Being grateful for what you don’t have.

Source: Today in History: November 23 – StumbleUpon

Broward County Canvassing Board member, Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled presidential punchcard ballot on November 23, 2000 as the board begins counting the county’s ballots that were considered questionable. After review by the three-member panel, the vote went to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush. (text from article)

As Thanksgiving approaches, we consider more all the things we have to be grateful for. History is such a mixed bag of tragedy, elation and happiness. Being grateful for what you don’t have is just as important as being grateful for what you do have.

So many things to be grateful each day aren’t there? To not be in these photos, to not be in the time they were taken, to not be the people who were part of that history. When you think of the incredible chance of life, and then our live in particular it has to make you wonder why.

Even if there is no reason why, you can still appreciate the odds of being here and being alive. I read earlier today that of the 1 million people alive this week, they would all be dead by the end of the week. Isn’t it amazing how many people die, born and live in this small planet?

I wonder sometimes how life would be different if we lived on another planet that was larger. I think that we would have the same problems, and that it would just be more difficult since it would be hard to solve by moving to another planet. I wonder how long it will take before people start living on the moon and mining that. I suspect it will happen in less than 25 years.

Are you more happy with what you have, or what you don’t have in your life?

iPhone is asking for iCloud activation randomly

I woke up this morning and my iPhone asked me for my iCloud activation when I went to use it. It had been working fine last night, and I had not changed anything on it or even used any iCloud features. Has this happened to you?

iPhone 5 Battery ReplacementI think if I had to guess what happened it would be that Apple wanted me to agree to the new terms and conditions of the Apple ID/cloud service. When I put in my apple ID and password the first thing it asked me to do was to agree to the terms and conditions.

What else was interesting about this is that it wasn’t a prompt as if the password had gone bad. When a password goes bad, or you forget the password, it prompts you with the Apple ID already entered and asking for just the password. In this case it acted as though I had signed out of the Apple ID, which I had not signed out of.

This could also be the fact that it hadn’t done a iCloud backup for a month or so. I am not sure why but when I went to Settings > iCloud > Backup and tried to do a backup it wouldn’t do it. I just went to do it again now as I write this, and now it is working. Strange. I have seen that the iCloud backups have issues when connected to networks that are slow or congested. That is certainly my home network. I normally have a PS4 using it, so perhaps it doesn’t share network bandwidth well. Well it finished backing up so maybe this was the problem.