Back when Apple came out with white keyboards, I was annoyed. I appreciated the white aesthetic, the clean design, but they got dirty so quickly. Within a few weeks of normal use with clean hands, there was a visible layer of grime on the keys used most. It was like a heat map drawn with … Continue reading White keyboards and cleanliness
This is one of those posts I don't enjoy writing but this must be said. I have a mid-2011 27" iMac (with AppleCare). It has now broken down three times for the very same problem (its video card goes bad). Other things on it also broke down, like the SuperDrive. Bottom line: Apple has refused … Continue reading Unscrupulous customer care at Apple
Yes, you can enable Fusion Drive on older Macs. I'm not sure how this method will work with Macs older than 2011, but I know for sure that it works on mid-2011 iMacs, and quite possibly on other Macs made since then. I have just completed this process for my iMac and I thought it would … Continue reading How to create a Fusion Drive on a mid-2011 iMac
I don't know about you but I've listened to all of the songs in my iTunes library. Repeatedly. Over and over and over. I keep buying new ones but inevitably, the play counts add up. And the ones I didn't want to listen to, I skipped over. Repeatedly. Over and over and over. And therein … Continue reading A way to make Shuffle better in iTunes and on iPhones and iPods
Here is Dieter Rams, one of the giants of industrial design. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncw3f4jgNP4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6-wA-7QIeE http://vimeo.com/18988687 http://vimeo.com/19742547 I love the man's approach to design and his clear avoidance of planned obsolescence. He is a great example of standing for something that you believe in and then changing the world because of your stance. Wonderful. You may also want … Continue reading Do you know Dieter Rams?
What I have to talk about has to do with these two apps, which are closely related and happen to sit right next to each other in my Apps folder: iSync and iTunes. We could call it part 2 in a series of posts where I look at things that don't sit right with Apple … Continue reading Why are we still syncing in iTunes?
Updated 4/24/12: YouTube has greatly improved the copyright claim dispute process in recent weeks, and it seems that even copyright holders have gotten much more responsive and willing to relinquish claims falsely flagged by YouTube's Copyright ID engine. These are all good steps in the right direction! Are you a YouTube Partner? Great! Then don't … Continue reading Do not use iMovie sounds for YouTube videos
I sent the following enhancement request to the Pages team via the Apple website and figured it'd be a good idea to share it here as well. Perhaps you have some suggestions for me, something that could help me in the meantime? Better memory management. My wife and I write graphics-rich books (recipe books, piano methods … Continue reading Two feature requests for Apple’s Pages
Wonderful thoughts on Steve Jobs from a neighbor in Palo Alto. The article shows a different view of Steve, that of the devoted family man. This article first appeared in Palo Alto Patch. My neighbor, Steve Jobs, has been in the news lately. The talk of the town is the recent announcement he will be … Continue reading My Neighbor, Steve Jobs