AMITIAE - Wednesday 27 August 2014
Mac Icon Customization; Erica Sadun's Folderol; and iPhone 5 Battery Replacement
By Graham K. Rogers
A more recent video from Apple, called Stickers, uses stop motion to show how some people customize their computers. The video featured the MacBook Air. As well as the outside of a Mac, some users customize the appearance of the inside: the desktop. There are a number of ways, for example to personalise folders.
As well as the basic and customized colours, a small square to the right (in a section marked, Extras) allows users to add their own images, thus completely customizing folders. I was able to drop images onto the square from the desktop and directly from Aperture. A couple of the images I tried were large - one was in excess of 40 MB - so Folderol was understandably a little slow with these, but in the main, changes occurred quite quickly.
This is a simple, straightforward app that I had no problems with. There is a Help file that explains the processes and links to a short YouTube video that explains the use of images.
The iPhone 5s batteries are better than those in previous iPhones. Rumours suggest that an improved battery will be in the next iPhone. That is not a major revelation: Apple always heads in this direction. As for other rumours, I ignore these until Apple announces the real specifications. Most are usually wrong, or the writer has an axe to grind.
Batteries are not made by Apple and sometimes can be faulty. The Sony-made ones in my 2006 PowerBook were replaced by Apple. Owners of the iPhone 5 have also had some problems and Apple has a replacement program for some of these. According to the website, the program will start on 29 August in Thailand.
The site indicates that the specific "iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range." By entering the serial number of the iPhone (look in Settings >General >About) on the web page, users can see if their phones are included.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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