Calendar Attachments

17 04 2018

In some cases I’d d like to add one or more attachments to a calendar event, e.g. a JPEG, a PDF, a Pages, or an Excel document with more detailed information about it.

In my example I added the application form (PDF) to prolong my retirement visa for Thailand.

This is neither an option in Apple’s app Calendar nor in the calendar feature of Microsoft’s app Outlook. Only Google Calendar provides an option to add an attachment (from Google Drive) regardless of its file format.

Dear iOS developers,

please implement an option to add an
attachment via Files to calendar events.


If you would also like to see this feature in an updated Calendar app please send feedback on

Apple Feedback

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Thai Limes

10 04 2018

A Lime ( มะนาว ) is a hybrid citrus fruit, which is typically round, lime green, 3–6 centimetres (1.2–2.4 in) in diameter, and contains acidic juice vesicles. The photo I took with my iPhone 6s Plus shows limes in our garden near Khon Kaen, Thailand, an essential ingredient for the delicious food my wife หนูพัศ cooks.

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care and eye care.

What about the botanical name of our limes?

I suggest Thai Limes, which may be vague, but which gets the point across. Because the semantics of what’s in the garden matters, as does the semantics of what goes into that gloriously fragrant pot of Tom Kha Gai on your stove or a spicy (เผ็ดร้อน) papaya salad (ส้มตำ).

Btw, it’s definitely not true that taking pictures of food is almost as much fun as eating it.

Thinking about the delicious Thai Food sometimes let you forget what your post is about. So back to my iThing.

With a perfect lighting my iPhone 6s Plus makes amazingly good photos. Just focus on the limes or leafs and zoom in.

The image sharpness remains quite good.

At the time I don’t think about purchasing a new iPhone. The 7/8/X might have better cameras but for me the imagination and remembrance linked with images are more important than their quality (if it’s not too bad).

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Vilfredo Pareto and iOS 12

2 04 2018

The Pareto Principle
A guideline for iOS 12 development
Thumbs down for feature proliferation

The Pareto principle, also known as the 80-20 Rule states that roughly only 20% of the causes affect 80% of the effects. Applied to iOS it would mean that just 20% of the bugs cause 80% of all errors. That’s at least what Microsoft found out with an error-reporting tool embedded in Windows and Office.

iOS 11 development and maintenance was a rocky road for both Apple and its customers.

Released on September 19, 2017 we had iOS 11, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, 11.0.3, 11.1, 11.1.1, 11.1.2, 11.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.2, 11.2.5, 11.2.6 as of March 9, 2018.

So iOS 12 is going to be an update that focuses heavily on bug fixes and refinements to the underlying code. According to Bloomberg, Apple was originally planning to introduce features that included a refresh of the Home screen with a redesigned app grid, a revamped CarPlay interface, improvements to core apps like Mail, and updates to picture-taking, photo editing, and photo sharing, but the company has opted to delay these features until 2019 in order to focus more heavily on making iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues.

It shouldn’t be that difficult for Apple’s developers and testers to find that bugging 20% in their i -buggy- OS if the management successfully revamped the flow of operations.

But …

What’s forgotten is that these 20% are often the most complex, most difficult issues to correct and the most likely to spawn new problems as part of the correction process.

Now it’s your turn Craig (@HairForceOne) Federighi. Inner values count. Force your devs to make iOS 12 bulletproof.

More …

More about the Pareto Principle


Don’t ask me wether it’s true that 80% of a swimming iPhone X is below, while only 20% is visible above the surface.

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iOS 12. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Zuckerberg didn’t get it

31 03 2018

Copy and Paste some of Steve’s beliefs is welcome

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect on May 25th will restrict how tech companies collect, store, and use personal data. In this context nobody talks about Apple but Facebook and Google.

There should be more people to learn from Steve Jobs’ beliefs about dealing with customer data.

Collecting data, selling them and using them for manipulation is a business model which shouldn’t be accepted any longer.

At a Wall Street Journal conference in 2010, Steve Jobs discussed the responsibility tech companies have to protect user privacy. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company is taking heat for its data sharing practices, was in the audience.

Here is what I extracted from the video:

“No, Silicon Valley is not monolithic. We’ve always had a very different view at privacy with some of our colleagues in the Valley.

We take privacy extremely serious. Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for. In plain English and repeatedly. That’s what it means. … I believe people are smart and some people wanna share more data than other people do. Ask them. Ask them every time. … Let them know precisely what you gonna do with their data.”

And here’s the video;

My suggestion, follow Apple’s strong convictions and #DeleteFacebook.

we’ll see an updated Apple ID website soon with revamped privacy settings, an option to download all your data, and entirely delete your account (which can be a nightmare on other platforms).

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Thai House

26 03 2018

I took this shot with my iPhone 6s Plus from the balcony of the KOSA Hotel in Khon Kaen, Thailand. ผมรู้สึกเศร้า. The photo reminds me of one of the saddest moments in my life.

It shows a model of a traditional Thai House.

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Consolidation Therapy

19 03 2018

After 10 years, Apple is totally changing the way it makes iPhone software.


Well, I’m in doubt about the success of this agenda. Today’s bugs are intelligent and powerful creatures and most often find a way to survive.

We only need time?

Let’s see what shareholders think about it.

More …

A new software cycle

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I’ll be back, hopefully

12 03 2018

A turbocharged SE successor
Paying tribute to the unforgettable Steve

No, it’s not Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger I’m talking about.

It’s a possible rebirth of the all-glass 4” iPhone 4s with a A10 chip (the predecessor of the latest A11 Bionic Processor but still working like a turbo charger), a fingerprint scanner (love it, because it unlocks the device immediately after taking it into my hand), and wireless charging (don’t see benefits, instead I’d like to see an edge-to-edge display) for an affordable price.

The “A big step for small“ – device would definitely be the G.O.A.T. among 4”-smartphones.

The original iPhone SE was announced in March 2016, but it didn’t get a significant update in 2017 (except a 128GB version).

China’s Huaquang Research analyst Pan Juitang thinks that Apple won’t ever update the SE because there isn’t enough demand for smaller devices. Consumers opt for larger displays. True, but Apple could implement an edge-to-edge display.

Applying Phythagoras‘ well-known equation a²+b²=c² to the dimensions of the SE (a=4.87“ and b=2.31“; c=diagonal) and considering small bezels a 5“ display would be possible without changing the housing‘s size. Enough to make lots of people happy and give India-based Wistron a juicy morsel.

Let’s wait some weeks.

I hope Apple will also do the math and find a way to avoid another notch-device.

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