Emergency Aid

1 10 2018

Your beloved iThing doesn’t work as promised. In case of this life-threatening disaster do not follow Albert Einstein’s saying “The only real valuable thing is intuition”. Instead read this DIY post.

Try it out in that order.

Before you start make a backup

via Settings – [your name] iCloud – iCloud Backup – Backup now or backup your device to iTunes using a password. Only using a password ensures that the backup includes sensitive data like mail account or bank login data, etc.

0 Battery

Some problems can be caused by a weak/damaged battery. So please go to “Settings – Battery – Battery Health” and look for any hints which might point to your problem. More details on

HT 208387

If that didn’t help or isn’t possible, try …

1 Restart

HT 201559

If that didn’t fix the problem, try …

2 Restore

PH 12521

_If that didn’t fix the problem, try_ …

3 Recovery

HT 201263

If you’re faced with device activation problems or forgot your passcode …

4 Activation

Find my iPhone Activation Lock …

BT 201365

If you can’t activate …

HT 201407

5 Forgotten passcode

HT 204306

If you can’t fix the problem

with the aforementioned procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center in your country.

Believe me, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you find on the Internet published by semi-professionals. You’ll waste your time.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a (hidden) bug in iOS or a hidden damage of your device that causes the problem.

You may also visit the

Apple Support Communities

to look for further information.

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Discount Spreadsheet

3 08 2018

You find lots of sophisticated and powerful apps in Apple’s App Store. Some of them are shining examples for simplicity and plain design and follow the KISS principle (Keep it simple, stupid).

One of them is

Discount Spreadsheet by Luminant Software, Inc.

It got an updated UI
and a long awaited new keyboard in July 2018.

The app is simple to use, restricted to the basic needs of a spreadsheet application and lets users focus on relevant tasks. No bells and whistles.

These kind of apps can be effectively used to teach and discuss simple things with young people. It’s a first step to improve knowledge and knowledge is the basis of creativity. Transferring knowledge and initiate further discrete thinking seems to be easier than ever because mobile devices initiated a shift in paradigm of teaching and learning. It’s because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook could ever be. What we do is mostly what we do with our hands. It’s our first approach to new things.

Lots of developers implement more and more features into their apps but only apps like Discount Spreadsheet are perfect for explaining and learning the basics of creating spreadsheets.

Learning targets could be …

learn the common actions cut, copy, paste, undo and redo which are provided by all operating systems

build a sum with cells in a column or row

enter a simple expression where the arguments are cells

insert or delete rows/columns and see that a spreadsheet app automatically adjusts the cell coordinates in a formula to new appropriate rows/columns

create a graph

access the iOS app specific folder via a browser by using a http address


Try it out and you’ll think twice before you use the turbocharged apps Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel.

Thanks for reading.

Shortly before selling your iThing?

30 07 2018

Don’t feel sad about your old love. With every iteration Apple will give you lots of added values which make the divorce bearable.

Even if you switch to a device running Android (because you can’t afford any of the “Designed by Apple in California” – products) you’ll get a powerful and smart phone which lets you do all the things you want to do.

To avoid problems and to not waste your time follow the advices in Apple’s support document HT201351.

Here’s a short summary:

• Backup your device
• Sign out of iCloud
• Erase all content and settings


If you’re switching to a device not designed by Apple in California:

• deregister iMessage

The details …

Apple: Selling an iOS device

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