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New MacBook Pro

tcr! · Apr 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

MacBook Pro keyboard MacBook Pro Apple logo

Finally got a new machine since the 2012 MacBook Air I’ve been using was getting tired of waking up in the morning. 😴

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
Processor: 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB

I went with the Pro because it was the only model with a terabyte hard drive.

Hopefully this one will do me for another six years.

#photos #apple

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Junk is first then second

tcr! · Dec 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Junk is first then second

“Junk” is above the “Trash” in the folder list but “Erase Junk Mail” is below “Erase Deleted Items” in the right-click menu.

This is the kinda thing that drives my OCD nuts. It’s been this way forever, too.

#email #apple #fail

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keamoose keamoose · Dec 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

Ugh, that’s just wrong. And also bad UI design.

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tcr! tcr! · Dec 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

All Apple’s money seems to be going into hardware these days. Their software is going down hill.

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HomeKit vulnerability lets attackers unlock smart locks

tcr! · Dec 8, 2017 at 1:26 pm

zero day ios homekit vulnerability allowed remote access to smart accessories including locks fix rolling out

Zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability allowed remote access to smart accessories including locks, fix rolling out

A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality.

This is why I’ll never give Alexa or other devices access to deadbolts or doors. It’s one thing for an attacker to turn off the lights in my house. It’s completely different if they can open the doors and come inside my house.

#technews #apple #alexa

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mdworkers busy this Monday

tcr! · Nov 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

mdworkers busy this Monday

My MacBook Air was powered on in the basement, doing it’s own thing while I was upstairs doing my own thing for pretty much all of last night.

And then this morning when I get to work and actually want to use my MacBook, mdworker and his cohorted clones want to take over the world.

Maybe they’re mining bitcoin. 🙄

#fail #apple #skynet

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Cyberdyne, get your own code

tcr! · May 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Do Robots Think in Apple II Source Code

Terminator: Do Robots Think in Apple II Source Code?

Remember the original Terminator movie? Well, we came aross a bit of geeky Terminator trivia this weekend. Whenever you see through the eyes of The Terminator himself, a bunch of computery text is scrolling by. It turns out this text is the source code for an Apple II checksum program, among other programs. The code was first published in Nibble magazine in the early 80’s, so was close at hand when the movie’s producers needed something high-tech for their futuristic robot/killing machine/bodybuilder.

The code featured in the movie runs on a 70’s-era MOS 6502 microprocessor. Does this mean The Terminator himself had enough processing power to run The Oregon Trail? (“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. Two oxen die fording a river.”)

#terminator #apple

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Yet another reason why I don’t trust iTunes

tcr! · May 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

iTunes and deleted

Little Snitch popped up this dialog box a few moments ago.

I’m sure whatever app iTunes spawned just then was perfectly fine but then again, may be not: Apple acknowledges reports of personal music files being deleted.

I’m perfectly happy with Amazon’s music service, btw.

#itunes #apple

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iOS 10.3.2 — iCloud ate half my photos

tcr! · May 16, 2017 at 5:27 pm

iCloud ate half my photos

After upgrading to iOS 10.3.2, the system asks to turn on iCloud Photos. I accidentally agree because I’m doing other stuff on my phone. The dialog box also comes out of no where.1

Ten or so minutes later I go to Settings and turn it back off because that’s how it was before this latest upgrade.2 Then I go to my photos to check that they’re still there. I was confident Apple would do the right thing. Instead more than half are gone.

Now I’m restoring my phone from the latest backup.

This is why I tell people to NEVER let iCloud touch their photos. Stuff like this ALWAYS happens.

1 Apps really need to learn that if I’m interacting with the phone at any time to not interfere. Just pause your dialog boxes, your alerts, your whatevers until there’s no activity for a few seconds. If I’m touching and tapping my phone and then a dialog comes up, it’s the equivalent of interrupting me when I’m talking. It’s jerky and rude.

Even worse is when the dialog box forces me to make a choice. You know what my choice is? Finish what I was originally doing and NOT deal with iCloud Photos. Because ya know, I was doing something. And I’ve already dealt with that dialog question five times before.

2 Funny that NOT ONE other app asks me to change one of its settings after the upgrade. Not one.

#apple #icloud #fail

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tcr! tcr! · May 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

This is what my Photos look like after restoring from a back up that was done at least 15 hours ago 😡

Apparently Apple’s backups aren’t reliable.

