign brought forth a sigh of relief from him as the automatic doors swung inward.  “ I just have to snag up her meds then back out into the cold.”  

He walked up to the pharmacist “Prescription for Tahtsa Windsor, please.”

“Just a moment” the pharmacist replied with a smile and then quickly ducking behind a counter.  “Tahtsa, you said, could you please spell that”

“T A H T S A.”

“I have it right here.  It still needs to be filled I will do it right now. If you do not mind to wait a few minutes, it will give you time to warm up.”

Mitchell decided to walk around the small store to see if there was anything else they may need when he spotted a Yellow Grass skirt in the tiny toy aisle.  “Oh how she would love this. I can just see her dancing and twirling around in this” he unknowingly chuckled loud enough for the pharmacist to hear him.

“Mr Windsor, The prescription is done” the pharmacist called out to him.

He snagged up the skirt and headed to the counter. He noticed the pharmacist was putting his coat on.

Smiling at Mitchell he announced. “It is time to close up and I realized you are just around the block from me so please let me drive you home.”

Mitchell was surprised but happy he did not have walk home in the cold and accept his offer.  He pulled out his wallet to pay for the yellow grass skirt since Tahtsa’s medications were covered by his work.  The pharmacist stopped him.

“No No you put that away, the skirt is on me. It has been in that spot for almost 3 years now and your little girl will enjoy it.”  He handed Mitchell the prescriptions in a small paper bag.

“Come on now, I am just parked out front. Let’s get you home so you can watch your little princess dance around.” The pharmacist did a little twirl that made both men snicker

 “Thank you so much, I really appreciate this” with a smile and a tear in his eye Mitchell felt his prayers had been answered. 

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~January 13, 2021

This is our 1st edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us for 2021. Since the beginning of the year we have had some unique weather patterns from snow to warm temperatures. Each day brought new beauty to the year’s beginning. This segment one of our regular photographers, Margaret has shared with us some of her wonderful photos, from a winter wonderland to the reflective beauty on a sunny day. With the resent lockdown it is fitting to share these wonderful images in video format with a beautiful musical piece by Borrtex titled “Hope”

The steadfast of nature and the wonders it shares with us will renew our hope and strengthen our faith. Allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while you meditate on the beauty and wonder being shared.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Virtual Tour – Melbourne Zoo

This week’s virtual tour takes us down under to Australia’s Melbourne Zoo.

You get to see the traditional zoo animals like the lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes, plus some lesser known animals like the tamarin, coati, and Tasmanian devil. Plus the cutest trio of snow leopards!

As an added bonus, the Zoos Victoria YouTube channel has live cams of several habitats! These will usually be linked in the suggested videos section (on the right if you are using a desktop computer, or under the video for tablets and phones), or by clicking on the Zoos Victoria logo right under their video, which will take you to all their videos. Just scroll down a bit to the Live Now section and you can watch these beautiful creatures in real time!

Video by Zoos Victoria

If there are other places that you want a virtual tour of, let us know and we will try to make it happen!

For Those Born in January

January mornings have a beauty of their own, as it springs forth new beginnings. With the cold nights have us looking forward to the growing of the days. January is unique in so many ways. It the Beginning of a new year filled with new experiences and expectations. What makes January so special is that it the month you were born in.

While we are unable to share with you in person your special day. We hope you take comfort and warmth in the thoughts that we are think of you on your day. We are wishing you the very best.

May your days be filled with laughter; your years with exuberant amounts of Joy, and your life the warmth of love. May every moment ahead be filled with blessing of peace. Happy Birthday.

Ask A Tech Geek~~ Emojis

We are thankful to be bring back our Ask a Tech Geek series.  It has been several months since we last saw our Tech Geek’s posts and she is looking forward to answering your questions. If you have a question you like answered by our resident Tech Geek, there is information on how to send her a question at the bottom of this page.

This week we will be discussing Emojis. We all see them and use them but some still have questions.

