Giving thanks for better weather, family on the way, and a reasonably stress-free day so far. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
And the tech tip: if you have an iPhone, iPad, etc. and have been trying to use iMessage (free text messaging among Apple products) without success (like thousands of other frustrated users), try adding 126.96.36.199 as a DNS server number.
To do this:
1. Go to Settings -> Wi-Fi -> (name of your network) and click on the blue arrow. When the screen showing the details of your network opens up, look at the line that says DNS.
2. You will see one or more numbers that look like this: 89.87.61 (or whatever). You might have one or more than one sequence of numbers like this.
3. Add a comma to the last number and type in 188.8.131.52 and exit the screen. Example: 123.333.33, 89.87.61, 184.108.40.206
Some sites say to erase the old DNS numbers, but I just added this one (220.127.116.11) to the string that was there, and now iMessage works.