Can’t see the “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” checkbox in macOS Sierra

So, I installed macOS Sierra and went to set up the automatic login to my Mac using my Apple Watch. I had everything set up right. I had the correct hardware. I had the correct software versions. Why can’t I get this work? I couldn’t even see the check box to “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” in the Security & Privacy tab in System Preference.

I went through the whole turn off “two-step verification” on my iCloud account (appleid.apple.com) and turned on “two-factor authentication.” A little confusing but I did it as requested. So why can’t I set up using my Apple Watch to log into my Mac? I did everything right.

Well after many google searches and getting really frustrated I found an article on Macworld that had a little coda at the end where the author (Glenn Fleishman) shared his friends work around to this issue. He had to change his messages to use his Apple ID (settings->messages->send &recieve and then turn on “use my Apple ID”) to get everything working correctly. That was it! That fixed it! Why? I have no idea, but it worked. Hope this helps you too.

iPhone users – update to 9.3.3 now!

If you haven’t updated to iOS 9.3.3 yet, update now!

Apple fixed a bug that allowed a hacker to take over your iPhone by simply texting or emailing you a malicious TIFF picture file. The bug was made public after being discovered by Tyler Bohan, a researcher who works for Cisco’s security unit. He discovered that older versions of iOS and OS X contain an exploit that could theoretically allow a media file like a photo or video to defeat built-in software security measures and take over your device. The malformed media file could arrive as an email, iMessage, webpage, or other apps. If the malicious TIFF image is viewed on the device the hacker could gain full control of the device, including accessing passwords without you knowing. Apple has fixed this exploit in iOS 9.3.3. If you haven’t updated yet, you are still at risk.

To update:

  • Go to settings
  • Click on general
  • Then click on software update
  • Then click on download and install the update

An added benefit, I am hearing that after updating to 9.3.3 that some people are seeing performance improvements – a faster iPhone is a good thing 🙂

About the security content of iOS 9.3.3: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206902

What to look for when hiring?

I have built quite a few teams, so over the years I have developed a few general rules when hiring:

Rule 1) I look for self starters. Someone that can show a proven track record of getting things done. As employees they don’t just bring me the problem, but they also bring a possible solution or two.

Rule 2) I look for smart people open to new ideas and perspectives. The best team is a diverse group who aren’t afraid to respectfully discuss new ideas that might lead to a better / faster / cheaper way of getting the job done. People who are open to creative solutions.

Rule 3) I follow the no bozo rule – only hire A players.
Guy Kawasaki described the no bozo rule as “a theory which states that “A” players hire “A+” players [people better than themselves], but “B” players hire “C”, “C” hire “D”, which ultimately leads to a company full of bozos.” I have also observed that a smaller team of A players can produce much more than a larger team of B players in the same amount of time.

Rule 4) I look for hires with long term potential – someone with a passion for learning and professional growth. Are they taking an online class or what are they reading right now? Do they have a blogger they follow? I also understand that sometimes you have a task that needs a person and you need to hire a resource to fill that specific need right now, but that is when you hire a contractor or consultant. I hire my line positions for the long term. A contractor may become a line hire if they prove their worth and are a fit long term. I also look for “fit;” first do they have the skills we need, but also will they fit into our culture (but remember the Rule 2 above, you have to hire people with new ideas and perspectives)?

Rule 5) And part of that "fit" is following the no jerk rule – you can’t have one person disrupting everyone else. Just because you are good doesn’t give you the right to be a jerk. One bad apple can disrupt an entire team. An “A” player isn’t a jerk. To be a true "A" player the candidate should be a team player and work well with others.

And finally, Rule 6) is the candidate passionate about what we are doing? Do they believe in the mission and goals?

If you follow these general rules you are on your way to building a great team.

Wi-Fi Assist – thank you, Apple?

It makes sense – Apple was solving a problem many of us probably didn’t know existed – With wi-fi assist Apple uses your phone’s cellular network to boost your connectivity. And why not? A good cellular connection is just as fast as some wi-fi networks. The issue I have with it is Apple didn’t warn us. My data usage last month was higher than I expected. It took me a while to figure out what changed, but I think this is it. It’s great Apple is speeding my access up, but I wish they had made the impact of this new feature clear!

