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High-res BEWARE! Tis the season for this bullshit.
I just got this phishing scam email.
NEVER CLICK THE LINKS IN THESE MESSAGES. IF YOU DO, DON’T YOU DARE ENTER YOUR APPLE ID AND PASSWORD.
I predict hundreds of thousands of people will be fooled into voluntarily giving up their info.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize the language in that message is not professionally written. Copying and pasting the “Verify Now” link makes it obvious that it’s not directing you to Apple.
If you have any concerns about your Apple ID, the only correct and legit URL to visit is: http://appleid.apple.com.
Be safe out there. People are assholes.

BEWARE! Tis the season for this bullshit.

I just got this phishing scam email.

NEVER CLICK THE LINKS IN THESE MESSAGES. IF YOU DO, DON’T YOU DARE ENTER YOUR APPLE ID AND PASSWORD.

I predict hundreds of thousands of people will be fooled into voluntarily giving up their info.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize the language in that message is not professionally written. Copying and pasting the “Verify Now” link makes it obvious that it’s not directing you to Apple.

If you have any concerns about your Apple ID, the only correct and legit URL to visit is: http://appleid.apple.com.

Be safe out there. People are assholes.

Adventures in Hold Music

After 15 minutes on hold with Apple Enterprise Support I’d been subjected to Blitzkrieg Bop, REM’s Nightswimming, two goddamn Johnny Cash songs, and fucking Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” and I was just about ready to fly to their support center and destroy the iPod running their shitty hold music but then they gave me Daft Punk’s Something About Us and just like that all is forgiven.

Hey I have an iPhone 4 and am considering upgrading to the 5s (I just saw your post in the 5s tag) and was wondering how it turned out. Do you like the phone? Do you think I should get one? Thanks :)

Asked by i-am-the-last-timelord

Hello stranger.

If you can afford it, then go for it. It’s been less than 24 hours, but the increased speed is noticeable every time I touch the phone. The only thing I don’t like is that the sleep/wake button and the volume buttons are a little too “clicky” and the sleep/wake button rattles when you shake the phone, but from what I can tell, that’s been an issue going all the way back to the iPhone 5.

*Full disclosure: I’m an AAPL shareholder (so whatever you buy, make sure it’s a 64GB model).

High-res I understand your concern, but I do not share it.
I believe that great apps will never be free and people who respect their functions and their developers will gladly pay for them.
You’re actually in the industry and developing apps and have content in the store, so I’m not going to pretend that I know more than you do about the profit margins behind the apps, but in my eyes a developer would put his app on sale to generate interest that would hopefully spur future growth. It’s not about just giving apps away and driving down prices. I think that particularly applies to game developers, where I imagine if I downloaded a game that I really liked the design of, I might feel encouraged to look at the other games by that developer and throw them some money.
I also don’t actually believe that Apple will ever let the App Store devolve into the endgame that you describe. They aggressively protect their image and I’d say that includes making sure the public doesn’t view the App Store as a garbage dump.

I understand your concern, but I do not share it.

I believe that great apps will never be free and people who respect their functions and their developers will gladly pay for them.

You’re actually in the industry and developing apps and have content in the store, so I’m not going to pretend that I know more than you do about the profit margins behind the apps, but in my eyes a developer would put his app on sale to generate interest that would hopefully spur future growth. It’s not about just giving apps away and driving down prices. I think that particularly applies to game developers, where I imagine if I downloaded a game that I really liked the design of, I might feel encouraged to look at the other games by that developer and throw them some money.

I also don’t actually believe that Apple will ever let the App Store devolve into the endgame that you describe. They aggressively protect their image and I’d say that includes making sure the public doesn’t view the App Store as a garbage dump.

High-res XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) is my favorite tool for converting audio files. It’ll take pretty much anything you can throw at it and spit it back out in pretty much any other common format. It’s incredibly stable and blazingly fast, even when simultaneously processing dozens of conversions.

I often drop entire albums into XLD, starting out as FLAC (the rest of the world’s preference) and ending up as ALAC (iTunes’ and my preference), and it has never crashed on me nor spit out any corrupted or degraded files.

Do people ever send you .wma files, resulting in your silently cursing them and wishing temporary but intense pain to befall them, like a nasty toe stub or an aggressively bitten tongue? XLD will eliminate that needless mental stress by effortlessly converting those crappy .wma files into anything you’d like. Do you want extreme control over the resulting file type? You’ve got it. The advanced conversion options are deep and powerful.

It’s constantly under development and I can’t recommend it enough.

XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) is my favorite tool for converting audio files. It’ll take pretty much anything you can throw at it and spit it back out in pretty much any other common format. It’s incredibly stable and blazingly fast, even when simultaneously processing dozens of conversions.

I often drop entire albums into XLD, starting out as FLAC (the rest of the world’s preference) and ending up as ALAC (iTunes’ and my preference), and it has never crashed on me nor spit out any corrupted or degraded files.

Do people ever send you .wma files, resulting in your silently cursing them and wishing temporary but intense pain to befall them, like a nasty toe stub or an aggressively bitten tongue? XLD will eliminate that needless mental stress by effortlessly converting those crappy .wma files into anything you’d like. Do you want extreme control over the resulting file type? You’ve got it. The advanced conversion options are deep and powerful.

It’s constantly under development and I can’t recommend it enough.

iTunes Match?

Are you an iTunes Match user? How has it worked for you so far?

I’m particularly interested in:

  • How did it handle the music you own that wasn’t already in their system? Any issues with the upload process?
  • Did it make any changes to the metadata on the songs in your iTunes Library? I won’t stand for that. Touch my metadata and I will cut you.
  • Have you had any issues with the process of streaming/downloading to your iOS device?
High-res 20 of those 23 minutes were spent trying to blindly talk him through the process of disabling the closed captioning system on his Samsung TV, something that would’ve taken me - quite literally - about 15 seconds.




"OK. What do you see now? … OK… push the Menu button… now push the left arrow once… now what do you see? OK, now push the down arrow until you… what happened? You don’t see anything now? You’re changing channels? Wrong down arrow."




Etc., for 20 minutes. While I patiently waited for him to stop making the same mistakes, I found myself wishing I could just pull out my iPad, open Safari, type in an IP address, and be remotely controlling the TV and adjusting its settings from the comfort of my couch.
More than anything, I want the rumors of an “Apple TV” to be true if only for the fact that it might contain a menu system and remote control that are useable by people of all technical skill levels, or remotely configurable by people with advanced skill levels.
Help us, Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive… you’re our only hope.

20 of those 23 minutes were spent trying to blindly talk him through the process of disabling the closed captioning system on his Samsung TV, something that would’ve taken me - quite literally - about 15 seconds.

"OK. What do you see now? … OK… push the Menu button… now push the left arrow once… now what do you see? OK, now push the down arrow until you… what happened? You don’t see anything now? You’re changing channels? Wrong down arrow."

Etc., for 20 minutes. While I patiently waited for him to stop making the same mistakes, I found myself wishing I could just pull out my iPad, open Safari, type in an IP address, and be remotely controlling the TV and adjusting its settings from the comfort of my couch.

More than anything, I want the rumors of an “Apple TV” to be true if only for the fact that it might contain a menu system and remote control that are useable by people of all technical skill levels, or remotely configurable by people with advanced skill levels.

Help us, Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive… you’re our only hope.