1.22.2018

Could a mother have but one glimpse into her baby's future she would see there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best....



The title is paraphrased and a smidgen of the quote is this;


"..... could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; 
could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility 
for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and 
for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is 
no other work so noble and so worthy...."


This afternoon I reached a stopping point so of course, what else would I do but to brew a fresh cup of hot, strong coffee and come to the open laptop for a bit to check the latest emails and to scan some news headlines.

I don't regularly read any one personal blog or site but today, I somehow ended up lost in that click-then-click-then-click-that-too and ended up on a random blog where the woman had posted a quote by JR Miller.  As I quickly skimmed the page I saw nothing of interest on it... except this quote.

And I read it.
And then I read it again out loud.
And by the time I finished reading it aloud slowly and pondering the words, I had tears running down my face.

Where did those come from!?

I wasn't expecting to have that kind of reaction but there were so many thoughts running through my brain at breakneck speed as I read this quote.

My own babies, grandbabies, how I want to tell my own children how precious every single moment is and to not fuss and yell and get angry over little things, that in a blink they will be grown.  The children I see being raised by parents with poor parenting skills, being used as political props at marches for things they don't understand and in many cases, things their little eyes don't need to see!  Children harmed by Momma's 'boyfriends'.  Children abused by those who love them.  Children never read to, never sang to, never rocked for hours or taught nursery rhymes.  Children dropped off at daycare at 5:30 am and not picked up again until 6:pm only to be rushed through a drive-thru and a bagged meal tossed at them for dinner, eaten in the car and then sat in front of a tv when they get home until bedtime.  Children not tucked in and given a kiss goodnight.  Children never taught there might be a higher power, a creator of this world.  Children not taught to sing the ABC's and taught to count to 10. Babies left to cry for hours in a bouncy seat in a room alone while the parents party.  Babies that never got to gaze into their father's eyes as they lay in his large hands, heads close.  Children who have never had a pony ride on Daddy's back or get to 'help' Daddy or Mommy make dinner.  Children who don't know the joy of a birthday cake.  Children that are taught by age 2 or 3 to 'fight' and swear and use language even adults shouldn't use because their parents think it funny.

And the list goes on.

Children.
So precious.  So innocent.
So trusting. So perfect.


1.18.2018

January 2018: Itunes stopped managing and saving ringtones - How to make and/or transfer ringtones to your iphone in the new itunes 12 that doesn't support ringtones anymore....


This week I got a second cell phone (which is a whole other post about how I'm going to test out a Verizon carrier phone verses my Sprint phone to see if the reception coverage is better before I switch the whole family plan over) and before I set it up I wanted to back up my current phone; including my ring tones (photos, contacts, etc) so I could easily keep the same personalized ringtones for my contacts on both phones.

That's when I was forced to update to itunes 12.7.2.06 because it refused to recognize my (older) cell phone. I tried 3 different cords as I had read online that was usually the problem when even the newest cord to the newly delivered phone didn't work, I had a suspicion it was iTunes way of forcing me to the latest update.

And it was.

So update complete and.... they stopped letting you manage your ringtones through them.  

The pop up on iTunes says they want to focus on music and video instead.

You can see them on your phone if it's plugged into itunes but you can't sync or transfer them and they've made it more tricky to make them.  BUT I worked for a few hours last night to figure out how to still use iTunes to make and transfer the ringtones for my phone(s).


I was going to just type out the instructions for myself and see if my daughter wanted them but then a friend was interested as well and I decided to just put it on the Coffee Talking page.

It looks like a lot but I swear once you do it you'll get the hang of it and it goes quick and easy.  Once you have your song shortened and ready, you can make ringtones in about 2 minutes.

I don't know how important this first step is.  I've done ringtones about 5 different times now since last night testing it - and I just always had the settings this way... because I've always hated the auto sync itunes always did. I lost a lot of music files over the years as we had many different people in our family plugging ipods and iphones into my computer and it would automatically sync and lose and replace things with whatever someone else had when they plugged it in.

So!  

When you first plug in your phone, click on your phone image and you'll get this setting page - scroll down past the edge of the box so you can see where they moved the "manually manage" buttons now.  Click the manually manage button and if you wish, the 'only songs and videos but don't know that that matters or not) and OK.






