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Brad Choate
San Francisco, California
Software developer, working at SAY Media.
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It's ridiculous that, in 2014, you cannot add music or videos to your iPhone or iPad without using iTunes. Let me talk about my brother a bit. This story involves him. I recently gave my brother an iPad I used to use. This follows a long tradition of ours: my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Please. Fix. That.
Something I run into often enough, so it deserves to be blogged. I use the "Hide Application" OS X command a lot. I rarely ever minimize a window. I prefer to hide the whole app. I try to keep my laptop screen pretty focused, since it's a smaller space to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
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One of the best features for a new user on OS X is search. You can search for so much! Of course, there's Spotlight search to search for documents, mail, contacts, applications and so forth. Another awesome feature is a search field in the Help menu (Shift+Cmd+?) to search for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
This blog is for long-form posts, but the bite-sized gripes go to Twitter. Follow the [pleasefixthat](http://twitter.com/pleasefixthat) user there to catch them all, including retweets from other annoyed Twitizens. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
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Apr 26, 2013
Scenario: I'm at work and I have a date night planned with my wife. The kids will be staying home to see a movie and it's my job to find something for them to watch. "Hey, I'll find something in iTunes", he says. So I do, and I buy it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
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A "status" page for a high-traffic web service such as Twitter is meant to provide users with service interruption news when the main site is offline or malfunctioning in some way. What it should not do, is be offline itself. Twitter uses a Tumblr.com blog for reporting service interruptions, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
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Hello, dear music industry. You've come a long way. I remember the days I spent in the late nineties digitizing all my audio CDs to MP3 (or was it Ogg Vorbis at first? I can't recall). Many years ago I stopped buying CDs altogether, being a creature that craves instant... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Please. Fix. That.
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iTunes has many, many issues, but here is one that has been around for a long time... perhaps since the introduction of podcast subscriptions in iTunes. In iTunes (under Mac or Windows), you can subscribe to something called a "podcast". [Wikipedia describes a podcast this way](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast): > A podcast is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
Under Unix-derived operating systems (Linux, Mac OS X, etc.), there are a pair of commands used to delete files and directories. `rm` is used to "remove" file(s), `rmdir` is used to "remove directory". If you try to use `rm` to delete a directory, you get this: $ rm directory rm:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
Look, I love music. I listen to as much music as I can. But live recordings (particularly of a live venue) just aren't my thing. I don't care for the crowd cheers, the sing-alongs, the improvisation, the occasional rant-about-something-in-the-middle-of-my-famous-song. It just doesn't do it for me. When I hear a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
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This happens all too often: I receive a PDF file and open it in the Mac OS X Preview app. I read the document, then decide I no longer need it. I close the Preview window (but do not exit the Preview app). I move the PDF file to the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
UPDATE: Fixed in OS X 10.8. The "Swipe between pages" gesture for a mouse and trackpad (as configured through System Preferences) do not navigate forward and backward through your history in the Mac App Store (as they do for Safari). I can't tell you how many times I've tried using... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
UPDATE: "Do Not Disturb" is available in iOS 6. Still waiting for an energy saving mode. A while back, a highly-publicized faux pas brought some attention to the need to silence a smartphone without turning it off. Many of us carry these little noise-makers in our pockets... ready to embarrass... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
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Update: Appears to be fixed! Thanks, Twitter. I love the little things. Little things are easy to fix, too. Here's a little thing I found on Twitter's "Who to Follow" suggestions page: (And I fixed the bug of not following @ylnt.) Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
Google has adopted an annoying habit of changing what I have asked to search for with something similar but different to what I want. Perhaps this doesn't affect you, but for a software developer, it happens all too often. Here's a recent example. I search Google for the phrase: "document... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
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UPDATE: Apple has changed their login form quite a bit and it no longer prevents pasting into the password field. But, other sites out there still employ this tactic for some reason. So to counter that, you can install a Safari browser extension that fixes it for them too. When... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
To be clear, Android 2.2 and later offer the ability to upload specific types of files (I tested in Android 4.0.3 just now and was offered the option to select an audio file, image or video file). So it doesn't let you select from any sort of file on your device, but for select media (as I suggested Apple could implement in my post). Mobile devices don't really expose a traditional file system to the user, although it's possible they could expose content from an SD card using a traditional file browser (Android could do this already; I just don't have a real device with an SD card to test with at the moment). SO, Android (2.2+) fans: I'm so happy for you. But this isn't about you, or Android. I should probably post a separate post for TwitPic on this issue -- even though Android does support a file upload field, they don't bother showing a file upload for Android web browsers... instead, they say that the browser is unsupported and suggest emailing the photo to them instead.
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This post concerns Google Reader. In it, I will cleanly side-step: the recent redesign the loss of certain features the encroachment of Google+ the issues around data portability and difficulties surrounding the transfer of former Google Reader social contacts to Google+ No, I'd like to draw a bit of attention... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Please. Fix. That.
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Oct 6, 2011
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So there's this usability issue on Mac OS X that I have been waiting for Apple to fix for YEARS now, and now that Lion is out and it still isn't fixed, I think it's high time I said something publicly. Mac OS X menubar separators drive me nuts. For... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Please. Fix. That.
Congratulations! A visitor has found your web site. They came across it while doing a Google search that landed them at a weird address (something like "http://blog.bigcorp.com/archives/2011/blah-blah-blah.aspx"). After spending all of 5 seconds on that page, they now want to see what your company is about. So, they click on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Please. Fix. That.