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iOS9 giveth and it taketh away

This iOS9 Safari media query bug sounds like it’s really annoying a lot of people. If you work on sites with a large iOS user population then it’s probably worth being aware of it before you run into it. On the flipside, it looks like they fixed this really annoying iOS 8.x photo upload issue. Tags: iOS, Apple

On VMware Fusion with genetically modified Macs

A while back when I ripped open by Macbook Pro to install a second HDD I commented on how it felt a little ‘wrong’. I also mentioned a semi random crippling speed issue with VMware Fusion and the Optibay (actually it’s related to any additional hard drive by the sounds of it). Well it seems that the thread and the issue are both still alive and well and frustrating people well over a year after I originally created it. I’m kind of surprised by that, but have to wonder whether it’s the sort of issue that pops...

30 new OS X Mountain Lion features in 2 minutes

A load of stuff I can’t get too excited about, but one or two gems in there (specifically having Notes sync with my iOS devices) and a lot more integration with iCloud and in general more sharing options. Hopefully it’ll also have cleared up all the nagging issues with Lion that some people have mentioned too. Tags: Apple, OSX

MCE Optibay and the joys of ripping open a Macbook Pro

Towards the end of last year I ripped open my Macbook Pro and installed an MCE Optibay mod along with a 2.5” drive to replace the MBP’s internal superdrive. My MBP had a 128gb SSD, and running Windows via Bootcamp or a VM combined with one or two disk hungry OSX applications meant that it simply wasn’t enough space anymore. I looked at the price of a large replacement SSD, and simply couldn’t justify it for a laptop that was slightly over a year old, so the MCE mod made good financial sense. Installing the MCE Optibay was...

Mobile Development titbits–jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator, and iOS boilerplate

This week has been less than satisfying from a developer’s point of view, and I’ve found myself stuck hanging out with my good buddies Outlook, Word and Excel a lot more than I’d have liked However despite that I’ve still managed to pick up a few useful bits of mobile development information. Allow me to share, if you will.   jQuery mobile – resizing to landscape mode doesn’t work properly. Basically when rotating the device, the windows new size wasn’t quite correct. While it felt like a minor annoyance at first, it quickly became pretty clear it...

OSX Lion–this is not the future we were hoping for

Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For (Gizmodo) is a short but negative write up on OSX Lion. The article (written by an OSX lover fwiw) contains quotes such as this one: By trying to please everyone, the OS X team has produced an incongruent user interface pastiche that won't satisfy the consumers seeking simplicity nor the professional users in search of OCD control. I’ll wait and have a play with it before passing judgement, but I have to say that I...

The most commonly used iPhone passcodes are unsurprisingly predicable

The most common iPhone passcodes look fairly predictable – no surprises here I guess, as an iPhone passcode has some additional requirements on top of a normal password. It needs to be something that can be entered regularly and quickly, it’s something that’s going to be regularly entered in plain view of many different people (and in different levels of intoxication) so you don’t want to use something like your bank card pin, and finally a lot of people who’d care about security probably have little faith in an passcode protecting much data in the event of a real attack...

OS X Lion and iOS 5 intro videos

I watched this one first, and didn’t really see much that grabbed me. I’m sure there’s some great stuff here, but there’s nothing that jumped out and wowed me as something I’d use every day or that would make my life better. I did have it in the back of my head that this release could alienate a few hardcore OSX users, whoever the hell they are, as it looks like a big change. Also if you don’t have a gesture compatible mouse you could be a bit screwed. I like gestures, but I hate the ergonomics...

iPad versus ASP.NET

Gotcha: iPad versus ASP.NET - Your web app looks awesome on the iPad, until… You decide to save it to your home screen. Useful stuff to know. If you’re doing this with a web application you’ve developed, you probably want to make it appear a bit more like a native app,  so you’ll add two meta tags to make the experience nicer (add an app icon and remove the navigation bar). Remember: Safari caches these tags when creating the shortcut, so you will need to delete/recreate the shortcut to force it to refresh. ...

Time issues when switching between OSX/Windows

For the past few months I’ve been experiencing some weird behaviour on my Macbook when I switch between OSX/Windows 7 via Bootcamp. The date and time was jumping all over the place despite the regional settings being correct for each OS. I don’t switch too often as I stay in native Windows most of the time (much to the annoyance of OSX purists), but last week it annoyed me enough to try and find the fix. It was pretty easy, and makes sense. It seems that OSX treats the system clock value as if it’s stored as UTC, however...

