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547th Friday Blog Roundup

I’ve been following the iOS9 leaks with great interest because my phone — a phone I have no intention of replacing despite its age — is the oldest product supported by the current OS.

Will my phone be pushed into extinction by this new update? Maybe, says some pessimistic sources. They’re downright gleeful over the idea that people will need to purchase a new product in order to have a functioning phone.

But then there are the gentler, hopeful, unicorns-trailing-rainbows versions of the upcoming OS rumours which make it accessible to everyone, even those with older products. “Apple is going to make their future operating systems last longer so people will invest in products like the Apple Watch. I mean, who would buy such a thing if it has such a short life span?”

Uh? A lot of people? Judging by sales?

I don’t like change, so I would greatly appreciate the second version of the OS being the correct version of the OS. I guess we’ll know some time next month when they make the formal announcement.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

I also bookmarked Too Many Fish to Fry’s post, “The Quiet Ones.”  Because it’s true — the people who speak the loudest aren’t the only ones in the room.  She writes, “We live in world that rewards noisy people.”  Her post is an excellent reminder to not overlook the people who don’t bubble up in your Facebook feed because they post less often or who aren’t the center of conversation in the room.

Illustr8d has a moving post about the unfortunate lessons she has learned in life and how they have, in turn, made her see the world in a new way.  Humans are resilient, and our ability to find grace and hope even during unlikely times is a small good thing.  Go read the post in full.

Lastly, Surviving Infertility gives us the two sides of her heart: the negative and the positive.  She could easily tip one way or the other, but I love this post that walks the line between the two, showing the complexity of a life.

The roundup to the Roundup: iOS9 is coming… will my phone still work?  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 22nd and 29th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Mali { 05.29.15 at 7:26 pm }

All these updates and the obscenity of built-in obsolescence drive me crazy! It’s one of the reasons I don’t have an iPhone. We do both have iPads though, and recently I bought my husband a new cover (his old one was disgusting), and there was only one version in the store that would fit his old, but perfectly working, iPad. Ridiculous.

For a second helping this week, Nicole has written a wonderful post about how it truly takes a village to raise a child, and finding her place in it. And how that has helped her find her peace. http://nicoleciomek.com/?p=1386

2 Jess { 05.29.15 at 9:18 pm }

I loved Savannah’s post about finding the right words for difficult emotions, about a message of peace for those still in darkness.


3 jjiraffe { 06.01.15 at 9:31 pm }

Thanks for the link! I love what you said: “…the people who speak the loudest aren’t the only ones in the room.” So true. And yet so easy to forget.

4 illustr8d { 06.03.15 at 8:05 am }

Thank you.

5 Erin { 06.04.15 at 2:40 pm }

I agree that it is maddening that something that should continue to work perfectly well, suddenly becomes obsolete before it is truly old enough to do so. While I admit, that I love opening up new technology, I cringe as I do it knowing that it is already out of date.

I’ll second Too Many Fish to Fry’s post, and will add Mrs. T’s http://apluseffort.com/2015/05/25/leaning-in-vs-filling-my-cup/ The notion of, “I could keep doing what I’m doing now in my career, and I have no doubt that I would be successful at it. But if there were a way forward that was not so all-consuming … I think perhaps I might find myself with a fuller cup — and no regrets.” is so relatable.

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