Posted November 5th, 2014 @ 10:04am by Erik J. Barzeski
My favorite iOS 8 features, big and small | DanFrakes.com
A few good ones, but most I knew about. One of the previously unknown:
One of my favorite minor details of iOS 8 is that whenever you touch the brightness slider in Control Center, the "real" screen behind it is temporarily restored to normal brightness, so you see an accurate preview while you're adjusting the level.
Posted November 4th, 2014 @ 08:58am by Erik J. Barzeski
Monument To Apple's Jobs Removed In Russia After CEO Comes Out
Russian media reports say a big mock iPhone meant as a monument to the late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been taken down in St. Petersburg after his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay.
The monument, with an interactive screen displaying information about Jobs, was reportedly put up on the grounds of an IT university in January 2013 on the initiative of a Russian company called Western European Financial Union.
In Communist Russia… well, that's just stupid, actually.
Posted November 3rd, 2014 @ 08:52am by Erik J. Barzeski
What I don't understand is why the scientists are so amazed.
Posted November 2nd, 2014 @ 01:02pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Since installing Yosemite, my "Share" menu has failed to show many of the built-in sharing possibilities, including some of the Apple-supplied ones. These items would also not appear in the System Preferences ("Extensions" -> "Share Menu").
I've fixed it several times (steps below), and am adding it here so I can find it more easily.
Share button in Yosemite Safari not working, shows "No Service"
- Open everything in
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ShareKit.framework/Versions/A/PlugIns/ with an application called "Widget Simulator."
- Click "Okay" or whatever to dismiss the dialog box that appears.
That's it. Doing this rebuilds an index or something somewhere and makes
Mac OS X "aware" of the extensions it has to enable more sharing.
Posted November 1st, 2014 @ 07:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Thank you, Tim Cook
I almost wrote something like "Tim Cook confirmed what everyone all knew… now let's get back to something that really matters."
Yet if you read the linked piece above, he says:
In other words: Now let us never speak of this again.
On the surface, tweets like these seem to reflect a lukewarm support for Cook. But they also betray a deep discomfort with the idea of gay people in public life, and even with sexuality itself.
I don't mean it that way.
I mean it in a way I imagine gay people would appreciate: I don't care what their sexual orientation is. I don't care in the same way I don't care what the sexual orientation of my straight friends is. It's a non-issue. They have, in my mind, 100% equal rights.
Isn't that the way it should be? Saying "let's move on" means it's not important to me - not because I disagree with homosexuality, but because I legitimately don't think it should be an issue.
I'm not denying that for far too many, it is still an issue. People still want to suppress gay folk from having equal rights, etc. But I'm not one of them. Tim Cook coming out is about as newsworthy as, I don't know, Harrison Ford admitting that he's straight.
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Posted October 31st, 2014 @ 06:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
35 Things That Make Travel Suck Less
I resisted these for years, a) because they're expensive and b) because the recommended models tended to be bulky over-the-ear types (e.g. Bose QC-15s) which can get hot and suck if you wear a hat. This was dumb. If you travel a lot, I recommend you go out right now and get the Bose 20's. You have no idea how loud flights actually are until you wear a set of these. The noise-canceling is absurd, they charge over micro-USB and they're comfortable in-ear headphones. Seriously, they're magic. Unless you're an audiophile, in which case you're on your own and may God have mercy on your soul.
I keep looking at these on Amazon (I'd need the QC-20i model for iPhones). I don't travel enough to justify $299, but I keep being tempted.
Maybe for Christmas or something…
Posted October 30th, 2014 @ 06:40pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 29th, 2014 @ 06:22pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 29th, 2014 @ 05:38pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Saving locally by default:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false
Reason for this: Yosemite Uploads Unsaved Documents and Recent Addresses to iCloud
Posted October 28th, 2014 @ 05:15pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted October 27th, 2014 @ 05:04pm by Erik J. Barzeski
My wife only gets better with age.
Today, she's 37.
And I made sure she knew it.
Posted October 26th, 2014 @ 04:58pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Assuming I can find the storage space I need, it's being reviewed quite favorably.
Full review here.
Posted October 25th, 2014 @ 04:21pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay
Retailers are banding together to:
- Keep more money for themselves
- Limit choices for consumers (you can still pay with your VISA, at no extra cost to the retailer, but you can't do it by waving your phone in front of a machine?)
- Directly withdraw payments from your checking account
- Decrease security for consumers (CC companies, and Apple, care about security. Retailers have proven they do not.)
- Force QR Codes (seriously, QR Codes???) on people
Again, NOT supporting Apple Pay is dumb. They will not be able to say "we don't take VISA" any time soon, so they're literally limiting you to SWIPING your card instead of the more secure NFC way of one-time numbers and sharing/storing no personal information.
I hope Apple and Google simply don't allow these apps to be sold. Not that it's a necessary move.
Shame on you, MCX and Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite-Aid, Best Buy, 7-11, etc.
Posted October 24th, 2014 @ 04:53pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Thoughts on Yosemite's Look and Feel
In the meantime, though, I find Yosemite lacking in polish, full of awkward decisions and unresolved tensions. Safari, in particular, seems to have trouble balancing theory—the idea that the same software on iOS and OS X should share a structurally similar user interface—with execution—its symmetrical arrangement of interface elements is not all that symmetrical in practice, and its buttons seem improvised and lacking in care.
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Posted October 23rd, 2014 @ 04:19pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Worth the price of Yosemite alone.