I’d like to recommend the Mac Geek Gab podcast to Apple users.
While the show does sometimes get a little geeky, it also has tips and advice for ordinary users. If you listen long enough, you will become more geekish, which isn’t a bad thing at all. This link is for the Overcast app, which has many features lacking in the standard podcast app:
Some of the not so geeky things that they talked about in the show I linked included:
I was not aware of the mask trick; that’s a big time saver. Of course, your nose should NOT be exposed, but pulling it down for a brief second to use your phone beats typing a passcode.
When will the new Mac M1 hardware become too slow to use? I listened to a podcast today that imagined future generations of Apple chips that would be so blazingly fast that 2020’s offering will seem too slow. They opined that your ten-year-old 2020 M1 MacBook Air would be just as fast as it is today, but your expectations will have changed.
They were wrong. When chips get faster, software ups the ante to use that power. Both the operating system and applications will harness speed to do things that are too slow to implement now.
Software will hobble your screaming fast hardware and make it wheeze.
Count on it.
Now that we have survived Thanksgiving, here comes Christmas! Aren’t you tired of shopping for stuff nobody wants?
Just a reminder, if you haven’t killed off gift swapping yet, there’s always next year. Or, if you are brave enough to bring it up now, how about this:
“2020, we have plenty (of stuff we didn’t need or want)”
So, it seems that Thunderbolt 4 is just a software upgrade. On Macs, which is all I care about, if you can run Big Sur, you can have it.
Prefer to listen? Okay, the Thunderbolt 4 stuff starts at 00:43:57.
Seriously, a BFD.
A year ago, maybe two years ago, our doorbell stopped working.
Well, no, that’s not it. It kept on working. That is, it rang incessantly and would not stop. The button wasn’t stuck, nobody had pushed it, it just started ringing.
Oh, that’s not quite true. It didn’t ring, it buzzed. It took me a few minutes to locate that because it certainly wasn’t making the normal doorbell noise. But when I got near it, the source was obvious.
A short in the low voltage wiring or a defect in the doorbell itself had to be the cause, so I immediately dug out a voltmeter and began to debug the fault. …
I think I should get the most embarrassing thing out of the way first. This is something that has never embarrassed me in front of other people, but it makes me laugh at myself internally. It comes from when I was very young and my mother toilet trained me. Of course, I remember very little from that time, but some of her encouraging words stuck with me, even to this day.
So, when I feel a certain urge, I say to myself, “Let’s do a tony-poop”.
Yeah, that. You can stop laughing now.
I was a precocious and omnivorous reader. My parents had shelf after shelf of books, mostly adult. I devoured them. I seldom bothered with a dictionary; the volume of content consumed let me pick up meaning and nuance from context. …
I had a toilet in our guest bathroom that would not stop running after the tank had refilled from a flush.
There are likely causes for that. One is the flapper that lets water down to the bowl when you push the toilet handle. If the flapper doesn’t seal fully, water will keep flowing into the bowl and out to the sewer pipes. Sometimes you can fix that by jiggling the toilet handle; in the 1950s, my father would give me a nickel to run upstairs to jiggle the toilet that he could hear running during our dinner.
When you get tired of jiggling or paying small children to do the same, you will need to hire a plumber or repair it yourself. There are many Youtube videos that explain how; it’s likely that you can find one which will cover your specific toilet brand. …
I hadn’t noticed any “Wow” reviews of the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera. Apple made a good amount of noise about it, but many reviewers haven’t thought it to be much of an improvement over older models.
According to the developers of the Halide Mark II Pro Camera app, they are very wrong.
As developers of a camera app, the results [are] mind-blowing. It achieves images previously only seen in dedicated cameras, with sensors four times its size. It allows photographers to get steady and well exposed shots in conditions that weren’t imaginable a year ago. It captures low-light shots beyond anything we’ve seen on an iPhone. By a lot.
I am not even an amateur photographer, so much of that post is well over my head. If you are more serious, you might want to read the whole thing.
I am someone who lives by a schedule. My schedule lists chores and activities that I need to do and when I need to do them. This might sound a bit compulsive, but I use it more as guidance than as absolute necessities that must be accomplished when the schedule demands.
For example, my schedule tells me to dust part of our living room every 21 days. Depending upon the time of year and what else is going on in our lives, that might be a good time to do it.
But it might not. I might notice dust building up sooner than that and kick the time forward. I might see that the task can be pushed out another week, or I might change it to the next day if I’m overwhelmed at the moment. It’s just guidance and is particularly helpful for infrequent chores that I might otherwise forget. …
That “defund the police” was a foolish slogan. It should have been “help the police” by providing resources for jobs police shouldn’t be doing. Stupidly, it became all about cutting funds and punishing police rather than safety and providing better services.
If public buildings lacked sprinklers and you wanted a law to require them, would you promote that with “Defund the Fire Department”?
If you want a better society, a “defund the police” slogan isn’t going to cut it.
Nobody wants an underfunded police department. We want police who prevent or solve real crimes and don’t have to deal with so many social problems. …