15 July 2014

News: IBM and Apple Get Together to Do Business

A little while ago, Apple and IBM announced that they’d be forming a partnership utilizing iOS devices and IBM’s services in enterprise use. While this does not mean that the PowerPC chip will be back in Macs, it seems that this could give Apple some more help in the enterprise sector…

10 July 2014

Link: Thord’s Screens ☍

Thord Daniel Hedengren reminded me that the AlphaSmart was once a thing:

I’ve recently added another screen to the arsenal. Behind it is probably the least capable computer I’ve ever owned, but it doesn’t matter because the screen is great for its purpose. The screen is LCD and for most purposes it shows four lines of text, no graphics, although I can change the system settings to squeeze out six lines. I don’t like that though, it’s too hard to read with the low resolution and the fact that the text has no padding whatsoever, thus almost touching the plastic casing. This little thing is a dumb keyboard computer called NEO, made by Alphasmart back in 2006 or something. I found it at a flea market for next to nothing. It does one thing and one thing well: It lets me write outdoors, because LCD performs fairly well in direct sunlight, and excellent in the shade. Add to that the supposedly 700 hour long battery life of this thing on three AA batteries, and you’ve got an outdoors typewriter right there. In fact, this is fairly close to the e-ink typewriter I’ve been dreaming of.

I remember these, but feel like most disappeared around the mid-aughts.

Link: Time For a New Challenge ☍

Myke Hurley:

Today I am announcing that I will be departing 5by5 on July 16th 2014.

The last 18 months have been a tremendous experience, but it is time for me to move on to new things. I have new goals that I want to tackle, and to be able to do this I need to be independent again.

I’ve enjoyed a number of Myke’s shows, many of which transitioned over from 70Decibels. Although I’ll be especially sad to see The Prompt wrapping up, I think it’ll be great to see what he does next.

Thanks, Myke!

8 July 2014

Article: Relax, It’s Just a Dirty Lightning Connector

Years ago, a common issue with some mobile phones was that the charging port would inevitably wear out. Whether it be the pins themselves, the contacts, or some other reason, maintaining a steady charge would be difficult, and a bump may leave your battery draining again. With the advent of the 30-pin Dock Connector and the Lightning Connector, iPhones seem to have been mostly immune from this (although I’m sure there are some cases). I thought I was an exception this past weekend…

5 July 2014

Link: Inspecting Yosemite’s Icons ☍

Nick Keppol at MartianCraft’s blog:

I want to focus on my favorite visual update in Yosemite — the dock icons. Before Yosemite, Apple maintained a system for icon design through a checklist of mostly unstated and understood guidelines paired with a few specific recommendations in the Human Interface Guidelines (HIG). With Yosemite, that system becomes more consistent, and regular, yet the HIG remains silent on the specifics.

This is a really good, in-depth look at Apple’s new icons and how they relate to the overall new design in OS X Yosemite.

3 July 2014

Link: Enable Hot Corners on OS X ☍

Stephen Hackett over on The Sweet Setup:

Hot Corners are basically shortcuts for your mouse. When set up, moving the cursor to a corner of the screen can trigger any number of actions…When triggered, the action is almost immediate, so some of them (like opening Launchpad) may be surprising until you become used to it.

This site has a number of great posts and worth adding on your regular reading list—I find Hot Corners especially handy on OS X and have used them for years, although initially, it does take some getting used to and can be particularly frustrating for others using your Mac.

Link: Seven Years of Magic ☍

Ben Brooks:

I’ve owned every iPhone since then, and I still have them all. My original iPhone is gone, but we still have Erin’s original iPhone. All the iPhones still get used everyday except that old original phone. On a whim I pulled it out last night, charged it, and updated it.

There were a lot of posts and stories about the original iPhone, but I really like this launch day tale and how it’s looked at from today.

30 June 2014

News: Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2

OS X wasn’t the only thing getting update attention today—iOS was updated to 7.1.2, and featured some fixes for Mail, iBeacons, and barcode scanners…