Issues with iPhone mail and Exchange since applying iOS4?

They seem to be fixed with iOS 4.0.1. My mail was syncing, and then not syncing, and coming up with “Unable to verify account information” – until I applied 4.0.1 and low and behold my mail returned. It seems I really need to get into the habit of plugging my phone into iTunes more for updates. Tags: Apple, iPhone

iPhone Notes ‘reverting’ when saved

I’m still searching for the ultimate notes/scratchpad type application on my iPhone – and in the meantime I’m using the inbuilt Notes application. Recently for a couple of specific notes, whenever I’d make changes and save them the UI would update, but after a short time they’d revert back to how they were before the edit. The hint should have been the icon showing a flash of network activity – somehow a couple of the notes got associated to my Gmail account, which had ‘Sync Notes’ (in Mail Settings) turned on. I didn’t even know that was...

MonoLingual

MonoLingual lets you remove languages you don’t need from your OSX installation, letting you save space (yes, even with Snow Leopard). For me, this saved me 1.7gb of space in my Macbook Pro. Due to having a SSD, a Bootcamp partition, and a couple of large applications, my OSX drive is pretty tight – so that 1.7gb was very much appreciated. Monolingual is slightly misnamed. It doesn’t remove all but 1 language, rather it lets you select which ones you want to keep and remove. Tags: Apple, OSX

Using your Magic Mouse in Windows 7 with the Bootcamp 3.1 drivers

Apple’s recent Bootcamp driver update added Windows support for the Magic Mouse. This is a good thing! However after updating I couldn’t seem to add my mouse. It showed up in the list of available devices, but sat at “Connecting” step for an eternity. It seems this is a common problem.  I had this same exact issue. Here's what I did to resolve it: 1. Remove the mouse from your list of Bluetooth devices if it was added 2. Choose to add a Bluetooth...

Steve Jobs WWDC keynote in 60 seconds

It's a pretty good summary really - iPhone, iPhone, iPhone. Don't mind me, I'm just disappointed that there wasn't any mention of a new Macbook Pro. Tags: Apple

Versions

Versions is a rather shiny looking SubVersion client for the mac. I'm currently loving VisualSVN inside Visual Studio, but wonder whether there could be a place in my life for Versions if I should ever happen to make that impulse buy of a brushed aluminum piece of tech. Tags: Apple , SubVersion

Daring Fireball: The Appeal of the MacBook Air

My thoughts on the Apple Air were initially "Wow", however they moved very quickly to me being critical of it's shortcomings. This Daring Fireball post offers a guide to help people like me understand why the Air is going to be successful: The key to understanding the appeal of the Air is that you’ve got to stop thinking about technical specs as the primary factors. Here’s an analogy: the MacBook Air is like a sporty convertible coupe. You buy one not for practical reasons, but because it is satisfying to own something beautiful and clever and fun. ...

The Apple Air

The Macbook Air is definately an impressive piece of engineering. Sure, it has no optical drive. That's to be expected. I think I'd like my current subnotebook even more if it had an optional/removable optical drive, or even none at all. The lack of an ethernet port is harder to forgive, however even without one it would only represent a minor pain in the ass (for me) based on my current laptop usage patterns. However the sealed battery? Ouch. If you're interested in Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote, but don't have an hour...

I think I have a problem

And apparently a problem shared is a problem halved, or something like that. So here we go. This is the Das Keyboard version 1:   It's modeled around the old school clunky IBM keyboards from long ago, with a couple of little differences. The keys are all individually weighted, so they take more or less force to press properly depending on the key which is supposed to be pressing it. That is to say that the keys which your little finger is going to hit are a bit heavier than the ones which are going to get pounded...

Apple enters the Windows Browser Wars

As the browser wars heat up signs throughout the web show that the pro Firefox crew are becoming less subtle with each passing day. As far as Apple are concerned it's a pretty good time to get their latest offering out into the Windows world. The somewhat evangelical momentum behind Firefox has definately helped to educate people into realising that there are plenty of Windows based browser alternatives. I spent a bit of time playing with Safari on Windows Vista today. Visually it's very Mac like - thats to be expected. Ive never been an iTunes user, but...