Mac OS 10.2.2 SSH Keys Passphrase Help

If you are like me and a few days ago – noticed that you were getting prompted for your passphrase when using your SSH keys (instead of using the keychain) – here is how you can make a small change to no longer enter your password each time: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/254468/macos-sierra-doesn-t-seem-to-remember-ssh-keys-between-reboots/264974#264974

Good Ol’ Siri

Siri Knows Who I Am

I love Siri. She helps me with measurement conversion (especially helpful during these Olympics and all the metric conversions), driving directions, game scores, figuring out what song is on, and making sure I remember who I am 😉

Thanks Siri!

If you have an Apple device with Siri and are not using her – get inspired: What to ask Siri

TiVo Bolt

TiVo Bolt

I have been a faithful TiVo fan for well over ten years now. I have had my share of different versions and I have to say – no version has been more impressive than their latest release – the TiVo Bolt. It is responsive (really really fast), it allows you to skip entire commercial breaks with the press of one button, it makes recording your favorite shows easy (as expected), and makes me once again super excited about TiVo (vs. only excited with the older model I had prior). Of course there are a number of other features that now seem standard to me because I have been a TiVo person for a long time.

If you use your cable provide DVR – you are selling yourself short. The Bolt comes with one year of TiVo service included, a user interface which beats anything I have ever seen, as well as makes finding shows to watch enjoyable. Did I mention you can skip entire commercial breaks with the press of one button? 😉

Great work on the latest release TiVo! If you have ever considered moving to TiVo – this is the model to finally buy.

Remembering My Mentor: Alex King

I was very sad to hear that Alex King died a few days ago and have been trying to think about what to say. If you do not know Alex or who he is – he was many things to many people – but to me – he was my mentor. I was an early adopter of WordPress (back before themes and plugins). I started following him (RSS) back in 2002 because he was always creating/sharing snippets and eventually themes/plugins that made WordPress better. I also was one of the first users of his Tasks software which I used religiously – so much so that I would email him with questions/suggestions, and would partake in beta testing new versions. He was also an avid golfer who enjoyed his PING irons like me.

After one email in which I mentioned I wanted to start my own company – much like he did, he offered his support, advice, and even started sending me referrals. I am sure I would not be where I am today without him. He was meticulous with his code and kind with his words. He was always very approachable and always made time for me. He consistently put a lot of thought into his work – so much so that he one time asked for my feedback on possible change options for his email signature. He made sure things were not just done, but done right. He provided guidance to me on many levels – everything from code reviews to business advice.

To me – Alex King will always be the one person in my life that pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, put myself out there, and to do great things. He also taught me that not all ideas/projects will be a success – but to keep trying and never give up. While I am very sad Alex King is no longer on this earth – I am so happy to have made the connection with him 13+ years ago. I will be forever grateful for everything he has done for me and other developers like me. Thank you Alex – for your code, your time, and your inspiration.

My Apple Collection

Yesterday I finally got a book shelf to hold the majority of my Apple hardware/software collection. Amongst the collection – I have some eMates, Newtons, Cube, QuickTake camera, original Apple floppy disks, Apple II GS, ImageWriter, original iPod, iPhone, etc. I am still missing a 20th Anniversary Mac, but that is still on the list of things to get.

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What Can Siri Do For Me?

If you are like me – you have an Apple iPhone and the thought of using Siri sounds awesome but after a few smart comments trying to get her to say something funny back (because you are not sure what all you can really say/get out of Siri) – you forget about her and move on.

Apple recently updated the Siri page so now you can easily find out what you can ask her to make her as useful as you wanted her to be all this time. Enjoy!

http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

My new favorite things to do with Siri

  • “Flip a coin”
  • “Yes or no?”
  • “Take a picture”
  • “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
  • “How humid is it in Chicago right now?”
  • “Pick a card”
  • “Call me champ” (or whatever you want to be called)

Google Attachment Warnings

While composing an email this AM – I dragged in a screenshot of a page and mentioned in the email text to “…the screenshot attached.” When I tried to send the message – I got this alert:

I should have expected Google would have some logic to analyze certain phrases in my email messages but I have to say I was still a little surprised – especially since the image was actually correctly attached. Either way – it was nice – as I just had an issue with someone forgetting to attach something to another email which then caused a slew of back and forth “did you get it this time” messages.

Thanks Google!

Fix for Bluetooth Mouse with Apple Mac OS X Yosemite

“Yesterday I thought I was going to throw my Apple magic mouse out of the window, today we are best friends.”

I wanted to follow up on my recent post: Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi. After a few days of almost acceptable behavior – yesterday my mouse was losing connection, acting very slow, and I could not drag anything across my screen without having to take deep breaths out of frustration.

I thought I had tried everything. I was desperate for a solution and I finally found it. I read the Apple support article: Bluetooth: Unreliable wireless performance may occur when USB 3.0 external devices are close and after moving my Mac Mini away from my external USB 3.0 hard drive (just 6-9 inches instead of being on top of it) – my mouse has worked flawless.

If you still are having a jittery mouse or any problems with Bluetooth devices and have an external USB 3.0 hard drive – try moving it away!

Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi

It has been at least three months and two point releases with Mac OS X 10.10 that I have been stuck using my old iMac/G3 mouse (because I was the strange one that loved my hockey puck mouse) instead of my beloved Apple Magic Mouse. Why? Ever since moving to Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10) – I have had nothing but problems with Bluetooth and WiFi. I spent half my day yesterday going through forums, help articles, etc to try and get this all sorted out for my Mac Mini.

I finally was able to put my trusty hockey puck mouse on stand-by because my Bluetooth issues seem to have seemed to go away (at least for the past several hours) but I am still unable to get any WiFi signal. I have delete preferences, configurations, changed my router settings, and nothing. Better yet – this is on a brand new Mac Mini – with a clean install of Mac OS X 10.10. All the while – my other three computers that sit on the same desk – can find my WiFi networks as well as my neighbors. Fortunately I still had an ethernet cable lying around so I am able to connect via that – but seriously. I am not alone with these issues and while I am usually one of the first to upgrade – this whole mess has really made me reconsider updating with future releases.

I hope Apple soon gets a fix in place for people like me (there are a lot) so we can work wirelessly once again. If you are one of the lucky ones like me – make sure you try the following (in hopes something works for you):

Don’t hold your breath…instead, be glad you kept that ethernet cable and that old trusty mouse from the 90s…you know the one with the cord.