This is how iMessage is greeting me after every reboot. I then have to restart iMessage to see my contacts and chats again. Every single time. Thanks for helping me with that whole social isolation thing, very cool!

I’m not subscribed to Apple Music. My trial period ended over a year ago. Apple Music is completely disabled on this device and anywhere else on my account. Up until a few weeks ago, I’ve never once gotten a single notification for new releases – as it should be. This is the third or fourth notification now. So either Apple fucked something up, or they are doing cool growth hacks. What’s most frustrating about it is the fact that I’m unable to tell which is more likely.

I’ve got a cool new bug a few days ago, completely spontaneously and without updating any software or changing any configuration. After waking my MacBook from sleep, I couldn’t move the mouse pointer with my wireless mouse. The bluetooth connection was there, but the pointer just wouldn’t move. Turning the mouse physically off and on would result in successful reconnection, but even then the pointer would not move. I had to go into Bluetooth settings, remove the device entirely and then pair it again. After this happened for the first time, it was reproducible and happened every single time after waking from sleep. As a result, I quickly learned how to do the entire Bluetooth-Remove-And-Pair dance completely via keyboard shortcuts/controls. It was annoying, but not annoying enough for me to try and see if a reboot would fix it.

Then Apple released a shiny new update. I woke my MacBook from sleep, saw the notification about the update, wanted to click it, cursed because my mouse pointer wouldn’t move again. So I figured this was a good time to reboot and see if the mouse issue would be solved by that. I also figured that I would just save the time to fix the mouse pointer problem – now being a master of keyboard controls, I foolishly thought I could just trigger the update that way. Turns out, the button to actually start the update can not be reached that way. The screen recording above shows me tabbing through all available controls in the Software Update preference pane.

Silver lining: the reboot did fix the mouse pointer problem.

Things I want to do when I download software:

  • Download software

Things I don’t want to do when I download software:

  • “Share” my download with friends
  • Sign up for conference news
  • Learn about other useful business software
  • Sign up for services with my credit card
  • Have my software scanned by snake oil vendors
  • Learn more about unrelated companies
  • Download unrelated frontend components
  • Wait for an artificial — “time spent on page”-metric boosting — countdown to be done

I never saw this because I subscribed to Amazon Prime since it’s existence. This is a step on every checkout and you have to select “Continue and don’t get any benefits” link to continue to your shopping cart.

I guess staying alert and paying attention to not accidentally sign up for the Prime happy path is my life now.

I’m running on my Mac Mini. Being a Mac Mini it doesn’t have a battery so this message is not wrong…

In these trying times, the camera icon is a useful shortcut to instantly join the video call of a calendar event, instead of first opening the calendar event detail page. Very cool that the big fat “New Event” plus sign, which I use literally never, is obstructing half the icon of the next upcoming event. If only there was another place in that dialog where two different generic icons are already conveniently placed.

I spent the past few hours days setting up my new Mac. Performing the user hostile onboarding dance consisting of clicking various checkboxes in different areas of the screen, digging through System Preferences to assign permissions and tweaking Accessibility settings every time I’m installing a new app gets old very quickly though.

No, macOS. That website is certainly not using my Camera and Microphone. The meeting ended more than six hours ago. The tab does not exist any longer. As a matter of fact, I even closed the entire browser by now. If you wanna do reassuring privacy things, do them right.

So I figured now was as good a time as any to finally check out the notorious time-eating game Factorio myself. But I guess Corona already got to my brain and I can’t even type my own email address and domain name correctly anymore.

Annoyances vented by Manuel Grabowski and Philipp Defner.

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