What matters. At a glance.

30 06 2016

Some features of Apple’s most personal device are quite useless but …

if you love your grandchild as much as I do the Apple Watch is a vital contribution to the happiness of proud grandfathers. Your favorite movies are accessible everywhere and every time right on your wrist and they always put a smile on your face.

View movies, block nerving people, add workouts and you’ll get lots of life’s little pleasures.

You might say that an Apple Watch with it’s 1.5″ screen is not really comparable with an IMAX experience. Let’s say it with the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet, aka Voltaire:

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Audiovisual aids by Apple’s iMovie
HD video shot with an iPhone SE
Copyright 2016 by Grandpa

One last thing …
Please be sympathetic. I’m aware of a minor gap between my skills and those of Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino.

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I got goose bumps

27 06 2016

the first time I saw this historic event.


Well, the reason might be that I started to learn about computers by using punch cards. So these micro machines are still miracles for me.

Sad to say that smartphones today cause lots of accidents and are responsible for wrong posture, destroying the ability to focus, straining the eyes. Becoming addicted to a phone has become a condition that experts now call: ”Nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It’s not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their “crackberries” though.

Things do not happen.
Things are made to happen.

(John F. Kennedy)

Steve Jobs provides business leaders with a perfect template of how to deliver expertly tailored rhetoric.

The late Apple boss was a master of the art of effective and persuasive speaking, employing various strategies to adapt to differing scenarios and situations, while still delivering a constant message, according to Loizos Heracleous and Laura Klaering, of Warwick Business School.


Reckoning out Jobs’ talent

See how the most influential gadget of all times (Time, May 3, 2016) was introduced by the most influential entertainer in the valley. 

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone
(14 min of January 9, 2007)

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When things don’t go your way.

17 06 2016

Windows smartphone market share:

2007 12% 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

2008 11% 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

2009  9% 😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟

2010   5% 😳😳😳😳😳

2011   3% 😢😢😢

2012   3% 😭😭😭

2013   3% 😡😡😡

2014   3% 💀💀💀

2015   2% 🗑🗑   (Windows 10 RTM, July 2015)

2016   x% 🚽

Windows Devices Chief Terry Meyerson had this to add about what we can expect from Microsoft’s “Phone” division:

“There is no lack of recognition to realize how important this form factor is. But for Microsoft with Windows and for our platform it’s the wrong place for us to lead.

We’re going to do some cool things with phone.

But this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear. The lack of focus on Windows phones is something that will carry on until 2017.”

Microsoft’s platform, cloud, communication and device ambitions sound inspiring and encouraging and for many trying to process how this will all work from an everyday user perspective – it can also be a bit confusing. But, more than anything else, to many Microsoft fans, writers, and other industry watchers it seems to be taking a very long time for all of this to come together.

Microsoft’s leaders should keep in mind that they can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking they used when they created them.

Mr Nadella, think about this saying of Nicholo Machiavelli …

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

It’s not about Microsoft’s vision, it’s about customers experiences, preferences, and purchase behavior. Do the leaders really think they can close the gap between Windows 10 and Android/iOS?

Here is my ironic constructive suggestion to solve the phone and app disaster:

What about an XBOX shrinked to 5″ and capable of making phone calls?

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iOS 10 Preview

15 06 2016

Here is a great video about new features and an updated design of iOS 10 coming in fall.

It contains some remarkable improvements of 3D Touch. Take a look before you order an iPhone SE which doesn’t support this technology.

75 Features/Changes in iOS 10

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It’s a matter of degrees

14 06 2016

It’s never below zero but often above 40C.

I’m talking about Thailand (ประเทศไทย) the country well-known for its excellent spicy food.

It will be my residence after saying Goodbye to Germany in late August 2016. My wife already moved over to here native country with her iPad Mini and the awesome iPhone SE.

What about stores?

The temperature for our iLoot isn’t the only problem we are faced with. There is an Apple Store website but Apple won’t deliver its high-tech products to a small village (called MOO) some kilometers away from Khon Kaen, the main city in Thailand’s ISAAN region. Furthermore, I can’t pay with my credit card connected to my German bank account.

What about connectivity?

In Thailand we have 10 Mbit/s WiFi at home and a quite stable mobile data connection outside. So it’s no problem to be creative. In most cases it’s not a question of high-speed Internet. You always need more time to write down your thoughts than uploading them to social networks. And moreover my rhythm of live is not controlled by Apple’s processors.

