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Archive for the 'Apple' Category

Odd Page Breaks in Pages

I'm using Pages to write a book (because the thought of using Word makes my skin crawl a little bit), but two things are quite annoying. The first is how Pages treats keyboard shortcuts like option-delete, or shift-arrow, and similar. Oftentimes it edits or selects (or deletes) text after the insertion point, even though you're […]

Pixelmator - What happend to the color fields in the toolbar This drives me NUTS. I prefer Pixelmator over Acorn, but every few months, I launch Pixelmator thinking that it has to be fixed by now, only to find out that it's not, and to get so frustrated that I quickly switch back to Acorn. […]

Keyboard Repeat

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true Thank you! P.S. I have to reboot but fingers are crossed that this still works in Mavericks.

I read an article today about how some people are unable to open older documents created by earlier versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, so I did a quick search for all such documents, and opened, and re-saved them all to upgrade them to the latest versions. Fortunately I'd kept my iWork '09 applications on […]

iOS 7.1

Michael Tsai's Roundup of iOS 7.1 news has links to a few good things: iOS 7.1 vs iOS 7 | Polar Using your lock screen wallpaper for ICE info A recommendation to use 744x1392 for iPhone wallpaper How to completely turn off parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1

BBEdit is Old

I just realized that I've been using BBEdit for over 15 years now, and the software was already pretty old when I started using it. Yeesh. And I still use it, and love it. Every day.


A take-down of a take-down: Daring Fireball: From the Department of Fitting Facts to the Narrative

How Secure is iMessage?

More than people thought. TL;DR version: Too long, didnt read? Basically: Unless Apple is omitting something or there's some backdoor tucked into their many-layers-deep encryption (which, while unlikely, isn't inconceivable) they really can't read your iMessages without a fairly insane amount of effort. Sure, they could theoretically brute force their way past your private key. […]

Apple WWDC 1997

It's interesting to listen to that now, and see what Apple's done in the years since. This part starts with an insult and shows how much Steve had matured even by 1997. I wonder where the question-asker is today…

Design, by Apple

The Loop’s Steve Issue

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Steve Jobs and everything he did in his life, so I wanted to put together an issue of The Loop Magazine dedicated to Steve and his accomplishments. What better day to publish it than on Steve's birthday. The Loop Magazine: Memories of Steve Jobs

Woz: we love him, but he's clearly out of touch with modern-day Apple.

Apple’s CarPlay in a Ferrari

Unfortunately, I doubt my 2014 Kia Sorento SX will be offer a firmware update to replace UVO with CarPlay. I'd probably pay a decent amount if it was possible, though…

tcsh to bash 10 Years: It's been 10 years this month since "upgrade from tcsh to bash" was placed on my to-do list. It's starting to look hopeless. I still use tcsh. Yeah, whatevs. 🙂

The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign - Forbes Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the "Think Different" billboards and said, "This is great, this is really great … but I can't do […]