iPhone 5S with the text/message area in landscape mode and the keyboard in portrait view. Closing app and opening fixed the iPhone orientation issue.
Took this screen shot of iOS 8.2 just a few days ago. Today I read that iOS 8.3 is supposed to fix iPhone orientation issues like this. I’ve gotten them often, so I hope so. Sometimes I can’t get it to rotate back, and other times, only some of the element rotate.
Apple provides this information about iOS 8.3.
March 30th, 2015 - Comments Off on Apple USB SuperDrive Incompatible
Since the SuperDrive (built-in optical) drive on my iMac is wonky and my MacBook Pro’s is even wonkier, I got a Apple USB SuperDrive. It doesn’t work on either machine.
Case ID: 772329682
Apparently the Apple USB SuperDrive, which is USB 2.0, is not backward compatible with the Apple USB 2.0 in my iMac and MacBook Pro. Support supposed that it might be the firmware, which means that Apple should be able to fix it, but won’t.
Planned obsolescence? I think so. Every other USB device works with my Apple Macs.
Here’s the link showing compatibility: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202665. The web site shows the requirements, but the Apple Store does not.
February 4th, 2015 - Comments Off on Goodbye to Apple Mail, hopefully
Even with the increased stability of Apple Mail (Mac Mail?) with Yosemite and its updates, Apple Mail is still a less-than-stellar mail client.
I’m thinking it’s time to say goodbye to Apple Mail. I’ve wanted to do this in the past, yet no applications seemed strong enough. This time, it looks like there are options.
Nice-to-have email Features
Aside from the basics expected from email solutions, I’d love to have some additional features.
I would love, love, love OmniFocus integration. How many emails are really tasks? For me, many of my messages are tasks, yet it makes no sense for my email client to be a task manager. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve been easily make an email into a task. It probably goes back to my pre-Apple/pre-Mac days. (I think Outlook for Windows had a GTD add-in that allowed me to make an email into a task.)
I also use Evernote, so integration with my mail app would be convenient.
One of my criteria for all my data (my programs and online interactions) is that I don’t have all my apples on one basket, including Apple’s. Google gets a thin slice of my email traffic, all my contacts, very few of my online documents and the browser information from Chrome. Apple gets a lot because of my iPhone, iMac and MBPro, though I don’t use Contacts, iPhoto, Calendar. I’m not actually sure how much stuff makes it onto iCloud. (Note to self: someday, check how much of my data Apple has access to on iCloud.) Most of my email is through my own domains, but those currently go through Apple Mail, adding to the amount of the data pie that Apple can taste. I barely use Safari, but I am a regular user; it’s my #2 browser.
Alternatives to Apple Mail
I looked at Postbox (one review) and Airmail (one V1.x review). I knew that MS Outlook for Mac was out of the question. Thunderbird seemed old and weak (and web-based?). With IMAP, it’s less of a commitment to switch, but would be nice to not waste my time. I’ve looked a iOS apps, like Brewster and Mailbox, but they don’t have desktop equivalents.
January 13th, 2015 - Comments Off on Verizon Texts Delayed
My Verizon texts delayed to T-Mobile customer. Sent texts (not iMessage) to friend with T-Mobile. They didn’t arrive for a few hours. Verizon says it’s T-Mobile’s fault.
1/20/15 – At some point in trying to resolve this, Verizon said that I have less than ideal coverage (here in inner NE Portland), and that’s why I’ve had so many troubles. At least that ticket report gets me out of my contract.
December 31st, 2014 - Comments Off on Frustrating Apple Day
Filling out paperwork for new agency. Finally had to launch Windows after not being able to get it to work on the required OSX Safari and Adobe Reader combination…on both my MBPro and my iMac.
iCloud Drive Problems
iCloud Drive isn’t syncing. Had to do steps on my MBPro and iMac to get one file to show up. Luckily, I only use it for Text Edit, and I have lots of alternatives. I currently use Copy as my primary cloud sync, as I move away from Dropbox [who brought Condoleezza Rice (who should be investigated for war crimes) onto their board of directors]. I also have SpiderOak, which I don’t use much. I’m sure I have a few other cloud sync systems, but how many does a guy need?
December 17th, 2014 - Comments Off on Verizon: Call Waiting Doesn’t Always Work
Verizon says that call waiting doesn’t always work on their network.
CDMA and GSM send a different signals, and sometimes it doesn’t work. Verizon says part of the responsibility is Apple’s. The voice network of CDMA. The other functions, like call forwarding, voicemail, are not set up to work all the time. Verizon ticket #: NRB000007484367.
December 17th, 2014 - Comments Off on Verizon Texting Problem, Redux
Dec. 1 texts didn’t go through. Seen on Dec. 3. From Verizon’s end, they don’t look any different. Putting in a network ticket, NRB000007484367. To Sprint.
1/13/15 – Checked back on another call. Marginal coverage area in the middle of Portland. Indication of delays.