A green pushpinWelcome to the “supTweet” blog – inspired by the “need for feed”  –  September, 2015. I hope you are enjoying the summer between breaking news stories. Just in time for Sunday is a respectful, thoughtful (not) piece on Pope Francis and his nay-sayers. In a few weeks the Papal visit to DC will be the biggest thing in town.

My review  of Carlotta Gall‘s “The Wrong Enemy“, an  exposé of Pakistan’s agenda and its manipulation by politicians and the ISI of the Taliban and neighbor Afghanistan, is now published here. Especially on point it is  as a smoldering Karachi international airport recovers from last night’s attack by the Taliban and the horrible massacre of school children in Peshawar, Pakistan may be at the end of its patience with (or fear of) clamping down on terrorists in North Waziristan at last, as a result of these (and many more) attacks, which have severed peace talk connections. Tiananmen Square‘s massacre in 1989 has passed in anniversary, with hardly a peep from nations and democracies turning a blind eye on China’s one-party tyranny to keep business profits flowing. But wait—there’s more. Beginning in June China’s stock market slammed into the Great Wall of Reality and the Great Bubble began deflating. Wishful thinking and a soaring stock market facts on the ground do not make. More coming on that.

*freebies* Many of my blog’s visitors read my advice and walk-throughs on installing a working Joomla locally on their Mac’s Apache server with MAMP. (coming soon Drupal! and a small local PHP/MySQL example input/output DB) They also take away my free pushpin images to make the web a more beautiful space. *freebie* (note: Twitter 1.1 is out and there are issues with my code for complex curating/search criteria – will fix this soon) Plus and new, my coding how-to for taming the wild herds of #’s in your Twitter search/feed widget . Free code,  free experience. “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want”

Our mission is to share insight and to discuss the latest developments in Internet technology. Right up there is Apple’s iService (cloud powered stores, technologies, etc.) graphic status page. Is iTunes Store down? is a great service to check your cloud status. Recent activities:

Anyway, it’s important that citizens hear about the [messy] exploding networked world in plain, interesting—or even sarcastic, English (American variant). Big data can overwhelm comprehension in fact or shall we say, sometimes by intent. Winnowing it for friends and cohorts is important. An informed voter (if you are fortunate enough to be in a nation that has a vote) is way better than a blindly angry and uninformed one, if less predictable. Washington DC Weather right now…

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Latest week’s activity in the Shanghai Composite Index from Infomine

1 Week SSEC Index Chart - Shanghai Composite Index Performance

For the paranoid, refresh the fear with my mega-super-tweet on drones here and read about the craziness around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as heard from Senator Wyden (update: this was recently passed into law).

If you are new to DC and urgently need to meet that lobbyist or pass that “off-the-record bit of insider gossip, here’s help for  getting around in DC and  Metro/Weather/Maps. Please follow me here as I produce articles that leverage a local’s access to some great resources and speakers local to the nation’s capitol city. I take my own photographs. I especially want to express gratitude to organizations like The Atlantic, The Brookings Institute, Ogilvy Public Relations, The Hudson Institute, The Palestine Center, George Mason University, American University, Georgetown UniversityCodePink, American Enterprise Institute, DC Linktank, CATO Instititute, The Newseum, The Stimson Center, The U.S.-Indonesian Society, The Middle East Institute, SAIS/Johns Hopkins/Nitze, The Library of Congress, China Daily MailThe Atlantic Council, Busboys and Poets, Institute of World Politics, The Kissinger Institute, The McCain Institute, The Center For National Policy, Resources for the Future, Revenue Watch Institute, World Affairs Council (DC),, The Heritage Foundation, the Montreal Gazette, PS21 (Project for 21st Century), The Brent Scowfroft Center and Atlantic Council, The National Press Club, CSIS, and the U.S. Congress peanut gallery facility for being open and welcoming me in to many great events. And of course my loving wife who is downstairs texting me to get down there and make coffee. I have completed a local install of both Joomla 1.5 and 2.5.2., 2.5.3 and the JCE editor. Running on my MacBook (OS X 10.6.8) under the Apache server using MAMP. Very cool. I have a very large site to migrate to Joomla this summer and I am studying. I am also installing a local Drupal that is not ready for prime time yet. Today (July 25, 2012) my opinion letter to the Washington Post about the loopy craziness of another “blame it on Obama” diatribe was published. Joy. Thank you, Russ

NOx and VW: who’s cheating who exactly, more or less?

A quick cruise through revealing stuff about the breaking VW/Smog MEGA-SCANDAL On wheels. Emissions testing gamed, consumers face choking cloud of problems.

