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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I was sorting through boxes of old electronic devices this week. Laptops. Cell phones. iPods. iPads. Cameras. And an incredible assortment of wires. Each time my wife, our kids or I would purchase new devices, the old ones would go in this box. I hung on to them because, well, I just might use them someday. That day has never come, so now I have to figure out what to do with decades of this stuff.

I am most intrigued with the cameras. Nearly 30 years ago, I published an automotive photo magazine, and I took thousands of pictures of vehicles with a 35mm film camera. The process of how we developed film, made prints and prepared the pages for press is laughable now — and so is the camera. But I still have it, along with an array of the earliest of digital cameras that we experimented with and a handful of video cameras, too. Who would have guessed that we would someday carry around phones that have cameras much better than any of these devices and that we would keep hundreds of images stored on them — and in something we would call “the cloud”?

I also found my fourth generation iPod with the click wheel. It won’t take a charge anymore, but I keep thinking I might find a way to make it work. A bunch of my kids’ iPod Minis are also packed in the box — in a variety of colors and tangled in a mess of wired earbuds.

The laptops are the clunkiest of the items. I remember having my first one — an Apple PowerBook 100 with a 9-inch black-and-white screen and a “trackball pointing device.” That was a $2,500 computer in the early 1990s. I thought I was high tech. The devices I am blowing the dust off now certainly have more features than the PowerBook 100, but they are still useless today — unless you need a really heavy paperweight. Or 10.

So how do I safely get rid of these things? Some say to soak them in water. Start them on fire. Smash them with a hammer. But then do what with the remains? The better option is to wipe, remove or shred the hard drives so the data thieves can’t access your social security number, credit cards, bank accounts and website logins and passwords. Then find a company or organization that does computer recycling or contact city hall in the town where you live and ask about any services provided.

Or you can throw them in a box with years of other devices… just in case you might need them someday.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain will continue today, along with some light snow or flurry activity west of Des Moines. It will also continue to be breezy. We may see some flurries or snow showers in the metro tonight off and on into early afternoon on Thursday with no accumulation expected. We’ll see a windy high near 52 on Friday. Gradual warming Saturday into Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: After 7-year, $50M renovation, Iowa hotel restored to 1919 essence

DES MOINES, Iowa — When you walk through the doors of the Hotel Fort Des Moines, you feel transported to a bygone era. “My vision for the Hotel Fort Des Moines was always to bring it back to its historic glamour and beauty to the absolute essence of what it was in 1919,” said Raj Patel, owner and developer of the hotel. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Police: More than 30 rounds fired at Des Moines home

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are investigating a shooting after they say more than 30 rounds were fired at a home early Tuesday morning. Multiple 911 calls came in about the shooting just before 3:00 a.m. in the 1600 block of 7th Street, according to Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department. Des Moines police officers in the area also reported hearing gunfire at the same time.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Diving deeper into the TORNADO Act

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Senate Bill 3817 — also known as the TORNADO Act — would bring the biggest upgrades to severe weather forecasting, communication, and awareness in years. Iowa senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley were two of the original cosponsors of the bill in Washington, which was inspired after the deadly tornado outbreak on March 5. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Audiologist
1. Diana Hanson - Iowa Ear Center
2. Jennifer Brown - The Iowa Clinic;
3. Dawn Baldwin - The Iowa Clinic


Residents share their experiences of quitting smoking.

By Ashley Rullestad

Smoking usually isn't something people plan to do. Often, they give it a try because people around them smoke. Erika Johanik says her experience was no different. She had her first cigarette when she was 16 years old because a friend offered her one.

“I grew up around both my parents smoking, along with my grandmother smoking. On my 17th birthday, my father quit smoking for me. That didn't stop me from buying my first official pack of cigarettes on my 18th birthday.”

Johanik tried quitting multiple times. She'd get about two weeks in and end up buying more.

“I stopped smoking when I got pregnant with all three of my children, but, after they were born, I started back up again because I was always around it.”


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Poll of the Week

How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

As many as recommended
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Do/Did you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
YES - 73%
NO - 27%

Morning Chuckle
What do books wear on a wet and rainy day?
RAIN JACKETS! Thanks William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Robin Hrubetz, Gail Pecht, Rex Post
OR RAIN QUOTES! Thanks Gail Tomlinson


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