I sometimes end up on the “bleeding edge” of technology when I do some early upgrades and updates. When I updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 when the iOS 5 update came out, the update went well. However, when I went to play music using the Music app, there was some strange behavior. When I selected a song from a playlist, the first song would play fine. However, when the second song started playing, the display would display the info (title, artist, album art) of a different song! From then on, the Music app would play one song while displaying the info for another. If I picked a song from the playlist, it would start a different song. If I forced quit the app, and restarted it, it would correctly play the first song I selected and then it would be wrong for subsequent songs. Sometimes the app would freeze when switching songs.

“Fine” I thought, “I’ll listen to Pandora instead.” Now this is the insane part — Pandora would play one song and then lock up. Very, very strange.

So I connected the iPhone to my Mac, unchecked “Sync Music” for the iPhone, synced which removed all the music from the iPhone, then I rechecked “Sync Music” and waited for iTunes to re-sync all my music.

This fixed all the problems with Music app and Pandora. This must have been a very strange and unusual bug because I found very little information on it online. Hope this helps someone out.

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I can’t think of any other famous person’s death affecting me like the death of Steve Jobs. My first reaction was “I knew he was very sick and it wasn’t a surprise. In fact, I just lost a coworker to the same cancer, pancreatic, last week so on one level I was prepared.

However, remembering that I grew up with his products and even worked doing Mac tech support for a while, I am slowly realizing how important Apple products and Steve Jobs was to me. My first computer was an original Macintosh (128k) which I got in 8th grade. It was upgraded to a Mac Plus which served me into college. Since then, I had a Quadra 660AV, PowerMac 7500, Powerbook 3400, Powerbook G4 (Titanium 400), and now a MacBook Pro (2Ghz Intel Core Duo). I bought myself a Newton for my college graduation and I have a iPod Photo 40GB, Nano (3rd gen), iPhone 3 (now my son’s), and an iPhone 4.

As a geek and tech guy, these devices just work. The software is excellent and the hardware seems to run forever. They are incredibly well-built and well-designed machines.

Although my old boss in the Mac tech support job once complimented me that I “bleed in five colors” (referring to the old “rainbow Apple logo” I was never a big Steve Jobs aficionado. I didn’t watch very many of his keynote speeches. I never, until today, listened to his famous 2005 Stanford commencement address (but I certainly knew about it).

I was more interested in the technology and the specs and the design and software. But I always knew that there was a man behind all that cool stuff. A famously particular and difficult perfectionist. A guy that even was “the archetype of difficult.”

I am going to miss him. And I wish I knew him better. And I wish I watched the Keynotes, and his speeches. Here’s an amazing speech. I’m sad I waited until Steve’s death to watch it.

Steve Jobs

This man was a true visionary and really changed how people interact with technology.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do… — Steve Jobs

Humorous and touching talk about living through a life and death moment:

I saw this video a few days ago and keep thinking about it:

Last Moments Of Life from Paul Kroeker on Vimeo.


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A friend and colleague of mine’s son was recently diagnosed with leukemia. This comic is pretty interesting on how some of the treatments coming down the pike are really strange and powerful when you look at them.

From XKCD.

From the Weather Underground:

Did you know that…
Over eighty aircraft were destroyed by wind gusting to 116 mph on this date in 1989 at Henderson Sky Harbor Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Total damage was estimated at $14 million.

I totally don’t remember this.

I just spent the weekend at Defcon 19, a hacking convention here in Las Vegas. Defcon, coupled with my experience at the STS-133 NASA Tweetup, gives me hope for the future.

People are creative. People are amazing. We build. We make. We create. We break things and build them up again.

Although we are living through some of the worst economic times in almost a century, I have hope for the future. This country has some amazing young people that will get this country back on the right track again. They will do this with sheer guts, determination, and home-brewed engineering skill.

We are going to be fine.

Amazing video with clips from all of the Space Shuttle missions. Well worth a watch.

Been dazed and confused for so long, it’s not true

–Jake Grier Holmes, Jr. 1967 (not Jimmy Page 1968)

Biologists hunted through archives and Civil War era records, searched for specimens in jars in the back rooms of museums, and dealt with paperwork and stored specimens lost in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake to do a genetic analysis and establish that the desert tortoise of the southwestern US and northwest Mexico is actually two species and possibly more. The California and Nevada populations retain their original name, Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizi while the Arizona and Mexican population is named Morafka’s land tortoise, Gopherus morafki. The records were really spotty (heck, the date of the original species description was found to be off by two years) but the researchers appear to have really figured things out. I’ve helped get tortoise tissue samples for disease research for one of the authors, Kristen Berry, and she is a really incredible scientist.

The USGS has a nice article about the differences in the new species and the scientific paper is actually a really interesting insight into the history of scientific exploration of the West in the 19th century. Plus, there are really cool pictures of the specimens!