I HATE APPLE

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I stand corrected on acetone - years of working in labs have given me a dread of all the solvents we used to work with happily on the bench, and later found out to be major health risks (formalin, xylene etc), so I over-generalised.

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 01:28 (two months ago) link

ach, formalin's not a solvent but you know what I mean. Just remembered all the tissue clearing I did with chloroform too, sitting next to the wax embedding gear on a sunny afternoon.

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 01:29 (two months ago) link

Sent my old iPhone 7 back to apple fo get a battery replacement and Iโ€™d say the new battery has about 75 pct of the capacity of one that comes with a new phone (though batttery health shows 100 pct unsurprisingly)

calstars, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 10:22 (one month ago) link

maybe let it run down to zero a couple times to dial it in - battery estimation is an inexact science, especially with a new one.

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 10:33 (one month ago) link

i'm using my iphone 6s as a webcam, it's very nice!

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

What software are you using to do that? I tried to get my old 6s running with CamTwist on my MacBook, but nothing shows up.

beard papa, Thursday, 1 October 2020 18:33 (one month ago) link

Camo

https://www.benkuhn.net/vc/

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Thursday, 1 October 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

40 โ‚ฌ a year?

All cars are bad (Euler), Thursday, 1 October 2020 20:01 (one month ago) link

It's recurring? Didn't see that. There are other apps, too, but I feel like our phone already gets abused enough daily without turning it into a constant video conferencing driver.

Nhex, Thursday, 1 October 2020 21:30 (one month ago) link

yeah it's $$ but i have sympathy for the view that subscription is really the only way to make indie development work these days, and $0.99 is not going to cut it for a team. also my work pays for mine hahaha.

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Thursday, 1 October 2020 22:24 (one month ago) link

fwiw I ended up going the official route for a battery replacement. $199 all in, including tax and shipping to my home and includes for the sake of simplicity a new keyboard, trackpad etc is better than the DIY route which would have cost $90 plus tax and shipping, plus might have blown up. They are already a day past the work estimate though.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 October 2020 23:00 (one month ago) link

I will say the repair process is starting to make me a little irrationally angry. I dropped the computer off on Sunday, they gave me a completion estimate for September 30th. The last automated update I got was first thing in the morning on the 29th which said the repair was in progress. Having looked into this I know for a fact the repair as they do it, just replacing that whole part of the computer, does not take days, so I'm getting a little impatient, even though getting it back by now would still have been pretty fast.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 October 2020 17:52 (one month ago) link

Ok, all I wanted from these ding dongs was a new battery. Now I get a vague email claiming that they want authorization to do a new repair, this one costing not $199, but $999 (!), plus tax. It's unclear what the problem is, at least until I speak to them, but it might involve changes I made to the computer, which include putting in a new hard drive and adding RAM. Yet that should have absolutely nothing to do with a $1,000 repair, since there was nothing wrong with those parts of the computer, I just wanted a new battery! Either way, as if I would pay $1,000 to repair a 5-year-old MacBook. But now I'm forced to wait for the stupid store to open just for the satisfaction of yelling at a human.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 October 2020 12:57 (one month ago) link

Easy tiger

calstars, Saturday, 3 October 2020 13:00 (one month ago) link

Pfft, if you can't get mad after bringing in a computer for a new battery then hearing back that not only did they not put in a new battery, now they want to charge you several hundred dollars more for an unspecified repair, essentially totaling the cost of a new computer, then I guess you can't get mad at anything. I feel bad for the suckers that get messages like this and okay the repair.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 October 2020 13:13 (one month ago) link

that is fucking insane and I am sorry for suggesting the official repair was a better idea

assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 October 2020 13:18 (one month ago) link

okay, I just got off the phone with Apple, and in some ways it makes perfect sense and is also crazier than it seems. a while back I installed a hard drive and some RAM myself with generic, non-Apple components. Apple, however, whenever they so much as do anything beyond opening up a computer, automatically adds a 90-day work guarantee to whatever repairs or changes they make. But because there were non-Apple components I installed in the machine, Apple would not/could not invoke its 90-day work warranty. So that $1,000 quote was in essence a fee for replacing my perfectly good hard drive and perfectly good RAM with Apple versions of that hard drive and RAM so that Apple could add that 90-day warranty to its work, in this case simply replacing my battery. Long story short, they will not replace my battery - or essentially do anything to my computer, ever, even though it is out of warranty and I want to give them my money - unless I have Apple replace my hard drive and RAM with Apple products.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 October 2020 14:48 (one month ago) link

wow, that is super obnoxious

Nhex, Saturday, 3 October 2020 16:35 (one month ago) link

okay, so I now have some cash, and want to buy a new laptop. should i continue to wait until Apple unveils these ARM machines or just plunge in...

tbh i'm working on a 2013 13" MBP and it served my needs well until a year or so agoโ€” i've started needing to utilize InDesign and Acrobat a lot more for work and other purposes, and the machine simply cannot keep up with my commands at this point.

other than this, I'm mostly using it to write, download/listen to/manage my digital music files, as well as teach seminars and such.

i know i asked about this over the summer, but thought it wise to ask again, since things might have changed? anyway, i'm sorry i'm such a clueless idiot about this stuff, i just don't have time to parse through all these reviews that litter the internet.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 14:39 (one month ago) link

and thanks in advance for any help!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 14:40 (one month ago) link

