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Your Mac Life #1236 for December 4, 2019!

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Good News, Bad News!

As most of you realized, there was no Your Mac Life show last week. Sadly, there won't be one this week either. :(

As I said on last week's show, I've picked up some part-time work at the local pulp and paper mill during one of their scheduled shutdowns. I'm a "Hatch Safety Worker." The hard-working contractors have to go into *very* confined spaces to do maintenance and repair and I'm on the outside, monitoring their safety. It's actually a nice gig but physically tiring if only because I'm not used to standing on my feet for 10+ hours a day.

We'll get back to our regularly scheduled show on November 6th!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR OCTOBER 2ND, 2019!

Good news, bad news!

The good news is, I've finally got an appointment for an ultrasound. I've had a "frozen shoulder" (I can't lift my left arm above my shoulder) for quite some time and it needed x-rays (already done, found no problem) and now an ultrasound.

The bad news is because we live in a small community, there are no ultrasound facilities around us. My appointment in the big city was for October 31st but they just called me and said they have a cancellation for today. But it's for late in the afternoon and the ferries we need to take back and forth to the city only run every 2 hours this time of year. So I can't make it back in time for the Your Mac Life show this evening. :(

Hope to see you all next week!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR AUGUST 14TH, 2019!

We've been getting average speeds out of our local Internet provider so when Telus offered us a great deal on fibre optic, we jumped on it.

It's been a disaster.

The installation was on Monday and, of course, while the technician was here, everything worked fine. Almost as soon as he left, things went to hell in a handbasket. He came back on Tuesday and "fixed" everything. Of course, it went back into the handbasket last night and this morning. He's coming by again today but he can't do it until the end of the day....during Your Mac Life show time. :(

Hopefully, he'll get this fustercluck fixed and we can get back online for next week's show.

NO YOUR MAC LIFE SHOW FOR JULY 17TH!

Shawn and Melissa are off on a motorcycle trip this week!

YOUR MAC LIFE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW CANCELED! :(

SON OF A BITCH!

It’s Wednesday so…of course something bad happened!

Because it’s the first really nice day in a while, we’ve got all the windows open, airing out the house. Wallace the cat took this opportunity to jump out of the bedroom window - as he does. Except, this time…

HE GOT CAUGHT AND TOOK THE ROUTER WITH HIM!

I hear the crash and go outside to see what had happened. Sure enough - broken router. And, because we live in a small town, there’s no chance of getting a new one until….FRIDAY….

So, the 25th Anniversary show will have to hit until we get back from Lisbon. It’s a real shame. We were going to have cake for everyone….

:(

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELED FOR FEBRUARY 6TH, 2019!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELED FOR FEBRUARY 6TH, 2019!

We had three power outages overnight here in our little small town. We've had two more during the today - one in the morning and one this afternoon. Apparently, it's due to the "Arctic outflow" (what our American friends are calling the Polar Vortex) messing with the power stations and the additional strain on the electric grid due to the "extreme" cold weather.

Due to an (over)abundance of caution, we are shutting down our electronics for the rest of the day until the situation stabilizes - I can't afford a new Mac if this one gets fried due to a power failure or brownout!

We'll be back next week.

mophie juice pack air Review

We reviewed the mophie juice pack air on the last Your Mac Life!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR JANUARY 9TH, 2019

No show tonight. I’ve screwed my back up again and can’t sit up straight. Luckily, it’s only muscular but still getting painful spasms…

I tried holding off on this call as long as I could but, I'm going back to bed...

ZAGG is now a Prize Sponsor of Your Mac Life!

Big thanks to the nice folks at ZAGG for being a "prize sponsor" of Your Mac Life!

They make a bunch of really great products including my favourite battery case - the mophie juice pack, as well as screen protectors from InvisibleShield, power management solutions, mobile keyboards, social tech, and personal audio by IFROGZ and Braven!

It's easy to enter the contest to win - simply send me an email at zagg [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com and we'll put it in the virtual hat for the monthly drawings!

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Your Mac Life CANCELLED for October 31st, 2018

Well….shit…..the 12 year old just came home and wants/need me and his mom to come to the school Halloween Party with him (it’s his first one in his new high school and he’s shy and nervous about going)…..So I can’t do the show tonight….

Melissa and I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018

If it's Wednesday....

I noticed this earlier in the day, when I had to reboot our router because it had started to drop the connection and be very slow when it was up. Well, it's down now. :(

Our little local ISP says it can see the issue and are working on restoring the service but there's no telling how long that will take.

Sorry folks. :(

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR AUGUST 22ND, 2018

No show tonight…..12 year old has been having tooth issues - one is coming in sideways - and we’ve been waiting for a dental appointment. They just had a cancellation late this afternoon and, because we live in the middle of nowhere, the dentist is an hour drive away. We won’t be able to get back in time for the show tonight.

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR JUNE 13TH, 2018

Melissa and I have spent the entire morning lying in bed. It's been wonderful. Except for the part where we're *BOTH* sick as dogs, moaning, whining, coughing, complaining and trying each to get the other to get up and get more coffee...

It's been a miserable couple of days and we won't be doing a Your Mac Life show this evening.

In related news, this is the *third* cold I've gotten in the past 12 months. I didn't have that many in the past *decade*. Melissa says it's not her fault but I think she's a carrier of little kid germs she gets from the schools she works at. Just a preliminary theory of mine.