NOW HERE IS HOW TO MAKE YOUR RINGTONE....

You have to start with a song you ALREADY HAVE.
So either buy it, upload it from your own CD into your computer and your itunes library, etc. Basically, just get the song you want to use into your itunes library.

Listen to your song and watch the little clock on the side of your player.  Choose a small portion you want for your ringer; about 30 seconds more or less.  Note the time it starts and it stops.  Right those down. That's the portion of the song you will use.
In itunes 12+
Click 'SONGS' from the left hand menu.
Find your song in the list on the right.
Right click and choose the option called "SONG INFO"







  • This opens a box.
  • Choose "OPTIONS"
  • Click the box where it says START and type in the time from your song.
  • Click the next box where it says STOP and type in the stop time from your song.
  • Click "OK".





  • Click once on your song just to highlight and choose it.
  • Now, leaving it highlighted, go to the left top of the page where it says "FILE" and click.
  • From the options go to "CONVERT" and when it opens the dropdown menu, choose "CONVERT AAC VERSION"






  • (This will make a copy of your song using the stop and start times you typed in - the copy appears right under your original song and you'll hear a ding when it finishes - about 5-10 seconds).
  • As soon as it dings, go back to the original and change your START AND STOP times back to normal so your song is back to 'normal' length.  You don't need it anymore.
  • Now you will just be working with the new 'short' song of about 20-40 seconds you chose to make a ringtone into!






  • Right click on your new shorter version and choose the option "SHOW IN WINDOWS EXPLORER"







  • Right click your song from the windows window and choose "PROPERTIES"
  • You will see your song with an extension of .m4a - change the "a" to an "r"
  • "OK"




  • You will get an pop up notice warning you about changing the m4a to m4r.
  • Say YES.







(Almost done - you've just made it into a ringtone. Now you have to get it to your phone - which is where iTunes 12 changed things and doesn't allow you to manage your ringtones anymore so you have to work around it.)


  • Leaving the windows explorer open on the right, or opening it back up if you closed it out, and looking at iTunes on the left, click to highlight your phones "TONES" option.
  • Back in the windows explorer window where your song/ringtone is listed, right click it and choose COPY.
  • Back to iTunes file/edit/song/view etc. options on the top left and click EDIT, and PASTE.
  • (Right clicking to paste at this point isn't allowed by itunes but you can work around it by this edit, paste option).






NOW YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR NEWEST RINGTONE LISTED IN YOUR TONES FILE.
And it just put it on your phone without having to officially sync or do any more steps because it's reading your phone - and it doesn't manage your ringtones anymore.  Itunes just 'sees' them but no long will sync them for you.  (Which is why you cut and pasted it).
Unplug your phone.  


When you unplug your phone, your ringtones won't be showing up in 'tones' anymore like it used to. Again, because iTunes isn't saving them or syncing them, it's just listing them when you plug your phone in.

NOTE:  I suggest finding the file where they are on your computer (again if you already closed the windows explorer file window - search for them if you have to) and select and copy to a completely different folder for back up.   If you mess anything up or your phone loses them during an iphone/itunes backup, restore or sync, then you will need to repeat the step above where you select, copy and then edit/paste back into tones again.


*NOTE*
I'm not a computer blogger, an iphone blogger, an electronics blogger or work in any sort of industry remotely connected.  Please don't ask me technical questions or try to figure out things on your computer.  I am posting this partly just as my own personal reference to remember the steps the next time I need/want to make a ringtone.

I sat for about 3 hours last night and just literally figured all this stuff out by clicking around and seeing "what this does" "what that does" and where apple hid buttons that used to be in other places.  I actually *HATE* everything remotely connected with iphones, cellphones, music files, yada yada. ZERO interest.  So yeah.  Take what you wish, play with it and have fun.  But I take no responsibility for anything as I'm telling you right now I'm not an expert and no one pays me anything to sit here and type away while I drink my morning coffee.   ;)




1.16.2018

Some Obama Reading: 3 books regarding the Legacy, the Scandals and Betrayal of America by Obama