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IF Cellebrite Can Crack any iPhone, THEN…gwhiz

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:19:25 +0000

As this article posits, Cellebrite can now crack any iPhone. OK. Suppose that’s a true statement. Every single iPhone is now susceptible to lawful (or unlawful) compromise. If you’re an iPhone owner does this change your behavior? If you’re a law abiding citizen I’m betting you’re not changing your buying habits until this becomes a […]

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Love Me Some Bacongwhiz

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:08:26 +0000

Best Bacon Reviews Guide ever. I absolutely love bacon. Seriously love bacon. So, when I arrived at my new job a year ago I made a couple pans of bacon for my coworkers. I’ve never learned everyone’s names in a company so fast. It was a hit and I knew immediately I’d chosen well. These […]

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The Sovereign Republic of Applegwhiz

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:57:59 +0000

I have a profound admiration for Peter Thiel. There are a large number of brilliant thinkers walking the planet today. Peter Thiel, in my mind, is among them. So, as the USA Freedom Act spins up and the Patriot Act spins apart and companies such as Apple plant their feet firmly, and rightly so in […]

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LastPass HackedgwhizLastPass GUID Keychain Blockchain

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:05:20 +0000

I hate passwords. I have too many accounts and too many passwords to remember. So, I resorted to using LastPass not too long ago for simplifying sign on services. Okta was another service I’d had the opportunity to use and I found the experience of both to be quite good. Until this morning. There is no […]

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Apple Watch Upgrade Path?gwhiz

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:37:06 +0000

I had the bright idea to stand in line to get the first gen iPhone. That device was magical (sort of) in an initial sort of way. Pull that phone out now and hold it up to an iPhone 6. The magic is gone pretty much upon startup. But, I’ve since bought just about every […]

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GASP! Tim Cook is human!?gwhiz

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:19:13 +0000

Who the hell coulda guessed THAT!? Tim Cook just came right out in front of God and everyone and admitted he’s… human! Welcome to the party Mr. Cook. We proudly admit you to the human race. We accept your (misplaced) fondness of Auburn football. You must be one helluvan uncle. And furthermore, what you do […]

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SEO Tools on Mac? Doubtfulgwhiz

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:26:59 +0000

I love Macs. You can tell from this blog, right? But, SEO on a Mac is just not feasible so far as I can tell. I’ve tried. It sucks. So, some will probably say… you just don’t write well for the search engines. That’s might be true. There’s so much more involved than writing though and […]

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“I Only See My Wrist”gwhiz

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:09:47 +0000

Colbert surely twisted the shiv in Cook’s gut with that one. “I Only See My Wrist.” That was the money quote that day. Classic Colbert. Yes, yes: Everyone’s waiting and anticipating the Apple Watch. Except, maybe, me. I do so enjoy being the odd one in the bunch. I’ve played the latest Apple keynote through […]

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REVIEW: My First 5 Minutes with OS X Yosemitegwhiz

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:07:54 +0000

Holy Caw! This beast is… SLEEK. I didn’t think I would like the non-skeumorphic icons. I’m not crazy about them on iOS. Yosemite will probably carry me over that hump. Right off the bat I was concerned about app compatibility. We’ve all been stung by that with these updates. Yet, here it is 30 minutes […]

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ERROR: Pages Can Not Be Opened While It Is Being Updatedgwhiz

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:07:43 +0000

Problem is was (yes, I solved it) Pages ISN’T FLIPPING BEING UPDATED! C’mon Apple… A restart was of no help at all. The Apple Store app says I have no updates in progress and nothing needs updating. So…? UPDATE: So, my fine netizen friends, the very simple solution was to isolate my computer from the […]

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Kick (bleep) AppleTV Feature Suggestiongwhiz

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:14:39 +0000

My four kids are still young. They will be for a while longer. Their little ears don’t need to hear all the words some of these otherwise acceptable programs have. AppleTV has replaced Cox Cable programming in our household. If it’s not on the AppleTV we don’t see it or even know it exists. […]

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Macs + Airsoft = An FPS Gamegwhiz

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:49:43 +0000

The craze among kids these days is Airsoft. Once the kids start blogging about Airsoft… it’s either on the rise or it’s jumped the shark. (Hint: it’s too early to have jumped the shark). So, I’m trying to mashup my love for the Mac platform, my love for tinkering and coding and mash all that […]

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Mac Warcraft Multiboxinggwhiz

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 20:54:53 +0000

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for the past several years and have a primary level 90 raiding toon (iLvl 558 Ret Paladin) and a secondary “alt” that I use for gathering herbs and ores (up to level 70 zones). My guilds full of people my age and in some cases older (which = more […]

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Dear Tim Cook: AppleTV + Spotlight-like Search Please?gwhizAppleTV-Spotlight

