Tag Archive for ‘Dr Drang’

Dr. Drang Tests Piwik ➝

Dr. Drang:

I’m going to keep running both analytics tools for a while to see if these early results stand up over time, but I’m encouraged so far. And this may turn out to be more than just a conscience assuager. If Safari’s new content blocking leads to extensions that prevent Google Analytics from working—and those extensions become popular—self-hosted tools like Piwik may become the only game in town.

I still haven’t taken the time to install Piwik, but now that I no longer have a t-shirt project to get off the ground I’ll be able to dedicate some time towards it.

Bring Out Your Dead ➝

Dr. Drang spends a day with Apple’s Podcasts app.

Apple Gold ➝

Dr. Drang regarding a tweet by @SumocatS that points to a patent application that would allow Apple to use less gold by volume in their 18k gold:

Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Instead of mixing the gold with silver, copper, or other metals to make it harder, Apple is mixing it with low-density ceramic particles. The ceramic makes Apple’s gold harder and more scratch-resistant—which Tim Cook touted during the September announcement—and it also makes it less dense overall.

The karat measure of gold is based on the mass fraction. One hundred grams of 18k gold has 75 grams of gold and 25 grams of other material. If that “other material” is a low-density ceramic, it takes up a bigger volume than if it’s a high-density metal. Because the casing of a watch is made to a particular size (i.e. volume), not to a particular weight, the Watch will have less gold in it than an 18k case made of a conventional alloy.

How much could this will effect the final price for the Apple Watch Edition? How would the press react if Apple announced pricing that seemed ridiculously low for an 18k gold watch?

The Future of 4-inch iPhones ➝

Dr. Drang, writing six days before the Apple event on Tuesday:

So if there’s no new 4″ iPhone, doesn’t that mean Apple’s giving up on that size? Maybe not.

In moving to a 64-bit processor last year, Apple made a jump in technical specifications that Samsung and HTC still haven’t caught up with. Maybe Apple believes that this head start, combined with a decreasing demand for smaller phones, will allow it to shift to a two-year update cycle for smaller iPhones. In which case, we won’t see a new 4″ phone this year, but we will see one in 2015.

I didn’t get around to reading this until after Apple’s event, and it was a bit of a revelation for me. It doesn’t entirely make sense for Apple to abandon a screen size that has been so successful for them, and there’s plenty of people that are genuinely upset about the larger iPhones being the only new models.

I find the idea of Apple skipping a 4-inch iPhone update this year and returning to it next year to be a very realistic concept (and something I’m willing to champion because it better suits my interest in a 4-inch device). Once the iPod lineup had matured there were certainly years in which an iPod model was skipped over one year only to have a new version released the following year.

As Dr. Drang points out, there are patterns that Apple’s product schedule typically adhere to. But, that’s never stopped them from doing what it thinks is best. And if I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Life goes on. I’ll simply begrudgingly settle on the 4.7-inch model that Apple releases next year.

Tilted USB Cables ➝

Dr Drang:

I took the phone down to the kitchen, found a flat toothpick, and started digging. The amount of lint and junk that came out of the slot was unbelievable. The plug was tilted because of one little chip of something that was caught on that side, but below that was a compressed mat of fuzz that’s been accumulating since I got the phone a year ago.

I, like Dr Drang, recently realized that the USB cables that I have been plugging into my iPhone weren’t sitting properly in the dock connector. Instead of a toothpick, I used the pointy-end of a safety pin to pull the crud out. One sizable piece of green lint later and the cable was sitting properly again.

Perhaps this is one more reason for Apple to kill the dock connector.