Apple, Macs, OS X
I’ve installed iOS 7 on my iPhone 4s and on my iPad 2. I like it for the most part. I’ve been running across some helpful articles and thought I’d post them here for others who may be looking for help:
- Four privacy settings you should enable in iOS 7 immediately (zdnet.com)
- Battery-Drain Issues Plague iOS 7 Users (pcmag.com)
- iOS 7: readers tips on hidden iPhone and iPad features (telegraph.co.uk)
- iOS 7: how to disable the most annoying new features (telegraph.co.uk)
And then watch for software updates. Often with a new release like this, some things are found right away. There seems to be a lock screen bypass flaw that’s being worked on. This is why some people say to wait before going to a major upgrade like this – of any kind, not just phones. I guess I’m more of a risk taker.
I like how they improved the “Find my iPhone” system. It seems to be permanently embedded in the phone. It cannot be deactivated unless you put in your iCloud password. So, just make sure that password isn’t easy and you should be able to find your iPhone at any time… as long as it’s on and in range of a cell tower. I wonder if this will decrease the number of iPhone thefts.
-TonyRelated Search Terms:
Ok, “hate” is kind of strong… I’m very frustrated. Microsoft is backwards.
So I had to work with Bing Places today – which is like Bing’s (Microsoft’s) version of Google Places. It’s SO clunky. It’s frustrating. I’m trying to upload a logo and they seem to want an image that’s 80×80 pixels to show but then won’t let you upload one that size or one that’s proportional. It’s this whole “Microsoft Way” of doing things that hasn’t changed at all. They act like they’re the boss and things have to be done their way or the highway. They’re not interested in making things easy and wonder why they’re not doing as well as they used to.
They’re not doing as well because Apple has come on strong and shown that there’s a better way of doing things. Apple is more intuitive… there’s nothing you need to “learn” to get right into their products and software – it just makes sense.
Microsoft just wants you to do it their way because their way is best… or so they think. Years ago, that’s all their was – just Windows 95. That’s the only platform you could software for. Then Windows XP came around like what, 8 years later? It was finally ok and usable. We all had to adapt and learn the Microsoft way of doing things and that’s how the world operated. Then came the iPhone and newer versions of OS X and things just changed… forever.
I was talking to someone this weekend and they were talking about how their Samsung Galaxy 4 phone was great. Sure, I admit – that looks like a nice phone. The screen is bigger and the features are good. I’m still standing by Apple though.
What I like about Apple:
- My contacts stay in sync. I add someone to my phone and they’re added on my laptop and tablet (iPad).
- The same with bookmarks (if I use Safari) and calendar.
- All my photos are in one library.
- All my music is synched up on all devices.
- It’s their software running on their hardware and that means less crashes (hardly any at all).
- Devices boot up quickly.
- It just makes sense.
I cringe when I am forced to help someone configure Outlook or find their settings on their PC. I look at it and it makes no sense at all. I feel like the people using Microsoft products are somehow getting dumber by using them:
Seriously, that’s what it’s like.
Google is good, too. They’re more on the Apple side of the world where things make sense. I don’t like Google’s monopoly on search – which could be another, separate blog post I guess – and that’s the only place I favor Bing (Microsoft) a little. Their search results are better sometimes.
Ok, back to trying to figure out BingPlaces.com – wish me luck!
UPDATE: After finally getting the profile how I wanted it, I got this error and had to start over:
I had wget installed a while ago (even after curl replaced it) but then it stopped working. I missed it… like a lot. I finally took the time today to try to get it working. I tried a few things but here’s what worked:
wget for Mac (merenbach.com)
After installing it, I had to remove older versions I had installed. I simply did this command:
and then did a “sudo” to remove those old ones. I restarted Terminal with a new session, too, and then it started working. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
What I use wget for is diagnosing http headers and investigating how website redirects are working. It’s great – it spits out exactly what is going on. What a great tool! I haven’t seen curl do that.
For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to clear out a lot of the email filters I had set up for filtering out what I call “Probably Junk” (all email that can wait until later). I’m spending time setting up the filters again now. I guess I wanted to reorganize them and I thought that some were old.
One other thing I’m doing is unsubscribing to a lot of these lists that I was on. So that part feels good, at least.
In the end, I’ll have less email to deal with, so I suppose it’s a good thing to go through this now. It’ll save me time in the long run. Also, my filters will be more organized in case I need to find a filter and adjust it – that will be easier.
Spam and Junk Email Filtering
I’m using Apple Mail on a Mac (of course). It’s a good program and works well along with SpamSieve. If you get a lot of spam and use a Mac, definitely get SpamSieve! It’s relatively easy to set up – just follow their instructions or get your local geek to help you (it’s not too bad at all). They even have a free trial, so give it a try.
I get people asking my opinion about what kind of computer to get sometimes. They think that because I have a company that makes websites, I know the ins and outs of everything having to do with computers. Honestly, I think I’ve “checked out” of that game by getting a Mac. I no longer have to worry about drivers and cumbersome updates and all that jazz. I live by what Forrest Gump said, “One less thing.”
More on all of that in a minute.
Windows 8 Issues
I found this article that’s worth sharing. It seems that with Windows 8 (you know, all those commercials that you keep seeing), there are some problems. Upgrading to Windows 8 might not be the best move for you.
Big Compatibility Issues With Windows 8 (xnas.net)
Experiences of those who are using Windows 8 are not uniform as it has come up with some big compatibility issues. For instance; one of the users with a brand new laptop tried the new operating system but the result was disastrous. A log discussion with Microsoft people finally resulted in the conclusion that the features of the laptop, though brand new, is not compatible with the features of Windows 8, and it virtually killed the laptop.
I just thought people should know about this.
My take is that Microsoft is finally trying to get a piece of the mobile phone operating system and tablet market but their foundation is poor. They maybe had dollar signs in their eyes and were shortsighted or something and then turned out something pretty half assed.
Why Apple Works
I can sum up why Apple products work so well pretty easily: it’s their software running on their hardware. Bam! That says a lot right there. With Windows, you’re running Microsoft’s software on who knows what hardware. Right there, you’re at a huge disadvantage. You’ll have driver issues and all kinds of things go wrong. It’s a poor system.
Second, I heard once that the Windows kernel (which is the core of the operating system) was 1 GB in size. Since that was too large for mobile phones (at one point), they had to create a separate operating system for phones. Contrast that with Apple’s kernel, which is like 1 MB. You can move that anywhere. With Apple/Mac, you’re getting the same, exact operating system everywhere. Yes, Apple strayed slightly with the iPhone interface, but they’re actually going to be bringing that all back together with iOS – and, from what I know, it still is the same kernel everywhere.
It’s Not Too Late to Switch
Make the switch to a Mac and you won’t regret it. It’s not that difficult to pick up and learn – in fact, it’s very intuitive. You really don’t know how good it is until you get there. You don’t know what you’re missing and you’ll probably wish you had done it a long time ago.
What I’m learning more and more is that life is short. Remove all that you can from the equation so that it balances. If something’s giving you trouble in life, then fix it. Why struggle through things? Much of your life is within your control. For the rest, go to God. Put God first and the rest just falls in line. Doing that is within your control.
And “one less thing” is what I strive for. I love that with Forrest, that had to do with the need to have an income. He made his money work for him.
I’ve heard that, on average, millionaires have 7 streams of income. How many do you have? Just one or two? Get at least 7 assets in your life that bring in some money for you. It’ll take work but it can be done. The key is to only work on things that have your money work for you – versus you working for money. More on this when I write future posts.