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iPhone Turned Apple Into a Different Kind of Company

… Is Apple intending to make all Apple devices “disposable”?

I have written about this trend of vertical integration by Apple before. Now OSX Mavericks is “free”. (UPDATE- it is now possible to create a bootable installer on a thumb drive capable of repair or clean install onto any capable MAC)


Those of us who weathered the darker days
when it was surmised Apple was going under, remember (…and Michael Dell commenting about what he would do if he ran Apple. “They should dissolve the company and return the money to it’s shareholders.” – now he has egg on his face!)

A much more open and adventurous OS environment was coming (eventually called OSX). From the very first Mac, Apple intended to keep the “end user” out of the hardware “chassis” making it difficult to open without it’s own special tools. Pre-OSX operating systems weren’t much better.

Let’s face it, all we heavy duty Graphic Arts OS9 users knew we had to save every couple minutes in case the OS crashed, and we would lose all of our precious hard work. We now have a new Mac Pro. It’s a major departure in design, cylindrical shape unlike any other desktop computer. Small footprint but a powerful machine that rivals other commercial workstations and at a lower price.

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1Password, The Geico Pig, a 5 year old Apple user, and no NFC in IOS7

1Password is the just the best thing since, well Macs... best software buy I have EVER made. Just don’t EVER forget the MASTER password. And never give it to anyone. I used to use a 3rd party notepad to keep my passwords in. You could lock it too. But the author quit updating it when OSX STOPPED SUPPORTING legacy apps. So then I went to stickies. But you still had to copy and paste. I wrote an automater script to do it, and it worked okay, as long as the user id field said user id or email address. But sometimes if I clicked on the wrong Sticky note, it would fail.

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1Password resolves all of those issues AND passes it across all of your Apple devices. So whether you create an account on your iPhone or Mac it syncs all of them automatically. you can store the database on you Mac, on your own server, if you have access to your own web page for instance. Or you can sync through DROP BOX or iCloud. I was leery at first about putting all of my personal sensitive data into the cloud. But after talking to the author personally, he assured me that the 256 bit encryption the database is saved in was extremely unlikely to be hacked by anyone but the NSA or McGee on NCIS. UNLESS I was a criminal or worse, the T word, pretty unlikely that any hacker would find it and bother trying to break into it to get my social security number or debit card with my paltry Disability SS balance.

It organizes EVERYTHING you want secure. Even though it doesn’t yet allow you to pull up a credit card and scan it in directly, the author says that is coming soon. you can hand the cashier the phone and they can punch in the number manually. It will be cool when it also can be scanned. It doesn’t talk to 3rd party bank apps, Facebook app or other apps, and uses its own browser on IOS. On Mac, it installs a plug in for Safari, Firefox or Chrome. So if you use any other browser, you will have to pick one of the free ones.

Esver as you all know already, is an enthusiastic and thorough presenter. And I hazard a guess that if you have more than twenty things you want to keep secure, and you don’t already use 1Password. You will be downloading it before Esver gets through with his presentation.
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You all must have seen the Geico commercial where the pig driving a blue Vdub convertible Rabbit gets pulled over, and hands the cop his smart phone and says in response to the trooper.”What is this?” Its my Geico app its digital, pretty cool, huh?” “Maybe”, the cop says, “know why I stopped you?” “..because I am a pig driving a convertible?” No”, the cop says. “Because your tail light is out. fix it!”

i have my drivers license and bar code scanned in, and with a swipe, you expose my insurance card. I got stopped one sunny day, so I thought what the heck, I’ll try it. rather than taking out my wallet. “Is this a digitally secured iPhone?” the trooper asked. Cool Ive been wanting to try this. wanna see?” So i follow him back to his squad car an he gets in and beckons me to look at his computer, thru the driver side window. “let’s see if this works.”

He has what looks like a credit card swiper at the bottom of his computer, but he presses a button and holds my iPhone underneath and there is a scanner light too. Bam, all my nefarious BMV deeds pop up on the screen instantly. “Thats faster than the scanner too, but I see you’ve had three moving violations in the last two years?” he says to me rather sternly, “you know what that means?”.. I was going to say, “you are yanking my license away or I’m going to jail, right?”

But before I could, he says. “just kidding you. your taillight is out, fix it!” I say, “oh,,. just like the Geico Pig, eh?” He cracks up laughing, “but your POS VW is a bit newer than his!” Still laughing. “It’s a 98 Audi”, I say. “Well excuuuuuse meeeee, in his best Hoosier imitation of Steve Martin as he hands me back my iPhone. I swear!

