Posted September 10th, 2014 @ 08:30am by Erik J. Barzeski
Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened: It Wasn’t A Capacity Issue
Read the comments on the article above for more depth. Some people don't agree with the theories espoused in the article. For example, one starts off:
Quick question then. If the problem was with the code on the webpage, how come this happened on every platform? Meaning, even on the Apple TV.
The web stream, after about half an hour, started to work flawlessly. Unless you claim that Apple completely rewrote the web page code in that time, I don't see how your theory could possibly be correct. And as others here have noted, the AppleTV feed also had issues, although the faulty page coding you blame was not part of it.
In other words, the article is junk, but the comments are gold.
P.S. My stream worked after about 30 minutes as well.
Posted September 9th, 2014 @ 11:03pm by Erik J. Barzeski
iPhone 6: Will buy immediately (wife gets my 5S, child gets her 5). Might even get Space Grey (white). Buying outright, contract-free.
Watch: Would have bought instantly at $99. Would have considered buying it at $199. $349 is probably the best pricing they could offer, so… it would have been impossible to get one on my wrist (unless someone gifts one to me, and I'm not asking…).
Pay: Cool. But here in BFE (Erie is the "E" :-D), I'm not sure I'll get a chance to use it very much.
P.S. When something goes on sale on "Friday," what time zone is that?
Posted September 8th, 2014 @ 08:49am by Erik J. Barzeski
Laugh It Up, Fuzzball
Brian X. Chen:
To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make typing with one hand difficult (the current iPhone has a four-inch screen), some changes to the design of the iPhones’ user interface will allow people to type or use apps with just one hand; there will be a one-handed mode that can be switched on and off, two employees said.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Oh, that can’t be. Samsung tried that and it was ridiculous. Haha, the New York Times got punked.
The thing is, I’m not laughing. You wanted Apple to make a 5.5-inch iPhone? This is what you get.
Posted September 7th, 2014 @ 08:45am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted September 6th, 2014 @ 10:59am by Erik J. Barzeski
Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media by 9to5Mac is a long but interesting piece on Apple's mastery of the media.
Posted September 5th, 2014 @ 10:57am by Erik J. Barzeski
The keyboards are coming…
I've only recently begun using TextExpander. But, I've been using keyboard expanders for a long, long time now. Heck, my use pre-dates Mac OS X.
So, TextExpander is coming to iOS 8 via a keyboard.
The keyboards are coming…
Posted September 4th, 2014 @ 10:43am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted September 3rd, 2014 @ 10:08am by Erik J. Barzeski
Android Phones Hit by 'Ransomware'
You are guilty of child porn, child abuse, zoophilia or sending out bulk spam. You are a criminal. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has locked you out of your phone and the only way to regain access to all your data is to pay a few hundred dollars.
That message — or variations of it — has popped up on hundreds of thousands of people's Android devices in just the last month. The message claims to be from the F.B.I., or cybersecurity firms, but is in fact the work of Eastern European hackers who are hijacking Android devices with a particularly pernicious form of malware, dubbed "ransomware" because it holds its victims' devices hostage until they pay a ransom.
Posted September 2nd, 2014 @ 10:06am by Erik J. Barzeski
inessential: Waffle on Social Media
I’ve heard blogs classified as a type of social media. Maybe that’s true, and maybe not — I don’t care.
Read the rest, though. It's short, and I almost blockquoted the whole thing, but that just felt wrong.
/me favorites Brent's post
Posted September 1st, 2014 @ 08:57am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 31st, 2014 @ 08:23am by Erik J. Barzeski
Michael Tsai - Blog - Major Changes to Gatekeeper in Mac OS X 10.9.5
I'd share the results of the script but I'm not sure it did much to work, as Safari 7.1 shows version 1, along with every other application.
Our application, Analyzr, should be ready.
Posted August 30th, 2014 @ 08:19am by Erik J. Barzeski
Inside Apple’s Internal Training Program
In a class at the company’s internal training program, the so-called Apple University, the instructor likened the 11 lithographs that make up Picasso’s “The Bull” to the way Apple builds its smartphones and other devices. The idea: Apple designers strive for simplicity just as Picasso eliminated details to create a great work of art.
Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem.
Posted August 29th, 2014 @ 08:06am by Erik J. Barzeski
How to Be Polite
People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.
Yeah. That's gonna be tough for me…
Posted August 28th, 2014 @ 08:17am by Erik J. Barzeski
Introducing a more powerful Dropbox Pro
- New Sharing Controls
- New safeguards for lost devices
- 10x more room
Nice. And just in time for iCloud Drive eh?
Posted August 27th, 2014 @ 08:02am by Erik J. Barzeski
The Sixth Sense
LaunchBar 6.1 adds "Staging."
Which probably just means that I use about 5% of the app's power now…