Tag: apple

  • Finally, a good Subversion client for Mac OS X

    If you don’t have a Mac, or don’t know what SVN is, please accept my apologies for this very directed post. To the one guy remaining, rejoice: For the longest time, there has been no good SVN interface available on the Mac. Windows folks had TortoiseSVN, and Linux folks wouldn’t be caught dead using anything […]

  • First impressions of the iPhone 4

    I had the honor of being the last person to get an iPhone 4 in Cambridge on launch day, wandering in to the Reserved line at 8:59, stupidly thinking the store closed at 9:30 instead of 9. Am I glad I braved the line and the self-loathing attendant with standing in line to buy a […]

  • iOS 4 significantly slows down the iPhone 3G

    Just a quick post to warm people that the iOS 4.0 upgrade will significantly slow down an iPhone 3G. I don’t know if it’s the slower processor or the lack of RAM, but I very much regret making the upgrade. The only useful features of iOS 4 that are enabled on the 3G are folders […]

  • Benchmark results for Snow Leopard: 32- versus 64-bit kernel

    It was recently revealed by ZD Net that Apple’s new Mac OS X release, dubbed Snow Leopard, would default to a 32-bit kernel despite being largely portrayed by Apple as the final step in the Mac’s journey to being a fully 64-bit OS. The reactions, as with anything Apple-related, were sheer polemic. Just check out […]

  • New MacBook Pros have hard drive problems

    When the new unibody MacBook Pros (MBPs, henceforth) came out, many owners were up in arms over the fact that the new, supposedly high-end models lost SATA 2, and were only capable of 1.5 Gb/s SATA 1 speeds. Some people felt this was fair because Apple only provides SATA 1 drives, but this isn’t entirely […]

  • A new problem with the iPhone: stress cracks

    I noticed a crack in the back of my iPhone, between the mute button and the metal bezel. It just appeared, not caused by a drop or anything. Looking online, this is happening to a lot of people. The reason why this is happening, I think, is that Apple bonded a plastic back to a […]

  • Apple’s iPhone 2.1 software: Lipstick on a pig

    Among the myriad problems the 2.1 firmware was supposed to solve was poor 3G reception. How did Apple achieve this? Apparently by simply artificially displaying more bars, at least in part: In their release notes for the update, they list “improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display.” That’s just corporate speak for “we can’t […]

  • More news from the iPhone public beta: Don’t count on the alarm!

    I had plenty of time to write this, because I missed class today. The reason I missed class was that my iPhone’s alarm never went off. When I woke up this morning, my first thought was “You know, I feel way too good for a guy who’s only gotten four hours of sleep.” I then […]

  • Remote test post from iPhone

    Thought I’d try posting directly from the iPhone for the fun of it. I can see this being useful if I actually did interesting things with my life. As it stands, however, I’m currently sitting in Newtowne park in the square, and here’s what’s going on at the moment:

  • How to quit your job with an iPhone 3G

    In ten easy steps: Purchase an ‘R’ rated movie from the iTunes music store. Pause movie during particularly noisy sex scene, preferably one involving farm animals. Turn off phone. Go to important meeting with your entire staff, including boss. Turn off ringer using mute switch and put phone to sleep. Think you’re safe. Innocently pull out […]