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iResolution 2018

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My firm resolve for 2018: I will purchase no new Apple equipment. No new iPhone. No iWatch. No other iGadgetry. And don’t even think of torturing me with a Mac!

iVE iHAD iENOUGH!!…

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31 December 2017 at 10:39 am

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aurelia reset

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aurelia resetSo, I had to reset aurelia this morning.

No, Siri or whatever else has been nagging me the past month, I am not ready to send aurelia through reincarnation to a newer body. Bad enough I’ve been forcing her to work with iOS 11 (big mistake).

iPhun iPhun iPhun . . .

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4 December 2017 at 10:32 am

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Naa Naa Nano

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Naa naa Nano, Naa naa Nano, Hey hey hey, Hello . . .

iPhun . . .

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20 May 2015 at 8:46 pm

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Hey Apple . . . Copy?

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A Poll for Apple Executives
Concerning the Reliability Failure of iOS 8
on Its Copy Function

 

 

 

As for me, this Apple failure has wasted too many hours in the past two months alone, hours I doubt Apple will ever give me back, no matter how counter-intuitive they make their next “enhancement.” So I’ve finally come to the same decision I had to make with Microsoft software: I hereby vow to abstain from any new version of iOS or any Apple app or product until at least one year after release. If they don’t care to hire good quality control and instead let their customers waste time suffering from their blunders, let someone else do it.

And I’m even tired of attempting to find work-arounds to this copy-and-paste mess. All of the workarounds I’ve seen suggested or tried out on my own – none of them work any more consistently than Apple’s own copy-and-paste mess. It almost has me wondering if Apple threw a random number generator into its copy routines: there seems no predictability to its behavior at all.

So on the pages that will follow in this post (which will be updated over the coming days and weeks and months), I’ll be refining my own “workarounds” all of which can be most succinctly summarized as follows: “Cease using Apple equipment and Apple software for anything more productive than wasting time with games.”

  1. Workaround #1: This Post
  2. Workaround #2: Calendar Events
  3. Workaround #3: Twitter Traffic
  4. Workaround #4: Spotlight Search
  5. Workaround #5: Composing E-Mail
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14 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

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Dead Level Best

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levelRaise your hand if you’ve ever used your iPhone’s Compass app. No? Haven’t yet been on a camping trip and been lost in the deep woods? Haven’t yet turned on your iPhone high on a flight to check out what direction the pilot is really taking you? Haven’t yet (and likely won’t ever) taken the time to decide whether Settings should use true north for the compass? Maybe even forgot all about that Compass app long ago when you tucked it off into a nuisance folder along with Newsstand and other Apple apps you know you’ll never use but are not allowed to get off your iPhone’s screen?

Well, I suppose I probably had noticed this way back when, but only recently during a comprehensive overhaul of all my iDevice screens and folders and apps was I reminded that the Compass app carries two screens: first, the compass itself; but second, a level tool. Somewhere among my various folders I know I have at least one 3rd-party app that uses the iPhone’s gyroscope to provide a level tool. And perhaps I might eventually resort to that other app when I want to use my iPhone as a level, since Compass seems to want to require re-calibration every time the app is re-opened.

But how frequently do we need a level tool anyway, right? Yeah, except recently I used my iPhone Compass app’s level up against a ruler placed on a wall for hanging a new frame, when I wanted to be sure the ruler was placed exactly vertically. Then, satisfied with how Compass had helped, I went down the hall and around to all our rooms, adjusting every frame (all of them except one lone perfect one) that was not hanging precisely level. And now will be re-checking each frame after each time we dust the house, if not more frequently. So an app that I’d been completely ignoring now will be seeing regular action.