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR APRIL 11TH, 2018

I tried vaping for the first time on Monday (yay!) but I had a *really* weird, possibly allergic, reaction to it.

I’m having a lot of trouble breathing and pain in my chest….!….It was pretty bad yesterday. It's getting better but I'm still not 100% today.

I’m not going to be able to do the show tonight.

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELED FOR FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018

I wish I could say tonight's show was canceled for Valentine's Day but....

First Melissa's oldest son came home with a cold. Then the second son came home with a cold. And now, of course, I've got a cold.

So the three of us are moping and sniffling and coughing and sneezing and whiny. I'm sure poor Melissa is beside herself trying to take care of three sick boys.

NOT RECOVERED FROM AUSTRALIA - NO YML THIS EVENING :(

We've been back from Australia for almost a week. We thought it wouldn't be a problem getting back into the groove.

It's been a problem. :(

Neither Melissa or I have slept well since we've been back (we didn't sleep all that well while we were there - damn 4:30am cockatoos!) and just don't have the energy to do a Your Mac Life show this evening.

But we promise to have the first show of the New Year next Wednesday. Our apologies.

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR NOVEMBER 15th, 2017!

We’re having a *major* storm here right now - wind, hail, rain. Power is going on and off. Storm expected to last for a few more hours so, to be safe, I’m shutting down all my gear so I don’t fry anything….so, no show tonight….Sorry folks. :(

MOVING DAY - YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017

TODAY IS MOVING DAY!

And it sucks....

Does *anyone* like moving? This will be my 12th move in the last 16 years (and second in the past 5 months). Yes, I *am* tired of it.

I thought I could get everything I needed to get done in time to do tonight's Your Mac Life show but...best-laid plans and all of that.

So my apologies but I'm going to have to cancel tonight's show. The next broadcast will be from the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia - my new home!

Your Mac Life for August 9, 2017 - **CANCELLED**

Unfortunately, real life rears its ugly head and Shawn has to work this evening, so tonight's show (August 9th) is cancelled.

Shawn sends his apologies and looks forward to seeing y'all next week.

Cheers,
Sly

Archives for July 26th, 2017

This week's show "Your Mac Life for July 26, 2017"

It's Wednesday, you know what that means, right? Yep, Shawn's computer has died. He'll hopefully be able to troubleshoot by next week, but unfortunately, tonight's show (July 26th) is cancelled.

Shawn hopes to be back next week!

Cheers,
Sly

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR JULY 12TH, 2017

As many of you know, I ride a motorcycle. Specifically, a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES Sport Touring bike.

I've only had the bike since late October of 2014 and yet I've already put over 65,000 kms (over 40,000 miles). The dealership I take it to for maintenance says I've got the most miles of anyone they service in the lower mainland. :)

The downside of that many miles (and my mechanical incompetence) is that I need to be scrupulous about maintenance. The bike is my only vehicle and I can't afford to let it break down.

I'm telling you all of this because the only time my dealership can fit me in for the next major maintenance work is tomorrow afternoon and it will take 4-5 hours to complete (apparently, my bike is a PITA to take apart and put back together again). That means I won't be able to get back from the dealership in time for tomorrow evening's Your Mac Life show.

My apologies but I hope you understand. Gotta go take care of my baby!

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR MAY 17TH, 2017

Sorry folks - No show tonight. I was hoping to get internet access today but, because of the short notice of my (latest) move, they couldn’t squeeze me in. They just called and said Friday at the earliest. :(

NO YOUR MAC LIFE FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2017

Sorry but no Your Mac Life tonight. I’ve got *excruciating* pain in my left shoulder and can’t raise my arm. The pain is so bad it’s causing me to have flashes and dizzy spells for a few seconds. I’ve actually been lying down most of the day. I’m typing one handed (insert your own joke here). No idea what caused it but it’s too painful to try to do a show through. Any movement of my shoulder feels like someone is driving a stake through it. :(

YOUR MAC LIFE CANCELLED FOR MARCH 8TH, 2017

Sorry folks. Home life bullshit is intruding on Podcast Day. Sorry.

TONIGHT'S YOUR MAC LIFE IS CANCELLED

Out here in the boondocks, 20cm (7") of snow is expected to fall in the next few hours. That's ON TOP OF the 80cm (31") we got over this past weekend.

It's already started snowing and, if the past storms are any indication, I'll be experiencing power failures, surges, and brownouts in about two hours. :(

So I’m going to cancel the show tonight. I can’t afford to leave all this gear plugged in and have it get fried. I don’t have backups of the gear and I can’t afford to replace it. Sorry.

YML January 25, 2017 - Tonight's Show Cancelled

Hi all,

Unfortunately, Shawn's internet is down, which means tonight's show has to be cancelled. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Hope to see you next week!

Cheers,
Sly (for Shawn)

YML Listener Christmas Video!

Thanks to everyone who sent in a holiday greeting this year!

TONIGHT'S YOUR MAC LIFE IS CANCELLED!

Sorry everyone! I've gotta cancel tonight's YML. I'm having some *amazingly* painful stomach and lower cramps. I can't sit still for more than 15 mins before I need to get up and walk around. :(

No idea what the issue is but I can't do a show where I can't sit still. :(

I hope all of our American listeners have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!