Health Advisor

7 07 2017

Your iPhone is like you.Sometimes it’s in trouble and needs professional help. To be honest, it happens rarely and in 5 years of using my Apple devices it never happened.

If it just coughs …


If it is faced with circulatory problems …


If some internal organs are malfunctioning …


You’ll need a computer for this surgical procedure. If you don’t have a computer, well, you don’t have a computer but you can borrow one from a friend not living in the Post-PC-Era or go to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for help.

One last thing …

Don’t apply methods you learned from your grandmother e.g. leg compress, alcohol (I mean for sterilization), heavy sweater, or improved cooling. It’s likely that you’ll lose the warranty and Apple Care professionals will become crazy.

Thanks for 📖 .

A home-made ruler

18 03 2017

If you need the measurements of a small object but your only companion is your smartphone you might remember Apple’s slogan “There’s an app for that. That’s the iPhone. Solving life’s dilemma one app at a time.“. With millions of more or less powerful little helpers replete with useless ad you’ll always find for free what you are looking for.

But wait a second.
You can do it yourself.

1 In the Internet look for an image of a ruler which at least shows up to 122 mm.

2 Open the app PHOTOS and rotate the ruler in a vertical position. Crop the image so that the ruler shows 0 mm to 122 mm for a Plus model or 0 mm to 104 mm for the 4.7″ model.

3 Zoom it so that it exactly fits into your screen.

4 Take a screenshot. It’s your ruler and you didn’t write any line of code to make it work.


If you are the proud mother or father of children facebooking the whole day, ask them how to measure objects without a specialized app. I hope they’ll find a solution otherwise it could become difficult for you to raise interest for being creative instead of consuming facebooks.

Well Steve, not all dilemmas can be solved with an app.

Thanks for reading.

Pyongyang Time

15 08 2015

Kim’s iThings need an update

North Korea has switched to a new time zone, turning its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of WW2. Bells rang out in the capital Pyongyang at midnight on Friday as the new time zone came into effect.



Before being colonized by Japan in 1910, the entire Korean peninsula was 8.5 hours ahead of GMT.

Don’t forget to manually update your appointments with Kim Jong Un in the Calendar app. He hates people not being in time. Thanks.

Publishing Mind Maps

31 08 2013

If you create mind maps you may publish your work on Biggerplate, your blog, or on social networks like Google+.

Here is a description of how I do it to seamlessly allow other people to download the map. On my iPad I use the app iThoughts HD by Craig Scott, UK, which is the best mind mapping tool for the iPad.

To justify my steps you should consider that

  • Not everybody uses a mind mapping tool but nevertheless is interested in the content of your map.
  • Compatibility between the different file formats used by min mapping tools is more or less limited.
  • For some maps like feature descriptions it’s useful to additionally provide the map e.g. as a Powerpoint presentation.
  • For maps near to artworks like those of Daniel Tay you should provide the map in PNG file format.

Additionally you should know that uploading a map to Biggerplate does not work. The reason is Apple’s filesystem which does not allow direct access to app specific folders or cloud based storages when using the SAFARI or any other browser. The only files you may upload with an iOS device are photos from the camera roll. The functionality is called ‘Take photo or video’ or ‘Choose existing’.

Direct uploads from mobile devices to Biggerplate are hopefully possible in the future.

The workaround …

It’s useful to save maps on cloud-based storages additionally to the local folder of the app iThoughts. Use Dropbox, Box, or any other cloud which can be accessed by a WebDAV connection like iDriveSync (via hostname By using a cloud storage you backup your map and you can share it with others as well.
Access to a cloud storage can be done in iThoughts when using the function Copy To Cloud. Tap on ‘+’ and enter the credentials for your Dropbox or Box account and additionally the hostname for WebDAV access.
To retrieve the sharing link use the native apps for your cloud account. All these apps are free.
I prefer Box net and iDriveSync because of the many more features compared to Dropbox and the perfect design of the website for downloads.

If your map is created and saved follow these steps.

Step 1 Create a description

Describe your map.
Add links to the files you saved in alternate file formats to improve user-friendliness.
Add some information about yourself as text or link to your website or profile e.g. on Google+.
See the images below for an example.

