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#489 iPhone 6 and iOS 8 First Impressions, Drobo the Hard Way, Nokia 635 Touch, Intelligent Transportation World Congress

Consider dropping a review in iTunes if you haven’t in the last year. iPhone 6 and iOS 8 first impressions – the good and the bad, How to Upgrade a Drobo The Hardest Way Possible, and How to Make a Nokia 635 Smart Phone into a 635 Touch. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Ian Douglas joins us to talk about the Intelligent Transportation World Congress, where he tells us about the future of automated vehicles.


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iPhone 6 & iOS 8 First Impressions

imore poll showing 49.3% iPhone 6, 50.7% iPhone 6 PlusI’m sure by now each of you either has a new iPhone or are waiting for a new iPhone or are never getting the new iPhone and in any case are tired of the conversation around which one to buy, so I’m not going to add to it! iMore did a poll of their readers asking which phone people were intending to buy and after 17,315 votes…the answer was split almost EXACTLY 50/50. I thought that was simply fascinating! That means no one can tell you which you’re going to like so we don’t need to keep endlessly droning on about which one is better!
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How to Upgrade a Drobo The Hardest Way Possible

drobo5n in someones handsYou’ve heard me complain about the Drobo for a long time, and it’s really not the fault of the Drobo. Steve and I bought a Drobo FS many years ago but I didn’t think we really needed it, I felt we succumbed to the convincing advertising of our podcasting friends. I didn’t think we had a problem for it to solve. After a few years though, Steve and I have both started to use it. I offload things that don’t need to be local, like my old uncompressed audio files of the show (which I probably never will need but you never know), and disk images of OS installers. I also have started scanning in bills and such and I don’t want those on my laptop so the Drobo is a nice spot for it. Steve does a lot of video using Final Cut Pro X and he was never able to save his project files because they’re HUGE. He started saving them when he realized he had gobs of space on the Drobo.

So over time, a soft spot in my heart has grown for the Drobo. Over the past couple of years, we’ve had 3 hard drive failures, and it’s rather pleasing to get an email notification and to see the red light on one drive, and then simply pull it out and replace with a new drive and await the notification from Drobo that now all is well. I’d rather not have drives fail but it wasn’t a catastrophic situation.
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How to Turn a Nokia 635 Smartphone into a Nokia 635 Touch

NC_2014_09_14I’ve really been enjoying how much it’s made people nuts that I a) bought a Windows phone and b) that I actually kind of like it. Part of my reason for enjoying it has been the constant help by Joel Rushworth, who I met through Chris Ashley of the SMR Podcast. Joel isn’t pushy at all, he’s just there with the gentle suggestion, the helpful hint, the “hey have you tried this yet?”

A week or so ago he asked me if I’d moved my SIM card from my iPhone to my Nokia 635 so I could give it a real shakedown, using it as my primary device. I told him I hadn’t because the iPhone uses a nano SIM and the Nokia takes a micro SIM card. He told me that he was buying some of the adapter carrier thingys and he’d be glad to send me one when he got his. Good as his word, the adapter showed up a few days later. During one of the endless podcasts I was on last week (I shouldn’t complain, I loved every minute of it) I used a paperclip o pop out the nano SIM on my iPhone. The adapter/carrier thingy from Joel was a little piece of plastic the shape of a micro SIM, but with a pocket in it the shape and size of a nano SIM. Let’s call it a an adapter for brevity.
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How to Tell if Your Mac Will Be Able to Do Handoff in Yosemite

Handoff requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) – use this to find out if you have the right version.

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#488 Apple Announcement Appearances, AppleTV Fixed, Our Sadomasochistic Relationship with Apple, Deeper, Belgiums National Redoubt

I was on three podcasts this week about the Apple announcements – check them out: the Daily Tech News Show with Scott Johnson and Veronica Belmont , the Mac Roundtable, and the SMR Podcast. I also did a guest Screencast for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online all about Drop Shadow and AppDelete; watch the trailer at screenscastsonline.com. I describe how Apple gave me a fix (workaround) to my AppleTV problem, and I discuss our Sadomasochistic Relationship with Apple. Change the default behavior of a whole bunch of things in OSX using the GUI interface in donation ware Deeper from titanium.free.fr, makers of the awesome utility OnyX. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart breaks down the celebrity photo leaks and explains what actually happened and then after Security Lite he gives us a history lesson on World War I and how he used Google Earth to map out the progression over time of the defenses of Belgium, the National Redoubt. Read along and download the Google Earth file to play along as you listen at https://www.bartbusschots.ie/s/2014/09/14/antwerp-belgiums-national-redoubt


