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2018.1.27

iOS is still incredibly janky. Since updating to iOS 11 I’ve had to periodically do full device resets in order to stop podcasts from trying (and failing) to download in perpetuity; there’s no other was I’ve found to stop the process and, if I don’t, the battery drain rate is approximately 10-15% per hour, when the device is just sitting idle. And on a device that only has wireless service (no mobile data connection) I have to turn the wireless radios on and off about once per week to get Siri to actually take requests. Without a doubt this version of iOS is the worst I’ve ever had to muddle through…

I’m typing this post while connected to my Time Capsule router. You’d never know that from looking at the Airport Utility, which can’t identify the router on the network. Never run into this problem before updating to Snow Lion.

Fun aside: last night my MBP couldn’t find its backup images on the router. The ‘solution’ was to delete the existing image bundle on the Time Capsule – I could navigate to them in Finder – and then OSX could see the Time Capsule and backup to it.

As an early adopter I know that I’ll stumble into bugs and problems in Apple’s newest OS. The first I’m come across stems from Safari’s integration with Twitter.

Note in that in image on the left there is no ability to cancel a tweet once you click send. I suspect that I’m running into this problem because Twitter is presently (at the time of this screenshot/writing) experiencing downtime. Regardless, the inability to cancel the tweet is particularly inconvenient because the send tweet window hovers over all Safari tabs (as seen in the right-hand image).

This persistent hovering means that if integration with Twitter stalls then Safari ceases to be a useful browser until the send attempt times out. Ideally a future patch will link the ‘send to Twitter’ window with the specific tab the tweet is being sent from, as well as ensure that users can cancel tweets at all times. Hopefully we see a point upgrade soon, to iron out this and other bugs that are being reported across the ‘net.

Stupid Problem with BlackBerry Data

I use my mobile phones a lot and most batteries just barely last me through a day on a single charge. With my iPhone and Windows Phone, when the batteries are almost exhausted, various functions (including radios) are disabled to make the last bit of juice last as long as possible. My BlackBerry does the same thing.

I’m fine with this.

What’s I’m not fine with is the following: once I charge the BlackBerry and the radios are re-activated, I have to pull the battery and fully reboot the device to get access to the various services that course through the BIS. If I don’t pull the battery, I get a warning that my plan doesn’t cover data services and thus I cannot access the phone’s various Internet-related functions. On the face of things, it seems that after charging the device, RIM’s software fails to indicate to their network infrastructure that I have a data plan and thus can access the BIS.

Needless to say, this is absurd.

I cannot believe that I’m the only person running into this and regardless of whether the problem is with my particular carrier, or the device, it isn’t something that I should ever experience. These are the kinds of problems that should be sorted out well before a device is put in the consumer’s hands.