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iPhone 5s Review

December 08, 2015

I got my new iPhone a week ago, and thought I would round off the life of my old iPhone with a review. The purpose of most reviews are some form of “should I buy it”, the purpose of this review is more in the light “what do I really think about the device after countless hours of use”.

There are many things I really love about the iPhone 5s, Touch ID is fantastic, and so is the camera, and the performance was pretty good all the way to the end. But there are also some things I don’t like. I think the iPhone 5 and 5s form factor is a horrible compromise and the worst of two worlds, I would rather like to have a bigger screen or the previous size. You can see another tweet or e-mail on the screen, and that is more or less it; while you get a more balanced and efficient screen size on the 4s and previous models(efficient in terms of how fast one can navigate the interface).

The design is okay, I think the look is okay, but I honestly prefer the heavier feel of the 4s to the 5s ridiculously light weight.

I use all of my devices pretty hard, I listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks at least 10 hours per day, and sometimes all the time I’m not writing, showering or sleeping. They have a rough life: I drop them, I use them outside in the very cold Norwegian winter climate, and in the very wet and rainy weather here in Bergen. And I do think it is impressive that any piece of electronics are still working after 18 months, but the iPhone 4s is up until this point the device that survived with the most grace.

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iPhone 6s Plus First Impressions

December 08, 2015

I got my new iPhone a week ago. This is the first time I have spent a large amount of time trying to decide which device to get. The reason is the different sizes. I prefer the 3.5 inc screen over the 4 inc, 4.7 inc and 5.5 inc screens; the reason is simple: I can get stuff done much faster on the size than the others, and the 4 and 4.7 doesn’t give me enough extra space for the trade off to be worth it. That is the reason is went for the plus.

I got the space grey 64 GB iPhone 6s Plus, with a red Apple Silicone case, and I think it is fantastic.

This is what I think of the device this far:

  • The battery is fantastic. I always have a charger in my jacket and at work, I don’t think I need any of that anymore.

  • The camera handles poor light pretty well, much better than anything I have used before; the only way I get any better results is with a DSLR, manual controls and a good flash.

  • The screen size is fantastic. This is the first phone where I can write with two thumbs in portrait, and the landscape keyboard is fantastic. You notice that this is a freaking huge phone, but Apple have done many of the right compromises to make as good as possible.

  • The weight is also good.

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512 Pixels

December 06, 2015

A bunch of empty duplicate albums would be annoying to clean up, but upon digging, I discovered that not all my albums had been duplicated. Some --- including one with 1800 family photos from a vacation --- had been overwritten with an empty album of the same name.

Yeah, if there is one area where I want a boyfriend plain file system solution, where I can control everything from sync, to backup, then it have to be photos. I’m going to stick with Lightroom, Dropbox and backups to external drives.

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Ideology

December 06, 2015

This is a excellent peice by Gemmell, as always. Just fucking read it, before you discuss terrorism and Syrian refugees.

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Macstories

December 06, 2015

1Writer is a very good and very powerful text editor, and it is nice to have a real alternative to Editorial, even though I prefer the later. But the developer of 1Writer is much better at updating the app.

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Samantha Bielefeld is Victor Johnson

December 06, 2015

To add an extra twist to the story, the full name of the man behind Samantha was Victor Wynn Johnson, a known con man. This wasn’t just some naif who got carried away, this was a concerted fraud.

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The TTY Delystified

December 06, 2015

Linus Åkesson:

The TTY subsystem is central to the design of Linux, and UNIX in general. Unfortunately, its importance is often overlooked, and it is difficult to find good introductory articles about it. I believe that a basic understanding of TTYs in Linux is essential for the developer and the advanced user.

This is the most interesting technical artical I have read in a very long time. And also for a person that have spent over ten years on Linux and UNIX systems and a huge portion of that time in the terminal. A must read for all the UNIX and Linux geeks out there.

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The Brooks Review

December 06, 2015

Last month a veritable shit storm hit Twitter and many blogs, with the seemingly unwarranted attack on an anonymous blogger going by the name “Samantha Bielefeld”. This week I have been given a lot more information about this person and it makes me angry. Very angry.

While I still believe gendered, and personal, attacks on anybody for their opinions is fully unwarranted, it has become increasingly clear to me I have misplaced my trust in this person. That misplaced trust was something this person appears to have been depending on and I regret this very much.

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The Sweet Setup

December 06, 2015

The Sweet Setup:

Of all the cases we put to the test, Apple’s own Silicone Case provided the best combination of form, function, and ease of use.

I got a red Apple silicone case together with my 6s Plus, and it is a fantastic case. It is a great case, and the best case I have used with any iPhone. My only issue is it is a pain to get it in and out of the pocket in my jeans.

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The Sweet Setup

December 06, 2015

The Sweet Setup::

One thing I do not like about Safari is that it always opens iTunes when I click on an Apple Music or App link. Thankfully, a great Safari extension takes care of that problem for me. It’s called NoMoreiTunes, and it does exactly what the name implies. After you download and install it, it will keep iTunes from launching whenever an iTunes link is clicked. You’ll be able to preview the app information along with reading some initial reviews. If you decide that you want to open the page in iTunes, there is a handy link in the NoMoreiTunes overlay at the top of the Safari window.

Great tip, I have been using this plugin for as long as I can remember using Safari as my primary browser.

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