Say hello to Murphy

This is Murphy. She’s a 7 week old German Shepherd and Pitbull mix and SHE IS ADORABLE.

I shot this with Halide on my iPhone XR. They get a big thumbs up for supporting portrait mode on non-human subjects on the XR. It makes me miss the XS Max a little less 🙂

Image Information:

Camera:iPhone XR
Aperture:f/1.8
Focal length:4.25mm
ISO:400
Shutter speed:1/40 sec.

A week and a half with the 11” iPad Pro

On November 8th, I picked up an 11″ iPad Pro. I got a 64GB Wifi-only model in Space Gray and a charcoal gray Smart Folio. I currently have it connected via Bluetooth to an old Apple Aluminum Wireless Keyboard that I had lying around until I decide if I want to pick up a Smart Keyboard Folio for it.

First impressions:

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The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad

From Leif Johnson at Macworld:

I haven’t used my iPad Pro in days. In fact, I kind of forgot it existed, as last week I guiltily realized I’d buried my longtime daily writing companion under a pile of papers as though it were a random piece of trash.

But the guilt passed quickly. Within seconds my attention had already turned back to my new iPhone XS Max, a device that does many of the tasks my iPad Pro does more comfortably and efficiently. And I highly doubt I’m alone in that thinking.

While I hardly consider my iPad Pro “a random piece of trash” and still use it daily for work, I’m finding I use it a lot less when sitting on the couch and doing non-work related stuff than I did before I got the iPhone XS Max XR (ed. note: I swapped out the XS Max for a XR). Perhaps that’ll change if/when the new iPad Pros drop later this month.

Screen Time in iOS 12 is a mess

Update: This problem went away for me with the iOS 12.1 update and the kids’ usage stats are populating correctly.


One of the first things I did when iOS 12 was publicly released was set up Screen Time on the kids devices. My wife and I use Family Sharing to manage devices and purchases for our gaggle of children. Our Family Sharing setup currently looks like this:

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iOS 12: The MacStories Review

From Federico Viticci at MacStories:

After years of unabated visual and functional changes, iOS 12 is Apple’s opportunity to regroup and reassess the foundation before the next big step – with one notable exception.

As with every year over the last few years, if you’re going to read an iOS review, make it Federico’s. The amount of time and detail he puts in every year is amazing and definitely worth the read.



How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

From the Daily Beast:

This was the man entrusted with creating a theft-proof system for one of America’s largest corporations. It was a thrill to protect the Monopoly promotion, and only a natural part of his job to consider the system’s fallibilities. But soon the temptation to steal had become irresistible.

This story is bananas.