Ye Old Apple Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad

This is about the previous generation of Apple wireless peripherals. New ones can be easily paired when you charge them.

Remember that if you want to change the pairing of an Apple Wireless Keyboard or Trackpad to a new computer don't try it while you are nearby* the old computer. The old computer will always connect and the new computer will fail. Best to unpair (delete it from Bluetooth System Preferences) on the old computer.

*Nearby can be surprisingly far away.

rufferto Fri, 09/28/2018 - 22:55
Apple's iPhone

XS & XS Max

Basically you're getting a gorgeous OLED screen, an extra camera for optical zoom, and a 4x4 MIMO for LTE. The rest of the phone is essentially identical to the XR. That isn't anything to sneer at since everything inside is improved over last year's X and the rest of the phones out there are still trying to catch up to Apple of 2017.


You get a great LCD screen but no haptic touch and just a 2x2 MIMO like in the past. You gain a neat new assortment of colors but don't most people put the phone in a case?

rufferto Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:42

Saw this article in Business Insider. 

I switch between iPhone and Android whenever I want without losing anything — here's the very simple way I do it 

The title should really be something like "I switch between iPhone and Android whenever I want because Google owns me - here's a simpleton's way to do it"

rufferto Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:07

Playing Catchup

The media is already churning out the same old spin about Apple. Over at CNET we see that apparently Apple is playing catch up. When it comes to the iPhone "the company hasn't dramatically changed the device's basic design and functionality over the years." It really makes me wonder if these writers really are masochistic and enjoy being wrong all the time. And how do they keep their jobs? Or maybe they have done their job by creating "click bait" that attracted me and others.

iPhone Sync Think Backup

It doesn't seem that long ago that the only way to sync and backup my iDevice was to iTunes. However nowadays a new user may not even be aware of iTunes backup or even have access to a computer for that matter. Instead you are encouraged to signup for iCloud and backup to iCloud. If you just got your first iDevice or are not a heavy user this works wonderfully. But for some of us, there are still some things to consider about backing up our iDevices.

The Internet of Things or 30 years behind the bitmask.

I've got at smartphone. But I think of it as a pocket computer. Before people began using the term smartphone I already had a POTS line (not to be confused with a POTUS line) plugged into my computer, a modem, various networking protocols, and was experimenting with voice over IP. To me a phone was an integral part of a computer. And it was already obvious (to a Byte subscriber anyway) that the future of telephony was digital and wireless.


Every once in a while I change the technology I use to publish on my website. Sometimes it is a big change such as when I first migrated to Drupal. Other times it is something smaller. And a couple of times I've experimented with posting from blogging software. Today I'm trying out Blogsy from my iPad. I first purchased and downloaded Blogsy some time ago. But this site wasn't configured for external blogging. And it was getting late. I work a lot and somehow it got moved to the back burner where it stayed until now. In the meantime different pieces fell together.

rufferto Sun, 01/19/2014 - 17:21
iPhone 5 Predictions (And Reality)

Just thought I'd record my predictions for the iPhone 5 before it is announced and see how close I can get. Essentially a lot of this is already known from leaked parts. I'm under NDA regarding iOS 6 but I might guess at features that I have not seen. I've updated this with comments about what actually was announced.

rufferto Wed, 09/12/2012 - 17:48

Upgrading to Lion

I've seen a few articles about upgrading to Lion but most leave out the most important steps. Two steps that you should really do before any software update. In fact even when or if you need to update to the latest Snow Leopard (10.6.8) you should do these first.