• Transitioning from a podcast to music the other day I blasted my ears with a song that was recorded really high. To fix such transitions I created a Workflow that first sets the volume to 60% and then shuffles a playlist. Works well.

  • Rented a Sony A7R III to take video for a weekend event (PDX dragon boat races). Plan was to take some video, download it to my big iPad Pro, and show it to the team after their races. Turns out the Sony video format is not compatible with the iPad Pro. Couldn’t even transfer the file. Had to use a Mac. Surprised that video format can be this big of a problems nowadays.

  • A good WWDC keynote. More than a few bits feel like they are going to be fleshed out during the State of the Union.

  • Now that HomePods can be paired in stereo they need to have a balance setting. They sound great, but slightly lopsided due to required placement in my room.

  • Testing cell service Visible and it’s a reminder how difficult this space is. The minimum bar is high. Three days in a row I see times of No Service on my phone. If you’re going to offer a phone service it cannot go down. Granted they are in beta, but even beta should be more reliable than this. Hopefully they get it straightened out because I applaud them for trying to deliver a low cost alternative. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen No Service on AT&T, though.

  • iTunes Smart Playlists are great, but now that I have a HomePod, I’m not listening using iTunes. The downside here is I don’t think the playlists update unless I open iTunes. I have a playlist with the criteria “4+ stars, not played in the past 90 days.” Playing that from my HomePod I get the same songs several days in a row.

  • My typical morning view. I sit all day so I figure standing during the commuting year is good for me. At the bends of the trains are good standing spots because you don’t have to move around nd as the train fills up.

  • Long morning commute. Skipped morning checklist, forgot headphones which I need for work today. Now, Max train too full. Another 7 min wait.

  • Lunchtime cheesesteak is hitting my nap button really hard.

  • At first I was underwhelmed by my Casper mattress, but last night my hips were sore going to bed but not sore when I woke up. They probably would have been more sore with my old mattress.

  • Hmm. Never seen backlight bleed like this on an iPad. Hard to get a photo. Very noticeable in person.

  • I thought my podcast backlog was maybe pushing 100, then I turned on the Overcast badge. Oops.

  • Mt. Hood from the Office

    It looked better in person. The light was changing fast.

  • Let’s see how well the forecast holds up in PDX today. Light flurries at the MAX station at 7am. Planning on leaving well before the evening commute.

  • Day 1: Backpack is better than messenger bag for my hour long, standing commute.

  • An Example of How the Apple TV Remote Fails the Apple TV

    Watched the Super Bowl today with my Apple TV using the Channels app which uses my Mac mini with the HD HomeRun HDTV receiver. A lots of pieces to set up but it worked great. The part that didn’t work great was the Apple TV remote.

    The specific function that wasn’t reliable was the skip forward. I would let the Live signal buffer by hitting pause. I could buffer about 30 min before playback just starts up. I assume the buffer was full. I would watch a play and then click on the right side of the remote. Usually my thumb would be half on/half off the remote clicker/track pad. About half the time this would do what I expected and skip 30 seconds ahead. Perfect for getting to the next snap.

    The other half of the time, the playback would pause. Now I don’t honestly know if this was a problem with the Apple TV Channels app, or with the remote sending the wrong command. I’m inclined to think the latter because the Channels app is really good. If they could, I don’t think they would make such an error.

    Apple could have solved this by just giving us dedicated buttons, but Apple being Apple (whom I love), they had to get overly clever and then ignore further development. At least that’s how it feels.

    When it worked I was thrilled. Each time it didn’t, I wanted to throw the remote across the room. The whole game was a series of going from elation to absolute anger. And that had nothing to do with the game I was watching.

  • Max light rail is better than driving in rainy weather, but when you’re not close to a station on either end, it makes for a long commute. Doesn’t help the commute was 10 min at the last job.

  • iOS Journal, Week 3

    Another week without a lot of work, but I expected that. Last week was figuring out the new job. The biggest challenge has been how to go to work. Best option appears to be light rail, but it makes the commute really long. Of course my AirPods work great and I have plenty of podcasts to listen to.

    On the iOS front I signed up for the Design+Code app because it got rave reviews and it looks beautiful. I have went going to get another course till I finished the Udemy Ray Wenderlich course, but I wanted to support Design+Code.

  • Working on schedule options. I have learned if I don’t schedule my time, I’ll end up wasting it. Or at least not making progress on projects.

  • Tomorrow might be the day to try MAX, if the park and ride lot isn’t full.

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