Posted October 14th, 2014 @ 07:40pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Thinking about switching to iOS 8's new Family Sharing? Here's what you need to know
I didn't read that, but I did add Family Sharing to our accounts.
The bummer? My kiddo has $50+ in credits. Purchases will have to be made under her "account" in order to use that $50. So, anything that we want to buy as a family, we will buy through that for the meantime.
Plus, we created her account when Apple didn't let you set up children's accounts, and we can't change her birthdate. So according to her iPhone, she's an adult.
Posted October 13th, 2014 @ 07:36pm by Erik J. Barzeski
iOS 8's Health App
I really like that iOS 8 can supply first responders with an "Emergency ID" card with your blood type, emergency contacts, allergies, etc.
I suggest everyone fill this information out right now. If you don't do it now, you'll probably forget.
Posted October 12th, 2014 @ 07:23pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 11th, 2014 @ 07:21pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 10th, 2014 @ 07:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 9th, 2014 @ 06:39pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I missed the anniversary of his death by a few days, but I'm happy (and saddened at the same time) that this site is still online: http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/. Happy to read the memories and thoughts of others, sad that it's not still just a bad dream.
Posted October 8th, 2014 @ 06:35pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Is iOS still substantially more "user friendly" than OS X?
I'm not so sure anymore. It's certainly a bit easier to get into, but with double-tapping, swiping, and all sorts of hidden actions, I've seen new smartphone users get into some awfully weird predicaments, and just like with OS X or Windows, use their devices at a very small fraction of their potential.
Posted October 7th, 2014 @ 05:53pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 6th, 2014 @ 05:36pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Suppose you want to produce an online magazine. 12 issues per year, each issue would be "self contained" and may even follow the paper model rather than the porn model: you only get issues when you're subscribed, but you can buy back issues.
Articles would contain videos and photos, but not be super media heavy (i.e. no super-whiz-bang HTML 5 style stuff).
What software would you use to power this? How would you do it?
You could make PDFs, which have the advantage of being able to nicely control layout, etc. Plus each "issue" feels like an "issue" and not just a collection of web pages that happened to be released at the same time.
Or perhaps you could do that - release a series of web pages with a table of contents. It'd certainly make embedding videos easier. People could get teasers, too, that prompts them to subscribe if they're not logged in and/or subscribing already.
But even with either of those options (or a third, unknown better option), what software do you use to power it? WordPress with a customized or paid-for-and-configured plugin or two?
Posted October 5th, 2014 @ 05:08pm by Erik J. Barzeski
How Does the iOS 8 Time-lapse Feature Work?
Basically (quoted from the original article - please click through - it didn't look right in a blockquote):
||Frame Capture Rate
||Speed Relative to Real Time
|Less than 10 minutes
||2 frames every second
|10 minutes to 20 minutes
||1 frame every second
|20 minutes to 40 minutes
||1 frame every 2 seconds
|40 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
||1 frame every 4 seconds
|1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes
||1 frame every 8 seconds
Posted October 4th, 2014 @ 02:42pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Definitive History Of The West Wing. I missed watching my yearly re-watching of West Wing this year. Just too busy.
Don't miss the little things in the sides, either. For example: The Fish Bowl.
Posted October 3rd, 2014 @ 04:19pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 2nd, 2014 @ 12:45pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 1st, 2014 @ 12:32pm by Erik J. Barzeski
What Coke Contains - fascinating stuff.
A much smaller proportion of the syrup is flavors. These include vanilla, which is the fruit of a Mexican orchid that has been dried and cured for around three months; cinnamon, the inner bark of a Sri Lankan tree; coca-leaf which comes from South America and is processed in a unique US government authorized factory in New Jersey to remove its addictive stimulant cocaine; and kola nut, a red nut found on a tree which grows in the African Rain Forest (this may be the origin of Coca-Cola’s distinctive red logo).
Posted September 30th, 2014 @ 12:28pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Apple - Privacy
Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.
Tim's smart enough to know what "never" means.