You can use this map description for

  • upload to Biggerplate
  • your post an Google+ or other social networks
  • your own documentation

Step 2 Upload to Biggerplate

See these screenshots to provide appropriate information to Biggerplate.

Step 3 Share your map

After uploading to Biggerplate dialogs for sharing the map on Twitter and Facebook is automatically available.
Sharing on other social networking platforms like Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest must be done manually. Use the image of your map (PNG) to illustrate your post and the description to give some additional information to your followers resp. visitors.

If you include the PNG file format make sure that all topics which should be displayed in details are expanded and all others are collapsed. The PNG is generated by following WYSIWYG.

File formats …

You should provide all the file formats supported by Biggerplate.
This ensures seamless downloads even for people not using the app iThoughts.

For mind maps with more descriptive content try out the Microsoft Word format (docx) and the Microsoft Powerpoint format (pptx) which can be imported in Apple’s iWork Suite (Pages, Keynote) as well.

Compatibility …

Here is an example how mind maps look like in other applications if you use an alternate file format provided by iThoughts.

With iThoughts your map can be optionally saved in the file format of Mindjet (IMX). See this comparison between the map within the native app iThoughts and the map saved by iThoughts in Mindjet file format opened by the mobile version of Mindjet.

Compatibility regarding layout, sizes, and images is limited but structure and content were retained unchanged. By the way: The desktop version of Mindjet does the task much more better.

Summary …

Present your maps user-friendly by providing different file formats and a comprehensive description.

This map summarizes all the main informations of my article.


You may download this map in the following file formats


ITMZ (Native format of iThoughts)

MMAP (Mindjet)


Related links …

Mind Mapping (3) (containing features of iThoughts)

Remarks to Mind Mapping

Mind Map vs Textual Pages

Apple on

Thanks for reading my article.
I appreciate sharing this article to your friends and followers.

Molecules and Art

5 06 2013

This is the Atomium located in Brussels, Belgium (the heart of the European financial crisis).

It’s an iconic building originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose escalators and a lift to allow access to the five habitable spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building.


Nuclear and molecular structures look similar to mind maps respectively concept maps.. Mind maps look impressive and force users more to retrieve information than textual descriptions do. Single units in the nature are connected by forces like gravity. These connections are usually invisible. What we do with mind maps or concept maps is to adapt cognitions to our main sense of perception, the eyes.

The Atomium in Brussels shows us the way we visualize atoms or molecules. As we know today this image has lots of flaws and is far away from the reality. But it helps us to understand the things. So it seems to be natural that we transfer these images to other parts of our awareness.
My conclusion is that mind mapping is near to the way our brain works.

Vizify …

If you are engaged in social networking register at and let the server-side software create your bio.

Try out

See my Bio created if you don’t want to create your own

If you create your own bio you get a link which can be used for publishing wherever you want (website, E-Mail signature, social media).


From the settings menu there is also HTML code available which can be embedded in websites to display an icon with a link to your visualized bio (see the widget in the widget section of my blog).

Further information about Vizify …

Vizify Blog

InstaGrok …

Enter a search term like ‘gravity’ and tap on Grok.
Excerpts of external information sources are displayed on the right side of the screen while topics are created as a molecular structure on the left side.


Additionally InstaGrok can be used to create a journal containing selected information.


I asked the support of InstaGrok

  • for some more detailed information about the retrieval system
  • the availability to limit external sources to a blog website for generating a visualized map of a single blog with tags, categories and headlines

Unfortunately I got no reply from InstaGrok. My free account might be the reason.

Arts …

Completely different from the above mentioned more informative mind maps are Art Mind Maps which may beautify your home and additionally may inspire you to think about some topics.

Mind Map Art


Early beginnings …

Mind mapping is an old technique documented here:

Roots of visual mapping

This impressive overview from Porphyry of Tyre in 3rd century C.E. to the legendary BBC TV series by Tony Buzan in 1974 shows us:

The devices changed from a pen to a computer but the basic idea to connect topics like cells are connected by nerves remained the same.

