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Interesting way to charge and sync an iPod and iPhone simultaneously duaLink Dual Sync/Charge Cable for iPod/iPhone: Electronics. For only $26 this is a great time saver. Especially good for couples who have an iPhone and iPod.

iTunes Mute Problem – iTunes mutes itself (via )

Normally for a problem like this uninstalling all Apple software and reinstalling might fix the problem. The iTunes installer on Windows seems to be sensitive to the order of Apple software installation.

This same problem has been reported since 2005 See below My setup is as following Windows XP 2002 SP3 i … Read More


Enabling Restrictions on iPad

IPad Tools, Tips and Fixes for iPhone, Mac, iPad and iPod – StumbleUpon. I liked the first design of this site more than the current one. It looks like every other blog now which is kind of boring.

Reflections of ourselves – Groupthink and temptation

New Road Junction, Northbourne, Kinson

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When I was growing up certain comedians seemed very funny. Now I am watching those shows again and I am not laughing. I know that I have changed but then I wonder why I ever liked them at all?

I wonder if our desire for variety and new things is driven more by personality or by groupthink? For example, many people used to like MC Hammer and I was one of them. Looking back at it now I can’t listen to it. What seemed so new and interesting suddenly you can’t really understand why you did it. I wonder about that sometimes when the temptation to go along with the majority is present.

Right now the temptation is to get an iPad just like it was one to get an iPhone. I waited for years before I got an iPhone and only because I had to support them in my job. Now that I don’t have it, I don’t really miss it. Oh sure it is cool to surf the web when you are away from the computer but it’s not essential. I use that time to think or be present in the moment. I have to wonder if the benefits of things like the iPad have more disadvantages.

Certainly it isn’t the tool that is at fault. You can go overboard on a laptop, desktop or any kind of technology. It isn’t the iPad per se that is the problem. It just makes the use of technology even more tempting. I kind of view temptation as something like groupthink. You aren’t always aware of its influence until you live without it. I’m not saying these things are bad, but sometimes they are unhelpful.

The iPad/iPhone are probably the strongest examples of technology looking for a problem. Certainly there are business cases where those things save money or time. I have to wonder however if it is the right tool for the millions of people who have them. Isn’t it interesting that people hate the 50’s because of the perceived cookie-cutter approach to living? That one way or pattern is the best for society and it is your job to conform to society? Now we seem to accept that the iPhone/iPad is the way things should be, and that it is our job to conform to devices and structures that other people set.

So what if everyone has the iPad or everyone uses the iPhone? Isn’t that a small thing to be concerned about? After all there are bigger problems in the world. Yes that is true. It is true that computer viruses and hacking are successful because of the commonality of design and logic. It is my concern that our future security, creativity, and freedom are limited by over adopting any technology no matter how wonderful. To me, using one platform is as concerning as only having one language in the world. Maybe that would make things more efficient, but you also lose the diversity of thought and world-view that those languages represent.

Or maybe the world wants the US culture to dominate and no matter where we go in the world, we only see the reflections of ourselves. Sounds fun doesn’t it?

How to improve battery life in iOS 4.3, Ping bug Your Daily Apple News

The iOS home screen.

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How to improve battery life in iOS 4.3, Ping bug Your Daily Apple News. This is a well constructed site. Simple solution to this problem. It seems with the last few updates with iOS that decreased battery life was a problem. Traditionally resetting up the email account seemed to solve these issues.

This is an Apple Discussion suggestion from tasa:

I am now showing some slight improvement since doing the following:

1) Shut down all apps running in tne background, completely emptying the task bar. I remembered when multitasking was an issue on the iphone(don’t remember which upgrade that was).
2) Made sure that absolutely everything that could be a drain, location services, alerts and notifications, etc., were off. When I went back to check after my first posting I found some things had been turned back on when I installed 4.3, and “ask to join networks” was on, which I always leave turned off as I have long been aware that this was a drain.
3) Did a complete restart twice.
4) Recharged overnight.

Today I have been working unplugged for 3 hours with only wi-fi turned on, almost constantly surfing and also did some app updating. Power is now at 75%, which is just about right, right?

I am also wondering how much DST might have played into all this?? Maybe not the best time for major system upgrades?

I will keep testing and report anything else I learn.

Some other suggestions:

  1. This Apple Discussions post suggests that updating your router/WAP might fix security settings like WPA2 that might be in use.
  2. Turning off push notification seems to help as well.
  3. Format device and re-add applications. In the past the iOS was sensitive to certain applications that slowed performance and caused glitches.
  4. Create a new user account on your computer and sync to new account. Test to see if any difference.
  5. Reinstall iTunes and resync.
  6. At MacRumors forum here try this: (thanks greenbreadmmm)
    1. Turn off Ping and itunes
    2. Turn off home sharing
    3. make sure even if mail fetch is off that in the advanced settings it is still set to manual.
    4. Reset network settings
    5. Log out of the apple store on your iphone.
  7. iPhoneShine here suggests you do this:
    1. Go into Settings/Mail,Contacts,Calendar, tap on the Exchange account name and turn off the 3 switches.\
    2. Back out of settings, then open Mail, then Contacts, then Calendar to clear the connections.
    3. Reboot the phone (hold HOME and SLEEP until an Apple logo appears, ignoring “Slide to power off”)
    4. Go back into settings and turn the 3 switches back on.’

Thief Lupin! for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Thief Lupin! for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store. Fun free app that has lots of variety.

Apps for Children with Special Needs (via Different Roads to Learning Blog)

Nice that there is a review for people with these needs. It really is great how everything is being curated these days.

Apps for Children with Special Needs For all you technophiles who are loving using the iPad with your students and children, this website – Apps for Children with Special Needs – is going to knock your socks off. They’re completely on top of all the new educational apps coming out. They list each one, explaining their features in detail and even provide a video of the app in use so you can decide if it’s right for you before shelling out the money. This is a GREAT site that we highl … Read More

via Different Roads to Learning Blog

Facetime: which certificate does it use?

the top and sides of an iPhone 3G S.

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This solution has worked for many people. Thanks mrdoja.

This worked for me: (make sure Facetime is closed)
1. In Spotlight type in “Keychain Access
2. There will be a certificate issued by Apple iPhone Device CA – This certificate was signed by an unknown authority. Delete this certificate (or move it to the desktop, out of the keychain access store)
3. Launch Facetime and login – this time there will be no error…

Funny thing is, once this is working again and you go back to the keychain access directory the certificate will again show Signed by an unknown authority…go figure

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Facetime: which certificate does it use? ….