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
I wasn’t always an Apple fan. My Atari 800 was bought by my parents because the Apple II was too expensive. It felt like a computer for the elites. I got over that when my grandfather bought a Mac 128k for me in early 1984 and it was everything Byte magazine said it was, and… Continue reading Apple 2018
CarPlay UI locked up again
The dreaded CarPlay vs iOS 11 vs Chevy Volt bug where the entire UI locks up happened again. This is getting old, Apple. When this happens, the only solution is to reboot the iPhone. Terrible.
Netflix on Apple TV is playing black video
Updated Apple TV to 11.2.1 today and now Netflix video, both preview and the show, is just black. Rebooting the Apple TV fixed it. My Apple TV is connected to an LG OLED and is configured for 4K 60hz Dolby Vision.
Workflow reminds me of AppleScript
Workflow is an automation tool for iOS. The app is great, so great in fact that Apple bought the company. However, when trying to do something simple like prepend asterisks to a list of text on the clipboard, I immediately ran into confusion and had to find another workflow someone else wrote to get over… Continue reading Workflow reminds me of AppleScript
Editing text on the iPad is horrendous
I don’t know how Federico does it. Editing a post in WordPress in Safari felt like a Fischer Price experience. Select out of the text area and selection breaks. Cannot shift-select a large selection. Cannot drag a selection and have the text box scroll. I know it’s a website, but still, these are all easy… Continue reading Editing text on the iPad is horrendous
Cannot start words at the beginning of sentences with lower cased letters with the Smart Keyboard
Another annoying bug that I am sure Federico has many Radars on. When using a Smart Keyboard on my iPad, I cannot start words at the beginning of sentences with a lower cased letter. IOS (see!) just won’t let me do it. The only lame workaround is to press and hold on the down caret… Continue reading Cannot start words at the beginning of sentences with lower cased letters with the Smart Keyboard
Text selection extension is broken in iOS News for iPad
If I tap on a story in News on the iPad, it opens in it’s own view controller. I can select text, but if I try to extend the selection by grabbing either the beginning or ending selection marker, the screen just scrolls in the direction I drag. These kinds of bugs, where Apple owns… Continue reading Text selection extension is broken in iOS News for iPad
Overcast and CarPlay progress bar bug
Overcast and CarPlay in iOS 11 have not been very friendly. Every beta of iOS and release have broken Overcast in one way or another. The latest bug is: Tap a podcast in Overcast’s CarPlay UI It goes to now playing, but doesn’t start playing (it used to) Tap play The progress starts, but there… Continue reading Overcast and CarPlay progress bar bug
Siri didn’t like my message
My friend Joel sent me a message and I used Siri via CarPlay to respond. After I finished speaking, Siri just beeped her completion sound and went away. She didn’t send my message, didn’t express concerns with its content, didn’t report and error. Rude, Siri.
Getting HomeKit to work again
Ok, Apple, in order to fix this HomeKit nonsense we had to: Update iPhone Guess that Apple TV also needed updating because you didn’t tell us Disable Apple TV public betas to see 11.2.1 try cellular, no go Enable WiFi and use the Home app Now cellular works Ugh
Apple Pay Naughty or Nice List
Updated: 2017-12-10 21:30:38 Nice Ace Hardware All about Air heating and cooling Chevron (at the register) Jimmy Johns Local post office McDonalds Panera Parkrose Hardware Safeway Starbucks Subway Walgreens Where the shoe fits Whole Foods Naughty Applebee’s Bath and body works Buffalo Wild Wings Burgerville Chipotle Kaiser Permanente KFC MOD Pizza Potbelly Target Walmart
As recently as February I was telling people that I would not be buying an Apple Watch. As sure as Bill Hader’s Lindsey Buckingham cannot resist Keenan Thompson’s Diondre Cole, I own an Apple Watch. Fan points earned. The feature that swayed me was the taptic touch, where the watch touches your wrist through some… Continue reading Apple Watch
An example of how Apple and Microsoft are different
Update: Joel Bernstein (@castirony) points out that this paragraph works perfectly with “Apple Watch” instead of HoloLens. Damn you, Joel! But he is right. However, I think Apple Watch is an exception for Apple whereas Microsoft does this much more often. On using the Microsoft HoloLens, Engadget writes: “Does it work? Yes, it works. Is… Continue reading An example of how Apple and Microsoft are different
Why erase and restore your Mac?
I am a power user. I develop iOS and Mac software. I run betas of my firewall, my operating system, and my applications. I have developer tools installed. I am bound to have problems. I am not alone though. OS X, over time, can become crufty. Old extensions,old files, or even improper installations. Third party… Continue reading Why erase and restore your Mac?
Getting Apple Pay to work with Subway
I went to Subway last week and was unsuccessful at getting Apple Pay to work. Neither the clerk nor I knew how it should work with their point of sale, and there was a line of customers that I did not want to holdup. Today I went back and there was no line so I… Continue reading Getting Apple Pay to work with Subway
There is a lot of talk around WWDC. Apple will introduce HealthBook, home automation SDKs, a flat UI for OS X, etc. Here is what I am hoping for: Development Xcode 6 that doesn’t crash when compiling XIBs via the command line Xcode 6 with better refactoring and editing tools (AppCodeque) Xcode 6 with a… Continue reading WWDC
What Apple’s SSL bug means to you
On Friday it was revealed that Apple has a very serious flaw in iOS 6, iOS 7, and Mac OS X 10.9.x. You should stop what you are doing and update iOS now. Agile Bits has a good explanation on how to do this here: 1Password is not affected by the SSL bug (http://tinyurl.com/mxhj2vh) As… Continue reading What Apple’s SSL bug means to you
Chevy and/or Apple improve Volt music connection
Updated: 2014-07-15 I am a huge fan of my 2013 @chevyvolt. The only issue I have with the car has been it’s entertainment stack and how that works (or doesn’t) with the iPhone. It seems as though there have been improvements, either over the air via OnStar, when I took my car in for maintenance,… Continue reading Chevy and/or Apple improve Volt music connection
It’s iCloudy and time for an umbrella
The Apple ecosystem is growing faster than anyone could have imagined. We buy music, apps for our phones, apps for our Macs, videos, and books all via our iTunes accounts. We can even pay for our Netflix accounts via iTunes now. This is convenient and nice, but as people come together and form families, things… Continue reading It’s iCloudy and time for an umbrella