I would wait if you can, they've said they will introduce the first ARM laptop before the year's out and it will probably be a 13 incher.

calstars, Monday, 5 October 2020 15:09 (one month ago) link

i'd wait as well, unless you have specific needs for Intel

Nhex, Monday, 5 October 2020 15:23 (one month ago) link

Go for used, every time. The depreciation is insane on these things. At least with recent generations the RAM is on the motherboard and the chance of a non Apple SSD is very low, so you wonโ€™t run into the scenario youโ€™re in now. That said, the SSDs can be third party upgraded up until a few years ago.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 5 October 2020 17:08 (one month ago) link

Thanks y'all. Going to put some dough aside for the purpose. I appreciate it!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 18:18 (one month ago) link

Thread title does not deliver

DT, Monday, 5 October 2020 23:47 (one month ago) link

In waiting for arm but it i depended on a specific non apple big application like indesign I would wait to hear there plans and err on the side of getting an intel. And yeah used is a pretty good deal on macs these days (better than it used to be, and I can only imagine that gets even better as the impending arm transition drives used intel Mac prices down).

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 00:09 (one month ago) link

Thanks again for the advice, all. I ended up plunking down for one of the newer, faster Airs, refurbished (of course). With my education discount and AppleCare plus tax, turned out to be $1400. Arrives on Wednesday. Will report back!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 12 October 2020 15:08 (one month ago) link

I've started using Spaces and just switched to a new MacBook. Why is the dock now showing only on my main workspace and not the others? I can't find this setting anywhere in preferences for mission control or dock. Googling finds no answer. What's going on??

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:21 (one month ago) link

Oh, I figured it out. I was creating new workspaces (or are they called desktops?) by dragging the apps up there in Mission Control. That creates them in full screen mode, in which you can't see the dock unless you do some weird double-swipe manoeuvre that I'm completely unable to replicate except by chance. More zoom window, less full screen window is the answer for me.

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:59 (one month ago) link

This shit shouldn't be this hard, even for an ageing doofus like me.

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:59 (one month ago) link

They are called Spaces but named Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3, etc. (Thanks Apple.)

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:05 (one month ago) link

At home I prefer a deskspace over something like a worktop. But on the road Iโ€™m all about purpose-driven stacked control views, separated by spaces

calstars, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:36 (one month ago) link

Iโ€™ve been a Mac guy forever and still have never used Spaces.

DJI, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:02 (one month ago) link

I use a lot of spaces, one for each writing project that I'm actively working on, plus one for mail, calendar, bibliography manager, another for browser. I would not want to do without it, even though the old 3x3 grid version was better.

All cars are bad (Euler), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:04 (one month ago) link

Long time user of Spaces - especially so now that I work from home and only have one monitor. ILX gets its own space.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:58 (one month ago) link

Maybe I should try it out.

DJI, Friday, 16 October 2020 21:33 (one month ago) link

alright maybe someone here knows the answer to this: is there a way to see the files that you have uploaded to the iCloud music library and ONLY those files? Apparently I hit 100,000 uploaded files (this doesn't count things I just added via Apple Music, but actual files I've uploaded that weren't in Apple Music, or didn't match); this seems basically impossible to me. But I can't find a way to see these files by themselves. Anyone know if this is possible?

akm, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:09 (one month ago) link

update: I think I found it, more or less. look at 'songs' in music, make sure you have 'cloud status' as a sorting option. had hundreds of things in there that for whatever reason aren't matched even though they are available in Apple Music. Also was able to see all the things that failed in their uploads for whatever reason, cleared all that out. Could also see the depressing list of things that were still in my library that were 'no longer available' presumably due to licensing changes.

akm, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 15:20 (one month ago) link

You can also make a smart playlist, and have it filter only those that are unmatched.

stet, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 18:32 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/gFO7j1w.jpg

calstars, Saturday, 24 October 2020 20:30 (one month ago) link

Wow:

This is a jaw-dropping paragraph. https://t.co/ix4JFLCZJe pic.twitter.com/QFl5MXoqPY

— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) October 25, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:36 (four weeks ago) link

wtf!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:52 (four weeks ago) link

Pretty sure Apple has a search engine ready to go as well (Siri suggestions hint as much). So double threat to Google there: if DoJ rules out these payments: Apple isnโ€™t going to switch to Bing or some shit, itโ€™s going to make a new competitor.

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:53 (four weeks ago) link

Did their Maps app ever turn out to be a worthy, workable competitor to Google's? I remember it having some serious problems at launch, but I have no idea if it made up ground (I don't have an iPhone).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:55 (four weeks ago) link

Maps has improved but Iโ€™m not going to give up my hundreds of bookmarked spots in g maps

calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:01 (four weeks ago) link

It was beyond terrible at first but itโ€™s on a par w/Google now, in London at least

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:59 (four weeks ago) link

The core navigation has been as good if not better but the right now Iโ€™m in Central Park and if I search for a restroom, Google tells me which ones are actually open and Apple does not. Itโ€™s that kind of information gap that makes me stick with Google.

I really need a pee.

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:37 (four weeks ago) link

Bushes?

calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:49 (four weeks ago) link

Google sufficed

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:24 (four weeks ago) link

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ASoK4HXRNoQ

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 October 2020 22:03 (four weeks ago) link


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