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DT, Monday, 5 October 2020 23:47 (eight months 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).

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 00:09 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

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

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:59 (eight months ago) link

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

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:05 (eight months ago) link

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

calstars, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:36 (eight months ago) link

I’ve been a Mac guy forever and still have never used Spaces.

DJI, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:02 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

Maybe I should try it out.

DJI, Friday, 16 October 2020 21:33 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link


calstars, Saturday, 24 October 2020 20:30 (seven months ago) link


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 (seven months ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:52 (seven months 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 isn’t going to switch to Bing or some shit, it’s going to make a new competitor.

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:53 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

Maps has improved but I’m not going to give up my hundreds of bookmarked spots in g maps

calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:01 (seven months ago) link

It was beyond terrible at first but it’s on a par w/Google now, in London at least

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:59 (seven months ago) link

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

I really need a pee.

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:37 (seven months ago) link


calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:49 (seven months ago) link

Google sufficed

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:24 (seven months ago) link


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

well my headphone adapter has now failed. the one that was included with the SE 2020. it lasted about 6 months. for a few minutes i was telling myself, 'well, tracer, you DID use it on your evening jogs pretty much every day, and that's a lot of jostling!' and then i was like, hold on. i'm not going to feel guilty for USING it.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 November 2020 10:59 (seven months ago) link

You got one in the box? I didn't get one, I had to buy it. (I used my gf's for a couple of weeks).

Weirdly, the first time I used it (and it was Apple-branded, not third-party), it didn't work. After a reboot and some (surely ineffectual) blowing in the socket, it was fine and has been since. It does seem flimsy, doesn't it?

Michael Jones, Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:04 (seven months ago) link

yeah mine came in the box!

the way it failed was one channel just went. finished my run with a Surgeon mix tinnily pounding in one ear only.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:10 (seven months ago) link

Almost every Apple supplied cable grinder I have had has failed all too quickly

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:17 (seven months ago) link

Grommet not grinder

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:17 (seven months ago) link

Was wondering

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:11 (seven months ago) link

why not just buy $900 wireless headphones from Apple that look like brain worms escaping?

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:15 (seven months ago) link

Don't want people to know about my head full of brain worms

Dan I., Thursday, 5 November 2020 14:25 (seven months ago) link

Recently started experiencing a sound buffering issue on my iPhone 11 running 13.5.1. Wondering what 14.1 will do.

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:09 (seven months ago) link

Maybe it’s battery throttling

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:27 (seven months ago) link

that macs still open mp3s with 'apple music' by default is ridiculous - this huge streaming shopfront just to play a file!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:18 (seven months ago) link

No greater sign of confidence than developer.apple.com going down hard on the day of an OS release.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:26 (seven months ago) link

Hey Apple users:

If you're now experiencing hangs launching apps on the Mac, I figured out the problem using Little Snitch.

It's trustd connecting to https://t.co/FzIGwbGRan

Denying that connection fixes it, because OCSP is a soft failure.

(Disconnect internet also fixes.) pic.twitter.com/w9YciFltrb

— Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) November 12, 2020

I wonder if this is why SizeUp is taking over a minute to move windows around right now

lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:30 (seven months ago) link

yep, it was

lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (seven months ago) link

that is insane

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (seven months ago) link

Wtf size up was driving me. It’s today. On slack my entire team was having problems with Adobe who were experiencing huge downs. I had to disconnect from vpn to get size up to work.

dan selzer, Thursday, 12 November 2020 23:01 (seven months ago) link

Apparently there's some sort of Akamai fiasco that's making everything today worse.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 13 November 2020 00:30 (seven months ago) link

be careful out there folks


𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 04:45 (seven months ago) link

please excuse my rant in advance...

my replacement laptop came yesterday, and boy am i having a fun time with migration assistant and time machine.

one of these tools managed to erase the time machine backup it was supposed to restore.

on the first attempt with migration, the process hung. i could see that no data was being transferred on my NAS dashboard (via my wind0ze desktop), so i cancelled it.

after subsequent attempts (and hangs) the time machine folder simply vanished from my disk.

customer care told me it was a bad idea to cancel.

here’s a wild idea: don’t put a huge CANCEL button there if it’s unsafe to cancel whatever your program is doing. especially if your program is prone to long idle periods without UI indications thereof.

another wild idea: tell the user they must reinstall the OS after a failed attempt to migrate, before allowing another try.

the OS reinstall failed twice after this. there was a kernel panic and on reboot it looked like it was bricked. fortunately the machine could be booted into recovery.

and this is a brand new machine. (or more precisely, every major component besides the screen was replaced at the apple service center in Texas—which took twice as long as promised—hence the need for restoration from backup.)

sensible warnings and restrictions in the UI for a critical utility they offer would of course be too much to ask from a trillion-dollar company.

i’ve fallen back restoring from a backup disk i made in april. it’s been hanging for two hours and the light on my HD is not indicating. apple told me not to touch it for at least 24 hours. if successful, then we can talk about restoring the deleted backup which has my last six months’ data.

in conclusion, i hate apple right now just a little bit.

davey, Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:12 (seven months ago) link

My ancient Win 7 is still fine except *sometimes* crashes when streaming audio or video; should I get like a $379 etc. 2019 iPad for the sake or reliability, or would a Samsung tablet for half that, or a Fire for even less, work about as well? Just need it for the streaming.

dow, Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:49 (seven months ago) link

i've enjoyed having the lowest storage ipad for streaming, but the android tablets might do just as well, i don't have any recent experience with them. if you're in the usa, micro center does usually have the ipads for cheaper than list price, $280 right now.

circles, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:13 (seven months ago) link

I’m scared to go into micro center because there’s no way I’m getting out of there without spending $$

calstars, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:23 (seven months ago) link

the $330 ipad is cheaper than that in practice (certainly next week) and is the best tablet for the $, but tbh if you're just streaming then whatever is fine.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 22 November 2020 04:14 (seven months ago) link

So I have an external drive I use for Time Machine backups. It's plugged into my monitor, which serves as a hub. There is no way that I'm aware of to automatically unplug a drive after a TM backup, so I've grown obsessive about checking to see if the backup is done so I can eject the drive, so that I don't damage it when I unplug from the monitor.

I do, of course, forget sometimes. Like today. And I always run First Aid on the drive afterwards, and everything has always been fine. Except today.

Just ordered a replacement, and seriously considering writing a utility to check Time Machine status via the menubar menu, and eject the drive when a backup completes.

This can't be an uncommon use case!

lukas, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:56 (six months ago) link

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