VW Pollution Nitrous Oxide – is our anti-CO2 regime all wrong?

WIKI Nitrous Oxide (what it is, why it’s really bad) – from WIKI “Considered over a 100-year period, it is calculated to have between 265 and 310 times more impact per unit mass (global-warming potential) than carbon dioxide.”

VW warned in 2007, 2011 By Bosch and others…OMG

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, craft beer enthusiast, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. For a decade Imrie built systems and lived totally off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California near Silicon Valley. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet)

Copyright Russell Imrie 2015

iTips for iOS9 time savers right now

iTips for fast iOS9 updates iPhone and iPad

Russ Imrie Sept 16, 2015 Apple’s scheduled release time for iOS9 are 1 pm EST and 11 am Left Coast

  1. FIRST Backup to iTunes by USB wire on Mac or Windoz
    1. First in iDevice go to settings/iCloud and turn off BACKUP – there will be a warning it will now only back up to iTunes – that’s what you want right now
    2. CRITICAL in iTunes… TURN ON ENCRYPT OPTION this will save all your passwords, wifi login passwords, etc. – and save you frustration and time down the road.
    3. If backup ran before this was done, turn on encrypt and sync again.
    4. Then go to “manual backup and restore” and click on “Back up Now” (this will make sure every thing on phone/pad is backed op on Mac/PC including recent app updates and purchases like songs, etc.) when window opens say yes “Transfer Purchases.”
    5. OK – good encrypted backup complete to iTunes on to your Mac/PC ? if not go to 1 and do it again.
    6. DECISION TIME! you can update right now while in iTunes and plugged into your computer – click on check for updates and do it – good option if you are low on free memory or nowhere near an Apple Store – read whole blog post before you… – UNPLUG FROM YOUR Mac/PC – done with THAT.
    7. Why did I go through all this? Because if all else fails everything can be restored via iTunes right at home. And I want update to be as fast as possible – home internet speeds for GBs of stuff are a pain. We are off soon to Apple store .
    8. The iOS updates are large files and if you don’t have have enough free memory, you can just do it while in iTunes now – and it will take a long time at home but go ahead and do it if an Apple Store isn’t handy. Just make sure you are fully charged.
  2. Go back to iDevice and settings/iCloud and turn BACKUP BACK ON – you’ll have to enter your apple account password. Run iCloud backup now. Run iCloud backup now. Run iClo….
  3. NOW THIS IS WHAT SAVES TIME: look at my screenshot here and look at the size of these apps! The apps with “remove” tag are on my phone right now. I juggle along with what I need since I have only 16GB of memory on my phone. WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS GO TO PHONE and DELETE apps that are not essential right now – THEY CAN BE RESTORED LATER, Apple knows what you have purchased – this will save tons of time today – so check it out.
  4. Screen shot desktop iTunes - Russ Imrie

    Screen shot desktop iTunes of largest apps on my iPhone – Russ Imrie

    1. iMovie is almost a GB – you can restore it at leisure later on but right now you don’t need it to slow your updating with this – Excel is ½ GB remove it (left Word because that’s very important) – I removed a dictionary and also Trip Advisor – these are not essential apps at this point and will be re-installed later. So dump the fattest ones you won’t need immediately after you turn your updated phone on. This stuff you will not be downloading during your restore  from iCloud! WHOOPEE!
  7. Did you backup to iCloud again?
  8. Charge phone/pad 100%! Take your cord and charger – they have plugs.
  9. OK – I go to nearby Apple Store and use their wifi – much faster than at home but still can take a long time. You can use your own wifi or use the iTunes backup just made. But I prefer to totally dump system and restore phone as if it were new from my most recent iCloud backup. (WHY? I want all the cluttered files, diagnostic stuff, and any crash reports and stuff gone – these have been slowing phone/pad down and they are better gone – this is time to do it) This means you’ll be re-entering your phone lock pin, fingerprints if you have that, pick English, etc. But not all your app passwords, wifi passwords, etc. because THEY HAVE BEEN SAVED AND COME BACK FROM YOUR JUST DONE iCLOUD BACKUP!
  10. You will be asked if you want to restore from iCloud backup so say yes and do it. All your apps from last iCloud backup will come in, expedited since you dumped the fatties.
  11. Watch paint dry. And apps restore. Look at all the groovy Apple people. Ask iPerson to watch your phone so you can find an iPotty.
  12. Play around with iOS9 – can’t wait to see multi-screening on iPad Mini2 – too bad can’t do split screen on that but screen in screen will be hot (iHope.)
distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, craft beer enthusiast, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. For a decade Imrie built systems and lived totally off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California near Silicon Valley. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet)

Copyright Russell Imrie 2015