iLife or MyLife?

December 28, 2012

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The spare periods between Christmas meals and the impending New Year offer some time for re-organisation and filing. Once such are is the mammoth task of music, pictures and videos. I have thousands – GigaBytes of the stuff. Organising this takes time and can be hugely frustrating if it goes pear-shaped. The Apple iLife suite […]

Posted in: Apple, Music

Much Ado About Nothing?

December 28, 2012

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Skeuomorph: an object or feature which imitates the design of a similar artefact in another material. There have been far too many lines written about this subject, poo-pooing the idea that skeuomorphic design elements were introduced into iOS and OS X. But I think that the focus should not be the choice – but the lack of choice. Every user is different, […]

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The forsaken

October 10, 2012

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Seems a weird title to have, but my focus here is the current state of web standards and the fact that no matter how much we try and push the boundaries of HTML and CSS – much of the ‘flashy’ stuff has to remain forsaken in the ‘real’ world. The real world I speak of […]

Posted in: Web Development

Everyone hates Apple

September 23, 2012

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UPDATE:  I spent 15 mins speaking to Apple UK’s technical support and have this update for anyone interested -see end of article In the past I have been able to listen to gripes over the closed-system that Apple uses in maintaining the quality of it’s products and services – like water off a ducks back. […]

Posted in: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad

Journeys into HTML5

August 17, 2012

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Back in 2007-8 I was involved in online web accessibility a lot – building websites with good web standards, semantic code and accessible features as part of some contracted work and my own business work. At that time I would probably say that I had an edge over many web developers (and may still have […]

Posted in: Web Development

The rot begins? Apple back to its old tricks?

July 27, 2012

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So OS X Mountain Lion is now out there. Well whoopie. I can’t say that I am all that fussed right now about it. I have reminders and notification on my iPad and iPhone. All I need now is to have them go bing, bing and bing again on my desktop for good measure! Almost […]

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The return of TheBigO

July 14, 2012

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Back in the late 1990’s I started a blog of sorts as a Mac user / guru under the title ‘TheBigO’. Critiquing Apple products and posting solutions to problems – as we are talking about a time when Apple was literally on it’s death bed and almost ready to bow out, before Steve Jobs stepped […]

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