If you want to turn this feature off it’s pretty straight forward; just a little hidden. First go to settings, then to cellular, scroll all the way to the bottom of the cellular page (all the way) and you will see Wi-Fi Assist right above the reset statistics link. Slide the wi-fi assist button to the left and it will be turned off.

While you are on the cellular page go ahead and look at all the apps that use a cellular connection. Do all those apps need to have access to your cellular network? If not, you can turn off cellular access for the apps you can afford to only give access via wi-fi. For example I only down load movies and tv shows when I am on wi-fi. Things like that.

Hopefully turning off wi-fi assist and limiting some of your apps access to cellular will help keep your data access charges reasonable too.

Your presentations best friend – Do not disturb

So, I love my iPhone and iPad. I have tuned my notifications set up so I have just about the right amount of information that pops up. Normally it’s not overwhelming. Well, until I decided that my iPad was the best presentation device out there. Which it is awesome! I think it is just about perfect.
I just wish I had remembered to manually turn on Do Not Disturb. It’s so easy to do too – just go to Settings then Do Not Disturb (can’t be much clearer can they?) and then manually turn on Do Not Disturb (very first option – just slide that option on). So easy and yet I forgot. Learn from my mistakes – before connecting to that projector manually turn on Do Not Disturb. I know I will from now on…

Another Apple iOS7 security hole

Turn off access to Control Center from the lock screen! It’s not worth the risk. There is another way to bypass the lock screen in iOS7 – if you have a missed call and have access to Control Center from lock screen turned on anyone can have access to whatever app you have running in the foreground. EverythingApplePro has a short video showing the vulnerability http://youtu.be/Hg9Vy7XzGZY

But at least there is an easy fix until Apple comes out with a patch, just turn off access to the Control Center from locked screen for now. Not a huge inconvenience.

Careful when downloading music to your iOS device when using iTunes Match

I use iTunes Match to manage my music across all my devices. It works well and has been pretty seamless for me. Well worth the $25 a year.

Recently I took a short trip to Africa and wanted access to my music while I was disconnected from cellular and wifi while I was in the air, so I took advantage of the ability to download music to your device (iPod, iPhone, or iPad) by clicking on the "download all" from cloud option you can see from playlist, artist, or albums while in the Music app. This made it easy to load up my iPhone with hours (days actually) of music. Wonderful, right?

Well, I am back now and I’d like to free up space on my iPhone for apps. Guess what? There is no option to remove songs in bulk from your device. As far as I can tell the only option I have found to remove music from your device is go to the song you want to remove, swipe to the left and click on delete. And you have to do this one by one for each song you want to remove. So what took only a few minutes to load on my iPhone is going to be very painful to undo.

If you know of an easier / faster way to remove music that has been downloaded locally please let me know (and yes, I know I can recover from an old back up, but I am looking for something cleaner than that if possible)!

Posterous bought by Twitter – where are you moving your blog?

Do you blog on Posterous? If so, have you read their blog posting abut the acquisition? Which seems just like a simple announcement… with maybe an idea that something might be up. Especially when you read "For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks." But then you read the FAQ on the acquisition and it becomes pretty clear that you need to start looking for someplace else to blog. I think Twitter bought Posterous for the talent, not for the functionality in Posterous.

I started using Posterous back in 2009. Mainly because they made it so easy to post, just send an email. And it was so easy to autopost from Posterous to Twitter, LinkedIn, and other blogging platforms. I admit I am a little paranoid, I have back ups of back ups, and then on top of that I have back ups in the cloud (hey, burn me once…). So with how easy Posterous made it to publish to other platforms, I start posting from Posterous to Tumblr in January of 2010 and then also to WordPress in March of 2010. Why not have copies of my posting in a second place just in case, right? I only point traffic to my Posterous site, but to me it was worth it to autopost to the other platforms in case something happened to my primary site. Looks like I made the right choice, huh? 🙂

But the $64,000,000 question is – with the future of Posterous being up in the air, what do you do? Are you going to stay put till you hear more? Are you going to migrate? If so, I’d suggest looking at Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress. I have read that Tumblr is closer to being a direct competitor to Posterous. But I think I am going to move to a WordPress site as my main site (with Tumblr as my back up still). I like the reporting and the customization available.

