Sunday, April 25. 2010
|After numerous remonstrations of stating that I wouldn't be buying one, I have now owned my iPad for two weeks. |
• Web browsing (even with the Adobe-Apple-Flash war going on)
• (Related to the above post) Stunning screen - definitely makes browsing/eBook reading/pics viewing much nicer
• Battery life
• Responsive CPU - this helps lessen the sting of lack of multi-tasking support (see dislikes below)
• No heat build-up when used for long periods of time
• Portability - definitely much nicer and easier for showing family pictures
• iBooks app - IMHO superior to the Kindle for reading eBooks (of course, the fact that the iBooks app supports color helps )
• Impressive Apps - Elements, ABC Player, AP News and IMDB are just some of the apps that spring to mind as far as doing an excellent job of creatively taking advantage of the platform.
• Still too much stuttering when trying to watch streaming media (doesn't matter if it is YouTube, Apple's Trailers site or the Netflix app
• Double-dipping price-wise on iPhone/iPad apps - somewhat frustrating to get hit with full prices for both the iPhone and iPad version - would be much more willing to pay an incremental fee if the app was already purchased for another platform.
• Lack of charging over USB (even given the increased power requirements, this still seems silly)
• Lack of multi-tasking - this should be remedied with the release of iPhone OS 4.0 (one of the announcements that tipped me towards purchasing this earlier than planned )
Overall, I am definitely using the iPad far more then I thought I would (and so is my family for that matter - it is often hard to get it away from them ). Probably more surprising, is that I have not missed Adobe Flash at all - over 95% of the web pages that I visit do render satisfactorily on the iPad (needless to say, I was verifying this in the Apple store which yielded yet another factor that tipped me towards purchasing this earlier than planned ). Typing, either in portrait or landscape more, has not posed an issue either, to the point that I am probably unlikely to get a bluetooth keyboard for this in the near future. That being said, it would still be nice to have a camera on the device as well as allow other browsers (i.e Google Chrome) to be installed on the device (either that or enable better plugins for Safari).
Thursday, February 4. 2010
|Apple has released version 3.1.3 Firmware of it's iPhone firmware to address 3GS battery accuracy levels as well as issues with 3rd party apps launching. The Apple support site also has full details of what is included. |
Note: it is a 291MB download.
Just finished getting my iPhone updated.
Friday, November 13. 2009
For the interested parties, here are some of the security details of the Safari 4.04 release.
Friday, September 11. 2009
|Parallels Beta 5 has been released and since I have been having numerous problems with the cut-n-paste in Parallels 4, I decided to give it a try. I must say that after running it for 20+ days without a reboot (using Windows 7 as my guest VM), I have been very pleased with both the performance and the stability. Also, I have not had a single issue with cut-n-paste between OSes.|
(Note: there is also a forums thread with other user's experiences on with the beta release)
The after 21 days, the 1st issue that I had was the Parallels Networking Daemon crashing (must say that I love the CrashReporter on the Mac OSX ). The easy fix is just to restart the daemon:
Note: without the above daemon running, Shared Networking will not work (all other Parallels Desktop networking options will work however).
Wednesday, August 12. 2009
|Compliments of Amazon API Terms, there is a mandatory 2.2 update to users of Delicious Monster. Evidently Amazon is requiring all apps to use their API if they want to be able to do searches. Even though the Delicious iPhone app has been pulled from the Apple App Store, if you already have it, the wireless synchronization process will still work with the new update.|
Tuesday, August 11. 2009
Saturday, July 18. 2009
|iTunes 8.2.1 has been released. All that the official Apple release notes state is:|
iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.
Unfortunately, it seems that it also breaks the ability of the Palm Pre to sync with iTunes. According to the official Apple release:
"iTunes 8.2.1 is a free software update that provides a number of important bug fixes," says Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. "It also disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre. As we've said before, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players."
Palm's response has been to encourage users to use iTunes 8.2 without upgrading to 8.2.1. Palm will apparently also consider other options for syncing music to the Pre.
(For Mac users, there are a couple of options [none of them free however])
Let the tug-of-war between Palm and Apple commence.
Update (7/24/09): According to TUAW, it looks like the Palm Pre has managed to circumvent the latest iTunes update by reporting that it's USB chipset is made by Apple.
Saturday, July 11. 2009
Wednesday, July 8. 2009
|Safari 4.02 has been released mainly with the promised improvements of more stability as well as fixing potential cross-site scripting attacks. For my part, I am hoping that this will fix the all too frequent crashing of my Safari browser.|
Friday, June 26. 2009
|After a great deal of wrestling with AT&T (namely over the hardware upgrade timeline) and being able to find a buyer for my old iPhone 3G, I was able to get the cost of the new iPhone 3GS covered. After a week with it, I must say that the combined memory and CPU improvements made for a much more smoother user experience - faster application startup (and less application crashing) as well as faster Safari browsing.|
The hardware improvements:
• Faster CPU (600Mhz vs 450 Mhz)
• More RAM (256 vs 128)
• Larger SSD drive (32GB)
• OMD Coating (supposed to help eradicate fingerprints spots)
• Louder Speaker
• Improved camera
Combined with the improvements of the iPhone 3.0 software, I am running out of wish list items.
