Lost Apple TV remote… Problem Solved

August 19, 2015 1:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In one of my previous blog entries I was ranting about HDCP and how I can’t watch netflix because I can’t stream it from my iOS device to the Apple TV. This is still ridiculous but I figured out how to watch netflix without the Apple TV remote, and here’s how.

I downloaded the Apple Remote app on my iPhone (I Don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner). After you download the app you select Home Sharing, sign in and bingo there’s the apple TV. You can do anything you can do with the apple TV remote except if I misplace my iPhone I can always make it play a sound with Find My iPhone. So there you have it, a simple solution to a simple problem. And I didn’t have to go out and buy another Apple TV remote just to have my kids lose it again. I guess we can be friends again Apple.

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Do Smartphones make Dumb People?

August 12, 2015 5:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a loaded question… wait a second while I ask siri. Siri doesn’t seem to understand the question and wants to search the web. While Siri searches the web I’m gonna use my brain. I think this is at the crux of the issue. When most people are stumped they turn to their smartphone before they even use their own intuition. Sometimes this can help people to educate themselves but most of the time it’s there for a second and then it’s gone, it doesn’t stick around for any length of time. People aren’t committing it to long term memory because they don’t have to, their phone is always with them.

Let’s start by going back to the days when Telephones where those things attached to your kitchen wall with a really long cord so you could sit in the living room and have a conversation. I can still remember my best friends phone number from elementary school to this day. Ask me to give you five phone numbers in my contacts of my iPhone today and I probably couldn’t do it. The point is I rely on my phone for almost EVERYTHING. Back in the days of corded phones you had to memorize phone numbers now all you need to know is your passcode to get into your smartphone.

off-and-on-bulbI’m a believer that the harder it is to find an answer the more it will stick with you. Let’s stick around to pre-smartphone era, let’s even go a little further and say pre-internet. And you’d like to know who invented the light bulb, assuming you don’t know. So you get on your bike, ride down to the library, sort through the card catalog and find the row and section of the book your looking for and bam you find it. Thomas Edison. You better believe you will remember that name for the rest of your life. You had to take your whole Saturday afternoon to find out who created the lightbulb. You also might discover some other really cool things about Thomas Edison and electricity. Flash forward to present day. You’re sitting on your couch and you wonder who invented the light bulb. You might simply say “Hey Siri, who invented the light bulb” and there you have it. You didn’t have to get up, ride your bike, sort through a card catalog, find the row and shelf of the book and use the glossary. You simply found out without trying. You probably won’t retain the answer this way cause next time you wonder you will just ask siri or Cortana or google.

I’m not saying that technology is bad or that the Internet is evil. I’m just saying we as the Human race need to be careful about how we educate ourselves and how lazy we have become. I think the Internet is a wonderful thing and that it can be extremely powerful. It just depends on what side of technology you’re on. Are you creating new technologies or are you just absorbing the consumerism and mindlessly searching for your answers?

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I can’t watch Netflix… Who is responsible for HDCP?

August 11, 2015 10:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. This is the reason I can’t watch Netflix on my TV streaming from my mac through my Apple TV since I lost my Apple TV remote. If you ever get Netflix Playback Error S7363-1266-48444350 this is the reason why.

So who is to blame for this unfortunate kink in your movie night? Believe it or not… Intel Corporation. This is their lovely doing. This is to prevent copying of content across digital connections. It also stops me and my family from watching netflix on our TV. B.S. if you ask me… I’m not trying to copy anything, I’m just trying to use my paid subscription and watch TV. Not tonight.. So pack up the popcorn and turn off the TV. No netflix tonight.
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Why the new MacBook is Light, Years Behind.

August 4, 2015 4:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I should start by saying that I truly am a fan of Apple products, I own a MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad mini, iPad, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4. I was even employed by Apple for a while. I’m really not a hater of Apple products, I just don’t understand why they would introduce a product like the MacBook and say it’s years ahead when it’s clearly not.

Let’s get into why it’s really not years ahead.

1. Slow processor: The fastest processor you can purcahase on this machine is a 1.2GHz dual-core for a whopping $1,599. Ouch. My old 2008 iMac has a faster processor than that! The processor is at the core of your computer, if your processor is slow you’re computer will always be slow. Mind you you can’t upgrade the processor.

2. Non-upgradeable RAM. Because they built the RAM on board there’s no way to upgrade it. 8GB is a decent amount of RAM for todays standards but where will it be in two years? I’m thinking obsolete.

3. Onboard Hard Drive. What do you do when you run out of space? There’s no replacing your hard drive with a larger one.

4. Lack of connectivity. With only one port for connectivity, this could really leave you stranded when your moving files around. Let’s say you filled up your Onboard 512GB hard drive and you need to move a lot of files over to an external drive. So you plug in your hard drive and start to move some files. Half way though you realize your battery is low and need to plug it in. You can’t just plug in your power adapter because it’s in use by your external hard drive.

5. FaceTime Camera. 480p? The 5 year old iPhone 4 had a better camera than that. Fail.

I understand a lot of these things are to save space and help with battery life, but at what cost? This computer is really just a glorified iPad that runs OSX and will be obsolete in 2 years.

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