What about battery life?

Devices suffer from higher battery drain in Thailand than in countries with lower average temperature. 
Like humans, batteries function best at room temperature. Warming a dying battery in a mobile phone or flashlight in our jeans might provide additional runtime due to improved electrochemical reaction. This is likely also the reason why manufacturers prefer to specify batteries at a toasty 27°C (80°F). Operating a battery at elevated temperatures improves performance but prolonged exposure will shorten life.
To be on the safe side I use the ‘Techlink Recharge 12000′ powerstation with 12000 mAh. Recharging is fast (1%/min) and may be applied up to 4 times before recharging it or 2 times with 2 devices being charged simultaneously (2.4 A/1.0 A).

The human brake …

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.
That’s definitely the most annoying bug in the design of bio-machines and there is no update available neither via cable nor OTA.

Fortunately there is a way to at least use Touch ID with sweaty or oily skin. If you failed using your thumb to unlock your iThing just add this finger in addition to the dry copy of the same fingerprint for future authentications.

Other problems?

Well, I don’t know. Hopefully I won’t get into trouble after inserting my Thai SIM card. I already checked that all my accounts secured with 2-Step Verification have to be modified to provide the right information.

Sadly I don’t have access to the Thai App Store to get some country-specific apps not offered in the German App Store.
We might live in an international world, but if you’ve ever tried to switch from one App Store to another, you’ll have a pretty good idea what it means to keep up with Apple Service-Jet-Setting.

Summary …

Use your AC, stay cool, enjoy the delicious food and fruit, use your GTD app and if something doesn’t go your way ignore it.

Related …

The Thai Apple Store

Change your iTunes Store Country

Thanks for reading.

Reply with annotated PDF

7 06 2016

You receive a PDF via E-Mail and want to reply with some annotations.

1 Tap the PDF icon in your message to open a full screen preview.

2 Tap the screen again to reveal the toolbar, then tap the toolbox mail icon.

3 Use the annotation tools at the bottom of the screen to markup your PDF.


There are a variety of tools available for marking up your PDF. They include a pen tool, a text tool, and the option to add your handwritten signature. You can adjust the font, font size and font alignment as well as the pen color and thickness. There is even a magnifier tool that can be resized and used to call out areas of the document by making them larger.

4 Click Done. The annotated PDF will be added to an email which is created as a REPLY to the original sender’s email. Add a short message and send it straight back to the sender for their attention.

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About Keyboard Shortcuts

6 06 2016

Shortcuts are designed to abbreviate tasks.

I don’t know who exactly pressed these keys at Microsoft. What I know is that such people are usually high-paid but not responsible for their decisions.

Ctrl + Waste + Your Time
Ctrl + Waste + Your Money
Ctrl + Waste + Your Ambitions
Ctrl + Waste + Your Reputation
Ctrl + Waste + Your Developers

This is my very personal opinion about Microsoft’s strategy regarding smart phones and it’s supported by many others.

“While the app gap has always been a problem, Windows Phone is now five years old and it’s still facing new challenges. Over the past year developers haven’t flocked to Microsoft’s platform to improve its app situation. Instead, more and more high-profile apps have actually disappeared. Mint’s removal this week is the latest, angering Windows Phone fans, but it’s not the first, nor will it be the last.

American Airlines, Chase Bank, Bank of America, NBC, Pinterest, and Kabam have all discontinued their Windows Phone apps in the past year. These huge apps have simply disappeared or will no longer be updated. Some companies have cited a lack of Windows Phone users, and others have remained silent, but each removal has put Microsoft another step behind in the mobile race.

It’s not just third-party apps disappearing, either. Microsoft has removed several MSN apps and its popular Photosynth app, and the software maker has also killed off a number of special Lumia camera apps. Windows Phone users still don’t have great Skype or Office apps like Microsoft produces for the iPhone. It’s stunning that, after five years, the best experience of using Skype or Office on a phone isn’t on one powered by Windows.”


Windows Store Challenges

Finally …

Ctrl + Alt + Del

but it’s not yet clear how many restarts are needed to let Microsoft get back on the track and to stop using customers as guinea pigs.

Thanks for reading.

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