May 21, 2012

# On air travel

On air travel

There is clearly no viable alternative in speed to air travel these days. Train, car, even speed boat can get you from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’, yes. And on some short distances, given existence of speed train, a plane may be merely equal to ground option. Yet in pretty much every other case it has no alternative.

It is because of this and because we are so hung up on how quickly time flies and we really cannot afford loosing it that we are willing to accept all the pain, misery and outright humiliation of traveling in a plane.

We are forced to get to the airport hours before departure, may easily be forced to spend unspecified amount of time waiting for a take-off clearance, end up spending hours in chairs that are barely comfortable with neighbors that may or may not share your hygiene preferences. We are not free to adjust micro climate of our travel, we cannot escape the smells of food being served, commotion of drinks being provided, lights being on when we want to sleep, queues to the rest rooms, noisy brats or kids throwing tantrums.

Shelling out triples and more for a rip-off called “business class” only gets you so less of annoyances above, mostly allowing for slightly more space, a little fewer jabs of elbows and more attention of attendants. Yet the reason you sometimes decide on paying up the extra is not because what you get is so much better, it is because alternative is so much worse. It is choosing and paying for a lesser evil.

This is clearly just a rant, I offer you no revolutionary alternative. I don’t suggest that we need to invest and actively use alternatives like speed trains, air ships, busses. I am merely an air traveller who just had close to enough…

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May 26, 2011

Цены на iPad 2

Как было уже сделано для оригинального iPad-а, вот сравнения стоимости устройств в разных странах.


Несколько замечаний:

1. К ценам США стоит добавить 5-9% налога с продаж.
2. Цены в европейских странах (включая Россию) несут в себе НДС порядка 15-18%.
3. Сингапур и Гон-Конг по-прежнему самые дешёвые места для покупки.

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Jan 7, 2011

Mac App Store impressions

Two major impressions so far:

  1. It is very slick, I am glad it is not a part of iTunes monster app. It is almost as easy as on iOS, with only one major difference: your purchases are for a device you buy it on, not for your Apple ID, like with iOS.
    (UPD it is exactly as easy, although one does have to go through "Do you really want to buy this app (Y/N)? Oh, you already bought it, then we just download it…" dialog)
  2. They absolutely need to come up with a sensible way of getting exisiting apps that are going to be included into Mac App Store to register and be manageable/updatable via it. I hate having to buy an app I already have only to get a Mac App Store version.

To be fair, some of the companies are coming up with ways to make up to current users: e.g. buy our app on Mac App Store at this lower price and also get next major version update for free." This is almost there, but what if the next major release is like Duke Nukem Forver?

Oh, and why do all of thes apps falling onto my Dock, please?

Blogging from Emacs

Being out for 10 days at the start of January helps one to relax and recharge. Adding a few more days before or after only makes it better (although totally messes up one's sense days of week).

So good it is that one can even get a bit of time to experiment. Like try and choose a better Twittering client for the desktop, or see if buying MarsEdit would be worth it? Would not the kitchen sink of text editors be able to handle the same task better?

Off we go to see what WebloggerMode can do for us, which is what this post is about. And verdict is it's mostly fine, except for a few things:

  • Title of a post does not get set from the subject line of the compose buffer, though all hooks seem to be in place. Might be an API issue
  • I have not seen a wat to list all available entries (there is weblogger-fetch-entries command, but I have not seen anything like weblogger-list-entries)

Overall --- MarsEdit is certainly a much more powerful tool for an active blogger. But WebloggerMode can do just as well.

Nov 21, 2010

А вот и цены на iPhone 4

В продолжение моей записи о ценах на iPad, вот выборка цен и на iPhone 4 по разным странам и с учетом недавних анонсов от российских ОпСоСов...

Замечу, что медиана (ошибочно названная "Average") заметно ниже того, что можно надеяться получить от Билайна или МТС.

UPD: Разумеется, цены в США с контрактом, т.е. за залоченный телефон.

Nov 16, 2010

Цены на iPad

Было немного свободного времени, нарисовал небольшой график для сравнения цен на iPad в разных странах:

Интересно отметить, что iPad в России стоит очень разумно (особенно делая скидку на 18% НДС, что объясняет более высокую цену в Европе в целом), чего не скажешь о его младшем (или-таки старшем?) брате — iPhone. Внимание вопрос: почему?

Jul 30, 2010

Как iPhone 3G с iOS 4.0 на 3.1.3 откатывать

Сразу скажу, процесс не мой, это, скорее перевод + личный опыт. Источник процесса — Funky Space Monkey
Итак, вам надоели тормоза и удивительная нестабильность вашего проверенного 3G под управлением iOS 4? Не всё потеряно, прошлое можно вернуть.

На Маке

На Маке процесс, на мой взгляд, проще и понятнее. Вам потребуются:
  1. Загрузите вышеуказанные пакеты, установите LibUSB.
  2. Подключите ваш iPhone к компьутеру через USB, затем начните процесс восстановления прошивки нажав кнопку Restore, одновременно удерживая Alt. Выберите прошивку 3.1.3 в диалоге, который будет вам представлен iTunes.
  3. Во время процесса восстановления вы получите сообщение об ошибке 1015. Это нормально, не паникуйте. Просто нажмите Ok и закройте iTunes.
  4. Откройте terminal и перетащите иконку iRecovery в него, и запустите его (нажмите ввод).
  5. iRecovery должен признать ваш iPhone и выдать вам кучу диагностической информации. Введите (или скопируйте) следующие команды:

  6. setenv auto-boot true # нажмите ввод
    saveenv # нажмите ввод
    fsboot # нажмите ввод
    exit # нажмите ввод

  7. Отсоедините ваш iPhone и выключите его нажав одновременно кнопки Home и Power. Как только он полностью выключился, вновь включите нажав Power. Подключитесь к iTunes и продолжайте восстановление.
Вот и все, но учтите, что ве не сможете восстановить резервные копии от iOS 4.0. Надеюсь, что у вас осталась резервная копия сделанная до обновления до 4.0? Если нет, то данные приложений вам, скорее всего, больше не видать…
Если вы регулярно делаете резервное копирование, то вы можете восстановить содержимое директории ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/#######, предварительно удалив все резервные копии в iTunes (Preferences / Devices / Device Backups). Это следует сделать до того как вы перейдете к шагу #6 указанному выше.

На Окнах

Процесс аналогичен, из требуемого материала:
NB: Убедитесь, что на Windows 7 вы используете последнюю версию LibUSB.

Jul 21, 2010

What I am missing since I rolled back 4.0 on my iPhone 3G

There are a few things that I am missing since I rolled back from 4.0 to 3.1.3 iOS version on my iPhone 3G. In now apparent order of importance…

  1. Unified inbox was a great feature, much awaited and most obviously missed.
  2. Notes that sync over-the-air. It's been a bit of a silly process to sync them via iTunes and to see them in  On the other hand, I've also moved onto Notebooks app since, may be less relevant now.
  3. "Books" section in iTunes now shows only audiobooks. This one I discovered by accident, but with iOS 4 installed on the iPhone e-book readers like Stanza appear in this section and you can manage what E-pub books that are added to iTune library should sync to it.
  4. Folders. That was a great feature, sorry to see it go (even if temporarily).

There're also a few things that I don't particularly miss:

  1. Spell checker: yeah, it was nice, but you could not add to its word dictionary.
  2. Glassy look of the dock: it did not add much value
  3. Photos app got a bit too complicated, was really asking for "More…" button in iTunes app fashion.

Am waiting for 4.1 to be released to see if that will allow me to use 3G more reliably and get the above back.

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