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:20:29 +0000

Haysoos Marimba Apple. Sheesh. Is it too much to ask for a simple, unified search across all the discombobulated silos that make up AppleTV content? I’ve worked with Lucene and I’ve worked with Nutch and Acrobat Indexes. This isn’t hard to do. Heck, hire me for a couple months. We’ll get this done PDQ. It […]

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Apple TV “Search” Needs Improvinggwhiz

Mon, 20 May 2013 21:01:53 +0000

It’s been on my mind lately and needs flogging again: Apple TV Search leaves a lot to be desired. We jettisoned Cox Cable Television (kept internet, for now). The only content we subscribe to now is Hulu Plus and Netflix. Unfortunately, Apple TV doesn’t make it easy to search ONE place for content across all […]

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Streaming Christmas Music (iTunes)gwhiz

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 03:17:51 +0000

Apple could stand a better search interface for searching their “radio” streams in both iTunes and especially in AppleTV. So, Merry Christmas from me to you… I’ve found a good number of the streams from within the various iTunes radio categories just for you conveniently linked below: Snow FM Ireland (classic Christmas oldies, 128 kbps) […]

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iOS 7 Better Have…gwhiz

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:35:50 +0000

There are some things iOS7 had better have before I consider shelling out the bucks for the next new iPhone. Here’s my iOS bucket list: I need a way to import a high quality greeting to my voicemail. Hardline dialing and recording a new greeting is NOT Apple-worthy. I don’t mind recoding to the Voice […]

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The New Apple TV Projectgwhiz

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:30:22 +0000

Apple’s always working to where “the puck is GOING to be” and so it should be no surprise they feel TV is next. The iPhone wasn’t fully formed at birth. I don’t think we should expect the next-gen TV experience from Apple to be any different. So, when Engadget’s Lawler contemplates his navel over HDTV […]

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HOW TO: Grabbing Mac App Iconsgwhiz

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 21:17:10 +0000

There are a number of reasons to want a Mac App icon. Maybe you want to create a how-to document for a class. Maybe you want to customize a folder icon on your desktop. Maybe you want to create a header for a blog (like the one above). Who knows why you’d want the icons. […]

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iCloud VIP list broken?gwhiz

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 15:15:55 +0000

iCloud’s VIP lists seems to be malfunctioning or at the very least working in some cases and not others. Web-based iCloud mail isn’t showing the last month or so of a certain VIP. Though my iPhone (latest rev of iOS) displays my VIP lists her properly. For reference this seems to only display properly on […]

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My APPflictiongwhiz

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:04:18 +0000

I evaluate apps like a teenage girl tries on clothes. I’m voracious about it. More importantly, I have terribly harsh standards and I have a problem committing to an app: They’re all too easy to discard and replace with the new shiny. It’s unfair, I know. But, I’m finding the most inconsequential features can sometimes […]

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Smart. Phone. Distracted. Driving.gwhiz

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:19:51 +0000

We want it all too quickly don’t we? A nifty device lands in our life in the form of a smartphone. One iteration after another it’s improved upon until we reach the intersections of dependence, need and technical capability. I’m of course talking about my iPhone and it’s current OS (version 5.1). Siri intrigued me […]

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Sorry, Windows 8 Only Ushers OUT Windows 7gwhiz

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:56:19 +0000

For all the good Zach Epstein tries to accomplish with his claim that Windows 8 is the one to usher in the Post PC era… all he does is underscore Apple ushered in the Post PC era and that Windows 8 is (in true Microsoft fashion) a close follower. Think Zune. Think Windows Mobile. Hell, […]

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Who is AAPL’s next COOgwhiz

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:39:09 +0000

Everyone’s all rev’d up about Job’s resignation as CEO, Tim Cook’s ascencion to CEO. No one is yet talking about who replaces COOK! Tim is a brilliant ops guy. Sure, he gets strategy. He’s helped drive it at Apple now for nearly a decade for crying out loud. The guy “gets it”. No question. But, […]

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IS Steve Jobs Coming Back? Ever?gwhiz

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:58:33 +0000

Some time back I predicted Steve Jobs would “retire” across the board (Apple, Disney, etc). Kinda happy to have gotten that one a wee wrong. Something’s really niggling me about his return though… I just don’t see it happening. It’s time to wonder now… will Steve Jobs return to the office off this most recent […]

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REVIEW: Solio Charger (iPhone, iPad, iPod)gwhiz

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:58:07 +0000

Solio was nice enough to send me a review unit. I have to admit, this one had me excited from the get go. The Solio charger is pretty darned slick. I like the idea of having the ability to charge my phone in a pinch. Maybe I’m at a ball game. Maybe I’m on a […]

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The Quandry: Web App or Native App?gwhiz

