LogMeIn! = LogMeOUT!

On September 28, 2006 I signed up for LogMeIn-FREE.
On September 29, 2006, I setup my account.

January 22, 2014, I signed up and installed  TeamViewer on all 3 of my computers.
This signifies the end of my relationship with LogMeIn-FREE and paid.

“Why you wanna do me like this?”


LogMeIn – Free (but not any more)

Until today, when I logged in and saw THAT at the top of my login screen, we had the best relationship imaginable. I have used LogMeIn-FREE for the last 7yrs and almost 4mo to help my in-laws, my parents, friends, my wife, and of course myself with computer issues and moving files around. I didn’t use it everyday and when I did, I was usually logged in for less than 30min.

LogMeIn Free - shuts down

No thanks.

I had NO IDEA this was coming. I had no idea that LogMeIn was going to ruin our relationship like this.

LogMeIn was a God send for these last 7yrs and almost 4mo. I could login to several computers and show people how to do something, I could update java and anti-virus for my in-laws, I could help a friend who ran a  small business find files on his computer – maybe 3 times a year (through his account), I could log in and show my wife where things were on her new Mac. It cost me nothing. I would have gladly paid a reasonable amount. A couple of dollars a month was reasonable for the amount I was using the system. $49  for 2 computers is out of the question for my personal and non-commercial usage.

A little search on the LogMeIn website and I found lots of people were very happy with what they had and very unhappy with what they now don’t have. Quite the backlash. If I made money using this software/system, I’d pay the $49, but I need more than the 2 computers, so I guess I still wouldn’t stay. Like 98% of the people said, I know they’re a business that has to make money. I get that and I’m ok with that. I’m not really ok with them breaking their guarantee/promise to keep LogMeIn-Free, FREE, for personal/non-commercial use.

“Say HELLO to my new friend!”

I’d like to tell everyone about my newest friend, TeamViewer.
I’ve installed this new remote access/remote control software on all 3 of my Macs and on my iPad.
It’s not as smooth and simple to install and run, I’ll say that. I didn’t run into any frustrating roadblocks and didn’t really have a lot of trouble (just some confusion on passwords).

“TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial users!”  It’s FREE. No strings.
There are fees for commercial and corporate use. I don’t qualify as either.

If you need remote access to your own personal computers, computers of family members and friends, TeamViewer is what you need. Check it out.



FREE iPad/iPhone App

FREE Android App

FREE Widows 8/RT App

FREE Windows Phone 8 App


I get nothing if you click the button and links above.
I just wanted to make it easier for anyone looking for a replacement solution for LogMeIn.


PhotoStudio App Fun House

One of my favorite apps for iPhone is PhotoStudio (FX Photo Studio by MacPhun).

Right now, it’s FREE, but soon it will go back to $2.99 (so says the iTunes store).

I really only use it for silly stuff like this. #71 & #73 are the best.

This is Joey. She’s a lot of fun. You can find more of her poses here.

FX PhotoStudio(effect #71)

FX PhotoStudio(effect #71)

FX PhotoStudio(effect #73)

FX PhotoStudio(effect #73)

Not a fan.

iOS 7 is worrying me. From what I’ve seen posted, mostly screen shots, I’m not a fan. Apple has upset me over the last 3-4 years and while I continue to purchase their products and use them daily, I’m beginning to become more and more annoyed with the direction they seem to be going. Here’s a comparison to the iOS6 and iOS7 home screens for the iPhone.

iOS6 vs. iOS7


I liked the iPhone and the look they created, until now. I see iOS7 as a compromise in design, copying the Android look rather than developing their own, or maturing it – if you will.

I don’t have to upgrade when it’s available. I haven’t upgraded to the latest iOS6 version either – mostly due to the battery drain issue that’s still a problem. Not upgrading will limit me – thanks Apple!

With Apple’s disregard for the Pro user (i.e. MacPro tower has been terribly neglected until the recently introduced MacPro CD Spindle Edition), their total middle finger to the video/film post-production community (i.e. the dropping of FCP for iMovie Pro – what they call FCP-X), and now this unappetizing iOS offering, I’m not sure what to do. I’m totally feeling the burn and pimp slapping that I’ve always heard Apple-haters talk about.

Favorite Apps (part2)

In this installment, I’ll share a few of my favorite “photo utilities” as I all them.
These apps are for shooting with a non-iPhone camera (like a DSLR).


Best Photo Times ($1.99)  (3.4MB)

Originally I got the free version. I quickly learned that I couldn’t look into the future at the next day’s sunrise/set,
moon rise/set, with the free one, so I bought it. (can’t remember if I paid $.99 or the now $1.99)

This app simulates the position of both the sun and moon so you can determine the best shooting time.

Best Photo Times app

Best Photo Times App


Golden Hour Lite  [free]  (60.2MB)

This app gives you the golden hour times (warm color temperature that happens during the first and last hour of sunlight each day)EXAMPLE  and the blue hour times (cool color temperature twilight part of each morning and evening)EXAMPLE .
This app is ad supported, but it’s not annoying. There is a paid version for $5.99.

Golden Hour Lite app

Golden Hour Lite App


The Sun – Rise and Fall [free] (16.4MB)

This app shows the sunrise and sunset times, plus the total sun up time in hours & minutes.
It’s also ad supported.

The Sun - Rise and Fall (Free) app

The Sun – Rise & Fall App


FlashBang (free) (3.7MB)

This app calculates the approximate distance a thunderstorm is from where you are.
See the flash (press flash) hear the bang (press bang) = distance calculated.
Simple. Clean. No ads.

FlashBang app

FlashBang App (Flash)


FlashBang App (Bang)


Shralp Tide [free]  (8.1MB)

This app checks the tides depending on your location. It’s pretty accurate.
My favorite place to photograph is the beach and this is very helpful for knowing what to expect for a sunrise shot.

Shralp Tide App

Shralp Tide App


Tides  [free]  (1.9MB)

This is a Tide Table app that receives it’s information from NOAA.
It lets you scroll through a few days at a time, allowing you to see high and lows for each day.
Yes, it’s ad supported.

Tides App

Tides App