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#VicEmergency, phone app question

With the continued dry weather and fire season fast approaching, I’m a bit worried by the VicEmergency app on my phone. Okay, lie, I’m a lot worried. I get notifications of fires within my watch zone, but the damn phone doesn’t ‘ring’. All I get is a vibration.

When I’m home, the phone sits on my desk so I can generally hear it as it bounces around. If I go to the bathroom or into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, I hear nothing at all. Zero. Zip. Nada.

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy SII with the most up-to-date firmware it can take. I looked up the specs. My phone should be receiving the VicEmergency notifications without any problems. And I do, I just can’t hear them.

I’ve checked the phone and all the settings are fine. I get proper notification sounds for both calls and SMS messages. What’s more, when I was using the now defunct, EmergencyAus phone app. I had a special sound setup just for the notifications. If I heard that sound I knew to go check the phone, immediately.

-sigh- I really have to say this. The EmergencyAus app was ten times better than the VicEmergency app that seems to have pushed it out of the market. VicEmergency should be the better app because it includes data – such as wind direction – that wasn’t available on EmergencyAus. Read this post to see why wind direction is good.

The trouble is, the VicEmergency app is slow to load and slow to update.  I’ve seen fires showing on the app long after they’ve been downgraded to ‘safe’ on the VicEmergency website. That makes me wonder how much I can trust the app to provide emergency info. when there really is an emergency situation. And I can’t hear the alerts. In some ways, that’s the worst thing about the app because I’m now constantly worried that I’ve missed a vital notification. And that will only get worse as the season progresses.

So, the reason for this post is to ask other VicEmergency users out there if you get notifications with sound or not. If you do, what phone are you using?

I can’t afford to buy new phones for the Offspring and me, but I can’t afford to continue with this stress either. Not being able to hear the alerts has dumped me right back into the emotional state I was in after Black Saturday. People died because they didn’t know. 😦

Oh, and I did try to get some info. from VicEmergency itself but got no reply. Don’t you just love government agencies?

Any info. gratefully received.

Meeks


#Facebook #groups – looking for suggestions

meeka shockedI know this sounds odd, but are there any good Facebook groups dedicated to:

  • gardening
  • cooking
  • games
  • technology
  • other?

And if so, what’s the easiest way of finding them?

The reason I ask is because I have to teach a class on social media soon, and for the moment at least, Facebook is synonymous with social media for most people. Except me. I do have a Facebook account and an author page, and I can teach my students how to create their own accounts and use them, but I can’t honestly give them reasons for why they might want to. I’ve heard that Facebook has groups so I thought this might be something my students could enjoy.

Any suggestions? Anything that works for you? I’m all ears. 🙂

Meeks


Please send an email to kenzomuramasa@gmail.com!

gmail contacts begging picI was working on Gmail for Beginners, Part 3, when I realised I needed a bunch of emails to properly illustrate how Gmail deals with new Contacts. I already have a couple of email addresses [for characters out of Innerscape] but Gmail recognizes that they are all ‘me’ so I need some emails from strangers [so to speak].

The email address in the title of this post ‘belongs’ to Kenneth Wu, one of the main characters out of Innerscape, and it is his Inbox that needs filling.

Can you help?

And no, I don’t expect you to make your real email addresses public! By help I mean, can you create a new email address [using any email client you like, it doesn’t have to be Gmail] and use that to write to Kenneth?

I know this is asking a lot, but I really could use the help so… please? Pretty please with sprinkles on top?

If you can help, could you please email Kenneth direct on:

kenzomuramasa@gmail.com

And to show my appreciation, you can all enjoy this cute animal video. 🙂

Thank you. 🙂

Meeks


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