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[REALLY ALL NOTIFICATIONS do] GRINDS MY GEARS!

Anyone can complain without any solution for the complaint. The brilliant folks at Apple bring us great products without a doubt. Also without argument we have more computing power in just one of our little iPhones, than NASA engineers of the 1960’s had to power an entire fleet of space shuttles!

Apple engineers have brilliantly come up with NOTIFICATIONS, now present in MAC and IOS7/8 are just arduously annoying to me. Jim Lynch penned an article why he isn’t buying an Apple Watch which he sees as essentially a glorified (and expensive) “wrist notifier” that something is happening on your iPhone.


  As Family Guy Peter Griffin exclaims,
“this stuff really GRINDS MY GEARS!


NOTIFICATIONS always seem to pop up at the most inopportune moments, when I’m writing a text an email or post! on a Mac the aren’t so obtrusive, but on my iPhone they obscure the top of the screen (using banner mode). There is a way to make them disappear automatically but for some reason mine always default to making me physically CLOSE them before I can continue my text or post.

While it’s good to keep informed and aware, I’m sure having NOTIFICATIONS running all the time is using up CPU power and battery power better used elsewhere. Likewise, I think Notifications have been crashing my phone.

Like Peter Parker’s uncle told him, “…with great power, comes great responsibility…” It should be up to us, the consumer to decide how to use the products we buy. Apple has had the philosophy for years, “…let’s show people what they want from our products, and they will buy them, anyway…” It’s proved mostly true what they think but eople buy other smartphones so not everyone drinks the “KOOLAID”!

I myself have queued up (more than once) on a long line overnight, anxiously awaiting the Apple Store to open on a release date for an iPhone or iPad. “The Simpsons” made an hilarious episode mocking the “Mapple” experience, a few years ago. I wrote about it back then, you can read my article here. (an Apple commercial aired during the show!) the owner of Mapple was Steve Mobs!

I do buy into the Apple ecosystem, I’ve made a decent living supporting the products. While not expert at every product, I do try to learn important features, advantages and disadvantages alike in order to support my clients.

Fortunately there is a tweak to toggle notifications on and off.

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Then there is when you upgrade to the latest shiniest IOS version. One of the GCMAC USERS reported this:

May 4, 2014, at 5:29 PM, Laura wrote:

I was installing the latest software to the iPhone 5, and after the software installed, the phone went to Recovery Mode. It now says I can’t use it till i Restore—which I don’t want to do! The forums all say it’s a done deal; can I do anything before I have to restore to the last backup?
Laura 

Pretty much a given (I wrote to) Laura as we have discussed on this listserv. Before performing ANY Mac OS and now especially ANY IOS update, make sure you have a current BACKUP and perhaps a BACKUP of your BACKUP.

I’ve learned a couple of times the hard way, about iPhones. Losing important data I thought I had backed up, by performing a quick “RESTORE” without first double checking the date of the backup.

Mac OSX will allow you to apply a major OS upgrade on top of an existing installation. As I have repeatedly stressed, I don’t use SOFTWARE UPDATE for a major OS upgrade, except perhaps to test to see what happens if there are reported issues using this method.

That ONLY on a non-essential backup hard drive, again to check the “frailty” of this method. Definitely not on my main production machine HARD DRIVE. I’m down to one MAC these days, but I have all flavors of older OSX set up on boot hard drives to trouble shoot problems for clients.

IOS on the other hand upgrades in a completely different and in my opinion an unwelcome method.

Plugging into iTunes strongly suggests making a backup before proceeding. Not just because it’s a good idea. Upgrading IOS wipes everything from the phone.

When the iPhone first came out, Apple said to developers, “you can only develop web applications.” Of course there was an uproar from the fledgling developer community. “How can you release a new operating system without the tools for developers to program software (ie. software they could sell)? About 3 months LATER APPLE came out with developer tookits, WEBKIT software programming tools.

Ironically, as smartphones grew in in popularity, the “CLOUD” shared computing idea began to grow at just as fast a rate. Having the cloud now meant new handheld devices could synchronize with your desktop. These apps ARE ALL WEBKIT BASED APPS. Every time you turn around one company or another has new mobile APP. Developing custom company apps using Apple’s original WEBKIT tools is the quickest and fastest way to deploy new software.

