In 1992 our family moved to San Jose. We rented a duplex that had its own laundry so we bought a washer and dryer from Sears and had them delivered and installed. (That Sears at Vallco Mall had a clothing display called “The Mainframe” and I loved all of it) The installers left and I… Continue reading A Short Story About Sears Kenmore Support
Yesterday I noticed that iCloud tabs for my iPhone did not appear in the “iCloud Tabs” button on Safari’s toolbar. (View menu, Customize Toolbar) I then opened a new Start Page on my iPhone and noticed that neither my Mac nor my iPad showed in the iCloud Tabs section. (Scroll to the bottom of your… Continue reading My iPhone stopped syncing iCloud tabs with my Mac
Me too! My Liftmaster 8550W has been a quiet workhorse mechanically, but the electronics, the myQ app, and the help pages are not very helpful. I had my system set up for a few years with the Chamberlain Home Bridge for HomeKit, but it would sometimes stop working. Last year I removed things and set… Continue reading Can’t seem to reset your LiftMaster WiFi?
The original Macintosh famously shipped with a sharp (at the time) 72 dpi (Dots Per Inch) black and white display. Every Mac with a built-in display was the same, and being the first consumer computer with a mouse, it quickly became very easy to move the mouse to a specific button or menu, because the… Continue reading A Short Story about Muscle Memory
My grandfather gifted my first Macintosh, a Mac 128, to me in March of 1984 as a graduation gift. I spent the remainder of my senior year messing around with MacWrite and MacPaint, and writing software in MS BASIC. That summer I bought a Novation 300 baud modem and learned to call a movie times… Continue reading A Short Story About My First BBS
It was around 1980, I was 14 and arcades were all the rage. I figured I could save myself some money if I learned how to develop games myself, as quarters went quickly! I had some simple home game systems, basically Atari Pong knockoffs that were black and white only that I had earned by… Continue reading A Short Story About How I Got Started In Computers
Back in 1991, I had a lot of SCSI equipment for my Mac. SCSI was fast for the day, but it was also finicky. You could daisy chain devices, but the chain always had to end with a terminator. I had two Syquest drives, which were 40 megabyte removable hard drives(!), an Apple flatbed scanner,… Continue reading A Short Story about SCSI
We used a wide variety of computers at The Voyager Company. One of those was a Macintosh Iici, which was used in the art department. The computer started crashing one day while doing random tasks. The folks using the machine tried the various tricks of the day, such as fixing the disk, removing extraneous “inits”… Continue reading A Short Story about Macs
Back in 1989 we (The Voyager Company) released Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on floppy disk with an audio CD. The software played sections of the symphony on the CD as the user clicked buttons or navigated the stack. It was awesome! Later, we were working on version 2 which was super fancy in that we were… Continue reading A Short Story about CD-ROMs
We just finished a three day, four hundred mile round trip to British Columbia. We paid with Apple Pay at: Three Chevron stationsTwo McDonaldsOne Burger KingLondon DrugsTommy’s Cafe The places Apple Pay did not work was Stanley Park parking (they declined it) and the duty free shop. 80% is a pretty good acceptance rate! It… Continue reading Apple Pay all the way to Canada and back
Don’t wait for the moments to happen.
As a developer, I use Apple’s Xcode to develop software. The Xcode interface is a single pane design and as such, the interface is one of a text editor, with optional panels to the left and right of the editor. On a laptop, even at the highest resolution, I sometimes need Xcode to be full… Continue reading Moom improves Mac productivity
If the rumors are true, Face ID will be replacing Touch ID on the iPad this fall. I was considering the pros and cons of this and in my case, one of my cons of Face ID on the phone may be a pro on the iPad. Saying that I have to look at my… Continue reading A case for Face ID on iPad
Please use Apple Pay whenever you can. It’s the only way it will become more ubiquitous and improve. We don’t need more incidents of stolen credit data.
This hot chocolate with peppermint rum was incredible. You can find it, along with some snow, at Timberline Lodge
It’s time to get serious about micro.blog
Last week, Elizabeth met me at a local restaurant so i set a reminder to have her drop me off at the car when we left the restaurant. The reminder never fired. I forgot to get the car, and to file a radar. Until this morning while on a bus, I passed said restaurant and… Continue reading Get the car
The infomercial for this thing makes it look like cleaning the machine is a nightmare.
I am goibg to tey a day whrhiur auto correct. Holy hell.
I moved the HomePod about 10 feet farther away to the left. Siri has a harder time hearing me with metal playing at 70% but jazz is OK. I have to yell a little louder to get Siri to hear me over the metal.