This month I am listening to a new album every day in January. I thought I would shake up my audio algorithm and tune in to something new. Follow along if you’d like by accessing my playlist in Apple Music
Here I go again. I borrow or place books on hold from the library and they are available all at once. I’m in over my head again because I want to savor and learn as opposed to rushing through them. I need a book budget.
These are in my digital nightstand:
With daily habits, I managed to hit all my fitness targets this month.
Bring on January.
Fresh starts don’t need a specific date.
They do need a decision followed up with action.
“Art alone deterred me. How could I possibly quit the world before bringing forth all that I felt it was my vocation to produce?”—Ludwig van Beethoven
Time to read and apply
I just learned about Standard Ebooks on Twitter today and am impressed. Carefully edited with modern typography, these free, public domain books are beautiful.
One more trip around the sun starts today
Deleted Facebook: Life Improved
Canceled TV: Life Improved
Eliminated “The News”: Life Improved
Sometimes the best things in life is not what you add, they are what you remove.
“Idleness is one of the foundations of creativity. The one that is easily overlooked – and often the most important. It’s amazing what your brain can come up with when you give it the time and space to sort everything out.”Someone
“While you are alone you are entirely your own master.”Leonardo of Venice
There were two incidents today that was a bit of surprise coming from Apple. The free trial period for the Apple One services bundle expired yesterday and the $30 payment was processed. This is fine and expected because I fully intend to use these services including Apple Fitness+. However, Fitness has yet to be released and with no specific release date but decided to charge the full amount. When asking Apple Support they simply said they could cancel the services but no refund. So…thanks for stealing my money by not providing the full advertised services in the bundle!
The second annoyance was inside the Apple News service. This is included in the aforementioned bundle as a paid service. So why then, does Apple include advertising? What other service can you think of where they put banner ads in your face? They don’t. Again, when asked, “The subscriptions do not cancel the advertisements.”
Because the beard is coming along so nicely since I decided to commit to “No Shave November” I have decided to keep it going throughout this next month as well.
After I start losing weight again, hopefully in my face too, the beard should be coming off in Spring 2020.
On November 1st, I declared that it is time to write. In addition to writing about Angkor, I have updated this website every day this month.
The Angkor effort came in at 10,121 words this month, more than ever but still lacking. I have not edited anything and it probably shows.
I think I will focus on my photography this next month as well as catching up on my reading.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed and it is almost December, the cold weather arrives on cue.
The moment you buy an iDevice, you become part of the Apple ecosystem, and more products and services are waiting for you. Some benefits that have solidified my decision to switch from Android to Apple a few years ago are better now than it used to be.
The glue that holds the entire Apple eco-system together is the iCloud service. Apps, files, photos, videos, accounts, settings synchronized across all your devices dependably. Example; I am typing this on the laptop but if I need to go out and come up with something I want to add, I can do so from my mobile device. Neat. Buy a new device? Sign in to your one account and everything transfers over automagically. Within a few minutes you can pick up where you left off.
This feature allows you to transfer files in between all your Apple devices. You can even transfer files to a friend’s nearby Apple device. No Bluetooth connection, no need to be on the same wireless network, it just works.
I now can send text messages over the internet using either the phone, laptop or tablet.
Want to make a video call instead of the traditional voice call? Exclusive to Apple device users, video calls are no hassle and a great way to see your friends.
Wonder where your phone or AirPods are? Using this handy feature will help locate with a map or pinging your device. If you are so trusting and so inclined, you can share your location to keep tabs on where your friends are.
One of the reasons I switched from the Google Android platform was a lack of privacy. I do not trust Google, however, based on several initiatives, I do place my trust with Apple. Apple will not sell your information, they do not need to thanks to the hardware and software sales. They’re doing just fine thank you. When the FBI asked for Apple’s help in unlocking a suspect’s iPhone, the request was refused out of the owner’s privacy rights.
Data used for facial recognition is encrypted and protected.
Apple Maps is not married to your Apple ID so your location data and tracking info is not shared or used by anyone else.
Thanks to the new iOS operating systems, your device will alert you when either the microphone or camera is in use with light indicators on screen.
There is a web safety option called “Sign-in with Apple” which generates unique, encrypted email addresses to apps so you get to keep your authentic email id private.
Text messages sent with iMessage are end to end encrypted, and any data stored in the server is inaccessible to any third party.
Apps have no permission to access user data outside its directory and you can choose which apps have access to location data, camera, microphone etc.
The search history in Safari is end to end encrypted.
Two-Factor authentication options are beneficial.
No bloatware. Apple does supply their apps but you now have the option to remove them from your devices. Not so in the past, so I am glad to see that change.
One of the most surprising features that I enjoy is the contactless, encrypted Apple Pay system. Using your device you can wave it over a pay terminal and confirm transaction. Great for avoiding payment card swipes that can gather your personal information, fast and secure.
Concluding for now, Apple’s brilliant hardware and software ecosystem is designed for compatibility, privacy and security in a system that just works. Now that I am connected I do not believe there is a turning back, captured by the system and finally content with that.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
—Henry David Thoreau
After studying the Stoic philosophies these past few months, there are a few recurring themes, or practices that we can apply today.
Early to rise
Control of self
I’ll go into more detail in the next post.