Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

By Paul Gorski

Reader Nicole Montgomery asked for my opinion whether she should upgrade her Mac OS. Read her request and comments at http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/07/01/tech-friendly-apple-releases-security-updates-and-bug-fixes-for-mavericks-and-ios-7/.

Apple updates the Mac OS very often, issuing a major upgrade about every 18 months, with minor patches in between. Sometimes these upgrades are not so “major,” but do bring a few useful new features or bug fixes. Over the past few years, these upgrades have fixed, or created, problems with the Mail.app, Wi-Fi connectivity, and corporate file server connections. More often, Apple updates a service, like iCloud, or an app, like Pages or Keynote, that requires a Mac OS upgrade, whether you want to upgrade...

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans
By Paul Gorski
According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. … The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.”

This history was apparently news to some Rockford City Council members as they recently debated whether to issue a permit for this year’s Labor Day Parade. Yes, organized labor worked to create and sponsor the Labor Day holiday for more than 100 years...

Read the full article at:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/27/meet-john-doe-labor-unions-gave-us-labor-day-and-longer-life-spans/

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet John Doe: Take control of your local government and vote in the November election

By Paul Gorski
Please vote this fall — do not let a small group of vocal voters control the election this November.
Less than 20 percent of the registered voters in Winnebago County voted in the spring primary elections. Worse, less than 15 percent of the registered voters in Rockford cast a ballot in the primaries.
Primary voters decided some of the races. This means a small group of residents decided who is going to hold local office, or at least, advance to the next step in the election process...