The wonders of satellite radio, Facebook and all things Internet

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We wonder how many people become addicted to the vast world of the Internet and all the benefits that come with it. Sometimes we are a little embarrassed at how much we are slaves to things that bring good feelings and satisfaction.

One example is SiriusXM Satellite Radio. We have three subscriptions and would never give up on them. This old man even has SiriusXM in my tractor and would never give up on that.

We’re die-hard fans of country music, chill-out music, stand-up humor or comedy, and old-fashioned goodies. So our top pick on SiriusXM is channel 59, Willie’s Roadhouse and Dallas Wayne and all his buddies who serve as DJs. Recently we discovered Channel 104 and it takes us back to the days with old comedians like Jack Benny, Red Skeleton and Richard Pryor to name a few.

Of course, we subscribe to OnStar, and it becomes a bit of a hassle because sometimes the people you visit are hard to understand, but we generally manage. An interesting anecdote about OnStar. We recently spoke to an agent who was very helpful. We asked her where she was and she responded by telling us that she was speaking to us from the Philippines! It just blew us away. The miracles of the tech world are incredible. How on earth can we have a live conversation while we are sitting in our pickup near Aberdeen and live talking to someone in the Philippines?

Of course, we could talk about the wonders of the Internet and the real fun it offers “until the cows come home”. Yes, there is a lot of abuse of the internet, especially with the way the scoundrels are out there to take our money.

We recently purchased a brand new laptop from a very helpful laptop technician named Cassidy. He couldn’t have been more helpful in the transition and he’s such a nice guy who is always ready to lend a hand. Anyway, since the purchase of this new device, from time to time a siren goes off and we are warned that “your computer has been hacked, contact us immediately to repair it and do not turn off your computer . ”

Of course, not to be fooled, the old laptop is immediately put to sleep, which makes the warning go away. Isn’t that what we buy virus protection for? These kinds of irregularities are a plague when working on the internet, but it is something that we have to learn to deal with because it is not going to go away any time soon.

Now let’s talk about social networks. What about that Facebook thing? Goodness, is this still a tool to use to keep in touch with family and good friends. As a former Navy fighter pilot a very long time ago we made such great friends and now we have rekindled our friendships through Facebook.

I’ve been with Northwest Airlines for a while, working with the most wonderful fellow pilots and flight attendants. It was a real pleasure to meet and befriend them as colleagues. Most of them were professional and highly skilled with their prowess in piloting airliners, and the flight attendants were the pinnacle of public service.

The other day we got hacked and people were getting friend requests from us that I never sent. But while in Omaha, grandson Nicholas Wilsdorf remedied the dilemma. My, oh my, how good these kids are when it comes to cellphones and iPads.

Our grandson Christopher Kolb, who is an ace at cellphone and iPad troubleshooting, is another great source for troubleshooting communications device issues. The grandchildren are still our favorite repairers.

Nuff said.

Gerald “Jerry” Krueger is a retired educator, trainer, commercial pilot and farmer. Send an email to [email protected]

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