Week by Week – W02Y2016

Jumped right back into the full swing this week. Trip to NYC for work and heavy training with a mind to complete a half marathon by February. Delayed my start on Guitar and Greek lessons.

Tech Tip – Fixing iTunes and iPhone Sync

Many of you may have gotten a shiny new iPhone in the past month. With that purchase you may have encountered the occasional iTunes & iPhone syncing error. Such as, getting stuck on the photo import or just failing all together. Like you, I really hate when these issues come up. So, I am sharing the top three tips for fixing these problems for my own records and your sanity.

Tech Tip – Social Clean Up

I recently took on challenge to unlike/un-follow every non-personal social media profile that I wasn’t personally connected to. The idea came to me after reading a few articles on the affect that all those pages we like on Facebook have on the feed of posts we actually see in the app. My interest stemmed, from trying to take a week long break from social media only to come back to it and find that I couldn’t really navigate my way through the noise of posts and updates that cluttered my various feeds. It felt like tools that were supposed to help me connected to friends and family only left me better informed about companies I had liked than the people I cared about. At the same time I came across a couple of articles that hit on the same notes.

Thursday Tech Tip – Speeding Up iOS Messages App

If you use iMessages a lot then you know that the performance can become sluggish over time. The reason for this slowness is because messages keeps a history of contacts you have messaged both individually and in groups. Overtime, this will become a big and unwieldy list, which could become slow at populating when trying to start, find or contribute to a chat.

Thursday Tech Tip – Faster Garmin Uploads

A quick tip today for those who own Garmin fitness devices that don’t automatically upload via WiFi. Such as the Garmin Forerunner 910 XT or 210 or Fenix v1. Recently, I noticed that my uploads using the Garmin ANT Agent or Garmin Express apps on Macs were taking a long time. They uploads were especially slow on sites like MapMyRun and RunKeeper that integrate with those apps. I figured, that part of the problem was that the sheer number of workouts I have recorded must be slowing down the process.

Thursday Tech Tip – JQuery Conditional Draggable & Droppable

This example changes the background of the droppable element depending on whether there are an odd or even number of other elements dropped within it. There are probably more advanced uses of this functionality you can come up with. You can preview it here or copy and paste the code below into your own local file.