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:28:21 +0000

I’ve been wrestling a lot lately trying to pick a path forward for my next big iterations of our mobile app strategy at Grocio. The dilemma for us is a little unique. Most of what we produce (locally aggregated store circulars) are fed today to the iPad only through the NATIVE client over http. So, […]

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When School Boards Failgwhiz

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:21:14 +0000

Imagine this – Your State Legislature takes a bill through to signed law. Happens all the time. It’s controversial to the point of being called “unconstitutional”. This new law requires your (elected) state school boards to do something specific. Most comply but seven in your county don’t. In fact, they VOTE not to follow the […]

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If Google Made A Cargwhiz

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:24:06 +0000

By now, most people have heard Google is testing cars that drive themselves. Which, is kinda cool. But, consistent with my earlier post on “If Apple Made a Car” I’d like to explore the allegory of a Google Car. So, here goes: You don’t buy a gAuto. It is strictly by referer only. Right off […]

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REVIEW: StarTech DS128gwhiz

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:08:06 +0000

I receive a LOT of product review requests and I turn down the majority of them. I just don’t have time to evaluate stuff I either won’t use or couldn’t possibly recommend based on my own lack of interest. But, once in a very long while, a PR rep will be uber persistent and slip […]

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Enable Airprint for ALL your shared printersgwhiz

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 03:15:22 +0000

Apple ROYALLY pissed me off with this AirPrint feature in iOS 4.2.1 release. To only support a dozen wifi printers out the gate is just plain asinine. Oy vey!! C’mon guys! You’re better than this. I have no clue WHY you chose screw up your precious USER EXPERIENCE (oh, make no mistake, you screwed up […]

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WTF!? OK HB 3393 Should STAND!gwhiz

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:35:34 +0000

What the HELL are these “educators” thinking in Oklahoma!? Seriously! “Educators” seems misplaced in this context. They’re ADMINISTRATORS. And, what they’re thinking is, “Oops! People are taking their kids (and consequently OUR money/funding) out of our reach.” THAT is exactly what they’re thinking. Glad you finally chose to wake the hell up. When presented with […]

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FaceMeld for iOSgwhiz

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:38:13 +0000

A project I’m working on is called FaceMeld for iOS. The aim is to bridge a gap between FaceTime and the desktop iChat. Seems in Apple’s rush to market they didn’t live up to one of their own tennets – Openness. Even if it’s only cross-platform between their mobile OS and their desktop OS… that’s […]

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iPhone4 + FaceTime ≠ Open Standardgwhiz

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 04:12:10 +0000

For crying out loud Apple… You have this wildly popular new shiny thing (iPhone4). Congrats by the way… You go on this big screed about “open standards”. While… In your other corner you have this wonderful but 1/2 forgotten platform called OSX (which was notably absent from this years WWDC by the way) which you […]

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Stupid Email Trick to ID Those Who SELL Your Addressgwhiz

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:56:21 +0000

Sometimes someone shows you something so slick you don’t really appreciate it immediately for what it is. Such is the case here. So, bookmark this post… you’ll come back to it for a double take some day. Or Digg it or Delicious it… keep it close. It’s so stupid simple it’s almost elusive. I happened […]

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iPhone Dev: Button for iPhone (not Touches)gwhiz

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 17:06:28 +0000

The App Store rejected my first attempt at submitting an app based on “Reachability” (which I’m still trying to resolve) and showing a call button (even to devices incapable of placing a call, such as iPod Touches). Turns out what I was looking for is somewhat easy… at least the part that checks if the […]

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REVIEW: Pelican Micro Case i1015gwhiz

Fri, 01 Jan 2010 19:13:23 +0000

I’ve bought a LOT of Pelican shipping containers in the past several years and they make a MEAN box. So, when the email came in asking me to review the i1015 Micro Case (for iPhone) I have to admit, my expectations were pretty lofty. The GOOD The i1015 seals TIGHT. So, if you work in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: “iPhone for Programmers”gwhiz

Fri, 01 Jan 2010 18:40:52 +0000

As luck would have it I received a review copy of “iPhone for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach” just as I was getting up to speed on iPhone development. What I like about this app… it steps us through the programming and considerations behind 14 very different apps. Lots of different frameworks covered and the walk […]

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While I Was Awaygwhiz

Sun, 20 Dec 2009 01:02:24 +0000

Many of you know I’m the founder of For the past many months I’ve been working away at putting that business together. In the process I fell in love (all over again) with the iPhone. This time – as a developer. Those of you who know me realize I’m no developer despite these many […]

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[REVIEW] iFrogz Earpollution Earbudsgwhiz

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:18:33 +0000

iFrogz was kind enough to send me a pair of their Earpollution Earbuds to review. The short of it: They’re decent earbuds at a good value. More after the jump… I’ll be honest and say, in my opinion, I still like the stock iPhone earbuds better overall. I tend to make handsfree calls while I’m […]

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