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Jeff Richardson
New Orleans
Interests: piano, technology, apple
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Thanks for the feedback, Bob. I'll note, however, that I continue to use this app and have had a much better experience with it than you. First, I have never had a problem with the zone number being wrong here in New Orleans. What city are you in? Perhaps this varies from city to city. Second, I have never tried to use their customer service, so I cannot comment on that. Third, there is also a flat fee here in New Orleans. I don't know about other cities so that may be the same everywhere. As you say, it is very small (I think it is also 30 cents here) and worth it to me for the convenience. Keep in mind that if you don't use this app, you may have to over-pay at a meter if you don't know how long you will be. But with this app, you can underpay and add more time if necessary. In those circumstances, the minor fee may end up being a wash, or you may even save month. On the other hand, if you are only parking for 10 minutes, then the 30 cents might seem relatively high. Finally, I purchased a new car a few months ago and had no trouble adding my new car to the app. But I didn't use the app during the 10 days that I was waiting to get my license plate, and since this app works based on the license plate, I can see how this app just wouldn't function at all during that very small window. -Jeff
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Elle, I scanned a real exhibit sticker. On my PC at work, I use Nuance Power PDF and I cropped that image and turned it into a stamp. (I'm sure that you can do something similar in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF programs. I know that you can do it in PDFpen on an iPad.) They I use the typewriter function to just type an exhibit number or letter on top of my digital stamp. -Jeff
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If it is happening every day, that might be a hardware problem with your Apple Watch. If you have access to an Apple Store, I recommend that you make an appointment and see if they can swap out your watch for a new one. Good luck! -Jeff
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I could go on for pages on this topic, but at the risk of being too brief, here is why I think this still makes good sense. My main concern with a website using a password is that there are so many ways that a hacker could learn/guess/obtain a password. A system in which a hacker would have to instead have access to my iPhone — which yes, has the username, password, and security code all in one place — is infinitely more secure than a system in which the hacker just has to have the password. I see the argument that security would be EVEN BETTER if just my password is on my iPhone and the security code is someplace else, but where would that be? For years, people used those little RSA security fobs, but if someone steals my fob, I may not realize it for a while. If someone steals my iPhone, I guarantee I will know about it almost instantly. And even if that happens, I know that a hacker can only do so much without my fingerprint, plus I may be able to remotely erase the iPhone. I especially like that this system doesn't rely upon a text being sent to my cell phone as the second factor because there are ways that a hacker can clone my SIM, or convince my cellphone company to activate a different phone under my name so that the hacker gets my text messages, etc. The problem with security is that it often cuts against convenience. The 1Password two-factor system described in this post gives me a LOT more security, with virtually NO added inconvenience. This is amazing and makes two-factor much more attractive to me. If you want to obtain even greater two-factor security using additional means, and if the inconvenience doesn't bother you, that's great! But for me, this seems to hit the sweet spot of additional security and minimal additional inconvenience. -Jeff
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It is the Travel Mode that I described in this post: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2017/05/sponsor-1password.html -Jeff
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I agree. This should work. And this is similar to the new 1Password feature for traveling abroad. -Jeff
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I have never used anything on the back, and in many years I have never gotten any scratches, nor do I want the increase in size that would come along with any back case. Maybe I've gotten a few minor ones that you can barely see, but it simply hasn't been an issue for me. Having said that, a minor scratch on the back of my iPad wouldn't really bother me since I don't really pay much attention to the back. -Jeff
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I haven't seen the vent clip since I wrote this review back in 2010, so I'm not sure. But I presume it would clip on regardless of the vent orientation. If you are looking for a more modern mount, check out this one: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2017/02/review-pearl-phone-mount-magnetic-car-mount.html -Jeff
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I think WiFi would be fine for your needs. -Jeff
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If your husband is using a web-based service like Gmail or Yahoo Mail, he can either use Safari on your iPad to get his emails, or you can install the Gmail or Yahoo Mail apps for him to use, while you continue to use the built-in Mail app for your mail. -Jeff
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Fixed. Thanks. -Jeff
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I don't think that iOS 11 will let you open multiple instances of the same app. Microsoft Word could implement a feature to allow multiple windows at a time. I don't know if they have any plans to do so. -Jeff
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Yes, but I believe only to the extent that you can already create a PDF (using the trick I described above). It will be easier to create a PDF in iOS 11, but I don't think that there are circumstances in which iOS 10 could not create a PDF but iOS 11 can. But as for the second part of your question, I don't know how e-filing works in your jurisdiction. If attaching a PDF to an email is enough, then you can already do that now. For example you can create a PDF in iOS, store it in Dropbox, and then insert the file in an email as an attachment by selecting it from Dropbox. Or, most any app that can be used to annotate a PDF can also email the document in PDF format. If you have a Word document, you can use Word to create a PDF and email that PDF version of the document. But if you are in a jurisdiction that requires you to upload a file in a web browser to file the document, then yes, you may have more options in iOS 11 versus iOS 10 because of the new Files app. We will have to see how all of this works. -Jeff
