iPhone’s battery life important? Avoid Wi-fi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling bad for iPhone's Battery LifeWith smart phones becoming the necessity that they are, battery life has become something crucial to everybody. I know my iPhone’s battery life is very important to me, so much so that I keep a battery juice pack handy for those moments when my iPhone’s battery starts running dangerously low — under 10%.

Few days ago, I received a message from Rogers informing me that they now support wi-fi calling on the iPhone and if I want to call for free to a lot of places I should turn it on. So I thought, what the heck something for free!

To enable wi-fi calling, you need to open the Settings app on the iPhone. Scroll down to the Phone setting, and the option to turn on Wi-fi Calling is the first under ‘Calls’.

Well, two days later, I had to turn it off. Even with very low phone usage, and activating low power mode, my iPhone’s battery didn’t last very long on standby. At 6 in the evening the phone was fully charged. In the morning, with almost no use of the phone, on the night table beside my bed, the battery had reached 31%!

So needless to say that I turned it off. This feature may be useful if your phone is plugged in and you need to make a long phone call or something. Otherwise, kiss your battery life goodby.

One final note: Turning off wi-fi on the iPhone wasn’t enough as for a day after turning it off my phone’s battery life was non-existent. It just took me some time to realize it. I needed to force restart my iPhone, by holding down the home and power buttons until the white apple appeared, to make the effects of this feature completely go away.

So until they figure out how to do this with reasonable power consumption, wi-fi calling is more of a novelty than a useful feature.

Slowwwww Aperture!

Why is Aperture 3.4 so slow on a decked out Mac Pro?

So, on a Mac Pro with 12 Cores, 20 GB of RAM, RAID 0 Array capable of more than 500 MB/s, Aperture 3.4 uses one core to update a 40,000+ photos library and redo the thumbnails for all the photos.

Even worse, it seems to be even slower than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s counting down the photos at the rate of one picture every 4 seconds!

The job is expected to take nearly 44 hours to finish and it’s holding up all the face detection jobs.

Doesn’t anybody at Apple test their software on high end gear? What’s the point of paying thousands of dollars to get the high end hardware for what’s supposedly high end software?

New iBooks!

Apple has released a new version of iBooks

Well, Apple’s event came and went and they proudly announced a new version of iBooks with more languages and auto-scrolling. Yay!

What I want to know is when they’re going to release iBooks for the Mac?

I need programming books and for now I’ve been buying them from Amazon because Amazon has a Kindle App for the Mac. It’s silly to program on the Mac with an iPad for documentation.

There is a book that I need that is only on iBookstore with no Kindle version in sight. I need the mac version of iBooks.

Safari 6 – Lost functionality; Again! (and fixes)

Apple in its infinite foolishness removes more useful safari functionality in version 6

Another update for Safari (6) and more features gone missing.

I’ve been using Safari 6 for less than 10 minutes and I already stumbled on two annoyances.

  1. The big one Previous page with the Backspace key. Before Safari 6, you could hit the backspace key on your keyboard and Safari would go back to the previous page. Not Safari 6. Why eliminate this functionality? It was harmless!

    I used it a lot as I have a Kinesis keyboard and the backspace key was always under my thumb. Now, I have to either move my right hand off the keyboard to reach for the mouse, or use two fingers to do a command-left-arrow.

    Update: Here is a tip to restore this lost functionality.

  2. The ‘Activity’ window is gone. It was useful for troubleshooting sites. It showed you each individual file that a page tries to load and it showed which ones failed. A side benefit to the activity window was that if you were watching some video on the net and you wanted to keep a copy of it, you could open the Activity window, find the file in the page’s list of files and double click it. Safari would then download and save a copy of the double clicked file.
  3. The RSS button is gone from the address bar. This can be fixed with the Subscribe to Feed Safari Extension
  4. The address bar now uses Windows-style editing. It used to be that if you clicked on a specific spot in the page’s URL, the curser will get inserted at that spot and you could start editing it. Now the whole URL is selected requiring a second click to edit the URL.
  5. Built in RSS Reader. Since I normally use NetNewsWire as my RSS reader, I missed this loss.
  6. Easy control of the font defaults. This can be remedied with two different solutions:
    1. Custom CSS sheet (in the advanced pane of the preferences window.)
    2. Using system Defaults

More functionality lost!

phpMyAdmin 3.5.1 Blank Screen

Using Safari and Lion with phpMyAdmin? avoid version 3.5.1

If you updated phpMyAdmin to 3.5.1 and you use Safari on Lion, then you’ll get blank screens. It doesn’t work with it.

Your choices are either a different browser (no issues with Firefox or Chrome) or revert back to version 3.5.0.

Bummer.

Update: This issue has been fixed in version 3.5.2