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8 August 2014 at 8:24 am

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Clean Homes

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A recent slip of a dragging finger got me experimenting far enough to discover that not only can all apps or folders be pushed off the main portion of an iDevice’s top home screen, but likewise the Dock – that border region at the bottom of any home screen. So in my never-ending reorganization of things on my stuff, I’ve redesigned all four of my top home screens —

iPod home screen iPod — my first iDevice, given to me as a birthday present the day before I first died. With the eventual addition of my other iDevices, the purposes for which I use my iPod have collapsed down to a small number of personal apps, most of those being Apple’s own pre-installed apps (notably, Mail and Music and iBooks). Since those key apps are always kept open and are typically first in the list of open apps reached via double-clicking the Home button, and since there is virtually no occasion any longer for anyone else to borrow my iPod for anything, there is no need to have any folders or apps cluttering the home screen at all, not even in the dock. So my iPod’s screen is the cleanest: simply the snapshot of me in Fitchburg at that pivotal moment in August 1998.
iPhone home screen iPhone — the second iDevice added to my collection in January 2012, after the iPod helped bring me through recovery well enough to win me over to Apple. Among my iDevices, my iPhone is the one most likely to be borrowed by a family member or friend for a quick call or some other emergency. But the apps any borrower might need can easily be organized into a single folder. So the Dock on my iPhone holds those apps in such a key folder. Past that, my iPhone Dock is clear of clutter, and nothing else is held on the iPhone’s top home screen.
iPad mini home screen iPad mini — my iPad mini was the last to join my four iHorsemen, an addition a few months ago when a Verizon special handed it to me almost free. My mini sits between my iPod and my iPhone in terms of potential use by other users, in part due to its built-in wireless (for instance, giving it GPS mapping capabilities when we’re on the road). But given the larger screen, I tend to use the mini more heavily than the iPhone for extensive reading, transcription and other writing, podcasts and other heavy lifting for my personal needs and interests. Those aspects are reflected in full use of folders placed on the iPad mini Dock. But like my iPod and my iPhone, the upper portion of the iPad mini’s top home screen is clear of all apps or folders.
iPad home screen iPad — third addition to my iDevice collection, the Dock and top screen of my iPad carries the most folders, in large part arising from my desire to retain the background collage I constructed for my iPad, which allowed for natural upper and lower spaces for my key folders.

Oh, but with how obsessive I get about remodeling and reorganizing, the next slip of my finger might give me yet another idea for shuffling things around, so it might not be very long before one or more of these images lose their resemblance to the active version.

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Written by macheide

19 July 2014 at 1:17 pm

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iPod Reset

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Considering exactly when I was given my iPod and what else happened that day and what ensued during the following week, and considering how closely my electronic devices and the resulting tangles of files have seemed to many to so closely resemble my own head, is it any surprise that crashing the iPod back to square one would be inevitable?

About a month ago, one of the premium apps offering itself temporarily for free failed to download due to problems with Apple’s App Store. A few days later the same app revisited its offer after Apple had fixed its problem, and I was able to install the app. Naetheless, since then my iPod keeps telling me that it is unable to purchase the app, grudgingly hanging on to the original problem. And ever since then, the entire device has been quite incorrigible, taking very long to work though even the most basic procedures and continually attempting to update various other apps seemingly at random. Last night was extremely frustrating (apologies to Suzi for how I allowed a mere machine to get the better of me) – merely attempting to listen to a tune by the Band in memory of Levon Helm, the iPod spun in circles for over an hour, continually restarting itself and going off on wild fugues and generally unresponsive to all attempts to take control, even ignoring hard restarts. So after shrugging off any data loss from what I’d not yet backed up to the laptop, I introduced the device to my local Apple store’s version of a code blue.

Coming back to sync, I’ve decided to rebuild the device piece by piece, versus attempting to dump the entire pile back on and then putting it back on the weight loss program I’d begun after it started its shenanigans the past month. So, first non-installed app to be brought back: Bible. And first tunes to make it back: the ones recently launching my iTunes exposure.

I suppose I’ve missed a great opportunity to do another totally unplugged period. Oh well.

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20 April 2012 at 5:30 pm

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