I hear about emojis all the time and see them in messages sent to me.  What are emojis and what are they for?

Before the pictorial emojis appeared on the screen people used text symbols to express emotions when they texted, emailed or messaged.  In some ways it was based on the same precept of the symbols for Hugs 00 and Kiss XX.

In this digital era, where communication is done more online with less facial interaction, it is away to express ones emotions to help share how one feels, about what is written or read as well as to convey information.  It also helps share how you feel about a situation, person or object in addition to creating a fun way to communicate with other.

In the beginning to express emotion in the digital world, one would type a group of symbols, called text icons also known as emoticons, creating the appearance of facial expressions. For example :), would represent happy whereas ^_~ would be a winky face or :(, would be a sad face.  Over time and with great imagination emoticons became more intricate and detailed.  

In 1999, while working on an earlier version of a mobile internet platform, a Japanese artist named Shigetaka Kurita. created the first emoji. Her idea was to find a simple, concise and attractive way to convey information. For example instead of typing out cloudy, a digital image of a cloud would represent this.  She created 176 emojis. Since the main purpose was to share information, symbols  dominate the first group of emojis. There were characters to show the weather (sun, clouds, umbrella, snowman), traffic (car, tram, airplane, ship), technology (landline, cell phone, TV,etc). 

Shigetaka Kurita Emojis

The popularity of Emojis in Japan led to competing companies to create different and better versions. As mobile technology exploded in the early 2000’s emojis caught the eye of companies like Apple, who found ways to implement them into their software. This created the beginning to the visual language we see today.

Emojis are more than a millennial fad; it is the new visual language and a hallmark of how people communicate in this digital era. Emojis are growing into a new and exciting way to communicate. Like language it is always evolving across time, ⌚devices💻📱 and cultures🧔🏻 and help influence digital conversations . It is the dawn of an international language which consists of a common core and different dialects. As emojis are used in combinations they have become the 21st century form of Morse Code  or shorthand for the digital age.  

Here are some samples of how emojis are used to communicate:

With the all that has been going on in the last 10 month Emoji Pictionary games started to become the big hit on Social Media websites. They are ways to spend time having fun with those you are not able to see.

Don’t feel intimidated by Emojis they are for everyone; have some fun with it.  Be creative and try to make your own digital shorthand to share with friends.

👀 👦🏻⏭⌚ (see you next time)

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.🤓

Happy New Years

This year was an unusual one at best. With many up and down, twist and turns it was a roller coaster of a year. Yet together we were able to make the best of a tough situation so today we want to make sure we wish you the very best for 2021.

May the New Year usher in tremendous amount of Joy and laughter filling your heart with peace and harmony.

May the New Year share with you an abundance of love and kindness, filling your days with hope and faith.

May the New Year give you opportunities and possibilities filling your life with the sense of rejuvenation and fulfillment.

May 2021 bring the best to you each day.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~ 2020 Reflections

This edition of The Wonders of Nature Around Us is the last one for the year. A fitting way to end year and begin an new one is with a video review of the beauty around us. While this year was filled with turbulent moments, nature has remain steadfast in sharing its peaceful essence as we bath in its beauty.

As we embark on a new year, allow nature’s tranquility to flow over you and calm your heart and mind while basking in the sounds, sights and smells that it freely gives us.

We would like to thank those who have shared the wonders of nature this year through their pictures.

Thank you Anne, Brenda, Jen, Margret,Martha, Michelle, Paula, Tracy, our resident photographer and those who shared your Christmas photos. Your generous contributions of your love for our world around us has brought joy and peace to our heart. We will cherish this gift always.

