Tag Archives: When Zeroes and Ones Go Bad

Site issues.

I’m back…

… not that I went anywhere. I was still here physically. But I couldn’t get into my blog.

I upgraded my site to use https instead of plain-old http. And in doing so, I somehow managed to lock myself out of my wordpress database. Meaning I wasn’t able to post directly. But I finally managed to get myself in, and the remainder of the site converted over to using https instead.

Now if I could just get a stable Internet connection at home. Damn you CenturyLink. Day 3…

Until next time...
Erik

Bad Siri

Is anyone else with an iPhone who reads this little ol’ blog seeing Siri do this this?

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Siri has been draining my battery like my color after hearing the election results. Which weirdly enough is right around the time it started doing it. And it always says “Siri (Audio)” when this happens.

Some Googling has resulted in suggestions, but no one seems to have found a definite cause/correction.

The first was disable “Siri Suggestions”, but I’ve had it off since upgrading months ago:
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Yes, I have Siri on, but if I don’t, I can’t voice to text:
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Even though Dictation has it’s own option:
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Another suggestion was to switch Siri Feedback from “Always On” to one of the other options. But mine has been like this since the upgrade months ago as well:
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Both a regular reboot and a hard reboot don’t make a difference either.

The other options are to nuke the phone and reload it, but before I do that, I wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing this.

Until next time...
Erik

iOS 10 Music app fail…

I’ve been ranking my songs in iTunes and on my iPhone using the star rating system for… ages. Most of my playlists involve the use of the stars to sort what I want to hear.

After upgrading to iOS 10, I couldn’t find the ability to modify the rating anywhere aside from Apple’s new thumbs-up or thumbs-down feature, which is not granular enough… for me.

After a bit of Google-sleuthing, I discovered this feature is no longer available in the iOS Music app, with no way to rate a song as it plays on my iDevice. (It can still be accessed via iTunes… for now.) Thanks for yanking an old feature, Apple.

Luckily, some developer out there has created an app that allows me to still do that, as both a widget and in it’s app. It’s called “Music Rating Widget”, and can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/music-rating-widget/id971955890?mt=8.

Totally worth the $0.99. For me.

I can now still rate the new music I get as I play it, and adjust older ratings as my tastes change.

Ratings!
Ratings!

Until next time...
Erik

12 of 12, April 2016 edition

The 12 of 12 Challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up by a number of random bloggers who linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 Challenge in December 2011, but passed the torch to someone who [sadly] hasn’t been keeping up with it. I am giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who initially inspired me to do the Challenge, and he still does.

This is my 52nd “12 of 12.” A Tuesday. Normally a day off for me, but I somehow managed to jack up my schedule and have been working six days a week the last couple of weeks. And will be for the next few. Ugh.

I’m publishing this post late because our home computer had a hard drive failure, and while I’ve replaced that, I haven’t had time to “be myself” with trying to get the taxes done and working too much.

But here you go. My weak attempt at the 12 this month.

9:36 AM: I woke up to The Husbear moving some stuff around so he can put out compost in the flower and vegetable beds.
9:36 AM: I woke up to The Husbear moving some stuff around so he can put out compost in the flower and vegetable beds.
9:58 AM: Working on getting the computer up and running. It's been saying this same thing since last night.
9:58 AM: Working on getting the computer up and running. It’s been saying this same thing since last night.
10:00 AM: The Husbear being... manly? He's back at the gym finally after the tractor accident.
10:00 AM: The Husbear being… manly? He’s back at the gym finally after the tractor accident.
11:55 AM: One of the tattoos I'm doing today. It's been a long time since I've done a Bugs Bunny tattoo.
11:55 AM: One of the tattoos I’m doing today. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Bugs Bunny tattoo.
3:35 PM: We only made it this far before the client had to tap out. She was having a rough day today, which translates into somebody's ability to sit or not for a tattoo.
3:35 PM: We only made it this far before the client had to tap out. She was having a rough day today, which translates into somebody’s ability to sit or not for a tattoo.
3:54 PM: A picture more for myself, but these were the pigments I used on the client. So I remember to use the same ones for her next session.
3:54 PM: A picture more for myself, but these were the pigments I used on the client. So I remember to use the same ones for her next session.
4:11 PM: A little quiet time before my next client arrives. It was at this point that I realized I was starting to feel a migraine coming on. I rescheduled my next client and headed home.
4:11 PM: A little quiet time before my next client arrives. It was at this point that I realized I was starting to feel a migraine coming on. I rescheduled my next client and headed home.
4:43 PM: So many hard drive replacement decisions. On my way home, I stopped at Best Buy to pick up a replacement hard drive. I know it'd be less expensive to order it online, but I needed a new drive now.
4:43 PM: So many hard drive replacement decisions. On my way home, I stopped at Best Buy to pick up a replacement hard drive. I know it’d be less expensive to order it online, but I needed a new drive now.
7:09 PM: I had to run back to the studio to grab some files. My head is hurting a little still, but I managed to head it off with enough medication. I was trying to switch music stations, and hit the camera button instead.
7:09 PM: I had to run back to the studio to grab some files. My head is hurting a little still, but I managed to head it off with enough medication. I was trying to switch music stations, and hit the camera button instead.
7:44 PM: Attempting to reinstall Windows on the new hard drive. Buy my license wasn't working. Damn. Time for another option.
7:44 PM: Attempting to reinstall Windows on the new hard drive. Buy my license wasn’t working. Damn. Time for another option.
9:42 PM: I needed a snack.
9:42 PM: I needed a snack.
10:58 PM: I slaved the dying hard drive into The Husbear's new computer in an attempt to repair the drive enough to clone it to a new drive. ScanDisk was finding all sorts of errors.
10:58 PM: I slaved the dying hard drive into The Husbear’s new computer in an attempt to repair the drive enough to clone it to a new drive. ScanDisk was finding all sorts of errors.
Baker's Dozen: 11:16 PM: I'm tired. My brain still hurts. And I'm going to bed.
Baker’s Dozen: 11:16 PM: I’m tired. My brain still hurts. And I’m going to bed.

And now on with playing catch-up still…

Until next time...
Erik