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That's bizarre. My Apple Watch tracks activity whenever I wear it, no matter what time of day or night. -Jeff
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Glad to hear that you enjoy using CarPlay as much as I do. And I'm also glad to hear that your 2003 Accord is still plugging along at 220,000 miles -- impressive! -Jeff
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Yes, to download the maps. I don't think that Apple's Maps app has a way to download apps beforehand (on WiFi) so that you then don't have to use cell data to display the map. If Apple adds this feature, then maybe you could use maps in CarPlay without using your phone data. -Jeff
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Tom, I address much of this my my review of the AirPods: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2017/01/review-apple-airpods.html But in short, (1) The sound quality of the AirPods is essentially the same as the earpods that come built-in with an iPhone. Which means that the sound is very good, but you can get better quality with expensive headphones. Also, there is no noise cancellation, so if you are in a noisy environment you can hear the outside world. Except for when I am on planes, I consider this to be an advantage because I want to hear if someone is trying to talk to me while I am using AirPods. When it comes to quality-of-life, however, the AirPods are much better. There is no cord to get in your way. And you can easily wear just one of them if you are only listening to something in the background while still clearly listening to the outside world. (2) I have never run out of battery life with my AirPods. You can use a set for five hours before you run out of power, and I guess I have never gone more than five hours straight without stopping. When the AirPods run out of power, just slip them into the charging case, and only 15 minutes of charging gets you another three hours. So if you plan to use them all day long as you suggest, as long as you can take very short breaks of a few minutes to charge them, you can get another 20 hours of charge with the case, so in other words you can go 24 hours before running out of power in both the AirPods and the case. And of course, you can charge the case while the AirPods are in your ears, so if you have access to a Lightning cord during the day, you can essentially use AirPods constantly as long as you take a few minute of break time every few hours. Again, in real world use, I have simply never had an issue with battery life. The case works so well that you always want to put your AirPods in there when you are not using them, and as as result whenever I take my AirPods out of the case I virtually always have a 100% full charge. This experience is far, far better than prior wireless headphones that I have used. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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The noise level sounds the same to me as the third generation Drobo. I haven't tried -- or heard -- the specific model that you have. -Jeff
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I also assume that it is just pass-through, but I don't have the equipment to test that. -Jeff
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President Trump himself called it a "Muslim ban" so I don't think it is really inaccurate to use his own terminology. Here is what the Ninth Circuit said in its ruling: "The States argue that the Executive Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims. In support of this argument, the States have offered evidence of numerous statements by the President about his intent to implement a 'Muslim ban' as well as evidence they claim suggests that the Executive Order was intended to be that ban, including sections 5(b) and 5(e) of the Order. It is well established that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims." Washington v. Trump, 17-35105, 2017 WL 526497, at *10 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2017) You are correct that I think that the ban was unfair, so I will admit to having a bias against it. But I don't see how you can say it is "broad, sloppy, non-lawyerly" to use that phrase considering that lawyers used that term in the Washington v. Trump briefing and the Ninth Circuit itself used the term in its decision. Of course, it was the technology angle that caught my attention when I wrote this post. Having that many people live stream an appellate hearing was amazing, and I think it is great that this technology gives so many folks the power to experience court hearings. Even if you and I disagree on the merits of the executive order, hopefully we can both agree that the live streaming was interesting from the standpoint of technology and open courts. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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I also replied to Thomas on Twitter, but in case others are reading this: no, I don't know of any app that can show you in a single screen all unread emails from all sub-folders. In the iOS Mail app, you can see all of the unread emails in the current folder (use the filter button at the bottom) or you can see all unread emails in all of your inboxes for all of your accounts (Tap the account button at the top right and then select "Unread" -- and if you don't see "Unread" as an option, then tap Edit at the top right to enable that folder. But I don't see a way to show every unread messages from every folder, including other folders or sub-folders other than Inbox that you may have on an Exchange server. If anyone reading this has used a third party mail app that supports this feature -- or if there is some trick to do this in the Mail app that I don't know about -- please reply! -Jeff
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I don't think so -- unless you manually mark all of the messages "Unread" after you finish reading them. I recommend that you and your wife get separate email accounts, but I'm sure that you have thought about that before. -Jeff
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I am not familiar with that one. -Jeff
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That one is on the list, but it is under "New Turkish Lira" because of the revaluation of the currency in 2005. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2017 on Currency conversion in Stocks App at iPhone J.D.
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Fixed. Thanks for catching that! -Jeff
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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