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How to fix your iPhone or iPad after your iOS 11 update September 21, 2017

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If you have downloaded iOS 11, you have no doubt noticed all the exciting new horrible “features” that change the way you interact with your phone. Here’s how to fix at least some of them:


Settings>Do Not Disturb>Do Not Disturb While Driving> set this to Manually.

This will keep the Apple Police at bay and your iPhone will function as usual in the car.


Apple switched the way it captures movies and video in iOS 11 — change this IMMEDIATELY — Unless you want to live in photo and video hell when you go to share or save things, Apple changed the format in which it stores photos and movies (no longer JPG or MP4)….go into

settings>camera>format and choose MOST COMPATIBLE

This will force the format back to JPG and MP4 and your photos and videos will once again share properly with your other apps, message programs, etc.


Unless you want to go insane with the new dock “feature” — go to

Settings>General>Multitasking and Dock> and TURN OFF the Show Suggested and Recent Apps.

While you are at it, you will want to drag the FILES app they put on your dock off of it and into your Apple Crap folder.


Under Settings>Emergency SOS> turn OFF Auto Call


I’ll add other tips as I come across them


Updating to iOS 7 September 21, 2013

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Make sure that you have your iPad or iPhone backed up — either through iCloud or preferably on your computer. This includes text messages and emails. Do not make any changes on your iPHone or iPad after backing up. This can not be overstressed. Make sure you have a backup. I usually do my backups through iTunes NOT through iCloud.

This is a good time to make sure you have all important notes and documents copied and pasted into Evernote before you update. Overall, its better than the built-in notes program, but it will also serve as a second backup just in case. YOU WILL LOSE any notes or documents that are not backed up before your update. Evernote is a great way to guarantee you have them no matter what.

Make sure that you have selected a wallpaper of your own and NOT one of the iPhone supplied wallpapers and have it on your iPhone or iPad before backing up — if you have not, ADD ONE NOW. Do not update with the standard Apple wallpaper.

Allow plenty of time to do the backup — it can range from 10 to 30 minutes and upto another hour to put photos, music, and videos back on.

Sit by your iPhone/iPad and watch the update — do not walk around the house, wander away or touch anything until it tells you that it is completely backed up. DO NOT do other things on your computer, or send or read email while the update is taking place. Keep a watchful eye out. You will see the iPad/iPhone verify the device…download the software…install the software…verify the device again…install additional firmware. The small bar on the pc/mac will move at a different speed than the one on your iPhone/iPad — watch the iPad. DO NOT DISCONNECT OR ALL IS LOST!!!!….eventually you will see a message that says “do not disconnect until you see the device reappear in your iTunes list at left” — it will totally reboot.

Don’t unplug anything or touch your iphone/iPad until it tells you that it has been updated and that the update has reinstalled your old files and has resynced everything.  You might need to press SYNC on the bottom of your information page one more time to get everything to sync back.

All icons should be exactly where you left them, but they will look drastically different.  If you like the new look, you are good to go. If not, you have to tweek from settings.  The upgrade will put a dedicated FaceTime icon somewhere on one of your screens. Move that wherever you want after the upgrade. That should be the only icon change/addition.

Dig down into the iPad to change the settings you want. Start with these two websites and follow through step by step.



If you’ve upgraded to ios7 and are getting the typing lag problem switch off documents and data in the cloud…known glitch at present (the update turns it on by default even if you did not enable it)    Settings -> iCloud -> Documents and Data (switch it OFF)

Some things to keep in mind: After your upgrade, your icons will look very different — you’ll quickly adapt to these.

After your upgrade, if you did not heed my warning and place your own wallpaper on your iPhone/iPad, you will be upgraded to the horrible looking 3-d “parallax” view wallpaper and effects. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Even if you have never put your own wallpaper on before, you should do so before upgrading unless you want to be faced with visual hell once you update.

If you did not back it up, it won’t be there after the upgrade. Seriously. If you didn’t back up notes, the new notes program will be empty. If you didn’t back up text messages, that will be empty after your update. BACKUP.


Here’s another great article on how to transfer data to your iPhone/iPad from different types of phones, using both iTunes and iCloud…



Blackberry Bold 9000 vs iPhone 3Gs…a Love Hate relationship September 25, 2009

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In the past month I have switched from my iPhone 3Gs to the Blackberry Bold and back again to the iPhone 3Gs….and frankly, I love them both and hate them both…but the iPhone won out…Here’s why, and what do you think?


