Ronnie Ugulano

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1. Can the apps(?) use internet data when I'm not using the apps?   This has already been answered, but yes, you can keep apps from accessing the internet. Make sure you have someone show you how. Different phones have different routes to what you want.

2. Is there a new technology on the horizon for cellphones that will be amazing and available in the next year or so?
Not really, from what I think is your standpoint. New, faster phones, using 5G are coming, but you don't need 5G to do what you want to do. When those 5G phones come out, the prices for 4G phones will begin to drop. This is always a good time for people new to smartphones to buy a phone.

3. Can I take print-ready photos on a phone or are they only internet-ready photos?  I don't know what the difference is, but some photos print well, and some don't.  I want to take ones that do. "Internet Ready" images are usually only 72dpi. Some website images have been optimized to be pretty skinny on the megabytes, and rarely print well. Current printers can print at far higher resolutions, and phones can offer printing at those high resolutions. I think my phone will capture at least 12 megapixels.

4. Is it true, you can't turn a smartphone off? Not true. You can easily turn a smartphone off. In fact, a smartphone will charge much faster off, than if it is on. I rarely turn my phone off, but once in a while I do just to clear all the circuits. Sometimes, if my phone starts doing funky unexplainable things, I'll turn it off, and take out the sim card, and leave it out for a minute or two. This totally discharges all of the working circuits, and when the sim card goes back in and is turned on, things often right themselves.

5. What is the battery life of a smartphone?  My friend charges hers twice a day.  My flip phone, I charge once every 6 weeks.  I charge my phone once a day, sometimes twice a day, depending on how much I use it. If I'm using Google Maps a great deal, or going online often while shopping, I'll use the battery faster and It'll need a recharge by midafternoon. One thing to remember: Always get your phone off of the charger as soon as it has been charged. So, for example, don't put it on the charger when you go to bed and unplug it in the morning. You will weaken the battery, and it won't be able to hold a charge in less than a year. I can wake up (around 6am) and charge my phone in an hour or less and it'll be ready before I leave the house at around 8:30. I also keep a USB charging wire i my car, if I need to repower while I'm on the road, but usually the morning powerup does it fine.

And remember, I'm a 100 megabyte/month plan, which some people on here seem to think is impossible

Yes, it can be done IF you have reliable access to wifi wherever you go, and IF your phone recognizes the Wifi access types. I have had some phones and tablets on my workbench that will only connect to my 2mhz wifi. Some places can't offer both 2 and 5mhz. Some older phones will hardly connect to wifi at all, anywhere. If you can do it, that's awesome!
2 months ago
My credentials: In my day job, I'm a computer nerd, and I regularly volunteer my time to help older ones get their first phones and tablets, and teach them how to use them. In the past 6 years, I've probably taught about a hundred people, mostly over age 50.

You are describing plans with megabytes. You will not get very far with 100-250 megabytes of data. You might be able to download a single program with that much data, but you won't be able to use it until next month with that much. Next month after it gets here, your megabytes will be used up in less than 10 minutes. I actually had a friend that bought a phone on a phone plan like this, and we couldn't even update his phone (always a first step after getting a new phone) on that amount of data. We could have used wifi for that, but the phone he bought was so cheap, it wouldn't connect. He was frustrated with his phone because of it, and I don't think he uses it at all now because of that experience.

You need to think in terms of gigabytes of data, 1000x more than megabytes. For the things you describe in your first post, you want at least 2 gigabytes of data. If you do the bulk of your surfing, Google Maps, square-ing, and banking on wifi somewhere, you could get by on 2 gigabytes of data. But, I should warn you, you should do your banking and square transactions on your own data. Using public wifi for that is asking for trouble.

I prefer Samsung (Android) devices, and as of this date, you want something at least as new as "Nougat", certainly no farther back than "Marshmallow". Yeah, older devices are cheaper, but they're also more frustrating. They're slow, too. You want something with at least 2 gigabytes of RAM, and 16 gigabytes of space. The space is often misnamed "memory". If you buy a phone with only 8 gigabytes of space, you will be sorry.

Yes, you want a micro SD card to boost what you have. I recommend SanDisk brand. Get at least 16gb, 64gb is better, but get at least 16.

