iCloud Woes

June 9, 2017

I’m getting pretty annoyed with iCloud.

For several months beginning about September last year and ending a couple months ago, I had intermittent issues with iCloud being unable to authenticate on devices. I spoke to Apple Support, and they were seemingly unable to help me. Then, suddenly, everything seemed to be working okay once more.

A few days ago, I began having issues with iCloud Notes not syncing across devices. Now I can’t even delete two (empty) folders; if I try, they just come back on whatever device I tried to delete them from (including the web app).

I spoke to Apple Support again yesterday, and they said my iCloud Drive is “extensive”. Well… I do have about 225 GB of photos / videos, which I’ve accumulated over the last few years – mostly taken with iPhones. I’ve also got about 4 GB in iOS backups. But 230 GB is less than 1/8th of my total 2 TB of storage. If Apple offers and sells me that storage, and using less than 13% of said storage causes problems, then what is my motivation for storing my stuff on iCloud?

Also… this can’t possibly be good, can it:

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Continuity on “The Flash”

April 11, 2017

You could say I’m a bit of a stickler for continuity in the shows I watch. The Flash is no exception. Generally the writers have been okay at keeping their story straight, but there are exceptions.

One scene that has always bugged me occurs in 01×09 (“The Man in the Yellow Suit”). In summary: the team at STAR Labs is able to trap Reverse-Flash inside a containment field by baiting him with a tachyon device that he’s after for some nefarious schemes. But somehow, the containment field momentarily fails, and he’s able to drag Dr. Wells inside. He then proceeds to beat Wells to a bloody pulp. To save Wells, Joe smashes the field’s control panel, which shuts it down and allows Reverse-Flash to escape with the tachyon device he’s after.

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I love how smashing the control panel always works.

Barry grabs Reverse-Flash (who is now threatening Joe after taking out an entire police squad without skipping a beat), and the two begin to fight, bursting through the skylight at super-speed and landing in the parking lot outside.

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With all that property damage, how does STAR Labs even stay funded?

Just when it looks like Reverse-Flash is about to win the fight, Firestorm shows up and blasts him with fire, knocking him to the ground. Reverse-Flash escapes, Firestorm flies off, and our heroes are left to tend to their wounded.

In an episode later in the season, 01×15 (“Out of Time”), Cisco tries to work out how the containment field failed, and how the Reverse-Flash was able to get to Wells. After monkeying around a bit, he discovers a hidden hologram of the Reverse-Flash, acting out the same scene that happened in 01×09.

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“You’re my only hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi!”

Dr. Harrison Wells walks into the room, and reveals his true identity as Eobard Thawne, AKA the Reverse-Flash. Cisco asks how he could have been in two places at once, and Thawne demonstrates how he can move fast enough to create a “speed mirage”, or an illusory double of himself.

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Cisco’s seeing double.

Now here’s the problem: the hologram of Reverse-Flash was a fake, while the real Reverse-Flash (Wells / Thawne) jumped from his wheelchair into super-speed mode to make it look like Reverse-Flash grabbed Wells and dragged him into the containment field. After a bit, Reverse-Flash super-speeds away with Barry as they fight. But what about “Wells”? Presumably either A) there’s a hologram of an injured Wells lying on the platform in the lab, or B) Reverse-Flash is in fact still using super-speed to create an illusory double. Only… the latter can’t be true, because how can he be doing that while getting his butt kicked by Firestorm?

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Firestorm heats things up for Reverse-Flash.

Caitlin and Cisco are shown to be outside at this point, but what about Joe and Eddie? Both men are still inside, totally conscious. Did… did both of these trained and experienced detectives actually not help the freshly beaten, wheelchair-bound Wells up?

 

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Uhh… little help?

I’d love an explanation on this one. Any ideas, readers?

Hot Dog

October 5, 2016

One thing I have learned about being a parent: you will never, ever get this song out of your head. Ever.

Happy Flash Day!

October 4, 2016

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iOS 10

September 13, 2016

Happy iOS 10 day everyone!

Twitter

September 6, 2016

Twitter is, perhaps, the most important tool for modern communication.

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Yikes

August 10, 2016

You know how I’m always railing on about how you don’t need to close every app that’s ‘in the background’? Well here’s a legitimate reason to force close an app.

Wisdom

August 9, 2016

Wisdom!

This is what Apple should tell you when you lose your iPhone (posted from Reddit)

August 5, 2016

I don’t have numbers to back this up, but I feel like the average person is more savvy at avoiding scams and hacks than before. Normally there is some kind of red flag, if not several – poor grammar / spelling in an email claiming to be from Google, or Apple, etc. That’s what makes this story so particularly interesting – the author (Joonas Kiminki) nearly gave away his credentials to an elaborate, very high-quality sort of scam.

What strikes me the most is that everything seemed very “right” and professional. The email and the website content looked great, my phone really was an iPhone 6 and they even got the timezone right in the email.

The email raised no alerts on any email client I use, including Google Inbox, mail.google.com and Apple Mail. No web browser, mobile or desktop, show any alarms on the fake site. Google.com knows virtually nothing about the site, the email address or the (probably fake) US phone number the SMS was from. Very well done.

This is what Apple should tell you when you lose your iPhone

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August 5, 2016

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