Fear Keeps You From Your Creativity

Great article by Shawn Blanc about how fear keeps you from writing and doing your best creative work.  I love his policy of letting the first draft be ugly.

I give a wholehearted "Amen" to this concept. In my own experience writing this blog, fear is definitely the prominent emotion that squelches creativity. However, I've begun to realize that there is more to it than just the emotion of fear: there is a rickety scaffolding of thought patterns that lead to fear — it is not born in a vaccuum. 

One of my goals for 2015 is to reflect upon and destroy these thought patterns that lead to fear through journaling. It's like a boxing match every time I think about writing. "You'll sound like so-and-so", "You don't really have anything to say", "What you have to say is boring". It's like trying to write with a taunting fly buzzing around my head. My heart wants to write but my head knocks it down like Whac-a-Mole.

This year is as good as any to kill the fly and to dismantle the thought technologies that keep me from sitting down at the keyboard. My goal of this blog is to write about anything I come across that might benefit others in a creative way, and there's no reason to let fear keep me from helping other people.

Here's to fear's eviction notice.

Potential Fix for iOS 8 & Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues

Stumbled across this great article by Mario Ciabarra with some quick fixes for the Wi-Fi issues plaguing so many of my Appinstructor clients. 

I don't recommend giving this out to just everyone though, because it requires a jailbreak for the iOS fix and a terminal command for Yosemite. Keep this one power users only.

It's really great insight into what is going on, but I'm surprised that Apple would tank the Wi-Fi interface so bad. I'm hoping for a fix soon.

Does the Apple SIM Mean It's Time for LTE Macs?

I think so.

There is no real reason that I can think of that Apple has not offered LTE Macs that makes sense besides avoiding carrier lock-in.

"Would you like your Mac with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint?"

Just hearing that question makes me feel queasy, as I'm sure it does to anyone involved with creating Macs. It dilutes the Mac's image and creates a confusing and frustrating buying experience. The introduction of the Apple SIM, however, could allow LTE Macs that avoid lock-in.

The Perfect Mac Might Be Incoming

I believe that Apple potentially has the perfect Mac in the oven with the rumored 12" MacBook Air with Retina display, thinner fan-less design, and a much more efficient processor. How amazing would it be to have this mythical MacBook Air come with an LTE option and an Apple SIM?

Think about it: a MacBook Air with 12 hours of battery life, Retina display, always-on super-fast LTE connection that could flip back and forth between whatever carrier you desire (if AT&T and Verizon can get their act together).

Apple would have to make sure the software side was perfect — OS X would need some great and intuitive controls for controlling what apps are able to use cellular data. It would be a terrible experience if iTunes downloaded an entire season of Breaking Bad over your limited data plan.