15 September 2014

Link: Size Matters Again ☍

Yours truly three-and-a-half years ago:

If Apple moved the iPhone to a four-inch display with the same resolution, it would have a lower pixel-density, potentially losing out on the bragging rights with the current iPhone display [...].

Obviously this is common sense, but what about the bigger (literally) implications? An iPhone with a four inch screen would have to be bigger or lose some of the bezel. Although that doesn’t seem so bad, aren’t we trying to have smaller gadgets?

There’s plenty of other writers who had thought 3.5″ was the perfect iPhone screen size, and then 4″ was great. I’m anxiously awaiting an iPhone 6 and can’t wait to adjust to a 4.7″ screen—although there is a lot wrong with what was written a few years ago, Apple has kept the pixel density high and the phones thinner and thinner.

Link: Let the Healing Begin (Remove “Songs of Innocence”) ☍

Apple now has a way to remove the free iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” by U2. While I think it would’ve been easier for them to just make it a free download for a limited time (like most Free ____ of the Week items on iTunes), crediting it to everyone’s accounts wasn’t the worst move. Unfortunately, if you had automatic downloads turned on, things worked a bit differently as explained by John Moltz:

Here’s what happened: They did not force this onto your iPhone. They credited your account with a purchase and your device was set to automatically download purchased songs.

Should they maybe have considered that people might not want this album and that musical tastes are very personal and maybe it should be opt-in and not opt-out?

Even if you don’t find yourself blurting out “I love U2″, it was a nice gesture from Apple that people took way too far. Deleting it and leaving it as a “purchased” item on your account is completely reasonable.

12 September 2014

Link: Macworld Letter of Recommendation ☍

Chris Breen writes a lovely sendoff to all of his former Macworld colleagues. It’s one of the best things I read this week:

But I’m not here to feed Internet tittle-tattle. Rather, as someone who’s been with Macworld (and MacUser before it) for a very long time, I’d like to provide potential employers (and those who are simply interested in their favorite writers) some details about my departed colleagues.

10 September 2014

Link: RIP Macworld ☍

Seth Weintraub is reporting that IDG has mostly shut down Macworld by wrapping up its print edition and laying off most of its editorial staff. While I’m not surprised to see this, since the same thing happened with PCWorld about a year ago, it’s still sad to see this happen. I grew up reading Macworld even when my machines were far from then-current, and even grabbed back issues when our local library would get rid of them after a few years. Over the years, with it transitioning to more Web-oriented, I got to know some of the staff (mostly indirectly) through podcasts, Twitter, and other social networks. They’re great people, and although there’s plenty of other places for Apple-related news, reviews, opinion articles, and tips, it’ll be sad to see a once-great publication reduced to a shell of itself and a bunch of talented people looking for new jobs.

Brent Simmons put it best:

If we could deliver a standing ovation via internet as these folks leave this particular stage, we would. It’s so deserved.

9 September 2014

Link: iPad-Like Devices ☍

I wasn’t going to originally link to this, but it happened again on last night’s Chargers/Cardinals game—Vlad Savov for The Verge:

In among the larger-than-life humans on NFL sidelines this season, you’ll notice a slew of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 tablets helping out. Used by players and coaches to review photos of plays, the tablets are encased in chunky cyan protective cases and have been attracting the attention of the broadcast commentators when put to use. The only problem is that the announcers don’t seem to have been briefed on the name, leaving them to describe Microsoft’s slates as “iPad-like tools.”

Although yesterday’s news cycle was dominated by other NFL news (and I don’t want to take away from that), it is good to laugh at something just a bit sillier.

6 September 2014

Link: The Terminal ☍

Craig Hockenberry:

“My most recent discovery, and the one that made me realize a post like this would be helpful to a lot of fellow developers, was the revelation that an option-click in the Terminal window emulates arrow keys.”

Despite using OS X since the beginning, I didn’t know about this, and Craig’s got a lot of other great tips on this article. It’s definitely worth reading and bookmarking.

“If your house is broken into you, don’t call Schlage and get pissed at them because the lock on your door was bypassed — you call the cops and they go after the person who broke in (not you, not Schlage).”

4 September 2014

Article: DownLite (VSearch) Mac Adware

I’m hoping that linking to this will maybe get it to show up on more search results—basically there is a new piece of adware making the rounds for Mac OS X that almost always gets installed when someone tries to watch TV or movies from less than official sources. Basically, it’s a small program that runs in the background and redirects browser traffic and generates popup windows. It also prevents the saving of some Safari settings…