Hold on just a second. This kid can’t be more than 25-28, how would he know a Steve Martin routine from 1973, before he was born?, I thought as I changed the bulb in my taillight, got back into my car and applied the brake. He flips his siren on into some kind of whistle. As he passes by me as he is pulling out, he says, “cop car has some wild and crazy things, too!” again ala Steve Martin. I nearly wet myself laughing out loud when he took off with his lights still flashing.

I pass him about a mile down the expressway, and he has a guy patting him down with his hands up against his BMW. “GUESS HE didn’t have an iPhone with 1Password installed, or he was not a Porcupine”. i chuckled to myself. That is my best 1Password experience, and I’m sticking to that story, for true Ripley!
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Android made a big deal about NFC (near field communication) and rolled it out prematurely. People were getting hacked and hackers were breaking into merchants. Best Buy was an early adopter, but then cancelled that pretty quickly. Tim cook said in the WWDC keynote, “Airdrop will now work in IOS 7 and Mavericks and across all devices. want to send someone across the room or down the hall a file or VCard? just drag it to Airdrop then tap on the user you want to send it to. No bumping phones or any of that stuff.”

I think soon 1Password will generate those new bar codes when you put in a credit card, and they can scan the information with a scanner. to be secure, you will have to go to the cash register with your phone in a restaurant. but the author also says you will be able to lock the screen with just that barcode. So theoretically they could take your iPhone and not be able to get into anything else.

i don’t know about you, but I rarely let my iPhone out of my sight. I get nervous when my grandkids want to play on mine. which isn’t too often. Because even my 5 year old granddaughter has her own IPhone AND HER OWN IPAD.

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Fortunately their parents are aware of too much computer time or video games and set limits and use KIDLOCKs. We were riding in the car with the 5 year old. My ex and I were discussing how different things were, and how much we played outside all summer when we were kids. there was TV, but it was far more fun getting into trouble with your friends or playing ball.

So I asked my ex, “giving the boys a choice to go out and play baseball or football with the neighborhood kids, or staying in and playing video games, which do you think they would choose?” Before she could answer, from the back seat Leah pauses her game on her iPad and says, “…why, bideo(sic) games of course Grandpa, what a silly question!”
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What a geeky world we borned these kids into! None of them will ever be without a smart phone, unless they ultimately choose otherwise. But I just don’t see that ever, ever, happening. I held my iPhone at the end of the baby bottle feeding my new baby granddaughter the other day. She sucked the bottle dry, then kept sucking, not taking her eyes from the screen until the video ended.

Now John, don’t steal my idea and create an iPhone Baby Bottle holder!
My doctor daughter thinks the AMA might object, ANYWAY!
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Apple gadgets are just to compelling, darn it! Cant wait to see what amazing thing they roll out next year! I definitely would kill to get my hands on a new MacPro.

I might have to sell one of those grandkids to get one! (JK)

Future Of IOS – iPad, Nikon and the Zip Line


I am becoming more convinced of Apple’s IOS roadmap for future products. My iPad 4 is a phenomenal tool. The camera, although limited is suburb. It is a bit difficult to username bright daylight. So as a camera it has that limitation. That said however, the availability and ability to use software up the gazoo to manage, manipulate, edit, warp and control images on the same device is remarkable. The imagination of developers to maximize the iPad functionality, maintaining the ease of use and intuitive interfaces are like Star Trek cool.

Having had some real Mac trouble over the last few days, I finally get why Apple has made the IOS environment somewhat restrictive. By limiting some user controls and forcing developers to comply and program within high rigid standards, provides the best end user experience, usually trouble free. Although I am much less the freewheeling spirit I used be and a lot more conservative and take far fewer risks these days,

I plan to take a ride on the Indy 500 Zipline on May 17th. I plan on running a video with my Nikon J1 mounted the top of a football helmet, while taking video with my iPad. It looks scary, but life is too short not to try and risk once in a while. I hope my weight won’t be an issue. I am not 380 lbs. like the last time you guys saw me. But after cancer, I have put some weight back on (270lbs if you must know).

I will put the results onto my website and Facebook.

Back in the iPhone Fold & Some Other Stuff

I opted for the apple iPhone after playing with the mew Samsung Galaxy S2 from Virgin. Chose the 4S because Virgin isn’t selling the 5 just yet. Bought the insurance so I’m in for about $500. But after spending $100-$150 between 2007 thru 2011, the damn “contract” phones cost me what, over $4000???