Happy New Years

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Music by A Shamaluev Music From https://soundcloud.com/ashamaluevmusic/uplifting-piano

Turkey Roulade

https://tasty.co/recipe/turkey-roulade

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/2 stick
  • 1 cup yellow onion(150 g), diced
  • 1 cup carrot(110 g), diced
  • 1 cup celery(225 g), diced
  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage(455 g), casing removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaf
  • 10 oz plain stuffing mix(285 g), 1 box
  • ½ cup chicken stock(120 mL)
  • 3 lb skin-on turkey breast(1.3 kg), deboned, butterflied
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
  3. Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 8-10 minutes, breaking the meat up into smaller pieces. Season with the sage and thyme.
  4. Add the stuffing mix and chicken stock. Stir until the bread is no longer dry. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. Place the turkey breast on a cutting board, skin-side down. Cover with plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to about ½-inch (1 cm) thick.
  6. Brush the turkey breast with the Dijon mustard.
  7. Spread the stuffing mixture over the turkey breast in an even layer, about ¼-inch (6 mm) thick. Transfer any extra stuffing to an oven-safe dish.
  8. Starting from a short end, roll the turkey into a log with the skin on the outside. Tuck in any loose bits.
  9. Use kitchen twine to tie the turkey closed crosswise at 1-inch (2-cm) intervals. Tie once lengthwise to seal the ends.
  10. Transfer the trussed turkey to a wire rack set over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with melted butter and season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
  11. Bake the turkey roulade for 45-60 minutes, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F (75˚C). Bake the leftover stuffing for 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  12. Let rest for 15 minutes, then remove the twine, slice, and serve.
  13. Enjoy!

Trivia Thursday ~~Christmas Eve Addition 2020

Are you ready not only for our 33rd edition of Trivia Thursday but also our Christmas Eve edition? Being Christmas eve this edition has a hodgepodge of 10 Christmas Trivia questions. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions:

  1. In the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, how many total gifts does her true love give to her?
  2. What date does the “The 12 Days of Christmas” Begin and finish on?
  3. What are the 12 days of Christmas?
  4. What are the two other most popular names for Santa Claus?
  5. What are the two traditionally Christmas tree toppers?
  6. In which modern-day country was the real St. Nicholas born in?
  7. Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree?
  8. This fairy tale inspired the first gingerbread house.
  9. What was the first company that used Santa Claus in advertising?
  10. Where did there arise such a clatter?

Story:

Walking into little Tommy’s room, Jeff noticed his son’s books scattered across the floor. He bent down and picked up a small brown book titled “Hansel and Gretel”.

Oh how the book brought back memories for him of the years long ago.  His grandmother mailed the book to him while she traveling through Turkey and Germany. She always traveled from December 25th to January 6th  to somewhere exotic.  She considered it a spiritual quest since she traveled the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men.

Jeff was about Tommy’s age when he received his cherished possession.  He recalled his grandmother told him that Saint Nick requested that she send the book to him.  He opened the cover and read the inscription, 

To Little Jeffery: You have been a very good boy. When I returned back to the North Pole, the elves found your last present wedged between the seat and the wall of the sleigh.  Since I will not be leaving the North Pole for another 364 day, I asked your Grandmother to send this to you.  Keep being good and I will be by your place next Christmas Eve. Love Kris Kringle.

He never realized it back then that the inscription was in his Grandmother’s handwriting yet she always told him it was really from Saint Nick.   His heart  warms every time he see this little treasure from his past.  He placed it on the book shelf with the rest of the books and tucked Tommy in; giving him a kiss on the forehead.

Heading downstairs and into the living room he noticed that the plate of cookies left out by Tommy had been eaten and the bottle of Coca Cola was almost gone.  “Who could have done this?” he thought to himself, 

Suddenly he heard a raucous outside, looking out the window he saw on the lawn, sleigh marks and tiny hoof prints in the snow between the angel and the star of his light display. 

He became more puzzled as to who could have done this. His wife was at work in the hospital and was not going to be back till early in the morning. 

Just as he stepped out on the stoop he heard above him. “Merry Christmas Jeffery” He looked up and caught a glimpse of a Big Red sleigh racing off up into the stars. “I must be seeing things” he thought to himself.

