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Apple Quality

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Yesterday was my first full day of work with Yosemite. One of the first things I noticed was the plethora of notifications. I was getting notifications for every message on Skype as well as every incoming email with Gmail running in Safari. Being a savvy user I went to Notification Center in the Settings app and made the changes I wanted.

Today was my second full day of work with Yosemite. One of the first things I noticed was the plethora of notifications. I was getting notifications for every message on Skype as well as every incoming email with Gmail running in Safari.

What?

I went back to Settings and made my changes again. I also made a note to make sure I wasn’t crazy at the end of the day.

This evening I logged out of my work account, then logged back in. All of my Notification Settings were back to their defaults.

Its hard for me to articulate in writing just how flabbergasted I am at this bug.

Saving user preferences is beginner stuff. How a bug like that could make it past any type of real world testing is beyond me. Add this to the growing examples of other “how did this make it into the wild” bugs – like iOS 8.0.1 – and I’m left seriously questioning Apple.

One of the biggest draws for me to make the jump from Windows to Mac was the simplicity and genuine quality of Apple products. Though the developer tools were downright terrible compared to .Net development, I trusted the OS and its frameworks to be superior to Windows and all of its flaws. But over the last two years, my trust in Apple has taken a serious hit.

I hold out hope that these problems are transient. But the more they pile on, the more I think that there’s a much bigger issue.

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October 23, 2014 at 3:00 am

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TI-85

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A tweet from Onyx Mueller caught my attention this afternoon. I thought I had spotted a TI-85. It turned out to be a TI-83 Plus (which took me a while to get the joke) but it reminded me of my old TI-85 and TI-92.

College was a challenge for me. Math is not my strong suit and I had to get through 4 courses of calculus. Luckily I found classes that allowed you to use a TI-85 or TI-92 (this was 1997). If you could program your calculator to solve the equations, you passed. I passed… then wrote a bunch of other programs on my TI-92 that summer.

I suppose I should count them as the first mobile computing devices I programmed for.

I found my TI-85 and TI-92 in excellent condition this afternoon:

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and for fun, here’s a photo taken with my iPhone 5 of my iPhone 4, iPhone 6, TI-85 and TI-92:

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Written by Nick Harris

October 16, 2014 at 4:41 am

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