iPhone

Why Video Chats Don’t Work

I was talking to a friend earlier today about video chats and why they don’t work. She said she really didn’t like to do video chats. Actually, come to think of it, I don’t really know many people that like to video chat. I am a refugee of Generation X. I don’t know anyone in GenX that actually enjoys video chatting. Face time is irreplaceable. I mean time that is spent face-to-face, not Apple’s FaceTime.

OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 Thoughts

I should be at WWDC 2014 this year, but I’m not. I work for a Microsoft-centric shoppe right now and they just don’t see the value in it. Nevertheless, I put my name in for the lottery and I didn’t win anyway. I watched most of the keynote from afar and parts of the State of the Union address. All of it is ultra exciting. If they get Continuity, iCloud Drive (FINALLY OMG) and Messages right, this will be a killer OS combo with iPhones, iPads and Macs.

National Pile on RIM Day

Since today appears to be National Pile on RIM Day, I thought I would add a little fuel to the fire. I see a lot of people talking about the Playbook, the devices and the terrible mobile device experience that RIM has brought to table in contrast to the sleek, new offerings from the competition. I do not disagree with anything that has been said in that area. It’s sad to see a once-mighty company implode the way they are, but given the leadership of the two CEOs in power there, it’s really not a surprise.

Fixing Mangled Contact Labels on iPhone

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a> </dd> </dl> A coworker sent this along. I’ve had this issue on a few contacts and didn’t really have time to delve into it. Name removed to protect the innocent and good intentions. Be very careful with this and make sure you have a backup of all data that you plan to manipulate. —

WWDC 2009 Music

I’m back from WWDC2009. What a wonderful time! Sorry I didn’t update much about it, I was just too busy with my head buried in all the Applegoodness. Oh my, do they have some good stuff in the pipe for you. One of the greatest things about WWDC is the fabulous music they play before each and every session to keep the devs jazzed up. There was a thread about collecting the songs that were played before each session because Apple wasn’t posting a playlist.

When Address Book and MobileMe Fail to Sync a Record

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mobileme_Logo.png">Wikipedia</a> </dd> </dl> If you find that there’s an address bookcard out there that isn’t syncing with MobileMe, your iPhone, or another Mac… check to see if there is an ampersandin the failing record anywhere. Apparently once a card hits MobileMe, it doesn’t like the ampersand in the vcard and chokes on it. If MobileMe chokes on it, all of your devices will be unable to find the new card.

Two Weeks in California

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7992161@N04/546086117">tom ferris</a> via Flickr </dd> </dl> Applefinally announced the WWDC2009 dates and they couldn’t have targeted a better week. It looks like I will become a representative for my agency on the Calconnect standards organization. They happen to be having a meeting at Oraclein Redwood Shores, CAthe week prior to WWDC. With the wife’s permission, this means two weeks in the wide and crazy world of San Francisco.