iPhone Orientation Issues fixed with iOS 8.3?

April 13th, 2015 - Comments Off on iPhone Orientation Issues fixed with iOS 8.3?
The screen of an  iPhone orientation issue on a 5S where the message area in landscape and the keyboard in portrait

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.

Apple USB SuperDrive Incompatible

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.

Goodbye to Apple Mail, hopefully

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.

Data Strategy

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.


Verizon Texts Delayed

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.

Frustrating Apple Day

December 31st, 2014 - Comments Off on Frustrating Apple Day

Safari Failure

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?

Verizon: Call Waiting Doesn’t Always Work

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.




Verizon Texting Problem, Redux

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.

Upgrade to Yosemite from Mavericks OSX 10.9 to 10.10

November 12th, 2014 - Comments Off on Upgrade to Yosemite from Mavericks OSX 10.9 to 10.10

Surprise Upgrade to Yosemite OSX 10.10

When I upgraded my iMac and MBPro last year to Mavericks OSX 10.9, I thought it would be the last OS upgrade on my aging hardware. Turns out that Yosemite can also run on it, so I’m going to give it a try. Choosing to upgrade to Yosemite makes sense if I’ll see the same improvements that I got from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

I made a clean install (formatted hard drive) when I installed Mavericks, so I won’t do that when I upgrade to Yosemite. A clean install is always a good idea after a series of upgrades. Though I skipped Lion and Mountain Lion, I’d been having weird problems that were difficult to track down. A clean install can help those problems go away…only if they are related to the OS.

Early 2008 Macbook Pro

Right-away delay when I was ready to upgrade to Yosemite. Time Machine could not do an incremental backup on one of its external drives, so I had to format the drive. Now I have to do a full backup for safety. I have on-going backups on my network drive.

This Macbook Pro has been going downhill. It’s worst fault is wireless connectivity. If it’s on a jiggly table, it will start to have connectivity problems. I can move it, handle it in bed, etc., without losing connection, but vibration just kills it. The only way to successfully connect is to restart it. It’s a pain the ass.  Sometimes, I wish I’d bought one of the remaining 17″ MBPros when they were still in the Refurbished store. I’m guessing at this point, I’m going to have to get a 15″ MBPro. People say that having retina display makes the difference. I guess I’ll find out.

So there’s been a big delay in my part in making this upgrade. Been having iPhone issues that are more important.


Downloading and installing Mavericks: 5.16GB file. Windows is doing an update in the background while I download the file.

Installation seemed to go fine. Apple Mail sent a bunch of notifications about adding mail accounts. Hopefully my Mail trouble will go away.  Hate the Yosemite Finder icon’s smile. Used to be Mona Lisa mysterious. Now it’s a cheesy grin. The interwebs provide enough cheesy, and I can catch it when I want. This is always there in my Dock.

Now, to live with my upgrade to Yosemite for a while, before I update my early 2008 iMac.

11/24/11 Wireless Trouble in OSX Yosemite

I have on-going wireless trouble in OSX Yosemite, so much so that I’m having to keep an ethernet connection all the time I need to be online. Ug.

 1/20/15 Improving Wireless in Yosemite.=

I took several steps I found online (links long since lost) that seemed to make a bit of an improvement in the wifi on my MacBook Pro with Yosemite. Still have it hardwired when I can.

Early 2008 iMac

I’m actually excited to upgrade to Yosemite on this computer. Except for the failing hard drive problems, this iMac has been rock solid. Yes, the screen continues to have burn-in problems, but they don’t affect the functionality of the computer. Upgrading to 6GB of RAM gave it more life, as did adding a 750GB hybrid drive. However, truth be told, this machine has been long in the tooth for a while. I’ve half suspected the software. I don’t expect that this upgrade to Yosemite will fix much of that. I’m hoping that it will fix whatever is wrong with Apple Mail.

 1/20/15 Update on iMac Upgrade to OSX Yosemite

At some point, I just jumped in and did an upgrade to Yosemite on my iMac. I was having so many problems with Apple Mail in Mavericks that I had to do something. So far, it’s made Apple Mail more stable, and I’ve had no other fallout from the upgrade.


Verizon Texting Wonky on iPhone 5S

October 26th, 2014 - Comments Off on Verizon Texting Wonky on iPhone 5S

25 minutes with Verizon.

Others don’t always receive my texts.

Solution is new SIM card (to which I say HA!)


Apple Visual Voicemail Problems

October 26th, 2014 - Comments Off on Apple Visual Voicemail Problems

Trouble with voicemail arriving hours after the call.
Verizon says that Apple Visual Voicemail is likely the problem. They had me power off.  Refreshed settings for the device.

“I don’t foresee it happening again.”

31 minutes

Earlier call = 23 minutes