With the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010 Steve Jobs gave us a device which solely can be controlled with our hands. So using a mind mapping tool on the iPad is like a rebirth of the old handcrafted mind maps.

Summary …

What we can see when we look at the Atomium, the related keywords of gravity, or early maps is near to our brain wherein uncountable interconnections between cells are the basis of intelligence, knowledge, creativity, and imagination.

So mind maps are extremely close to the nature of not only human beings.
I think this may be the reason that we find this technique already some hundred years ago.
Starting mind mapping is starting visualization of what’s going on in our brain.

If we again look at the Atomium we see a visualization of the basic unit of matter and if we look on mind maps we see the visualization of our thoughts. Two different areas of nature but the same method to visualize them. It seems to be the pattern, implemented in human beings, with which we try to understand things.

Studies of Chuck Frey validate the improvement of skills by using mind mapping techniques.
So it seems to be obvious that mind mapping is a deep-seated tradition.
See this mind map on the Blog of Hans Buskes, Netherlands.

For readers who are interested in using mind mapping but at the time are not willing to purchase an application may use web-based mind mapping tools on




It’s recommended to do web-based mapping with the help of a computer. My experiences with using an iPad are somewhat disappointing. The performance is far away from an acceptable user experience and some controls do not work together with touchscreen techniques.

Happy mapping for those who are inspired now and want to create their first map.

Thanks for visiting

Numbering in Apple’s Numbers

6 03 2013

Numbers is Apple’s app for creating spreadsheets.
It’s part of the iWork Suite for iOS.

From my point of view it’s the far away best app for working with spreadsheets on iOS devices.
It’s simple but yet powerful. The UI is perfect and with the last update 1.7 (2012-12-04) Apple provided a functionality called ‘LOCK’ with which you may secure objects, e.g. tables so that their position and their content cannot be changed any longer until they are unlocked.

I want to continue my series about the usage of Apple’s Numbers.
The task is to automatically number lines in a table starting with a given value, to extend the numbering if lines are added and renumber them if lines are moved to new positions.

Step 01 …

Set the start value e.g. 100 in the upper left cell. The cell is identified by A1.

Step 02 …

Define a formula which tells Numbers how to generate the line number for the line following the first line with the start value.


To define a formula for a cell double tap the cell and select ‘=’ from the input bar.
The input field is prepared to enter a formula. Tap on the cell A1 which contains the start value 100. A symbol for this cell appears in the input field. Add 1 to this parameter and tap Done on yhe right side of the input field. 101 will appear in cell B1.

Step 03 …

I think you agree with me that you don’t want to repeat this procedure for the next 200 lines.
So select cell B1 and tap on Copy in the upcoming context menu.
Select cell C1 and expand the cell marker downwards for all lines you want to be numbered.
Tap on Paste and then on Paste formulas.


Step 04 …

If you add lines to the table the new lines are firstly not numbered.
To renumber all lines just copy the first cell B1 and repeat the Paste procedure described in Step (3). This can also be done after inserting new lines or changing places of lines.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Trip the users up

16 01 2013

Wrong credentials?
No, I swear black and blue.

An application or a website should remove all following space characters from a string.
If it does not, you may get a problem which makes you crazy even annoyed.

Many years ago there was a similar problem in Microsoft Access when saving a record with a field containing following space characters. Microsoft reacted and newer versions of this product cut the contents and strips off all following space characters the user entered in a field.

About what are we talking?


The E-Mail address was entered as a shortcut in
Settings – General – Keyboard – Shortcuts
with the phrase and the shortcut aid.
If you use the shortcut iOS appends a blank, 1Password saves it and Apple’s website informs you about wrong credentials.

Using shortcuts on Apple’s devices is a frequently used and highly comfortable feature.
And adding a blank after using a shortcut is a sensible behavior of the operating system.
So Apple certainly cannot bear the blame.

This problem with following blanks does not occur in all cases. Some apps or websites ignore following blanks as anybody would expect. What should a blank character be for? Nobody can see it.

From a more technical point of view a string with a following blank and a string without are different contents when saved to memory. From the users point of view it makes definitely no sense to handle usernames in such a way.

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