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No 20th anniversary iMac?

I hate it when an Apple event happens and I don’t see any updates to the products I need.

My work computer is due for a refresh. So I ordered the latest iMac anyway despite no twentieth anniversary iMac refresh.

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Kindle, Kano and a money lesson

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite and Kano Computer Kit while I was in the US last week. I also did not buy an iPhone 8 Plus.

My first attempt to buy Kindle was at the end of 2010. But that Kindle was lost even before it reached me along with my friend’s lost checked-in baggage.

Over the years I have been reading a lot on iPhone, iPad and physical books borrowed from the library. But I felt like I could benefit from Kindle in the following ways:

  • Easy to carry.
  • Gentle on eyes for reading in the night.
  • Distraction-free reading.
  • Can add notes and highlights.
  • Cheaper books.
  • Longer battery.
  • Fewer barriers between me and my books which should result in more reading.

I also had my eyes on Kano computer kit for a while. So as soon as I saw it on the store shelf I knew it will be a great buy. I bought it mainly for my son as a birthday present, but I too am excited to learn a thing or two about computers. We will unbox it once my son turns seven in June. It is my attempt to get him excited about creating rather than consuming things with computers.

I am also glad that I did not give into my impulse to purchase a new iPhone. I use iPhone 7. I was thinking about the iPhone 8 Plus for a few months. The trade-in deal Apple Store people offered means I will get the iPhone 8 Plus for $600 NZD cheaper than buying it in New Zealand.

But then I recalled an important financial lesson: No discount is too good for the things you don’t need.

The price of iPhone 8 Plus in NZ is $1450. But if I buy it in the States, I could get it for $850 NZD by trading-in my pristine iPhone 7. That’s a good deal but only if you need, not want, a new phone. If I took that offer I would have spent $850 on a phone that I didn’t really need. Sure, I get the latest large screen phone with a good camera. But they are not really game-changing features for me given how I typically use my phone. So eventually I walked away from the Apple Store without buying anything.

I can tell that it was a lot of inner struggle to think clearly and not giving in to the temptation of a shiny new iPhone. I felt particularly hard to resist the urge while standing amidst all the cool gadgets in the Apple Store and with cash in my bank. But in the end the feeling of exercising some choice and thought while standing right amidst the temptation made me felt like a super-hero. If only I exercise my choice in a few more areas of my life.

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Gave up on Mac’s Hot Corners

I recently learned some Mac tips and one of the things I was excited about and tried is Hot Corners. But after a few months of trying them they proved to be Annoying Corners. I often accidentally send my mouse pointer to one of the corners of the screen and invoke them inadvertently. So I disabled Hot Corners today.

I am hoping to instead add a few more multi-touch gestures to my finger memory. Multi-touch gestures are intuitive, fun, and make me feel like I am a pro Mac Book Pro user. So far I am loving the gestures which means I will practice them more.

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Up at 5 am (10 am in San Fransisco yesterday) to watch Apple iPhone Event today.

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7 more nights to September 7 to see iPhone 7.

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Personal Hotspot on Idea Cellular 3G

Hooray! I just made the Personal Hotspot on my old iPhone 4 working by following the instructions in this Apple Community thread. Now I have internet in this place I am going to spend the next two weeks.

I am on Idea Cellular 3G and their customer care isn’t helpful in helping me setup Personal Hotspot. They made me go back and forth between their dongle and 3G support phone numbers. Each of the reps told me to contact the other. I clearly did not do a good job of explaining what a Personal Hotspot is.

Fed up, I googled for idea cellular personal hotspot  in the phone and the first result is the aforementioned Apple Community thread. Except that in my iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.2, I had to go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Data Network. I then entered internet in the APN field under Mobile Data and Personal Hotspot sections. Username and Password fields can remain blank.

Thanks udaymanoj!

 

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Tim Cook’s letter to customers

One of my Facebook friends posted the link to this interesting Tim Cook’s letter to Apple’s customers.

I am shocked by these two paragraphs:

…now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

Despite the NSA news stories, I found it hard to believe any high profile technology company having backdoors in their software. Or governments forcing technology companies to introduce backdoors. I thought all that is blown out of proportion and dramatic.

Now I believe governments can do this and have actually done this.

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Tim Cook on privacy at Apple

Read the interesting message from Tim Cook on Apple’s stance on privacy.

I am impressed with the following two paragraphs:

Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.

and

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.