Here are the more detailed specs (compliments of AnandTech) on the new iPhone.
Wednesday, June 17. 2009
|Apple has released iPhone software update 3.0.|
Among the promised improvements are:
• Cut-n-Paste (at last!)
• Landscape keyboard in certain apps (Mail, Safari, Messages, Notes)
• MMS (not available yet - thanks AT&T )
• Tethering (not available yet - thanks AT&T )
• Spotlight Search
• Voice Memos
Of course, this doesn't take the sting out of not being able to get the new iPhone 3GS at the discounted price, but oh well.
(minor note: AT&T has slightly revised their position on the eligibility for the upgrade at the discounted price.)
Update (6/18/09): There are some pretty cool hidden features in the latest firmware update, detailed in this PC World Article.
Tuesday, June 9. 2009
|Lovely snippet from AT&T:|
No iPhone until December??? - Boo!! (makes me want to switch to Verizon )
(A little bit more info on this nonsense)
At this rate, it looks like I will have to pass on the 3GS altogether - makes much more sense to just wait another 6 months for the iPhone 4G, especially with a rumored multicore processor on the horizon.
Friday, April 17. 2009
|Of late, my MacBookPro has been going slower and slower, to the point of being almost unusable due to severe and continual disk swapping (the ever-dreaded beachball effect). It seems (despite what various pundits say) that my disk was severely fragmented - despite having close to 30 GB free, my machine would often churn for minutes (sometimes up to 10 mins) at a time, due to the lack of contiguous free space (it should be noted that I do a lot of Photoshop editing with fairly large RAW files). I didn't want to necessarily do a fresh install, since I have some built from scratch applications (i.e. KDE window system among them) which would be a pain to rebuild again, so enter SuperDuper! Backup tool.|
I have written about the SuperDuper! Backup tool previously, but have never used it in a restore before . Of course, as long as one is going to do a backup and restore, you may as well restore to a bigger disk as well (so I purchased a Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Black with Free Fall Sensor SATA 7200 RPM). The only other hitch is that with the 17" Mac Book Pro, it seems that Apple tried to make it painful to swap out the drive, requiring 30 screws (?!) as well as a T-6 Torque wrench. Fortunately, there are a number of guides around the internet detailing the disassembly procedure (iFixIt and ExtremeTech to name a few).
Also, luckily for me, I had the extremely nimble fingers of my co-worker as well.
Just to be on the safe side I made sure that I had backed up my Address Book, Little Snitch FW rules, Adium ChatLogs and 1Password entries (as it turns out below, it was a good thing that I did.
The restore took approximately 4.5 hours (for 135GB of data) and the only hitches I ran into were:
• Permissions issue with Spotlight
• Verify that Backblaze had the new drive set for backup
• Had to restore Little Snitch rules from a recent backup (fortunately made one right before the disk swap )
• Error in my Adium Chatlogs rsync script, but that is my issue
Both the Backblaze and Little Snitch glitches were pretty straightforward to correct. The Spotlight one took slightly longer to track down (wasn't the usual issues with the prefs file that usually cause Spotlight to stop indexing).
These were the permissions immediately after the restore:
colleen-velos-computer-2:/ colleenvelo$ ls -ald /.Spotlight-V100
drw------- 8 root colleenv 272 Apr 17 17:32 /.Spotlight-V100
I corrected the permissions, and after a reboot, Spotlight started indexing again:
colleen-velos-computer-2:/ colleenvelo$ ls -ald /.Spotlight-V100
drwx------ 8 root colleenv 272 Apr 17 17:32 /.Spotlight-V100
at any rate, after the above permissions correction, I could once again get a correct status on the Spotlight status (without getting an error):
colleen-velos-computer-2:/Volumes colleenvelo$ sudo mdutil -s "Macintosh HD"
Status: Indexing Enabled
I suspect the above issue has something to do with SuperDuper! putting the Spotlight in read-only mode (probably to ensure db consistency, I suspect).
(fyi: for those interested in the gory HFS file system details, there is handy command-line debug tool, hfsdebug, which shows interesting info regarding an HFS file system. Also, this is a nice article on usage).
Thursday, April 9. 2009
|I have been playing around with Safari 4 Public Beta for a little bit now and comparing it to the beta version of Firefox 3.45b4pre.|
Probably one of the biggest debates on the new Safari 4 Public Beta browser is the redesigned Tabs interface.
Of course, Firefox still has a considerable edge in the Themes and Extensions category (I do miss my ScrollBarAnywhere and DuplicateTabs extensions), however, I would have to say that Safari 4 Public Beta seems to have the edge performance-wise so far. Running on my MacBookPro, it doesn't seem to have the tax on CPU resources that Firefox could sometimes have and does seem to render pages faster.
Of course, there is the usual differences between web sites, where some will work better under one browser versus the other (i.e. ColorJack seems to work better under Firefox than under the new Safari 4.
Tuesday, April 7. 2009
|iTunes 8.1.1 has been released. According to the official Apple Release: |
iTunes 8.1.1 adds support for renting HD movies and provides a number of bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod touch.
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