I was hopeful for new iPads at this event but given how big of an impression the Apple Watch Series 4 made on me, I’m not feeling let down. I will, however, complain about the prices because I consider them to be absurd. Not by much but nevertheless… absurd.
Please make sure you have an iCloud and iTunes backup of all the devices you are planning to update to iOS 12 today (the update should drop in a few hours). This will save you data loss and frustration, should anything bad happen.
You can find a guide on how to do this here, on Apple’s support page.
I was walking down Lower Thames Street the other day, on my way to a meeting, passing by The Walrus and The Carpenter, when I looked up Lovat Lane and saw 20 Fenchurch Street towering over me… I love contrasts like this one, between the old and the new, especially when they seem so natural.
Shot with iPhone X @ 28 mm: f/1.8, 1/100 s, ISO 25.
I pay an annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and I had my PayPal details on file with them but since receiving an email a month ago, asking me to verify and/or change my payment details before the charge goes through today, I removed all the PayPal details (Adobe is not authorized for recurring charges in PayPal’s settings either) and added my credit card instead. Since the charge was in Euros and I no longer had any Euros in my PayPal, I would save money on the conversion rate (around €10).
Adobe went ahead and charged my PayPal today anyway.
How is this even possible?
I have since been in contact with their phone support. They have cancelled my subscription and I should the amount in question charged back straight to my credit card1, but I assume this will trigger another currency conversion, which will mean that I’ll be paying for their mistake through no fault of my own.
Oh, and since my account is cancelled, and I refuse to pay for it until the chargeback comes through, my Creative Cloud apps don’t work.
- In 5-7 days. It never ceases to amaze me that it takes seconds to take my money but days to return it. ↩
It’s out and I have added it to my reading queue!
iCloud Photo Library has been stellar since I started using it shortly after it launched. I have suffered no data loss or corruption so far (I have other backups of course) and it’s been a joy to use. Once I upgraded both my Macs to macOS High Sierra, I finally flipped the switch on both my iPhone and iPad, turning on the new High Efficiency formats for both video and stills. Shortly after doing that, Photos for Mac and iOS started showing different counts of all the images in my library — they fluctuate every few days:
- iMac (Download Originals to this Mac) — 33701 photos, 70 videos
- MacBook Pro (Optimize Mac Storage) — 33701 photos, 70 videos
- iPhone X (Optimize Storage) — 33703 photos, 70 videos
- iPad Pro 10,5″ (Optimize Storage) — 33704 photos, 70 videos
- iCloud.com — 33771 photos and videos (which I assume means 33701 photos and 70 videos)
This worries me. I still have 5 or 6 gigs of free space on my 200 GB plan so everything should work correctly. New content is added properly and syncing still functions as it should but what the hell are those additional photos on my iPhone and iPad?
I spoke with Apple Support and before they are willing to continue diagnosing the issue, they asked me to first log out and log back in to iCloud on every device. Since that would require at least 1-2 days of syncing (realistically 2-4), I’ll need to wait for a more opportune moment.
Despite living quite close to this fantastic rock formation, I never bothered to visit — the details escape me — but we spent a lovely day over there with my wife a week or so ago. The whole hike can take anywhere from three to six hours, depending on a person’s stamina, and there are a few tougher spots for those less fit, but it’s well worth the effort. Just make sure to get there early in the morning (8:00-9:00) to avoid the crowds.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 1/60 s, ISO 100.
When I wake up, I usually open Twitter to go with my coffee. Today is the first time I opened Mastodon first and the first interesting toot was about a barista. There are no coincidences.
Dear Twitter, you obviously don’t understand your own product or your users. Your infatuation with becoming something you are not will be the death of you, if you continue along this path. You lack apps on many OSes and the ones you do have aren’t very good. Stop this madness. Stop being delusional. Stop supporting evil. Do. The. Right. Thing. And bring back full API access to 3rd-party clients, whose creators actually understand our needs. #BreakingMyTwitter
I am still unsure about leaving Twitter but I am on Mastodon. You can find me @firstname.lastname@example.org. Come say hi.
The discussion under this tweet, in which a Twitter developer — Andy Piper — chimes in, is completely bizarre. I don’t know Andy, so I have no clue if he’s trolling or being extremely sarcastic — it sure seems that way — but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Tim Hetzel answered one of his questions with the following…