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Hey Apple, Fix This: My schizophrenic iPhone storage numbers

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I recently checked my iPhone’s Storage & iCloud Usage settings, and it said that I didn’t have a lot of space left. On this 64GB device—which, according to the iPhone, only really has 55.5GB—there was only 696MB available.

But then I synced the iPhone with iTunes. The latter showed me how much free space it thought I had: 2.68GB. And it also said that the iPhone’s capacity is 55.7GB, or 200MB more than what the phone itself says.

I sync my iPhone often enough that I generally have an idea when I’m about to run out of free space. I try to leave at least 1 or 2GB free so I can add a bunch of new music when I want, or download some new apps or podcasts. So I was surprised when my iPhone showed so little free space available. Presented with two numbers, how do I know which is correct?

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

Music Technology of the 1970s: A Timeline – Pitchfork

Mind-warping synthesizers! The Walkman! Karaoke! Looking back at the ’70s innovations that shaped how people created and listened to music throughout the decade and beyond.

This article sheds an interesting light on music technology that was used in the 1970s. It covers recording technology, playback technology, as well as musical instruments that were common at the time, such as the Mellotron and the Fender Rhodes piano.

The article mentions “large-scale live sound,” citing the Grateful Dead’s February 2, 1970 show as the birth of good concert sound systems. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go a couple of years into the future and mention the Wall of Sound, when it got even better. But it’s a good reminder of the technology that started changing music in the 1970s.

Source: Music Technology of the 1970s: A Timeline | Pitchfork

The Next Track, Episode #15 – What is Mastering and Remastering?

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk welcome Sangwook “Sunny” Nam, two-time Grammy nominated mastering engineer. He explains what mastering and remastering are, and we learn a lot about the magic that mastering engineers perform.

Listen to The Next Track: Episode #15 – What is Mastering and Remastering?.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at The Next Track website. You can follow The Next Track on Twitter at @NextTrackCast, to keep up to date with new episodes, and new articles from the website.

Take Control of Scrivener 2 – Updated to Cover Scrivener for iOS

Tc scrivener 1 2In this book, you’ll take a creative voyage with Scrivener, a unique and popular content-generation tool. Scrivener supports wordsmiths of all types, and it’s designed especially for long-form writing projects — scripts, novels, academic works, and more.

I walk you through using Scrivener to create and manage a writing project. You’ll learn how to use Scrivener’s Binder, Outliner, and Corkboard to develop characters and settings, collect and organize research materials, and arrange your scenes. I even explains how to keep yourself on track by switching to Compose Mode and by setting daily progress targets, all on the way to helping you produce a polished, submission-ready manuscript.

The book covers the Mac and Windows desktop versions of Scrivener (screenshots are from a Mac), and it has a special chapter covering key techniques for using the new iOS Scrivener app on your iPad or iPhone.

Get Take Control of Scrivener 2.

Vesper, Adieu – Daring Fireball

In December 2012, I started a company with my friends Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus. We named it Q Branch. In June 2013, we launched our first and only product: an iPhone notes app called Vesper.

Yesterday, we announced that development was ceasing, and we’ll soon be shutting down our sync server. I am terribly sad about this. I love Vesper. I use it every day. I mean that in the present tense. I still use it. When we pull the plug on the sync server, I’ll stop, but until then it’s my go-to notes app. In my career, the only things I’ve done that I’m prouder of are writing Daring Fireball and the creation of Markdown.

What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money.

John Gruber on Vesper, the note-taking app he made with Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus.

I liked the app, but I didn’t use it for long. Since there was no Mac app, data I saved to Vesper was siloed. I need my data to be available on both platforms, and it’s hard to justify an app that syncs but only with other devices on the same platform.

If I could do it all over again, here is what I would do differently. I would start the exact same way, with Dave and me designing Vesper for iPhone. But then, before Brent wrote a single line of code, we would immediately design Vesper for Mac. And that’s the product we’d have built and shipped first. There is downward pressure on pricing for Mac apps, but the market is still there for quality apps that cost $20–100 (or more).

But that would still lead to the same problem. There are lots of apps for storing bits of info on the Mac. And web-based solutions. Most people who are the target demographic for an app like this need both mobile and desktop access to their data.

For what it’s worth, I finally figured out how to make Evernote work for me.

Source: Daring Fireball: Vesper, Adieu

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