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I have to tell you, I was deluged with responses yesterday to my “FaceTime” piece about Apple, and how the company seems utterly unable to deal with the fact that my wife has a five year old computer that works just fine, but is being left behind by new technology advances that could leave her unable to synch her iPhone and desktop computer. (I thought that the notion of technology advances was interesting philosophically, though I also thought that Apple was not doing a good enough job dealing with longtime and loyal customers. Like us.)

The net result of yesterday’s emails was that I was inspired to do a little research, and I reached out to Computer Supercenter, an independent store in Greenwich, Connecticut, that we used to patronize before the Apple Stores came into being. There, they assured me that that could install more than enough RAM in my wife’s computer to allow her to make the requisite upgrades in her operating system that will then allow her to transition to iCloud. They said they do it all the time, and while it may negate the computer’s warranty, the iMac is more than five years old and isn’t covered under warranty anyway.

The cost will be about $100, including labor for installation. (I gather that some people do this sort of thing themselves. I would not be one of those people.) And it apparently will take about 15 minutes.

I’ll be doing this next week, and will report back. And, as always, I appreciate the kindness and enthusiasm of the MNB community. You’re the best.




I finally caught up with My Week with Marilyn, a film that somehow I managed to miss when it was in theaters. The pieces, I think, are more interesting than the whole - there are wonderful performances, especially by Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier; and the fifties British milieu is fascinating. But somehow I found the whole package to be just a little lacking ... but then again, maybe that’s because I could not help but hope for a happy ending, and there are no happy endings when it comes to Marilyn Monroe.




I have three wines to recommend this week:

2011 Laxas Albarino ... lovely and a little spicy, a wonderful example of one of my favorite wines.

2008 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon, big and bold and perfect with steak (or, dare I say, a pink slime-less hamburger).

2010 Santa Cruz de Alpera, from Spain, Mrs. Content Guy’s new favorite, a bright white wine described as being “elaborated from Verdejo grapes.” Just great.




That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.

Slainte!
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