Lots of complaints from people saying their battery doesn’t last well on iOS, here are 4 tips that should help it last more than a day.
1. Be selective about your push notifications
They run in the background all the time, and seem to be added by some apps despite you saying no.
Turn notifications off in Settings > Notifications – press Edit (top right) then drag apps you don’t want to hear from to the ‘not in notification center’ section.
2. Turn down your screen brightness
This is big battery saver, for obvious reasons.
Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper – adjust the slider to a level where it’s as low as you can handle.
3. Turn off location services
Turning off location services in apps that don’t require it. Lots of apps use location services and I can only assume it’s for some sort of marketing information (I’m looking at you facebook).
To turn off location services, Settings > Privacy > Location Services – change any apps to off if you wish to disable them.
4. Turn off your push data
If you’re relaxed about your mail, then you don’t need to read every e-mail the very moment it’s sent, you can turn off push. For me this has been a great battery life saver. You can set your phone to ‘Fetch’ email periodically, the less frequently it checks for mail then the less battery your phone will use. You will always have the option to manually go to your mail and pull down to refresh.
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data – slide push to Off,
If you really want a phone with an epic battery, you can always change to a Nokia 3310 which, along with cockroaches, will survive the nuclear apocalypse, become self aware and one day rule the planet.
Google is capable of lots more than standard searches. You can use operators to great effect which will give you more accurate results and help you in your mission to syphon through the dirge.
Here are some of the most useful:
Search a specific website
Adding site: followed by a website (without the www. or http://) will give you search results from that particular site.
Using a minus sign to exclude results
Using a – (hypen, minus sign, dash) will exclude a particular key word from the google result.
Quote marks to search for an exact phrase
For example, “the quick brown fox”. This is apparently a handy one for cheating in pub quizzes…someone told me.
There are lots of handy google uses. For example, google can do maths 5*7/34 (5 x 7 divided by 34). Or unit conversion, by typing 100 kilograms in pounds you’ll discover the answer is 220.462262.
You can search for specific file types by typing filetype:pdf (returns PDF documents only) or filetype:doc blackdog tab will return word documents with blackdog tab from the Led Zeppelin song (no relation to the name of my company).
Well it’s finally here – have an amazing Christmas and new year. Here’s to an amazing 2011 & even better 2012.
They say (whoever ‘they’ are) there are two types of people when it comes to backing up. There are those that have lost data and backup ferociously, and there are those that don’t back up who will lose their data, or at very best will come close. Hard drives are incredibly fragile bits of hardware, and once the platter is scratched it’s basically impossible to recover the data unless you have a cool £10-£20K you want to spend on the recovery process.
Personally having had a BAD experience once in my life with data loss which resulted in a veeeerrry unhappy wife, I’m now a paranoid uber backer upper (PUBU). Here’s the solution I came up with, which might be useful for you. I would thoroughly recommend it!
At home I’ve a QNAP TS-210 NAS. Which is a hard drive attached to my network. As soon as I turn on any of the laptops at home, they start backing up via time machine. You can also use this box to backup your PC laptop (it supports SMB or AFP).
Why not use time capsule? I hear a lot of complaints about unreliability so avoided that solution. Also, the QNAP box came with lots of other stuff, for example I can set it to download movies in my absence and my TV can play movies directly from it (no need for an apple TV). It also has a built in web server, iTunes media streaming, surveillance system, full RAID (multiple instances of same drive just in case one fails).
So what if the house explodes, burns down, gets washed away by the flood or struck by lightening? Hopefully this will not happen, but if it does I’ve also got a cloud based backup happening as well. I went with backblaze, although there are lots of different cloud backups available. Backblaze costs $5 a month, so it’s not exactly a bank breaker. It backs up everything except your operating system and applications.
Once all that’s set up, you can simply forget about it (but test it every once in a while).
I was a little late to the party when it comes to wordpress. I had experimented with just about every other system under the sun, with some success, but was never really very happy. Wordpress have just released v3.3 which is a great update. In my world time is money, so to be able to login and update every client site in about 5 seconds with one button push is a huge bonus. Most other CMS require manual process which usually goes like this:
Download files > Unpack > Upload files to site > site down > site breaks > heart fails > site apology > site restored
Good start to the day!
Latest bit of work for Robin Mark – robinmark.com
I had previously hand coded a content management system, but having realised the awesome power of wordpress, decided it needed that treatment. Used a great event manager plugin, really customisable. Timed myself making the move from the old site, managed to transfer in under 2 hours which is pretty good going.
It will be interesting to see how the statistics are affected by the improved SEO in wordpress.