November 7, 2019

Apple Notes and iCloud Syncing: Breaking a Good Thing Badly

Warner Crocker on

Each device had a different note count. The MacBook had three copies of the same note, two in the proper folder, one not. The iPad Pro had only the copy that had been Air Dropped. The iPhone Pro had two copies. Edits made to another note on the MacBook earlier in the morning had not synced to either of the two other devices.

I didn’t have time to blog about this, but I’m suffering this right now. By signing out of iCloud on the iPad mini I managed to get the critical Notes I needed for a work trip this week — but there’s 6 notes on the iPhone are not synching:

Notes Sync FailNotes Sync Fail

I think his closing says it best:

Look I get it. These are big complex systems and sometimes things need to be worked out. So, I’ll grant some leeway for that. But I also get this. Apple has more resources at its disposal than most other companies and it needs to figure this stuff out. It should be embarrassing, but apparently it isn’t embarrassing enough to martial enough of those resources to fix iCloud, which is a system that Apple is relying on more and more as the backbone for services that connect these devices.

I don’t want to rethink my Notes setup. But I have work to do.

November 5, 2019

Dell’s New $2000 27in Thunderbolt 3 UltraSharp 4K Monitor

Malcolm Owen, on

Displaying at a 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels at 60Hz, the LCD screen has a contrast ratio of 1,300:1 and a typical brightness of 250 nits.

With 163.2PPI, it’s not good for retina. Still better — and cheaper — to get an iMac 27in 5K.

Apple please, release a 5K iMac monitor without the Mac! Or at least with target mode or sometime.

November 4, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 44

  • Piper Announces Autoland Capability on single engine plane. For emergencies, but interesting trend.
  • DJI Mavic Mini announced. Luckily (for my wallet) it costs $399 — but soon they’ll drop to a why not? price point.
  • Spotify Kids app announced. Sadly it requires iOS 10, so it won’t on work my kids original iPad mini.
October 30, 2019

Dev Details Leaving Apple Music for Spotify

Michael Shafer, on

The bottom line is Spotify’s search is insanely good, the mobile/desktop apps are better and more tightly integrated, and it does a better job at suggesting new music I like. I’m going to miss feeling like I’m actually curating my own private music collection, but it turns out I value those other things more in a music streaming service.

Interesting details given todays news that Spotify Adds More Users Than Expected.

I didn’t renew my latest Apple Music subscription last week, it just doesn’t offer a better experience that Spotify in most areas.

October 28, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 43

  • Google Calendar now supports and urls to create events.
  • Command & Conquer Remaster Update and First Gameplay Teaser
October 23, 2019

Google Digital Wellbeing Experiments for Android

Emma Turpin on

To kick it off, we created five helpful and even playful digital wellbeing experimental apps. Each experiment centers around a different behavior, offering small ways to help improve your digital wellbeing and find a balance that feels right for you.

Details on each on the Digital Wellbeing Experiments site. They all look very interesting, and I’d try most if available for iOS. Overall this seems like a great initiative.

October 22, 2019

Dramatically reduced power usage in Firefox 70 on macOS

Markus Stange on the Mozilla Gfx Team Blog:

In Firefox 70 we changed how pixels get to the screen on macOS. This allows us to do less work per frame when only small parts of the screen change. As a result, Firefox 70 drastically reduces the power usage during browsing.

It now uses Core Animation, and it seems to show significant improvements.

The post is also very detailed on what uses Core Animation means, which was almost over my head.

October 21, 2019

Microsoft 15-inch Surface 3 Review

Raymond Wong, on

Does the two-port situation ruin the Surface Laptop 3? No. But it means Microsoft’s largest notebook is just two ports shy of being the perfect 15-inch laptop.

This is an issue with many flagship laptops nowadays. But other than that, it appears to have great performance with excellent battery life.

At $1,699.00, you get an extremely solid work machine.

October 21, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 42

  • The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs $29 per year.
  • Luna Display introduces Mac-to-Mac Mode. I’ve been convincing myself to buy this since yesterday.
  • Any thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone.
  • Brave browser reaches 8 million monthly active users. Anecdotally, I’m very surprised how many people at work also use this browser.
  • Rectangle free/open source for macOS window manager in the spirit of Spectacle. Fast and light, replaced Magnet and it has been working great.
  • Analogue’s $200 Pocket console look unbelievable. It can play any Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games.
October 20, 2019

Quantas Preparing for World’s First 20-Hour Flight

Angus Whitley, on

After I first wrote about this upcoming flight last week, one reader emailed to urge me into a stouter mindset. During the Korean War in the early 1950s, he said, he regularly flew 40-hour reconnaissance missions with crew rotations every six hours. Man up,” the 83-year-old told me. Point taken.

I’m still waiting for a Fifth Element like sleep system.

October 15, 2019

Norway’s Boring Lunch Tradition — Matpakke

Kara Elder on

The point of these open-faced sandwiches is to provide a quick, easy, somewhat nutritious lunch-time meal that provides sustenance without leaving you too full. They typically consist of two or three slices of bread, smeared lightly with butter, each topped with a single slice of cheese or meat, or perhaps a thin layer of jam, liver paste, or tubed caviar.

I never thought much of these while in Oslo — specially since Opera had a great lunch menu. But I’ve come to appreciate the simplicity of it years later.

October 14, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 41

  • Brydge sues Kickstarter over clone” Libra keyboard. It did seem very similar from the beginning.
  • reMarkable raises $15M round and has sold 100K tablets. Not bad.
  • SmartCapsLock lets you select text and press Caps Lock to change the case to multiple options. I just remap my caps lock key to control, but this can be useful.
October 12, 2019

Apple Launches In-House Studio, Sets Band of Brothers’ Sequel Series

Will Thorne on

Based on the book by Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air” is said to follow the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. The series is being written by Band of Brothers” alumnus John Orloff, who is also a co-executive producer.

Apple TV+ keeps getting more intriguing shows.

October 8, 2019

If Disney World’s Star Wars” Land Is a Flop, Why Is It So Crowded?

Rick Munarriz on

In my sixth visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — four to the original Disneyland version this summer and now my second visit at Disney World, but the first since it officially opened — I have never seen the 14-acre addition as busy as it was this weekend.

We went the day before Dorian hit”, and while the rest of Hollywood Studios was empty, we waited the full 90 minutes for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

I’m biased though, I really want the park to succeed to continue visiting as Robie and Bettina grow.

October 7, 2019

Tidbits for 2019 Week 40

  • Windows Virtual Desktop is now available. Need to work out the pricing, but this is very significant for big IT departments.
  • Agenda 8 allows drawing and handwriting with Pencil. Darn it, I thought my note taking flow was now somewhat stable.
  • YouTube TV is available on Amazon Fire TV. The cordcutter land-grab is over, now the platforms are shifting their fight.