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Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Celebrations

This year, my Mother's Birthday and Thanksgiving fell relatively close, so it seemed- if I was not planning for one celebration, I was planning for the other.

As usual, my brother-in-law provided the beautiful Poinsettias that will decorate the entry and fireplace this holiday season.

For her birthday, I gave my Mother a gift card and made her favorite brownies.

I seldom purchase gift cards, however this year she seemed interested in any number of items she found online at one of her favorite department stores, so I thought it a safe bet.

That said, I have been updating my stores with seasonal finds I want to add to my shopping cart instead of gift cards:

Also keeping me busy:

  • Social media posts, see here.
  • Switching protocols from FTP to SFTP for areas on qisoftware.com that require frequent updates, i.e., Remix and this blog.
  • Research related to local area businesses.

Hope you are enjoying the holidays.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

I Love Mac & Cheese, Holidays, Fall

Do you have a cash rewards credit card? I received a $50 check in the mail Thursday, because I finally reached the payout threshold with the latest billing cycle.

All in all it was a nice week...

That said, I did not feel well yesterday morning. I felt so bad, that even though I wanted to go inside my bank to deposit the check and ask questions about a service offering, I chose to stay in the car and use the drive-through window. Glad I am feeling better today.

Earlier in the week, I worked on the stores and several other projects.

Also happy to report no more problems with my Android. See the last post.

Are you interested in what's going on insofar as National Holiday Events? How about events in my area, Arundel Mills/Live Casino? All of this looks pretty festive.

I am also putting together my market list for Thanksgiving. I wanted to try something new this year, however I think I am going to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. What about you?


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Android Storage Space Error Message

For the last two weeks, I have experienced problems with my Android in that an error message indicated the Storage Space was under 250 MB causing several applications [apps] to malfunction.

Briefly the specs on my Android include:

  • Android OS 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 16GB Storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • No SD Card Slot

Initially, I tried several solutions however the error returned within a day or so. One of my problems, I use my Android and the Chrome browser quite a bit and tend to leave the browser cache unattended. Deleting the browser cache helped for a moment or two. I also deleted several apps I rarely used. Neither of these solutions worked long term.

Then I discovered, the error message was a bit misleading in that it was not actually the storage space that was causing the problem, more the amount of free RAM.

Why "all of a sudden" was this causing a "Storage Space" problem on the Android I have used daily since February 2015?

I believe it is because recent releases of the apps I use, provide more instant notifications requiring the programs to stay resident in memory.

For example, my Amazon App now provides an instant notification every time something on my "Wish List" is on sale as a Deal.

When these notifications started in October [2017], I was pleased. I still love the feature, however I had to disable it on that app as well as most of the others to free up RAM space on my Android.

As noted, solutions included turning off "Show Notifications" for most of the apps running on the Android. Since I will miss those notifications, I researched devices that would be able to handle the many applications I use on tablet/Android devices and came up with two solutions [iPad & Samsung devices with lots of storage and memory]:

Have you had a similar problem?




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