Pairing wireless keyboards

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I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re having trouble pairing an Apple Wireless Keyboard and you might have paired it in the past to more than one computer/tablet/phone try pressing the “play/pause” or volume keys. If something starts playing music, unpair that first.

It might save you embarrassment after half an hour of doing the power button pairing dance.

Battlefield loading times

I think this is one of the main reasons why I stopped playing Battlefield 3 and why I won’t be playing much Battelfield 4

That’s quite usual for loading time, although I’ve seen longer. If you play on settings with longer round durations it might be tolerable, but if you like shorter and faster game types you round time will be around 5-15 minutes

Spending 10-30% of my gaming time staring at a loading screen is no fun.

On top of that, I’m getting a bit tired of shooting and looking into games with a little more story. If you’re looking for a nice new game where the main goal is not killing people and blowing up stuff, check out Papo & Yo.

The Internet Archive scanning center on fire

I got the news a bit late, but one of the buildings of the Internet Archive caught fire last week.

An early estimate shows we may have lost about $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment, and we will need to repair or rebuild the scanning building.   It is in difficult times like these that we turn to our community.

You might know the Internet Archive from their Wayback Machine, a service that keeps snapshots of many websites back to 1996

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I’m really only familiar with that tool, but they do so much more. From their about page:

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

If you want to help rebuild, you can donate.

Wine. Lots of wine

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Reminds me of a certain Matrix scene

Duplicated error messages

A retweet wasn’t enough this time. If you work with APIs you’ll relate to this (baby is optional)

Reverse Identity Theft

Reverse Identity Theft

Glad to see I’m not the only one. I get so much email that’s not for me

San Francisco, the weird

Human Cats

Human Cats

Folsom Street Fair. Judging for the name, one would expect something completely different. If you have no idea what it is, ask Google Images (NSFW). I think I had never seen so many naked guys, not to mention bondage and whip demos, leather and latex, and all sorts of crazy stuff, in broad daylight, in a major city center.

The two women in the picture above were just hanging out there, acting like cats,  playing with toys. I so wished I’d had brought a laser pointer

iCloud backup is not enough as an iOS developer

Not enough storage

Why Apple, why?

More often than not, I find this alert greeting me: I’ve reached my iCloud storage limit again.

You get 5GB free, but you share those for all the devices tied into your Apple ID. In my case, here’s the list:

  • 32GB iPad mini – testing device, but used for reading, browsing, videos,… while not working
  • 32GB iPhone 4S – main phone so far
  • 32GB iPhone  5 – next main phone, used to test the iOS7 betas this summer
  • 8GB iPod 4G – testing only
  • MacBook Pro

That’s not counting the older devices I never use anymore.

Backups don’t include the OS or the installed Apps, but the rest of the data can easily surpass 5GB with this many devices. You can opt to not backup some parts like your Camera Roll or iBooks, but then what’s the point of backing up. The other option is to pay for more storage.

iCloud storage plans

iCloud storage plans

I don’t think the storage plans are that expensive (although they are, compared to Dropbox and others), but considering I roughly buy a new iPhone and iPad each year, that’s over $1000 for Apple. If you renew your computer every 2-3 years, duplicate that (those new retina MacBooks are expensive). Throw in another $100 for the developer program, although that’s peanuts compared to the hardware cost.

It’s not crazy to think Apple could offer you an extra 5GB for each new device. Even expiring the extra space after a couple of years would be enough.

Then again, a lightning cable is more expensive than the 10GB plan.