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Musing about software, servers, and the awful, awful mess that is technology.

Where’s the trust?

install-ask-toolbar-300x256It’s getting awful crowded in my sky.

Speaking as someone who grew up on computers and the Internet I find myself more and more cringing at the state of tech these days. I don’t think it’s on a decline or anything, despite the jokes that go around the average user I think is getting more and more savvy every year. I mean yeah we still have the ones that think computers come with cupholders in the front, but what’cha gonna do.

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HBO Now and User Experience

uxNot long ago I was discussing with some friends on how Apple’s innovation has slipped, but in the course of the discussion it came up that Apple really isn’t that terribly innovative. They’re hailed as innovative frequently but really, none of their namesake products are revolutionary, and really never have been. That’s not their  game.

Apple plays the long game; their products are frequently late to market by most measures. The iPhone was not the first smartphone, the iPod not the first MP3 player, and the iMac not the first All in one computer. Continue Reading…

The Tech Blogs Screw it up Again

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find pictures of this damn thing?

So with Apple’s last keynote they announced a new MacBook and indeed a new kind of laptop altogether. Despite the press insisting otherwise, it does have two ports, a USB-C and a headphone jack, not just the USB-C. And like any other time Apple drops a new thing, the tech media proceeded to lose their minds over said thing for the next week.

After watching this circus in my Feedly for said week, I’ve decided to put up some thoughts here on why the tech blogs are crap and the clickbait articles are getting old, and how I’m smarter than all of them in my own head. Let’s go! Continue Reading…

Fix iMac’s Throttled HDD Fan

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To breathe some new life into my aging iMac I bought and installed a 256 gig SSD. That worked great, but unfortunately the SSD doesn’t have the Apple temperature sensor, and so the cable is now on my desk.

Unfortunately, when the Mac can’t determine the temperature of the hard drive, it acts with the best intentions and absolutely stomps the gas of your hard drive fan. Continue Reading…

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Hey everyone, back to give you some useful advice. If you want to skip the lead up and go right to the fix to this, click here.

The Story

While many folks enjoy the benefits of one ecosystem or another be it Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s new Outlook.com, or Google’s…whatever they’re calling it this week, the android thing, folks like me oftentimes find ourselves using different devices at different times. For instance, right now I have a Windows Phone and two iPads (one from work, I’m not that crazy). And that’s just mobile, get into computers and I’ve got two Macs I regularly use, along with three PC’s in the basement alone with one more in the living room, and one linux machine that makes the rounds as well. All this means my cloud based data is constantly jumping from one thing to the next. Continue Reading…

Hide Icons from the Dock in OSX

Annoying little...

Annoying little…

dock_iconI love the way the dock handles your applications in OSX. I really do, it’s a nice way to look down and immediately know about 99% of the stuff running on your system. That said, there are a few things that really don’t belong there.

Regularly, I open photos. Those familiar with OSX know about the Preview app, OSX’s handy built in photo viewer that also does minor editing. The annoying thing is, it’s an app, and so takes a spot on the dock. Why? Continue Reading…