Marcophiles: Computer Wizard shines light on the iCloud

CHRIS CURLE
This "Christmas tree" we found on the northern stretch of Marco beach must have been created by a beachcomber who doesn't need tinsel or ornaments to celebrate the season. Chris Curle / Eagle Correspondent

This "Christmas tree" we found on the northern stretch of Marco beach must have been created by a beachcomber who doesn't need tinsel or ornaments to celebrate the season. Chris Curle / Eagle Correspondent

Digital guru Kim Komando dispenses clear, concise advice on computers and related electronic gismos from her weekly syndicated radio program. The show is heard locally every Sunday, 1-4 p.m., on Fox News 92.5 FM. Submitted

Digital guru Kim Komando dispenses clear, concise advice on computers and related electronic gismos from her weekly syndicated radio program. The show is heard locally every Sunday, 1-4 p.m., on Fox News 92.5 FM. Submitted

We were talking with Kim Komando on her radio program the other day after trying for several weeks to grasp the concept of the latest sea change in how humans use their computers.

We went to the right person. Ms. Komando does a highly rated talk show from her headquarters in Phoenix. When she took our call, we explained our work requires heavy computer use, including storage of documents, data, etc.

The iCloud is here and eventually may be virtually mandatory for most computer uses, whether they use Apple products or Windows-based stuff. Here is some of Kim’s explanation.

“Putting everything on the cloud is a good idea and not just for Apple users. Basically it means that everything – your files, photos, music and such would transfer to your cloud account.

“We won’t go to the software store to buy software anymore. We download apps and we have apps for $9 as opposed to $300.

“With the cloud it’s basically stored on the Internet. So you have instant access to that from any device and from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. You don’t have to say ‘I don’t have that document with me right now because it’s at home,’ or ‘it’s on my Mac book pro or it’s on my iMac.’

“As I said, it’s not just Apple. Microsoft is trying to move everyone into the cloud with its ‘Office 360.’ ”

Kim knows how fast the world of the Internet and computing in general is changing. Does anybody remember floppy disks or the Commodore? Do you remember the jokes? One of our favorites was funny 20 years and may still be funny today. It’s from technoogies.com

“A printer consists of three main parts: The case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.”

Even the expert Kim Komando sometimes at the speed of change in the digital universe.

“I was in the Apple Store buying a new phone case. I asked ‘Where to do I pay for this?’ They are always very nice. He says ‘There’s a table at the front where you can pay for it.’ I had my little $40 case and I hand it to the guy at the table and he says, ‘You download the apple store app and you can check yourself out.’ I said, ‘Well, why can’t you check me out?’ and he said, ‘The next time you come you won’t even have to talk to anyone.’ ”

If you want to phone in with a question, remember Kim’s show is not on live when we hear it. So you should call between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. our time on Saturdays. The phone number is 1-888-825-5254.

Then hear yourself the next day, Sunday, 1-4 p.m., on Fox News 92.5 FM.

Local media couple celebrates their first born

Fox News 92.5 FM radio talker Trey Radel and his wife, Fox 4 TV news anchor Amy Wegmann, are cooing and oohing over their own big news these days, the birth of a son, Jude Philip Radel.

“Jude is my middle name,” Trey says, “and my dad’s and grandpa’s too. Philip (with one ‘L”) is for Amy’s beloved uncle Philip.”

A new baby in the house makes for exciting times, of course, and Amy is on maternity leave while Trey is back on the air after a few days off. One of Trey’s recent radio guests was Marco’s own Lee Rubenstein, the man who led the hugely successful effort to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall That Heals exhibit to the island.

The coming year should be exciting at the Radel household for another reason, if the persistent rumors are true that he may run for congress from here.

About that political buzz around Southwest Florida, Trey will say only this right now:

“In 2012, it’s time to put more fiscal conservatives, non-career politicians into Congress. We need to also take back the Senate and White House. Together, let’s get the job done.”

If Trey should decide to run, he probably would announce early in the new year. The primary election for U.S. Representative candidates is Aug. 14 and several hopefuls already are running.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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