On the iPhone, usually it’s installing new firmware at the same time as upgrading or updating IOS. Firmware being software that updates the HARDWARE. This usually requires the system isn’t there during the FIRMWARE update process. Firmware usually improves the performance of the hardware additionally adding security features Apple had discovered since the last update to the previous IOS version. So the process wipes all of the data stored in memory down to the core hardware.

That is why “RESTORE” becomes necessary from a backup.
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I have written my strong opinions about supporting Jailbreaking of iPhones. It is something Apple does not want the end user to do. So these “Security Updates” are often a result of reverse engineering the Jailbreak community uses in order to inject the unlock code into an iPhone.

In a recent article I wrote, I called out Apple once again, for being a bully to its customers.

Steve Jobs believed he created products people wanted. Even though they didn’t know that they wanted them.

I have never doubted his genius and impressive astute mark on our society because of his personal vision. But I feel that the “pioneering adventure” that started with the “two Steves” in Jobs’ parents garage, is long gone and intentionally been abandoned in the name of profit.

I think Steve Jobs learned a painful corporate lesson when he was ousted from control of Apple by John Sculley in the 90’s. That being, “money talks and bullshit walks!”

I don’t have to go into the maniacal behavior Jobs exhibited and was the concern of Apples board of directors. That has been reported ‘ad nauseum’. To say some of Jobs’ ideas were way out there as they were way ahead of its time. He was dreaming of a palm held computer phone and tablet computers in the 90’s. That board was only concerned with the bottom line, and not forward thinking.

Okay, getting off my SOAP BOX. To reiterate Backup, BACKUP, Backup. Having a fail safe is just a good sense overall idea.

Last bit: “APPLE, WHERE IS YHE ADVENTURE”?!? They do show some pretty incredible stuff you can do with the 5S iPhone. I bought one, so I must think its a pretty good tiny computer. And, IT IS. !!

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iPad Retina Mini “Quiet Release” Bad Reporting CNBC – Thanksgivikah

Ooops! … A few flawed facts and misstatements about “Apple quiet releases” and about Chanukah being a “High Holiday”.

This short report aired today, riddled with one obnoxious error after another! It doesn’t surprise me these reporters get the facts confused, it’s glamor news reporting at best. CNBC also droned on several times wtoday about Chris Christy NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016. Steven Colbert on “The Colbert Report at midnight showed Christy on about seven different “news” channels. He said the same thing, I am only interested in being governor of New Jersy. It was hysterically redundant!
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Ironically, if you view this video on the web with the iPad App, they have an edited version and cut off the end of the report where the really glaring reporting errors were made.

I should have recorded it and posted it here on my blog, but I started writing and changed the channel. What they said about that the “Apple (stealth) releases never happening…”, then later on saying, “Chanukah was a High Holiday” when it actually it is not – are just not correct. So, I wrote them a terse email, telling them where they were in error and why. Also some additional history about Christianity and Judaism. It’s pretty long winded, SORRY!

The iPad Mini with the new A7 chip and Retina display was released in limited quantity today. Only the 16GB & 32GB WiFi models were released. Both were still available at the Indianapolis Apple store at 2:30pm EST. By 6pm, they were all sold out. The Cincinnati store still had some of the 32GB White Mini available at 6pm but were sold out by 8pm.Other models, the 64GB WiFi and all of the 4G LTE models have delivery dates on the Apple store of 5-15 days. So all models are coming very soon. I expect the limited release was designed to wet the publics whistle, as all models will be (should be) available for Christmas and Chanukah gift buying purchasing.
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Two glaring inaccuracies on your 11/12/13 at 2:03 titled “Apple iPad Stealth Release” reporting on the “soft release” of the Apple iPad Retina Mini. Continue reading iPad Retina Mini “Quiet Release” Bad Reporting CNBC – Thanksgivikah

My iPad Fails to Charge During a Cycle After Upgrading to IOS 7

I have read two interesting articles recently.

1) Apple has 10% of all of the industrial “cash piles” of all companies in the US. That is what cash hoard they have in the bank. A lot of that is “offshore” so they avoid paying certain taxes.

2) The European Union might try to force Apple to make phones with micro USB charging connectors to make it one standard in Europe to cut down on electronic waste.
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