He headed back in and noticed a strange present under the tree. Taking a closer inspection he realized it was addressed to him.  Ripping off the wrapping paper, he found a book titled “The Lost Christmas”  Opening the cover within was a inscription,

Dear Jeffery.  I promised your Grandmother that on the Christmas that you have a son the same age as the day I ask her to send you the book Hansel and Gretel, I would send you this book. It a one of a kind no other publications exists. Your Grandmother loved you dearly and she was a dear friend of mine. She would travel up to the North Pole every Christmas day and spend 12 days with us celebrating the beauty of the human spirit, the love and joy that was shared around the world during this time. Merry Christmas Jeffery, may you and Tommy enjoy reading this together for years to come. Love Kris Kringle.

When he looked at the author’s name, he realized it was his Grandmother. A tear of joy ran down his cheek as he placed the book back under the tree. He thought to himself “Who would have thought that his grandmother knew Santa or that Santa really existed? No one will believe this except one, Tommy.”

“Merry Christmas Grandma” he quietly whispered “Thank you so much.”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Christmas Edition

For 20 weeks the wonders of nature has been shared from flowers to birds from sunsets to sunrises. One Wonder that is always amazingly around us, is the Wonder of Human nature; the love, joy, compassion and comradery. This Christmas was a big one for our little community. Together to share the Spirit of Christmas with a Light Tour, families, business and individuals worked towards bringing Joy to our little town.

Today, they took another step forward to share this Joy with those who are homebound or unable to get out and enjoy the lights. Many have shared their pictures of the beautiful night lights and other special Christmas decorations . So grab an eggnog, hot chocolate or whatever your heart desires, sit back and enjoy this wonderful Wallaceburg 2020 Tour of Lights Collaboration. Truly a Wonder of Nature.

Merry Christmas

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Closure Due to Lockdown

To Our Valued Members,

The Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre Board of Directors and staff would like to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sadly, with yesterday’s announcement by the Ontario Government putting the entire province in Grey Level (Lockdown) beginning on December 26 and lasting until January 23, we will not be starting the new year the way we all hoped. This means that the Centre will be closed, and our current programs (Billiards, Exercise Rooms, Fitness Classes) have been canceled.

For those of you who have already paid for your January fitness classes, the office is open today and tomorrow (December 22nd and 23rd) from 8:30am to 4:00pm to pick up your refund. If you are not able to come to the centre, please call us at 519-627-6224 to discuss other possible arrangements.

The Badder Bus portion of the Shen Yun trip refunds are also still available for pickup in the office on these days.

Sue’s Kitchen will be closed as previously scheduled from December 24th to January 3rd. Starting January 4th, Sue’s Kitchen will reopen for frozen meal door pickup orders only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There will be no in-person dining or fresh-made orders available during the lockdown. Please call 519-359-6832 to pre-order.

As we come out of this lockdown, we will update everyone on the status of the Centre via our website (https://wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca), Facebook page, and email. We will keep with our regular weekday posting schedule of entertaining, educational, and fitness content, as well as any Centre updates that need to be shared with our members.

This holiday season is unlike any other, to cap off a year unlike any other. Throughout this season and as we move into a new year, we wish you moments of peace amid the difficulties, connections with family and friends even if they cannot be in person, the warmth of memories from holidays past, and wonderful glimpses of the joy that still lives under the surface.

Sincerely,

Victoria Stewart – Administrative Coordinator & WAAC Board of Directors.

Stuffing Bites

https://tasty.co/recipe/stuffing-bites

Ingredients

for 8 bites

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage(455 g)
  • ½ cup onion(75 g), diced
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese(75 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dried cranberry(65 g), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 oz stuffing mix(170 g), 1 box
  • 1 cup chicken broth(240 mL)

Preparation

  1. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion after 1-2 minutes and cook until sausage is cooked and onion is tender.
  2. Remove sausage from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, measure out mixture into 8 evenly sized balls and space them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350˚F (180˚C) for 20 minutes or until bites are cooked and slightly browned on top.
  6. Enjoy!