Really enjoyed seeing an Apple 1 in National Museum of Scotland. Just a pity it was a rushed visit and I could only photograph it through the glass.

Are Apple’s spacial photos like “magic eye” images from the 90s? In that some people (including me) can’t determine what I’m supposed to be looking at?

The Voice Assistant Who Cried Wolf

I hope I’m wrong this time, but this is the one area where we can’t really trust Apple, sadly. Because we can’t take Siri’s word for it.

I couldn’t agree more.

All of this week’s WWDC content on AI specific features are needs the caveat of “if this works”. There’s no evidence beyond the marketing that this is going to work given the last 13 years of Siri.

Search over. Found in bin. A copper bin. Aka Faraday Cage.

Damn it. So far “Find My” hasn’t helped locate it either.

Finished. From wooden kit to finished model in a day. I’m happy with that result.

Intricate and not much room for error. Also wood isn’t known for high precision machining

I have to admit that this is a little daunting. I’ll see you in 3 months….

Indeed, Orange is the New Black.

Finished the last working day in my forties. I’ve no idea how that happened.

I’d love to see iPad OS “window” management be considerably less fragile. For example breaking Split View given half the chance, or randomly removing an app in Slide Over. We’d all love to see much more besides this, but reliability should be top of the list.

Making more of the iPad?

Since I’ve thought about replacing my iPad mini and possibly even the pencil with a new iPad Pro, I figure own it to myself to first test using the iPad as exclusively as I can over the course of the next week. I unfortunately have to work on a Windows PC so this isn’t one of those. Can I do my work on my iPad tests? It’s more can I use my iPad as my go to device than my phone and my Mac?

Here’s to the last Saturday night in my 40’s. By this next week it will be a whole new thing.

Glass of whisky, 1 large ice cube

Guy English solving the fundamental problems with iPadOS on the Rebound Podcast. What a great quote!

Hey Siri, what’s the weather today?

use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?


use Carrot weather, allow or don’t allow?

( speechless )

Find myself looking the new iPad Air even if I don’t know why and have no apparent use for an iPad larger than my beloved iPad mini.

About time too.

Rishi Sunak announces 4 July General Election

As reported by BBC News.

And the result is (I hope) a forgone conclusion unless they mess it up.

Well done “F” for putting up with me. Heard to believe but 12 months ago today I stepped out of my flat for the last time, handing in the keys to estate agent. We were already living together but then it was official. We just had the weeks to wait until we got the keys to our own home and the onslaught of DIY that would ensue. But the place looks great and shows what can be achieved in a year.

Limitations and reality of iPad, M4 or otherwise

Like many, I’ve tried and failed to use an iPad like I use a Mac. The promise of iOS has not lived up to expectations, not even with the introduction of trackpad support and Stage Manager.

The reality is Apple likes the iPad and it’s OS just where it is: a simpler computing platform at a lower cost point. Afterall an iPad is a single display, single port device, where keyboards and other peripherals are supported at a healthy margin. This is the perfect onboarding device for non-nerds to extend the capabilities of their iPhone onto a larger format, without the burden of a full PC laptop/desktop.

Put it another way, if you graphed both Mac and iPad on the same chart of price (x) and capability (y), then there would be 2 overlapping circles but with minimum overlap. These are distinct products, the Mac for complex tasks and iPad for simpler tasks. As much as overlap continues to grow this will always be compromised by the low precision of a touch-first interface, even with a trackpad icon and Stage Manager.

Another OS feature that failed to deliver.

I can’t help but fold wrappers. I’ve been doing that since I was 16.

I have 320 Shortcuts and utilise less than 32 with any frequency. I think it’s time to “bring out your dead

Successfully subscribed mindnode to an app that let’s pay for the subscription but not install the app due to OS compatibility. Presumably OS compatibility should be checked before the upgrade now screen. Naturally I’ve cancelled my subscription.

Another Callander Toy Fair