My number one gripe about the iPhone has always been the touch keyboard. I just plain old hate it. I more than hate it, I abhor it with every ounce of my being. I’m not new to iPhones — I’ve used them since the first incarnation two years ago — I can get 50 wpm out of my blackberry keyboard — even after years of using the iPhone, I still get only 17 wpm at best, and that filled with typing errors and spelling problems.

During a recent trip to Paris, the iPhone 3GS battery didn’t even last the 8 hour flight — listening to 2 albums and playing Boggle for 15 minutes ran the battery down from 98% to 14%. Unacceptable. The problems started with the 3.1 update, and are driving me insane with how bad the battery life is. Apple is apparently aware of it, so let’s hope for a patch soon : http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2009/09/20/apple-seeking-info-iphone-31-users-reporting-poor-battery-li

I’ve always been a Blackberry lover, and the Bold is just so amazing…it’s like the Cadillac of phones…so after the iPhone problems, I had decided that was enough — it would be my iPod and game machine, and I would go back to a “real phone”…

OOH, that keyboard — instantly in love, and back to 50 wpm typing texts and e-mails…but then the problems just become glaring: limited applications; not enough memory on the Bold to store even a handful of those apps anyway; the lockups long familiar to BB users…

So there I was…back to the iPhone, despite the awful battery and touchscreen typing problems.

Blackberry Bold Pros and Cons:


  • Far superior keyboard, real qwerty depress-the-keys, great feel and response
  • Great size and “feel” in the hands — overall the best Blackberry ever made
  • Good trackball and homepage layout
  • Better phone features overall
  • Easier texting and e-mail
  • Built-in office features to read and edit word, excel, powerpoint
  • Ability to store files natively on BB rather than web servers
  • Better graphics/screen (no kidding — really — look at them side by side)
  • Removable microSD card slot means you can have several of them and carry lots of data
  • Removable battery so that you can have a spare
  • Can stream Slingmedia tv from home over 3G or wireless


  • Have to remove battery to reset
  • Insufficient built-in memory — four downloads and you are scraping bottom
  • Limited applications, and those are not as elegant as the iPhone’s
  • Terrible sync with mac — there is a leaked version of the blackberry sync for mac if you search for it, but it’s still not up to snuff
  • neither PocketMac nor Missing Sync works correctly for mac syncing
  • crashes occasionally , especially when accessing files or programs on the memory card
  • Unreliable overnight — sometimes freezes up and alarms don’t go off in the morning (this is an ongoing problem with all blackberries, not just the Bold)
  • idiosyncratic menus and many clicks necessary to achieve simple features

iPhone Pros and Cons:


  • Sleek build, built like a tank
  • Myriad applications
  • Excellent sync with Mac through iTunes
  • Much better for media – movies, music, games
  • Threaded texting
  • Just added MMS
  • The excellent ability to use Bento II databases and quickly share and edit on desktop or iPhone (no equivalent on BB)
  • Visual voicemail
  • Larger screen for watching movies or playing games


  • That terrible touchscreen keyboard — hate it, hate it, hate it
  • Much slower for texting, e-mailing
  • Can not use SlingMedia without WiFi connection making it worthless — this is a huge bone of contention for me, since I want to be able to see the tv broadcast while at football or baseball games
  • Apple/ATT have far too much control over what you can/can not do with the iPhone — lately, this looks to be more of an ATT problem than an Apple problem
  • No ability to natively store word, excel files on the iPhone — although you can now access the to some degree using programs like QuickOffice — but it is a very poor substitute
  • Terrible battery life — and I mean terrible — perhaps an update will fix this down the road, since Apple is aware of the problem following the 3.1 update — does not last the night on an overnight flight
  • Battery can not be consumer replaced; i.e. can’t carry a spare in the messenger bag: add-on external chargers are very expensive ($299 plus)
  • Multiple taps necessary to access texting and e-mail rather than BB’s easier interface for communications features
  • MMS, though now activated, is already overloaded and basically doesn’t work

In general?….If you are looking for the best business/enterprise phone available, go for the Blackberry Bold. If you want any ability to use decent media and applications, get the iPhone….If you need a bit of both, you are really screwed since neither fully meets the needs…

I’m not the only one with the BB/iPhone dilemma — so thought I would post my frustrations and see what others have to say. For now I’m back to the iPhone 3GS, but I’m certainly not wedded to it. I do refuse to try anything but BB or Apple, so don’t comment on windows mobile phones, Android, or the rest….if you comment, keep this to the iPhone vs Blackberry debate only please. I won’t approve the others.