Fixing iPhone apps stuck on “Waiting…”

After the nightmare of restoring my iPhone 5 backup to my new iPhone 6S, I noticed a couple apps were missing. I downloaded and installed them, but an odd thing happened. The icon became dark and it said “Waiting…” beneath the icon. I tried deleting the app and reinstalling but the same thing happened over and over. Sometimes, I would end up with this odd “wireframe” icon for the app. I searched the web and found lots of tips on how to overcome this apparently common problem, but nothing seemed to work. I finally came up with my own solution and here are the steps: Read more

My thoughts on the iPad Pro

I thought I’d share my thoughts on the newly announced iPad Pro. I like the option of using a stylus…errr pencil. This positions the Pro as a laptop-replacement device; however, iOS just doesn’t handle massive amounts of files efficiently. You need to be able to natively connect a 2TB portable USB drive or at least an SD card and have the iPad read directly from the storage without requiring you to first copy the files to the device. For that, iOS needs a real file system. Read more

“Happy Birthday” now in the public domain!

Not a lot of people know this, but restaurants usually don’t sing “Happy Birthday” because this would be a commercial use and subject to a performance royalty. However, starting today everyone is free use “Happy Birthday” without having to pay a license fee, as a California federal court ruling just entered the popular song into the public domain. Yay!

Warning to Win 8.1 users when upgrading to Windows 10

For the most part, the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 8.1 seems more like a patch than an entire version upgrade. Everything seemed to work the same as it always had. Yeah, I know there are some significant changes, but it’s not as if you feel it’s totally new…like the jarring change from Win 7 to Win 8.1. That said, if you are an Windows 8.1 user and have a highly customized your Start screen, I have a warning for you: After you upgrade to Windows 10, your Start screen will be totally hosed. Read more