So, you ask, how do you get your old blog posts from Posterous over to Tumblr or WordPress? Well, the bad news is there isn’t an easy way to back up your blog yet. Notice I said yet! Maybe it is coming? But with the current functionality it isn’t too terrible to post to another site. It’s just manual and it will take some time to do the migration. The more posts you have the longer it will take. Sorry.

The details:

  • Log into your Posterous account.
  • On the left click on "Manage Spaces"
  • Click on the down arrow next to the gear for the blog you want to migrate
  • Click on "Autopost Setup"
  • At the bottom of the page click on "+ Add a service"
  • Set up the new blogging platform you want to migrate to.
  • Now the long tedious part…
  • Click on "Manage Spaces" again
  • The click on the down arrow next to the gear for the blog you want to migrate again
  • Then select "Posts"
  • Start with your oldest post click on the gear next to the post to "Edit" the post
  • You don’t have to actually edit the post, but you do need to click on "Post Options" way over on the right of the screen
  • Then click on "Autopost this now" and select the new Blog site
  • And repeat over and over and over for each posting.
  • Remember to start with your oldest post and work your way to the newest posting, if you want to keep your chronological order
  • And, if you want you can then go edit each new post on the new blog site to change the posting date back to your original posting date

So not fun, and it will take some time, but it’s pretty simple and you can move all your old posts from Posterous to your new platform just by dedicating some time.

What platform are you moving to or do you use (if you don’t use Posterous)? Why did you go with it?

Free 50GB upgrade for Box promotion (cloud storage)

Box has a great offer of a free 50GB account for any Android user!  From their blog

This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:

 1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android
2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app
3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud

I have to be honest –  I have accounts on Dropbox, SugarSync, and on Box.  They all have pluses and minuses, but I use Dropbox for most of my day to day cloud storage needs. I started with Dropbox because it worked with my password vault and other apps on my Droid.  And, now on my iPhone, again Dropbox just works with my apps.  Most recently, it was so simple to set up Mindjet (a mind mapping app) with Dropbox on my iPhone.  Dropbox also makes it real easy to sync from the folder on my MacBook Pro.  Just drag a file to the Dropbox folder and it syncs.  How easy can you get?  But… there is almost always a but. But, you only get 2GB free storage.  

That’s why I have accounts on SugarSync and Box.  Their free offers gave me 5GB each.  And of the two, SugarSync has a nice sync manager that comes with the free version.  With Box, you have to step up to the business version (a paid version) to get desktop sync’ing.  So, again, when I have files I want to access from my laptop and from my tablet, and my smart phone (and if I am not using Dropbox) I almost always use SugarSync.

But Box does have a nice clean web interface.  And it integrates with LinkedIn. So I find I end up using Box for sharing documents and other files with other people. It has become my public sharing cloud storage. Box has some great features for businesses and enterprises; things like integration with Salesforce.com and Google Apps, AD groups and version control, and of course desktop sync.  But, you don’t get any of those features in the personal free version. 

So, at first, I was kind of thinking “that’s nice, but I don’t really need it.”  But in the end my thought was, “I can always use 50GB more storage, so why not take advantage of the generous offer?  What’s the downside?”  So I downloaded the Box app to my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and took advantage of the 50GB for life offer.  Maybe you should too?

External links:
Link to get your own free Dropbox account.
Link to get your own free SugarSync account.

Google Chromebook for business users?

The argument for Chromebooks for many consumers is easy. I just look at my Mom and its easy to see the value.  

I have been using a Google Chromebook at work for a little while now and I am starting to see the value to business users too.  I have seen that enterprises will be able to lease Chromebooks for $28 a month per user. With enterprise apps moving to the cloud and the ability for many workers to do their job via a browser it has all the features required for most employees. Especially with what I have read about the coming partnerships with VMware and Citrix. The OS is so simplified end users don't see anything except the browser interface. And with everything in the cloud, no backups are required. Add in no viruses and no known malware on top of that.  Then you throw in the management tools available to organizations this could be a great solution for many. Talk about a great TCO over MS Windows PCs and possibly even over Macs (especially now since Macs are being targeted with malware)!

An added point I noticed yesterday – once you put a full wrap around leather case on an iPad 2 there isn't much size nor weight difference between a Chromebook and an iPad. The interface (and maybe the targeted use) is totally different of course, but size and weight really isn't that different honestly.

Employees will just have to get over the fact there is no local storage. This was my biggest hang up for the first week or so…