"Patricia, the new gears I have in mind cost a little more than $20. Like about $800. I've wanted them for years because they are sealed, so I don't have to clean & re-lube them, and they are protected from damage.…"
"I do have a file that lists of all my passwords for my credit union, credit card banks, and other sites on the net, and I won't put that on on the cloud, but I see what you're saying. They're already there.
Should I put my OS on…"
"You are backing up all of your files before you do anything drastic with that iMac, right? Hell, you already have them backed up to the cloud, right?
I'm embarrassed to say I've not been backing up my files like I know I…"
"If I get this old iMac working with a newer OS, I should be able to update to newer browsers also and have a good machine for the internet again.
That means I wouldn't have to buy a new computer for some time. I could buy a new set…"
"When I was working and making a fair amount of $$$, I purchased a new top of the line Windows PC every 3 years. Seems like I paid $5000 for each one.
2.5 years after I retired, I bought this iMac because I was tired of Bill Gates bragging…"
"Thanks much Joseph. Because of your saying it should be able to run any OS, and your asking what they said, I started looking again. It appears that I thought I couldn't update the OS, because when I click on the "Software…"
"Thanks Patricia. I was just there and clicked on the return button to see what happened. I'm going to wait to see if Joseph has anything further to tell me before I do it.
Joseph, thank you for your help and information."
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.
I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.
As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.
I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).
That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.
That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.
That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.
My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.
I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.
I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.
Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.
I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.
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Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!