Sunday, January 16, 2011

That Mentos Spider Commercial if you missed it

For my father. A BMW Story.

This is a photo story of (the author's) father's 1958 BMW R50:

Boy meets girl, gets married, buys motorcycle. Rides it for 60,000
miles and has accident when wife is pregnant with 3rd child. (me) Wife
orders motorcycle to be taken off road until all her children are
grown and on their own. One day when bike is moved to a different
storage location, son sits on bike and dreams of being a Jedi Master
like his father. Couple grows old together and bike is not ridden for
40 years. Husband is now a grandfather of 7 and married for 50 years,
when he dies of a stroke at age 71.

Son looks over the old rotting machine and finds note attached to it
from his father to him. Son decides to restore the old 1958 BMW R-50
as a tribute to his father. With the help of many friends, especially
Peter Nettesheim, world renowned BMW collector, bike is restored to
look even better than it did when it was built in Germany.
Watch it at 720p in full screen for best quality.

Limit apps (and more) that others can access on your iPhone or iPad

As part of my thirst for techie knowledge, I would estimate that I read about 150 websites (through an RSS reader) a day.

I rarely "unitask".  I really enjoy sitting down after dinner to watch the news and begin to "Read the entire internet so you don't have to.®"  So, I was surprised today when I read about Restrictions on Apple's iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad and had never seen it before.

I have always endeavored to involve my daughters, Paige (7) and Kaitlyn (5), in technology. An example of that is Paige's review of the iPad and an iPad App, Pocket Pond.  Most recently their Angry Birds obsession has been leaving me without my iPad for long periods of time.

Leaving the iPad in the hands of the girls comes with a few risks.  I have a case, so that reduces that concern, but what about content restrictions?  There are some not-so-nice-things on YouTube and the internet they could access if not watched carefully.

Enter iOS's Restrictions setting. Settings -> General -> Restrictions

Here you can restrict (through a 4 digit PIN code) a user's access to Safari, YouTube, iTunes, Installing Apps, Deleting Apps, Location Services, Accounts, In-App Purchases, Select what ratings of movies, TV music, podcasts, and apps they can access, plus Game Center settings (not that anyone uses Game Center).

Click here for the PDF link to Apple's iPad user guide.

You also may be interested in Searching for iPhone or iPad accessories.