Why is iTunes being used as the sync hub for all media and mobile apps? Do you remember iSync? It was the app that Apple made specifically for syncing devices to their computers. It worked pretty nicely to sync contacts and calendars from the Mac to a mobile phone (this was before the iPhone came … Continue reading Idiosyncracies at Apple
The new tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro, which comes in two sizes as of this year, is quite impressive. I'm sure they're fast, and the addition of a stylus for more precise control is an interesting and fitting choice (which also hearkens back to the first tablets Microsoft made, years and years ago). Apple's … Continue reading Tablets not quite ready for mainstream computing
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