If you aren't all bored out of your gourd from the above, I'll come back around later, if there are questions.
2 months ago
Looks like a pecan tree to me.
2 months ago
I found folks using clear nail polish, antibiotic cream or coconut oil.  They coat the post. . .surgical-grade stainless steel for the earring wires, posts, and findings.

I tried all of these. None of them worked. Thus the plastic.
5 months ago
I had to have my ears pierced 3 times (same hole) because all of the earrings we tried made my ears itchy, swollen and runny. It was a mess. In high school, my mom pierced my ears the old fashioned way, with a needle with several strands of thread and a potato. Yep, that was fun. I wore thread "earrings" for more than a year, just to make sure that they wouldn't close. Once the hole stayed open, I became expert in changing the thread (about once a week) and soaking my ears and thread earrings in alcohol every day.

But the problem remained. Any earrings with metal, and my ears became a mess in 2 hours. It wasn't until I married that I stumbled upon a solution. Plastic french hooks. We had a make-cheap-jewelry store in our town, and they stocked both plastic french hooks and the backs of earrings. My husband got to be very good at retrofitting any earrings that I liked so I could wear them. Eventually, the jewelry store closed, but I still have a bunch of french hooks. I don't know where I can buy them now, but if necessary, I suppose the wide world of the web will help me to find some more.
5 months ago
I have walking onions in my back yard. They are easy to grow, and I really like them. I started out with only a single one, gotten at a college farmer's market, and let it reproduce for a few years before using them. They're kind of hot--spicy, but good!
7 months ago
I've found success adding some dry milk to the warm milk before adding the culture. This thickens up the final product nicely.
8 months ago
What you use as a worm farm can differ on various needs. You mentioned you don't want it to be too big. What will you be composting with your worms and what kind of volume? Weeds? Brush? Kitchen leftovers? Knowing that will help you to know not only what is "too big", but also what would be "big enough".

I have an old bathtub and a couple of 9" x 18" x 36" cement mixing trays. I can compost an awful lot with that space, but currently, I'm rebuilding my worm herd after a significant loss. When my worm populations gets to where it was, I will have many, many hundred thousand worms, and they'll eat it all up in short time. The bathtub came out of a bathroom remodel, and the two cement mixing trays were cheap at the farm supply.

Stacking trays such as used in Can-O-Worms or Worm Factory will save you space, and each tray is about 5-6". With one of those, you can add trays to accommodate whatever you throw at it, as long as you have the worms to keep up. But Both Can-O-Worms & Worm Factory are not cheap, unless you get them second hand.

In either case, once the worms have been at it, they will break it all down to small spaces (the original trash compactors), and you refill and do it again and again, until the bins/trays/whatever fill up. But if you're talking processing all the weeds, dead fruit/veggies/stems from a 1/2 acre garden, you'll want at least a couple of Cans-O-Worms, or Worm Factories. For me, that would mean probably another bathtub to go with what I have to give me very generous room at the end of a summer harvest, but by the time spring comes back around there would be room to do it all over again - assuming you have the worms to care for it.
8 months ago

Is vermiculture a viable way to dispose of this bedding?

Yes. Not in a pit, but using worms to dispose of your pet's used bedding is a good idea. We raised pet rats for years, and routinely dumped the used bedding. The worms like regular inputs, and it's easy to start with a small system using what you have.


You can enclose it all in a small bin, but I prefer keeping it outside in a shaded corner. Once the worms multiply to how much you put in, it will be like a never filling pile. You'll add something, and after a while, the pile won't grow any more, or just barely.
9 months ago
I'm not on a homestead, but I do end up with cooking fats that I certainly don't want to go down the drain. I have a few strategies.

I may find a place away from foot traffic in a corner of a garden, and pour the grease there on the ground. The local bacteria will eventually take care of it.

Another option is to collect and freeze it. During the winter, I may plop a glop of the fat in an area where the birds frequent, and they will nibble it down over the course of a few days. Some people tuck the fat into a pine cone and hang it up in a tree. Fat is hard to get in the winter, and they'll be happy to get it. The cold keeps it solid, or nearly so, and noticeable to the birds.

My other strategy is to either pour or glop a chunk of the fat in a corner of my worm bin, buried a few inches down to discourage smells. Yes, worms will eat the fat. Worms will eat nearly anything biodegradable. I put it in a corner so that they can go get it if they want, and stay away if they don't. Also, being limited to a corner, they can lead in mouth first and back away if they want to keep the fat off of their bodies.
9 months ago