If I was a talker, I might think I got my money’s worth. But I hate talking on the phone. I’m even thinking of dropping to Virgins $35/month for 700 minutes. I used more when I had to call and deal with doctors and such post cancer. But thank God I’m fine with that!

I read on Mötley fool that AT&T is raising its cellular rates. Seems odd since the prepay devices are now offering such great deals for voice and unlimited data. Admittedly, the LTE CDMA data restriction during a voice call is a bit of a hassle. But I’m old and don’t travel like I used to. So I’m often in range of Wifi.

With this 4S Jailbreak, I bought a hotspot program which circumvents the need to pay extra for that feature. It enables my MacBook Pro and iPad 4 with 3G LTE coverage.

And as I said the 4S being LTE capable is getting incredible speed I never got through AT&T. When I had a Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile 4g – it was very fast, but then they capped unlimited at 2gb data. They won’t allow iPhones in their prepaid plans, and only specific phones only they sell.

I’m encouraging everyone I can to dump any of the big carriers, contracts and sign up with one of the independent pre-pay carriers.

Eventually enough folks will wake up and realize they are getting ripped off and perhaps it will force the big three to fall into line. It’s all about them “price fixing” and that is where the Gubment should be doing something like the EU has done.
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Speaking of the EU, a Apple can no longer sell its MacPro line there because it ain’t “GREEN” enough. Expect to see a new pro model really soon. Rumor has perhaps a beefier Mini with a massive (speed) CPU, SSD and huge RAM. no Optical drive but multiple Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. Video folks rely heavily on external drives and new super fast Thunderbolt RAIDS, breakout boxes like AJA and Black Magic make needing a huge chassis like the current MacPro pointless. Heck, even the 27″ high end i7 dual quad core iMac can run circles around older MacPro’s st overclocked 3.7ghz!

You, me and most others like the adaptability of the laptop as do many pro video/film guys. The huge box workstation is a thing of the past and Apple knows it.

We are in love with our gadgets. But I found it a little sad Thanksgiving 2011 when at my daughters for family dinner. I realized everyone of us was on one gadget or another rather than talking to each other.

So technology is a bit of a “bane” to humanity in a way. It’s broadened our knowledge and ability to speedy communications. But I felt kind of silly texting my daughter who was sitting a few feet say from me asking, “wanna cuddle?” And getting a quizzical look of denial from her.

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I appreciate this very much. I was with T-mobile before I got an iPhone and liked them better than ATT. I’m glad ATT didn’t take them over. But once I got the iPhone 3 it made it hard to go back, The integration makes it.

If I was a talker, I might think I got my money’s worth. But I hate talking on the phone. I’m even thinking of dropping to Virgin’s $35/month for 700 minutes. I used more when I had to call and deal with doctors and such post cancer. But thank God I’m over with all of that!

I read on Mötley fool that AT&T is raising its cellular rates. Seems odd since the prepay devices are now offering such great deals for voice and unlimited data. Admittedly, the LTE CDMA data restriction during a voice call is a bit of a hassle. But I’m old and don’t travel like I used to. So I’m often in range of Wifi.

With this really easy evasi0n 4S Jailbreak, I bought a hotspot program which circumvents the need to pay extra for that feature. It enables my MacBook Pro and iPad 4 with 3G coverage. And as I said the 4S being LTE capable is getting incredible speed I never got through AT&T. When I had a Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile 4g it was very fast, but then they capped unlimited at 2gb data. They won’t allow iPhones in their prepaid plans, and only specific phones only they sell.

I’m encouraging everyone I can to dump any of the big carriers, contracts and sign up with one of the independent pre-pay carriers.

Eventually enough folks will wake up and realize they are getting ripped off and perhaps it will force the big three to fall into line. It’s all about them “price fixing” and that is where the Gubment should be doing something like the EU has done.

Speaking of the EU, a Apple can no longer sell its MacPro line there because it ain’t “GREEN” enough. Expect to see a new pro model really soon. Rumor has perhaps a beefier Mini with a massive (speed) CPU, SSD and huge RAM. no Optical drive but multiple Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports.

Video folks rely heavily on external drives and new super fast Thunderbolt RAIDS, breakout boxes like AJA and Black Magic make needing a huge chassis like the current MacPro pointless. Heck, even the 27″ high end i7 dual quad core iMac can run circles around older MacPro’s over-clocked to 3.7ghz!

You, me and most others like the adaptability of the laptop as do many pro video/film guys. The huge box workstation is a thing of the past and Apple knows it.

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