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AppleTV Problem FIXED

another screenshot saying 7 hrs and 10 min till I can watch my movieLast week I whined yet again about my AppleTV woes, where every time we try to start playing a rented movie, it tells me it will be hours till the movie is ready to play. Several people over the last few months have suggested that I call Apple but I poopoohed that idea. I did write to customer support on iTunes but while they happily kept refunding me my rentals, they didn’t know a darn thing about why this kept happening.

This week Lynda wrote in and really pushed me to give tech support a call. I did my usual arguments about how it’s not under AppleCare so why would they help me, but then I realized I had nothing to lose by trying. Heck, I’d tried everything else, right?
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Our Sadomasochistic Relationship with Apple

graph showing crossover of the two plans at 18 monthsI don’t want any normal people to read or listen to this article. If you hear about a new device from Apple and you think, “hey, maybe I’ll check that out some time after all the nut cases buy it”, then I’m not talking to you. If you find yourself wondering six months after a new device is released whether the bugs have been wrung out, not you either. But if you hyperventilate while watching Apple Keynotes, or if you stand in line on day one of a release, or if you sit home pacing in your front room looking for the UPS/FedX person to bring your precious home, I’m talking to you. If you HAVE to have the new Apple device on day one or you’ll DIE, then this is for you.

I read and listen to people scoff at us and wonder why we get so nuts about this stuff. I was talking to Switcher Mark on Twitter the morning after the release of pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and he made what I thought was a very insightful observation. He said, “I’m doubting we needed to endure the torture this morning. We do it because we want to.” He’s right. I’m no clinician of psychology but the concept of a sadomasochistic relationship with Apple sort of rings true to me.

Why did I stand in line for 13 hours to buy an iPhone 4 in 2010? Surely I didn’t want to stand in line that long and as rational people later said, “I NEVER would have done that” all I could reply was, “Me neither!” I didn’t KNOW it was going to be 13 hours when I lined up at 6am for an 8am door opening. I thought it would be a few hours, maybe 3 tops to get the new hotness. Once you’ve invested 4 hours though, you know it can’t possibly be much longer, right? Right? Little did we know that we would start by huddling under blankets in the early morning cold and end up sunburned and cold again as the night fell and we still didn’t have our phones. We didn’t know.
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Deeper Lets You Control OSX Hidden Settings

deeper_logoHave you ever been annoyed by a default setting in OSX? Let’s say for example you take a screenshot; the default for a long time (maybe it still is) was to save the shot in TIFF format which is HUGE. You wish it would save it in a more manageable format like jpg or png. If you query around how to change this, invariably someone will say, “well all you do is launch the terminal and type in default write and a bunch of gobbledy gook after that.

For years I’ve kept a list of all the various gobbledy gook that changes all the defaults on OSX to the way I like it. After a nuke and pave, or a new machine, I run through them all to make sure OSX is tailored to my every whim. One of my favorites is that the brainiacs in Cupertino thought it would be awesome to have copy email address to not just copy the address but to also copy the html around it. I change that one with some boolean gobbledy gook. We all KNEW that set theory they forced down our throats in grammar school would come in handy one day, right?
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#487 Roker Sound Cube Bluetooth Speaker, How to Turn off Facebook Auto-Play Videos, Find Command in Taming the Terminal

Correction from Security Lite last week – it was UPS not USPS that got compromised. My AppleTV continues to fail…sort of. Donald Burr reviews the $23 Roker®Sound Cube Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker and gives it a thumbs up. I created a tutorial on how to turn OFF auto-play on Facebook videos. In Dumb Question Corner Arthur asks me how I know if people have opened the NosillaCast News (via Mailchimp). In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal Part 20 of n where he teaches us how to find files by different criteria.


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