Happy Birthday, Jacob!

Life is something that is so incredible to celebrate. We wish to celebrate the recent birth of Jacob Matthew Walker! Such a blessing you are to your parents John Mark and Meg.

this beautiful inheritance

We are excited to share with you that at 2:12am on February 9, 2016, our son, Jacob Matthew, entered the world! He weighs 5 lbs 13 oz. We are treasuring our time with Jacob as a family and are thrilled to get to meet him. Please continue to pray for us and our time together. Praise God for this new life! We will keep you updated!

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Stay off the roads already…

If you’re living in the DC Metro region, you may have noticed that all you hear on the news this week is that snow is coming. No they’re not talking about a new season of Game of Thrones and the great Jon Snow. They’re referring to precipitation. 

Earlier this week there was a light dusting of snow. It got ugly as apparently there were over 700 collisions in the state, most in the northern Virginia area. While there are several contributing factors to include everyone being caught off guard by a light dusting on untreated roads which turned icy, in addition to DC region drivers generally not knowing how to drive in the snow unless they’re a migrant from places such as Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine or the great state of Ohio. 

Nevertheless, it took up to two hours for some individuals to go 20 miles. Ridiculous some might say. With the impending doom of the blizzard of 2016 on our doorstep, take a word of warning to stay off the roads… Empire storm troopers will be patrolling local roads in AT-AT carriers clearing roads of vehicles as depicted in the image above 😉

Seriously though, a lot of snow is expected. If you haven’t prepared yet, well there’s still some time but not much. Non perishable items are your best bet at this point along with batteries and a full tank of gas. My prediction is that main roads will be cleared in the next few days but you can expect to get to know your family pretty well these next few days – be safe, stay indoors. 

Snowdaze

Earlier this week, there was a mention that on Wednesday evening there was a chance for flurries. Most of us heeded this information and said, “well that will be pleasant to have a dusting of snow prior to this forecasted blizzard.” Little did we know that this dusting would turn into a mini winter weather event that would cause 150+ accidents and cancel school in Fairfax County. Mind you that there’s a little less than an inch of snow on the ground. The caveat being that the snow is basically ice with a coating of snow.

Enjoy your day off folks and be vigilant about snow flakes… One can never determine their intent.

Apple and the percentage bar . . .

Apple and the percentage bar…
If you’ve been using an iOS device over the past few years, one of the neat little things that they added was the ability to have a numeric percentage next to the battery bar. A friend of mine actually recommended just not having that number displayed as it was misleading.
Apparently he was right as Apple has come forth stating that they’re investigating inaccurate percentage bug in the iPhone 6s and 6s+ devices. The caveat for me is that I’m pretty certain this is true for iPhone 6 and 6+ device holders as well – or at least it seemed that way to me where it wouldn’t update properly.
Needless to say, if you’re looking at your iPhone and you wonder what’s up, it may not be just you scratching your head wondering why your phone just powered off at 88%.

Yosemite and iOS 8 – Making Calls

So you’ve recently installed Yosemite (OSX 10.10) onto your MacBook Pro or other Mac device and you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 8.0.2 and you’re thinking, “Gee, I wish I could make phone calls with OSX through my phone… can’t believe I have to wait til iOS 8.1.”

Actually you don’t. You have to wait for iOS 8.1 for SMS text messaging through Messages and Apple Pay and a couple other things. You can make calls today through your phone on your OSX machine.

How you ask? Simple. Step one, open up Contacts… if you’re me, you double tap the command key which pops up the Alfred App and then type in the contacts.  Type in the individuals name and bring up their contact card. Next to the individuals name, click the phone icon like here:

Contacts

So you click on the phone and your iPhone running iOS 8 happens to be nearby and boom, you see this pop up in the upper right corner of your screen:

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And you hear a dial tone and it’s like your MBP is now your phone – spiffy.  And then the person on the other end picks up. 😮

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And you have your call and life is good.

But then suppose someone calls you… and your phone is around. Well, if you’re not expecting it, you might be a little surprised when you hear your MBP ringing and you see this pop up in the upper right hand corner…

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Pretty spiffy.

But what if you miss a call… no worries, OSX lets you know and it gets posted in your notification center. So after that coffee break, you walk back in and you see this in the upper right hand corner:

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But what if you’re about to make a presentation to stockholders or colleagues or you’re busy and you don’t want to be bothered?

Just enable Do not Disturb within the Notification Center – just like you would so that you don’t get messages popping up and such… and walla, no phone calls ringing.

So no need to wait for iOS 8.1, sure there are some gems that come with that as well, but make your calls using your MBP to your hearts desire 🙂

The Bourne Legacy

So after seeing the original Bourne Trilogy and being half way through the novel “The Bourne Legacy”, I figured why not check the movie out that came out this past year. The movie starts off with the main character, Aaron Cross, in Alaska training. Definitely different than the book, but interesting nonetheless.

I will say that I was a bit frustrated that they attempted to marry the story up to the book plot line by introducing a non-Treadstone agent into the mix named “LARX” which I presume was to be akin to the character “Khan” or “Joshua Bourne” from the book.

If you’re looking for deep plot, avoid this, but if you’re looking for some action with attempts at chemistry building, check it out.

The Bourne Legacy – Amazon Link

What’s your favorite chair?

So maybe about six months ago I picked up a Herman Miller Aeron chair. It’s been a decent investment in the sense that my back isn’t frustrated at me when I’m spending multiple hours sitting and coding software, writing blog posts or working on developing environments.

Well, LifeHacker had a decent article about different chairs recently that might be of interest to the rest of you to add your comments to…

http://lifehacker.com/5941523/five-best-office-chairs