You've been hacked
Power to the Apple
We are the weakest link. It’s embarrassing but true.
Last night a friend was starting a yoga class when she got a call from Apple that her account had been hacked. The nice guy wanted to get it fixed and proceeded to confirm details. Among those details was her login password.
“I knew that was wrong the instant I said it,” she told me.
Lost in Airplane Mode
The story goes that an irate customer brought their new iMac back to the Apple Store, ticked off because the thing wouldn’t power on. A longtime (but unhappy) PC user, they finally sprung for the extra money to buy a brand new iMac with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, upgraded hard drive, extra memory, Retina screen, and so on. The works.
But it wouldn’t start up.
The specialist who was handling the issue apologized to the customer and ordered up a replacement. Then she started to verify the issue and process the exchange. She unpacked the iMac on a training table, pulled out the power cord, and plugged it into an outlet.
“What are you doing?” asked the customer.
Preserving your digital legacy - the Password Paradox.
One of the coolest features of the Apple ecosystem is the ability to track and find your devices. Not only that, you can create messages on the lock screen to help someone contact you, or totally disable the device if you think it’s been stolen. Usually, your device is simply misplaced, and being able to see the location on a map or have it play a sound will be enough to get it back in your hands.
When you first set up your iPhone or iPad you will be prompted to sign into iCloud and to enable Find My iPhone. Do it. It’s simple and it’s one of those things that seems like unnecessary oversight at the time, but can be a godsend when you want it. Like digital airbags.
What's New with Photos Projects?
One of my colleagues posted to Facebook last week that her client was locked out of the family photo collection. Not all that unusual by itself, except for one thing. The client’s wife was the keeper of the couple’s photos and she had passed away. Her iPad was locked and he had no way to get at years of family pictures, much less any other important documents that she had saved. Without the iPad password, or her Apple ID, or her email login, or access to any of the possible gateways, he was suffering the digital equivalent of a house fire that had simply eliminated years of the life he’d shared with his beloved wife.
Starting fresh with Photos for 2019
If you tried to make an Apple photobook as a holiday gift or a New Year’s look back at 2018, you will have found that Apple photobooks are no more. On October 1st, 2018, after a 16 year run, Apple got out of the printing business. At first glance, the change was just one more reason to throw up our hands in disbelief at how Apple randomly chooses to make us raving fans about some product or service and then shutters it. Floppy discs? iPhoto? The switch from 30 pin sync cables to Lightning? And my personal favorite blunder, abandoning Aperture.
And yet, looked at another way, Apple exiting the print services business is really, really smart. And it offers us Photos users a much bigger sandbox to play in.
Backing up for life
The annual photo reboot.
Like with so many other things, January is a good time to revisit your photo strategy and get everything in order for the coming year.
Maybe you have an endless stream of digital Post-It’s - those pesky reminder photos of labels, signs, decorating ideas, and, of course, the inevitable collection of food porn that was taken, shared, and then generally buried under all the remarkable meals that followed.
So it’s all good until it isn’t, and one day you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the digital clutter or running out of storage space on your iPhone, iCloud or your Mac.
Time to do a photo reboot.
Keeping your digital universe safe and sound and working: Software upgrades and updates, Part 1
The other day, our office assistant mentioned in passing that all the entries had disappeared in the Notes app on her iPhone. Could I take a look at it? Usually, missing entries are not gone, but just hidden. Notes supports multiple lists and it’s easy enough to make entries someplace unintentionally and then close it up.
Not so. All but a couple of entries were missing.
Making room for the good stuff.
There was a time when I updated my software for fun. Updates weren’t a daily event, like now, so it was a bit like Christmas where every new download came with “must have” features and insider tricks to amaze your friends. I still love the hidden space man zapper in QuarkXPress. Those were simpler times.
iPhone on Fire(works)
Of all the issues I hear about the iPhone, running out of storage space tops the list. Whether it’s no room for more photos, can’t download movies, or can’t update the software, sooner or later almost everyone I know has wrestled with the challenge of too much stuff on their iPhone. Some people even claim it’s just planned obsolescence on Apple’s part; that they want us to buy larger, more expensive iPhones. Never mind that we now take more photos daily than we once took in weeks of picture taking back in the film days. Truth is, most of us, sooner or later, simply fill the space available and then some.
A camera is a camera is a camera is a . . .
Let’s get this blog off with a bang! There, I said it.
Enough of that.
I’ve seen my fair share of fireworks displays over the years and I’ve taken photos of most. They are such grand, festive events and the individual bursts are so beautiful. I just want to capture it all. But I rarely get a shot I really love. I am always humbled the next day by beautiful fireworks shots taken by the pros.
Self storage for your computer - Choosing an External Hard Drive
When I take photos with my iPhone, sometimes I feel like a tourist. You know the thing; iPhone pinched between your fingers, pinkies raised. Then that awkward balancing act to get a finger on the shutter without dropping the whole phone over a railing. If you have long fingernails, it’s a real challenge to get your fingertip to touch the screen.
Lately though, I’ve switched to a camera grip when taking pictures and I love the difference.
Use it like a camera. Hold it like a camera.
Think of an external hard drive as a self-storage unit for your computer. Although you aren’t renting it by the month, the principles to buy a hard drive are the same; you pay for space, convenience, features and security.
So when it comes time to add or upgrade an external hard drive (EHD), how do you make a smart choice?