Why I hate Apple.
- Many years ago I had a Mac and when the OS was upgraded none of
the games I had continued to work. Boo hoo.
- More currently, I have an iPhone (Dante has a place in hell for
people who make you use the shift key in the middle of a word - I'll
think about it and post its description in terza rima some day). I
can't find the functionality to search my calendar! It's 2011! And
these guys make money selling devices that are productivity aids. Oh,
right, I forgot, it's not about functionality, it's about style.
Ok. I am a doofus. I was informed that there is a GLOBAL (search my
iPhone) capability to search my iPhone. Easy. I am slowly being
trained by this device...
- Right. I am downloading the Apple iPhone manual (why is there no help button on the iPhone?) and it downloads to who knows where - well, actually to /AppData/Local/Temp -can it be more obscure? - I have to clean it up later... Why not to someplace more accessible? Boy, am I grumpy.
- The dongle (or whatever you call the adapter for the video output). Almost every Mac presentation is preceded by "hey I forgot my dongle"...
- It's all about the HCI. And Apple does do it best. Like democracy it's better than the alternatives.
- BUT iTunes has its completely unnecessary quirks. Here's a Q/A from the web:
Q: As the owner of a Mac and an iPhone, I've naturally been using iTunes as my podcasting program. It works pretty well, except for one huge problem: if it determines that I haven't been listening to podcasts for a while it stops downloading them. Is there any way to force iTunes to continue downloading podcasts regardless of how often I listen to them?
A: From Apple: Automatic Unsubscribe.
iTunes automatically unsubscribes from a podcast if the following conditions are both met:
The user has not played any episode downloaded in the past 5 updates (there may be more than one episode downloaded per update.
More than 5 days have elapsed since an episode was played.
In addition to minimizing unnecessary bandwidth costs for both the user and the podcaster, the unsubscribe logic built into the iTunes client makes it more likely that episode downloads, as reported by a podcaster to a sponsor, are roughly in line with actual plays of the episode
A: from the forum: And as far as I am aware, you cannot disable this feature.
Thanks again, Apple
- Oh, yeah, go to your iPhone Calendar. Hit the Month button at bottom. Tap on a day in the month. Tap on the Day button at bottom. It shows you the day starting at 0:00. Gee I book a lot of appointments between midnight at 7:00. It knows how to centre a day but doesn't do it in this path.
- Go to edit a contact. You can hit "edit" top right and edit or (surprise) you can tap on notes (but not a phone entry because then you will call the phone number) and start editing. How do you stop editing? No "Done" anywhere. Ah, just hit any other button and you're done. Cool.
- Tax evasion on a massive scale. Truly cool. And I thought "stateless" was an attribute of protocols and programs.
- This is what you get when you allow designers, not programmers, to develop your systems. I like using Voice Memos to record thoughts and observations for later examination. So of course they're uploaded to iTunes and I can select them from the Voice Memos playlist. How are they sorted? The obvious way: by date of the month, i.e., August 26, 2012 is 26/08/2012. Yikes, if I have two memos on August 26 and August 28, 2012, the memo from May 27, 2011 appears between them in the list! Help! I suppose there's some way to avoid this but as a default?
Apple - about open services:
San Jose Mercury News: Troy Wolverton
'And then there’s Apple. When the company launched its FaceTime video service, then-CEO Steve Jobs announced the company would make the technology behind it an “open industry standard,” which would presumably allow non-FaceTime users to make video calls to those using Apple’s app. More than three years later, the iPhone maker still hasn’t followed through, and FaceTime remains as closed today as it was then.'
- Always more. My ipod, when trying to disconnect, often produces the message: iPod cannot be ejected because it contains files that are in use by another application.
Huh? There's no other application. I try again and it works. Great interface.
Also: To discuss this issue with a forum ideally I would like to cut the text and search for fora that mention it. No dice. Can't cut and paste or even search the window that Apple presents, in most if not all applications. Maybe it's just like this on Windows and I'm being punished.
Thanks again, Apple. You changed the interface to iTunes Oct-Nov 2014 and now the buttons I push and the behaviour I see have changed. Firefox does this every so often but at least it announces it and offers me a tutorial to help me learn the new interface. Not here. Presumably the Apple-housebroken hordes gladly hurry to learn the new very intuitive interface with a gleam in their eyes.