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Size Matters as US Hegemon Fumes

By Russ Imrie from San Francisco, February 17, 2017. 

Over 700 million Chinese are online today and that Internet market has room to grow; in technical development and global influence—a lot of room to grow.  

Meanwhile the United States, with a total population of a mere 340 million or so struggles and tries to uphold its Internet primacy. 

Yes, the Internet emerged in the US but control of standards, managerial values, and culture of users’ social values is slipping away, eroding as Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was chewed up as unprecedented volumes of water flowed over a backup that had never been needed in 48 years. 

The sheer mass of China’s user base enables a robust divergence from the ebbing paradigm, another “Spillway” if you will. This extends to politics, national security issues, and social issues such as crime, climate change, water, etc. etc. China’s dealings with these is often problematic for the US, as they are in China ‘s self interest and less and less under US control. 

An example of these huge global issues is the near-extinction of wild Rhinoceros [to the disgust of the West] herds by poachers supplying the horns for their so-called medicinal powers to the Chinese market. Huge influence there but the slaughter goes on. China’s “Great Firewall” blocking offshore Internet, and a murky regulatory environment awash in corruption and crony collusion are components of a western mindset of China as well; sort of ugly. 

On another note though, the outsized sway of Chinese markets is breaking ground on another nasty problem. Controls have been laid on carfentanil, a synthetic drug that is fueling a deadly epidemic in  China and  the US. Struggling law enforcement has been hapless in stopping the rash of overdoses and criminal marketing of opioids.

So size does matter, enhanced with Rhino horn or not as the world changes and China edges into the “good guy” circle. 


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)

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