AirPods drying time…

How to, Tech

A very weird post but bear with me. I tripped and my AirPods ended up out of the back door into a puddle of mud. I gave them a good wash in the sink and left them in a warm room to dry off. After a week they still didn’t sound right, podcasts were fine but when it came to music they sounded terrible.

Well the good news is that now 5 weeks later they have suddenly sprung back into life and I have bass back. They sound just like they did before my little accident.

So the morale of this story is that if yours do get wet and sound terrible give them time to dry out. Charge them in your case and keep using them, they’ll sort themselves out.

Home screen: August 2019

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Thought I’d update on my current home screen since I’ve swapped out Reminders in iOS 13 for Wunderlist.

It’s a simple app that gives me the ability to add a free rein today view, something I like in a to do app without the need to put a due date and time. Wunderlist supports both methods. The widget works well and sync is solid.

There’s no Apple Watch app but I’m simplifying my watch usage so it’s not a problem for me.

iOS 12 vs iOS 13

apps, Tech

Since my now well documented loss of iCloud data I’ve been back on iOS 12 and wanted to share my thoughts about some of the differences.

Reminders

An obvious but big one, I’m really missing the new Reminders app. Since moving back to iOS 12 I’m bouncing between to do apps again. I’ve done Things, OmniFocus and Todoist and not been happy with any of them.

Dark Mode

I’m not missing dark mode as much as I though I would. It’s at night (when I probably shouldn’t be using it anyway) that I’m missing it most.

Photos

The new photos app is really nice and I’m missing just browsing my library to remember day trips.

Mouse support

I’m really missing mouse support on the iPad. As someone with RSI issues I’ve been using the mouse on my iPad almost exclusively.

How to use Twitter less

Social Media, Tech

I’ve cracked it, yes finally I’m using Twitter a lot less and all it took was using the official Twitter app. I’ve been a user of Tweetbot for years but with the lack of seeing likes and mentions consistently I decided to switch over to the official app.

Here are some of the ways it’s changed my usage of the service.

Ads!

So many ads, I block and report for illegal services but they keep coming back. This is the main reason that I’m using it less, I’ve given up fighting the algorithm. I now open the app check a few tweets, see an ad I don’t like and close it again.

Quickly posting and getting out

If I’ve got something I’d like to share I’ll pop in and share and come out. I’m not posting and staying there for long. I’m now using Twitter less 5 times a day, which for me is a massive improvement.

Seeing the Top Tweets first

I used to hate this but now I’ve let it decide the tweets it wants me to see. I’m finding using method let’s me pop in and see what’s happening quickly.

RSS

I’m back reading blogs on RSS. Twitter was more of a way to see the latest on topics I’m interested in so replacing it with RSS has been pretty straightforward. (I’m using Reader 4 by the way).

I’m sure that Twitter wouldn’t like that their app is slowing down my use of their service but it’s really highlighted for me what their platform is. Tweetbot hid the bad for me and now I’m seeing it for what it is I’m disliking it more and more.

Can you set parental controls per user on Nintendo Switch?

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Now my daughter has gotten into playing the Switch I needed to start to look at parental controls. In my eyes I should be able to restrict access to the game content on a per user basis.

So basically if you want to have restrictions per user then they need their own Switch. This shouldn’t be the case and now means I can’t let my daughter play on the switch without me checking up on her. Now she’s at an age where I can trust her to play the games she likes but means when she’s away or wants to borrow it for an extended period she can’t, come on Nintendo this should be a basic functionality of the console.

Note that an iPad is the same, no user login so you need an iPad per person.

Is it just me yelling at a cloud or do you think this functionality should be present?

iOS 12 home screen

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Off the beta now until the official release so thought I’d post my initial iOS 12 restore. I went from scratch and am only installing apps as I’m using them. Simplified my productivity a bit with Fantastical and Things just to get through the next few weeks as I can see me using Reminders going forward.

A break from the Apple Watch

Apple Watch, Tech

It’s been on my mind for a while now, my watch no longer serves me but me it. Most of this is on me, I need to pair notifications right down and rethink how I use the Apple Watch but it’s started to bug me. I’m fiddling with watch faces, turning my wrist multiple times to get the time to show, not totally happy with any watch band I have and something I’m not comfortable sharing yet (more on a later post).

I’m back to a Casio (my favourite watch brand) at least for a few days with my Apple Watch going back to get watchOS 5 put back on.

I’ll share some thoughts on this and what I ultimately ended up doing here in the next few weeks.