Ed Robidoux

July Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Ed Robidoux. A month-long exhibition of works based on Ed Robidoux’s preferred style of landscapes and long exposures will showcase images of southern beaches, mountains, flora and fauna, and cultural heritage. Skilled in macro photography – the art of taking detailed, close-up pictures of very small objects like the tendrils of plants – he especially enjoys the challenge of capturing some of life’s lovely, transient moments. Coming from a mechanical-engineering background, and he approaches the craft of photography not only with passion but also through discipline. With considerable experience in camerawork gleaned from studies and achievements dating from the 1970s onward, Robidoux relishes sharing with others the value of good technique. He has been an instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Coastal Carolina University and for Southern Exposures and Art, teaching mainly Photoshop Creative Cloud and Photoshop Elements, which enable fellow photographers to become more skilled in digital photography, particularly in post-processing, photographic workflows. In October 2015, he founded the Tidelands Photography Club and currently serves as its President. The club’s dual mission is to capture the natural beauty and heritage of our area while promoting amongst its members, through ongoing education and through outings, an improved level of photographic ability. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org. 

Hacked Cellphone

I am excited because my cellphone was hacked into in the last two nights.

The reason I am excited is because I was prepared for this event. I had deleted all my contact information a couple of weeks ago and have nothing on my iPhone 5S.

At first I thought all my efforts were to naught.

During the night two nights ago the phone light came on and the room looked like lightning had struck (I will explain that feature in another post). Today the battery was dead even though I had charged it to full charge yesterday and it often lasts at least a week because of my low usage.

I am sure this hack was because of the SS7 issue.

I may change my cellphone number.

Roy Frost, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Contacts Online

I would suggest if you are using any free eMail Service to never store your contacts online.

Most hackers want your contact list so they can pretend to be sending from you. Making it more likely that your friends will click on their bad links.

I find if you look very close they are sending from their account rather than your account (this is new). I got fooled once on this because I sent back telling my friend they had been hacked only to find I really sent back to the bad guy and that told them my eMail was a good one.

If you do store your contacts online I would also suggest you have in your contacts a fake eMail address of your own that you check every day to know when your service has been hacked into rather than depending on one of your friends to tip you off.

P.S. When you buy your Apple Device you are paying for your eMail service. And you can trust Apple a lot better than any of the free services.

Roy Frost from TheGoodAppleClub

Cell Service on $15.00/ Month

I am using an iPhone with the SIM Card removed. The good side of this is it takes care of the security issues with SS7. The downside is you have to place a SIM Card on every update. It also nags you every time you power back up telling you there is no SIM Card (twice).

I am using a Hotspot from Tracfone, 1 gig for $15.00 per month. At the moment I have no idea how much talk or text I can get with 1 gigabyte. But I will update you right here as soon as I figure that out. My TracFone Hotspot uses Verizon’s Network.

I got my VoIP number from TextNow. Text and Talk are free but supported by advertising, you can also pay for the service to get Ad free Service. There are several VoIP service providers out there and I have no way of rating all of them.

The downside of using WiFi for your cellular service is Apple seems to disconnect from WiFi after the iPhone goes to sleep now. This is also good because the iPhone is no longer broadcasting the WiFi connections that it has connected to in the past. At the moment you may have to wake your device up every now and again. When I set TextNow up I was warned that 911 would not work. I think they mean the location services that normally work with 911 will not work. I hope iOS 10 takes care of that.

I am looking forward to iOS 10. I believe this way of using my iPhone will be even better.

You could use this idea on your iPad or iPod Touch as well. Yes you could use your iPad just like an iPhone. Although it may not fit your ear as well. LOL.

P.S. I use my home WiFi and when out and about use other secured WiFi to keep my useage in check.

Roy Frost from TheGoodAppleClub

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