Category Archives: Apple

A screenshot of my iPhone's iOS home screen

A Matter of Trust

Apple, in all their presumptuousness, has now pushed iOS 7.0.3 to both my iPhone and my iPad. I have not yet installed iOS 7 at all, nor do I want to. It’s ugly, it breaks with my muscle-memory conventions, and frankly I have no need for it. But there it sits anyway, consuming precious storage and trying to goad me into installation with the big red circle sitting atop the “Settings” icon.

Another red badge on my home screen is the number of apps on my phone with available updates. Currently, it reads 105. iOS 7 brings the promise of auto-updating my apps, so I never have to see this badge again. But for now it sits, like the world’s slowest odometer showing me exactly how obsolete I am becoming.

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BBEdit 10

I guess I’m going to be in the minority for not heaping praise upon BBEdit’s new update, version 10.1 However, as a long-time user (I think I started using it somewhere around version 4, IIRC), there have been enough changes in this version to throw my whole workflow out of whack, including one key feature (for me at least) that’s now gone altogether.

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  1. See also: MacWorld’s review and IT Inquirer’s review, among others.
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Quick Fix for Network Issues

Occasionally, when I’m on the client’s site, the Internet connection on my MacBook Pro completely dies even though I’m connected to the Wi-Fi network and have a valid (that is, not self-assigned) IP address.  Usually this is caused when the VPN I’m connected to (yes, even though I’m on the client site I still sometimes need to connect to their VPN) crashes my machine, and I’m talking gray-screen-of-death calibre of crashing.

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The High Price of Gigabytes

AT&T and Verizon have formally announced their iPad 2 pricing plans, and it’s clear that they expect us to live in the stone age when it comes to internet usage on the go.

Here are the numbers, broken down:

Verizon AT&T
Gigabytes Monthly Cost Per GB Gigabytes Monthly Cost Per GB
1 GB $20 $20 250MB $14.99 $59.96
3 GB $35 $11.67 2 GB $25 $12.50
5 GB $50 $10
10 GB $80 $8

And of course, this doesn’t even include the cost if your data runneth over, which is a whole other absurd list of charges.  Because of this mass confusion and chaos, I’m pretty much decided on wi-fi only.

Remember when AT&T offered unlimited data for iPad for $30? For one month? Then killed that?

Good times.

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Which iPad 2 Will You Get?

In an extremely un-Apple like move, the Cupertino, California company will release eighteen different variants of its new iPad 2 in the United States on Friday. Which model do you have your eye on?

Which iPad 2 Are You Getting?

  • 32GB Wi-Fi Only, Black (57%, 4 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only, Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi Only, White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi Only, White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only, White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 32GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 16GB Wi-Fi & 3G (AT&T), Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi Only, Black (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Verizon), White (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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When you list out the options in this way, it seems a little ridiculous.

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