Photos after backup

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tcr! tcr! · May 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

When my phone rebooted after the restore it didn’t say anything about the restore not being complete.

After half an hour or so after restoring all the photos reappeared. So I’m back to where I was yesterday but I’ll still never advocate for iCloud Photos. Ever.

There’s just certain things that you can’t screw up and someone’s pictures is one of them.

Apple should think long and hard about the services it offers for both Music and Photos. There’s a many unhappy camper out there who has had Apple permanently delete from both service buckets.

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Keeping all the money

tcr! · Feb 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Making More Outside The App Store

Making More Outside The App Store

Our charmingly simple audio recording app Piezo was originally distributed in both the Mac App Store and via direct sales, but it has since left the App Store.

The restrictions and limitations of the Mac App Store ultimately led us to remove Piezo on February 12th, 2016. We’ve now been selling it exclusively via our site for a year.

Let’s look at another chart (shown above), this time showing our revenue for the four quarters before removing Piezo from the Mac App Store, and the four quarters since.

This result might seem counterintuitive. Piezo’s price remained the same, and unit sales went down, so how could we have earned more revenue? The key to understanding this is remembering the cost of being in Apple’s App Stores — 30% off the top of every sale. Despite making slightly fewer sales, we earned more money by avoiding paying that oversized commission to Apple.

I’ve went back and forth on whether or not to sell my products on sites like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.

The main reason why I don’t is because I don’t want to pay them. I don’t sell as many units but I keep all the money.

#apple #forsale

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Aug 2nd, 2016 at 9:30:13 am

tcr! · Aug 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

scene missing

Apple’s new ad really wants you to believe the iPad Pro is a full computer

Apple has a complicated relationship with the 2-in-1 computing device. The company has shied away from describing its iPad lineup — even the wondrously expensive iPad Pro with its keyboard and stylus — as a convertible machine in the same language as competitors Microsoft and Lenovo market Surface and Yoga Tab products. Still, Apple wants customers to think of its tablets as more capable than extra-large smartphones. Now, a new iPad Pro ad out today makes the argument as transparently as possible.

I use my iPad Pro for everything but programming, photo management, and bill paying. Seriously. Most days I don’t even open my MacBook Air unless I’m at work.

I went all out, too, and got the iPad’s keyboard and pencil.

#videos #apple

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I don’t care if there’s a headphone jack or not

tcr! · Jun 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

If you kill the headphone jack, you need to replace it with something better

If you kill the headphone jack, you need to replace it with something better

As the rumors that the next iPhone will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack have intensified, I’ve been keeping tabs on the specific argument that Daring Fireball’s John Gruber made yesterday: that removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is the modern-day equivalent of removing the floppy drive from the iMac in the late ’90s. It caused some pain at the time, but it was the way things were moving anyway, and in the grand scheme of things it was a smart thing to do.

The people on the “get rid of the headphone jack” side of the debate normally choose some version of this position as the justification that the jack is “old” and so getting rid of it represents “progress.” And the fact of the matter is that Apple has been pretty good at this kind of progress over the years, picking up new technologies like USB and SSDs and dropping aging ones like the DVD drive well before those technologies had gone (or ceased to be) mainstream.

My first thought was DON’T KILL THE HEADPHONE JACK, Apple. I have a bunch of 3.5 mm chords laying around and older hardware that uses them.

After reading WIRED’s Who Cares if Apples Ditches the Headphone Jack? Wireless Is the Future, however, I’ve changed my mind. All my old hardware and chords and hoopla — it’s all legacy now.

I only use Bluetooth speakers at home because: wireless. I carry my Amazon Tap around to whatever room I’m in because: portable. I use my Apple EarPods because they came with my iPhone. If my next iPhone comes with something else, that’s what I’ll use.

Now that I’ve taken a step back and looked at reality (as opposed to history), I don’t care if there’s a headphone jack in my next phone or not. Holding onto something because that’s what we’ve always used or always done is bullshit. Embrace the now.

What would I would really, really, really like is a wireless charger for my phone. Something built in, no third party extras. My Palm Pre could power up just by sitting on the little cradle and that was badass.

#hardware #apple

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