Oct 5 2016

Fare thee well…

Adel Gabot

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3:56PM

Saw this on the internet this afternoon.

I had one.

For a long time, I used it and enjoyed using it. It worked well for years, up until the day it didn’t. This was late last year.

I mourned the loss.

It was a faithful, loyal gadget, and it stood up to my casual and constant everyday use and abuse. I watched the hell out of it, everyday. Then suddenly, it just quit working. Just stopped. I was devastated, but there was no way around it. It was gone.

It just so happened, around the time it quit on me a new model had just come out. The features were nicer, better. More modern. It was a little bigger than the old one, but still around the same handy size.

I was kind of hoping to use the one I had for a couple of years more at least, but it was not to be.

So, grudgingly, I bought that latest model, the 4th one they put out. And I am a happy camper again.

But I won’t forget the old one, the one that I loved and lost.

Ye shall be missed, 3rd gen Apple TV.

 

 


Sep 28 2016

Another one?

Adel Gabot

8:20AM

It’s been less than a whole week since Apple released the first beta test of macOS Sierra 10.12, which itself was released not two days after the official release of Sierra to users, and this morning they release 10.12.1 Beta 2.

What the hell?

What gives, Apple?

The worst part of it is they never say what’s new or what’s changed. Only that the “macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”

Since time immemorial, it’s been like that.

What did you fix or add or change or improve or remove that’s so urgent and important that you had to release a new beta right away? We all don’t have the extra hour ot two it takes to download and upgrade to your damned betas.

Yeah, I signed up to be a beta tester, so I guess I gotta swallow my objections and take the betas as they come. As you deal them out. Which, I’m starting to realize after all this time, is whenever you please.

But man.


Sep 16 2016

…so I went and bought one

Adel Gabot

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8:17AM

Troubled greatly by the fact that I was short one external hard drive (actually two) of my accustomed computer setup, I went hurriedly to look for a replacement drive yesterday.

I have to save up to get a bigger one, but at least I went and got a new 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim (which was the same brand as the drive that had previously tanked—I hope I didn’t make a bad decision), which will serve me well until I can get another (bigger) drive.

Even though I said that hard drives were pretty inexpensive these days, it wasn’t really cheap to me, considering my current financial situation. I looked at external drives sold online, but the good, reasonable ones were expensive, and the cheapest ones looked, well, cheap. I decided to buy from a brick-and-mortar store, it was the same difference.

The drive I got was smaller than I expected, smaller than my smallest, the WD My Passport Ultra 10th Anniversary Edition. The case was a nice royal blue, and it came with a proprietary cord, and that was it. Once you get the extensive packaging out of the way, all you’re left with (and all that really matters) is the small drive and the short cord.

I spent the rest of the day shuffling my iMac‘s data around so I could free up a 500GB drive to be my dedicated Time Machine backup, then redirecting some of the concerned apps’ preferences to refer to the files’ new locations on the new data drive. Some of them, like Plex and Photos, had to re-index the files again, and that’s never a pleasurable experience.

And sheesh, doing a complete TM backup of my system again sure took a long time—it just finished early this morning. But at least I’m secure and backed-up now.

I can breathe easy again.

 


Sep 7 2016

What’s all the fuss about a jack?

Adel Gabot

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2:48PM

It’s the eve of the September 2016 Apple iPhone event, and everyone’s buzzing about the iPhone 7—and whether or not it’ll retain the 3.5mm headphone port that’s been rumored to be removed, in favor of using headsets with a lightning jack instead. Or some new wireless kind that Apple is pushing, most likely Bluetooth-based.

I say, what’s the big deal?

I own at least a dozen headsets of various configurations with that 3.5mm jack, and to be honest, I don’t ever use any of them with the iPhone. I use them with the audio gear in the house, sure, but never ever with my phone. And I do that for a couple of good reasons: 1) wired headsets bug me when I’m out and about (I always get entangled in that wired mess) and 2) I just simply hate using wired buds.

For the iPhone, I’d gotten used to using Bluetooth wireless earphones, so that 3.5mm jack on my phone has to my knowledge never been jacked into at all. I’m comfortable with absolutely no wires tethering me to my phone, and I like it that way. The jack might as well not be there at all, as far as I was concerned.

I know all the arguments against the current Bluetooth audio technology, that they’re just this side of noisy, and they often cut in and out and have audio artifacts littering the soundstage. Yes, but largely that’s been improved with the current crop of headsets, and they’re just a slight annoyance now, if anything.

In a week of constant usage, I’ll have brief dropouts maybe once or twice, no more. It’s fine. I’d use my wired ones listening to symphonies on my home stereo, but when I’m on the road, it’s just my wireless ones. It’s only for a damn phone, for goodness sake!

So I have no problems at all if Apple decided to leave out that 3.5mm jack on their latest model of iPhone. Junk the jack for all I care. More power to you if you do!


Aug 30 2016

7 and 8

Adel Gabot

9:15AM

Ah, finally. I woke up this morning to the App Store telling me macOS Sierra Beta 7 was waiting to download. After over a week delayed, it’s finally here.

So I go through the update routine, and after about an hour it’s finished and working properly.

Then I go to an Apple-centric website, and they tell me Beta 8 was just released today for developers and public testers. Damn.

So I go to the App Store and check, and it tells me “No Update Available”. Again. Double damn.

Hay naku. Ganyan talaga.