January 31, 2012

Winding Your Way Through Google's Latest Privacy Maze - UPDATE

***sorry wrong wrong link earlier - fixed now. Ha! ***

If you don't want to completely drop Google from your world, Naked Security will give you the step by step of what to look for.

How to navigate Google's privacy options

It's so tiring having to go back and redo privacy options all the time. Of course we all know the reason these places keep changing things is in hopes you'll eventually just say "the hell with it, I'm tired of messing with these things" and then they get their way and get to track you all over.

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January 20, 2012

IPhone Battery Life : now with a tiny update

When Apple updated their stuff (all at the same time... what could POSSIBLY go wrong?).  There was a sudden battery life issue for many iphone users. 

It seemed to be random. Some people had issues others didn't.  Why? What could have caused it? 

I think I found the answer. (although only the few peeps who read my blog will ever know - you'll be cutting edge - ha!).

I did not do all the upgrades at once.  The first thing I did was upgrade my iphone 4 to iOS 5.  That's it.  No other changes.  No iCloud, no Lion on my Mac... just  iOS 5.  And my battery life went into a tailspin. 

I did all the little tricks that have been posted and I mostly got a better battery life, but it wasn't great.  I mean smartphones already have sucky battery life it doesn't help if one upgrades and it's suddenly worse. 

I waited around for a few months.  I let masses of Apple fans upgrade immediately and fail on all aspects.  They moaned and complained and lost stuff.  I waited longer still.  I had Mobile Me and I had until June. 

In another post I talked about the next upgrade. Lion went smoothly but iCloud was a huge annoyance.  I finally got the account straight. Thank heaven!  But my iphone battery life went straight down the toilet... again. 

This time I knew it had to be something to do with iCloud or there was a slim possibility it had to do with my gmail account being on my iphone. 

First of all I deleted my gmail account and added it back.  It's all imap and no mail actually sits on my phone thus it was simple.  No change though.  One down. On to the next.

Then I went into the iCloud settings.  I turned off everything except Mail... the others are (contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, notes, photostream, documents and find my iphone).  Rebooted.  Battery life - phenominal!

Next I started turning things back on one at a time.  I never have Notes or documents to sync, so those remain off. If I want to sync a note I use Evernote. Since I wouldn't even be able to see a document on my iphone, there's no point in bringing those in.

First I turned on contacts, then calendars.  No problems. Then I turned on Reminders. Still no problems. Then Find my iphone.  Still okay.

Then Bookmark sync... OMG battery life started draining at a rate of about 10% (on further though I should make this 10-20%) per hour!!!  Holy crap!!!  Bookmarks? I vaguely remember getting a periodic message on my Mac telling me that Bookmarks were not syncing properly... I should have paid more attention. I always ignored it because I don't  use Safari. There is no reason for me to sync bookmarks  I just wanted to test it. I was absolutely blown away.  Bookmark sync must run continuously in the background.  If I had the battery charged to 100% it was dead by morning.  Completely dead. No life at all.

So Bookmark sync is off.  I even have photostream back on and the battery life continues in the phenomenal range.  How weird is that.  I have not heard a thing from anyone else anywhere with similar findings. 

If you know someone with an iphone and they are having battery issues... they might want to check for bookmark sync on either Mobile Me or iCloud. 

Geeze.  I'm still stunned.

*****

Tiny update: I do have a couple of apps like Omnifocus and a couple of calendar apps that tend to make my battery drain too fast for my liking.  If I turn those off in the background I'm much happier.  Thought I should throw that out there.

I should also be clear - I had the notes feature off on Mobile Me  (documents was not available and was not on by default) so neither of these could have been draining battery life.

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January 11, 2012

Patch It Up

Yesterday was patch Tuesday for Windows machines.  If this is your OS, get the patches done please.

Also, you may remember my post from December about the Zero Day exploits for Adobe.  If you must use Adobe Reader and/or Acrobat, they now have the patches available

That is all.

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